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Interview with Brian Asbury

 Interview with Brian Asbury

Brain what name you go by

 Around the neighborhood everyone calls me AB. It was a childhood name that I got from one of my coaches. His name was Coach Doctor.

What year were you born?

I was born in 1986

Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I have two older brothers.

How much older?

Well, the youngest maybe 9 years older.

What city did you live in and what was your most favorable time

growing up in this community?

The city I grew up in was South Miami and my most favorable time was when my mother first start letting me go to Lee Park to play sports.

What did you do to stay out of trouble?   

I always listened to what my parents told me. When my friends started doing negative things, I always found a way to go back home or go back to what I was doing before trouble arrived.                                            

How old were you when you started playing basketball?

I was 5 years old when I first started playing basketball.

Who was the person that inspired you to play basketball at a young age?

My brother Eric Asbury, basically he gave me a basketball and taught me about the game. He also carried me along with him. He help raised me into the person that I am right now.

What high school did you attend and what year did you graduate.

I attended South Miami Senior High and I graduated in 2005

Who were some of the colleges that showed interest in you?

I was looking into attending the University of Florida. I sat down and talked with my mother. She figured since I was the baby, she wanted me to attend the U of M. So she also played a role in my decision of attending                                                                                                            So, the reason you chose the University of Miami was to stay closer to home.                                                                                                               Yes, also what help me decide on the “U”, the U of M had just moved into ACC, which is like playing in one of the biggest basketball conferences in the Nation? So being able to be close to home and playing in a good conference I think that it was a good decision.

During your tenor at the “U” who was your head coach.

Frank Haith was my head coach while playing for the U of M.

What was it like competing at a college level?

Everyone was much bigger and faster at the college level compared to high school.  In high school you were the most dominate player, now you are playing with college athletes that were dominate at their high school level. So I had to step my game up to compete.

This is a little off the record; the AAU how do you feel about their program?

The way I feel, it’s out of hand. It’s too much under the table deals going on, compared to back when I was playing. It was more like competing and sitting around talking about basketball. Now, coaches are getting money to get certain players to play on their teams. There is just too much illegal stuff going on. But at the end of the day, I think that it’s a good thing for players to participate. It helps them receive recognition and help them receive college scholarships.

Another question, how do you feel about coaches having high school athletes specialize in one sport?

I feel that if a kid can play both sports, the coach should allow him to participate in two sports. Coaches that do not allow the kid to play in two sports seem to be selfish. If the kid makes it he wants to take credit for the kid success. As I said earlier, a lot of the coaches receive a profit for keeping a kid on his team and there are times were the coach’s advance into collegiate coaching positions depends on the athlete success.

So it’s a business?

Yes, at the end of the day.

When did you know that you could compete at this level?

Basically, growing up, my older brother took me around and encouraged me to play with older guys. He would not let me play with kids my age. He said that if I could play against older guys that I could play against anyone. So that’s the attitude that I developed into playing college ball.

Also, the day that I beat my older brother in a one on one basketball game I knew then that I could compete against anyone.

So, what was his response when you beat him in the one on one game?

It probably was not too good of a response. For a while he was treating me a little different. Little brother beats big brother. You know, no one likes losing to their little brother. But we got passed that. We continued to have a great relationship.

Now that your collegiate career is over what are you doing to make it in the NBA?

Basically, just keeping up with other player’s game. I watch other super star basketball players and see what they did to get into the NBA and the path they took to get into the NBA. I am working on my craft every day and staying focus. I am staying out of the lime light and keeping a positive attitude.

What is your strong suit when playing basketball?

I am a 3 point shooter. But I like to do everything. I like to play from the edge.

How is your defense?

My defense is good. There was another thing, growing up and playing with the older guys, I knew that I had to have a defensive game. In order for me to stay on the court I had to be able to defend and rebound.  So these skills that I learned competing with older guys I took that mind set with me Over Seas or when I am playing basketball period.

I heard you mention Over Seas, what country are you playing basketball in?   

The previous country I just played in was Spain and I played in Israel for 3 years.

How do the people of Israel and Spain treat the Black Americans that come over to their country to play basketball?

They respond to us very well. At the end of the day we are their responsibility. They are responsible for our safety. The way some people may put it as though there is a lot of bombing and terrorist which is not anything like that. It goes on, like in the Deep South of Israel but no one is going there. They are not going to put us in those areas where it would be life threatening. I could truly say that Israel is somewhat like Miami. But it’s very nice in Israel and Spain is the same way. I can truly say that they take good care of us.

