Jayson Edwards (175-PG, college: Lake Region) is a 175cm guard from Plymouth, Minnesota that played Germany this season for New Isenburg (Regionalliga).. He played at Robbinsdale Cooper High School and played 2 years at Lake Region State College (JUCO) playing 29 games averaging 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg and in his second year played 28 games averaging 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 34.0%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 66.3%. He spoke togermanhoops.com about basketball.
Thanks Jayson for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
Hey, yeah thanks for speaking with me. Life is good.
How have you witnessed Covid in the last 2 years? How much of a role did it play for you getting jobs overseas?
My first year was Covid central. It shut the season down.
We last spoke 2 years ago at the Howard Hoops tour in Frankfurt, Germany. In the past the Howard Hoops tour has helped guys get jobs in Germany. Was there any interest then from teams?
Going on Howard Hoops tour opened up a lot of doors for me. I gained interest from the team I’m going to play for now Neu Isenburg.
How in general did you benefit from the Howard Hoops tour headed by Ron Howard? Teams and Gm’s did see your game.
I was able to score at a high level. Teams and GM’s know I am athletic, quick and can shoot the ball.
I remember 2 years ago you were teaching 7th graders basketball. What has been the biggest joy that you have gotten from doing this?
I’m very passionate about it. I remember looking up to my coaches I want to be able to pass what I know down to them.
Do you believe that coaching could be something that you could do long term down the road?
Yeah definitely, down the road.
You played at Ultimate Hoops in Minesota and averaged 24,0ppg. How vital was this experience for continuing to keep your self confidence sharp?
It was a good experience. I was just being me, having fun being aggressive.
You also played in a Mexican tour. What kind of an experience was that and how do you feel did your game benefit from this in general?
Wonderful experience. I’ve never been to South America, a change of scenery. I gained a network out there.
As you have grown and gotten older in the last 2 years how do you feel has your game developed further?
I’ve put in countless of hours in the gym. I believe my game has developed a ton and that’s what I’m going to show this season
Your playing in Germany this season for Neu Isenburg a Regionalliga team in Germany’s 4th division. How did this job come about?
I had a friend who played for the club. He mentioned to his coach that I was in town. I joined a practice. Then Covid had shut down the season before I could sign with them.
You have had a very good relationship with coach Vassili in the last 2 years. What have you learned to appreciate most about him?
I respect him. He definitely can coach. He brings a positive direction and vision to the club. He’s also very genuine.
How aware are you that this team will be in your hands. You must be very excited. How confident are you that you will be able to be an impact player in the league?
I’ll be whoever to impact winning.
On what area’s of your game have you been concentrating on most this summer so you will be best prepared for the new challenge in Germany?
Just mental toughness. Not everything is going to go as planned. To just stay tough through tough moments to help me prosper as a player.
Where do you rank Steph Curry now in the discussion of the best guards of all-time?
He’s one of my favorite players so he’s pretty high on my list. Definitely top-five for sure
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they have left in alone?
I don’t remember that movie
Thanks Jayson for the chat.