Q: Can you talk about what you know about the Thunder and what you think about being drafted by them. A: They have a great group of guys, young guys who are working hard, who have great character. And the organization, the way it’s going is tremendous. So I feel that if I go in there with the same work ethic that those guys have and just try to contribute in the best way possible that everything will work itself out. Going in there with the open mindset of just going in to work is something that I’m wanting to do. Q: How do you think you’ll fit in with this team? A: They’re great over there. They have a great scorer in Kevin Durant. They have an athletic and quick point guard in Russell Westbrook. A great big in Jeff Green. So me going in there just to work hard and try to help that team out the best way possible with the way that I can create for other players and score the ball as well is something that I’ll try to do. Q: How do you plan on co-existing in the lineup with so many offensive weapons down here? A: I’m not just a one-dimensional player and that’s what separates me from a lot of players in this draft. If they have scorers already I can go in and be a facilitator and help those guys score more. Or if they need me to score a little bit and do whatever it takes that’s what I’ll do. Defend, that’s what I’m willing to learn how to improve on and do a lot more. Handling the ball if that’s what they need me to do throughout periods of the game that’s what I’ll do as well. So different positions, different timing’s throughout the game is something that I’m willing to do. Q: Can you talk about your workout here in Oklahoma City? A: I think I held up. I shot the ball pretty well. I just had a great workout overall. I got a very good vibe from the people that were around me, the general manager, the coaching staff and then some of the players that were there as well. So everything was just great for the visit. Q: Do you know Russell from the Los Angeles area? A: Yeah, actually we grew up together. We were like 12 or 11 and went to the same boys and girls club together. And then just being around him and being an L.A. kid you kind of get to hang around him a lot more. It was fun. He’s a great player. He has great character as well. Q: Have you spoken to him throughout this whole process? A: Yeah. He texts me and we’ve talked a few times. Even Kevin Durant texts me and told me good luck. I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high and think about being there. Since I’m there we’ll start bonding a lot more. Q: Where do you think you are right now defensively and what do you plan on doing to improve in that area? A: I think I’m a pretty good defensive player right now because I can think and have long arms and the ability to guard different players. But I have a long way to go as far as being the stopper that I want to be. And with this great group of young guys and having the mindset that they want to win and stop people on defense is something that I have to learn very quick and something that I’m willing to learn very quick. Q: What do you think about the critics who question your defense and say that you weren’t very good at it at Arizona State? A: We ran a zone, so they can’t say that I’m not a good defensive player. I wouldn’t say I’m going in there to prove people wrong, but just going in there and just try to stop people is something that I have to have in my mind. Q: There was a story that said your high school coach always had to convince you to shoot. Are you a guy that likes to get everybody involved before you start scoring? A: Definitely. That’s why I think Sam Presti and those guys chose me, because I’m a pass-first guy. They have great scorers over there and so with my ability to pass first and score second, with those great players over there it helps that organization a lot. Even my college head coach told me to shoot the ball more. Q: What stood out about the Thunder’s interview process? A: Just being there for two days gave me a great feeling about that group of people there. Their great. We had a lot of bonding time just getting to know each other and not just the basketball player but the person off the court. And so it was just a great feeling. I felt comfortable. They felt comfortable with me. And just being honest and being myself was something that I tried to do. Q: Did you do anything? A: No. I mean I hung out with them. In the morning before my flight I actually went to the gym just to put some more shots up before I left to go to my workout in Memphis. So just to be around the facility was something I was trying to do. Q: That was voluntary? You came back that morning on your own? A: Yes. I actually lifted some weights and then put some more shots up before my flight. Q: What were you impressions of Oklahoma City in general? A: Very, very quiet. Very relaxed. A lot different from where I’ve been in L.A. and Arizona State. I mean, obviously the people there are very nice. It’s just a great feeling that I got, especially from the people that I surrounded myself with. So overall it was great. Now, I’m looking to go there and work and help the organization win. Q: Can you put into words what it’s like to hear your name called? A: Definitely a sign of relief and just excitement. You work so hard to get to this point. Once you’re hear it feels great. But this is just the beginning of a new life. It’s something that I had to deal with to be the best player that I can be. Q: Is that what the pounding of the chest was about, a sign of relief? A: Yes. Definitely. I was nervous. There was so many trades going on before, I was nervous about where I was going to get selected. And once my name got called, a sign of relief definitely showed. Q: Any advice you have for Sam Presti about the 25th pick? A: Um, Jeff Pendergraph. He’s a great player. (Laughs).