Jay Threat is a 24 year old 180cm point guard from Richmond, Virginia that is playing his second professional season and first in germany with the MLP Academics Heidelberg. He started his basketball career with George Mason and then transefered to Delaware State where he played from 2009-2012 an din his senior year played 26 games: 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 6.0apg, Steals-1(3.0spg), FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 82.1%. He played a total of 89 NCAA games. Last season as a rookie he played for Ungmennafelagio Snaefell (Iceland-Dominos League): 28 games: 18.5ppg, 5.3rpg, Assists-1(8.9apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 77.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Jay thanks for talking to German Hoops. You signed very late with German team MLP Academics Heidelberg. Was the job market tough this summer or were you just weighing your options?
I was just weighing my options for the best fit. Being on a team that wants you, and for you to play your game is key.
What were the main reasons for coming to Germany to play for MLP Academics Heidelberg. What sold you on joining this team?
The main reason for coming to Heidelberg was coach really wanting me to be here and play my game. Me finding out about the tourist attractions and the city was just a plus.
Heidelberg is a big tourist attraction. What do you know about Germany. Do you know any guys that are playing in Germany?
My old college roommate Cam Long is playing out here on a BBL team and another college teammate from DSU Marcus Oliver is out here on another Pro-A team. Tyrese Rice is a good friend of mine and he helped me make this move (played out here last year).
Last season you played for Ungmennafelagio Snaefell (Iceland-Dominos League) playing 28 games: 18.5ppg, 5.3rpg, Assists-1(8.9apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 77.8%. You dominated the league. How did it feel like having Rajon Rondo like assist stats?
I had a pretty good year in Iceland last year and my teammates made it real easy on me by allowing me to just play my game and not having to force up a bunch on shots and they also taught me a lot.
Was there anything difficult to get used to living I Iceland? What is an experience that you had that you will never forget?
Where I was in Iceland I was in a small town and very SLOW! So it was different coming from a city back home. All the snow was a crazy experience for me, as well as the limited hours of sunlight in December.
You obiviously can pass the ball, but can also score when you have to. What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away.
I think scoring was my hidden strength until last year. My college stats are very misleading. We played in a slow system. But now I would have to say my rebounding. I get a lot of rebounds and start my fast breaks that way just like Rajon Rondo. I get my defensive pride from him and chris paul. I am a Sneaky and smart defender.
You played only four games at George Mason before transferring to Delaware State. What is your fondest memory of Folaran Campbell that played in Germany a few years ago?
Folaran Campbell (we call him shaq) is a funny guy. Just all the jokes we used to make through out the day. But on the court he is all about business.
You averaged 3,0 steals per game in your three years at Delaware State. After what NBA player do you pride your defense on?
I pride my defesne on guys like Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo
How did Gregory Jackson get you prepared best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Jackson helped me to be able to control the tempo of the game better.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA or Europe now?
The best players that I played against in the NCAA that are in the NBA now are Michael Beasley and Evan Turner.
Richmond has no NBA, NFL, MLB or NHL team, but have other professional teams. What Richmond team did you follow most closely as a kid and why?
Honestly there was no team that I followed closely in Richmond.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD movie that I saw was Above the rim one of my favorite movies.
Thanks Jay for the chat.