Monday, January 14, 2013

"The Dumbest Thing I've Done In College, But It Was Awesome."

(Oliver Sholder Photo)
As you may have seen by now, elated Wolfpack fans stormed the court following N.C. State’s victory Saturday over then #1 Duke.  At the front of the stampede was a kid in a wheel chair being pushed by what one would assume was a fellow student.

Needless to say in the mass of humanity, it got a little scary.

USA Today's Nicole Auerbach tracked down the student – Will Privette, of Zebulon, N.C. who is, in fact, a senior at N.C. State.  The kid pushing Privette into the soon-to-be fray was student body president Andy Walsh.

Privette is no rookie to court storming have done so in 2010 when the Wolfpack knocked off the Blue Devils, but that time he had the good sense to ride the second wave and not lead the charge as he did last weekend saying "…that time I waited for the first wave of people to go through so I wouldn't get crushed."

This time he arrived just a bit early and was eventually knocked to the ground losing his wheelchair, his glasses and his phone (he was filming a YouTube video, of course.) Luckily, Privette got what he called a life-saving assist from forward NC State forward C.J. Leslie.   
From Auerbach's USA Today interview:

“We got right in the center, and as you can see in the video, I got hit from one side. It was like a wave. It toppled me over. I fell out of my wheelchair. I was on the ground, and I had my phone in my hand -- I was trying to film the event -- and the phone flew out of my hands and my glasses flew off my face. I was on the ground. I was like, "OK, what am I going to do now?

C.J. Leslie was in the middle (of the crowd) and he saw me. I knew him from being around campus. He pushed everyone back and told everyone, "Get back, get back." Once everyone moved and realized what was going on, he picked me up and I've described it as like how you'd hold a baby. Once I realized I wasn't in trouble any more, I started to scream, like "Wooooo! Let's go!" C.J. held me for a little bit because we lost my wheelchair in the sea of people. He held me for a couple of minutes. I was screaming and yelling.

I patted him on the head and said, "Thank you." Then he put me in my chair, and the PNC Arena staff escorted me off the court to safety. After the game, I waited around for C.J. to say, "Thank you, thank you for helping -- saving my life, really.

It was the dumbest thing I've done in college but it was awesome.”

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