Dwayne Evans is a 24 year old 198cm forward playing his rookie season with the Gladiators Trier currently averaging 13,8ppg,7,8rpg and 2,5apg in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career with Bolingbrook, IL / Neuqua Valley in 2007 and as a senior averaged 16.9ppg, 12rpg, 3.2apg; 26-3 record; set school’s career rebounding record with 737 and finished second all-time in scoring with 1,122 points. He then played with St.Louis (NCAA) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 34 games averaging 14.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 74.9%. He spoke to German Hoops after the successful weekend where the Gladiators Trier beat Kirchheim and Essen.
Dwayne thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the successful sweep weekend of beating Kirchheim and Essen. Did you guys learn something about how to win games within 48 hours through the tough experience from losing the other two double weekend games earlier in the season?
At this point in the season the guys are all really comfortable in their roles and know what is expected of them in crunch time. Thats been a big difference from the beginning of the season.
Did you ever realize that if you had won the other 4 games in the double weekend games earlier in the season against the RheinStars, SC Rasta Vechta, MLP Academics Heidelberg and Science City Jena that the team would be in second place now with 18 victories?
We don’t like to play “What If” games, as a team were just focused on these last 6 games and fighting for the best possible playoff position.
Since then you have lost only one more close game a week ago against Baunach. How have a the Gladiators Trier become a better crunch time team?
Like I said before, our guys now know exactly what is expected of them in the final quarter and where they should be on the court. We’ve had some big victories in tight games because guys 1-12 have stepped up in different ways.
In the 92-82 win against Kirchheim, fans show a fine offensive performance from both teams. Trier rebounded a lot better. Was that and the 36 point explosion by you key for the win?
Absolutely. It was one of our major points going into the game and ended up giving us a big advantage. Seeing the ball go through the net personally was awesome too.
In the second game on the weekend, Trier pulled out another win against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen 87-69. How difficult was it preparing for this team in such a short time and then being able to defend so well again?
It was pretty tough, but were all professionals here and we went into the game knowing we needed another road win to keep pushing for playoff position.
Tre Bowman has scored in double figures in 19 of 23 games this season and Trier is the only team that has controlled him twice limiting him to 10 points. How key was it keeping him in check as when he is on, he fuels his team to get going?
We knew going into the game that he fuels their team on offense, so we sent 4 or 5 different guys at him throughout the game to give him different looks and it ended up wearing him out.
How proud are you of the team that it won two games over the weekend without Kwadzo Ahelegbe? Did you feel more pressure to have to do more things than the usual for success?
Obviously we can’t wait to have Kwadzo back but we showed that we have a team where the next guy is always ready to step up. We look to have him back next week but I think our reserves did an incredible job this weekend.
The Gladiators Trier now have a 14-11 record and in the playoff standings, but everything is very tight. The club is defending very consistently, but can the offense get more consistent?
No doubt, when were pushing the ball, exposing mismatches and knocking down open shots we are at our best and I think were getting more consistent in that.
You and Brandon Spearman continue to lead the team averaging combined 29 points per game. Does the fear ever come that the team has to depend on you too to much for carrying the scoring load?
I don’t see it as a problem because though were averaging those numbers, we’ve seen that anyone can step up on a given night and pick up the slack. Were just going to keep playing our game and remain aggressive.
You scored 58 points combined last weekend against Kirchheim and Essen. Was this your best weekend in your career? I have to remind you of your 93 point weekend against Charlotte, Butler and VCU.
I would have to say that weekend in the A 10 tournament was the best of my career, but doing this on a professional stage while getting two needed wins is pretty good too.
When you score 36 points in a game do you ever think for a second why isn´t possible for me to that on a regular basis?
For sure, I’m hoping it happens more often but I don’t plan on changing my game to try and score more points but it was a fun night.
You really have developed into the work horse for the Gladiators Trier. Besides winning, what part of your game do you enjoy the most?
I like just being able to do a little of everything out there on the court. Post up, dribble drives, shoot 3’s, assists and just being versatile over the course of the game keeps defenses on their toes and makes the games exciting as well.
You take a lot of pride on defense. What kind of goals do you set yourself on defense before entering the floor each game?
I just take it upon myself to shut my man down individually and disrupt whoever it is I’m guarding 1-5.
Now that the Super Bowl is history, do you focus on NCAA March Madness?
I haven’t kept up much with college basketball outside of checking up on my alma but ill probably tune in come tournament time.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The Big Short, probably the best movie I’ve seen in a while.
Thanks Dwayne for the chat.