One chapter ends, another begins!

What’s going on it’s been a long time since I last blogged and I apologize for that. I’m sure you all know that a lot has gone on in my life, happy and sad. The sad being my career at Duke University is over, and I will forever miss putting on that #2 Jersey and running out on to Coach K court in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Now for the good, I graduated from Duke University on May 15th, and it was a very special day for my family and I! I tweeted (@ndotsmitty via twitter) about how proud my mom was, well, my sister and other family members were equally as proud! For high school athletes out there, the ball won’t bounce forever, neither will your money if your not wise! Think about that, a degree will last forever! Now, time for my dream to slowly become a reality, the NBA draft on June 23rd, and today is May 23, it’s almost here! I just finished up in Chicago at the 2011 NBA Draft Combine! Outside of competing and showing the scouts what I can do on the court, the best part about the trip was hanging out with the 2011 Draft Class, with good guys like Kyrie Irving, Kyle Singler, Kemba Walker, Derrick Williams, Josh Selby, and the list goes on, we had a fun week.. Now I’m headed back to DC to continue training and prepare for team workouts, and position myself in the draft! It’s crazy to think about the draft, looking back to when I was 6 years old, at USAir Arena where the Washington Bullets played (Washington Wizards) being the ball boy for every home game, and dreaming about being, the next Rod Strickland, and star in the NBA! Now it’s here. Grind time! Next time I blog will be after June 23rd, will the Dream become a Reality??? Stay tuned!!

Special Shout to Kenny King my academic advisor, Kyle Singler and Casey Peters class of 2011! Duke Univsity class of 2011! My family, mom, Syd, Curt, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, everybody!! I love you all!

I'm a huge fan of Duke basketball from Michigan, and I picked you guys to win the March Madness last year. When you did, it was AMAZING, and I didn't even play in that game. How amazing was that experience of playing in that particular game? How good did it feel when G. Hayward's shot did not go in that championship game?

shegrewupwithoutafather

It was an amazing, and breathtaking experience!! When the shot did not go in, I was just super excited.. I really dont know how to explain it. Its just a moment that doesnt seem real! 

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.””

Muhammad Ali

Countdown to Craziness

Whats up everybody!? It’s been a minute. This past month has been long and hard with a lot of conditioning and getting stronger. As a team we are building a bond, and I am loving my leadership role as captain. Now it’s time to really put it to the test because the season is here with official practices about to begin. Our official practices begin with Countdown to Craziness, the Duke version of “Midnight Madness.” This years CTC will be very special for the guys from last years team. I can’t reveal why just yet, but stay tuned!

That’s all I got for right now, but I hope you enjoy the new layout. I can now post from my phone which will allow me to post more often. But again, Its officially season time, so let’s go Duke! Get ready to see a team work hard, and play together!

See you all at Cameron Indoor this Friday for Countdown to Craziness!

Play & Learn

This summer has been a summer with a lot of opportunity. I have had the opportunity to play against top college players, and  also learn from some of the best players in the world. My summer camp tour started with Chris Paul’s camp in Winston-Salem, NC, where CP was very interactive and teaching, even gave us some tricks which I added to my back pocket thanks Chris. After that I began the Nike Skills Academy trips starting in Chicago for Deron Williams camp. This camp was the top point guards and we got to work with the Amar’e Stoudemire’s camp with top Forwards. At this camp I learned a lot about ball screens, using them and defending them. After this camp was Lebron James camp, in Akron, Ohio.  It was basically time to put everything I had learned at Chris Paul, and Deron Williams camp into this one. Lebron camp had players from every position camp, and we were put through tough workouts and then played pickup games at night. All three of these camps were ran by some of the top trainers in the country and surrounded by some of the best basketball minds in the world. The biggest things I took  away from all these camps is playing the game at the pace I want to play at, and also always being in attack mode to make a play.

I want to give a shout-out to all the guards I’ve been around all summer!