Will Chavis is a 28 year old 181 cm guard who comes from Philidelphia and started his basketball learning at New Hampshire in 1998-1999 averaging 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg before going to Texas to play at Panola Junior College averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals per game . This gained the interest of legendary coach Bobby Knight at Texas Tech. Knight had only the best to say about the guy he coached two years at Texas Tech.
‘Will takes pride in taking good shots, and is a great shooter. He also takes very good care of the ball. He is aggressive and quick on defense, and can anticipate or put under pressure the opposite point guard’, stressed Bobby Knight.
At Texas Tech, Chavis played together with Artland Dragon Ronald Ross and in his senior year, played 33 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 going to Iceland to play for UMFN Njardvikur playing 6 games and averaging 18.3ppg; 3.1rpg; 7.8apg ( 41 assists to 11 turnovers); 2.0spg; 3pts 45.6%; FT 85.6%.
The next season, he was tested by Olimpia GE Larisa (Greece-A1), but was not signed and finished the season practicing with Climamio Fortitudo Bologna (Italy-SErieA). In 2005-2006, he started to make a name playing for Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five) playing 5 EuroCup Challenge games averaging 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 50% and playing 44 games in the Czech Rep. League averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.2apg), 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 85.0%.
The next season, he went to top Dutch team Demon Astronauts Amsterdam continuing to show who well he could perform in FIBA EuroCup playing 6 games and avergaing 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 55.2%, 3FGP: 15%, FT: 78.3% and playing 39 games in the Dutch League and averaging 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, FT: 87.8%, 3Pts: 40.9%. In 2007-2008, he split time with Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, but left after 7 games, where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 36.6%, 3FGP: 27.8%, FT: 87.5%, and then moved to MBC in Jan 2008 playing 12 games and averaging 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT-1 ( 91.7%).
Last season, he led MBC into the BBL averaging 10.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 86.5% in 29 games.
Will, thanks for talking to German Hoops. How was your summer? It was a long wait for you. Were you surprised that there was not more interest in your services?
My summer was great, I got to go to some nice places and have some fun with friends and family. It was a long wait but I was not really so worried that I would get a job, but when no one around me had signed or even been offered I started to think that something was going on. Then I started to see teams sign rookies out of college and I started to get an idea that the financial crisis of the world was effecting the European basketball community. Maybe I am wrong but the market doesn´t seem right this year.
Did you ever have an experience like this summer in the past where teams were not biting?
I have never experienced a summer like this before, but I have friends who have played for very very big money and none of them have heard anything real solid, so from that point I have never experienced a summer like that in fact its still will go on for a lot of people I think.
Did this make your summer workout period tougher just because you didn´t know where you´were going to play?
It didnt really effect my workout plans, I just kept doing what I always do. In this business you could NEVER know where you will go the next season.
What is your opinion with the current basketball market? It has been crazy! So many good players not getting signed. Could this have an effect on the future of the game?
I dont know if it will have an effect on the future of the game, but I do think a lot of players will have to take a pay cut, or not play at all. Its unfortunate for the experienced players when unproven rookies get a chance before they do. I really dont know what to say about it.
I thought you had good chances of landing in the BBL, but instead you landed in the PRO B. How shocked were you that you actually got demoted to a lower league?
After the way we(MBC) dominated through the ProA and I was the captain of that team I would think that they would keep most of the team, but I guess they felt they need to go in a different direction. So I was disappointed more than shocked. I dont think what MBC did was right because we always talked about family and being together, but it taught me a valuable lesson and I wish them luck this season. Its a great place to play and the fans are great there. A lot of people have always passed on me even though my resume is good, but its really unfortunate as I always have a lot to offer any team. I try to be professional no matter where I am and represent my family, the organization and the community the best way I can. If teams are not interested in that there is nothing I can do about it. I am a humble person so playing in PRO B will be a different kind of challenge then I am used to but, I believe everything happens for a reason.
