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Interview with Marwan Sarhan - Sep 20, 2014


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Euro basket had an interview with PF Marwan Sarhan who plays college basketball at Western Oregon University. He speaks about what he has added to his game during his spell at the US, the Egyptian national team and his future after finishing college (Thid interview has been made just before the start of World Cup):

1. After playing your first 2 seasons at NCAA2 tell us about your impressions, and what have you learned?

I have obtained a diverse combination of lessons from my two years in NCAA division 2 at two different schools. Traveling to a different country alone to be a student athlete was an experience itself. One of the most important lessons was already known but strongly enforced; you are responsible for your own decisions on and off the court. Almost every day throughout the school year is planned and organized for the players, which requires discipline and commitment.

2. Can you describe to us the major differences between training in Egypt and in the US?

There are a lot of differences between training in Egypt and in the U.S. Working hard no matter what the situation was one of the big differences. In practice being tough and aggressive is a major aspect in the US. We workout individually a lot and we do not get days off. The game is way more physical and faster than Egypt.

3. Are you planning to play in NCAA's first division or you are well settled with your college team?

At the beginning, when I decided to transfer I had more than 6 offers from DI colleges. According to the NCAA rules, I was not eligible to play for DI after attending more than 2 years of college at Alexandria University. So, I am returning for my senior year with Western Oregon University.

4. During your short spell with the national team training camp tell us about the atmosphere inside?

It was great to be part of the national team. After playing with and against players close to my age for the past two years, I enjoyed the mix of ages and experience.

5. Which player do you think in the national team has the best talent and would shine in the world cup?

I believe that Ibrahim El Gammal has the best talent in the Egyptian National Team. He has a good IQ and good feeling of the game. However, our national team does not depend on any individual player. The best of any team is represented through team work.

6. How's your hamstring injury which forced you to quit the national team?

My hamstring is getting a lot better since I hurt it. I am just going through rehabilitation to have a strong return with my college team, Western Oregon University.

7. You have started basketball at Smouha club would you like to play again for them when you finish studying or continue overseas in Europe?

I would not mind playing for Smouha Club at all. I consider it my home after growing up and playing there for more than 10 years. However, I would love to go overseas and continue my career in Europe first.

8. How's living in Oregon? Do you find it comfortable there?

Living in Oregon is very nice. I get to venture out and see some new places. I hiked and saw beautiful waterfalls for the first time. Many places in the United States are gorgeous and I have been fortunate to travel to places such as Hawaii and Alaska. I find the small town very comfortable and convenient. My teammates have made the transition easier and I appreciate their support. The only complaint is the weather which gets very cold at times. Last year was the first time I experienced snow so I was a bit prepared. I am looking forward to competing with my teammates for the GNAC conference championship.

9. How do you see basketball's future in Egypt?

I believe that in Africa the future for basketball is strongest in Egypt. Since 2011, ten players from Egypt have played in the NCAA. Our younger generations need to experience competing with upper level European teams consistently. I hope that Spain 2014 starts Egypt in a biannual participation in the FIBA World Cup.

  




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