Kevin Jolley: After Playing Against Rudy Gay, I Knew He Was Going To Be A Top NBA Pick

Kevin Jolley is a 29 year old 197cm forward from Cheverly, Maryland. He is a physical presence in the paint; has solid footwork and post moves; shoots for a high field goal percentage. Combination of strength and quickness allows him to compete against taller opponents. Good post defender; likes to battle for rebounds and interior points. Works hard on both ends of the floor. He played at Quinnipiac (NCAA) and in his senior year 2005-2006, he played 28 games: 8.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, FG: 56.5%, FT: 63.3%. In 2006-2007, He turned professional and played for SB DJK Rosenheim (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 11 games : 29.3ppg, 9rpg, 6.3apg, in Jan.’07 moved to CS Antonins (Lebanon-Div.1, starting five): 13 games : 27.3ppg, 14.8rpg, 2.7apg, FG: 47.5% 3FG: 23.5% FT: 73.3%, in March ’07 signed at Al Ittihad Aleppo (Syria-D1, starting five): WABA Clubs Championship: 22.5ppg, 11.5rpg; Arab Clubs Championships: 2 games: 30 mpg, 26.0ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.5apg, 3.0spg 3PT: 55%, FGP: 62.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for Cv.Aliança Sangalhos (Portugal-Proliga, starting five): 10 games: 23.0ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 73.0%, Dec.07 moved to Champville (Lebanon-Div.A, starting five): 11 games: 15.2ppg, 10.4rpg, FG: 52.0%, 3pts: 10.0%, FT: 68.0%, released in March’08, the same month signed at Arena Amman (Jordan-Excellent League, starting five). In 2008-2009, he played for Sampaense/Tec.Coimbra (Portugal-Proliga, starting five): 15 games: 16.4ppg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 76.0%, left team in Jan.’09. In 2009-2010, he played for Hottur (Iceland-D1, starting five), in Jan.’10 moved to Tanta (Egypt-Superleague, starting five), in Feb.’10 signed at BBC US Hiefenech Heffingen (Luxembourg-N2). Last season, he played for Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark (Portugal-Proliga, starting five): 25 games: 14.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 67.5%. He has played in 8 countries and spoke to German Hoops about his future.

You are in States now waiting to get the call from a team. How frustrating is it waiting and working out not know what your basketball future has in store for you?

It’s always frustrating to have to wait and not be sure where you’re going to end up. All you can do is always be ready because you can get a call and have to leave in a week. I have faith in my friend Jordan Allodi of Solution Sports Management.

You are a very diligent and hard worker in your off season work. Your already up at 5 am hitting the weights. How does a normal Kevin Jolley workout day look like?

Well I like to get the my work outs done in the morning, So I’ll get up at 5am go to the gym do my lifting and abs. Then later in the day I’ll go to the gym and get some shoots up or play pickup games. It’s hard to do more than that with guys working during the day. I think there is always room to improve on your game even if it’s just shooting free-throws

You have been working out in Waltham at the Boston Celtics training facility. Does it give you any extra motivation knowing that guys like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have been training there for years.

I have to think my boy Mike Chamblain for that (he’s a pretty good PG to), he’s the one that knows everybody that makes it possible. Its fun to work out there you just look and see the luxuries they have,it’s a blessing to be able to work out there. I saw Rondo one day pull off in a Mayback I was like “ Must Be NICE lol”.

Your 29 years old. What things do you still need to work on on your basketball game?

29 LOL, that just made me feel like an old man. Like I said there is always room to improve, My shooting has gotten a lot better in the last year. I want it to be lights out like steve kerr, So that’s one aspect I can get better in.

Your known as a very strong rebounder. What is another strength in your game that isn´t always recognized by critics and fans?

I’ve always been a good rebounder I read from Charles Barkley, rebounding is about heard and desire so I live by that. I think my passing is over looked this season I averaged 4ast a game from the power forward position. I love to pass it makes me happy to see my team score the ball. My shooting has improved I went from making 3 3point shots all last season to making 40 this year.

Last season, you played for Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark (Portugal-Proliga, starting five): 25 games: 14.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 67.5%. What kind of experience was this for you and how competitive is the second league in Portugal?

