P: Could you talk me about your childhood?
R: I grew up in a very small town outside of Dayton, Ohio. There are approximately 2,000 people within my town and my high school was home to around 400 of those citizens. Growing up here was great. I had an awesome set of friends who were always around and always had a good time with.
P: When did you start to play basketball?
R: I started playing basketball when I was around 8 years old. I grew to love the game and it was something that I just enjoyed doing. I went to Greeneview High School all four years and had a pretty successful career over the four years. We had a lot of success as team and had some pretty solid teams as well.
P: Why did you choose Belmont for your next studies?
R: I chose to attend Belmont University for many reasons, but I would say that Coach Byrd was the mane reason I picked Belmont. He has been there for so long and has had such an incredible coaching career that I thought it would be dumb of me not to chose to play for a legend as himself.
P: From your stage in Belmont, Could you tell me the best moment and the worst?
R: My favorite moment during my time at Belmont was when we beat Murray State in the OVC Championship game and we went to the NCAA Tournament. The worst feeling of all time was after we lost our last game at Georgia Tech this past year. It was the last game of my career.
P: You’ve been such an amazing player, one of the best players in the history of your university. Do you think that if you hadn’t been injured you would have any opportunities in NBA?
R: I had a good run at Belmont and was looking forward to starting my professional career, but unfortunately I tore my ACL in a workout with the Indiana Pacers. I do not think that I would have made the team or anything like that, but I do think that I could have competed with some of the players during the workout.
P: How are you feeling about your injury? When do you think you can play again?
R: Right now my rehab is going pretty well. It is taking a long time for me to be able to really do much, but I have to be patient with it so that I can come back from this injury completely healthy. I think that I have around 4 months left till I can officially play again. Hopefully after this time I will be able to get on a team and continue to play the game.
P: I’ve seen that you are spending your time writing. How has a basketball player, graduated in finances, working as a journalism?
R: At Belmont I took finance as my major and did that for four years, but knew that I wanted to stay around basketball as long as I could. As of now journalism is that way and it has been going really well. It’s so much different and harder than I expected but I am still enjoying it. I never thought this would be the path I took, but it one that I am enjoying. Maybe one day I can write a book or something on all of my experiences. Hard to tell if anyone would actually read it though haha!
P: What are your hobbies?
R: I love fishing. I try and go fishing every week coming from a small town with a lake it is something that I grew up doing. I used to go a lot more when I was still in high school, but now that I am home it is something I am trying to get back on.
P: What is your favourite NBA team?
R: My favorite NBA team is the Boston Celtics. Love Larry Bird.