Neptunas Klaipeda

Jerai Grant (Neptunas Klaipeda) My Mother Taught Me That Basketball Was Just One Aspect In Life

Jerai Grantis a 29 year old 203cm forward from Hyattsville,Maryland playing in his eighth professional season and third with NeptunasKlaipeda (Lithuania-LKL). He comes from a very well known basketballfamily as his dad Harvey played in the NBA for 11 years, uncle Horace is a 4time NBA champion and his brothers Jerami and Jerian are currently playing inthe NBA. He began his basketball career at DeMatha Catholic High School and then played at Clemson (NCAA)from 2007-2011 playing a total of 127 NCAA games and as a senior played 34games averaging 12.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.0spg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 71.1%. He began his professionalcareer in 2011 and has played in countries like Australia, Italy, Israel,Latvia and Venezuela. He talked to before a BasketballChampionsleague Game in Bayreuth, Germany,

Jeraithanks for talking to Welcome back to Germany. You have playedhere quite a few times in the last years playing against Alba Berlin, Oldenburgand Ludwigsburg. You know off hand what your overall record is?

I couldn´t tell you. I feel it´s about equal.

You have a lifetime 3-3 record against the German teams splitting with each team. Is there a particular series or game that stands out? Perhaps the series against Ludwigsburg two years ago where they beat you advancing to the quarterfinals?

I remember that game. I believe John Patrick was the coach. They had a lot of bodies on the squad. My boy Cliff Hammonds was on that team

Your back in Germany and will play medi Bayreuth. There are some real competitors on the team including ex NBA player Adonis Thomas and shot blocker Hassan Martin. How excited are you to battle them and will it just be another day at the office for you?

Every game is exciting for me. They have a lot of Americans on the team and you need to pay a lot of attention not only to them, but to the home grown players. They are a dangerous team and have good athletic players and shooters.


Larry Drew II (Neptunas Klaipeda)I Am Looking Forward To Putting Myself Back On The Map In Europe

Larry Drew the second is a 26 year old 188cm point guard from Encino, California that is playing his fourth professional season and first with Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL). He started his basketball career in 2008 with N.Carolina (NCAA) where he played until 2011 playing 96 NCAA games and winning the NCAA tournament in 2011. He then transferred to UCLA and as a senior played 35 games: 7.5ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-4(7.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 60.9%. He started his professional basketball career in 2013-2014 with the Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League, starting five): 46 games: 11.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 6.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 69.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he played with the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) playing 12 games: 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.8apg, in Feb.’15 signed at Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) playing 45 games: 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2(9.5apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 74.4%. Last season he played for AS Monaco Basket (France-ProA): 18 games: 4.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, left in Mar.’16, later that month moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.3ppg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg. Last summer he played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (New Orleans Pelicans): 5 games: 7.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.8apg, 1.4spg. He spoke to eurobasket on the eve of the 2016 US presidential election and before the Champions League game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.

Larry thanks for talking to German Hoops Welcome to Germany. It´s election night. What is your impression of this election?

It has been a little wild. So far the media coverage has been big and it feels more like it´s about ratings than about choosing the right candidate to run the country right. I am not a big Donald Trump fan. For me it´s about choosing the lesser of two evils. Maybe we will see Hilary Clinton as the new president.