June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Dion Waiters (Syracuse) puts on a cap as he is introduced as the number four overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Dion Waiters, the former Syracuse University guard selected No. 4 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night has a lofty goal. He wants to be better than Dwyane Wade of the NBA champion Miami Heat, an eight-time NBA All-Star.
Waiters joined ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland with Aaron Goldhammeron Friday to talk about being selected by Cleveland. He was asked about comparisons to Wade. Here is what he said: [via Sports Radio Interviews]
"Me and him play similar but it's just great to be in that conversation with that guy," Waiters said. "My goal now is to work hard and to be better than him. That's what drives me and pushes me to be better than the guys in front of me now."
That hardly sounds like bragging. It sounds like a young man who just wants to be the best player he can be. Waiters was also asked about not starting for Syracuse, and his answer was one Cleveland fans should like.
"It's sacrifice for the team, to better the team. That was my first time ever not starting when I went to Syracuse so it was hard and it was something I had to adjust to for the team," Waiters said. "I had to stop worrying about me and focus on the team. Whatever I had to do to make us a better team and me a better person I had to do it."
Cavaliers fans should be excited to see what Waiters can do to help them. He certainly seems to be approaching it with the right attitude.