A. Definitely be in the gym a lot. Work out with (assistant coach) Charles (Lee). I want to be an even better shooter. I want to be more consistent in that area. Work on my handle better to create for myself and other people. Just plan to take my talents to another level and contribute even more next year.
Q. Is there a sense of pride in how far you came? You were a starter in the NBA playoffs.
A. I don't look at it like that. I just look at it as being blessed. God put you in the position for a reason. Everything is already written out in his book. We just have to live it. Everything happened the way it was supposed to happen in my eyes.
Q. How much does it sting to get eliminated from the playoffs as a rookie? A lot of the others are veterans and have been through it before but how does it feel for a rookie?
A. I lost two years in a row in the NCAA Tournament first round. Losing this first round feels the exact same. You don't want to lose. At the same time, you have to take the good from the bad and add it as fuel to the fire and look forward to next season.
Q. Was there someone in that locker room that you leaned on to learn how to become a professional basketball player?
A. No one specific. You have guys like (Mike Muscala), Tim (Hardaway Jr) who are more my age and walk around with a certain demeanor. Just watching their consistency allowed me to get better in mine. They probably don't know that but it's just me being a sponge and knowing what is around me. Me sitting next to Paul (Millsap), he's one of the top professionals in the game so when you are learning things from him and just watching guys do what they do, you kind of pick up on things. Iron sharpens iron.