Tyler Brevard (189-G-1998, college: Lander) is a 24 year old 189cm guard from West Columbia, South Carolina that just completed his rookie season in Germany with BG Dorsten averaging 24.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 72.7%. He began his basketball career at Gray Collegiate Academy. He then played two years at Spartanburg Methodist College (JUCO) averaging 4.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.1apg and in his second year averaged 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 75.0%. He played his junior year at Erskine College (NCAA2) averaging 13.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 80.3% and played his senior year at Lander University (NCAA2) averaging 12.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 70.5%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball.
Thanks Tyler for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
No problem and thank you for having me! I’m currently back home in Columbia, South Carolina. Basketball life has been treating me great so far.
You just finished your rookie season with German Regionalliga team BG Dorsten. How blessed do you feel not only playing your rookie season, but having a fantatsic rookie year after sitting out the 20-21 season?
I feel VERY blessed! I look back at the past two years and I just continue to thank God for it all. It was all a process that prepared me for the ups and downs of the season and for the future as well.
How difficult was it finding a job during Covid? You played twice for Team Eurobasket. What do you believe was holding you back from signing your first pro contract before coming to Dorsten?
Those were very trying times. I had a lot of buzz going into the NCAA Tournament and my plan was to seize that opportunity. I honestly believe Covid happening when it did slowed everything up. On top of that my stats were not very high coming out of college either.
How tough was it mentally for you? Did you ever lose faith in the process in this time?
Mentally, it was very draining. I became impatient and would lose sleep a lot of nights. However, I didn’t lose faith at all. I always knew that once I got the opportunity, the rest would handle itself.
How did you experience your rookie season? On one hand the team didn’t win the way they wanted to while on the other hand you had an incredible personal season?
My rookie season was fun and full of lesson’s. Our team faced injuries/sickness almost every game, so this forced me to adjust to what the team needed. This was also my first losing season since middle school (8-9 years ago), so now I’m learning how to improve and become a better leader so I won’t be in this situation again.
You’re a 189cm guard that can fill the stat sheet especially points and rebounds. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fill the description?
Dwyane Wade. I model my midrange and eurostep to Dwade, but I also compare my game to Jrue Holiday in ways as well
You never averaged more than 4,0rpg in college. How do you explain your high rise in rebounds in your rookie season?
DREW RICHARDS!!! Coach Richards challenged me to attack the glass and use my size in college. My numbers weren’t as high in college due to some bigger guys at the time, but I’ve gotten stronger and found smarter ways to attack the glass now.
With Dorsten you averaged 24.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 4.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 72.7%
You didn’t need any adjustment time. How would you compare the Regionalliga with JUCO and the NCAA 2 in terms of skill level and competitiveness?
This league compares to JUCO because of the vast range of talent and you have guys that are working to move up to a higher level. With me playing at a high level D2, this league has players with similar skill sets as well.
Against Hagen-Haspe you were on course for a quadruple double. Do you feel like you could be a player to regularly achieve double doubles and once in a while triple doubles?
Yes, I 100% believe this could become a regular thing. There were plenty of games where I was a few rebounds or assist away from double-doubles and a few where I was about 2 or 3 assist away from triple-doubles.
On what area’s of your game are you working on most so you can keep climbing the basketball ladder in the future?
Working on building strength more this summer and creating space to get off easier shots.
You had some huge games in loses but also big games against Hagen-Haspe and the ETB Miners. What was your most memorable game with Dorsten?
My most memorable game would have to be against ETB Miners. My parents and my girlfriend got to see me play professionally for the first time and we erased a 24 point deficit to comeback and win the game. They gave us good-luck that night for sure.
How vital was it playing at three schools for your development? Do you feel like your game profited more than it would have had you only played for one school?
This was big for me because I learned different things about myself and my game at each school. If I could have played under Coach Richards all 4 years, I feel I would have benefit the most from that.
You played two seasons with Spartanburg Methodist College (JUCO). What kind of an experience was this. You didn’t put up incredible stats. Were you more that special role player?
This was a humbling and very memorable experience. My first year I was behind an All-American and was mostly used for defense or to give him a break. The following year I was like a smaller Draymond Green haha. I played the 1-4 and I did a lot of things that didn’t show up on the stat sheet.
Just about every guy I have interviewed that played JUCO said it was a very tough experience but worth it. How was it for you?
It was grind every day. There weren’t any ‘easy days’ at all.
You played a season at Erskine College (NCAA2) averaging 13.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 80.3%. You had a solid season. Why did you leave after a season?
I felt Erskine didn’t have the best situation at hand to prepare me for playing at a high level professionally.
You finished your university season with Lander University (NCAA2) averaging 12.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 70.5%. You finished your career winning the Peach belt title over Columbus State. What will you always remember from this championship?
Winning MVP of the tournament and the camaraderie of that entire team.
How did head coach Drew Richards groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Biggest thing is that he prepared me physically. He challenged me to play more aggressive and showed me that using my body more will benefit me at the next level also.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Laraymond Spivery
We never really played one-on-one, but we had some tough battles in practice when we were on opposite teams.
Who was the toughest player that you ever played against that reached the NBA?
Brandon Clarke. I played against him in a big HS tournament in Las Vegas and he probably had 10 dunks that game.
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
Anthony Adger, Jonathan Sanks, Ian Kinard, Deon Berrien, and Sidney Robinson. It was fun watching and playing with this group of guys.
Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads?
DWade, LeBron, Kobe and MJ
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Jordan or Lebron?
I’ve only seen highlights mostly of MJ, so i’d go with LeBron of course as the second best. I’ll forever say DWade as my #1 hahaha
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they have left it alone?
Yes I saw it and it should’ve been left alone for sure. The sequel wasn’t horrible, but it’s not on the same level as the original.
Thanks Tyler for the chat.