Interview: Jarvis Varnado Hopes To Swat His Way Back To The NBA

Updated: November 27, 2013

In his debut for the Iowa Energy, Jarvis Varnado blocked 5 shots while adding 20 points and 13 rebounds. Varnado is no stranger to the NBA D-League, in fact, he averaged 3.4 blocks a contest for Sioux Falls last season. After impressing Miami with his play, Varnado ended up with the HEAT to close out the 2013 season, and earned a NBA championship ring as a result.

Now, the former Mississippi State standout has his sights set on returning back to the Association, and seems confident that his services will be requested by an NBA team soon.

Varnado spoke with, and explained his current mindset as a member of the Iowa Energy.

“My goal is to be consistent every night, and to average a double-double, maybe even squeeze in a triple-double too.” Varnado said.

Varnado continued, “I mean that’s what I do, that’s what I got drafted for. A lot of NBA teams want a big guy who can block shots, and also run the floor. I can do both of those things, and I plan on showing everyone that.”

The 6’9”, 230 pound versatile post player played in 5 games with the Boston Celtics, and 8 games with Miami last season. Varnado was along for the championship ride in Miami, and described that valuable experience.

“I really took in the whole playoff experience when I was with Miami. It impressed me to see all of the guys take their games to another level, and the overall grind of the entire postseason. When those tough moments come, I can remain calm and let my teammates know that I’ve seen what it takes to win the big games.” Varnado added.

Despite being in the NBADL instead of the NBA at the moment, Varnado has a positive mindset, and touched on his decision to play in the NBADL.

“I’m very happy with my decision to play in the D-League, I feel like I’m an NBA player, and that I can play in the league. I know that all it takes is for the right situation to present itself, and I’ll wait for that to happen.”

Varnado feels like the NBA D-League is full of talented players, and that it will help push him to take his game to the next level. “There’s a lot of talent in the D-League, and it’s a great place to get ready for the NBA. There’s a lot of hungry guys in the league and you have to bring it every night in order to succeed.”

Currently, Varnado is ranked second overall in the NBA D-League’s official Prospect Watch, and will likely remain a top prospect as long as he keeps blocking shots in bunches while scoring and rebounding the ball too. Another Call-Up seems inevitable for Varnado moving forward, perhaps the right situation will indeed present itself soon for the young swat specialist.



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