Media portrays it as if the entire country is under attack.

In the beginning, I would receive frantic phone calls from my mother saying that she saw on the news that Israel was under terrorist attack.

I would tell her that everything is okay and if there were any problems they would put us on an air plane and send us back to the U S.

How many games do you play in a season?   

We average around 30 to 33 games and we play once a week.

Who do you play for?

I just previously played in Spain and the team was Cajasol.

When the season is over do you have to compete again to make the team?

It all depends; you may sign a 1 year contract and you play that year out or 2 year deal and sometimes a 3 year deal. So when the season is over we go back to the States and we let our agent negotiate a new contract for us.

How is the pay compared to the U S.?

It all depends on what level you are playing on. There is first division, second division and third division. Then it depends on what country you’re in and the team financial situation. It’s hard to say because you do not have any players making 20 million. The most that I heard was 3 million. But it’s like 3 million euros. That a lot of money Over Sees. Euros outweigh the U S Dollar which probably amount to 4 million dollars. At the end of the day, it does not outweigh 20 million. However, if you could pocket 4 million a year that’s a pretty good day. They also pay for our house and car.

What cultures play basketball Over Seas?

Americans, Ukrainians, Germans, Spaniards, it’s a mixture of people from different parts of the world.

Jerusalem and Spain would be the hub for players trying to play basketball in the USA.

I think Spain would be the hub that the players would be coming from to inter the NBA. This year in the NBA draft, I saw 3 to 4 players that I played against this year while I was playing in Spain. So that’s a lot to have 3 to 4 players get drafted that played in Spain.

What is it like playing basketball in another country?

Playing basketball in another country it’s a good experience. It is more of a team game. The game is played at a slower pace; you have to be basketball smart.

Where do you live and what do you do for entertainment

When I was in my first year I lived in a small city called Tivon. My second year, I was in the main city called Televe. My third year I was in Natanya and in my fourth year I was in Spain and the city was called Seville. For my spare time I try to work on my craft as much as possible, I am in the gym or I am at home on the internet. Sometimes you and your buddies would step out. But how I was raised with my brother, his saying was you don’t have any time to be going out. I am here to improve my game. But there are some occasions where I go out with my buddies. Pretty much I have a set routine that consist of training, staying home working on the internet and staying focus.

How do the citizens respond to Black Americans being in their country?

I have not seen any problems like racism. So I can’t really say. I think they respond to us pretty well. If something ever happens they will take care of it.

Do you guys sign autographs?

Yes we sign autographs. Sometimes when we are out in the community kids come up to us and ask for our autographs. One of the most common places is the grocery store. The kids do recognize us and it makes us feel good knowing that they know who we are. Some players don’t sign because they are stuck up. However, I always make sure that I sign autographs. I know when I was a kid and if I saw someone famous I would want to go up to them and shake their hand or get an autograph. It makes me feel good when a kid can recognize me. I think we should be able to take some time to talk to the kids or just shake their hand.

What are you doing to prepare yourself to play in the NBA?

I am working out every day of the week, studying the game, trying to add new things to my game, correct my weaknesses and just make myself better.

Who is you role model.

My brother Eric is my role model. Ever since I was little, I use to look up to him. We were always attached; I use to always try to follow him. I always admired what he did and the type of caring person that he was and is. He’s married and he is a family man and I admire how he handles things. He basically helped raised me. I look up to him. Today I still go to him for advice. I can talk to him about anything. I feel that he does not tell me as a brother figure but as a father figure. I have a great respect for him. I just don’t let him know.

Well, Eric will know now.

Yeah

Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

Possibly, with a business or two, I just want to be successful. If not, the NBA then I would like to be playing basketball Over Sees. But at the end of the day, I want things to be working for me off the courts. Well, I am trying to do everything possible on the court and off the court. I want to have things going on that will give me a transition into my career after basketball. I just want to be successful at the end of the day.

What business will you go into?

I have not gotten that far. However, I have people talking to me. You know that when you are in sports there is always someone coming up to you with business deals. My brother Eric tells me that I have to be careful when people approach me. He tells me straight up.

He says you need to do this and you need to do that. It may not be what I want to hear. But I do listen to his advice. He does not sugar coat anything. He is a good brother.

Brian this concludes our interview. Sports Elite would like to thank you for sharing your basketball journey with us. Good luck and I hope to see playing in the NBA.

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