Chevon Troutman

Chevon Troutman (Regatas Corrientes) I´m Not Sure If I´ll Play To The Point That I Can´t Walk But I´ll Play Until It Hurts

Chevon Troutman is a 36 year old 202cm forward from Williamsport, Pennsylvania playing his 13th professional season and second with Regatas Corrientes (Argentina-LigaA). He played at Pittsburgh(NCAA) from 2001-2005 finishing career ranked first all-time in career field-goal percentage (.625) and ranked in top-20 all-time among Pittsburgh scorers with 1,274 points. He started his professional basketball career in 2005 with Villaggio Solidago Livorno (Italy-SerieA). He also played 3 seasons with Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA), 3 seasons with FC Bayern Munich((Germany-1.Bundesliga) and with Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA) Stelmet Zielona Gora (Poland-TBL) and Entente Orleans 45 (France-ProA). He won 2 titles in Poland and France and one in Germany. Eurobasket last talked to Chevon Troutman in 2013 and thought it was time to catch up with him again and talk basketball.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Chevon Troutman at the 2012 BBL Allstar game in Ludwigsburg

Chevon, thanks for talking to German Hoops. At the moment you are chilling in a hotel room in Formosa Argentina preparing for a game against La Union. In Europe at this time of year spring is settling in as in Argentina winter is nearing. After playing most of your career in Europe, your playing your second season in Argentina. How proud are you that you landed in Argentina at age 34 then say 28? Many talented guys land in Argentina a lot earlier. Landing in South America for many guys is often when their career is winding down.

Yes, I am relaxing on gameday in Formos La Union. Yes this is my second season in Argentina. Regatas is my team and its ok here. I was home handling my home back state side and finalizing some personal things that held me back from leaving for Europe I had a few offers that I couldn´t explore because of the timing of my situation while I was home the season before last. I am proud that I still compete at a high level and still show some parts of my game that haven´t changed to much at the age of 36 now I still feel good and the body is still healthy. As far as the timing I just came to explore another part of the world to see if I can adapt and at the moment even though my role isn´t super impactful in the stats here I still have an important role on this team on stabilizing and securing some of our play. As well as taking the time to try to enjoy this game that has brought me a along way . I came back because there wasn´t so much stress and pressure from all things that don´t pertain to the on the court play so it was easier to accept the second year option of the contract. I know I´m 36 and counting and I know you can´t play basketball forever but until now I´m just enjoying as much as the life can help to offer and experiencing anything while I can while I´m still playing. I´m just grateful to explore another part of the world and see different ways of life and culture.

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Chevon Troutman (Bayern Munich) I Never Followed The Typical NBA Route

Chevon Troutman is a 31 year old 202cm forward form Williamsport, Pennsylvania that recently completed his second season for FC Bayern Munich playing 37 games averaging 12.2ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 65.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 77.9%. He is a tough, talented rebounder, athletic defender, tough offensive player and fierce competitor who plays with much passion. He has contributed primarily in the low-post but also can play on the perimeter. He played at  Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 2001-2005 and in his senior year played 29 games: 15.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGPConf-2(56.6%), 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 71.2%: Finished career ranked first all-time in career field-goal ntage (.625) and ranked in top-20 all-time among Pittsburgh scorers with 1,274 points. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 three times. In 2005-2006 he played for Villaggio Solidago Livorno (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 34 games: 15.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.0apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 64.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.2%. He then played for  Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA) playing a total of 118 games. He then played for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA) from 2009-2012. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball during the last season

Is FC Bayern Munich the most professional basketball team that you have ever played for?

Not it hasn´t. I played in France for a team that worked in a very professional way like FC Bayern Munich does.

Were you sad when Dirk Bauermann had to go?

Well that is a part of the business. Players and coaches come and go. FC Bayern Munich wanted to go in a different direction. When a change happens you always want keep moving forward and get those pieces that fit.

Since Svetislav Pesic has been coach it has run very well for FC Bayern Munich. What have been the main reasons for that?

Pesic has a basketball style that is very understandable to players. Many played this type of style while growing up. It is always easier to adapt to a style when one is familiar with it.

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