Trevon Evans is a 24 year old 183cm guard from Kansas that completed his rookie season in Germany with the HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim 2nd team (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 22 games averaging 20.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 70.0%. He began his basketball career at Eisenhower High School. In 2014-2015 he played at Pratt Community College (JUCO) playing 32 games averaging 7.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 58.6%. In 2016-2017 he moved to Dodge City Community College (JUCO) playing 28 games averaging 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 75.4%. He played his last 2 college seasons at the University of Sioux Falls (NCAA2) averaging 21.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 78.9%, and : 22.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 75.9%. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the COVID-19 crisis.
Hi Trevon where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus?
Right now I am currently in Sioux Falls, South Dakota working out and training trying to get ready for this upcoming season. I’m trying hard not to let this whole situation get me in a weird mood. I’ve taken this time to work on other things outside of basketball that are helping me mature in all areas of my life. This time made me realize how many things I’ve taken for granted, especially basketball.
When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?
At first I wasn’t really worried about it, but as more cases and casualties started to happen all over the world I realized pretty quickly that this thing is REAL. It’s sad and everybody is affected by it in some way I do believe that better days are coming though.
How did you experience the day to day life in Germany during the Corona Virus outbreak? Did you see that corona effect on the culture there or was it not so much different happening in your day to day dealings?
Not much changed. It was at the very beginning so a lot of places were still deciding if they should shut down or not. I came home before it got any worse because I wasn’t trying to be stuck in Germany during all of this.
Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing
I feel like before all of this happened if anybody coughed it wasn’t a big deal. I still try to keep my distance regardless, but coughing happens if you’re sick or not. I’m already the type of person who gives fist bumps instead of hand shakes or just a head nod. But this situation definitely helped me to enforce that instead of handshakes.
Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to finish the season?
I was upset. I wanted to finish out the season more than anything. We were having a pretty solid year too so it sucked that we couldn’t finish it out.
Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. What is your overall opinion of playing a game without fans?
I feel like it would feel more like a scrimmage than a game if there is no spectators. The fans bring a lot of energy to the games and without that, it just kind of feels like a exhibition game or something. It’s definitely a different feeling to the game when there are spectators at the game.
What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?
Perseverance. Tough times aren’t meant to break us. Everybody experiences hard times throughout life, but maintaining and pushing through the storm helps us mature and grow. It’s not easy but it’s worth it in the end.
Will it be a big adjustment having to start 3 months earlier with workouts and basketball skill development? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of this?
I don’t think so. I feel like it’s more of an advantage than disadvantage. It gives players either more time to rest if they need it, more time to get their body ready, and more time in the gym. Off season is extremely important so a little extra time Is more beneficial.
The whole world economy is going to be affected including Polish basketball. How worried are you about the future of professional basketball. The next season will have many changes. How are you handling this mentally now not knowing what to expect?
I’m trying not to worry about all of that. All I can do is focus on what I can control and that’s how I perform on the court. I can’t do anything about the other stuff. If I tried to worry about that then it would cause more stress to my life that I don’t need, especially not right now. Just trying to keep praying and letting God take care of the rest.
How have you experienced the day to day life back home in the States? How has the Coronavirus affected your daily life? How have you been keeping in shape inside your home. Talk about the type of exercises and work out you have been able to perform inside your own 4 walls. Have you been able to work with Shane Hennen?
To be honest my trainer, Shane Hennen, has been able to get me in the gym and start working out so I haven’t had to do much workouts inside my house. If anything I would go on runs outside or run hills to try and stay in shape. But, now I’m able to be on the court so I’m beyond thankful for that.
If you had to name another player besides guys from your team that you have been in most contact via Social Media who would it be?
I can’t even name just one I stay in touch with a lot of my guys who are playing overseas. Cameron Hunt, Cameron Clark, and Justin Taylor to name a few.
Let’s talk about the season of Crailsheim 2. The club finished in 5th place with a record of 12-11. How would you summarize the season as a whole from a team standpoint?
Overall I feel like we had a pretty good season. We lost a few games that we should’ve won so our record doesn’t show how good we really were. Plus we were the youngest team in the league so we played really well against a lot of the more experienced teams.
Just how competitive was the Regionalliga South West this season? From standings #3-11 there was only a difference of 2 wins. What did you enjoy most about the league and competitive level this season?
Each game was a dog fight. Not one game was considered ‘easy’. Especially since all the teams were so close. One loss could take you from 3rd place to 11th so you had to play your best every single game. I wasn’t sure what to expect before I went out there but the league was really competitive so I enjoyed it.
How much did the competitive level and skill of the league help to continue to push your game as a rookie? With every game being so tough, do you feel like that helped your game and let you give your best?
It definitely did. Especially playing against the more experienced teams. You can’t take any games off so you had to prepare yourself mentally and physically to go out there and play the best you can play. That’s what I like though.
