Joshua Tatum is an American player that played at Merced college and Post University. He is still looking to begin his professional basketball career. He took another step in that direction as he took part at the annual Howard Hoops Tour in Germany. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball.
Josh thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I’m in Vegas. My summer has been wonderful.
You played at Merced College and Post University. How have you experienced the last year in terms of finding a team. How have you gone about looking for the right fit best?
Well I didn’t really find a team. I played for a semi-pro team but that’s about it. Just been on google trying to find a team.
Did you have a job on the side and how laborious were you continuing to work on your game in the lab? What is the toughest about having this kind of lifestyle?
I do have a job, but I would go to the gym in the morning to lift then work then after I would go to court and work on my game.
Let’s talk a little about your game. What strengths does your game incorporate and on what things in your game are you continuing to work on so you can get better?
My strengths are down low post game and mid-range game and jump shot. Defense is also my strength. What I’m working on now is my outside game as far as 3pt shot and ball handling.
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?
This is the best experience so far. I’ve never had this opportunity before so I’m super stoked and grateful. Just expecting everyone to be better than me so I can work even harder.
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’ve only heard good things about Germany and how great of an country it is. I also heard that their basketball is a great opportunity to play. I’m definitely looking forward to getting a job here or somewhere.
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?
I’m beyond grateful and blessed with connecting with
Ronald Howard. I actually found him on social media and he let me know what I need to get here.
Ronald Howard has an amazing track 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?
As humble as possible I think with his guidance and my hard work and me being coachable I think I can get a job out here.
Ronald Howard is an amazing around the clock basketball junkie. What has impressed you most about his presence and just how much influence does he have in being able to get the best out of a player?
I like the fact that he’s all about his players and he only wants the best for them. I def trust him.
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?
I definitely understand how hard it is to make it. For me all I need is a foot in the door and I think I could make a living.
Please explain in a few sentences as to why you could help any team despite the kind of resume that you have?
Well one I’m coachable and I work hard and I’m always trying to push to the next level.
Please name your personal NBA Mount Rushmore. Which 4 heads old or present would you pick?
Lebron, Kobe, Shaq, Tim Duncan
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
I think Lebron is better than Jordan
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Josh for the chat.