But coming back for another season seemed to benefit you personally, correct?
“Definitely. I was able to come back for another year, grow mentally and physically and I was able to be more of a leader really. That was one of the biggest areas I needed to grow, being more of a leader and allowing my team to hear my voice out there and I think I did a good job of that.”
What about from a personal standpoint?
“Going back to school and the whole college experience, that was something I needed again after my first year and I wanted to come back and still be a kid, be a kid again, go to school and get the whole college experience and I think that allowed me to grow up as well.”
Have you been able to see much of Marcus Smart?
“I've seen him play a couple games. It's hard to see guys out of the conference, because we don't play against them, but me just being a basketball fan, knowing good players, I've seen him play. He's a phenomenal player.”
What kind of ride was this year for you?
“Lot of ups and downs as a team. But as far as the whole year, I think we had a really good year as a team. We came through a lot of challenges and overcame a lot of challenges and it's allowed us to grow as a team and make a deep run in March. Overall, I had a pretty good year in my opinion. But I'm my biggest critic, so I'd be lying if I sat up here and said I had a great year, but I think I did a good job of leading this team, coming back my second year and being more of a voice on the court.”