Ilian Evtimov is a 30 year old 201 cm forward that recently completed his third season in France for Chalon playing 30 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 86.5%; Euroleague: 9 games: 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 78.9%. He has the French-Bulgarian citzenships and played at North Carolina State from 2001-2006. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 10.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FG: 45.3%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT. After a short stint with Estudiantes Madrid in 2006, he played at VidiVici Bologna in the 2006-2007 season. He played FIBA EuroCup playing 15 games averaging 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 65.4%, 3FGP: 47.1%, FT: 72.2%; and playing15 games in the Italian league averaging 3.1ppg, 2.1rpg. In 2007-2008, he moved to The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing 10 ULEB Cup games averaging 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 85%; and in the German League playing 44 games averaging 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 86.2%. In 2008-2009, he continued playing in Frankfurt playing 10 EuroChallenge: games averaging 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%; and in the German League playing 34 games averaging 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Levski Sophia (Bulgaria-NBL): 1 game: 6pts, 5reb, 2ast, 3steals; Balkan League: 1 game: 3pts, 1reb, 1ast, 2steals; in Oct.’09 moved to Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division EuroChallenge: 13 games: 10.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 45.6%, FT: 83.3%: FT-2(90.9%). In 2010-2011, he played for Chalon playing 33 games: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 84.2%. In 2011-2012 he played French League: 35 games: 9.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT-1(94.7%); EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 9.0ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT-1(95.2% He spoke to German Hoops about Chalon and his ex teammate Malcolm Delaney who will play for FC Bayern Munich.
Evti where are you at the moment and how have you been spending your summer?
Im in Bulgaria right now, we are about to have our second baby. My wife is due very soon. I went to the States for two weeks, and then have spent the rest of the summer in Bulgaria.
How was your time in North Carolina at North Carolina State working out? Did you have any good duels with Deon Thompson this summer?
I was in North Carolina for only two weeks, and it was right after the season so I didn’t run into Deon as I took the time off from basketball right after the season.
How disappointing was the 2-0 sweep in the playoffs by Nanterre? Did you underestimate them a bit?
We were very upset, and both games came down to the last possession. We were the closest team to beat them. They just had a lot of luck, making crazy shots, improbable shots. If they would of missed two crazy shots that went in, we could of been in the finals. However they deserved their title, they played with incredible confidence and positive energy.
What was the secret to the strength of Naterre who slipped into the playoffs at 8th position with a record of 15-15?
Nanterre had up and downs throughout the whole season, but they arrived in the playoffs playing their best basketball. Each one of their players played their best basketball in the playoffs.
What can we expect for the future of Chalon? It will be difficult replacing Blake Schilb who will play for Crvena Zvezda Telekom Beograd (Serbia-A League)?
Of course it is difficult to replace such a player as Blake. We also lost our Coach and 70 % of our team. It us a new page turning, a new era.
Chalon has added three Americans like AJ Slaughter. Will Chalon be as strong as last season?
The team is almost fully rebuilt, so it is too early to speculate how good we will be.
Your ex teammate Malcolm Delaney has signed with German team FC Bayern Munich. Is that the perfect team for a player that has won two league titles in two seasons?
Yes. Munich will be very pleased with him. He is a great player. Everywhere he has been, he has won league titles, and been to the final 4 of both Eurochallenge and Eurocup. He is a winner period.
It is no secret that Delaney is a deadly shooter, but what else can he do that isn´t noticed right away?
I think his best weapon is his ability to draw fouls whenever he wants. We used to always joke during the games, as soon as we were in the bonus for free throws, I used to tell him, get on the line and get your 6 extra points. Lol. The next play he would get fouled, and start shooting free throws.
What was your nicest memory with Delaney on and off the court?
The Championship game in the French cup and the Championship game for the league title. We were on the court having a lot of fun out there. Playing, smiling, making extra passes, killing the opponent.
Could Delaney become an impact player for FC Bayern Munich that is so deep with so many talented players?
I have no doubt Malcolm Delaney will be one of the best, if not the best player for Munich.
How does a 2013 normal summer work out day look like for illian Evtimov?
Lifting for 2 hours, followed by some aerobic work out. I am adding basketball to the mix now. So it is busy and fun. I love getting back to a team after the summer in shape.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I have not had time to watch a dvd but have been to the movies. The new Superman was very good, a bit long however.
Thanks very much for the chat Evti