Andrew Tie, Brian Geisinger and Jim Young were at the ACC's Operation Basketball media day last week, talking to tons of players and coaches. During the course of the preseason, we'll be posting the Q&As they gathered.
Next up is Wake Forest sophomore point guard Codi Miller-McIntyre.
You're from Concord (N.C.) - right outside of Charlotte. What's it like transitioning to college ball and living in an environment like Wake Forest and Winston-Salem, N.C. - a smaller ACC school in a somewhat college town?
Well, for me all thoughout high school I went to small schools. And my senior year, I actually left home to go to Hargrave (Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.). So me coming to college wasn't much different - besides the level it's on, obviously. But it's definitely been easier for me because I left my senior year. I know how to be on my own. It was definitely an easier transition for me.
Wake - over the last decade - has had a lot of really good point guards - obviously, Chris Paul is the first one who comes to mind. But also Taron Downey, Ish Smith, who plays in the NBA now (currently with the Phoenix Suns), too. Do you feel any pressure to be the next link in the chain of great point guards to come from the school?
As far as pressure goes, I really don't think about it that much, because I know I'm here for a reason - whatever that reason may be. If it's to be the next best point guard or whatever, I'm comfortable with being here. I don't think about it too much. I know if I get my team to where it should be, where it belongs, then things like that will fall into place.
This summer, we actually went to the Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp to observe some of the action. If you could take away one thing from Chris - the best point guard in the world - or that experience - physically or psychologically - what would it be?
I want to say, just knowing where your teammates are, knowing how you're being guarded. Like, if I come off a screen, I need to know how they're guarding it, which will help me know how to get out of it. That's one thing I've learned from him; you have to play ahead - maybe even two plays ahead. Where you're trying to think before and already know what the defense is going to do. That's the biggest thing I took from the camp.
There were several ACC guys in attendance at Chris' camp - Quinn Cook, P.J. Hairston, Olivier Hanlan, Tyler Lewis. Was there any friendly trash-talk going on there?
Definitely. We're all at this level, which means we're competitors. When the camp got into one-on-one phases, three-on-three, guard-on-guard, it was definitely a lot of talking going on. But that's out of respect for each other.
The size and strength you have - that's got to help you when you're going against smaller guards, right?
Yeah, definitely. It's going to help a lot this year. Now that I know I'm here, and good enough to play here. With me knowing that - instead of me always worrying who I have to guard, I just know that it's vice versa. He's going to have to guard me, as well.
Okay, C.J. Harris is gone. He was a great college basketball player for four seasons, and scored over 1,600 points (1,613, to be exact). How much of that scoring load are you going to take upon your shoulders and try to carry this year?
I don't think it's just on me. Our team is deep. I believe that every player on our team can average at least four to five points per game - and that's saying at the least. But in terms of me last year, I think I averaged eight, maybe (8.1 PPG, to be exact), and I didn't play my game every single game.
Freshman in the ACC - that's tough, huh?
Yeah, so I think this year I'm going to actually play my game. I don't know what numbers that will translate into, but I'll definitely pick up a little bit of the load, now that C.J. left.