Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round NBA Draft pick Zach LaVine
Q: Emotions that went through your mind when you were picked?
A: You know man, I’ve waited my whole life for this moment. It was just a rush of emotion that came through me, and I’m on cloud nine still, man. I’m ready. I put my head down and prayed to God, thank God, I just hugged my mom, and I couldn’t believe this is happening. You think about this since you’re a little kid, and you just can’t believe it’s actually happening. I’m just ready to get to Minnesota and do my best.
Q: Good impression the Wolves were high on you at No. 13?
A: You know, I know I had a really good workout with them. I talked to coach Flip Saunders and we had a great meeting. And then you know, I knew they were around my draft range, so I was hoping for the best. When my name was called, man, it was a jolt of energy through my body. It was amazing.
Q: Did the Wolves promise they’d draft you?
A: No, you see it on Twitter, it was on Twitter a lot, and you know, I didn’t want to confirm or anything like that or believe it until my agent or someone, you know, really close to me, the GM or owner told me. But, I knew it was a good thing no matter what, so I’m just ecstatic that it actually did come true.
Q: Were you aware of the “Twitter storm” that you thought you were upset coming to Minnesota?
A: No man, I’m completely ecstatic. I couldn’t be more happy. I’m a very emotional person, so I might’ve uttered something completely wrong, but I put my head down, thanked God, kissed my mom, kissed my dad, couldn’t believe this was happening to me right now. I’m going into Minnesota full-fledged ready to become a Timberwolf.
Q: What do you think you can bring immediately with the team and how do you fit in the back court?
A: You know, it’s going to be a privilege to be back there. Ricky Rubio at the point right now, I can see me running lanes and hopefully catching some alley-oops getting on the break, spreading the floor. Maybe playing some back-up point, if that’s what Coach Saunders needs me to do. I’m just going to go in there and work my butt off to try and help you guys win.
Q: On answering answers in the car with his dad getting prepared for NBA draft questions
A: I always feel like, you know, my dad has prepared me for everything in life. I know this is a big day for him, and it’s completely, I’ve been ready for this process for a long time. I’m on cloud nine now, just knowing my name got called by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and I’m in the NBA.
Q: How long does this go back?
A: I was 6, 7, or 8 when my dad started giving me these little test interviews when we were riding in the car. So, it’s crazy to think back on that.
Q: What’s your focus this offseason?
A: I’ll do whatever they need me to do. I’m 185 pounds right now. I might not be the strongest dude, but neither was Allen Iverson coming into the league. He was 6 foot, 165 pounds. If they can’t touch you, that’s a good thing. I’ll use my speed to my advantage. I’m definitely going to get a lot stronger. I’m going to get in the weight room and do everything I need to do to help my body out. But, right now I pride myself on being one of the hardest workers, and I’m going to continue doing that.
Q: On declaring for the NBA Draft
A: I’m a very confident person. I knew what I was doing. I believe in my talents, and I thought I was ready for this journey. There are a lot of doubters out there that I’ve been proving wrong throughout this whole process. I had one of the better pre-drafts, and I’m making my dream become a reality. I don’t think a lot of people can say much now.
Q: Can you still run a 10.9 100-meter dash?
A: I don’t know about that. I know it’s around there. I ran around a 4.5 40 and a sub-11 100 or something around there. I can get up.
Q: On scoring eight points in three NCAA Tournament games
A: You’re not going to be perfect every game, and anything can happen in basketball. You know with us, we had such a great team and Coach Alford saw me coming off the bench. We had six potential pros on that team, so we were rolling. And if I scored zero points in all those games, and we won them, I would have been perfectly fine with that.
Q: On playing in the same city as high school teammate Josh Martin?
A: We went to high school together. We’re really good friends. And it’s crazy that we ended up in the same state again. I’m definitely going to see him a lot out there. I’m wishing him the best of luck out there in his freshman year at Minnesota.