Treshawn Gause (178-PG, college: WWU) is a 178cm guard from Arkansas that has professional experience that played his rookie season with the Lebanon Leprechauns (Canada-NBL Canada). He began his basketball career with Springdale High School and then played at Eastern Oklahoma State College (JUCO) averaging 8.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 78.6%. He then played 2 seasons at William Woods University (NAIA) averaging 11.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 41.6%, FT: 78,6% and in his last season averaged 7.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 35.6%, FT: 73.9%. He spoke to
germanhoops.com about basketball.
Thanks Treshawn for talking togermanhoopscom. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
Thank you for having me. I’m back in my hometown Springdale , Arkansas and basketball life is treating me very good. Just getting ready for this upcoming season.
Your battling for the next pro contract and have played at some showcases. How has the exposure been for you?
Yes I just attended the Signning day shootout. And had a very good camp and led my team to a undefeated record and won the championship
You recently had your first professional experience in Canada with the Lebanon Leprechauns (Canada-NBL). You didn’t play that much. How tough was the watching instead of getting more minutes?
Yes I played my first season in the TBL. And had some good vets around me that showed and taught me a lot of things. And I learned a lot by watching as well. It was tough because the success I had in college and now I was in a different role. But overal I learned a lot and got a lot better as a player.
You had a good game against Z*Indiana All-Am. How do you feel did your game grow in your 3 month pro experience in Canada?
My game grew a lot and it was the little things that coach was telling me that was going to my game better. Just understanding and paying attention to details a lot more. Far as playing at a different pace. When to pick my spots and how to control a game. So once I started to get that down my game became a lot better and got even more confidence in myself.
How much of a role did Covid play in you not finding a job for the 20-21 season where you were a rookie? Was the transfer market like a shark tank where getting that job was really tough?
It played a big role because I sat out a whole year and didn’t know what was going to be next. So I just grinded and worked hard so when my opportunity came I made the most of it.
Did you ever lose faith in the basketball process prior to getting the job in Canada? Does your love for the game outweigh everything else?
No I never lost faith because I prayed and put God first and everything I do. So my favorite quote from the Bible is ‘faith without work is dead’. So I knew if I stayed true to m self and my goal it would come.
Guys coming out of NAIA have it tough finding a job and you being 178cm doesn’t help either. Have you had doubters your whole life? How have you dealt with it mentally?
Yes I had doubters my whole life. But I don’t listen or pay any attention to them because I know who I am as a man and player. I also know how hard I work when people are not around. So as long as I prove to myself that I am going to be great and accomplish my goals that’s all that matters.
The good news there have been guys come out of the NAIA like Cameron Hunt or Kyle Mangas that reached a first division in Germany and the Czech Republic. Do guys like these give you hope to keep grinding each day?
Knowing other guys came from NAIA and had a career always gives someone hope. But for me I knew my journey would be different and I just had to get in front of the right eyes.
Let’s talk a bit about your game. You’re a 178cm guard. If you had to compare your game to a NBA player who would best fit the description?
I don’t really like to compare myself to anybody. But I would say Chris Paul just because I take pride at running a team and being the extension of the coach on the floor.
Bayi handy describes your game to the great Providence guard John Linehan who had a long and stellar career overseas. Has a young buck like you heard of this legend?
Lol no I think I’m to young to know who John Linehan is. But I saw some of his clips and he had game!
Handy said your offense is fire but you will earn your money with your defense. Is defense your biggest strength?
I feel like I have a lot of strength but yes defense is something that surprises a lot of people because I’m undersized and I can switch on bigger players and hold my own and understand defensive angles and how to make players uncomfortable.
Does locking down good division 1 players help power your offense. Who are some of the dudes that you have closed down on defense?
Yes locking down players gives me an extra swagger on the offense end because I can get to any spot I want to on the court. And I understand how to pick my spots when to score and to get my teammates involve.
Talk about your offensive skills? Are you the type of guard that can fill the stats sheet or do you have other attributes?
I can do both on the stat sheet. But I pride myself on running a team because I know through the course of the game I will pick my spots when to score. But I love getting my teammates involved. But I know I can get to my spots and score on anybody.
On what area’s of your game are you working on most nowso you can keep improving your game?
Just keep shooting 3s and just making it more consistent.
You began your career at Eastern Oklahoma State College (JUCO) averaging 8.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 6.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 78.6%. Every guy I have interviewed has said that JUCO was a very brutal and tough experience but one they would never have traded in for anything. How was it for you?
Juco was very tough. But I enjoyed it because of the grind. That’s is somewhere where you want to grow and move on to the next level.
You then made the jump to William Woods University (NAIA) averaging 11.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 41.6%, FT: 78.6% and 7.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 35.6%, FT: 73.9%. How do you feel did your game grow in these 2 years?
At William Woods is when I really knew that I could be a pro. Because my game started to grow even more and my confidence and swagger was there.
You had many great games in the NAIA but what was your fondest moment there?
I would say playing against Columbia college because I took over the whole game and it was nothing the other team could do a bout it. 20 points 7 assist and 7 rebounds.
How did head coach Charles Belt groom and prepare you best for a professional career?
Coach Belts taught me how to respond to adversity a lot. And how to make myself as a player more disciplined and not always go for the home run plays. And how to be more of a leader at the point guard position and how to play off the ball.
Who won a 1-1 in practice you or DAaron Owens?
Daron can hoop but I gave him work. Lol but that’s my guy and was a great teammate.
Who was the toughest player that you ever faced in your life somewhere on a court that reached the NBA?
I would say Courtney Fortson NBA player and overseas legend. Also he is my big brother. And Mailk Monk and Dusty Hannahs
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
My 5 best teammates of all time are. Shad Kimble, Jerome Seegers, Ronnie Boyce, Darius yohe, Mackenzie Fasler
Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore?
My NBA Mount Rushmore is. Kobe, Lebron, Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Jordan or Lebron?
I guess we would never know what would really happen lol.
Where do you currently see Steph Curry in debate of the greatest point guards ever?
I think Curry might be the greatest point guard of all time because he changed the game of basketball.
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they have left it alone?
Yes they should have left that movie alone lol they messed it all up.
Thanks Treshawn for the chat.