Without His Two Host Families in Arkansas Moses Kingsley(Peristeri GS Athens) Wouldn´t Be Here Today

Moses Kingsley is a 25 year old 208cm forward that is playing his first season with Peristeri GS Athens (Greece-A1) He was born in  Enugu, Nigeria and moved to Mississippi when he was in tenth grade. He played at Huntington-St.Joseph Prep School averaging  8.3ppg, 8.4rpg, 4.1bpg. He then played at Arkansas(NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 134 games averaging15.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 63.7% as a junior and as a senior averaged 12.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6bpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 75.2% as a senior. He played his first two professional seasons with the Telenet Giants Antwerp (Belgium-Euromillions League) averaging 11.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-1(1.4bpg), FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 13.6%, FT: 67.5%;and in the  FIBA Europe averaged 6.5ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 35.7%, FT: 81.8%. Last season with the Telenet Giants Antwerp (Belgium-Euromillions League) he averaged 7.5ppg, 5.3rpg, Blocks-4(1.0bpg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 56.1%; and in the BCL averaged  2.3ppg, 1.7rpg. He spoke to germanhoops.com before the Basketball Champions League game against Brose Bamberg in Bamberg. He was the team´s most efficient player in the 72-69 loss with 11 points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes.

Moses thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Welcome to Germany. Your preparing for a Basketball Champions League game in Bamberg. Last season you played in the Basketball Champions League Final 4 beating Bamberg scoring 7 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. What memories do you have of that game?

I remember the crowd being crazy. We had a lot of energy because we hosted it. We wanted to win it for the city.

How excited are to be in Bamberg and playing against your ex coach Roel Moors and teammate Paris Lee. How much vital was coach Moors for your early development as a professional and what will you never forget about Lee?

Coach Moers was really important for my development the last two seasons in Belgium. He accepted my game and made me challenge myself each day to work hard. He was a big reason why I came back for a second year. The two years were a very good experience. Paris is a very hard worker. He was always in the gym and was a very good role model for everyone. He helped everyone get better. He carried us the whole season and was always good for a big play.

What kind of experience has it been for you playing in the Greek first division. Has it been more of a challenge than playing in the Belgium

It has been a good experience. I loved playing in the Belgium League and do love playing in the Greek league. But the Greek league is more physical and the talent is better there as well.

Let´s talk about your teammates. I covered Mike Morrison in Germany closely from 2014-2018. What have you learned to appreciate most about his game? Does his good humor make certain situations easier?

Mike makes everything a lot easier. His character makes everyone better. He always puts everyone in a good mood. He is always making jokes .He also is a very good player. Before he got hurt, we were on a roll. But since he has been injured we lost two in a row. That speaks for the kind of player that he is.

How vital has 35 year old experienced American William Hatcher been for everyone? Does his leadership skills rub off on you that makes you want to be that kind of leader as you continue to gain experience and climb the basketball ladder?

Hatch has been a professional for like 14 years. He knows what he is talking about. When he speaks, you need to listen. He has been a big help helping me to fix things with my game. He is also very important in the locker room as he is always vocal.

Let´s talk about your game. You’re a 208cm forward. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?

I like how my game is and it´s hard to compare my game to an NBA player. But if I had to I would say Serge Ibaka. He plays the 4 like me. He has the spot up three, can ru the floor, rebound and block shots.

You added a three to your game as a junior at Arkansas(NCAA). Would you classify yourself as a player that is becoming more of a modern forward?

Yes I would say that I´m a modern forward. I don´t want to be known as just being a player that does one thing well. I want to be a complete player. 

You don´t shoot the three that much, but are extremely efficient. How would you describe your overall continued development of your outside game now in your third professional season?

My coach here has confidence in me to make the three. If I miss shots, he just tells me to keep shooting. He tells me that if I have a three, it will only make the team better. If I start to become consistent with my outside shot then we will be a better team.

On what area´s of your game are you most working on in the moment .On what part of your game do you the most improvement necessary?

Making more shots. I want to be more consistent with my game and take smaller guards to the post and be more aggressive in the post. On defense I want to become better defending smaller guys on the switch.

