Jack Eggleston (Bayer Giants Leverkusen) We Need To Make Sure We’re Taking Advantage Of Every Opportunity To Improve

Jack Eggleston is a 24 year old 203cm power forward from Noblesville, Indiana that is playing his third year as a professional for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the German Pro B. He played at  Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 2007-2011. He played a total of 125 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 28 games: 13.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 73.5%. As a rookie  for Leverkusen he played  23 games: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 71.2%. Last season he played 33 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-2(11.1rpg), 3.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 74.7%He spoke to German Hoops about his come back and current Leverkusen losing streak.

Jack thanks for talking to German Hoops again. A tough 78-75 loss to BG Karlsruhe. The team keeps getting closer and closer but lost again. What was key for not being able to get the win at the end?

I think we just dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first half. We need to be able to come out of the gate with the energy and intensity that we showed in the second half.

The Bayer Giants Leverkusen seemed to have no answer in containing Germans Rouven Roessler who played many years in the BBL and breathed German national team air and Oliver Komarek who was a German A-2 national player in the past. How much fun is it experiencing good German players each weekend?

Both of them are good players, but I can’t use the word “fun” to describe any game that we lost. I look forward to seeing them later in the season so we can have another opportunity to contain them better.

After your long injury, how excited were you to finally be able to play on the court again? How did you feel physically and mentally?

It was great to get back out on the court and help my team. There was definitely a bit of an adjustment period after being out for two months, but I felt like I was able to get comfortable out there fairly quickly.

How tough was it the last months having to sit on the bench and not be able to help the team get out of this losing streak?

That was really the worst part of my injury, just sitting there feeling like I was letting my teammates down. I tried to be positive and support the guys, but no competitive person wants to sit on the bench and watch.

Have you ever suffered a 10 game losing streak in your career or is this the first time? How have you been dealing with it?

I wish the answer to that was no but we actually lost my first ten games in my junior year of college. This season, just like that season, is not the way you want to start. I’m confident though that we’ll continue to improve as a team.

What have been the main reasons for the losing streak. The loss of Josh Parker and your injury surely weren´t beneficial, but the team picked up some solid talent especially with Tony Watson.

Obviously any time you lose a tremendous player like Josh, you have to figure out ways to replace his contribution. I think Tony has done a great job in his place, but we’ve struggled a bit with injuries. All of our big men have missed significant time and some of the other players have nagging issues.

Especially a guy like American Marc Sonnen was a big pick up who shot over 40% his last two seasons in the NCAA. What do you like most about his game?

Although most people notice Marc’s shooting ability first, I really love his defensive intensity. Even if the ball isn’t falling for him, he’s going to give us everything he’s got on the other end of the court.

What parts of your game have been most difficult to get used to again after your long injury?

I’d say my touch around the basket and my decision making are the two things that are the toughest to get back. I’ve made progress with both and will continue to improve in the coming weeks.

The Bayer Giants Leverkusen can´t panic now. What will be most important for the team do now besides sticking together?

We need to make sure we’re taking advantage of every opportunity to improve. Every practice, every game is a chance for us to get better as a team. We can’t waste those chances.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I just watched Primer.

Thanks Jack for the chat.

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