Javontae Hawkins is a 26 year old 196cm forward from Huntigton, West Virginia playing his third professional season and first with the Crailsheim Merlins currently averaging 16,4ppg, 4,6rpg and 1,4apg. Last season he played with Holargos B.C. (Greece-A1) playing 29 games averaging 11.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.5%. As a rookie he played with the Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 54 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 79.9%. He played NCAA basketball at three schools with S Florida from 2012-2014 playing 54 NCAA games, then had his break out season with Eastern Kentucky (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 17.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.5% and finished at Fordham (NCAA) playing 31 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 84.3%. He and germanhoops.com have teamed up for a diary from the BBL tournament in Munich
How were the first days in Munich. Is there anything you already hate about being holed up in a room by your self?
I don’t think it’s anything I hate about being in a room all by myself because I know and understand it’s for the safety of not only the players but everyone in the hotel. However, it would be nice if there was a bit more freedom for players.
The Crailsheim Merlins suffered a tough 89-78 loss to BG Goettingen. You usually never want to make excuses, but in this case was iut justified considering how many guys were missing and Dwayne Russell didn’t seem fit either?
There is no excuses in the loss we suffered against Goettingen. They played very well, they also have more of their core of the team from the season. Hats off to them and their team. Russell has been playing exceptionally well ALL year. It’s very difficult to play at the same speed and rhythm when you haven’t played in 3 months (4 months for me). I believe everybody knows how good our team was with guys like Aaron Jones, Quincy Ford, Jan and Jeremy Morgan we were a top 3 team with those guys, but that’s the past and now we’re focused on what’s now with new additions like Marvin and David who fits our system very well. It’s all about showing and maintaining our character to improve each and every day.
Crailsheim shot the ball well, rebounded well and had only 11 turnovers. What were the biggest problems on the defensive end?
We played a very good game against Goettingen they had 10 more free throws than us and we only went to the line 10 times the whole game which is very questionable, but we still had missed some good defensive opportunities to seal us the win.
How excited to play Munich again and try to get revenge for the 19 point loss. Do you have that we have nothing to lose mentality going in?
I have a winning mentality. No matter who we play, no matter what others think going into the game, my job as a person, player and teammate is to reassure the team that we are playing to win and we should have a winning mentality no matter who we’re are playing.
Do you feel like the awareness that the senseless death of George Floyd worldwide has gotten will be able to help fight racism in some way?
The George Floyd situation in America was very unfortunate and disgusting to witness on video. However, it isn’t just George Floyd this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s been going on in America for years. Police brutality against blacks and racism has always been a major problem in America and has been ignored for years. I believe the protest throughout the world and support from ALL races have allowed people to realize that racism shouldn’t exist. We are all the same as human beings we just come in different races, shapes and sizes and we should except each other with how we came into this world.
Thanks Javontae for the chat