Juwan Parker is a 24 year old 193cm guard form Tulsa, Oklahoma playing his rookie season in Germany with Pro A team Nurnberg Falcons. He began his basketball career at Booker T. Washington High School and moved to Georgia (NCAA) in 2013 and played a stellar four year career playing a total of 116 games.In his junior season he played 32 games averaging 9.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 15.7%, FT: 85.6% and as a senior at Georgia (NCAA) played 33 games averaging 8.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 85.7%. He spoke to Germanhoops.comabout basketball.
Juwan thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. You recently signed with German team Nurnberg Falcons. What have you learned to appreciate the most about the country Germany in the early going?
I’ve learned to appreciate just how nice of a city it is. It’s got a lot of history from the castles to more recently like WWII buildings and artifacts. it’s really beautiful.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Have you had friends or ex teammates balling in Germany over the years besides Nemanja Djurisic?
I’ve known one guy besides Nemi who played here, Josh Young. So I asked him for some advice and he said i’d love it here and I have so far. I also know Kassius Robertson from playing against him in college and at the 3x3U in San Antonio in April. I didn’t really know a lot about the country outside that they have really good food.
You signed late into your rookie season after a solid career at Georgia (NCAA). How did you experience your first season looking for a club? Why do you feel did it take so long for you to get this opportunity?
It was really tough waiting so long, but God doesn’t make any mistakes so I honestly don’t think I could’ve landed anywhere better than Nuernberg, so I thank coach and the organization for bringing me here.
The club is battling for the playoff positions. What is your early impression of the club and what area’s does it still need to improve the most on?
We’re a young team which I enjoy, the guys have an energy about them I love being around. So far, we seem inconsistent and to be a contender we just have to develop into a team that comes and competes game in and game out.
You’re the third American on the squad. How important has American Jackson Kent been for your early integration period? He is the type of guy that could be like an early mentor or could you imagine German veterans Sebastian Schroeder and Robert Ohle take over that role?
All three guys have been great. Obviously, being an American and being young Jackson has given me some help and tips and tricks. So it’s been fun competing with and against him in practice.
You are teammates with two huge German point guard talents Matthew Meredith and Nils Hassfuerter and Hungarian Marcell Pongo. How important will you see their existence being for your game as it continues during your rookie season? Talk a little about these guys?
Each of those guys brings something a little different to the table. They’re all great in their own right and having a good PG is crucial as a team and as a wing. So those guys definitely have been making my integration easier.
You scored 6 points in your first two games. What has been the biggest adjustment for you to the style overseas?
The biggest adjustment has just been catching a rhythm and the speed. I haven’t played since March so to come out and be able to produce a little bit has been good for my confidence coming out and knowing as i get more comfortable it’ll start opening up more.
Let’s talk a bit about your game. You’re a 193cm guard that can do a bit of everything. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player which player would best fit the description?
Hmm that’s a tough one. I’d say almost like a Brad Beal because we’re similar in size and build and he’s starting to become more known for his defense and intangibles but obviously can still get a bucket
Head coach Ralph Junge stated that you fit perfectly into the team with your character. How important has it been in your life doing the right things not only on the court, but also off the court that has allowed you to be the person you are today?
That’s something that’s been instilled in me since I’m a child. We all have to answer to a higher being at the end of the day and it matters who you are when there aren’t others around or watching you.
You’re a guy that can shoot the ball at a high clip, but what are other strength’s in your game that prove that you aren’t a one-dimensional player?
I think I can do a little bit of everything. I think coming out of college my ability to handle the ball and defend were questioned but I think I can hold my own with anybody.
You played at Georgia (NCAA) from 2013-2018. What was your fondest memory there? Possibly reaching the NIT Sweet 16 as a freshman?
My fondest memory was watching the NCAA selection show my sophomore year. We were in my coaches house and the feeling when the hosts call your name is unbelievable and the electricity that goes through every person in the room is unmatched.
You had many great games at Georgia (NCAA), but if you had to pick your best and most favorite game which would you pick? Possibly your 18 and 11 game in the win against Mississippi or your 15 point game in the win against LSU or 14 point game in the win against St Mary’s?
I think my favorite game was my game against Ole Miss. it was my first collegiate double-double and I was always one rebound or one point shy of getting it. so finally getting one, I was proud.
You didn’t shoot to well in your first three NCAA season’s at Georgia, but made a huge improvement as a senior. What was key for you being able to shoot at a high clip then?
I think the biggest thing was getting out of my own head and getting healthy. I had 2 bad injuries and going into my senior season I finally was close to 100%. so I wasn’t so in my head about my health or my game. So I was just letting it fly.
How did head coach Mark Fox groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Fox taught me about waking up every day ready to take on any adversity I might face, whether in the game of basketball or life. Just knowing if I kept making progress I’d eventually get to where I wanted to be.
Who won a one on one in practice you or William Jackson the 2nd?
Turtle knows I be busting his tail. I don’t think he ever won.
What did it mean for you playing at the well known Tulsa high school Booker T Washington High school that has won state titles in 10 different sports boys and girls and has won 15 boys titles? Do you feel like that winning school gene is in you?
I have so much pride to be from Tulsa and to have attended BTW. To be a part of that history and add 2 state championships to it are amazing feelings no one can ever take away. I definitely feel that winning became infused in my bloodline there and i’ve won at every level since.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
I think the toughest player would have to be Malik Monk. He gave us 30 points in a half to win the game
If you had to pick your personal favorite starting five of teammates over the years which players would you chose?
That’s tough. JJ Frazier. Nemi Djurisic. Yante Maten. Kenny Gaines. Marcus Thornton. I’d go to war with those boys any day of the week.
If you had to construct your very own NBA mount Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick?
Michael Jordan. Lebron. Shaq. Steph.
What is your personal opinion about the never ending debate of who is the greatest between Michael Jordan and Lebron James?
I think MJ is the GOAT. He was cold blooded but Lebron is the GOAT of my generation for sure.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was Creed 2.
Thanks Juwan for the chat.