Will Chavis is a 29 year old 181 cm guard who comes from Philadelphia 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%). In 2008-2009, 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. Last season in his first season with NBC, he played 29 games: 19.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 88.3%. He spoke to german hoops about basketball.
What was your impression of Fabian Franke of the Frankfurt Sklyiners PRO B team this season? Does he have the ability to play an important role in the BEKO BBL?
He is a good player with good size for the guard position. I think that he can play at that level.
You are playing your second season with NBC. You have a long term contract with the team and have long term plans with the team. Explain why you chose to go down this path?
NBC showed a lot of loyalty to me and showed that they wanted me. The club has big plans and wants to reach the BEKO BBL. I feel very comfortable there and want to help the team achieve that goal.
NBC wants to get to the PRO A. Does the team have the ability to reach the goal this season?
I think that we do. It is weird, because we played many PRO A teams in preseason and were successful. There is more structure in the PRO A and we seem to do better against teams like that then teams in the PRO B where the style seems to be a bit more wild at times.
This season Bastian Doreth made the jump from PRO B to PRO A and joined Bayern Munich. Which of the young German NBC players have the skill to reach the next level?
I think that Juan Reile has the most potential to reach the next level. He has very long arms and is athletic. He needs to improve his ball handling and his guard play.
What makes coach Derrick Taylor so valuable?
He allows the player to be comfortable. He gives you freedom and that helps the player and team grow. He understands the play, because he was a player once to.
What is a strength in your game that inst always seen right away?
I think that my leadership isn’t noticed right away. I think that people don’t realize that I study a lot of film. I study the game of basketball a lot.
In the 2008-2009 season, you were an important part of MBC moving up to the BEKO BBL. The club didn’t keep you. This was a tough experience for you. How did this experience make you stronger?
I relied on management a bit too much. They kind of gave me the sense that I would be on that BEKO BBL team, but it didn’t happen. I got a sense how business works and learned to protect myself more. I learned to work harder for that next situation which I got with NBC. Now I want to help them make next step.
Who were your NBA idols as a kid?
Isah Thomas was my favourite player, but I also liked Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.
Was there any player you didn’t like as a kid?
I didn’t like the Boston Celtics, because they beat us so much.
If you had to compare your game to a NBA player today who would you choose?
I would take Chris Paul. He scores when he has to, runs the team, takes advantage of the defense and is intelligent.
You played together with Ronald Ross at Texas Tech. Has he made good use of the things that you taught him in the BEKO BBL in the last years?
Back at Texas Tech, we had lockers next to each other. We hung out a lot and he always worked hard. I told him when I was a senior and he was in his second year that he could be running the team in two years. He continued to work hard and I think that he has taken advantage of what I told him. One has to remember that he was a walk on at Texas Tech.
Do you think that the Brose Baskets Bamberg can be undefeated in the regular season?
If they lose it will be on the road. The BEKO BBL is so tight that it will be very hard to go undefeated. Coach Chris Fleming prepares them so well. Their ball movement is amazing.
Your coach at Texas Tech was the legendary coach Bobby Knight who was known as the chair tosser. How dangerous could his stare get when something went wrong?
I will never forget his look. He was a very particular person. He wanted only the best from his players and since he worked very hard for success, he wanted the same from his players. He always tried to teach us about life situations. If something wasn’t going right in life that you still needed to go out and perform.
What was your funniest Bobby Knight story?
I have so many. Coach Knight hated to have the ball in the corner. My teammate Nick Valdez had the ball in the corner and Knight yelled stop, stop, stop!!! He said what are you doing with the ball in the corner? Then he said I will tell you what you are doing! You are there going to stick the ball up your butt and then kicked the ball into the 7th row of the stands and this was a man of 61 years. Everybody laughed after that.
You played Eurochallenge and Eurocup from 2005-2007 with teams Novi Jicin and Demon Astronauts Amsterdam and averaged double figures in scoring. Since 2007 you have played PRO and PRO B in Germany. What is wrong with this picture?
I think what really hurt me was that I changed agents. I think that a lot of it has to do with opportunity and timing. I cant really complain, because since 2007 I have had good seasons. I won the PRO A title with MBC in 2009. I try not to think about it too much or I think I would drive myself crazy. I had chances to play for division one teams in other countries, but in the last years I have always felt comfortable in Germany. I could still get a chance to play in the BEKO BBL one day if we move up with NBC. In the past I played against NBA players so I am happy how my career has turned out.
Martin Ides seems like a very gregarious man. Does Martin Ides ever get angry?
Yes he can get mad, but he is a good guy and is always cracking jokes. He is the funniest 7.2 man that I ever met. He is a good player that played for Treviso in Italy and in the first Greek league. He is one of the reasons why I came to Nurnberg.
What do you like most about Nurnberg?
I like that there more than one Mcdonalds and Burger King which wasn’t the case in Weissenfels.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The Other Guys with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferril.
Thanks Will for the chat.