John Eggleston is a 27 year old 203cm power forward from Noblesville, Indiana that is playing his fifth professional season. He started the season with SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic-NBL) playing 8 games: 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 64.3%, and now has moved to Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA)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 for Leverkusen he played 23 games: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 71.2%. In three seasons with Leverkusen he played 76 games. Last season he played for the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) playing 33 games: 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 72.2%. He spoke to German Hoops after making his debut with the Gladiators Trier.
Jack welcome back to Germany. In your short return back in Germany what can you say does Trier have that Leverkusen and Heidelberg didn´t have?
Thanks, Miles, it is good to be back. Trier has a good young team with a lot of potential. I thought it was the best opportunity available to me.
Is it a tough choice between the castle and the Porta Negra as what land mark is more beautiful?
To be honest I have yet to see either one. My first week here was pretty busy. Hopefully once I get settled, I will have some time to explore a bit.
Congrats on the big 93-57 victory against Rhondorf. How good does it feel to get this win?
Any win is a good win, but to win in such convincing fashion in my first game with a new team was a lot of fun for me.
The game was won in the second and third quarters as Trier outscored Rhondorf 56-27. What adjustments did Marc Van Den Berg make after the tight first quarter that really got the team going?
We didn’t really make any specific adjustments in those quarters. Coach laid out a good game plan for us right from the start. I think we executed well and made things difficult for them.
You had 10 points and eight rebounds in 20 minutes. How good did you feel? Do you feel it might be tough getting more shots with the explosive Americans Brandon Spearman and Dwayne Evans?
Playing with a new team is always an adjustment, but these guys made it so easy for me to fit in seamlessly. I’m not concerned about the number of shots I take; I’m only concerned with helping this team win basketball games.
What was your first impression of Brandon Spearman and Dwayne Evans who combined for 48 of the 93 points? Do you have that feeling it will be fun having this American duo?
Brandon and Dwayne are obviously both very talented players. I think they headline a fun and energetic group here in Trier. My goal is to make things easier for them and complement their skill sets to the best of my abilities.
You started the season with SLUNETA Usti nad Labem (Czech Republic-NBL) playing 8 games averaging 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 64.3%. Why did this turn out to be such a short stay for you?
It just was not a good fit for me in Usti. I think both parties had different expectations going into the situation, and that is never a recipe for success.
You always had very good seasons in Germany and then this short stay in the Czech Republic. What lesson did you learn from this first real set back in your career?
I learned that there is only so much I can control in any given situation. All I can do is play my hardest and hope that things will work out. If not, then I accept it and move on.
Now your playing with a young team with the Gladiators Trier. This will be your third team in the German Pro A. With Leverkusen you were one of the main go to guys and with Heidelberg not the first scoring option. What kind of a role do you see having with Trier?
It’s tough to say at this point. I am willing to do whatever the team needs to be successful. As long as I feel like I am contributing to our success, I’ll be happy.
What is your early impression of Marco Van Den Berg. In Germany you always played for coaches from the start of the season. Now you arrive a few months in. What kind of a relationship do you see guys having?
Coach is definitely a no nonsense type of guy. He holds people accountable for their mistakes, which I think that is a necessary for growth as a team. Hopefully we can develop a good relationship built on mutual respect and trust.
The Indiana Pacers have started 8-5. Where do you see their journey going this season in the NBA?
I think the Pacers are poised to be a solid Eastern Conference contender. A finals run would be a stretch, but you never know.
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Do you ever see him being mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
Lebron James is the best two-way player in the world. He is a generational superstar in the same way that Michael was. You can pick nits and match up resumes all you want, but I would rather just appreciate the opportunity to watch him play.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. What is your most memorable childhood Thanksgiving memory?
It wasn’t exactly childhood, but my first season in Germany my landlord brought me a fully cooked chicken on Thanksgiving day. He told me that he knew it was supposed to be turkey but that was all he and his wife could find. It was an incredibly nice gesture and one that I will remember for the rest of my life.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was Birdman.
Thanks Jack for the chat