Saturday, October 17, 2009
DeShawn Painter Talks with WolfpackHoops
WPH: Deshawn, what has it been like transitioning to college this first year?
DP: Pretty hard. Haha. You’ve got to work hard. You know, school and books, it’s been tough on and off the court. It’s been tough though.
WPH: How are you liking Raleigh?
DP: Love it. I love it here, it’s a nice place.
WPH: How’s it feel to be wearing the NC State jersey right now?
DP: Feels good. It feels real good. I was a youngers watching Julius Hodge. He was one of my favorite college players at that time period. So you know, I’m just surprise that I’m here.
WPH: How has the transition been basketball wise, from HS to the ACC?
DP: Everybody is good. You know, Hargrave really prepared me. At Hargrave everybody was good. It’s been kind of the same but the players are a little bit better, but you’ve got to come and compete every day.
WPH: How have the coaches been using you in workouts this year?
DP: Coming off shooting, playing inside-out. I play in the post and I’ll be stepping out some.
WPH: Is there any chance we could see you on the wing at all , with you ability to step out and face up?
DP: Haha. I don’t know, I’ll leave that to the coaches. I don’t’ really know, I can’t really speak on that.
WPH: What’s it been like battling with the other bigs on the team?
DP: Haha I can say one thing, me and Jordan are fighting/competing everyday. Me and Tracy, we’ll just be laid back competing, but me and Jordan, it’s high intensity. There’s just a lot of yelling and battling in there.
WPH: How has having an upperclassman like Tracy helped you make the transition to college ball?
DP: Little stuff. He’ll just say “Come here” and pull me to the side. He’ll tell me “Look man, this is what you do.” He talks to me and keeps me going and when I do big things he cheers me on.