Iziahiah Sweeney is a 22 year old 193cm guard from Compton, California that recently played with the HowardHoops tour in the Dominican Republic. He began his basketball career at Compton High School and in 2014-2015 played at Portland St. (NCAA) playing 23 games averaging 3.0ppg. He then played a season at E.Los Angeles JC (JUCO) playing 29 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 63.6%. He reached the NCAA in 2016 an dplayed 56 games for Northwestern State (NCAA). In his junior year he played 29 games avergaing 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 68.8%. In his senior year at Northwestern St. (NCAA) he played 27 games averaging 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 68.6%. He got his first pro experience with Team Miami (Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas) last summer. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball.
Iziahiah thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
I’m in Los Angeles, California working out and staying in shape just getting back from the Dominican Republic where I was playing on a tour team.
You recently finished at Northwestern St. (NCAA) and had a very solid two year career. It is mid September and you were recently in the Dominican Republic playing on a tour instead of already getting ready for your rookie season overseas. How did it come to this? I mean did you not find the right representation this summer?
Yes, I basically did not find the right representation and was misled by many people.
Vertrail Vaughns is a 27 year old 188cm guard from Mesquite, Texas that is taking part at the Howard Hoops tour this weekend in Germany. He played at well known school George Mason(NCAA) playing a total of 101 games and also played a year at N Texas(NCAA) playing 31 games: 7.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 80.8%. He has played professionally with Bohemios Montevideo (Uruguay-LUB). He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Vertrail thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Thanks for the interview. I am Currently in Dallas Texas getting really for the Howard Hoops tour. My summer has been great. Lots of traveling and lots of training.
You had your last season of NCAA basketball in 2014 playing a total of 122 NCAA games including 91 games with George Mason. And all you have to show is a short season of 5 games in Uruguay. Why do you feel are you still waiting for your professional career to start?
I believe it’s all about timing and finding the right connections.
Donald Vaughn is a 28 year old 195 cm forward from Dumfries, Virginia that is taking part at the Howard Hoops tour in Germany this weekend. Vaughn has had professional experience playing with the Beltway Bombers (APBL). He played at Va.Wesleyan (NCAA3) from 2008-2012 reaching the D-3 Elite 8 and Sweet 16 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 13.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0apg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Don thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I’m in Northern Virginia the Summer has been good. I’m working while playing in the APBL and The Goodman League which is one of the best summer leagues in the U.S.
Your 28 and have had a job through school and now in your 12th year while keeping the professional basketball dream alive. How difficult is it being able to balance all this?
It’s only difficult at times for me financially but it’s been a great journey even though I haven’t been signed yet I’ve been able to travel and go places I’ve never dreamed of going.
Chris Miller is a 193cm guard from Brooklyn, New York that is a professional basketball player. He got his first experience with Clinton Community College and then moved to Salem Intern. (NCAA2) where he played two seasons. Last season he turned professional and played with the Jamestown Jackals (PBL). He came to Germany a few weeks ago and played with the Howard Hoops tour and just signed with TV Heppenheim. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Chris thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
My summer was great. I devoted all my time to training and playing basketball in preparation for a professional contract. Now I am residing in Mannheim.
You have been in Germany for some weeks now and now have signed with TV Heppenheim of the Landesliga. You came to Germany to play in the Howard Hoops tour and now you got a job. With what expectations did you come to Germany with?
I came into Germany with the mindset of MAKE IT HAPPEN. Ever since I was 15 I knew I wanted to play Professional Basketball overseas. Coming into the tour I knew this was my chance and my goal was to make the best of it, play hard, network and hope I could land a contract.