Jarvis Davis is a 183cm guard from Columbia, South Carolina that will play his second professional season in Germany with the Rostock Seawolves. As a rookie he played for AngraBasket/Vaquinha (Portugal-Proliga) averaging 25,2ppg, 7,5rpg and 2,9apg. He started his basketball career with Cent.Florida (NCAA) in 2010 an dthen moved to Gardner-Webb (NCAA) and as a senior played 35 games averaging 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 87.1%. He spoke to German Hoops after getting by the Fraport Skyliners Juniors in the Pro B playoffs.
Thanks Jarvis for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the easy 82-60 do or die win against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. You had a long ride home on Saturday. What was going through your mind the most after the game two win?
Put the series away in the first 5 minutes of the game. Let them know who is the better, more physical team.
Bochum could have wrapped up the series in Frankfurt had they won game one at home. How important was it for the team confidence winning two do or die games in a row?
It was important because now we know we have some toughness about ourselves and that if needed, we can dig out of a hole.
Like in Game one, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors came to Bochum with a very thin rotation with 7 players. This time they had more quality and experience, but lost. How high can you rate this game being that Bochum had much more depth from the bench?
I knew on the 1st few possessions of the game that we were going to blow them out. Their intensity on defense was down and they let us just pass the ball wherever we wanted. A recipe for disaster. But they’ll learn from it because they had good players and a good coach as well.
Was keeping Frankfurt´s dangerous three point shooting down one of the keys in the game three win or was it controlling the boards?
It was both. That’s a key for every game though.
What do you believe was key in winning the series against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. Was it more the depth, experience or the better team basketball that got Bochum to the next round?
The better team won. They’re not a bad team but this isn’t the NCAA Tournament when you have to be better than a team for 40 minutes.
You next play against the ScanPlus Baskets who are one of the favorites to win the Pro B. I feel like you guys match up pretty well against them. Both teams have a lot of depth at every position. What kind of series can we await and what will be key to winning the series?
A physical series for sure. One when the best players are going to show up. It’s going to be a high level series.
Bochum has 4 guys 30 or older and very talented German role players. Do you feel like Bochum could be a title team or is that big upset against the ScanPlus Baskets something the team has to do to solidify playing realistically for a championship?
Upset? First of all it won’t be an upset because we’re better than them. It’ll be an upset if they beat us I know we’re a title team.
How much of a pleasure has it been playing with point guard Felix Engel. How do you guys compliment each other best and has some of your scoring genes rubbed off on him?
It’s been real cool. It’s always cool when you can play with another high IQ guy. It makes the game that much easier. And I don’t think my scoring genes rubbed off on him because he has his own. He’s a PG so he knows when to score and when to pass. A lot of guys don’t understand that. And he does.
How important has a guy like American Davon Roberts been for you in terms of his experience? Your in your third season and he has played for 9 teams. What do you appreciate most about his play and character?
D is a cool dude man. Plays hard as hell and just wants to win. Every now and then he’ll drop some knowledge or during the game he’ll say something and you’ll know what up. But what I appreciate most about D is that he is just D. And that’s cool. A lot of dudes try to be something there not and that isn’t him.
When you are on a team that has so many veterans, how vital is it for you in general to soak up as much information as possible? How valuable has Ryon Howard been for the success of the team and what has been the most key thing you have picked up from him this season?
Anytime you have a guy who’s been with one team as long as he has, the most important thing you can learn is the culture. Because in a sense, he is the culture. The Club has liked him a lot to keep him around for so long. So I just learned how to be a part of the team and along the way still be myself without bringing a negative vibe to the squad.
Let´s talk about your game. You helped lead Rostock to the playoffs last season and was fifth best scorer in the Pro B. Why did you land so late with a team with Bochum in December 2017? I would have figured that you would have been on the shopping lists of all German Pro B teams and some Pro A teams?
I didn’t make the smartest of decisions last summer. Thinking too big, too fast. I learned from the situation and so I know now how to move the right way.
In our last interview you stated “Stats aren’t everything. Just because my numbers look good doesn’t mean I’m a top guard in the league. But it doesn’t mean I’m not either. But to rate my season though, it was Good. Just good“. Your stats were way down this season in comparison to last season. Is this season also good for you since stats aren´t everything for you?
