Gerald Beverly is a 21 year old 201cm forward from Rochester, New York that just finished his college career at Daemen(NCAA2) In his senior year he played 12 games averaging 20.7ppg, 12.1rpg, 3.5bpg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.8%. After a very strong junior season where he played 28 games averaging18.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 4.0bpg, FGP: 57.3%, FT: 64.6%, NBA teams started to notice his game. This past summer he has been on the radar of many NBA teams, but the American has decided to start his professional career in Germany. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Where are you at the moment Gerald and what was your best summer experience off the court?
I am currently in Buffalo working out with my coaches from school. As well has hanging out with friends.
The last few months you have been going from NBA workout to NBA workout. Do you still have to pinch yourself about having these kind of experiences?
Definitely, the workouts were a great experience and it gave me a chance to go up against other NBA prospects and gauge my level of skill. In which I thought I did pretty well
With all the attention that you have received as well as what you have seen from the NBA in the last weeks, could you give a better jaw breaking expression than Home Alone star Macaulay Culken? How would the Gerald Beverly jaw breaking expression look like after the last weeks?
I was definitely grinning from ear to ear the whole time through my NBA experiences
You met with teams like the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers and was interest from the Golden State Warriors and massive interest from the Milwaukee Bucks. What experience was the best for you and what did you learn from the NBA moment the last few weeks?
I learned that it takes a lot of hard work to make it in the NBA and there are a lot of guys they look at and you have to do what you can to make yourself standout and make a name for yourself.
You have consistently improved your stats each season at division 2 school Daemen and didn´t get NBA interest until late in your college career. When did you know that you there might be a professional basketball career possible for you?
My coaches always felt that I had a strong chance for a professional career somewhere as long as I kept working hard, and that is what I did and a lot of it came to light this year.
You almost didn´t go to Daemen, but were going to play at division 3 school Hibbert. Do you think that your career wouldn´t have panned out the way it did now with Daemen?
I don’t think it would of if I had went to Hilbert. The guys and people I met at Daemen and the coaching along with the level of play I think really pushed me to better myself at the game, and that may not have happened for me at Hilbert.
Your senior season at Daemen NBA scouts started coming to watch you. After a while you told your head coach Mike Mcdonald not to mention that anymore. How difficult was it to focus on your game and improve when you knew that NBA scouts were always watching? Did you feel pressure?
Scouts started coming to our games my senior year. I did ask for my coach to not tell me when a team was coming because it would be a little nerve racking for me, because I would think about it too much in games.
NBA superstars like Scottie Pippen or Charles Oakley and Dennis Rodman all didn´t play at NCAA division one schools and all made it big time as professionals. Were these the guys that also might have had an indirect impact on you working even harder to be the best that you could on the court?
Definitely it just shows that it can be done like a guy like me coming from the school I’m coming from can still make it. It may be a longer path but there is still plenty of opportunity to get there.
You have a very versatile game, but your drive, work ethic and athleticism really stand out. However what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed on the court right away?
Well I think that I can shoot the ball a bit better than I am given credit for as well as I think I can pass decently well to.
Mike Mcdonald was your head coach at Daemen as a senior, but how did head coach Don Silveri help you develop in your first three years that helped you get into a position on the court for NBA teams to be interested in your game?
Well coach Silveri was the one who gave me the opportunity to come to Daemen and I am forever grateful. As my coach he pushed me to become better in more ways than one and I am glad I got to play for him.
What was your most memorable game as a senior your 27 point 21 rebound effort in the 89-88 win against Dowling or your 25 point 20 rebound game against Molloy in the 75-61 win?
My favorite experience was when we beat Canisus college and division 1 program in an exhibition game which was an amazing feeling.
What will you miss most from teammate Torrence Dyck on and off the court?
I will miss a lot from all my teammates it was unfortunate for Torrance because he had a season ending injury about halfway through our season. I will for sure miss his drive and work ethic and he was a great teammate.
You have signed to play for a Beko BBL team in Germany. Did security and money play a role for you signing early in Europe over not taking the NBA/D-League route as a rookie?
It was just a good situation and opportunity that I wanted to take advantage of and I think will work out well for me.
What do you know about the country Germany and it´s basketball?
I know Germany has produced great basketball players such as Dirk Nowitzki and that Germany is a great country with a lot of tourist attractions and history
In Europe the game is more structured then the more up and down pace in the States and the driven one on one game. On what things will you be working on the court in the next weeks before you head over for your rookie season in Germany?
I have been getting myself ready for the adjustment and understanding all new adjustments and tweaks I will have to make to my game.
Did you ever see Javon Mccrea play when he was balling at Buffalo(NCAA)? He was a rookie last season in Germany and had a great season. He is a 201cm forward like yourself.
I played pickup against him once but I never actually went to an official UB basketball game while he was there.
Tony Gaffney who played at UMass and has the distinction of being on the Celtics and Lakers roster, but never playing an NBA game played in Germany some years ago. If you could, what would you like to have from his game?
Tony Gaffney is a great player if I was to want something from his game it would probably be his ability to run the fast break and handle the ball in transition. But I feel with my work ethic I will be able to gain those aspects to my game.
How does a summer work out day look like for Gerald Beverly in the summer of 2015?
It would consist of me going through a basketball workout and drills with my coaches and then go right into lifting weights after. On certain days I play pick up with my former teammates and basketball players in the area.
What do you see the New York Knicks accomplishing in the 2015-2016 NBA season. Can they be a playoff team?
It is definitely hard to say I think that they will for sure improve from last year and if they develop a good team chemistry I think they may be able to make some noise. I have faith in Phil and think he is doing the right things.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Gerald for the chat.