Last season was a fun season; we ended up 15-7 but lost in the first round of the playoffs. We should have gone to the finals but sometimes the ball doesn´t  bounce the way you want. As far as the league, playing on the island you had the NBA feel, we had to fly to every away game so that was fun. You have your good and bad team just like every other league.

Who would win a one on one in practice you or Terence Mack and how did you beat him?

Hahaha now that’s a question, we are to different players he’s more around the basket and I’m more outside/inside. If I had to put my money on somebody I’m going to have to go with me lol. Terrence is a good player though, very strong and physical a hard match for a lot of people, we had a good thing together he’s inside and I’m outside.

You would play anywhere, but Germany would  be a place where you would like to return to and play. You could most likely play in the Regionaliga, PRO B or PRO A. Why should a team be interested in your services.

I enjoyed Germany my first year out of college. I would love to come back and play like told you I would play anywhere. I bring a lot of energy ( I’ve always been a fan favorite) to a team, leadership and a team player I do what it take for us to win. In the past I had to score a lot, this season I averaged my least amount of point but we won more and my assist went up because I had to be more of a play maker.

You have played in many places in the Middle east like Lebanon,Egypt, Palenstine or Jordan. Which of these places was the most fulfilling on and off the court?

The Middle East was a great time, If I had to pick one to be my favorite I would have to say LEBANON. Basketball is Lebanon’s first sport; you play in front of thousands some night. They make you feel as if you where an NBA player. The people are beyond nice they always made sure I had everything I needed. I will always have love in my heart for the Middle East.

You started your professional basketball career in Germany in 2006 with SB DJK Rosenheim (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 11 games : 29.3ppg, 9rpg, 6.3apg. You have stated that your time in Germany was so enjoyable. What did you like most about Germany?

My first year was wild, just going from never leaving the country then going to Germany going to Octoberfest and all the festivals. My teammates made me feel at home, I still talk to most of them today. I would want to go back and visit Rosenheim if I was to come back this season to see the guy.

Did you experience anything crazy at the famous German Octoberfest?

Yes, this guy drank too much beer and fell on his face. Broke his nose blood was everywhere I looked like WOW. Then seeing a million people in Munich blow my mind.

You played at Quinnipiac (NCAA) which is outside New Haven. You played against top NCAA basketball school UCONN each season. You played against NBA players like Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, Ben Gordon , Josh Boone and many more. Which of these players left a mark on you the most in all the battles you had.

Rudy Gay.  After playing against Rudy Gay, I KNEW he was going to be a top NBA pick. His game was so smooth.

You had 10 points and 10 rebounds in a game against UCONN: What do you remember from this game?

My memory was playing against 7’footers man they had at least 4 of them. I played a 4/5 at my school, we here a small Division 1 so we didn’t have many big guys.

Who was the best player that you ever played against at your position in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

Kevin Durant Is the best player I’ve played against. I mean he’s the MVP of the NBA enough said. We have a lot of talent to come out of the DMV ( DC, Maryland and northern Va)

What were the most free throws that you have made in a row in a practice or game?

This season we always ended shooting practice shooting 20 free throws.I made every last one, I got to the last one looked and Terrence with a big smile like yea I’m about to make all 20 and BRICKED. So I have to say 19 is the most I made in a row.

What was the most crazy shot that you ever made in a practice of game?

When I played in Lebanon I made a buzzer beater from just in front of the opposite 3point line. The fans went crazy, I can’t lie I did too I went and gave the kids high fives after.

What is your impression of Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace?

Ron Artest I love him, He’s a guy that don’t care what other people say or thing about him, that’s how I try and live my life. I’m all for it.

What NBA player do you think will be most successful in Europe this season?

I’m not sure who’s all going over to play so it’s hard to say. I don’t think the teams are looking for the long run though, most of the guys are going to put Opts in the contracts so they can leave when the NBA starts.

Why is David Hawkins one of your favorite athletes?

David “Super Dave” Hawkins, We played travel ball together as teenagers. I always knew Dave would play In the NBA or High level in Europe. He’s always been a good dude and a good basketball player.

Do  you think German Jurgen Klinsmann will be able to carry the American national soccer team to new heights?

Well I’m not too sure about this question.  Let’s GO USA

What did you like better Hang Over or Hang Over 2?

I went to see both I think part one was better, Part 2 had too much to live up to so I thought it was a little disappointing.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Hot Tub Time Machine

Thanks Kevin for the chat.

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