I had to check my stats before I answered this question. After I looked, my assists, rebounds, steals & blocks are higher, plus I’m fouling less. My points went from 21 to 13 in the regular season but I helped the team reach the 2nd round of the playoffs. Last year the 1st game of the playoffs I had 35, 10 and 7 and we got swept. So in my eyes, this season is way better. I’ll say it again, scoring isn’t everything, especially if you’re a lead guard. Winning is everything.
How difficult is it in general for a player to come to a team in the middle of the season and find his rhythm? Do you feel like there would have been a different Jarvis Davis on the court now had he arrived to Bochum in August in the pre season?
I mean of course I would’ve been a different player, I would’ve had more time with the team but I believe in God’s timing and I know everything happens for a reason. With that being said, it hasn’t been difficult at all because of the character of our team. They made it an easy transition.
Last season you were the top scoring option with Rostock and this season you aren´t as Bochum has more scoring options. How is your role different this season? It seems like your more of a distributor than needing to be a scorer this season.
My role is simple, Be Jarvis McKinley Davis. That’s what I’m best at & nobody is better at being me, THAN ME. So I can just play freely. Make the simple play, pressure the ball up the court & have the team organized. Then if we need someone to takeover a game by making plays and scoring, obviously I’ve proven I can do that, so I my role is simple and easy.
Bochum has many scoring options and don´t need 20-25 from you every night. How do you feel are you helping Bochum best this season with your play?
I help the team most by just being another guy who can make the right basketball play. Last year I averaged 21 points. So obviously people know I can score. But it’s more fun when you’re on a team where you can “Just Hoop” & make the right play. There aren’t a lot of teams in Europe than win championships when their point guard averages 20-25 points. If you research, every year usually the guys who average the most points never win championships. Except for the NBA, and this isn’t the NBA, this is Europe.
You haven´t been shooting great from outside this season. Is your shooting accuracy and shot selection something you will continue to prep in the series against the ScanPlus Baskets?
My shot has been a little off but it’s only a matter of time. But I’ll keep taking mental notes and watching tape to see where I get shots but I have an idea. Now it’s about making them. As simple as that.
In our last interview I asked you who was the toughest guy that you faced last season and you said no comment. Will I get the same reply again with this question concerning your toughest cover this season?
Yes you will. I’m not being cocky or anything but as a defender I’m usually faster than the person I’m guarding, so I can beat them to the spot if I want to. Also Gary & Pete prepare us for games really well & I study film on my own so 9/10 I know what’s going to happen before it happens. Plus I have a lot of moves so it’s hard to really get me with anything. So that’s the reason why I don’t think anyone is that hard to guard. Maybe that answer will change when I’m like 35. But Who knows?
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?
Kareem, Jordan, LeBron, Bird
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?
I was born in Nov 91′, so I didn’t grow up watching Jordan. I grew up watching Bron. But to answer that, everyone has their time, you just have appreciate them while they’re still playing at a high level.
How have you experienced the 2018 NCAA March Madness. What was the biggest surprises for you?
I haven’t experienced it, wish I did but I watch every year. The one thing that surprises me most how often the “tougher” team wins. It’s not all about talent in the tournament. Yes talent helps, but toughness can take you further than you think. Remember South Carolina last year.
Do you feel like that buzzer beater win by Michigan over Houston will give them that added self confidence to propel them to new heights?
Anytime you win, it gives you confidence, but I think the only thing that will take them to where they want to be is working on their team weaknesses & studying the film to find out why they only won the game by a buzzer beater.
Recently Lebron James had some fancy passes for assists in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. How do you rate him overall as a passer and how would he do if he played only point guard for a season?
Obviously he’s a great passer because he can really see the court, which makes him who he is. As student of the game, I watch a ton of Cavs games and you can already consider him the Point guard. He very often initiates offense, directs the team on defense, controls the pace of the game, sets the table and often closes games. So he is the PG if you really think about it.
What was the last movie that you saw? Let me guess Black Panther?
Actually I haven’t even thought about watching Black Panther yet. Most of my time goes into watching basketball, but to answer your question I’m watching Hotel Rwanda as I’m answering this question.
Thanks Jarvis for the chat.