Shannon Bogues is a 23 year old 190cm guard from Killeen, Texas that is playing hiss econd professional season and first with the NINERS Chemnitz (Germany-BBL). Last season he played his rookie year with the Wisconsin Herd (NBA G League) playing 41 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 72.1%.He began his basketball career at Ellison High School and then paid his dues at McLennan Community College (JUCO) averaging 16.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 65.5% as a freshman and in his second year averaged 18.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 76.6%. He then made the jump to the NCAA playing with Stephen F. Austin State University (NCAA) averaging 15.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 79.3% as a junior and as a senior averaged 17.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 78.6%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his basketball career.
Thanks, Shannon, for your time and talking with germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how was your summer?
I’m in Chemnitz Germany right now and I spent my summer in Texas, Killeen with my family. I had a very good time this summer and spent most of my time in the gym and with my trainer that I’ve known for 10 years now.
Talk a little bit about the last 7-8 months. You played your last G-league game on march 7th against Capital City. How tough was so many months without any more competition?
The last 7-8 months been kind of tough but I spent that time working out with other professional athletes. We would have pro work outs invitational only. We worked on our game. So yes, the last couple of months have been different but still experienced a lot of good things.
How did you experience the whole Covid-19 crisis in 2020? What was the most challenging thing about life and finding ways to work on your fitness and game?
Covid-19 changed a lot this year but I’m pretty sure it affects everybody in a different way. For me it was kind of rough because it stopped me from going to the gym and working out the way I usually would. Another big factor about the Covid-19 that affected me as well was the social distancing. I wasn’t able to work on my game and play with other professional athletes.
How do you feel did you benefit from Covid-19 and how did it make you stronger as a man in general?
It made me realize how important health is. Especially in rough times like that, we all should really know how important it is to look out for each other and make sure we take good care of ourselves. That’s a lesson I’ve learned.
Congrats on singing with new easyCredit BBL team Niners Chemnitz. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball?
To be honest with you, I didn’t know a lot about it at all. But from what I was told from other players, is that Germany is a great environment to live in and especially to play basketball at.
Coming in and helping a new team find their way in the BBL was a big desire for you in coming to Chemnitz. What other reasons sold you on this club?
I really liked what I’ve heard about the team’s culture and I wanted to experience the other side of basketball on a different continent.
What was your early impression of head coach Rodrigo Pastore? He is without a doubt one of the up and coming coaches in Germany.
When I first met coach I could already tell that he is a tremendous coach and it was obvious that he has a great personality on and off the court.
I can well imagine since playing at McLennan Community College (JUCO that you developed a chip on your shoulder early on. Is that chip something that gets heavier and heavier each season.
Yes, it definitely gets heavier every season, because I feel slept on and I will eventually wake them up.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a very quick versatile guard. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the bill?
Russel Westbrook / Victor Oladipo / Derrick Rose
You’re a point guard that can score, but If you had to pick your absolute biggest asset on the court what would it be?
I would say my speed and my thrive to help others to be the best version of themselves.
The Niners Chemnitz will have many scoring options. Could you see yourself being more of a playmaker this season and reaching 4 assists something you never did at the JUCO, NCAA or G-League levels?
Yes, that is an easy task to accomplish.
You’re also a very spirited and focused defender. Last season with Wisconsin you had John Little as an assistant coach. Not long ago he was one of the top defenders in the BBL and played like a ruthless and nasty pit bull. How do you feel did he help you most on the defensive end last season?
He taught me a lot about how to be aggressive on the defensive end without fouling. He was a great assistant coach. He helped me a lot on and off the court.
On what things did you work on most this summer on your game so you will be best prepared for the BBL?
I worked the most on my three-point-range.
Last season you played in the G-League for the Wisconsin Herd (NBA G-League) averaging 10.0ppq , 2.5rpg, 2, 0apg, FGP: 52,9%, 3PT: 26,8%, FT: 72,1%. What was your wake up call to playing for a NBA farm team?
There was not really a wake up call. For me it was always important to be the best version of myself.
What kind of an experience was it battling Frank Mason and Jaylen Adams? What do you feel was still missing from your game to get a call up?
To be honest it was just a matter of timing. They’ve both played two seasons in the NBA and this was my rookie season.
You played your first 2 college years at McLennan Community College (JUCO). How do you feel did you benefit most from this experience where you were known as the lights out long range threat?
Playing JUCO basketball literally changed my life. It was a great experience with a lot of ups and downs.
You then played a Stephen F. Austin State University (NCAA) from 2017-2019 playing a total of 64 NCAA games. How memorable was it winning the 2018 Southland Conf. Tournament?
It was great being a part of this winning season. That was something I’ve always dreamt about.
You had many fond personal moments but how much do you still remember from your 66 points combined against Northwestern State and Texas A?
I remember every last bucket I had against Northwestern State.
You hit Louisiana Tech for 33 points on 9 three’s but lost 96-93. Was that one of your most bitter loses?
That loss hurt but we made a couple of mistakes during that game. But at the end it was a lesson we had to learn and work on.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Ivan Canete?
Me, myself and I
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA or anywhere that went to the NBA?
Please list your 5 best teammates of all-time?
What is your personal opinion between the never ending debate between Michael Jordan and Lebron James concerning who is the greatest of all-time?
Michael Jordan was a straight killer in all aspects, but Lebron and Kobe are the only ones on his level. They are legends.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I’ve watched is called ‘Fatal Affair’.
Thanks Shannon for the chat.