DTH: What about staying close to home? Cary's only about 30 minutes from Chapel Hill, so how much did that factor into your decision?
TK: At first, staying close to home wasn't something that I really wanted to do. But I went through the process and really just got closer to the coaches and realized how UNC is such a great place on its own. Even though it is close to home, it's a lot different than I expected, in a good way. It's a good thing that I'm home.
DTH: What stood out to you most about Courtney Banghart's coaching style and leadership?
TK: What stood out the most was just how she's brought life back to the UNC women's basketball program. Since I live so close, I've been around there quite a while, and to see that it's going in the right direction is really great. Her vision for the future is also amazing.
DTH: What would you say is probably the strongest aspect of your game that stood out to her the most?
TK: My strongest aspect would definitely be my versatility. It's definitely hard to match up with me, defensively and offensively. I can guard bigs, I can guard guards and mismatches on the offensive end are hard to guard as well.
DTH: With that versatility, where do you see yourself fitting into the lineup the best?
TK: Definitely either the three or the four spot. But the way that the program is being run, it honestly isn't that big of a deal because everyone's really versatile. With what she's trying to do, everyone's been versatile.
DTH: On the flip side, what's an area of your game that you think Banghart or your future teammates could help you develop more?
TK: Definitely the speed. Going into the ACC, it's a faster pace of basketball, so I think that's something that I'll probably need to work on a lot. The speed on offense and defense and just being able to have that first step on the offensive and defensive ends.
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DTH: Who are some players you've sort of looked up to or tried to model your game after?
TK: I've definitely looked up to (sophomore forward) Malu (Tshitenge). I had to get on the phone with her before I committed and all that just to see how it was for her to get her experience because she was a successful freshman. Just getting to know her and seeing how her first year was for her and the staff was definitely a big part of it.
DTH: Looking ahead to UNC's incoming 2020 class and your 2021 class, there's already multiple five-star commits, so how high of a ceiling do you think the Tar Heels will have when you arrive?
TK: There's definitely, definitely gonna be some championships — ACC and national, hopefully. Just deep runs into the playoffs and great teams. It's going to be really good.
DTH: In preparation for all of that, how have you had to adjust your workouts and everything in the middle of this pandemic?
TK: Yeah, with all the gyms closed, I've had to doing a lot of outside stuff. I've been shooting outside and lifting with dumbbells and stuff rather than my more intense normal workouts. But it's not too bad. It's going well.
DTH: Glad to hear it. Away from the court, though, is there a message or something about yourself you'd like for UNC fans and the Chapel Hill community to know?
TK: I'm just a fun person. I like being around fun people, good people. And going to UNC, I'll definitely be around a lot of good and funny people. I'm looking forward to it.
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