Carlbe Ervin is a 23 year old 190cm guard from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma playing his rookie season in Germany with BBG Herford in the Regionaliga. He started his college career at Connors State College and in 2015 moved to Kansas St. (NCAA) playing 33 games averaging 3.1ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.5apg. In his senior year at Kansas St. (NCAA) he played 35 games averaging 2.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Carlbe, thanks for talking to German Hoops. You played at Junior college and then transferred to top Big 12 school Kansas State and now was a professional rookie with BBC Herford. Has your chip on your shoulder continued to grow this season?
I have felt that the chip on my shoulder has always been growing. Ever since JUCO I have had to depend on myself and overcome obstacles.
You didn´t have huge stats at Kansas State, but you’re a great example of guys with a lot of talent having to start at the bottom as a professional. How tough has your rookie season been mentally and your ego knowing you can play, but having a long road in front of you with your goal of continuing to climb the basketball ladder?
I think this was the perfect start for someone like me. I know I didn’t have the astonishing stats, but I knew I was good enough to play at another level. Playing away from the US has been tough. Not being able to really communicate with the surrounding community makes it hard to feel at home.
You are having a very strong rookie season with BBC Herford in the German Regionaliga. How tough was the adjustment coming from playing in front of 12,000 fans on a regular basis to 500-1000 in Germany. Having had that experience of being at the bottom before at Connors college help you make the adjustment easier?
Being at Connors was one of the biggest blessings of my life. The crowds were small, but I was able to refine my game and really learn how to take over.