Paul Ard:”Nothing like a hot tub jacuzzi at the end of daily routine at Europe Basketball Academy!”Published by: Europe Basketball Academy
Paul Ard just started his professional career this season, and it is the right timing to do an interview where Paul will share his first impressions about Europe Basketball Academy and pro-life in Spain in general.
Where you started to play basketball and if you may explain your basketball background? Who are people worth mentioning that helped you on your basketball road so far?
Basketball has always been apart of my life since the day I was born. I grew up in Houston, Texas watching my dad and uncles play and have been in love with the game ever since.
What problems to getting into the professional European market you faced?
Coming from a small D1 NAIA school it was a major challenge getting the necessary exposure to pursue playing at the next level.
Why did you decide to join Europe Basketball Academy? How did you hear about it? Who recommended it to you?
I was invited by Bojan Trbojevic to attend the academy. After doing research on the academy I decided it would be a good opportunity to gain the exposure I needed.
Did you attend some camps and if you did can you explain the difference between those camps and Europe Basketball Academy?
I attended a few camps in America before heading to Barcelona but those camps didn’t give me the proper exposure I needed.
What is the difference between playing in Europe and where you played before coming to Europe?
The game in Europe has a faster pace and is more team-oriented, whereas in America there are more 1 on 1 isolation situations..
How did the days look for you at Europe Basketball Academy? Describe the regular day you were going through? Describe what new you learned about European basketball in Europe Basketball Academy?
My day at the academy began at 6:30 am for breakfast. Immediately after breakfast workouts began starting with the practice that leads to conditioning and weight training. After the first set of workouts are over we head for lunch. After lunch, we are given an hour to rest before the start of our second practice of the day. After this practice, I would typically head to the jacuzzi hot tub for recovery to end my day. That was my full day Monday-Friday. One thing I did learn from the camp was to always stay in the best shape you can be in.
Your advice to players that are considering joining Europe Basketball Academy? What are the values that we share? What kind of player should enter the academy?
One advice I would give another player going to the academy is run, get in the best shape you can get in because the game is at a fast pace.
Share some interesting situations that you experienced in the academy that you will remember and that made a strong impression on you.
Just being there with a talented group of guys that were all chasing the same goal, it was a great experience that I’ll never forget.
Where you ended up after you attended Europe Basketball Academy? How many players signed while you were in the academy?
I ended up playing for Ploms-Salle Reus. The month I attended the academy I saw 8 different players get signed.
Here you may write some finishing comments on what you find important to share.
I would like to thank everyone that is apart of Europe Basketball Academy for helping me start my journey. I look forward to continuing the relationship I’ve built with the staff members and coaches.