During the course of the offseason, Scorers 1st members look back on their pro season overseas and look ahead to their summer approach to growing their game, while offering some advice to rookies along the way...
Willy Manigat who put together a solid 2014-15 season for Bayer Giants Leverkusen in ProA Germany. A free agent point guard, Manigat (player profile page) ranked 7th in the league in scoring (15.9 points per game), while averaging 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game. This offseason, you can also find the Carleton University alum leading basketball skills training in Canada at the Premier Hoops Academy.
For those not familiar with your game, can you give us the scouting report on Willy Manigat? I would say the scouting report on me would be that I am an aggressive point guard that is trying to create scoring opportunities for my teammates or myself. I think the main thing is that I'm a winner and I'll do whatever is necessary to win. In the past two seasons I've been asked to score the ball more but I can easily also be a facilitator and it is actually something I miss at times. I guess you can pick your poison...
Coming out of Carleton University, how has your overall game grown during your professional career? I think that my game has grown since leaving university just for the simple fact that every game you go against other professionals. However I think a lot of the things that make me successful came from my University experience at Carleton where I learned what it took to be a winner/champion.
What did you learn the most about yourself as a person/player this past season playing in ProA Germany with Leverkusen? This year was a frustrating year for many different reasons but through those obstacles, I think I improved my leadership skills and that patience is very important during the ups and down of a long season.
What is your focus and approach to getting better this offseason? My approach is the same as every offseason. Spending as much time as possible in the gym. I still train everyday at Carleton University. Again just working on always improving my leadership and as a point guard always thinking about putting the people around me in the best possible situation to help maximize their skill and strengths for the betterment of the team. I think if I continue to work on those things everyday when we scrimmage and play that this upcoming season I will be the best leader I can be and help my team win more games than not.
If you could share any words of wisdom for guys making the jump from college to playing professionally what would it be? The advice I would give to anyone making the jump to the pros is to come into any new situation with an open mind and just focus on getting better and doing whatever is asked or needed of you to help the team win. I'm a winner and most places I've been we have won, so to me that's what it's all about and it's why I love competing and love what I do.
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