J’Quan Brown is a 23 year old guard that played at Emmanuel Christian High School. He never went to college, but has semi-pro basketball experience with two teams Glynn County Crusaders (2015-16) (Semi-Pro) averaging 13.3 PPG 5.3 APG 3.2 RPG 1.3 SPG and the T.R.U.E. Eagles (2016-17) (Semi-Pro) averaging 20 PPG 6.3 APG 4.4 APG 2.3 SPG. He is part of the Howard Hoops tour in Germany and spoke about his basketball career and the tour.
J’Quan thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
It’s a pleasure, thanks for having me. Right now, I’m currently in Orlando, Florida, preparing for my flight to Frankfurt tomorrow morning. My summer has been one of a kind. Late nights and early mornings, literally. But all in all, summer was really busy.
You’re a 23 year old guard from Georgia that has no college experience, but at least played for two semi-pro teams. How difficult is the whole process of mentally keeping that basketball dream alive when you realistically it is very difficult?
It’s extremely hard! Particularly not knowing when and where opportunity will arise. But the biggest thing for me is to stand on faith and just stay ready. I’d rather not have an opportunity and be ready for one than to have one and not be ready. It’s a motto that I live by.
You had a stellar high school career with Emmanuel Christian High School (2013-14) 25.4 PPG 4.1 APG 6.1 RPG 3.3 SPG 1.3 BPG There you were named Player of the Year. With a resume like that why didn’t you land at some college?
As a kid, I’d always wanted to go straight to the pros out of high school. But I didn’t necessarily have that luxury. Emmanuel was such a small school. Like, extremely small. It wasn’t a top high school where I’m from. And it wasn’t top notch competition neither. It was a small private institution, so the school would never get any recognition. I would make personal calls to college coaches about coming out to games and checking them out, but no one would acknowledge. So no, I wasn’t recruited coming out of high school. Very unfortunate, but you control what you can control.
You played with two semi pro teams where you registered pretty good stats. What kind of experience was that and can you get better at the semi pro level?
It was a different experience and also a very frustrating one. Where I played, sometimes you’d have a game scheduled and then it would get cancelled just hours before! Crazy! So there was a lot of inconsistency. As far as getting better at that level, yes you can. But I want to be one of the best players in the world! So I know in order for me to accomplish that, I must shoot for the highest level possible!
With the two semi pro teams Glynn County Crusaders (2015-16) (Semi-Pro) you averaged 13.3 PPG 5.3 APG 3.2 RPG 1.3 SPG T.R.U.E. Eagles (2016-17) (Semi-Pro) 20 PPG 6.3 APG 4.4 APG 2.3 SPG. What stands out right away that you are a scoring guard that also knows how to find your teammates. Talk a little about your game.
My game is pretty simple, for the most part. I don’t like my game to be labeled. Yes I can score, but I’m also a guy who loves to make plays for others and don’t need the ball in my hands to make an impact on the game. I also use my size to my advantage. Yes, I’m small, but I’m definitely strong enough to hold my own.
You get a lot of steals as well. Would you classify yourself as a passionate defender that always wants and can lock down his man? Talk a bit about how much pride you take on the defensive end?
I take a lot of pride in defense! I was told by my uncle as a youngster that I should always destroy whoever was guarding me, but never give up baskets! It’s kind of like being the head of a household and protecting your home and family. You wouldn’t allow anyone to run up in your house and bring harm to you and your family, right? That’s how I feel about playing defense.
You didn’t play last season. What job did you have and were you able to continue to stay in game and body shape? How difficult is it shuffling a job and that basketball dream?
One reason I didn’t play anywhere last year was because I was dealing with a fractured shoulder blade. I went to the Slammers Basketball Combine last summer. Felt I did pretty good, but received no offers. So I worked at a local gym in my hometown where I have access to a basketball court, weight room, swimming pool and all! So I took full advantage! It is hard to juggle working and also chasing the hoop dream. Working early mornings and late nights while also making sure that I’m working on my craft in between all of that. Not to mention the fact that I’m getting on average four hours of sleep/night! But that’s the sacrifice you make when chasing your dreams! It’ll all pay off, I’m sure of it!
You are taking part at the 2019 Howard Hoops tour in Germany. How excited are you to be able to be in Europe? With what kind of expectations are you going to Germany with?
I’m very excited, actually. But I’m not going get too high, nor too low. I have to stay even kill. I’ve been over in Europe one other time, last summer. Great experience! And this will just add on to that. My expectations are to come over, enjoy the experience, play hard, compete, be a sponge and soak up as much as possible, do my best, and let God do the rest!
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? What are you looking forward to most with this experience?
I don’t know a whole lot about the game over there. I do know that the country loves the sport! The thing that I’m most looking forward to, I’d say, is just the experience in general. Not everyone gets an opportunity like this, so I’m going make sure that I take full advantage. This is a blessing!
How thankful are you of getting this experience from tour CEO Ronald Howard (181-PG-84, college: Mayville St.). How did the whole contact come about and what do you believed impressed him most from your game to invite you?
Oh, I’m beyond thankful! Out of all the camps and showcases that I’ve been to, I can honestly and truly say that this is first legit one that I’ve gotten. So it’s only right that I give my all! Ron was actually recommended to me by a buddy of mine, Chris Miller. Like Ron himself, I’m an undersized guard. And with no college experience, he figured that this would be the best opportunity for me! Also, I think we kind of gravitated toward each other because we’re both HUGE fans of the late great rapper out of Los Angeles California, Nipsey Hussle. May God rest his soul.
Ronald Howard has an amazing trach record of helping guys like yourself land on a team. How confident are you that through his guidance you would be able to find a team?
His resume speaks for itself. He knows what he’s doing. He can get in contact with any team out there but he can’t go out and play for us. So it’s our job to go out and play to represent Howard Hoops Academy the best way possible. He’s going do his part, so it’s on us to do ours. Together, as a team!
Is your basketball dream big enough to earn somewhere between 300-500 euro to start?. That is a tough lifestyle and some guys can’t cope with it while others can. Are you aware how tough it will be once you get a shot?
Yes, my hoop dream is big enough for that. And yes, I am aware of how tough that could be. I can understand how some guys can’t cope with it. Especially those with a family. And some of those guys have jobs where they live where they make more money. I don’t have a family. I’m single with no kids, so I’m willing to take the risk! You got to start somewhere and I’m more than willing to work my way up. I’ve come too far to quit now!
Please explain in a few sentences as to why you could help any team despite the kind of resume that you have?
I bring good qualities to a club. Scoring, playmaking, energy, leadership, great work ethic, determination, and a passion that’s unmatched! And though my resume isn’t the best, I know for a fact that I can play at this level. And I’m going to prove it
Please name your personal NBA Mount Rushmore. Which 4 heads old or present would you pick?
This is a topic that’ll forever exist! I don’t typically get involved in topics like this, but my personal NBA Mount Rushmore would be: 1. Lebron James 2. Michael Jordan 3. Kobe Bryant 4. Magic Johnson
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
Kobe Bryant is my all time favorite player! But I personally believe that Lebron is the greatest to ever do it! That’s no disrespect to MJ, he was great! But Lebron is a different animal. 6’8 260lbs and is able to do what he does at the highest level. It’s ridiculous! Everyone has their opinion on it. And there are even some who don’t believe that neither of the two are the greatest. But to each it’s own!
What was the last movie that you saw?
The very last movie I saw was the brand new Lion King, which is by far the greatest movie ever created! I love that movie to death and will watch it 100 times a day if I could!
Thanks J’Quan for the chat.