Jahmere Howze is a 22 year old 201cm forward from Warrensville, Ohio that recently left the Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB). He played college ball at three schools at Urbana (NCAA2), California, PA (NCAA2) and Virginia State (NCAA2). He showed his impressive consistency averaging in double figures in scoring in each season. In his senior year at California PA he played 33 games averaging 14.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 71.2%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his basketball career before his release..
Thanks Jahmere for talking to germanhoops.com. You signed your first professional contract last summer with German Pro B team Iserlohn. After having a stellar college career with three different schools how did you experience your first summer transfer period? Did you have ample offers?
My first summer transfer period was kind of rough because I didn’t know where I was going to go until I made the announcement that I was leaving. A lot of coaches starting contacting me and offering me right on the spot, which made it kind of hard to make a decision because a lot of the schools had pretty good teams as well as good education.
How thankful are of being signed with Iserlohn? They contemplated very long going with an experienced import or a young player with lot’s of potential and talent.
Very thankful for the opportunity. I’m ready to show them what I bring to the table and how determined I am to win and learn
What was the deciding moment where you knew that starting your professional season with Iserlohn would be the right step?
I knew it would be the right decision after talking with my dad and doing a little research on the country itself.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Have you had any friends, former teammates or opponents gain experience playing in Germany?
Not necessarily friends but players like Trey Lewis and Seger Bonifant who I have played against and know of have signed to Teams in Germany. I honestly don’t know that much about the country but I’m always open to learning new things about the places I go
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a versatile 201cm forward that can do much on the court. If you had to compare your game to a NBA player who would best fit the description?
I would compare my game to a young Lamar Odom.
Talk a bit about your offensive game. With the versatility that you possess would you be comfortable calling yourself a modern forward? Especially since you incorporated a three in your junior season.
I would consider myself a modern forward because of my ability to shoot the ball and drive the ball as well as my comfort level when it comes to handling the ball if need be
In your first two seasons in the NCAA 2 you attempted only 4 three’s, but in your last two years shot 101 three’s. How much fun is it having a three pointer in your arsenal and how has it helped your game develop in the last two years?
It’s very fun because it makes my game unpredictable. It makes me harder to guard.
At California, PA you shot 74 three’s averaging 27% and at Virginia State shot only 27 three’s at 37%. Was it shot selection that helped you register such a fine percentage from downtown?
Yes, it was shoot selection as well as me maturing as a player and knowing that I have a rhythm every time I make a shot. My entire summer I spent time finding that rhythm
One thing that really stands out is your amazing consistency that you had at three schools never averaging less than 14,1ppg and 5,4rpg. What do believe is your secret to always being able to produce well in different systems and different coaches?
Confidence has always been my drive. I always felt like I can compete with the best and no matter what coach I play under that is something that is instilled in me from the day I started playing sports period.
Do you ever ponder where you might be today had you played all four years at Urbana. What were the biggest advantages to having played at 3 schools as opposed to only one?
No, I haven’t really thought about what would’ve happened if I stayed at Urbana. Mainly because I only live life going forward, I can’t live my life thinking of the ‘what if’s’. But the biggest advantage were the different styles of coaching and competition. When I got to Virginia State I was so far ahead of some of the players mentally and the way I thought the game and didn’t just play it and as far as the competition, my first two years at Urbana was the most competitive. There were so many good 4 men in the conference. I had to bring my a game every night, but I was also learning from them with me being young and them having more experience than me.
You’re a guy that can do so much on the court, but do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t always get noticed on the court?
Absolutely, I feel that my footwork often goes unnoticed because of my strength and ability to score in different way.
You began your college basketball career at Urbana (NCAA2) and put up big stats. How important were these two years in your basketball development and vital was head coach Rob Summers in you getting a quick feel of the NCAA2?
These two years were very important because I got to see how talented D2 players really were. Coach Summers was very hard on me as a freshman but I didn’t take it personally I knew he saw potential in me that a lot of coaches didn’t see so I accepted any challenge he threw at me and learned from it.
What memories do you have of the tough 98-92 loss against West Virginia State where you had a 38/11 game. Was this the first time where you knew that you be a beast at the NCAA 2 level?
No, It was just the beginning. I wasn’t as hype about the stats because we lost the game but after the game all I could remember me thinking is ‘only if I would’ve scored 45 points, we would’ve came out with the win’
After two strong years at Urbana, you then decided to go to California, PA (NCAA2) playing 28 games averaging 16.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 70.6. Was it tough leaving Urbana a place where you exceled and why did you go?
No, it wasn’t tough. I actually fit right in at Cal PA. It felt more like home to me.
You had a massive like Kevin Love game scoring 44 points and hauling down 20 boards in the 105-94 season opening win over Glenville State. Is this a game you might watch again in times where things aren’t going well for extra motivation?
Yes, of course. That game always helps me in staying aggressive.
You then made another school change going to Virginia State (NCAA2) playing 33 games averaging 14.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 71.2%. In hindsight how blessed do you feel having made this decision which led to the CIAA Tournament Win?
I feel very blessed. I’m blessed for the coaches I had, blessed for the type of teammates I had because no matter the situation all they want to do is see me be the best I can be.
What will you always remember from the 77-66 CIAA tournament win where you steered 28 points and 12 rebounds over Shaw?
I will always remember the talk I had with my dad before the game. His advice to me was go out there and play the game you’ve been playing your entire life.
How did head coach Lonnie Blow give you the last important push in getting you prepared and groomed for a professional career?
The way coach Blow groomed me and got me ready for my professional career was rest me no matter how much I wanted to play.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Robel Teckle?
We never played but if we had of played I would’ve won.
Who was the toughest opponent that you played in the NCAA that is in the NBA or in Europe now
It has to be between Seger Bonifant and Amir Hinton.
Please list your five best teammates of all-time?
Terry Davis, Antwon Lillard, Justin Johnson, Andrew Corrum, and Mike Newton.
Please name your personal own NBA Rushmore. Which four heads would you pick past or present for your list?
LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson.
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
LeBron is the better player in my opinion, although I never saw Michael Jordan play a full game with him at his worst. And I honestly think the competition is better now than it was when he played.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Jahmere for the chat.