An Interview with Jarvis Gunter

Friday, August 14, 2009

Jarvis Gunter played in 38 games with the Erie BayHawks last season, averaging 12.6 minutes per game. He shot a team high 58.1 percent from the field, and his rebounding rate of 12.95 rebounds per 48 minutes was second highest on the team.

The former Arkansas-Pine Bluff forward, hoping to play for the BayHawks again this season, was nice enough to answer a few questions about his first season in Erie, his offseason activities and his hopes for the future.

Had you ever been to Erie before last season?
No, not before I came for tryouts in October.

How would you assess last season, your first year playing in the D-League?
It was a great learning experience. I learned how different it is from the college and how good it was playing against former NBA players, former great college players, and overseas players.

What's your favorite moment from last season?
My favorite moment was getting the game winning rebound against the L.A. D-Fenders at home and becoming player of the game.

Have you kept in touch with any of your former BayHawks teammates?
Yeah, I've actually seen Tejay [Anderson] , Oliver [Lafayette], and Ivan [Harris] when I was in their hometown. I also keep in contact with Maureece [Rice], Geary [Claxton], and Darian [Townes] by Facebook or MySpace. I text all of them every once in a while.

What did you learn from Coach Treloar?
I've learned how to be a student of the game by studying game film to get better, reading sports books, and just keep trying to get better day by day.

What have you been doing this summer to improve your game?
I've been lifting wieghts, doing a lot of stretching, shooting and trying to extend my range, ball handling, pool workouts, and even started yoga.

What basketball players influenced you growing up/who do you model your game after?
I've always admired Kevin Garnett, not just because he's a great player but also because of what pushes him to get better—his competitiveness, how he pushes his teammates, and how bad he wanted to be a champion.

Finally, what are your plans for next season? Are you going to return to the D-League or are you looking elsewhere?
I plan on returning to Erie for next season and helping Erie win a title by any means necessary.


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