"The level that he sustained was the most impressive thing," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. "The other thing that I loved was that the mistakes early, he learned from. He got better as the season went on. He became a more complete player. We knew he was going to be really good but just seeing his dedication to becoming a great player was very, very impressive."
"I don't want him to come in here with tremendous pressure on him," said Matta, 156-54 in six years at Ohio State with at least 20 wins each season. "He's a great kid, he's a great teammate. He's a winner, a very competitive kid. He's got a great sense of how to play the game and he's got talent. Points, rebounds, I really don't know, I just hope he's productive."