As former SU basketball star Dion Waiters prepared for his third NBA Summer League game on Tuesday night, he recently spoke with Danny Pommels of Comcast SportsNet about his road to the NBA. The 4th pick in the NBA draft to the Cleveland Cavaliers talks about what it was like growing up as a high school basketball star in Philadelphia and, while he might be better for it, how it took time to adjust to coming off the bench at SU.
" Y ou're so used to getting everything in high school," recalls Waiters of his freshman season, "you know being the top of the team and everything like that, everything came to you so easy and you got your way all the time. So when I got to ( S yracuse) it was hard because I wasn't getting my way, I didn't start when I wanted to start, it was really humbling."
Waiters also talks about having the words "humble and hungry" written on his sneakers at Syracuse. "That's just my motto I live by, humble and hungry. You've got to wake up and perfect your craft, every day, and at the end of the day, you know, you get the star power, magazines, photos shoots, but you've got to say humble, you've got to stay grounded." Click on the YouTube link above to hear much more from Waiters.
Waiters and the D-League team of the Cleveland Cavaliers will take on Phoenix on Tuesday night after scoring 11 against for the Cavs in a win over a D_league select squad on Monday night. Waiters kicked off the Las Vegas Summer League by scoring 10 points in a win over Charlotte on Sunday.