Devon Moore is a 29 year old 193cm guard from Columbus, Ohio that has played five professional seasons including in countries like Hungry and the Ukraine, but played most of his career in Germany. He played with Ehingen from 2014-2018 playing a total of 80 games. He helped Ehingen move up to the Pro A in 2016. He played three seasons in the Pro A with Ehingen and showed that in two of the three seasons belonged to the top point guards leading the league in assists in 2015 with 6,6apg an din 2017 was third in the league with 5,7apg. The American who played at JMU (NCAA) from 2008-2013 missed all of last season due to a serious injury, but is back healthy and wants to play again. germanhoops.com sat down with him to chat about his basketball career.
Devon thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been going?
Hey, thanks for taking the time to do this interview I appreciate it a lot. I’m in Columbus Ohio with my family. My summer is going great working out being with my loved ones and playing in these Pro-am basketball leagues.
Granted you sat out last year due to injury, but have you noticed that it is a lot tougher getting signed when you have been inactive for a longer time?
Yeah, I noticed but I didn’t really try to go back right away last season even though I got cleared to play. I reached out to a couple teams but that wasn’t my main focus. I had to fall back in love with basketball, when I got an injury it showed me another side. I was able to start training kids and giving back so that was fun.
Despite being out for a year, you played four of five seasons in Germany for one team Ehingen leading them to the Pro A once and averaging 6.0 apg in the Pro A in three seasons. Is it hard for you still to understand and accept a bit that you aren’t signed?
At first, it was I felt like I proved that I could play. I showed I could score I showed I could play defense and run a team but at the end of the day what’s meant for me will happen so I just let it go. My whole life people looked over me or said I shouldn’t be here so I’m used to it Just for motivation to keep working even if I don’t get a job overseas I will continue to train kids and help the best way I can.
How tough was it for you sitting out last season? How did you get through the year and how did you handle the situation mentally?
It wasn’t that hard because I fell out of love with basketball. I didn’t care to play it. I was happy with training kids and playing here and there but my main focus was finding my passion again. Which I did I started playing semi-pro in January and my passion for the game was still there. If I played bad or wasn’t happy with how I played I was in the gym the next morning. Also I have an amazing family who kept me grounded and helped me mentally to stay positive.
Are you 100% healthy again? How confident are you that no matter where you play that you will be The Devon Moore of old?
Yes I’m 100% healthy and I’m very confident that I’m back to my old ways I won MVP of my semi-pro league. I play in 2 pros am league now where I’m putting on a show. I still have a lot to work on but I’m healthy and I’m in the best shape I have been in and I’m working hard to master my position.
Three of the four seasons where you played with Ehingen, you actually was with teams in the D-League, Canada and Hungary and each time Ehingen saved your season signing you.
I will forever be thankful for Ehingen from the management the staff the fan and community It was an honor to put that uniform on. I think we both needed each other not just them saving me we both wanted to be a part of each other lives so I will always love that places.
They had a great point guard last season in Rayshawn Simmons and coming off a good season. Do you feel like there is possibly to much pressure for them now to give you another chance?
I was happy for both Rayshawn and the Team and I don’t know that would be their decision I know what I have done in that program so for me I don’t think so but that’s not my decision I’m happy for them regardless they gave me an opportunity to showcase my talent I’m thankful.
For years you belonged to the top Pro A Point Guards. How confident are you that you will be able to find your way back to your old ways should you get a chance?
Yeah I’m blessed. There were some great point guards while I was in the league and to be at the top is an honor. I know I’m back to my old ways so it’s just amatter of time that how I look at it. Just got to continue to believe. I know the time I put in my game this summer.
Was your fondest season with Ehingen winning the Pro B in 2016 or was there another season that you cherished more there?
I think that was one of them just because of the bond that group had. Also the Season that Kam Taylor was there we didn’t do so well but the chemistry and the bond was amazing.
In your first season with Ehingen you led the Pro A in assists but the team moved down. What memories do you have of that season and how important was that season for you considering you had a tough rookie season?
That was a goal to come into the league and be the best passer and to make a name for myself. I think I did a pretty good job my first year. The team was great. We just were young. I think if I would have been there earlier in the season we wouldn’t of went down. I remember throwing Brian Butler a lot of alley-oops. Overall my first half of my rookie season in Hungary wasn’t the best. I played good but I didn’t get the opportunity to show my talent the second half of the season. In Germany coach let me be free. It felt good to just go play and learn from my mistakes.
Recently your ex teammate Mahir Agva signed with a top Turkish team Darussafaka. He has come a long way. Would you have expected then that he would develop in such a good way?
