Reco McCarter Was More Of A Defensive Minded Player Growing UP And His Offensive Game Developed As He Grew Older

Reco McCarter is a 27 year old 198cm forward from Goldsboro, North Carolina that is playing his fourth professional season and first in Germany with VFL Stade (Regionalliga). He played the last three seasons in Spain in the EBA league. As a rookie he played with CB Cazorla Jaen Paraiso Interior (Spain-EBA) playing 15 games averaging 10.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 62.9%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 52.9%. He played the last two seasons with Agricola Villarrobledo CBV (Spain-EBA) and last season played 31 games averaging 9.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 63.1%.He began his basketball career at Virginia Commonwealth University (NCAA), but played only 10 games. He then moved to Campbell (NCAA) in 2012 and played there three years amassing 91 NCAA games and as a senior played 28 games averaging 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 55.8%. He spoke to germanhoops.com earlier in the summer about basketball.

Reco thanks for talking to Germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?


I am back home in Goldsboro, North Carolina, trying to spend as much time possible with my family and friends, on top of staying in basketball shape. I spend so much time with family and friends over the summer because I am away for 9 months out of the year.

Congrats on signing with German regionalliga team VFL Stade. After playing your first three professional seasons in Spain, was the biggest reason for coming to Germany for getting a taste of something new?

I wouldn’t say something new, it just happen to be that Germany is the location basketball has taken me. After talking with my agent, coach Fernandez, Sonke, and my family, I felt like Stade was the right fit for where I am in my career.

You played three solid seasons in Spains fourth league EBA. You must have had ambitions to move up to the Leb Silver. Was there any interest this summer and how confident are you that you could of continued to make an impact in a higher league?

Yes of course, like you said previously I played my last three season is Spain so playing in Leb Silver were my expectations. I feel like with my skill set I can make an impact on any level as long as the opportunity is there. 

Do you just have a huge heart that can’t be away from the game you love and also at the same time continue to have a huge chip on your shoulder. You played very good seasons in the NCAA with Campbell averaging double figures in scoring, but will play in the fourth league for a fourth season in a row. Is that hard to accept for you?


I definitely have huge heart for the game as well as chip on my shoulder and you can tell if you have ever seen me play. At times it’s hard to accept especially when I know I’m good enough, but nothing is given but earned.

 

What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball. Did your friend Lakeem Jackson give you some tips on how Germany is?

I don’t really know much about Germany, however, I am excited to fugue out what it has to offer. I actually have not got a chance to talk with Lakeem, I’ll be sure to reach out to him to get more info on Germany.

What were the main reasons for coming to VFL Stade. How did coach Fernandez convince you to make Stade your new home this season?

 

Fernandez was the main reason why I’m playing for Stade. He was very professional in his approach and knew exactly what he wanted from me as a player. He is from Spain, I played in Spain, Iturria is from Spain, it just felt right!

Let’s talk about your game. If one would look at some of your highlight tapes one would think all you can do is dunk. But You’re a very versatile player that has more to your game than just your offensive arsenal. If you had to describe your game to an NBA player who would best fit the way you play?

I don’t really like to do comparisons but if I had to I would say Kent Bazemore from the Atlanta Hawks. Both 6’6 athletic, can guard the 1-4, left handed, can score it. 

You have always been a good defender. How do you feel has your defensive game developed more in the last three seasons as a professional?

Honestly I take pride in my defense, growing up I was not offensive minded so instead I took pride in shutting the best player down on the opposite team. As I got older I my offensive game started to develop.

You’re a guy that can fill up the stat sheet with ease, but what do you feel is still a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t get noticed right away on the court?

 

I think it would be my vision to see the floor and make certain reads offensively and defensively.

You played the last two seasons with Agricola Villarrobledo CBV. In your first season you were teammates with Anthony Mcdonald. How excited are you to be playing against him twice this season and not living to far away from him?

 

I’ts going to be a good game to watch, Anthony is a lights out shooter. We will have to make sure he can’t catch the ball, because he can put the ball on the floor as well. I think it’s cool we will be close to each other this year, we have already talked about finding some time to get together.

