Sean Lloyd(wiha Panthers) My Work Ethic Came From Being Overlooked Which Motivated Me To Stay In The Gym

Sean Lloyd is a 22 year old 196cm guard/forward from Philadelphia that will be starting his professional career in Germany with Pro A team wiha Panthers. He got valuable early experience at schools The Haverford School, Imhotep Charter High School and Mt. Zion Prep School. He then had a stellar career at Southern Illinois playing a total of 106 games. In his junior season he played 31 games averaging 11.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 73.1% and in his senior year he played 32 games averaging 10.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 71.7%. He spoke to after signing with the wiha Panthers. 

Sean thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment an dhow has your summer been?

I am currently at home, but I will be returning to school early June to workout. My summer has been going great

I have the fortune to have your uncle Lewis Lloyd’s autograph. How often do you come upon somebody telling you that they have his autograph?

I have had a few people tell me they had my uncles autograph because the both of our colleges were in the same conference

What kind of relationship have you been fortunate to have with Lewis Lloyd and how influential has he been on your career?

Me and my uncle have a good relationship. He talks to me sometimes but the biggest influence on my career has been my father, he breaks down my games and tells me my flaws.

Congrats on signing with German Pro A team wiha Panthers. You signed very early into the off season. How did you experience your first transfer period. Did you have a good share of offers or was the Panthers the only one you had?

I had other offers but playing I wanted to play with a winning organization and the Panthers have been winning.

What was the deciding factor that made you decide to go to Germany? Head coach Alen Velcic is really high on your abilities.

The deciding factor was that I believe in coach Velcic and how he plans to use me as a player.

What do you know in general about the country and Germany. Did you know that some of former S Illinois players like Jermaine Dearman (Trier), Jamaal Tatum (Duesseldorf), Darren Brooks (BG Goettingen) and Josh Bone (Gotha 2) have played in Germany. Did you talk with any of them or get advice and information from others about Germany?

The only thing I know about Germany is the stuff I looked up on the internet, things like it’s a good country and people there speak English so that will make the transition easier. I have not talked to the former players that went to SIU, I don’t know them personally.

Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 196cm guard/forward that can shoot very well and is a good defender. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?

I try to model my game after 2 guards in the NBA such as Victor Oladipo and Dion Waiters. Those 2 players I study the most.

You’re a player that can shoot very well, but a thing that stands out is your work ethic. How vital was adding more time in working at your game for 12 months a year. Was there something that sparked you to want to work harder or have you always had a very healthy work ethic?

My work ethic came from just being overlooked at times, I feel like I am a way better player than what I get credited for so that gave me motivation just to stay in the gym and keep getting better.

Head coach Alen Velcic is very excited about your attitude on the defensive end and your nerves of steal. Even if you are a very versatile offensive player, do you feel like you could become a defensive game changer at the professional level?

I think I can change the game on defense because I take pride on playing defense, defense is easy to me because I love to compete.

You’re a player that can fill the stat sheet with ease, but what do you feel has been a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t always get noticed?

A hidden strength that doesn’t always get noticed is my post up game, I’m very good in the mid post to low block area when I have a smaller defender on me.

How does a normal summer work out day look like for you? On what things will you be working on most this off season so you come to Germany in August ready to start your rookie season prepared?

Most summer days I’m working to improve my ball handling abilities and I just get up a ton of shots. Also working on making 3s off the dribble.

It isn’t always the coaches that are most influential for a player, but you credit former teammates like Mike Rodriguez and Anthony Beane as being crucial in your development at S Illinois. How did each guy help you best in becoming the player that you are today?

Mike and Anthony just pushed me to go hard, I played behind Anthony my freshman year and I had seen how hard he worked for everything he got and I wanted that. There has been countless nights when Mike forced me to go to the gym with him going into my sophomore year and that’s what made me a gym rat.

As a junior you scored 21 points in an exciting 81-80 victory against Missouri State. What memories do you have of that game and does it belong to one of your best game in school?

That game against Missouri state my junior was a fun game to be a part of, especially since 20 of my points came from the 2nd half and in overtime. That is definitely one of my better games in a SIU jersey.

How tough was it facing off against powerhouse Kentucky in the first game as a senior. You lost 71-59 and had 6 points. What memories do you have of that game and with so many talented Wild Cats on the court who will probably go to the NBA down the road, which guy looked the best to you and could be a good NBA player down the road?

Memories I have against playing against Kentucky was playing in Rupp arena, it was a great experience. I feel like we could have won if it weren’t for the refs lol. But the best player who will have a good NBA career is Tyler Hero because he’s a good scorer.

You were teammates with Kavion Pippen who has that famous name. Did he tell any stories about Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen?

Kavion is the nephew of Scottie and his relationship with his uncle wasn’t super tight so I really don’t remember him telling us any stories

How did head coach Barry Hinson groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Hinson taught me how to talk to the media and how to address people

Who won a one on one in practice you or Armon Fletcher?

Me and Armon played so many one on ones, it really depended who had the hotter hand that day, but I think I’m still up a few games.

You played at quite a few high schools like The Haverford School Imhotep Charter High School and Mt. Zion Prep School. How important was it for you getting that total high school experience. What kind of player were you already coming into S Indiana having seen so many different coaches and schools?

Coming into Southern Illinois I was prepared for the hard practices because I went to so many schools and all the schools had hard practices. By going to so many different schools I learned how to adapt to my teammates fast and learn their strengths and weaknesses and how to be a good teammate.

Please name your personal NBA Rushmore. Please pick 4 NBA heads that you feel make the perfect NBA Rushmore.

My Mount Rushmore of NBA players would be LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal

What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Lebron or Jordan?

I think the greatest of all time is Lebron James, he’s been my favorite player since I seen him play in Philly when I was a child.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was the intruder.

Thanks Sean for the chat.

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