Yes Mahir is very talented. He just had some growing up to do. I think once he matured he started to realize how special he was. Very proud of him and even happier. I know he’s going to be great at that level
In your third year with Ehingen, you were teammates with Kameron Taylor who has had one of the big jumps in his career going to the Pro A, back to the Pro B, Hungary and now signed with Bamberg. Did you notice then that he was a special teammate?
Yeah, I noticed earlier on that Kam was special. He always wanted to get better. He always asked questions and just wanted to learn as much as he could. He’s going to make some noise this upcoming season.
Your last season you played with one of the best shooters to ever grace the Pro A with Seger Bonifant and rising young German Kevin Yebo who was signed by the Hamburg Towers. Where do you rank Bonifant with the best shooters you ever played with and was throwing blind passes up to the rim a piece of cake having a guy like Yebo?
My shooter Sege is in my top 5 for best shooters I played with. Kevin Yebo is a great talen.t I always told him he just has to mature a little but once he did that his game went up another level. It’s was a passion playing with both of them and it made my job a lot easier.
How important has head coach Domenik Reinboth been for your career and development? How do you feel has he helped you most in the years in Ehingen?
Coach showed me a lot of new tricks and helped with my hand placement on the ball. Also just always trusting me so I thank him for that. I could write a book but he helped me a lot with just being a point guard.
As a rookie you played with MJUS-Fortress Kormend (Hungary-A Division) averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 80.4%; and playing 6 EuroChallenge games averaging13.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 80.6% in Jan.’14 moved to SC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-Superleague) playing 5 games averaging 5.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 75.0%. What did you learn about your rookie season that helped you in your career after that?
I learned the style of play and how to be more consistent with my play. Also to slow down when I first got overses.a I was moving too fast and one of my Older players told me to learn the pace of the game and to find the rhythm and that helped me a lot my next couple of years
What was your wake up calling to being a rookie in Hungary and the Ukraine where you knew that you were very far away from home in Columbus, Ohio?
The culture was different and just the way of living. Hungary was a beautiful place and when I was in the Ukraine it rained a lot so I didn’t get to enjoy it. The food was pretty good in both places.
You played at James Madison from 2008-2013. What was your fondest memory there? Possibly winning the CAA tournament in your senior year?
Yeah, that was a great accomplishment with all the hard work payed off so that was big. Personally I love that place and the atmosphere is amazing.
Was beating William & Mary, Delaware and Northeastern by a combined point total of only 9 points the most exciting weekend of your NCAA career?
That was an exciting weekend. I’m thankful to have been a part of it. We made history.
You played in the NCAA tournament in 2013 beating LIU Brooklyn, but then lost to Indiana with future NBA players Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. What do you remember most from that time?
One of the best experiences in my life to be a part of March Madness. Getting an escort to every game or practice. Being able to play close to home so my family who don’t get the opportunity to come to Virginia could see me. Playing against these great players and the whole experience was amazing.
When you were a senior, you were teammates with freshman Ron Curry. Were you like a mentor for him? Have you followed his career as he played in Germany for the Telekom Baskets Bonn some years ago.
Yeah Ron is my little brother. I followed his career. He did great this year in Hungary. I showed him the ropes when he came to JMU and he took off and now he’s a great pro.
How did head coach Matt Brady groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
I think he handed me the keys to the program and told me I was always going to be in the limelight. So he just treated me like a Pro from the first day I got on campus. On the court he always coached me harder than other people. He taught me a saying it goes like this: They love you to hate you again. Which means one day you can be their favorite the next you can hated. Off the court he taught me to always smile and be respectful and know everything happens for a reason. So I think he did a great job with grooming me on.
2Who won a one on one in practice you or Ron Curry?
Me, but Ron won some but I got the best of him. But it was never easy.
Who was the toughest opponent that you played in the NCAA that is in the NBA or in Europe now?
Steph Curry, Brandon Jennings, Charles Jenkins, Cam Long and Marcus Thornton It’s a lot more but this just a couple people
Please list your five best teammates of all-time?
This is hard because I have had great teammates but here are some. Trey Burke Jared Sullinger, Kam Taylor Davonte Lacy, AJ David, Brian Butler and Achmadsch Zazai
Please name your personal own NBA Rushmore. Which four heads would you pick past or present for your list?
Jordan, Shaq, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett. They have the passion for the game.
What is your personal opinion of the never-ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
This is a tough question to answer, because Lebron is a great player but Mike is my all-time favorite. I think they are two different players.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was Spider far away from home with my son.
Thanks Devon for the chat.