You led the Belgium Euromillions League in blocks as a rookie and last season was 4th best. How much of a challenge is it for you to be the best shot blocker possible. How do you see yourself making steps as a defender in your third professional season?

It has been very challenging playing the four this season. I played the five my whole life. At the five position I am more inside while playing the four out on the perimeter. I need to step it up more and I will

You reached the Euromillions League final with Telenet Giants Antwerp the last two years. How hungry are you to finally with that first professional chip?

I am very hungry for that first professional title. I need that first title bad. Losing the final my first year was a heartbreaker. I got injured in the playoffs. Last season we were the best team in the league. Our opponent Oostende had more experience. We let a 10 point lead go to waist at end. They then won the title at their place. That was also a heartbreaker.

What memories do you have of veteran Jason Clark in your rookie season in Belgium. Was he a guy that gave you advice about things?

Jason was a good leader. He has been playing for a while. He is a good player and teammate. He helped Paris Lee more than me because he is a guard. He wasn´t so talkative, but he did all he could to lead us to success.

You played at Arkansas(NCAA) from 2013-2017. You played 67 games in your first two seasons and never averaged more than 3,9ppg. You played together with current NBA player Bobby Portis. What do you remember with your battles with him in practice and how what vital things did you learn from his game that helped you break out as a junior?

Bobby was a very hard worker. I never saw a guy work as hard as he did in my life. I had already known him before coming to Arkansas, because we were teammates in AAU. I saw how hard he worked hard and how it payed off for his game and I wanted to do the same. I did that and had a huge break out season as a junior.

How important was the whole Arkansas experience not having any family around?

Being at Arkansas was the best time in my life. There were great people there that showed me love. It felt like they were family. That is why I came back as a senior. I had to host families. I can truly say without them, I wouldn´t be here today.

As a junior you averaged 15.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 63.7%. You were thinking about the NBA draft. Do you ever wonder where you might be today had you opted for the draft after your junior year?

I do think about it now and then. But I can´t go back to that time. Now I am here.

What memories do you have of your last NCAA game against North Carolina where you lost 72-65 and you had 9 points, 5 boards and two blocks? How tough was it playing against current NBA player Kennedy Meeks?

I never watched that game again. I didn´t even know my stats until now. It was another heart breaking loss. We were up 7 points with 3 minutes to play. We had the big chance to beat the #1 team in the NCAA and go to the Sweet 16 and then lost. Meeks has a very high IQ. He is a very good player. I already went against him in AAU. He really knows how to use his body. I haven´t seen him play in a while. I remember him being chubby. He wasn´t athletic but had good hands.

How did head coach Mike Anderson groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Anderson was like a dad for me. I talk to him every now and then. I had no family in the states and he helped me very much get through the years. He taught me the meaning of hard work. He taught me how to be a man.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Bobby Portis?

Probably me. I don´t think we ever played, but if we did, I would win.

Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

Damon Jones was tough, but I had a good game against him. Nobody really comes to mind. I always did well. But if I had to pick one, it would be Tyler Davis. He was tough to guard.

In 2017 you played at the NBA Summer League with the Minnesota Timberwolves. What kind of experience was that for you? What kind of feedback to do you remember getting and did you meet any important basketball heads during the days?

It was a learning experience. It wasn´t what I expected. I didn´t really feel a part of it, because I was added at the last second. I learned form it, but it was really a good experience.

If you had to construct your own personal NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you pick that best fits your taste?

Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Durant, Magic Johnson

Where will the journey of the Golden State Warriors go now with the injury to Steph Curry? Is the Dynasty now over?

It isn´t over for them. A lot of people have been taking shots at them, but they won 3 of the last 5 NBA tiles. They changed the NBA. Everybody wants to shoot the three now. Credit for what they achieved in the last 5 years.

What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?

I take Jordan. Lebron will end up having the most points. Even if he wins one more, he won´t be the best. Jordan went to 6 finals and won each one.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The criminal. It was very good.

Thanks Moses for the chat.

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