DURHAM, N.C.— In three short weeks, I'll be headed back home to Kentucky, after completing my freshman year here as a Blue Devil. Time sure flies and it's been a whirlwind year to put it mildly.
Looking back, I can honestly say I was like a deer in the headlights when I first stepped on campus last summer. I've had a lot of 'freshman moments,' that's for sure! But I can also say I've grown a lot as well, as a player, student, and as a person. College life is a lot of things...great and not so great at times. Being a student-athlete is truly a full-time job. It's intense, grueling at times even, but it's a privilege I certainly I don’t take for granted. Mostly though, it's an experience I know I will take with me for the rest if my life.
The season obviously didn't end as we had hoped but we still have so much to be proud of. Although there were a few bumps in the road with injuries, for me personally I feel like we accomplished a lot and definitely made a lot of good memories. I’m going to miss my seniors next year most of all. It’s going to be sad without them around next year, but they were an awesome group to learn from and did a great job in preparing me for next season.
Redshirting wasn't easy for me, but it was most definitely the right decision. I feel confident that I am more physically and mentally prepared than ever to play at this level now. Only practicing and not playing certainly wasn’t the most fun, but it was definitely worth it and I’m happy to say I survived the redshirt season.
I can't even explain how eager I am to play next season. I've taken a lot in watching from the bench this year and I've learned some valuable lessons from my teammates.
It’s never too early to start preparing for next season and our team has already started the grind. We got a week off after the season ended but basketball never truly ends at this level. We have conditioning, individual workouts, and weights all throughout the week in preparation for next season. If we want to be the best we have to keep our hands on the ball and stay strong. Summer break will be no different. Hopefully I can fit in some friends and family time but I know I'll be spending a fair share of my 'break' in the gym and on the hardwood.
Thanks for all your support this season and we look forward to seeing you again in Cameron for the 2014-15 season.