May 27, 2004
Delvon Arrington, an All-ACC Honorable Mention selection at Florida State in 2002, has continued his basketball career as a European standout. He is currently playing in Latvia after beginning his professional career in Sweden.
Arrington may be best remembered as the Seminoles’ all-time assist leader with 688 during his 118-game career. He broke the all-time record in leading Florida State to its 77-76 victory over No. 1 ranked Duke during his senior season. During the win, which came in front of national television audience, Arrington was credited with 10 assists including one to fellow senior Antwuan Dixon late in the game.
Q: What are you doing now with basketball?
A: I am playing over in Europe in Latvia, Venspils. I am playing against some good competition. I also played for Sweden for two months. After playing in Sweden for two months, I was sent over to Venspils to tryout for two weeks. After two weeks, they wanted me to stay for a month. Then after a month went by they wanted me to stay another month.
Q: Did you play for any other teams in Europe?
A: I played some games in the ULEB CUP which is the league right under the Euro League — the highest league in Europe. It was a great opportunity for me to play with this team. I had to play one of these games in Yugoslavia and I didn’t even know the team at all, but that is how it is in Europe.
Q: How are you playing?
A: It is different playing basketball over here than it is in the states; you have to get accustomed to the way they play over here. I think I am averaging 14 points, three rebounds and seven assists a game. I heard that I am leading the league in assists over here. Throughout the ULEB CUP game that was in Yugoslavia, we kept it close and then at the end I scored 11 straight points and two of those 11 where at the free-throw line where I won the game. It was a great feeling for me to be able to win a game with a team that I had played with for the first time. That is why you always have to be ready over here; you never know what situation you are going to be put in.
Q: Do you think you will be playing for Venspils next year?
A: Only two Americans are able to play on the team at one time, and there is another American. However, the other American is probably not returning, so I am pretty sure they will ask me back. Then I will be the only American on the team.
Q: Are you coming back to the states or home soon?
A: The season is over at the end of May. I should be home in June sometime. I think I am going to come down to Tallahassee this summer to see a lot of people I haven’t seen in a while and to work out.
Q: What is your best memory of your playing career at Florida State?
A: The best moment to me at Florida State was winning on Maryland’s home court and standing on the scorer’s table. That game was my most favorite, because I feel that was one of the hardest places to win a game. It was far more important to me than winning the game against Duke.
Q: Who has been the person in your life who has had the most influence on you as a person?
A: I would have to say my Mom influenced me the most in the real world and my brother influenced me on the court. My brother and I used to get up every morning and workout at the playground. He could of easily left me home, instead of being bothered with me and my crying every time I missed some shots, but he didn’t. He pushed me and made me what I am today.