Achmadschah Zazai(s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) The Japan Basketball Trip Was A Huge Experience For Me
Achmadschah Zazai is a 24 year old German/Afghani 177 cm guard that recently completed the2010-2011 season with BV Chemnitz. He signed to play in the beko BBL for s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg for the 2011-2012 season. He started his basketball career for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 and played there until 2005. In the 2005-2006 season, he played for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) playing 28 games and averaging 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 15 games averaging 19.3ppg, and also had a license for EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) playing 12 games and averaging 1.1ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for the Bremen Roosters (Germany-ProA) playing 14 games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.1apg, and then went to Denmark to play for Horsens IC playing 8 games and averaging 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3(4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Telemotive Muenchen (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games averaging 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-4(5.5apg), Steals-5(2.2spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.4%. In 2009-2010, he played for Freiburg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5(4.9apg), Steals-1(2.4spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 21.8%, FT: 76.0%. Last season he played for Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-2(5.9apg), Steals-4(2.1spg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 64.7%. He spoke to German Hoops from Japan where he recently took part in a tournament with beko BBL players Chris Oliver, Jason Boone, Ben Jacobson and John Little.
Congrats on signing with the s. Oliver Baskets. How happy are you about being back in the beko BBL?
I am very happy!! I really never got the chance to show what I can play in the beko BBL and know I can hardly wait till the season starts!!!
How will this time with Wurzburg be different than Artland?
When I was with the Artland Dragons, I was just practicing and not playing. I didn´t get trust from the coach. I know that I can play in the league and will get the trust from John Patrick.
How did the contact come about with s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg? John Patrick must think highly of you?
In the preseason last year as I was playing with BV Chemnitz, we played against BG Goettingen. Coach John Patrick saw me play and visited me in Berlin recently as I was working out.
You led the PRO A in assists last season. How many assists do you think can you average in the beko BBL?
I don´t know. For me it is important to make the next step in the beko BBL and then everything will come from alone.
What will be the toughest thing for you in the beko BBL concerning your size?
Size will be no disadvantage for me. I have played against bigger point guards my whole life.
How much are you looking forward to playing with Alex King? Will he be able to take next step with Wurzburg?
I know him now since six years and am happy to finally having him as a teammate.
You are currently playing in Japan with s. Oliver baskets Wurzburg. How has this experience been for you?
This was the first time that I had been in a plane for more than three hours. I had to fight hard against jet lag. It has been a great experience seeing how the people live here.
How has Japan recovered in last months since the disaster in the country? What has impressed you the most with the country Japan the most?
We have been involved so much with basketball that I haven´t been able to see too much of the country.
What is your Japan trip summary for the last week?
The Japan basketball trip was a huge experience for me. Something like this isn´t on a normal C.V of a person. It wasn´t easy for us to play against a Japanese national team after only three practices. They had been together for six weeks practicing. We won the game and are thrilled how we played. The play was a high level and a different kind of style of play. I have to get used to this style, but I am getting a better feel of the higher standard of play each day.
How is your relationship with the ex Goettingener players Chris Oliver, Jason Boone, John Little and Ben Jacobson? Who is the most intense player?
It has been great playing with these guys. Every guy is equally as intense on the court.
How would you beat Dashaun Wood in a one on one?
Well it wouldn´t come to that. We will have to show a total team effort against him in order to shut him down.
What would be the perfect Achmadschah Zazai pass to Dirk Nowitzki on the court?
A no look behind the back pass to Dirk and he finishes with a fade away jumper.
What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
I will go home, keep on practicing and get ready for the season.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Too Fast Too Furious 5.
Thanks Achmadschah for the chat.