Erik Scheive is a 208cm forward from Maryville, California playing his rookie season with Pro A team Team Ehingen currently averaging 12,9ppg, 4,7rpg and 1,2apg while shooting 36% from outside. He has been very consistent as a rookie scoring in double figures in 19 of 25 games including a 26 point game against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and a 22 point game against Rostock. . He began his basketball career at Yuba CC (JUCO) where he played 29 games averaging13.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 75.3%. In 2017-2018 he moved to Chaminade (NCAA2) playing 28 games avergaing 13.0ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 85.7%. In his senior year at Chaminade (NCAA2) he played 31 games: averaging 16.4ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 83.5%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball last summer before arriving in Germany for his rookie season.
Congrats on signing with Pro A team Team Ehingen. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball?
Before coming to Germany I didn’t really know much about the country. This is my first time leaving the United States so it is definitely a new experience for me. I have been learning a lot of new things already in the short time I have been here.
How blessed are you to be able to start your professional career in Germany? You jump in for Luke Meyer who left.
Very blessed. Germany is a country that I have always wanted to visit so very excited to be here.
Four guys that attended Chaminade in Hawaii have played in Germany with German Frank Baum, Zach Whiting who reached the 2008 BBL semi-finals with Leverkusen, Steven Bennett who was teammates with NBA player Dennis Schroeder in 2012 and Rhondell Goodwin who played in Germany last season. Were you able to get some tips from one of these guys about German basketball and had you heard stories about them during your time in school?
I talked to Rhondell before I came out to Germany. He told me some things to help prepare me for life over here. Rhondell finished his last season at Chaminade right before I got there so we never were able to play together but I definitely heard stories about him.
Head coach Domenik Reiboth and management are very excited about being able to land you. You stated that You liked that the club stresses team work and enthusiasm. What other factors were vital for you deciding to start your professional career there?
I wanted to go somewhere that not only stressed winning but also stressed player development. For my first professional season I wanted to be able to develop my skills and get better as a player.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 208cm forward/center that has a very complete and balanced game. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
If I had to compare my game to an NBA player, I would probably say it is similar to Ryan Anderson. I have some size but can also spread the floor.
You’re a agile big man that can score and pull down rebounds, but also can shoot the three which you demonstrated as a senior shooting 39%. Would it be correct to say that you are a modern day forward? Was this always like that or did you develop into one more in the last years?
I was always able to shoot the ball well. Growing up I would always get shots up at the park, my backyard, and the gym. So it is something I really have always been able to do but have also focused on improving every year to try and shoot at a higher percentage.
You shot over 40% at Yuba and at Chaminade from outside and nearly hit 40% last season as a senior. Getting up reps and shot selection will continue to be key, but is there anything besides self confidence that you can add on the mental side to help to bolster your outside shooting?
I think that reps is definitely key but besides that I think that just playing against other high level players will really help improve my shot as well. Every level adds a degree of difficulty to shots so getting experience at a higher level will help with that.
You have very good instin
cts on defense. How much pride do you take on defense and how do you feel has your play on the defensive end developed further at Chaminade?
I definitely take pride on the defensive end. I hate getting scored on so I try to bring that mentality with me. At Chaminade, I was fortunate enough to develop a lot on the defensive end. It was something that we put emphasis on. I really worked on playing hard physical defense while also staying out of foul trouble.
You’re a player that can do a lot on the floor at both ends of the court, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t get noticed right away on the court?
I think the offensive presence I have on the floor really changes the game. Even when I am not shooting, just sitting at the 3 point line will force teams to have to cover me or rotate on defense. It really strains the defense with pick and pops.
On what things did you work on in the summer so you would be best prepared for your rookie season?
I really put a emphasis this summer on my conditioning as well as my shooting. I wanted to make sure that I could compete at the highest level for extended periods of time. Shooting is something that is always a part of my workout plans for basketball so most of the time I am getting shots up.
You began your college career at Yuba CC (JUCO) putting up very strong stats in both years you attended there. What was the biggest challenge for you coming from Marysville high school winning the Golden Empire League Most Valuable Player and then having to start at junior college instead of at a higher level?
I think the biggest challenge was being able to humble myself. I really discovered that it doesn’t matter what level of basketball a person plays at. This exposed me to a lot of adversity and it really showed me the difference between a group of talented players and a team.
What do you feel was most key that your game got from your two years at Yuba that helped your progression continue to move very well at the NCAA 2 level?
I think playing at Yuba allowed me to grow and develop physically as well as mentally. I bulked up at Yuba and I think that it allowed me another chance to show my game after high school for universities to see.
You played at Chaminade from 2017-2019 and was a top Pac West Player. What were your fondest memories on and of the court there and did you become a beach rat or could you block out the amazing off the court temptations of Hawaii?
Hawaii was a great place to go to college but I am sure anyone could guess that. I made a lot of great memories there and want to go back and visit the islands again. On the court it was always fun. The way Bovaird coached and allowed us to play it made the game really fun. It felt like we were able to just play ball but at the same time we had the coaching to help guide us. Our away game at Azusa Pacific my senior year was a great one. My boy Grant Dressler went off and hit the game winner in a crazy comeback. I always found time to work on my game while out there but I also spent my fair share of time at the beach. an unforgettable experience.
You had many great games at Chaminade and also some very good games against schools like Fresno Pacific and Academy Of Art that resulted in tight losses, but was your 27/14 game in the 80-75 win against Dominican CA your best game in the NCAA2?
It might have been. I had a number of good games but that was definitely up there.
How did head coach Eric Bovaird groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Bovaird spent a lot of time with me working on my game and techniques that he picked up from his experience playing overseas. He offered a lot of advice and helped walk me through the entire process. He made sure to help me sign with an agency that would help me get to where I want to be.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Jack Hutchings?
Got a lot of love for Jake but I didn’t take many L’s at practice.
Who has been the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA or in Europe?
I have faced a lot of good players, one that really sticks out is Farrell from Notre Dame.
Please list your five best teammates of all-time?
This is a tough question, I have had a lot of great teammates throughout the years so I can’t really pick five.
Please name your personal own NBA Rushmore. Which four heads would you pick past or present for your list?
The four NBA players that I would pick would have to be the most influential players, not necessarily the greatest of all time. Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, and Lebron James.
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 it is hard to determine who really is the greatest of all time because they were great at different things and have success in different ways throughout their careers. I think from a pure statistics viewpoint, Lebron has had more longevity and success from start to finish. If we are talking championships, Jordan all the way. He always found a way to win.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was Spiderman: Into the spider-verse. It was free on my flight to Germany and I hadn’t watched it yet. It was a good movie, I would recommend it.
Thanks Erik for the chat.