JW: How unexpected was this coaching offer? When you came to Brownsburg, it appeared that you were here for the long haul.
RN: Like you said, I came to Brownsburg with the expectation of being at Brownsburg. There wasn’t any other thought in my mind, I wasn’t planning on going to any other place. I wanted to be in Brownsburg, I had a great first season at Brownsburg basketball wise and school wise. There’s not one bad word I can say about Brownsburg, I loved it that much.
Another thing about this is, I wouldn’t do it for anybody. I wouldn’t just leave Brownsburg if somebody offered me a job in college just to go because I want to be in college. Having the opportunity to play for coach Graves, working with Darnell Archey, knowing the kind of people I get to work with.
I grew up in Alabama but Mobile is nowhere close to where I grew up. It’s more unfamiliar to me than coming to Indianapolis and Butler. Going to a place unfamiliar to me is really hard to do and I really struggled with if this was something I really wanted to do. As I had conversations with my family and the administration at Brownsburg, I just felt like it would be something good for me. Unfortunately, I have to leave Brownsburg to do that.
JW: What was your relationship like with coach Graves and Darnell Archey at Butler?
RN: From Day 1, I was always close with coach Graves. We talked a lot about hoops and helped me a lot on my path to having a good career at Butler and I’m just so thankful for the time in put in for me. I know he’s going to continue to do that for guys at South Alabama.