Saiquan Jamison (203-F/C-1998, college: Bowie St.) is a 24 year old 203cm player from Maryland playing his third professional season with the Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. (Portugal-Liga Betclic) averaging 10,3ppg, 8,9rpg and 1,0apg.. Last season he played with the Surrey Scorchers (United Kingdom-BBL) averaging 12.4ppg, 14.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 69.7%. he began his professional career with the Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-Korisliiga) and then moved to Pernion Urheilijat Basket (Finland-1st Division) averaging 20.6ppg, Reb-1 (20.6rpg), 3.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 62.5%. He began his basketball career with the University of Mount Olive (NCAA2) averaging 7.6ppg, 8.2rpg, FGP: 58.0%, FT: 46.3%. He then finished at Bowie State University (NCAA2) playing 88 games in 3 seasons avergaing 7.1ppg, 9.1rpg, FGP: 50.6%, FT: 54.3% in his second season and 9.7ppg, 11.1rpg, FGP: 54.0% in his junior season and 10.4ppg, 9.0rpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 62.5% as a senior. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball.
Thanks Saiquan for talking to germanhoops.com One could almost say you’re the second Kevin Love. In Finland you averaged 20/20 in a season. That is pretty mind boggling and very rare. Is Kevin Love a guy you have watched on video?
That’s funny but I watched a lot of him and Dennis Rodman but more Dennis than Kevin sometimes because I liked Rodman’s drive and all out passion for the game.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re an undersized 203cm big. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I can play 4/5, but i’d def compare myself to like Dennis Rodman or someone like Montrezl Harrel.
You’re a player that likes to do the dirty work. Have you always been like that or did that come with time and maturity?
I have always been like that tbh I wasn’t always the most skilled guy so I used my motor a lot and found that I can be a great rebounder and a physical and strong presence so I just came into that role and that’s the reason I am where I am now.
Your a rebound monster and have very good athleticism. What other strengths does your game have?
I can shoot the ball a bit mid range to 3 , not a high volume guy will take the shots that I think are good for the team or feel as though I put myself in the best spot to get my shot.
What is your secret to being that dominant rebounder? Is it mostly anticipation and how much does that will to get the rebound lead you to success?
There isn’t really a secret it’s a WANT of mine and I just go out snag rebounds with the expectation to try and break records while I do it.
On what areas of your game are you working on most now so you can continue to improve your game?
Definitely my face up game, playing off the dribble a little more, and also hitting open 3s so just being very versatile
Where do you see yourself presently as a defender after two years as a professional? What kind of a defender do you want to become in the next years?
I feel like I’m a great defender and think I can guard 1-5 at a good level. I want to be the defender that I am but just a little quicker laterally and being better off ball.
Last season you played with the Surrey Scorchers (United Kingdom-BBL) averaging 12.4ppg, 14.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.9%, FT: 69.7%. What did you enjoy most about the experience in the UK on and off the court?
I loved the area for sure loved the team and most importantly the fans and they were the absolute best.
You played twice against top team London Lions registering 2 double doubles. What was it like battling ex NBA player Julian Washburn? You proved that NCAA 2 players can ball with anyone.
D1,D2,D3 or Juco never really was a worry of mine. We all lace our shoes the same way only difference is resources that are available but other than that I’m going compete and be tough with any opponent, but Julian definitely was a smart and very versatile did a lot of different things on the floor. But again regardless of level or where a player has played or been I’m taking myself 10/10 times.
You played your rookie season in Finland. What do you remember being your wake up call to being overseas where you knew that you were very far away from home?
The weather for sure and the darkness at freaking 2 in the afternoon and also just knowing I couldn’t just drive to my family at any given moment.
You began your rookie season with the Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-Korisliiga) You played only 6 games and then left. Why didn’t this situation work out?
It was a contract where I played/practices with both Top League Vilpas and Peru Basket which is the feeder team for the Vilpas, but Vilpas there were more stipulations like an American had to be injured in order for me to play.
You finished the season with at Pernion Urheilijat Basket (Finland-1st Division) averaging 20.6ppg, Reb-1 (20.6rpg), 3.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 62.5%. You had 38 rebounds in a game. I mean that is insane? How do you do that?
Work, Hard grind really and just wanting to do whatever for my team and just doing whatever it took to win games. The 38 rebounds game I actually thought I had more every rebound that came off the rim was mine.
There are guys that get 19 rebounds in a game and it is a major deal, but you double that. Was that your greatest game in your career?
Best rebounding game for sure but greatest game of course not, It was huge highlight of my career though something that definitely isn’t done on a regular basis.
You began your NCAA 2 career at University of Mount Olive averaging 7.6ppg, 8.2rpg, FGP: 58.0%, FT: 46.3%. What do you remember from your freshman year and what do you believe did you get most out of it?
I do not remember too much, but I do remember just waiting my turn for my opportunity and when it came I took full advantage of it and after that I became a full time starter as a freshman.
You then played 3 seasons and 88 games with Bowie State University. You averaged 10 rebounds per season. What was your fondest moment there?
Ahh too many. I had a lot of big time games but definitely the 2 game winning putbacks that I had against Virginia Union and Elizabeth City.
You had many great games in the NCAA 2 but was your 35/16/5 explosion over Winston Salem a game that you will always remember?
That definitely was a crazy game and glad we won it in 3 OT was definitely a long game, and had to wake up the next day and play another game on a high note and hoping to duplicate that game.
How did head coach Darrell Brooks groom and prepare you best for a professional career?
He helped a lot definitely was tough on us and just helped me become a better player, while also becoming an even better man.
Who won a 1-1 in practice you or Yohance Fleming?
We went back and forth some days but for the most part we were on the same team.
Who was the toughest player that you ever faced that reached the NBA?
Marvin Bagley, Wendell Carter both those guys for sure
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
Tough to name honestly I loved all of my teammates that I’ve had would do it all over for sure between any of them.
Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore?
Kevin Durant Dennis Rodman Kevin Garnett Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Jordan or Lebron?
Where do you place Steph Curry now in the best point guards of all-time?
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they have left it alone?
Yeah definitely, it’s crazy because I actually watched it today lol it’s not as bad as people speak on it but definitely was not necessary
Thanks Saiquan for the chat.