What were some key reasons you decided to attend Guilford?
I was looking to transfer to a school a little closer to home. During my search, I got a call from Claude Shields, who is now head men’s basketball coach and assistant director of athletics at William Peace University. Coach Shields actually first saw me play in high school and was close friends with the son of my guidance counselor. Claude and I developed a great relationship during the recruitment process and made me feel Guilford was the place to be. Located in Greensboro, I had friends and family in the surrounding area and it gave my family the opportunity to visit and watch me play at a lesser expense and greater convenience.
What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as a student at Guilford?
Guilford is a small, private school, which resembled my high school. I received attention and direct feedback from my professors that is difficult to attain at bigger institutions. Guilford gave off a relaxed setting and atmosphere, which I admired. I cannot describe how grateful I am to all of the faculty that helped me through my journey.
What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as an athlete at Guilford?
Being a close-knit unit, I felt the gratitude, appreciation, and acceptance from everyone involved with Guilford Athletics, from teammates to alumni and spectators. Prior to Guilford, I did not feel this. The enjoyment of playing was being sucked out of me. Under coach (Tom) Palombo I was able to enjoy the sensation of being a collegiate athlete.
What have you been up to since you left Guilford?
After I graduated in May of 2016, I returned home to Wilson, North Carolina, and worked for Bridgestone, a tire manufacturing company. Stepping away from the sports world, I quickly realized this was not what I wanted to do. One day I got up and made the decision to go back to school and get involved with sports again. After working for eight months I applied and got accepted to Barry University’s Graduate Program. Barry is located in Miami, Florida. I’m currently entering my second year in the sport management graduate program and recently started an internship in the athletic department at Miami Country Day School.
What about your experience as a Guilford student-athlete has helped you the most?
The experiences of a student-athlete at Guilford has helped become a better communicator, enabled me to adapt to varies situations, and understand the meaning of hard work. The coaching staff at Guilford not only prepared us for our opponents, but also for life after basketball.
What do you miss most about Guilford?
I miss being with the friends I met at Guilford. I met some great people, many of whom I still keep up with today. I wish we could hang out and see each other every day like old times!
What are your future plans?
I’m looking forward to obtaining my master’s degree by the spring of 2019 and working in athletics in some fashion, whether it’s at the high school or college level. I have yet to decide on my destination but I’m taking all options into consideration. I’ve also thought about continuing my education as well.
What is one thing a high school student-athlete considering college needs to know?
Explore all your options and consider every aspect of each institution you are considering. You only get to be a student-athlete once. Do not take one moment for granted because when it’s all said and done, you will wish you can do it all over again. Athletics in college is a whole new world. Your love for the game will be tested. Stay resilient and optimistic.
Identify and describe one or two of your favorite moments or experiences while at Guilford.
One of my favorite moments was defeating top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan on its home court. Transferring into Guilford, I did not know how tough the ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) was and how important beating Virginia Wesleyan was to determine how we stood among the great teams in all of Division III. We caught heat from their fans before we even took the court. The game was so intense, and I loved every minute of it. That was high-level basketball and it was a wonderful feeling pulling off the victory.