Jarrell Crayton is a 23 year old 200cm forward from Omaha, Nebraska that will be playing his first season in Germany for EBC Rostock Seawolves (Germany-ProB). Last season he played for Thor AK (Iceland-D1) playing 20 games: 20.9ppg, Reb-2(12.2rpg), 2.1apg, 2.5spg. Before turning professional, he played for Boise St. (NCAA) and in his senior year played for Montana St. – Billings (NCAA2) playing 30 games: 16.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 57.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Jarrell, thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment an dhow is your summer going?
Summers going good. Right now I’m doing a little training up in Sheridan Wyoming.
You recently signed for new German Pro B team EBC Rostock Seawolves (Germany-ProB). How thrilled are you to be able to play your first season in Germany?
I’m excited to be coming over to Germany. Heard good competition over there is tough. Ready for the challenge.
What were the most important reasons for coming to play for German coach Sebastian Wild? Did you have talks with him? If yes what was your early impression of him?
Reason that I’d like to play for coach Wild is that he has coached at the college level & after talking to him he runs his practices like a college program. That is important to me because I want to get better. college practices are intense & you can’t take a single day off. They not only make you a better player but when the lights come on the game is way easier than a practice. My early impression of coach Wild was that off the court he’s a chill dude, he’s got certain expectation for his players & the team must uphold, also he’s seems like a players coach, but when you step foot on that court he becomes intense & pushes his players to in order to bring the best out in them.
How important was it for you to sign early? Now you can enjoy your summer as well as keep in shape and get ready for your new home in Germany.
Yea it’s stressful playing the waiting game but signing early wasn’t important. Finding a program that’s the right fit was key. You want to go somewhere that you know you’ll be in a good situation.
What do you know about German basketball and do you have any friends or teammates playing in Germany?
I don’t really know that much about the basketball in Germany but I do have a a former friend/teammate that’s playing for a pro A team in Germany & another that may be signing to a team over there.
Last season you played for Thor AK (Iceland-D1) playing 20 games: 20.9ppg, Reb-2(12.2rpg), 2.1apg, 2.5spg. Was it a big adjustment coming from NCAA2 and playing in the second division in Iceland?
No it’s wasn’t a big adjustment, in the off season your supposed to spend countless hours in the gym working on your craft. To in order to get ready for the up coming season. All that hard payed off in the end.
You really dominated the second league in Iceland. You were the only American on a team mostly of guys from Iceland. How important was it as a rookie for you to slip into the role as leader and go to guy?
Wasn’t that important to be either of those things. You’ve got to earn those position that are not just given to you. My main focus was handle business, & as the season progressed those things came with time.
You are a 200cm forward that can score and rebound. What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
My mental aspect to how I approach the game. I know there will always be someone that’s better than me but I tell myself I’m the best player on the court & no one can mess with me. No one is going to out work or out hustle me and if we lose it’s not going to be because of me I gave it my all.
As a senior you played at Montana St. – Billings (NCAA2) playing 30 games: 16.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 57.0%. What was the most important thing that you learned from head coach Jamaie Stevens that has prepared you for a professional career? He seemed to motivate you the right way after your disappointing season at Boise State?
Most important thing go somewhere that’s a good fit & you’ll be happy. Happiness is essential in anything you want to do in life.
You scored 51 points as a senior at Belleve high school as was the first player in nearly three decades to do it in the state of Nebraska. Has it been difficult being a top player from Nebraska, having a strong senior season at Montana State having to prove yourself in Iceland and now in a lower league in Germany with Rostock?
Yes it’s been difficult but my former coach Steve Smiley would always drop this line to us pain of regret pain of discipline. I don’t want to have any regrets in life so I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
You now have a long summer to keep working on your game. How does a normal workout day look like for you on and off the court?
A normal day for me is wake up around 8ish make some breakfast & get my mind right for the day head to the gym around noon get a lift some cardio & end with some swimming. After the gym take a little drive to a nice little quite spot to enjoy nature & read for a bit. After that get some subway head home & take a nap. After I wake up gather myself for about 45 minutes then it’s back to the gym for a basketball workout. Come home eat something, wait for my best friend to gets off work then will play 2k till about midnight. Sleep then do it all over again the next day.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last movie I saw was X-men days of futures past.
Thanks Jarrell for the chat.