Casey Teson is a 188cm guard from St Charles, Missouri that was going to start his professional basketball career in Germany with SC Rist Wedel in the Pro B, but was released. He began his basketball career at Saint Charles High School. He then played at Eastern Illinois (NCAA) from 2015-2017 and as a freshman played 30 games averaging 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 31.3%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 77.8%. In his second season at Eastern Illinois (NCAA) he played 29 games: averaging 6.9ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 96.8%. He then played at Maryville, MO (NCAA2) from 2017-2019 and as a junior played 28 games averaging 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 91.7%. In his senior year at Maryville, MO (NCAA2) he played 26 games averaging 19.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 88.0%. He spoke to geermanhoops.com about his basketball career earlier in the summer.
Casey thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I live in Saint Charles, MO which is about 30 minutes from St. Louis. This summer my day consists of 2-3 workouts a day. Once a week I take a hot yoga class and also try to get out on the golf course as much as I can.
Congrats on signing with German Pro B team SC Rist Wedel. How excited are you to be starting your professional career in Germany and with what expectations are you coming to Germany with?
Playing professional basketball has always been a dream of mine. Looking forward to this new experience and being immersed in a new country.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Have you had any people play here that you know?
From what I have heard and searched online Germany is known for their pretzels. For the specific town I am staying in, the weather looks cold and windy. I don’t know anyone that has played in Germany so this opportunity should be one to remember.
You had a job interview over the phone. Manager Christoph Roquette was very impressed with you especially your desire to be successful. A lot of other guys have to fly over and try-out. What impressed you most with the organization when on the phone?
Rist Wedel seems like a very structured and organized basketball club. They put their players in positions to allow for success. I guess the most shocking thing was everyone’s English!
Did you make a type of check list when you went about deciding to come to Germany or not? What were the main reasons for signing a rookie contract with SC Rist Wedel?
Rist Wedel was my first offer on the table. After doing research and talking with coaches I heard nothing but great things about this program. It was important to me that the team I chose was going to be welcoming and continue to push me as a player.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 188cm combo guard. What is your natural position? The point or the two?
Growing up I always played the 2-guard. This past year at Maryville University, my coach moved me to point guard. I am comfortable running this position but I enjoying playing the 2-guard.
Your a guy with many offensive skills and if you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I relate my game to Luka Doncic. A rookie for the Dallas, Mavericks. This player has great footwork, but is not always the fastest one on the court. He is very creative in the ways he gets his shots off. I also enjoy watching Luka because of his positive attitude towards the game.
Your scoring and three pointer stand out, but you can do many other things on the court. What are other vital strengths in your game?
From a guard standpoint I believe that I read the floor well and have good decision making skills on the fly. I enjoy being able to pick players up when they are down and direct focus on the next play.
You shot very well from outside in your last two seasons at Maryville, MO (NCAA2). How confident do you feel about your shot continuing to be a big weapon at the professional level. How do you see shaping your shot into a professional weapon?
I have relied on my shoot throughout my whole career so my confidence will always be there with that. I see my shot helping out by spreading the floor and not allowing teams to help off me, so my teammates have a good opportunity to score
You’re a guy that can fill the stat sheet with ease, but what do you feel is a hidden weapon in your game that still seems to be a bit off the radar?
My ability to read the floor and breakdown teams by making the right pass.
You began your college career at Eastern Illinois. As a freshman you averaged 7,5ppg in 28 minutes. What kind of role did you have as a freshman?
My role as a freshman at Eastern Illinois was to help spread the floor and knock down open shots.
Was your 18 point game as a freshman where you hit 6/8 three’s against Indiana State one of your more memorable games in the NCAA?
Hitting 6 of 8 from the three-point line is something that I will remember. My favorite game was against Indiana University because it was my first ever college game and had a fun atmosphere.
In your sophomore season you played 8 minutes less, but still put up ok stats. Why did you decide to transfer to Maryville, MO (NCAA2) after this season?
The reason I transferred back home was because to have the opportunity to play in front on family and friends. Another big influence was the head coach of Maryville, Marc Sticker. I have known him since middle school and he has played a big impact on my life in regard to basketball and growing into the person I am today.
You finished your college career at Maryville, MO (NCAA2) where you averaged double figures in scoring in both seasons and as a senior averaged 19.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 88.0%. How do you feel did your game develop further in your last two years?
I was allowed more freedom on the court from coach Stricker. I also put in extra work over those two summers really focusing in on my mid post game. This allowed me to score from all three levels.
You hit Truman State for 38 points hitting only one three pointer. What memories do you have of this game and was this your most memorable game in school?
Against Truman everything was clicking on all cylinders. Everything I shot felt pure. They allowed me to get to my spots on the court that I was most comfortable with. At the D2 level this was by far my favorite and most memorable game.
How did head coach Marc Stricker groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Stricker has been the back bone of my game. He’s helped me out in so many ways. He’s helped me look at the games in different angles and helped me with my skills as well. I couldn’t thank coach enough for everything he’s done for me.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Marc Colletta?
Zach is probably one of the hardest guys to guard because he is very quick and is longer than anyone I’ve played against. When he gets the ball to the mid post the only way you can get a stop on him is if he misses a shot. He’s going to have a great junior and senior year at Maryville and has a bright future after college basketball.
Who has been the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA or in Europe?
I didn’t get a chance to play against him but I got the opportunity to play with him when I played for MoKan. His name is Shake Milton. He was a complete player. He had it all, I give him a lot of credit.
Please list your five best teammates of all-time?
Nolan Berry, Jimmy Barton, Marshawn Blackman, Eugene Jones, Chase Morfield.
Please name your personal own NBA Rushmore. Which four heads would you pick past or present for your list?
Steve Nash, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Devin Booker.
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
The greatest of all time is LeBron James. Just look at the stats, it says everything
What was the last movie that you saw?
Spiderman Far From Home.
Thanks Casey for the chat.