Here a very interesting interview with the very good basketball pro hooper Donovin Ford-Hayes. He just need to get his feet in the door to get his name out overseas!
Can you introduce yourself?
Donovin Ford-Hayes from Windsor Locks, Connecticut. I am 23 years old. 6’2″ 195lbs Point Guard.
When and where did you started playing basketball?
I started playing basketball in Windsor Locks when I was 4 years old in a recreational league for the youth.
How can you describe your game? What are your strengths on the court?
My game is described as versatile and an uptempo style. I am playmaker. I make plays for myself and most importantly my teammates. I like to push the ball in transition and finding open teammates out on the break. I am a traditional point guard who can rebound and shoot well. I’m always looking up the court for my teammates but know how to control the pace of the offense as well which is a strength of mine.
How was your experience in NCAA (14.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 70.8%)? How did you get that opportunity?
It was great. I was really able to develop as a player playing for Brian Gorman at Becker College. I learned a lot from him. I was being recruited by them while I was playing in high school. He came to my games to speak with me.
How great was your rookie season in ABA and then this current season with Providence Skychiefs in PBL?
My first season in the ABA was good. It started with a team out of New York where I was able to tryout with them when they were in need of some players. They were interested in my ability and I was able to make an immediate impact and I was able to meet some great people. As for my season in PBL, it was a great experience playing for the Sky Chiefs out of Providence. I was able to travel much more and learn more about the game of basketball. The level of competition was much higher than the teams I played in the ABA which was good. My team was a close group that went out to compete every night for each other. It gave me an opportunity to run an offense with a group that understood the objective. I am thankful for both experiences!
“I am looking for an opportunity from anyone to show what I’m capable of”.
What is your basketball path?
I’d say my path is to influence our youth with the determination to strive for my goals and to pursue my dreams of playing basketball. I feel that being a role model has become my passion and showing younger basketball players that if they are persistent and continue work hard that anything is possible.
What is your best basketball memory in your career?
My best basketball memory in my career would be winning our conference championship in 2012 while being in school. The team we had that year was special and probably the best team I’ve ever been a part of.
Did you ever had an opportunity to travel or play basketball overseas?
I haven’t had an opportunity to play overseas yet but I’m working on it. I’ve been out of college for 2 years and continue to work on my game that way I’m ready when my opportunity comes. I am looking for an opportunity from anyone to show what I’m capable of.
What are your expectations for the future?
I’d say that my expectations for the future would be to continue to grind it out. I know that my opportunity will come but nothing is going to be handed to me and when an opportunity presents itself that I have to be ready. I have to continue to build my resume and continue to showcase my ability. I’m ready to work.