"I see Milwaukee being one of the top destinations in the United States."
What is your job and its responsibilities?
I play basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks. The positions I’ll be playing are the shooting guard, small forward and power forward. My job is to spread the floor as a three point shooting threat for the team. As one of the more seasoned players I feel that it is my job to be a leader in the locker room for some of the younger guys on the team. I feel like one my other responsibilities is to use my influence to be a positive role model for local kids and basketball fans.
How long have you lived in Milwaukee & what brought you here?
I am Milwaukee born and raised. My friends and family are what brought me home. It is a great opportunity to play for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Was there a point where you decided this was the city you wanted to live in?
Milwaukee is my hometown and my heart has always been here. I have had some amazing experiences living around world but I’ve never been more happy to be in home in Milwaukee at this time of my life.
What strikes you as the most unique thing about Milwaukee?
Milwaukee has an atmosphere that is unlike any other city in the world. It is a family-friendly city with genuine people and real community life. Milwaukee Business owners and locals can be very open to having some great conversations.
What is your favorite Milwaukee event?
I love the Wisconsin State Fair. It’s great to see the variety of people, food and products from our state all in one place. Wisconsin and Milwaukee specifically are diverse, and at the State’s diversity is on display at a very high level.
What is your favorite Milwaukee beer?
Sprecher Root Beer
Is there an issue you believe all Milwaukeeans should turn our attention to?
I’d like to see our city unify around helping Milwaukee’s inner city crime rate go down. This includes helping quality schools to thrive and expand so that kids in the inner city can develop the tools to pursue their dreams from the early child hood to college. The future depends on young people and I believe our community influential figures like myself can create positive change around this issue.
What is your favorite Milwaukee tradition?
Watching the Green Bay Packers with the family on Sunday!
Favorite place to grab coffee?
I’m a big fan of Stone Creek Coffee’s 88.9 location.
What is the most effective way to implement change in Milwaukee?
Coming together. Before we can take on any issue in our community we need to unify and take stock of who we are as a community. As we get to know one another we will see that we all want Milwaukee to thrive and we’ll better work together to make the city the best it can be.
How does Milwaukee vary from other cities you’ve lived in/visited?
People are more friendly and easier to talk to here.
Where do you see Milwaukee in five years?
I see Milwaukee being one of the top destinations in the United States. With the new Bucks arena, we’ll have a world class downtown to add to the charm the city already has. I recently saw an article ranking Milwaukee as the best city in the Midwest, and I agree. The next step is being one of the top cities in the country.
What do you think of Milwaukee as a place to work and do business?
It’s my number one choice! The Bucks coaching staff and organization as a business is rising daily to offer Milwaukee a premier basketball experience.
What do you think of Milwaukee as a place to socialize and play?
Milwaukee is filled with fun people and there are tons of activities here. From great restaurants to festivals to fish fry Fridays.
Is there an issue you believe all Milwaukee should turn our attention to?
Again, I think there is a lot of good that we can do by helping urban students get the quality education they need to achieve their dreams. We need to support the great schools and programs that are helping these students and their families.
Favorite little known fact/secret/hidden gem in Milwaukee?
It’s not a hidden gem, but St. Paul’s Fish Market in the Milwaukee Public Market is one of my favorite spots. I like to go there after practice for lunch and get the oysters.