John Eggleston is a 26 year old 203cm power forward from Noblesville, Indiana that is playing his fourth year as a professional and first for the MLP Academics Heidelberg.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 or Leverkusen he played 23 games: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 71.2%. Two seasons ago for Leverkusen he played 33 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-2(11.1rpg), 3.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 74.7%. Last season in the German Pro A for Leverkusen he played 20 games: 16.3ppg, Reb-3(9.0rpg), 3.9apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 80.9%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Hamburg Towers today.
The team had a nice pre game meal at Fellini the restaurant of teammate Marco Grimaldi. How content were you with the quality and would you drive back on a free Sunday from Heidelberg to Goettingen to get some food there?
Fellini is a great restaurant; I would happily go back there again sometime. Goettingen is a bit far for just a one day trip, but a weekend there could be fun.
The MLP Academics Heidelberg came into the winter break and continued to play well after winning their next two games in 2015. What have been the main reasons for this winning streak?
I think we’ve done a good job settling into our roles on the team as the season has progressed, which has allowed us to be more successful.
Is defense an area now where there is still some improvement to be done since in the last two games of 2014 the club gave up an average of 57 points and in the first two games in 2015 an average of 79 points?
It’s hard to make any judgements based on a two game sample size. We are always working hard to improve things on both ends of the court. Some games the results show better than others.
Heidelberg is right in the thick of things in the German Pro A standings and dueling with the Hamburg Towers in the standings. How exciting is the German Pro A this season for you? It seems like it gets more exciting and competitive each season?
It has definitely been a nice change to go from worrying about staying in the league last season to worrying about securing a playoff place this season. There are still a lot of games left so it will only get more exciting.
How weird was it sweeping your ex team Bayer Giants Leverkusen? This is the team that gave you your start in your professional career.
The first time playing against Leverkusen in Smidt Arena was definitely strange for me, but by the second time at home it was a little more normal. I just tried to go out and do my job as best as I could.
Ahmad Smith helped in the win against Leverkusen his first game with Heidelberg filling up the stat sheets. What do you expect from him in the second half of the season?
I expect a strong veteran leadership presence from Ahmad. He is without doubt a Pro A legend so we are happy to have his balanced play and constant triple-double threat on the court to go along with his professional demeanor off of it.
Describe this unique point guard duo of Nico Adamczak and Ahmad Smith. What do their play give the team?
Nico would be flattered to hear you think he’s capable of playing the point, but having those two together in the back court is a good combination. Ahmad’s playmaking skills and Nico’s shooting ability make them tough for any defense to handle.
You are averaging 31,7 minutes a game the most on the team. How happy have you been with your play? Is the abundant amount of scoring quality on this team a reason why you aren´t scoring in double figures?
My role is definitely different on this team than it has been the past few years, but I hope that my playing time suggests that the coaching staff believes I do things to help this team win. Helping the team win is my only goal.
You had a dry spell where you had seven games not scoring in double figures, but in the last three games you are scoring consistently again. Is there anything you changed with your game?
I haven’t made any conscious changes in the way I try to play. During a long season there will always be ups and downs. I’m just thankful the team and coaches have stuck with me through some stretches of poor play.
One could call Kelvin Martin the MVP so far as he is doing in on both parts of the floor. Could you see him making it in the Beko BBL in the future?
Kelvin Martin has to be the Pro A MVP at this point in the season. Every game he guards the other team’s best scorer and makes his life difficult. In addition, he is in the top 10 in the league in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocks, and efficiency. Oh and did I mention he’s shooting 50% from deep? The kid is an athletic freak and a superstar. It would not surprise me one bit to see him have a long career in the BBL.
Tonight Heidelberg clashes against the Hamburg Towers on the road. Heidelberg must have must revenge after the 77-68 loss. How excited are you to be playing in the new Towers gym?
As a team we always like playing on the road. I think we have a group who especially enjoys quieting a raucous crowd. Hopefully we are able to do that tonight.
It seems to be a rebuilding season for the Indiana Pacers. Is there anything positive you have been able to take from their current season?
Hard to see many positives right now for the Pacers. Only bright side may be that it looks like we’ll get a lottery pick to add to the roster.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
It’s hard to find too much time for movies when there’s a new season of The Bachelor on right now, Miles.
Thanks Jack for the chat.