I was relieved because I have played number of matches before make it. It was a lay up: I got a rebound and then I just lay it back in and the all gim was crazy, my mum was crazy my friend were crazy, everybody were crazy. I couldn’t cheer. I knew I had a the all game to play but, that was excited I couldn’t show it, but on the inside I was cheering for myself for sure.
In the locker room and off the court I spoke to my friends and teammates of our futures in the world of professional basketball. My stature was supporting me in achieving this goal and I just had to focus well on how to reach it, but I knew I could do it.
My High School was one of the best in the Country, and the season was really tough for us because everybody gets the best shot, everybody played the best against us. We were able to hold on and in that season we won 38 games and we only lost 1 game, the last of the season. That school has a lot of history, a lot of legends, I became a part of one those legends.
When I committed I was really excited: it was my father’s favourite school and is a pretty good university so when I was committed, I felt proud: I mean, also my family was proud and it was a really exciting day for me.
When I drove by the NBA franchise arenas, I always wanted to be in there playing for a Team. I think it’s the dream of every kid who plays basketball. When this happened, I felt fulfilled and ready to give the best of me game after game.
It was one of the best periods, some of the best fun I had, playing basketball, just because NBA and I was starting, I was playing with a lot of legends, I was playing with some of people I looked up to as a kid growing up every night it was probably of my exciting moment of my basketball career.
It was a very difficult season because we were the favorites and we had pressure at every game. Bringing Rome’s name on the jersey is not easy, but honoring it and bringing a historic Italian company back to the top of the series was very exciting.
It was very happy for me, because the prize was a reward of a year’s worth of sacrifices, both on and off the field, and receiving it was very rewarding.