You played together with Ronald Ross at Texas Tech. You were the starter and he was on bench. Now Ross is one of best point guards in BBL and your in the Pro B. How crazy is that and how unfair is that to you?.
Yeah Ron is my young guy. We sat next to each other in the locker room at Tech and I will never forget our time there. We used to push each other every day. We still keep in touch and I wish him always the best. Ron has always been one of my greatest supporters as far as trying to understand what is going on. I guess in a sense its unfair, but like I said everything happens for a reason. Now I could do one of two things: make excuses or work hard. I choose the last one…cause life will always be unfair for some people just the way it goes.
For me it is a mystery how no BBL team gobbled you up after having so much experience and getting stats like these 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 55.2%, with Amsterdam in the Eurocup some years ago. Did this make you very angry?
The year in Amsterdam was preceded by a year in the Czech Republic where I was also a in the all-star game, won the Cup, and averaged almost 16pts and 6 assist in Eurocup Challenge competition advancing out of the group into home and home stage and lost out to Ashkleon of Israel on points to go to 1/4 finals. We also lost in the championship of the league. So it was a great year. I still hold the record for single points in a Czech game with that being 61points in 32 mins. In Amsterdam you stated my stats and in the league my stats were even better. That year in Euro cup we played in our group, Asvel from France, Virtus Bologna, and AEL of Cyprus, so my numbers speak for themselves. I was also a starter in the all star game in the Dutch league. We also beat a couple BBL teams last year and played well against some others. So go figure, but I am not angry, just confused as to what I would have to do to get there.
But you also must be thankful that Franken Hexer took you. Did they outright give you free reigns to be the leader of the team? You could become the star of the PRO B!
I am very thankful that Hexer took me. They have been very kind and generous and I think their ambitions are very good and I can live with it. You know I dont feel you can be made a leader of a team I think its has to be earned, so I just plan on learning my teammates and what they like and dislike and hopefully we can come together and have some fun. If they look to me as the leader then fine I will accept. As for being a star we will see what happens.
Supposedly the pay is more than what you got at MBC. I guess sometimes if the money is right, then that is the best possible situation for a player.
I cant really comment on that but Hexer has made sure that I am comfortable and that is what matters to me the most. They seem to be a very loyal and ambitious club and hopefully I can be part of something special here, so I am happy with what I have here.
There are quite many young talented Germans on the team. Are you looking forward to the season and what will be your personal goals?
As I have worked with them I can see the talent and potential. I think our goal should be to commit to working hard and not losing focus on both ends of the floor. I think if we do that we will give ourselves a chance and we will have fun in the process. I have never have personal goals, I just like to work to my potential , and see what happens.
What is the first thing that you asked for when you got to Nurnberg? A Mcdonalds?
Actually yes, I was so hungry and tired for some reason. I usually dont get bad jet lag but I had it this year. I had a layover in Zurich so that might have added to the fatigue. Who knows, but Nurnberg is a nice city I dont think I will have any problems here with living. I went to Burger King first!! Shhhh.
Do you think that sometimes there are factors related in basketball that have nothing to with a players talent?
There are factors that most definitely effect the outcome of a players career outside of basketball. If you look at it life also works that way. People help people they know and thats just how it goes. Nobody seems to care to give someone a chance, unless it will benefit them directly. Its all politics, some people will be in your corner and believe in you others wont. There are a lot of players out there that get over looked all the time that deserve a chance to a tleast get a shot. One of my good friends is Lynn Greer and he is considered one of the best guards in all of Europe. He has the right people behind him who believed in his talent and ability and we all know where that took him. He doesnt understand it at all. But thats life Miles. Sad but true. I am where I am and I dont complain about it because I still feel blessed to be playing and seeing parts of the world that I might have never seen. So I thank all the teams that ever gave me a chance, and I dont think I disappointed them.
Thanks Will for the chat and good luck this season.
Thanks Miles anytime.