Terrence Boyd: “You can’t let what others say determine your path, you have to take the risk!”

Interview with Europe Basketball Academy player Terrence Boyd that recently signed with Spanish team from Ontynient in Valencia region.

Where you started to play basketball and if you may explain your basketball background?
I started playing basketball on the East Coast in Baltimore, Maryland where I had the opportunity to play with players Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Carmelo Anthony, Ty Lawson, Nolan Smith and Michael Beasley!

What problems to get in the European market you faced before you came to play in Europe first time?
With false accusations in the past on Google, I found it hard for clubs to trust that they chose the right person! It’s like whoever I talked to they always had that feeling if they made the right choice or not. Which they soon would take another player with a clean slate!

Why did you decide to join Europe Basketball Academy? How did you hear about it? Who recommended it to you?
I decided to join the Europe Basketball Academy because I was out of a job after playing preseason with Nüremberg Falcons Pro A in Germany! Dominique Franks introduced it to me and even with other people saying I shouldn’t go I went anyway. You can’t let what others say determine your path, you have to take the risk!

Did you attend some camps in the USA and if you did can you explain the difference between those camps and Europe Basketball Academy?
I went to Court Side camp in Vegas! It was totally different because coaches come there basically to not pick up players! They come because they were paid to attend and coach plus it’s in Vegas they’re looking to vacation rather than pick up players! Not to say players haven’t gotten deals! However, I was one of the better players there and didn’t get picked up so I thought it was a waste of money and time! The difference is Europe Basketball Academy actually focuses on your weakness and strengthens them so when the opportunity comes your ready!

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?
I went through some adversity’s while at the academy and they took care of me with advice and just being supportive! I still talk to the Coach Ivan  Sinjkevic and Director Srdjan Premovic basically every day they are family to me and would do anything for them! Your typical day is your up at 6:30am and at the gym by 7:15 every day! You get your work in and go back in rest because the life of a professional is about repetition. I learned to never judge anyone by what someone else says about them and to give everybody a chance.

Your advice to players that are considering joining Europe Basketball Academy? What are values that we share? What kind of player should enter academy?
I don’t know about everyone but basketball is really my life! I would die for this! Come back die for this again and not have no regrets! You will learn how much blood, sweat, and tears you have to put into this craft and to still be unsure if it will work out! I go by my own set of guidelines. I call it the 3P’s (Patient , Persistent and Professional) if you have those as your foundation you will be fine but this is not for the soft or faint-hearted! Ivan will break you the first week you arrive and there is no special treatment! However, I love Ivan and Srdjan and the rest of the staff behind the scenes!

Where you ended up after you attended Europe Basketball Academy?
I ended up signing with Martinez Valls in Ontinyent Spain they took a shot on because of Srdjan working non stop on my behalf! If you put the work in and stay the course they will really do all they can for you!

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