Clevin Hannah is a 27 year old 179cm guard from Holly Springs playing his eighth professional season and third in Spain with Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB(ACB). Last season he split time with Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (Turkey-BSL) playing 5 FIBA Europe Cup games averaging 10.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 68.8%, 3FGP: 48.1%; and in the Turkish BSL played 8 games averaging 9.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 36.1%, FT: 83.3%, in Dec.’16 moved to Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL) playing 26 games averaging 8.0ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 81.6%; In the Eurocup, he played 6 games averaging 6.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 15.4%. He started his basketball career at Paris JC (NJCAA) and Chipola JC (NJCAA). He then played his last two college years at Wichita St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 90.4%. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc (Romania-Div.A) playing 23 games: Score-2(21.2ppg), 3.1rpg, Assists-3(6.2apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT-3(47.6%), FT: 86.3%. In the 2011-2012 season he played with Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 44 games averaging 18.3ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4(4.5apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT-1(46.8%), FT: 89.0%. KIN the 2012-2013 season he played for ALM Evreux Basket (France-ProB) playing 39 games averaging 16.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 47.2%, FT: 88.5%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA) playing 38 games averaging 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 82.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for FIATC Joventut Badalona (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 35 games averaging 10.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 85.7%. In the 2015-2016 season he played for Dominion Bilbao Basket (ACB) playing 33 games averaging 12.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 85.2%; In the Eurocup, he played 16 games averaging 12.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 90.6%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Basketball Champions League game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Oldenburg.
Thanks Clevin for talking to German Hoops. Welcome back to Germany. How does it feel to be back in an old stomping ground?
It feels good to be back. I really like Germany and playing here. I like the fans and how they support their teams. I am used to the atmosphere now having played here so many times.
You were in Germany 4 times two seasons ago with Bilbao and had a 7-1 record against German teams Bonn, Oldenburg, Ulm and Munich. Could one say that you self confidence today is sky high?
Somewhat. I like the style of play in Germany. I think that it fits my style. I just go with the flow and how teams play.
You play many games, but you must remember the 34 point win somewhat in Oldenburg. You scored 15 points and little seemed to go wrong for Bilbao?
I remember that game very well. We were on fire and were hitting shot after shot early. That helped us get a good rhythm and carry it to the end.
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg are a changed team from then having reached the final in 2017 and are playing another good season. What kind of game can we await and what will be key to getting the win?
They have changed but continue to be a very good team. They play very aggressive defense. Key will be that we have match their energy and toughness on defense
After playing your six professional seasons for one team each season, last season you played with Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (Turkey-BSL) and top team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL). You did reach the Lithuanian semi-finals, but overall was it more a season to forget?
Last season was probably my most down year. I changed teams and my stats were down. I am happy that I got that behind me. I am happy being with my new team and having new goals.
Your obviously a season veteran, but how vital was it being able to play with fellow veterans David Logan, Drew Gordan and Corey Fischer? Did they make everything a bit easier coming from Turkey?
It was very interesting and exciting playing with those guys. They are all very good players and good people. I definitely got a lot out of the experience having them as teammates.
Let´s talk about your new team Murcia. This is their seventh season in the ACB since moving up form Leb Gold and they reached the playoffs just once. How much potential does this team have this season of getting their again?
Even though it will be tough, I think we have a good chance of reaching the playoffs. Key for our success this season will be focusing on the small things. We have to focus on finishing games strong. It is the small things in crunch-time like getting an offensive rebound or blocking out that we need to do a better job of.
Murcia is filled with many different nationalities. How enriching has it been coming together with many new players on the court and from so many different cultures?
It is fun and very exciting being around so many personalities. We have guys from Brasil, Spain, Argentina and from the Dutch national team. I think that we have been meshing very well. We enjoy each others company on and off the court very much.
One could say you are playing with a future ACB basketball legend Brad Oleson. What has impressed you most about his game since you became teammates?
His leadership on both the offensive and defensive ends has impressed me most. He is a great teammate and I try to learn as much as possible. I continue to pick his brain on how to become a better player on the court.
You told me in our last interview that you are a player that continuously has to prove himself again night in and night out. How has this mentality made you stronger as a player?
My need to continue to prove myself continues to be my fuel and how I go. Every team tries to use my size as a fall back. I know that I have to continue to go harder and be smarter than the bigger guards.
You have been a very consistent shooter your whole career and last season very well in Turkey and Lithuania. However this season you have started off slowly. What approach do you take when shots aren´t falling?
I have been a good shooter my whole career, but am down this season. For me it is important just to keep getting shots up before and after practice and in games continue to shoot the ball and not think about it.
In our last interview you stated “Shooting is like playing the lottery. You can´t control hitting or missing a shot, but taking the best shot possible”. How much has your shot selection improved over the years due to reading the opponents defense better?
I pick and choose the shots that I take. When your younger you can take reckless shots but as you get older you have to take good shots.
Your turning 30 in November. Do you feel that you are in your prime now and what do you still want to achieve with your play on the court?
My main goal remains winning that first Professional title.
We spoke about your ex teammate Toure Murray two seasons ago as he was on the jump to the Washington Wizards. Now he is on ratiopharm Ulm and not playing a significant role there. Are you surprised how his career has progressed away from the NBA?
I´m not surprised. Nowadays in this business you never know where you might end up. I am just happy that he can continue to play the game that he loves. I feel that he can be a good player in Europe as soon as he gets used to the style here and figures out his game
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?
Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant
Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never ending debate of who is the best of all-time?
Lebron is the second best of all-time behind Michael Jordan. Lebron has the chance and ability to surpass Jordan when all is said and done.
There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?
I think he is a good defender. He plays hard every possession. He has so much passion for the game and his focus is just to do as much for his team as possible so they are successful
How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?
I didn´t see the NBA Draft as I was with the Senegal national team.
Where will the journey of the Houston Rockets go this season with Chris Paul and James Harden in the back court. Do they have enough to make a serious run at the title or is something missing?
The west is very tough. I think that they could reach the final with the Thunder or Spurs playing against the Warriors.
How do you rate the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade? Who got the better deal and which team will profit better in the long run?
I think Boston got the better of the deal. Kyrie is just an amazing player. Isaiah Thomas got hurt and who knows how he will come back. Cavs got good other players in the deal. We will just have to wait and see.
Where will the journey of the Oklahoma Thunder go this season with Westbrook, George and Anthony? Can they make a serious run in the west?
I think that they can compete with all in the west. It will come down to how well the three stars play together and how the chemistry is.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Clevin for the chat.