Shavon Coleman is a 28 year old 196cm forward from Thibodaux, Louisiana that is playing his sixth professional season and first in Germany with the SYNTAINICS MBC Weissenfels (Germany-BBL). Last season he split time with the Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen (Belgium-Euromillions League) playing 16 games: Score-3 (16.8ppg), Reb-5 (7.1rpg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 68.9%, then signed at Hapoel Unet Holon (Israel-Winner League) playing 9 games averaging 13.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 67.9%. he began his basketball career with Thibodoux High School an dthen played a season with Howard College, TX (JUCO). He then finished at Louisiana State University (NCAA) averaging 10.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 70.3% as a junior and as a senior averaged9.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 75.7%. He played his professional rookie season with Al Khor (Qatar-D1). He then played two seasons with Amicale Steinsel (Luxembourg-Total League) averaging 19.1ppg, Reb-3 (11.7rpg), 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 66.0% and averaging -4 (25.4ppg), Reb-2 (13.1rpg), 1.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 69.4%. In the 2018-2019 season he played with Dutch Windmills (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 29 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), Reb-3 (8.7rpg), 2.2apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 76.4%. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the summer of 2020 about basketball.
Shavon thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been despite the whole COVID-19 effecting the world?
I am currently in Germany right now and this is where I will be for the next 9 months playing. My summer has been great, I got the chance to go out to Israel and finish the season off with Holon so that was great for me.
How have you experienced the whole COVID-19 crisis in the last 6 months? From your season ending in Belgium to coming back and playing in Israel in July. How many Quarentines did you have to do and how did you survive?
The whole COVID-19 has been a real challenge for me. It’s something that I never experienced but had to make the best out of the situation. I got to spend more time with my family than I usually get to do. The bad thing is that our season ended early when our team was playing great ball heading into the playoffs. When I went out to Israel I had to quarantine for 14 straight days without leaving the house was really tough.
How much did the last 6 months change your life and how much of a challenge was it finding the time and places to be able to stay in shape and be able to work on your game?
It didn’t change my life at all because I’m still the same person regardless of the situation. It was a challenge because nothing was opening to get in a gym to workout. I went out to buy a basketball goal and put in in my backyard to get shots up and did out door workouts in my backyard as well. So that kept me in a little shape.
How do you feel did COVID-19 make you stronger as a man?
COVID-19 made me realize how important family is and any day that person could be taken from you. I had to be strong for the people who count on me every day.
Congrats on signing with German team SYNTAINICS MBC Weissenfels (Germany-BBL). How excited are you to be playing in the best league so far in your career after having to pay your dues the past 5 seasons?
I am excited to be playing in the top league in Germany. I think it’s another challenge for me as a basketball player to be able to compete with some of the best players in the world. I belong in the top leagues I believe in myself and know what I’m capable of doing on the court.
Have you already marked the date on the calendar when you will play against your ex LSU teammate Keith Hornsby? Have you followed his career?
No I haven’t marked a dated when I will play Keith. I don’t look pass other teams and take one game at a time. But when we get to play each other it was be fun playing against a formal teammate from college. Yes, I keep up with all the guys I went to school with.
You stated in the club press release that you chose the SYNTAINICS MBC Weissenfels (Germany-BBL) because it is the right step in your career. What impressed you most in the early talks with head coach Silvano Poropat?
What stood out to me was that I would be playing in the BBL a league I always talked about playing in some day. I like a challenge and seeing where this team was last year I challenge myself to help this team climb up in the rankings.
How big is the chip on your shoulder? You have had a long way up the basketball ladder starting in Juco and really had a successful career being a top player in Luxemburg winning titles and showing your consistency in Holland, Belgium and Israel. Do you feel like having that chip ben a big reason for your success, because without it you probably wouldn’t have had the desire to always get better and move up.
I always play with a chip on my shoulders because I feel I get over looked so I always tell myself that I have to lay it all on the line every time I step on the court. Me as a person I always ask myself what can I do to get better as a person and basketball player. I love winning and would do anything to win games.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 196cm forward that plays the 3-4, can score, rebound and is a very good defender. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I don’t really compare myself to nobody I just try to be the best version of myself.
You can do so much on the court, but what do you honestly feel is your absolute biggest asset on the court when you go to battle?
Not letting the person I am guarding score. When I can get a few stops that really gets me going.
You have always been a very good rebounder and really picked it up in Luxemburg. What has always been your personal secret to being successful at getting rebounds?
I always been a great rebounder at my size I think lol. It’s just something that you have to want to do. I always told myself if I could rebound I know I could get playing time on the court. So as a freshman in high school I made that something to do to see minutes on the court.
Free throw shooting continues to be a work in progress. Why do you feel has this been area that has been tougher for you to grow in?
It’s crazy because I shoot the ball so well lol but it’s just a mind thing you know. I just have to settle down and really take my time and knock them down.
On what area’s of your game have you been working on most this past summer as you get ready to compete in the easyCredit BBL a top league in Europe?
I been working more on my midrange pull up game.
