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John Flowers Working Toward Next Opportunity


John Flowers is back in Morgantown working on his game between stops in his basketball career. Where the game takes him next is anybody's guess.

The former WVU forward began his professional career in Japan before making his way to France this past season. The Waldorf, Md. native is a man of the world now.

He says in addition to the different foods he ate living in two foreign countries, something he experienced in both of his trips overseas was the language barrier. When Flowers was in Japan, we featured him on a segment called "Learning Japanese with J-Flow," where he would recite a word or phrase he had learned while spending time around the city and around his teammates.

For this interview, he opened with a "bonjour" and a "merci."

"I like the language," says Flowers. "It's suave. It's smooth. I like to talk to people in French. I picked up a lot, but not as much as I wanted to. If I go back, I'll pick up a lot more."

If he goes back. That's really the question right now for Flowers: What exactly comes next? From college to Japan to France, his months between gigs have been full of uncertainty.

That part has not changed.

"I really don't know right now," he says. "I'm just waiting, just like last summer and the summer before that. I'm just waiting to hear from my agent and see what he says. Hopefully, I can get in a summer league team just to get at least an opportunity to play in the NBA. We'll see what happens. It's exciting."

As he waits for that opportunity, Flowers does so with the knowledge that he now has far more film to show any interested teams that he can, in fact, be a scoring threat.

It's something he used to claim during his days at WVU, but Coach Bob Huggins wanted him for other reasons, like his defense and rebounding. He didn't get the chance to show the scoring much, putting up a career-high 24 points against Providence in his senior season.

In his year with Denain Voltaire, Flowers averaged 20.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in over 35 minutes per contest.

"It's a big transition from college to pro, you know. I had to score a lot more," says Flowers. "My role is a lot different now. [At WVU], I played a lot of defense and rebounding and did little things to help my team win. Now, the game is on my shoulders, it seems like."

Along those lines, Flowers has made himself a bit of a star locally. Even with the language difference, fans flock to "Flow." The same energetic and outgoing character that Mountaineer fans fell in love with during his four years in Morgantown showed himself in France and he was noticed for it.

"The fans there were great. They were amazing," he says. "Our team went through a lot of stuff and they stuck with us throughout the whole season. It was great."

His team finished the season 13-21. Flowers laughs when asked about the success he and his teammates had on the court, but he still finds pride in what they were able to do with the circumstances they were dealt.

According to Flowers, the team president and the coach were both replaced in the middle of a season that began with very low expectations.

"They were talking about ending the whole team and it was just up and down, but you could see that if we would have had the same coach that we had at the end of the season, things would have gone a lot better. We probably would have been in the playoffs," said Flowers.

With two seasons of overseas basketball under his belt, Flowers is hopeful that someone in the NBA has taken notice and will give him an opportunity to get on a summer league roster and show what he is capable of.

He recognizes that there are a number of NBA staffs that have WVU connections on them and with his agent's help, he would like to think he could at least have a shot at showing how much he has grown since his own days with the Mountaineers came to an end.

In the meantime, he has lived in Japan and in France and has visited the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Belgium and many other places that he never thought growing up he would set foot in.

"It's pretty cool," Flowers says now. "In elementary school, our teacher would ask us what we want to be when we grow up and of course I said the NBA because I had no idea about overseas basketball at all. It wasn't my dream to play overseas basketball, but it is a blessing at the same time to be able to travel and play and do what I love to do for a living."

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