Jack Eggleston is a 24 year old 203cm power forward from Noblesville, Indiana that is playing his third year as a professional for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the German Pro B. He played at Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 2007-2011. He played a total of 125 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 28 games: 13.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 73.5%. As a rookie for Leverkusen he played 23 games: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 71.2%. Last season he played 33 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-2(11.1rpg), 3.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 74.7%He spoke to German Hoopsbefore the game against the MLP Academics Heidelberg.
Jack congrats last weekend on the 93-73 win against the Finke Baskets Paderborn. It was an even game at halftime, but the Bayer Giants Leverkusen shifted up a few gears in the second half to win the game. What were the main reasons for getting this big
Thanks Miles. I think we turned up the intensity on defense and did a much better job of taking away easy transition buckets and clean three point looks. Offensively, we moved the ball very well and knocked down open shots.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen got big production from Tony Watson, Marc Sonnen and yourself. How relieving is it to know that you were able to play so well without a Jake Koch who didn´t play. With him playing the team is even more dangerous.
Tony and Marc both played very well against Paderborn and have been playing well all year. It has been fun to watch them develop over the course of their first pro season, and I’m sure they will continue to improve the rest of the year. Hopefully we can get Jake back on the court with us soon.
The Bayer Giants Leverkusen are 3-0 in 2014. As a player knowing this and having so much misfortune in the first few months not winning games, does a professional player now tend do be superstitious and do some things the same way on game days?
I am not sure I would call it superstitious, but we’ve developed a routine that we feel prepares us very well for games. We will keep the same routine because hard work is leading to success, not because of superstition.
How pleased are you with the stellar play of the Bayer Giants Leverkusen so far in 2014? Is the team now fully out of its funk? What has been the biggest strength of the club in 2014?
I’m happy to see that we’ve turned a bit of a corner here in the last few games. Relegation is not an immediate threat and I think we’re only going to continue improving from here. I’d say our biggest strength has been our balance. In the last five games, we’ve had seven different players score at least 16 points. That makes us very tough to guard.
You were flirting with a triple double ending with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Will be see you get a triple double this season?
I hope so. In reality a triple double is a meaningless achievement because all it means is your stats ended up crossing some arbitrary threshold. But to me it shows that I’m doing everything I can to help my team win games, which is what’s really important.
The next game is against the MLP Academics Heidelberg. What are your memories of the sweet 84-83 win before Christmas?
I remember that we came off a bad loss to Paderborn the week before and played a pretty complete game. I thought we showed great toughness in fighting off their fourth quarter run and being able to come up with the victory.
How much does it help that the club is still somewhat fresh in your minds? They have slipped a bit as of late but are always dangerous. What will be key in getting the win?
Every team that we have played can become fresh in your mind again by simply watching some film so I don’t think that’s too much of a factor. To get the win we need to do a good job of identifying their shooters and making sure they don’t get any clean looks. Regardless of their last few games, Heidelberg is a very good team and will not be easy to beat on the road.
Who is your Superbowl pick? The Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks?
I’m a bit of a Peyton Manning fan so I’d like to see the Broncos win, but as long as it’s a good game I’ll be happy.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I just watched The Hunt with Mads Mikkelsen.
Thanks Jack for the chat.