PULLMAN, Wash. - Saturday, April 8, 2000
Journal No. 5
We lost our last game this morning. I think a lot of it was fatigue. I was pretty pleased with the way I played. I had 12 points and shot 5-of-11 from the floor, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. And I didn't get scored upon once. Rebounding and defense were the two things I was working on today.
I played good defense and I tried to crash the boards as hard as I could. I was happy with the other parts of my game today and that was my goal.
I find out tonight if I go to Phoenix, but like I said yesterday, it's very political. The Chicago camp is June 6, so when I get back to Pullman, I'll probably be getting ready for that one.
I've also got to decide who I'm going to sign with. I'm not going to sign with an agent tonight, though I know those guys will be everywhere at the championship game tonight. After the game, I'll probably just go out with some of my teammates and relax. I just want to get away from these agents for a while.
The tournament was a very good experience for me. I really enjoyed it. My goal was to get some exposure on the national scene and I think I accomplished that. That's a positive thing. I also got a taste of how I stack up against the rest of the competition. I know what I need to work on. It was a good learning experience.
I need to work more off the dribble and I'm going to lift really hard from now until the Chicago camp. I want to make strides in those areas and show the scouts I like to work on improving my game.
People knew coming in here that I could shoot, so I wanted to show them that I could do some other things. I'm really happy with the way I played defense today. I held Lavor Postell (Seton Hall) and Nate Green (Indiana State) scoreless when I was defending them. Green was the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year, so I'm real happy about that.
I fly out tomorrow and get into Spokane about seven. I did by myself a new pair of Calloway golf shoes at Nordstroms, so I'm excited to get back to Pullman and try those out.
Since this is my last journal, I guess I should thank everyone who read my journal and sent e-mails. When you're out here all alone, it means a lot to know there are people back home following you. My teammates were very jealous that I had my own internet journal. I tried my best to represent WSU well out here and I will continue to do so wherever I end up.
Today's e-mail question comes from Pat Garcia of Oakland, Calif.
How do you plan to balance your personal life and your future basketball plans?
Pat, to be honest, I don't know exactly how it will be since I haven't played in the pros yet. But I can already tell that family life is something that's going to be very difficult to sustain. You never know where you're going to be playing from one minute to the next. You could be playing 1,000 miles away or 20 miles from home.
It's one of those deals where you have to enjoy every minute you have with your family.