This first round draft pick is having a NBA moment.
Before the draft you began a pretty serious workout regimen, talk about that.
I went up to San Francisco to train with a personal trainer. He had a lot of good stuff for me and helped change my diet a little bit. Actually, I got leaned up a little bit but also managed to gain some muscle. I just did a lot of training in all types of weather; most of my training was outdoors on the beaches, a lot of core and conditioning.
Can you talk about any exercises that particularly helped you improve?
All of my workouts helped, really. In the month and a half that I trained up there I might have done the same exercise maybe once or twice a week. There wasn’t a whole lot of repetition in what I did but a lot of the exercises worked the same muscles. I would run up sand hills with weights or dumbbells or a weight vest on. I would run along the beach since the sand is soft and is really good for your legs and conditioning. I did a lot of pull-ups, a lot of push-ups. Shoulder work with medicine balls. A lot of sprinting, especially up hills. I didn’t really lift a whole lot of weights but everything I did made me more powerful and explosive
Do you feel that the workouts have carried over to your game?
Yeah, I think the major thing was the recovery time to my wind. Not that I was out of shape – I’ve always worked hard – but it was a different type of conditioning that prepared my body in a different way. My recovery time became pretty good as far as when I would get tired and bounce back and be able to get my second and third wind. That was probably the most beneficial and I think that had a lot to do with my diet and having more muscle and the fact that I was doing a lot of running. The heart is a muscle as well so I did a lot of cardio.
What sort of changes did you make to your diet?
I just got away from a college student diet; I learned how to read the ingredients and find the good and bad in food and drinks. The diet was pretty strict and I tried not to have any lapses even if it meant not eating a peppermint. I tried to utilize the entire time and not have any setbacks. I just ate a lot of salad, a lot of fish, chicken and turkey. No red meat or artificial sugars. I just ate only things that are good for you.
Do you have any fitness goals for the upcoming year?
I pretty much touched on everything as a whole. I’m actually going back to my trainer in the middle of August, and once I head out to Detroit, Richard Hamilton – who’s known for being one of the most in-shape guys in the NBA will be there – so he’ll be a good guy to work out with and learn form.