J´Covan Brown(Hapoel Jerusalem) Draymond Green Made Me Think More About Basketball And It Wasn´t All About Talent

J´ Covan Brown is a 30 year old 188cm point guard from Port Arthur, Texas that is playing his eighth professional season and second with Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel-Winner League). Last season with Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel-Winner League) he averaged 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 84.5% in the Winner league and 8.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT-2 (94.7%) in the Basketball Champions League. He played parts of three seasons in Greece, and also with Hapoel Galil Gilboa in Israel and in other countries like Turkey, Dominican Republic and Kazakhstan. He played three seasons at The University of Texas (NCAA) and as a senior played 34 games averaging 20.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 86.3%He spoke to germanhoops.com recently after winning the Israeli cup about his basketball career.

J´Covan Brown with the 2020 Cup MVP trophy Photo credit Oren BH Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem

J’Covan thanks for talking to germanhoops. com. You won the Israeli cup recently and was named MVP. How did it feel winning the title and being named MVP?

It felt great bringing the cup back to Jerusalem and just fighting for each other to win it. I just wanted to go out and make this 30th birthday special and just win it for the fans.

Hapoel Jerusalem is battling Maccabi Tel Aviv for the top spot in the Winner league and is also playing well in the Basketball Champions League. How is this team different and if not better from last season’s championship team?

We had a great team last season and did great things. We won the cup and made a run, but just couldn’t win the Champions League cup and Winners league, but it was great building a bond. This season we brought 5 players back that understand each other . We have been through the trenches and know what it means to win games down the stretch. It isn’t about Maccabi, but just about us Hapoel Jerusalem. 

Your playing your third season in Israel and second with Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel-Winner League). Players often move around in their careers like you did early in your career. Has Israel become like a second home for you?

Playing and living in Israel is comfortable. I have met a great group of coaches in Israel. When you make deep relationships with coaches like that, you just try to stick around and be with them. I have a good relationship with coach Oded Kattash. He understands me and I understand him. He gives me the freedom to be myself, but also to buy into the situation with the team.

After winning your first professional title in 2015 with : BC Astana (Kazakhstan-D1) you won your next one in 2019 . How good did it feel winning that second one in comparison to the first one?

All championships are special. When your growing up playing sports you want to win titles no matter if it’s Little League or if your in High School or College, you just want to win and have that DNA in your system so later when you have kids you can tell them I did that and I did that and if they ask if you won championshsips then you can say you won this and that. That’s what it all about with me. Every championship is special for me.

In Greece with AEK you were teammates with some real vets with ex NBA and NCAA champion with Florida Taurean Green and Malik Hairston. What do you remember from their presence on and off the court?

Those two guys took me under their arms when I got there. I was a bit younger, but with Malik and me it was a great fit. He helped me a lot and was just a great guy on and off the court. It was the same with Taurean. We also bonded very well. When we got on the court our relationship was great and we knew what it took to help push each other win games. Those two guys were unbelievable teammates and vets. 

In your first two years at the University Of Texas you had some amazing future NBA guards as teammates with Avery Bradley, Cory Joseph and Dexter Pittman. Which one of these players had the most influence on your game?

Al those guys were with me in college for one year. I had good relations wit all of them. If I had to choose, I would say Avery Bradley and Corey Joseph. They were both the same for me. We were all guards and shared a lot of time together competing one on one and helping each other get better.

Hapoel Jerusalem winning the 2020 Israeli cup. Photo credit Shar Regev, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem

How did head coach Rick Barnes groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

No comment on that one

Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that then reached the NBA?

I can’t even think back that long. The NCAA had some great players back then. The toughest player that I ran across basketball wise was Draymond Green. He brought so much to the game. He did so much for Michigan State when we battled them. It was tough both times and Draymond just pushed to the next level. At that time I was scoring the ball, but when he guarded you, he made you think basketball more and not always having it be being about talent.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Bad Boys 2

Thanks J’Covan for the chat.

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