You decided to leave your country at an early age. Why did you decide this path was the best option for you?
I felt it was the best thing to do. I wanted to experience life and basketball outside of Ireland. I was getting bored of playing basketball because I was winning everything and it was getting easy. So I decided to leave so I could get better conditions for my development and education and also to get more exposure which, eventually, was the bigger reason.
You were recruited by some schools in North America before joining NBA Academy. Why did you decide Canada and the US were not good options to develop your game prior your High School graduation?
I felt like Canada was not going to give me the level of competition I wanted. And in the US, I was not really happy because the school I was in was not giving me the competition level I wanted. I wanted to test myself against the best players and be in the best position to succeed; that’s why I chose the NBA Academy.
What is the NBA Academy helping you the most in terms of basketball?
Everything, from my jumpshot to my body structure. Also, the education is very good, the exposure is really big and they have a great structure that gives us the best conditions. We have access to the fields and all the areas and things we need to develop. They do a great work teaching us also very important life skills.
You have been offered by multiple colleges. Tell us a little about that process...
It all started after the U16 European Championship. I started to get a lot of attention from colleges and big European clubs. When I moved to Canada, the interest started to get bigger. Arizona is one of the colleges that saw me there and was interested. Actually, I have a great relationship with one of the Arizona assistant coaches. He saw me in Canada and he told me he was interested in me. There is also an NBA Academy prospect that is at Arizona now, Ben Mathurin. With Baylor, I met them in Dallas, Texas and went on a visit to their school, I met a few of their players and overall was great.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
My long-term goal is to play professionally in the NBA or Euroleague but my main goal is to reach the NBA and help my family. As far as the path goes I am trying to keep everything open which might be European clubs, NCAA, G-League... But as of now, I have different options and I will keep them open until it’s time to make a decision.