Reggie Evans is a 25 year old 194cm forward from Aurora, Colorado that has one season of professional experience under his belt. Last season as a rookie he tore up Luxemburg playing for BBC Arantia Larochette (Luxembourg-Total League) playing 27 games: Score-1(27.2ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 72.3%. Before turning professional he played at Metro State(NCAA2) from 2008-2012. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Reggie thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Currently I just been preparing for a call and offer on the table all summer. I have enjoyed my time with family and now I am ready to begin the second year as a professional basketball player.
The new season is about to start in Europe and you are still unsigned. In your rookie season you were signed by BBC Arantia Larochette (Luxembourg-Total League). Didn´t your superb stats get you more and better offers this summer? What kind of experience has it been foryou?
Most teams consider luxembourg a mediocre basketball league and I had to take a lot of difficult shots throughout the season, which made my 3 point percentage decline. These are the reasons I have no offers yet. I spoke to my agent before I went to Larochette basketball club and he told me to kill the league, so that I can create other opportunities for next season. The waiting game is frustrating no doubt about that. Last year I didn’t leave until September 19, 2013.
Some of your friends like Japhet Mcneil, Lindsay Hughey or Jefferson Mason have played in Germany. You lived near Germany last season. What do you know about German basketball and did you follow it abit last season?
I only know that German basketball is a lot more competitive and can give a player better exposure to other countries. I did catch a Trier game during the season because we went as a team.
Last season for BBC Arantia Larochette (Luxembourg-Total League) you played 27 games: Score-1(27.2ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 72.3%. Did it at times feel like you were a man playing with boys?
I felt like I had to be that type of player for my team to win last year. The level of competition was nothing like college at all. I was not expecting it to be that way at all.
How much fun was it playing with Mike Jones last season? He also tore up the league averaging 20ppg and 11rpg. Would it not have been an option returning and tearing up the league with him again?
Mike is a good player and I really enjoyed playing with him on the court and he is a cool guy off the court as well. I would have loved to go back and play just to try to win a championship, the the fact remains that I need to move up a level to advance my career further more.
When looking at your game one can see that you can fill up the stat sheet very well. If you were to examine your game what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t gte noticed right away?
Yes I can fill up the stat sheet because I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win games. Players under estimate how strong I am and I have a pretty quick first step that can create space for me.
In your first game last season against Sparta you had 34 points and and a forceful windmill dunk. That dunk got a lot of press in the league. Where would you rate that dunk in your alltime best dunks in your career?
The Sparta game was the first game of my professional career and I wanted to make an exciting entrance into Luxembourg. I believe that dunk is the best I have ever had for sure.
You played at Metro State from 2008-2012. What extra advice did head coach Derrick Clark give you in your last 2 seasons that has prepared you best for a professional career?
Coach Clark is an outstanding coach and the best thing he did was make me into the man I am today and challenged me everyday to get the absolute best out of me. At the time is didn’t seem right because he was always on my case but I began to understand the message and not the tone. All the hard work in those four years have made me the player I am today. After my last year of basketball I decided to finish school and wasn’t able to find a job for a whole year after that. So after sitting out a year I was ready to get back out on the hardwood. I had to work myself hard during that year to stay ready because I was determined and wanted an opportunity to prove myself.
How much of a legend is John Bynum at Metro State? He had a very long professional basketball career in Germany. What stories do you remember being told when you were at Metro State?
Honestly I have heard little about John Bynum but I know he was a good player. He actually got in contact with me yesterday over the phone and wanted to see why I had no offers yet. As a veteran he has me some basketball knowledge about overseas and told me just to stay encouraged. The waiting game is the toughest part about overseas.
If you could describe yourself in a few sentences as to why you could help any team now how would you describe yourself?
I would be able to help a team win because I am extremely competitive and I can score, rebound, pass,defend the best players, athletic and shoot better because I have been in the gym working. If I can help a team that was ranked dead last in the league then I can help any team. It’s all about having the will to win and the tools as an individual to chip in.
How does a normal workout day look like for Reggie Evans on and off the court?
A normal workout for me during the week would be run 2 miles twice a week, get at least 500 shots up a day Monday- Friday, lift 3x’s a week and play on the weekends to keep a game setting.
Do you ever kid Mike Jones about his Harlem Globetrotters experience? If you were a member of that legendary team, what trick shot could you master?
Yes mike told me about his journey with the Harlem globetrotters. He mentioned that it was fun and that traveling all over the world was amazing. I think I could master the half court shot or at least I would want to.
How often does somebody ask you if you are the Reggie Evans oft eh NBA? What are the pro´s and cons of having the name Reggie Evans?
People haven’t mistaken me for him because we look completely different. I don’t think there are any pros and cons for having my name. At the end of the day it’s all about how you represent your name and bring your name to relevance. To so you display how you play on the court and handle yourself off the court.
Where will the journey oft he Denver Nuggets end this season?
I think the Nuggets always at least have a chance to make the playoffs. Once they make the playoffs I think it’s up in the air what they do from there.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last movie I saw was ninja turtles and I think that was a really good movie.
Thanks Reggie for the chat.