CJ Harris is a 22 year old 191cm guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina that is a Beko BBL rookie playing for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. He played at Wake Forest from 2009-2013 playing a total of 124 NCAA games. AS a senior he played 31 games: 15.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 84.7%. He won the three point shooting contest at the 2014 Beko BBL allstar game and spoke to German Hoops after winning the title in Bonn.
How has it all sunk in moments after winning the 2014 three point shooting contest at the Beko BBL allstar game?
This was my first title ever in a competition like this. I feel good and had a great time cheering on the guys. I had Per Guenther going into the competition as the favorite. I knew that he was a good shooter and I had seen Edgar Sosa hit seven three pointers in Eurocup play.
You weren´t really classified as a pure shooter when you were coming up the ranks, but was there a pure shooter that you liked?
I really liked Reggie Miller as a kid. When I was a kid, I was skinny and had big ears and everyone said that I looked like Reggie Miller. I also liked Ray Allen who was one of the best shooters ever. I also don´t want to forget Justin Gray who was one of the best shooters I ever saw at Wake Forest.
You were the last guy to shoot and had to beat the 19 by Guenther and Sosa. Did you feel pressure as you stepped into the corner to start shooting?
I am a rookie and felt that I wasn´t on the radar while Guenther was more known. I loved the fact that I was last so I knew what I had to reach. I knew that I could do better than 19.
Did that money ball feel good as you released it for the win?
The money ball always feels different than the normal ball, but that is more in mind than anything else. Having to hit with the money ball put added pressure, but I felt good all day and the release felt good as well.
How did you enjoy the 2014 Beko BBL event?
The atmosphere was amazing, the fans were great and their support makes the event so special. The whole event was run very well.
What guys were you looking forward to see play in the 2014 Beko BBL Allstar game?
I obviously had to root for team international and I wanted to see Isaiah Swann and David Logan the most.
The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg are in ninth place. How happy have you been with the first half of the season?
We had many close games that could have gone either way. We have to work on finishing games better, rebounding and defending.
What has been the most important thing that you have learned from head coach John Patrick in the first four months?
I have learned that you have to play tough either night wheather your playing the best or worst team in the league. Every team will come at you and you have to be ready. He takes no game for granted and he preaches good preparation for each game.
Who has been the unsung hero of the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg in the first half of the season?
Our heart and soul Keaton Grant has been our unsung hero. When he is on a roll than the whole team goes with him.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
Everyone knows that I can shoot, but I have more athletic ability than what I get credit for.
Who was the best player that you ever played against in your life?
That would be Chris Paul. He comes from my state North Carolina and back in high school I played for his CP3 team. I know him since I am 16 years old. Whenever he is back home, he returns back to Wake Forest and plays pick up. He has two faces on and off the court. Off the court he is the nicest player, but on the court he just wants to win. Chris Paul taught me that you can´t be a nice guy on the court.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks CJ for the chat.