Last season you began with the Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen (Belgium-Euromillions League) playing 16 games: Score-3 (16.8ppg), Reb-5 (7.1rpg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 68.9%. How much easier did a guy like Rayshawn Simmons make your game with his game? Did you have a special bond to him being he is also a guy like you that has been paying his dues as a player
Ray made the game real easy for me because we would watch film on where he could get me the ball to make plays. I know he was always someone I could count on in a game because we had that bond and connection together
You finished the season with Hapoel Unet Holon (Israel-Winner League) playing: 9 games averaging 13.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 67.9%. What kind of experience was it being one of the few players that was able to finish the season and not have fans?
It was a real great experience but I know not too many people were able to play in the summer. I got to play against some real good Competition and great teams. I got to see where my game was by competing against some ex NBA players and lottery pick players.
What kind of experience was it playing against top Euroleague team Maccabi Tel Aviv? You held your own with a double double with 11/10? Despite the loss was this still a special game for you as you proved that you can be as good as the opponents top players?
16. The experience was really great you getting a chance to play a Euroleague Team. That’s where I want to be one day playing with a Euroleague team as well. But to see that I could complete with those players only game me more motivation to get there. I just believe in myself.
Did you take the opportunity to find some chit chat with ex NBA player Amare Stoudimire? How special for you was it being able to duel against him?
Me as a player I don’t like talking to other players on the opposite team because I’m competing against them to win the game. I was always taught not to have friends on the court but I spoke with him after the game saying good luck and stay healthy.
How much of a bonus was it being able to talk championships with teammate Guy Pnini who has won 13 titles in Israel? You won 5 titles in Luxemburg and are hungry to win some more before all is said and done.
It was real good hearing the success Guy has had in his career. Always good to hear those great things, it makes you to go out and win more championships.
In 2018-2019 you had an exceptional season with Dutch Windmills (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 29 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), Reb-3 (8.7rpg), 2.2apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 76.4%. How important was this season for you mentally coming off 2 explosive seasons in Luxemburg and then continuing to show you’re a-game and be successful in a higher league?
It was real important because I know I was moving up to a better league and wanted to show I can complete on any level I’m in. We were having a successful season because our team were winning but I was still able to perform at a high level as well.
You played 2 seasons in Luxemburg for Amicale Steinsel (Luxembourg-Total League) winning 5 titles. The percentage of pro players in Europe at the moment that can say they have won 5 titles or more is low. How do you feel did your leadership skills improve most in this time?
In Luxembourg I won 6 titles 2 super cups, 2 cup championships and 2 Total League championships. I feel I have always been a leader but winning those championships I know what it takes to get the job done. It’s the hardest thing to do but putting in the work and locking in is a big reason we were able to win those championships. Playing as a team and having roles got us those ships.
You played 62 games in Luxemburg scoring in double figures in 60 games and scored 20 points or more 35 times, scored 50 points once and had 40 points or more 4 times and 30 points or more 12 times and had 44 double doubles That is very impressive. Did you feel like a man playing with boys?
I felt like all the hard work I put into my game was paying off for me. I work extremely hard in the offseason and as you can tell the numbers I was putting up paid off.
You scored 50 points against Contern on 18-28 shooting including 10 three’s. Is there anything special you can still remember about this game that you will remember forever?
The thing I will remember the most about scoring 50 points was my team was able to get the win that night and everyone was happy to see me put on a great performance.
You played your rookie season with Al Khor (Qatar-D1). What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Qatar where you knew you were very far away from home?
My wake up call from my rookie year was it’s just not a game. People really feed their families from basketball and it’s not room for too many mistakes.
What was your coolist moment there off the court? Did you experience any wild parties in a palace?
The night life in Qatar was really great and I didn’t expect it to be like that at all. Most parties would be on the 45th floor and they get crazy in there lol.
You began your basketball career with Howard College, TX (JUCO). How important were these early years in your development? What was the most positive things that you gained from this experience?
My JUCO years were very important because that’s were my aggressiveness on defense came from. My coach was big on his players playing defense. I learned what it’s like to play team ball and have great chemistry.
You then played at Louisiana State University (NCAA) from 2012-2014 winning the SEC 6th player of the year and as a senior reached the NIT Sweet 16. How do you feel did your game grow most in the NCAA?
I feel my game elevated a lot once I got to LSU. I had everything I needed to help my game grow. Access to the gym and weight 24/7. Coaches spent a lot of time working with me to get better.
What memories do you have playing against Kentucky where you contributed 8 points. How satisfying was it being able to compete against one of the best basketball schools in the country?
The biggest memory I have against Kentucky was beating them at LSU on a snowy night.
How much of a pleasure was it playing with future NBA player Johnny O’Bryant and Jordan Mickey? How sure were you that they would reach the big show?
It was great playing with those guys in college. We all knew those guys would play in the NBA one day. The work they put in everyday and dominating every game like they did every night
How did head coach Johnny Jones groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Jones let me be myself because he knew when I was on the court I was going to leave everything on the court.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Tim Quarterman?
Me and Tim never played 1 on 1.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NAIA or anywhere that went to the NBA?
To many players to name lol lot of tough players.
Please list your 5 best teammates of all-time?
RayShawn Simmons, Billy McDanials, Johnny O Bryant, Jito Kok, Bob Melcher
Please construct your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present players?
MJ, LBJ, Kareem, Shaq,Kobe
What is your personal opinion between the never ending debate between Michael Jordan and Lebron James concerning who is the greatest of all-time?
Both all time greats in my eyes both GOATS.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Shavon for the chat.