Devin Gibson is a 26 year old 180cm point guard from Austin, Texas that last season played for the Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 26 games averaging 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-4(1.8spg), FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 79.0%. The American started his basketball career in 2007 at UTSA (NCAA) playing a total of 119 NCAA games and as a senior played 34 games averaging 17.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.4apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 78.1%. He started his professional basketball career in 2011 with the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.’11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) playing 18 games averaging 8.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5(1.4spg), FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he remained with the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) playing 29 games averaging 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.0%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-KML): Eurocup: 10 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 72.0%; VTB United League: 16 games: 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 42.1%, FT: 78.6%; Estonian League: 23 games: 7.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-1(2.4spg), FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 62.7%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Devin thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Currently in Austin and my summer has been great.
The last three summers you were signed by Frankfurt, Kalev and Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek in Belgium. This summer however you are still unsigned in mid August. How has the summer signing process been for you? Not enough offers or not good enough offers that have come your way on the table?
The summer signing process has been good. Difference in this summer and past summers I have chosen not to sign as early and kind of weigh my options. There have been decent offers on the table but not quite what I am looking for right now.
Are you getting a little nervous now that the summer has been dragging on and you still have not found security with a team for the 2015-2016 season?
As of now I’m not getting too nervous because I am in contact with a few teams and I’m sure something good will come out of it. Right now In my career I would just like to go to the right situation.
Last season you played for Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 26 games and averaging 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-4(1.8spg), FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 79.0%.Statwise would you say this was your strongest season as a professional?
Statwise this is my strongest season as a professional. I think a lot of that goes to playing more minutes consistently and having a bigger role in the offense.
Was last season the perfect situation for you in that you had no serious American competition at the point guard position only from Belgium player Geoffry Hockins?
It was a good situation although I wouldn’t say the perfect not because of no American competition because Geoffry Hockins is a good player but because we had a very talented group of Americans and Belgiums. No one saw it until we could mesh as a team and that didn’t happen until the very end of the season when we made our late playoff push.
You scored in double figures last season in 15 of 26 games. What was your personal season highlight?
My personal season highlight had to be the late playoff push. Won seven of eight games came up a little short but we’re really firing on all cylinders during that push. It really showed me that when a team comes together on and off the court it makes for great basketball on the court.
Is scoring consistency still a part of your game that you aren´t pleased with and can still get better?
Yes scoring is definitely something that I can still continue to improve and to do that I have to continue to shoot a high percentage from the two and keep improving my three point percentage.
I noticed that your three point shooting has really improved since Frankfurt. Is this something that has to do more with repetition and practice or working on the mechanics of your shot?
It has a lot to do with repetition and practice. Getting that confidence to not only shoot it but make it. I have really been concentrating on shooting a better percentage from three.
After two seasons with the Fraport Skyliners you went to cold Estonia to play for BC Kalev. What was your wake up call to being there where you knew that you were very far away from the comfort of the NWZ center in Frankfurt where you lived?
Didn’t really have a wake up call because Talinn was a great city and the Kalev organization was great. Gym was nice. As for as the cold it wasn’t to bad when I was there. Actually it was one of their warmest winters so I was very happy about that.
How valuable was it having experienced Curtis Millage who played at Arizona State and has played in 11 countries as a teammate with BC Kalev. What was the most important thing that you were able to gain from his basketball game on the court?
The most important thing I was able to gain from Curtis on the court was slowing the game down and really picking your points of attack. His shot was the mid range pull up and he never let me forget it.
You played two seasons with the Fraport Skyliners and with many different type of players and characters. If you had to pick one player where you feel you gained the most from on and off the court who would it be?
That is very hard to only pick one. But it would have to be Tez. Probably the most competitive guy I have played with on and off the court. Every day he competed at a very high level.
Konstantin Klein your ex teammate has developed well and become a German national player. His defense has really become more and more nasty since you left. Even though it was only your second professional season, do you feel that Klein picked up on your defensive play in that season where you were teammates?
I would like to think so but I don’t know for sure.
The Fraport Skyliners are looking for a point guard. Would you ever consider coming back to the Fraport Skyliners?
Yes would love to go back love the fans, organization, and it’s always nice to see familiar faces and play with and for people you have already established a relationship with.
If you had to describe your game in a few sentences and to why you could help any team now how would you do it?
To any team I would bring defense, play making ability, competitiveness, and energy, and after four years in three countries and three teams I would like to think experience.
How does a summer work out day look like for you in the summer of 2015?
Starts off with early morning conditioning usually two to three miles and sprints after that. Try to run hills but Houston and Austin are very flat. After conditioning weights and then late night skill work and shooting.
A big strength in your game is the penetration. Do you feel like as a player that one can still become quicker if one works on agility and quick sprints in the off season?
Yes I believe whatever you work on you will be able to improve even if it’s just a little bit.
You played with both Jermario Davidson and Zach Peacock. Who would win a one on one in your opinion?
Hard to say both great players, both have their strengths and weaknesses.
What do you see the Houston Rockets achieving this season in the NBA?
I’m not sure maybe a run at the finals. Have to go with the home team.
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned din the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
Don’t like the Lebron James and Michael Jordan arguments. In my opinion it’s still too early to compare. Let Lebron play out his full career and then compare. And after he plays out his career I feel like his numbers and achievements will allow for him to legitimately be compared to Jordan.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Last movie I saw was Straight Outta Compton
Thanks Devin for the chat.