Jacob Burtschi: All I Have To Do Is Throw It Near The Backboard And Tez Would Handle The Rest
Jacob Burtschi is a 27 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who will be playing his second professional basketball season in the best basketball league in Europe the ACB in Spain this season for CAI Zaragoza. He completed his rookie season for Phoenix Hagen averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3(1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. He is still with ACB team Zaragoza waiting patiently for the right opportunity or the team finds a new player and he spoke to German Hoops about his desire to come play in Germany.
What kind of a feeling is it practicing with Zaragosa and playing in games even though you might be gone instantly?
In this business you must be ready to go every day. Whether it is with my team here or knowing I could be on a plane tomorrow to my next team.
What have been the most important things that you learned playing in the ACB against many top players?
My game has a lot of room for growth and improvement.
Who has been your most difficult opponent player in the ACB?
Serge Ibaka. That guy is a game changer defensively
Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steven Wriedt told me a few days ago that he has a feeling you will be back in Germany soon. Can he read minds?
He probably acts better in movies than he does reading minds haha
There are rumors that the Brose Baskets Bamberg are interested in your services. How quickly would you be on a plane to get there?
I am sure those are false rumors. I haven’t heard anything about it. But there is no question that someone would have to be insane not to be on the next plane to Bamberg if they offered.
The Fraport Skyliners are looking for a power forward. How much would you like to play in Frankfurt?
Frankfurt is a great city and the team is a top notch organization and I would be honored to play for them.
How exciting would a Burtschi/Davidson combination be like on the court?
I don’t know much about him, but since he signed in Frankfurt he has to be a very good player so I’m sure we could bring some fans to their feet.
What would be your most important strength that you would give the Fraport Skyliners?
Energy and the ability to drive and kick to open shooters.
How quickly would we see a Burtschi to Quantez Robertson ally-op?
All I have to do is throw it near the backboard and Quantez would handle the rest. I’m sure it would happen sooner than later.
What is your opinion about the Los Angeles Lakers bringing in Dwight Howard? Would Howard/Odom work?
They would be even more dangerous. I believe they can coexist.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Beverly Hills Ninja
Thanks Jake fort he chat