LeVelle Moton Of NCCU Shares His Incredible Journey
North Carolina Central’s hoops head coach, LeVelle Moton, joins the Mac Attack to discuss his team clinching an NCAA tournament berth, why he got so emotional when his team won, and the story of how he got to where he is today.
On his story: God has been tremendous to me. I’ve been blessed to have incredible people around me, who saw a vision in me. I just thank God for allowing me to have a vision to see beyond my dysfunction of present circumstances when I was young. I didn’t know what I wanted to be, it changed every week, but I knew I wanted to be something and escape that environment and I’ve been fortunate to do that.
On training/coaching/mentoring players: My best friend growing up was Jerry Satckhouse. We played on the same AAU team and I remember going to Chicago with him and I was a middle school coach at the time. He was there to work out with a guy and I thought it was a corny workout and the guy charged him $25,000 a month. I said, I’ll do this for $25 a month and he said let’s do it. I knew him so well, I patterned on what I thought were his weaknesses. He just kept coming back and the word spread, to Chris Paul, Ryamond Felton, Tyler Hansbrough, Julius Hodge and the list goes on. I love teaching and coaching and that was how I made money in the summer.
On NCCU’s matchup with Iowa State: It’s really tough. They’re the toughest offensive team in the country. They present matchup problemsa t different areas. Their point guard is 6’5″ and they have a player of the year. We’ll implement the game plan today, but we’ve got a tough matchup on our hands.