Calvin Fowler interview

Guard/forward Calvin Fowler joined Leopards in the summer of 2006, facing a tough job as the Big Cats had high expectations after winning the National Cup the previous season. He helped the club to their first top four finish and proved to be one of the new club’s more reliable Americans.

1. How did you end up playing for the Leopards?

I was placed through to the Leopards by my college coach, Chris Pullem. He used to coach the Leopards before he came to my university, Bellarmine. Coach Pullem had me send my game film to Jon Burnell, and within a week I had a contract sent to me for a 2 year deal with the Leopards.

2. How did you enjoy your time in England at the Leopards?

I really enjoyed my time in England with the Leopards, I met so many great people, made new friends and got the opportunity to play basketball in a different country, it was an awesome experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life!

3. Any memorable Leopards games?

Every game was a memorable game for me while playing for the Leopards, I played every game like it was my last. It was a job that many of my peers back home in the States wish they had. I never took anything for granted.

4. Do you keep in touch with any Leopards team mates?

I keep in contact with a few of the players. I email Dave Ryan from time to time and give him some insight on some players that I think the Leopards may be interested in. I speak to Duncan Ogilvie, who is currently playing in Spain, quite often.

5. Where did you go next after your time at the Leopards?

After playing for the Leopards, I returned home to finish up my last semester of college. Being in England that season helped me grow not only as a player, but as a man. I realised that basketball was very important to me, but my education was more important. So I went back to take care of some unfinished business.

6. What are you up to now?

I am currently playing basketball in Amman, Jordan right now, I will be sure to keep you all posted on any other moves I make!


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