Why the decision to come to UCLA now and not out of high school?
David: “I just feel like it’s a great school with a great coach. I was looking for a school that was benefit me as a player, and as a student athlete. It wasn’t so much (Howland’s) pitch – originally I wanted to experience going away from home, playing for North Carolina, seeing what that was like. But seeing how much my family, my friends, my people support me, I missed that a lot. I miss being able to come home and see everyone.”
Travis: “He basically summed it up right there – I was really intrigued with the idea of playing for North Carolina. I thought it was a great opportunity, but I did miss the support of our friends and our family out here. I did miss home.”
What was the transfer process like? Tough to leave North Carolina?
David: “It was a great experience, no hard feelings at all – I made a lot of good friends there, I have a lot of respect for everyone back there. It was more a personal decision and a family decision than anything.”
Was there any question you’d choose UCLA?
David: “Since UCLA was my No. 2 to start with, I feel like I had an idea of where I wanted to go. There were other options out there, but I wanted to stay in the West coast, stay in the Pac-10. It just so happened to be up the street. And they had two scholarships available, which was great.”
Any apprehension given UCLA’s past season?
David: “I feel like it’s a great school with a historic program. Every school has their down years. My brother and I are both going to come in and do everything we can to contribute. It’s going to be great to play with a former teammate Blake Arnet, and Tyler Lamb is going to be there also. They have a lot of talent on that team, and a great coach. I don’t think it will take a lot to get it turned around. We have all the weapons, all the tools to do so.”
How important is it to you to play with former high school and AAU teammates?
Travis: “I’m very excited about being a part of the nucleus over there. Being able to play with players I played with in high school is going to be a wonderful experience. I played with a lot of them growing up through the years.”
How difficult will it be to sit out next season?
Travis: “It’s going to be tough, but I’ll have the opportunity to get bigger and stronger and work on my game. When I come back in, my first year of eligibility, I’ll be that much better.”
Was there any thoughts of splitting up?
David: “There were schools out there that offered to take one of us if the other didn’t want to go. But we’re comfortable playing together, and to have the opportunity to keep playing together is a great thing. We played together our whole lives.”
Travis: “I don’t think we’ve ever thought about splitting up. It was a given that we’d go the same place.”