JZ: What’s one thing most people don’t know about professional basketball outside of the NBA?
JD: More money equals more problems. Life still goes on. Temptation still haunts you. Also, it was one of the best times and learning experiences of my life.
JZ: You’ve been playing professionally for quite some time now. What are your career highs thus far?
JD: My career high has been 32 points overseas on several occasions. My NBA career high was 10 points and 11 rebounds.
JZ: Do you have a favorite professional basketball team?
JD: I have no favorite team, but I usually go for the team that one of my friends is playing on. J.J. Hickson is my “little brother”, so go Denver!
JZ: What types of things do you enjoy doing in your free time outside of basketball?
JD: I like to just be alone mostly and think; or spoil the lucky lady in my life. I also rap and make a small amount of reggae music. I have two mixtapes online. My artist name is Jayo, which my brother would yell every time he walked in the gym so that I knew he was present. I have videos on YouTube. My life is basketball, so I have no real time to promote it like I would like, so for now it’s just fun. If something comes from it then I’m ready.
JZ: You’ve made it from high school to college to professional basketball. What’s the best advice you can give a young athlete pursuing his or her dreams?
JD: The best advice I could give a young athlete is to never give up and lose focus. Anything is possible with faith in your high power. Give your craft 110 percent; don’t get caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. Surround yourself with winners and you can’t help but to win.