I just got off the phone with Utah Jazz 2009 first-round pick Eric Maynor. He gave me the pleasure of having a Q & A session with him in between workouts. Those of you who are not familiar with this guy, think of Virginia Commonwealth in the 2007 NCAA tournament against Duke. Yes, he was the PG who outplayed Duke’s Greg Paulus all night for 22 points and ended up nailing the game-winning 15-foot jumper to eliminate the legendary Coach K in his sophomore season. He went on to dominate the CAA conference for the next two years and now he’s a first-round draft pick for the Utah Jazz. A great story that rarely happens. Now that I have given you a brief biography, let’s get to my first “20-Second Timeout” with guest Eric Maynor.
20-Second Timeout begins:
Chris Haynes: Thank you for joining me Eric.
Eric Maynor: No problem Chris, anytime.
Chris Haynes: How busy has the Utah Jazz kept you since you were drafted #20?
Eric Maynor: I've been real busy going all over and doing different things.
Chris Haynes: How big of a confidence booster was it for you to go up against Duke your sophomore year and succeed?
Eric Maynor: It was real big for me but also for the University, it just let us know that we can play with anybody in the country.
Chris Haynes: Duke fans still have nightmares about you! Do you think if you never played Duke, that you would be a first-round pick?
Eric Maynor: Yeah, because I did more than hit a shot against Duke.
Chris Haynes: Did you ever think about leaving Virginia Commonwealth to go to a bigger program?
Eric Maynor: Not at all, VCU was where I wanted to be all along.
Chris Haynes: Were you highly recruited out of high school and did you think you had this type of potential?
Eric Maynor: I was recruited by a lot of mid-majors, but in my mind I knew I had a lot of potential, all I needed to do was continue to work hard.
Chris Haynes: What type of Coach is Anthony Grant?
Eric Maynor: Coach Grant is a coach that really knows what he is doing, he is a great teacher.
Chris Haynes: Was there any concern for him leaving for a bigger program during your tenure?
Eric Maynor: Nope!
Chris Haynes: Did you give real consideration of entering the draft earlier in previous years?
Eric Maynor: Yeah my junior year, but I decided to come back to VCU for my senior season.
Chris Haynes: What’s your impression of the Utah Jazz?
Eric Maynor: Winning tradition!
Chris Haynes: What type of player do you feel you resemble in the league?
Eric Maynor: A pure point guard!
Chris Haynes: Would you say you are an example that you can make it to the league from anywhere?
Eric Maynor: Of course, college basketball is college basketball. If you can play, the NBA will find you!
Chris Haynes: Do you have any goals set for your rookie season?
Eric Maynor: Just to do anything I can to help my team win!
Chris Haynes: Lastly, what do you have planned for the rest of the summer?
Eric Maynor: I’m going to continue to train some more in Houston with John Lucas.
Chris Haynes: Eric thank you for joining me on “20-Second Timeout” on Sportstalkbuzz.com. I really became of fan of yours during that NCAA tournament (I can’t stand Duke). I know you still have doubters, but I know you will do the same thing that you did at Virginia Commonwealth, prove them wrong!
Eric Maynor: No problem, take care.
This concludes my first “20-Second Timeout” session with Eric Maynor. I will have at least one NBA player a month sometimes more. Eric is a good guy from a small community, he shouldn’t have any problem adjusting to life in Utah.
Remember, when times get hard, call a “20-Second Timeout.”
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Written by CHRIS HAYNES