John Fowler is a 24 year old 193cm forward that was born in Osceloa, Arkansas. He played at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In his senior year, he played 31games averaging 10.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3Pts: 35.6%, FT: 71.3%. Some awards and achievements in his young career so far have been , Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals -08, 09, Sun Belt West Division Regular Season Champion -08, 09, and Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year -09. He is a rookie playing in Germany in the Regionaliga for BC Energie Zwickau. He took some time to talk to German Hoops about basketball.
1. John thanks for taking some time to talk to German Hoops. You are playing your first season in Germany for Regionaliga team BC Energie Zwickau. How do you like living in Germany?
I like living in Germany it is a good country the people are nice and friendly.
2. Was it a difficult transition coming to Germany and then especially to the former East Germany?
It really wasn’t a difficult transition for me. I was just excited about the opportunity to come play professional basketball in Germany, I didn’t care what part of Germany it was!
3. How difficult was it coming out of college and finding a professional team?
It was very difficult you think a team would want you right off the back but its not like that. So I just stayed working hard and prayed that I get a opportunity.
4. How did you go about getting through this process? Did you have an agent or did you do it yourself?
I tried a lot of things, but an agent helped me to get over here to Germany I’m thankful for that.
5. How do you like playing in the Regionaliga despite a few steps back from the competition of the NCAA?
Its ok but I love to compete and its not that much competition in the Regionaliga so hopefully I’ll be competing with other players in the higher leagues next season.
6. Where will the journey of BC Zwickau end this season?
I hope our journey ends with us on top winning the Regionaliga league.
7. Is life on and off the court easier with a few more Americans around you?
It would be the same whether I have Americans on the team or none at all because I get along good with anybody.
8. What is your role in the team?
My role I really cant say because I do a number of things for our team.
9. What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?
I would say scoring. Because I’m well known for defense I’m a defense first guy, but I can score.
10. How is your relationship to coach Stephan Wolf? What have you learned from him?
My relationship with Coach Wolf is great! I’ve learned how to stay calm on the court after a ref makes a bad call! Lol. I’ve also learned the game a little over here from him compared to how it’s played in the U.S.
11. How is it playing for a German coach? Is it a big culture shock compared to what your used to from American coaches?
Its no culture shock at all, coaches are pretty much the same to me they teach and show you how to play the game.
12. What is your basketball goal? I am sure you would like to reach the next level right?
My basketball goal is making to the next level. Whether it be back in the U.S. or here in Europe I want to be able to play at the highest levels.
13. Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like?
I grew up in Arkansas, I had a good childhood that was based all around sports. I was always playing some type of sport, but I loved basketball the most.
14. Who were your basketball idols?
Steve Francis, Tony Allen, Stephen Jackson, Caron Butler, and Latrell Spreewell just to name a few.
15. Was there ever a player in the NBA that you didnt like?
No not at all I liked all the players.
16. You played at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. What was your nicest experience on and off the court?
I didnt have too many nice experiences on the court because I played with a chip on my shoulder. Lol. Off the court I was the nicest guy in the world! Talk to everyone signed autographs, took pictures, and etc.
17. Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?
18. Your favorite team are the Boston Celtics team. What do you like most about them?
Yes they are! What I like about them the most is that they play hard, play smart and they play together.
19. What do you like most about Derrick Rose?
He gives it his all every time he’s on the floor he wants to win and he is exciting to watch.
20. What do you like about Blue Hill Avenue?
Man it is a classic movie I think if people watched this movie they’ll have a different look on life.
21.What made Martin such a famous TV show?
Martin himself because he is hilarious!
22. How did you get the nickname The Real Reason?
I have a lot of nicknames, but my homeboy came up with it back home. He said since Paul Pierce is The Truth I’m The Real Reason. I’m The Real Reason why little kids back home want to be a basketball player it goes on a list of other things.
23. What was your most crazy shot that you made in a practice or game?
The most crazy shot I made was the game winner in the Sun-Belt Conference quarter final game to beat Denver.
24. What were the most free throws that you made in a row in practice?
The most I made was 20.
25. What do you miss most from the States?
I miss my family and friends but I’m not home sick and some of the food back in the States.
26. What has been your most crazy experience in Germany off the court?
It has to be the club life it is wild and crazy! I like it!
27. You have a lot of free time in Germany. What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I like to go workout and go to the shopping mall.
28. What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Kings of Comedy
Thanks John for the chat.