You probably could've came out last year, the same year as your brother, and been a lottery pick. Why'd you return to Indiana for a sophomore season?

I just enjoyed my college experience at Indiana. I wasn’t ready to grow up after my freshman year. I wouldn’t trade that extra year for anything.

Why did you feel like this was a good time to leave and go to the NBA?

I’m very close to getting my degree after two years. We had a great year this past season, and we’re losing a lot of pieces, but I felt like it was the right time for me.

Is getting your degree something you see as important to yourself?

Yeah definitely. I was in the Kelly School of Business as a Business Management major, so that’s definitely something I want to do.

Overall, how would you describe your playing style?

I think my quickness and athleticism for a big guy is unique, and I’m going to bring in a good work ethic. It’s what I always pride myself on. I think that’ll help a lot of teams. 

 

She was trying to recline. She hit my knees, turned around and gave me a dirty look. I was like, "What am I supposed to do?" I can’t help it.

 

Are there any NBA players past or present that you’d like to emulate?

Not too much. I’ve always watched different teams and stuff, but not really.

Did you idolize any particular players growing up? Indiana’s own Larry Bird?

Not too much, nah. I never really liked one guy or anything. 

What areas of your game have you honed in on to improve?

Just getting bigger and stronger. The guys in the NBA are so big and strong. That’ll be the biggest adjustment for me. I think I’ll do alright.

Speaking of size, you recently tweeted that you had some problems with a woman on a plane. She was trying to recline her chair back on you. How did that go?

She was actually upset with me because I can hardly fit behind the seat. She was trying to recline. She hit my knees, turned around and gave me a dirty look. I was like, "What am I supposed to do?" I can’t help it. [Laughs.]

As a seven footer, is flying just the worst experience for you?

Eh, it’s not too bad. I’m pretty easygoing, I don’t get upset about anything. So I don’t really mind it.

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