Aaron Hawley is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Arkansas that is playing his first professional season for the Giessen 46ers. He played four years at Drake(NCAA) playing a total of 126 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 10.3ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 44.3%, 3PT: 46.6%, FT: 70.5%. He has played three games with Giessen averaging 9,0ppg, 1,3rpg and 1,0apg while shooting 50% from the three point line. In his first game he netted 20 points against Kirchheim. He spoke to German Hoops a little bit after Christmas 2014 about basketball
Aaron welcome to the Giessen 46ers. Was getting your first professional job as a basketball player your best Christmas gift?
Given the timing of the deal, getting my first professional contract was definitely one of the greatest Christmas gifts!
You have signed very late into the current season. How tough were the last few months not knowing about your future as a potential professional basketball player? Was there one specific person that kept you positive the most?
The last few months have been quite the emotional rollercoaster ride filled with times of hope and certainty, times of discouragement, and not knowing what the future holds. My parents in particular did a heck of a job keeping my spirits high and encouraging me, reminding me it was in God’s hands and that He has a plan, whether it meant professional ball or not.
What do you know about the basketball in Germany? Former Drake players like Josh Young, Adam Templeton, Adam Emmenecker, Ben Simmons or Richard Carter have had their experiences in Germany. Did you talk to anyone of them in helping with your decision?
Even though a lot of former teammates have played in Germany, I don’t know a whole lot about the style of the game. I had talked to a few of them briefly awhile back but no much about German basketball.
How would you describe your style? You are a 203cm guard/forward. Would you classify yourself as a swingman and what is your biggest strength on the court?
I definitely describe myself as a perimeter player with my greatest strength being shooting the ball, whether I am spotting up, or coming off screens
As a junior you logged 38 minutes scoring 12 points and netting the clincher against Bradley. What memories do you have of this game and how glad were you that American Taylor Brown only played 7 minutes in that game after dominating in the Bradley other win that season with 28 points and 12 boards?
Clinching the win with a big shot against Bradley as a junior was fun because it was on the road and it’s always fun to silence the crowd. I was also filling in that starting role so to be able to contribute in such a way was a confidence builder.
In the 2012-2013 season you took a year off. What reasons did you have for this and how difficult was it getting back to the team the next season after not having played?
My year off during the 2012-2013 season was much needed. My confidence had become nonexistent due to several factors and being told by the coaches that they didn’t need me for next season, I knew it was time to take a break from the game and get my feet back under me. It gave me time to look at basketball from a different perspective and mature as a person and basketball player.
As a freshman your teammate was Josh Young who was a senior. What memories do you have of him as a player and person? Did you learn some three point shooting from him?
It was a great experience as a freshman playing alongside senior Josh Young. He was a great player in Drake history and gave me the opportunity to learn several things about the game from him. He was an all around guy, on and off the court, so I was fortunate to be able to learn so much from him during my first year.
How excited are you to see Richard Carter again who will meet you in Giessen with his team Bayer Giants Leverkusen for a battle. What will be the first thing that you will ask him besides the typical bla bla bla?
Richard Carter was obviously a teammate of mine last year at Drake, but he’s also a great friend. So I am very excited and looking forward to seeing him again on the hardwood and being able to catch up a little on how he has been enjoying life in Germany.
Who won a one on one in practice last season you or Chris Caird?
Chris Caird and I played one on one several times throughout my senior year. We went at it several times with each of us beating the other, which fueled us on to play more and play harder. It was good work for both of us.
What was the last DVD movie that you watched?
The last DVD I watched was Lone Survivor.
Thanks Aaron for the chat.