The road is tough and the travel isn’t glamorous. We fly out of Hartford all the time and almost always have to connect because there are never direct flights from Springfield! If we go out West, it could be like a 12- to 16-hour trip between having a game from 7:00-10:00pm, leaving Springfield at 3:00am and getting to our hotel before the next game. With different time zones, it can feel like four or five in the morning when you arrive, and then you have to be ready play the next day.
One time, we had to play back-to-back games Friday and Saturday. Our first game went into overtime, and by the time the game was finished, it was like eight hours ’til practice the next day. Plus, there have been a lot of delays with games getting rescheduled because of the weather, so you never know what could happen.
On our second road trip, we got stuck in Fort Wayne because of bad weather, and I only brought enough clothes for three days instead of the five days we were stuck there! I had to start wearing my tights because I didn’t have clean underwear. It was the only thing that was clean! Now I pretty much pack a huge duffle bag, put in four outfits, three sweat-suits and plenty of underwear because I never know when I’m going be home. You gotta make sure to have enough clothes!
I live 30 minutes from UConn, so me and Craig went to the Villanova-UConn game. It was definitely a different experience and I was kind of nervous. As I walked down the steps to my seat, the students at Gampel Pavilion just started heckling me! It was weird because I’ve played with some of them (current Villanova players) for almost four years, and most of them for two or three years, so I just get that feeling of wanting to go out and play with them. I can’t watch the games anymore. Even at home watching a game I find myself going crazy, always yelling at the TV saying they should be doing this or doing that. It was cool to be there, but I don’t know if I’d do it again.
Other than that, I really haven’t visited ’Nova that much. I tried to kind of stay away and let them create their own identity, because there’s a lot of pressure when it’s on you. Antonio Pena is my good friend there, Fish [Corey Fisher] and [Corey] Stokes too. I pretty much groomed them so I want to see them succeed. Like Kyle Lowry and Randy Foye did for me, I did for them.
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