Talk a little about the season. The team had a 4 game losing streak in January, but finished strong winning 3 of 4 as Corona halted play. Did you end the season with a good feeling?
Yeah we had a little slump in the middle of the season. What’s crazy is the fact that a lot of those games we lost were close games and we were all in a shooting slump during that time. We shouldn’t have lost 4 straight. We found our rhythm again going into the last few games of the season and we felt good as a team so yes, I say we ended the season with a good feeling. Especially since we won our last game.
I can imagine that the season team highlight was sweeping second placed team Koblenz and especially winning one of the games in very exciting fashion with 86-84. What are your memories of that game?
Most definitely! That was the best memory from the season for me at least. I remember we played Koblenz at home earlier in the year, the game we won 86-84, and that was one of the most intense and hyped up game I’ve ever played in. The energy was unreal and both teams were playing at a high level. I’ll always remember that game
Talk a little how special this team was. There was a 28 year old with leo Vrkas and you were 24 and a rookie. The rest were all younger. The team was so young and still had a very strong season. How much credit goes to Marco Stankovic and the coaching staff?
Right I feel like the coaches did a great job! It’s not easy coaching younger players especially when all the other teams in the league are older. They took the challenge as coaches and definitely helped us all get better. I give a shoutout to Coach Marko and the assistants because they really took the time to make sure we would be ready every game.
Let’s talk about your teammates. How much of a joy was it playing with the most experienced guy on the squad Leo Vrkas? How key was his presence also for you to be able to sometimes take some pressure away on offense?
Leo is a great player and an even better teammate. He brought a different level of energy, hustle, and work ethic to the team even during practices. It’s nice to have an experienced player who knows what it takes to win in this league. He definitely made it easier for me offensively because with a player like him it forces the defense to spread out and gives me more space to work. He also worked hard defensively and crashing the boards. He’s a very good player overall.
How important were the 2 young imports Sandro Antunovic and Vladan Lazic for the success. They were big time contributors on offense as well. What did you appreciate most about their games?
Sandro and Vladan were a HUGE part of our success. Both came ready to play and work every day. Sandro was a great pick and pop player so again it forced the defense to space out and give me more space. Teams had a hard time guarding the pick and roll against Sandro and I. Vladan is extremely aggressive offensively so I loved that about him. He is constantly in attack mode and putting pressure on the defense. He’s also a great shooter so that made it easier for me to drive the lane and if teams collapsed on me its an easy kick out 3 for Vladan or whoever.
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 20.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 70.0%. How content were you with your rookie season?
Statistically, it looks good, but I know I was capable to do so much more. I got in a bad shooting slump in the middle of the season, battled fatigue, etc. So it irritated me that I wasn’t doing what I knew I could do. It’s okay though because I’m happy with how I played my rookie year and I know what I need to improve on to keep getting better,
You’re a guy that fills the stat sheet well and have been a prolific scorer the last 3 years. What happened coming from Pratt Community College (JUCO) and Dodge City Community College (JUCO) where you never averaged double figures in scoring to the University of Sioux Falls (NCAA2) where you began to average over 20,0ppg and continued to take it into your professional career?
JUCO ball is not the same as D2 or professional. There wasn’t much team play in JUCO, but I’m thankful for the experiences I had at JUCO. I always knew I could score and make things happen for whatever team I play on and once I got to the University of Sioux Falls, coach Johnson told me I would be that guy for the team to do so. So hearing that from him gave me more confidence in myself and made me want to work harder to help contribute to the team.
You shot 40% once from outside in JUCO and been near 40% the last 3 years. What do you feel will take for you to become a 40% shooter? Is it the usual bla bla of taking more reps and watching shot selection or could there be other factors like mechanics?
It’s a mix of all of that. I need to get more repetitions of course so I can feel more confident with my shot, make sure I’m taking the right shots in a game instead of forcing at times, and I have a problem with my guide hand sometimes when I shoot. So working on all of that will help me a lot. But at the end of the day, I just have to make the shot regardless.
The amount of steals doesn’t tell the whole story of how a guy defends, but you averaged 1,0spg the last years, but as a rookie heightened it to 2,3spg. How do you feel did you make another jump in your defensive game this season?
It was something I tried to take pride in this year. I’ve always heard that I don’t play defense so I took it as an insult to my game. Also, the way our team played defense was aggressive and fast paced so I loved that. I know I can be a great defensive player too. It’s a mindset that I’ve been trying to work on.
How much does a game like your second last to the season against top ranked team Karlsruher SC where they held you to 5 points motivate to grind even harder in the gym. What was so tough playing against them? In the first game you did score 16 points.
It was one of those games where I couldn’t find a rhythm offensively. They did a good job scouting and making sure I had a hard time getting to my spots or even getting the ball. I hate having games like that so it makes me want to get back in the gym and work on my game. I missed a lot of shots I usually make too so it was irritating for me. I’m working on being more consistent with my jumper this off-season.