How important was it or your game being able to battle Martin Smith on a daily basis last season. Was his shooting something you that motivated you to keep working on your shot?

Going against Martin everyday was very helpful, Martin is very skilled and knows how to play. I wouldn’t say his shooting motivated me but me wanting to become more efficient motivated me to keep improving my shot.

As a rookie you played with CB Cazorla Jaen Paraiso Interior (Spain-EBA) playing 15 games averaging 10.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 62.9%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 52.9%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Spain where you knew that you were very far away from home in North Carolina?


It finally hit me when I realized my family couldn’t just jump in the car to come see me play. 

You started your basketball career at Virginia Commonwealth and couldn’t play in the 2010-2011 where the team had the magical NCAA Final 4 run. Even though you didn’t play what benefits did you get from this season? 

I learned a lot my two years at VCU, on and off the court. Working hard daily, staying together, and believing in the coaches system were things that stuck with me.

You only played 10 games in your second season at Virginia Commonwealth winning the CAA tournament. Why didn’t you get a fair chance and did you ever wonder later how your career now may be had you stayed four years at VCU?

I still ask myself the same question till this day. I understood why I didn’t play my red shirt freshman year, but had no clue why I didn’t my sophomore year. That’s something I will sit down later and talk to Shaka Smart about once I’m done. I will never know what it could have been but I can control what happens here on forward so that is what I try to focus on. 

You then played at Campbell from 2012-2015. You had many memorable games, but where do you rank your 21 point, 13 rebound, six assists, three blocks and two steals game in the 97-93 win against VMI?

I would probably rank that game top 3 for sure. My most memorable game would be against ECU, I finished with 29 points.

How did head coach Kevin Mcgeehan groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Playing for Kevin I was able to learn more on how to play without the ball and to make good reads with his motion offense. 

Who won a one on one in practice you or Leek Leek?

Ahhhh man Leek Leek and I used to battle every day in practice. We beat on each other pretty evenly, but I think I may have a few more wins than him lol.

You played against so many great players at the NCAA level, but which player was your toughest opponent that is in the NBA now?

Well there’s three guys in the NBA from the VCU roster, Troy Daniels, Treveon Graham, and Briante Weber. I practiced with them daily so I would say those guys.

How does your 2018 summer work out plan look like? On what things will you be working on most so you will be fully prepared for your first season in Germany

It consists of a lot of eating and lifting, my main focus this summer is to bulk up and become stronger.

If you had to construct your very own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick old or new?

I would pick Mcgrady, Jordan, Lebron, Shaq

What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate about who is better Lebron or Jordan?

I don’t like to compare the two, they are both great in unique ways. No one has impacted the game the way these two have. However, I do feel Lebron is a better all around player then Jordan. The way Jordan won his rings is what makes him the goat. Win three, retire and play baseball, come back and win three more, that is iconic 

Tracy Mcgrady said that the Boston Celtics will be the Golden State Warriors of the future. Do you see that happening?

I feel like the Celtics are on the right track as far as them becoming legit contenders but I wouldn’t go that far and say they will be the Golden State Warriors in the future. 

Deandre Ayton was the #1 NBA draft pick in 2018. Do you feel that from sheer talent and experience that Luca Doncic should have been the real #1 draft pick?

I think the picks this year were pretty accurate, that is just my opinion. Although I do feel like Luka is more NBA ready than Ayton, but guys like Ayton are rare so you have to take him if you have the number 1 pick. I’ve watched a lot of Luka, he is the real deal and he’s only 19 that’s scary. 

How did you follow the 2018 NBA Draft? How cool is it having two Germans being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers?

I find it motivating to see the Germany is being recognized as having talent to compete and play in the NBA 
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Lebron James makes amazing passes in every game, but really showcased it in a game this season against the Los Angeles Lakers. He already is like a point guard, but if he played just point guard and concentrated only on playmaking how many assists do you feel would he average per game?

Lebrons vision and IQ for the game is out of this world. I feel like he can get as many as assists as he wanted to if that’s what he chose to focus on. 

What was the last movie that you saw? Let me guess Black Panther?
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hahahahaha.no it was actually a movie called ‘Superfly’. Great movie

Thanks Reco for the chat.

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