NC State senior forward Richard Howell spoke with Fox Sports/Pack Pride reporter Sara Jane Harris at the 2012 ACC Media Day.
Tell us about how the workouts are going.
Nothing is easy. I feel like the expectations are there and we have a lot more on our plates right now.
Our workouts that coach Gottfried and coach Alejo have set up aren't a cakewalk. They are definitely hard.
Can you talk about the expectations after being picked first in the league?
When you're picked first, the key word is being picked. We feel like everyone is going off of what we did last year so we have a lot more to accomplish this year.
We feel like we felt a little short with the Sweet Sixteen and we know we can get a lot further than we did last year.
We're not doing anything different, just going out there and practicing hard everyday for two hours and we'll have the same outcome.
Can you talk about what improvements we'll see from you.
I've been working on my shooting and I think the main thing is my fouling. I reached a lot when I shouldn't have and I feel like that's a growing stage.
I feel like if I don't reach a lot then we'll be alright.
The players say you change every year and you're maybe thinking about growing dreads this year.
Yeah, I just want to keep people on their feet. I definitely want dreadlocks. I don't know how that's going to go with coach Gottfried. I've got to talk to him about it, but hopefully I'll be alright.
How far can this team go?
I don't want to shoot ourselves in the foot and say we're going to make it this far, but I do think we're going to go a little further than we did last year in the Sweet Sixteen.