On what things will you be working on this summer to continue to grow as a player? Your left hand has been a weak point. Is that something that you believe improved during this season?
Most definitely. I’ve been working a lot on being more confident when using my left hand. It’s not that I can’t go left or finish with my left, it’s more of me being more confident in doing it. I actually prefer to go left most of the time but it’s something I’m trying to work on. Also, my pick and roll reads, passing, more consistent with my jump shot, making sure that I’m in better and taking care of my body.
Who was the toughest guy that you faced in the Regionalliga this season?
Ricky Easterling. Dude could fill it up from anywhere. I’m pretty sure he had 40 on us at their place. He was hitting 3s, taking it to the rim, making pull ups, etc. Even with good defense he was still making tough shots. He’s a bucket getter for sure.
You played your first two college years at 2 different JUCO schools named Pratt Community College (JUCO) and Dodge City Community College (JUCO). How important were these 2 years for your development and why do you feel was it key having that experience at 2 schools instead of only 1?
It helped me mature as a player. You have to be a dog to play JUCO and I feel like JUCO gave me that mentality. There isn’t anything like the JUCO life though I can tell you that. All JUCO players know what I’m talking about.
You then moved to the University of Sioux Falls (NCAA2) exploding both seasons averaging 21.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 78.9% and 22.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 75.9%. You proved any doubters wrong about your basketball skills. How do you feel did your game mature in these 2 years?
I became more of an all around player at USF. Coach helped me grow in every aspect, not even just offensively. The way we played helped me strive as well which is what I’m grateful for. Having a coach/coaching staff who believes in you more than you do yourself at times is a blessing and that’s what I had at USF. The fact they believed in me so much gave me more confidence in myself!
American Players that hoop in the German Regionalliga would be lying if they said that they don’t have a chip on their shoulders, because they all do if it’s Tyseem Lyles from Eimsbuettel, Christopher Edward from TV Langen or a Curtis Hollis from Rhondorf. How do you deal with that chip being a player that has a lot of talent but has to continue to pay your dues?
It’s part of the process. Yes, it’s tough paying your dues but that’s the hand we were dealt. If that doesn’t fire you up and make you want to prove people wrong then you aren’t going to move up. At the end of the day it’s a marathon and I believe I’ll make it to where I want to play at. May take some time, but I’ll get there. Everybody’s route is different.
You had so many huge games, but also many in losing causes like your 39 points in a loss against MSU Moorhead or your 42 points in a loss against Northern State. You had 2 great back to back games with 35 and 33 points at the end of your junior season in wins against Concordia-St Paul and Minn-State-Mankato. What was your most memorable game?
The game against northern was my most memorable out of those games. I was lighting them up from everywhere. It was one of those games where I felt like every shot I took was going in and nobody could stop it. I will never forget the game against MSU Moorhead my junior year at Moorhead when I hit the game winner though. It was right after the 42 point performance against Northern then the next day played at Moorhead and had 29 plus the game winner. The game was crazy!
How did head coach Chris Johnson groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
More than anything I feel like coach Johnson made sure I was ready in all areas. Offensively, defensively, leadership wise, etc. I remember at practices coach would tell all the players that they can’t communicate or say anything because he was trying to get me to be more vocal on the court. At the time I was pissed because I didn’t see the big picture. But those lessons and experiences helped me out a lot. Coach didn’t let me take it easy, ever. But that’s why I love him and appreciate him.
Who won a one on one in your senior season Milan Surlic or you and did he give you a good introduction to how basketball is played in Europe?
Sorry Milan, but I was definitely out there taking all the W’s. Milan is my boy! He definitely helped me with a lot preparing for the European game. Also, if it wasn’t for Milan I wouldn’t have the agent I have now. Out of all the teammates I’ve ever had Milan and I bonded faster than anybody. Weird because we are both from two completely different cultures and all of that, but Milan and I are similar people and it’s scary. That’s my brother for life.
Who was the toughest player that you ever faced that reached the NBA?
Alonzo Trier, Stanley Johnson, Devin Booker, Malik Newman and Kelly Oubre were TOUGH. I can’t even name one so I named a few. All scored in different ways but were elite in their own way.
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
I have played with some really good players. It’s tough to pick 5. I’ll have to say Allonzo Trier, Shake Milton, Drew Guebert, Dennis Jones, and Vladimir Brodziansky
Please produce your own personal NBA Mount Rushmore with 4 heads past or present?
Kobe, MJ, LeBron, and Shaq.
What is your general opinion with the debate between who is greater Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
We will never have the true answer of who is better because they won’t ever play against each other. They are both great players for the era they played in and I feel like if either player played in the other era they would still be dominant. It’s tough though that’s for sure.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Angel Has Fallen I watched that whole series. Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, and then Angel Has Fallen. GREAT series.
Thanks Trevon for the chat.