Vaughn Duggins is a 23 year old 190cm guard from Pendelton, Indiana that will be starting his professional basketball career in the Beko BBL with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Wright State from 2006-2011 including his freshman year with 2011 Beko BBLMVP Dashaun Wood. In his senior season, the American played 33 games: 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have beenHorizon League Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 10, Horizon League Tournament Winner -07, Horizon League All-Newcomer Team -07, All-Horizon League 1st Team -08, 11, Horizon League Tournament Semifinals -09, Horizon League Tournament Finalist -10, All-Horizon League 2nd Team -10, Horizon League All-Defensive Team -10,and NABC Division I All-District 12 2nd Team -10, 11. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Congrats on getting your first professional contract with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. How was your first process of getting a job coming out of college?
My first process of getting a job coming out of college has been great. I really just sat back and took it all in. My agents at Pro One Sports Management really worked hard for me and made the process as easy on me as possible.
What was the main reason for you to sign with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen? How did head coach Igor Perovic convince you to come?
The Walter Tigers are an up and coming team and I didn’t need any convincing at all to come. It felt like it was the perfect situation and Coach Igor and I have a very similar value system that includes mental and physical toughness and hard work.
What do you know about the German league Beko BBL? I am sure that heard that your ex teammate Dashaun Wood dominated the league like no one else ever has?
I know a handful of players that play in the BBL and am aware that it is one of the best leagues in Europe. Dashaun is the best player I’ve ever played with and I am eager to get a chance to compete against him.
Your ex coach at Wright State Bill Donlon played in Germany in Giessen in 2001-2002. Did you speak to him before signing about getting a second opinion on the German league?
Coach Donlon has been a mentor to me since my junior year in high school. I value his opinion greatly and he told me that the BBL is a great league and said it was a “no-brainer” to come and play in it.
You are a high scoring shooting guard. What is another strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?
Another strength in my game that doesn’t get noticed right away is probably my jumping ability. I’ve surprised a lot people when I get up to block a shot or dunk.
You are also a very aggressive defender. After what NBA player do you pride your defense work after?
I really respect a guy like Bruce Bowen who night in and night out guards the other NBA teams best player and loves it. Those are the kind of guys that make championships possible.
You still have some time left before you have to report to training camp in Tuebingen. What is the most important aspect of your game that you will work on in the gym in the next weeks?
My main focus before reporting to training camp in Tübingen is to get in the best shape possible. You can always be a better shooter or ball handler but things are a lot easier when your in better shape than your opponent.
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are still forming the team, but signed three guys straight out of college with Tyrone Nash, Adnan Hodzic and yourself. This trio will be expected to take up a bulk of the scoring. Do you feel a lot of pressure coming in and having to perform right away?
There is always pressure to perform at a high level especially now that it is my job to do so. I am confident in my abilities and the abilities of my teammates so the pressure is just something that we will have to get accustomed to if we want to be successful.
Are you looking forward to duels with Ben Hansborough who will play at FC Munich this season. Did your path ever cross in the NCAA?
Of course, you always look forward to the opportunity to play against a player like that. Never got a chance to play him in college so it is even more special to play him as a pro.
What was your fondest memory at Wright State besides winning the Horizon League Tournament in 2007?
The fondest memory I have at Wright State is coming back from an 18 point deficit against Miami (OH). I dribbled the length of the court in 4 seconds and dished it to my teammate Todd Brown and he hit a 3 for the win.
Last season, it seemed like Dashaun Wood had 2-3 highlight in each game that would have made it to ESPN. What was the most amazing thing that you witnessed Dashaun Wood do in a practice that little people saw?
Every once in a while at practice I’d be walking by Dashaun and he would stop me and tell me exactly how he was going to score on his opponent that next possession and sure enough he would go out there and do that exact thing and look at me and laugh while running down the court.
Who won a one on one in practice back in 2006-2007, you or Dashaun Wood and where was the weak spot of Wood if any to beat him?
Thats easy! Dashaun beat me 9 out of 10 times on one on one. I was a young puppy out of high school and he was the horizon league player of the year. I don’t remember him having any weaknesses other than he was smaller than me so I could post him up.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?
The best player I played against in the NCAA that’s now in the NBA is probably Jeff Teague.
What is your opinion about Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace?
Ron Artest has always done his own thing without caring what anyone thinks and you have to respect him for that. He is a great player and considering what he’s done positively for the NBA, he can do whatever he wants and people will support him.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD movie I saw was Hall Pass and it was hilarious. I highly recommend it for comedy lovers.
Thanks Vaughn for the chat.