Steffen Harvey is a 28 year old 185cm point guard, from Portland Oregon that also has the German citizenship and will return back to Germany after three and a half years and play for the Kirchheim Knights. He recently played for the Portland Chinooks (IBL). He started his basketball career with Mt. Hood C.C. and then played two seasons with Warner Pacific (NAIA) from 2007-2009 playing a total of 57 games. He then played in Germany from 2009-2011 for teams Magdeburg and UBC Hannover. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Steffen thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?
No problem, at the moment I am at home in Portland Oregon. Summer has been hot so far so I am definitely enjoying that.
Congrats on signing with the Kirchheim Knights of the German pro A. It has been more than three and a half years since you had a contract with BG Dorsten. Did you ever think that you would play professional basketball again?
Thank you, I appreciate it. I’ve always been optimistic about it, but in the last year some doubts definitely crept in my mind.
You played semi pro basketball last season for the Portland Chinooks (IBL). What did you do in the time between 2011-2014 when you started to play professional basketball again?
Basically from 2011-2014 I went back to school to finish my degree while being an assistant coach at Warner Pacific, worked a construction job on the side, and played in the IBL for Yamhill and Portland.
You had cited sickness in 2011 in the family for the reasons for not being able to play for BG Dorsten. When you look back now do you feel a bit disappointed that you missed such a long time of having been able to play professional basketball?
I can’t look back with any disappointment, I know my family needed me at that time and I had to make that sacrifice for them, even though I really wanted to be in Germany playing ball.
What about basketball always kept your desire alive for the sport that would give you the chance three and a half years later to lace up the sneakers once again for the sport that you love?
It’s the love! My mindset the last three years has been, I’d rather be ready for an opportunity that never comes, than to not be ready for one that does come. But more than anything, just trusting the Lord and His plan.
You have signed with the Kirchheim Knights. How did the contact come about? Did Michael Mai contact you or did you?
Mike and I have stayed in contact the last few years and when he got the job in Kirchheim last year we started talking about the possibility of me coming to play there, but we weren’t able to work it out last season.
Michael Mai coached you with Hannover and Magdeburg. With what kind of a feeling are you going into this working relationship? I am sure that both of you have developed further as player/coach and people?
I’m excited! Mike is great dude and a fun coach to play for!
Mai describes you as a very defensive strong pass first guard that will give the team much stability, experience and deepness. How do you see your role coming in?
I feel like I can play and accept whatever role the coach/team needs for us to be successful.
As a combo guard, you can help the team in many ways, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
Toughness, mentally and physically.
After coming from Warner-Pacific in 2009 to Magdeburg as a rookie, what memories do you have of Germany, basketball and Michael Mai?
My first memories of Germany were not good. My luggage was lost on the flight over so I spent my first 12 days in Germany with nothing and it was a big time culture shock. But basketball wise it was fun, the team in Magdeburg was a great group of guys and welcomed me right away and so did Mike Mai.
In your second season you played for UBC Hannover. As a guard you had to battle each day in practice against Tobias Welzel. What memories do you have of him on and off the court?
Haha Tobias was a competitor! He was a great team first kind of player and a funny dude off the court.
How does a summer work out day look like for you in 2015 on and off the court?
Wake up, run 2-3 miles around the city, head to the gym to get a lift in and get shots up, find a good open run at one of the colleges around, then back to the gym to cool down in the pool and stretch in the steam room/hot tub.
If Lebron can pull out the 2015 NBA title, will he be the greatest player ever?
I might say he would be if Michael Jordan never existed..haha!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Steffen for the chat.