Jequan Lewis is a 24 year old 185cm point guard form Tennessee playing his third professional season and first with PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). Last season he played with the Goyang Orions (Korea-KBL) playing 16 games averaging 16.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 34.7%, FT: 80.6%, in Dec.’18 moved to GS Kymis (Greece-A1) playing 16 games averaging 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-2 (5.7apg), Steals-3 (1.4spg), FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 78.9%. In his rookie season he played with the Wisconsin Herd (NBA G League) playing 49 games averaging 9.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 85.0%. He began his basketball career at Dickson County High School and then played at Virginia Commonwealth University (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 141 NCAA games. In his senior campaign he played 35 games averaging 15.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 81.8%. He spoke to germanhoops.com after a 85-83 Basketball Champions League win over the Telekom Baskets Bonn where he contributed 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists.
Jequan thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Is this your first time in Germany? What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball?
Yes this is my first time here and I’ve always heard they had really good basketball here.
Have you had any friends, former teammates or opponents ball in Germany?
My teammate Aaron Best has played in Germany before and from a basketball stand point he loved it.
Your playing your first season with PAOK has been struggling in the Greek A league as well as in the Basketball Champions League. How much of an effect has the fact been that all 5 imports are new to the team?
Were getting better and better each day, we’ve been through a lot so far this year but we getting it together! I expect big things from us!
What kind of experience has it been playing with PAOK that hasn’t won a title since 1999? For many they have the best basketball fans in Greece. What have you learned to appreciate the most from the experience?
PAOK has the best fans I’ve seen in a while hands down, very passionate organization.
How enjoyable has it been playing together with Adam Smith? Your both guards that are very good at creating for others and scoring. How do you compliment each other best?
That’s my guy, he’s my shooter, we feed off of each other’s energy!
Even if you have been a professional now for some years how beneficial is it having an experienced veteran like Antwaine Wiggins? What do you believe has been the most important thing that you have picked up from his presence so far on and off the court?
Wiggins is a great guy an great player on an off the court, he helps me with just the mental part of being overseas.
You have played twice against Panathinaikos losing both times, but scored 12 points in your first ever game. Could those two teams that you played against have beat an NBA team?
They are a great organization and I feel like they can compete in any league in the world
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 185cm point guard that can do very much on the court. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I try to play an get up an down like Westbrook
You had a very good first season in Greece with GS Kymis (Greece-A1) playing 16 games averaging 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, Assists-2 (5.7apg), Steals-3 (1.4spg), FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 78.9%. What is your personal goal for your game this season? Do you feel pressure to have to top that?
My goal is to just be consistent and lead my team to greater heights, a lot of doubters out there but I believe in my troops and what we can do!
You have always been a good outside shooter. Where are you in your development as a shooter? Do you believe like you can be a 40% shooter from downtown?
Absolutely, I will be 40% or maybe higher just have to take more and make more!
On what things are you working on most on your game as you continue to work yourself up the basketball ladder?
Just reading the game in different ways, learning to pick my spots, and controlling tempo
You began last season with the Goyang Orions (Korea-KBL) playing 16 games averaging 16.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 34.7%, FT: 80.6%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie overseas where you knew that you were very far away from home?
Just realizing that it’s just basketball, no matter where I’m at just have to remember that I’m getting to play the sport I love which is basketball
It really doesn’t matter who I talk with but anyone that has ever played with Darryl Monroe have had nothing but good things to say. In your first game there he just missed a triple double getting 9 assists. Is he a guy that you will remember in 10 years?
Yea Darryl is my big bro forever
How key was your first season in Greece? You came in in mid season and despite the team not winning that much were able to make the best out of it?
It was big time to just get a glimpse of how it was playing Europe basketball.
As a rookie you played with the Wisconsin Herd (NBA G League) playing 49 games averaging 9.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 85.0%. What kind of experience was it getting that first taste of how the NBA works?
It was fun and it just showed me what I needed to work on to get to the high levels!
You had very solid stats as a senior at VCU and there have been guys in the past that have made the NBA with stats like yours or worse A good example is your ex teammate at VCU Briante Webber. Do you feel like you could play at the NBA level now with the added experience in Europe?
Yea I will definitely make it one day!
You had a massive 32 points in a G-League game against Long Island. Do you feel like you can get noticed like that o do you have to score something like 50 to have one or the other NBA GM take note?
You just have to do what you do consistently and you will get noticed, not all about scoring.
You had a stellar career at VCU. What was your fondest moment? Winning the Atlantic 10 title as a sophomore or reaching the NCAA tournament?
Definitely winning a championship! And of course advancing in the NCAA tournament
Was beating Fordham, Richmond, Davidson and Dayton the best 4 days in your NCAA time?
It was probably the hardest 4 days, back to backs against great teams were tough
You won a huge duel over Davidson and Jack Gibbs as you both scored 27 points. Where do rate that game as your most enjoyable in the NCAA?
It was definitely one of the funniest, Jack was a great player and great match up! Very fun to compete against
You played for two coaches at VCU with Shaka Smart and Will Wade. How did these two coaches groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Both played a huge role, Wade recruited me there before he left and Smart helped me grow as a point guard, much respect for both of them
Who won a one on one in practice you or Briante Webber?
I lost count lol we went at it every single day! Going against him made it easy come game time
Who is the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now or was?
Probably Buddy Hield or Deandre Bembry, both really great players an hard match ups
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
I tell you like I tell everyone else, they both dominated there eras!
Luka Doncic is tearing up the NBA at the moment. Is he a top 3 best player in the league now?
He is definitely top 5
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Dequan for the chat.