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Matt Hunter(Rostock) I Heard Yannik Anzuluni Was A Very Good Player But I Feel That I Am A Very Good Player So I’m Just Ready To Prove Myself

July 30, 2015

Matt Hunter is a 24 year old 196cm forward from Detroit, Michigan that will be playing his second professional season and first in Germany with Rostock. Last season he played briefly in Canada with the Moncton Miracles as a rookie. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Odessa JC (NJCAA) where he played until 2012. He then moved to Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) where he played two more years. As a senior he played 10 games: 9.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 57.1%. As a junior he played 30 games: 15.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.6apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 73.7%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Welcome to Germany. You have signed to play in the German Pro B for the Rostock Seawolves. How blessed are you to finally be under contract again?

I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity to play again. It’s all I have been thinking about since I got the news. Just never stopped working and getting ready for this and I have an amazing agent that never stopped working for me. I’m not sure but I know whoever did sign me that would be taking a risk considering I haven’t played.

You played your last game in November 2014 for Moncton. But you still found a new team early. What experiences did you make this off season in terms of finding a new team? Was it more difficult due to your inactivity as a rookie? Do you sense that your college video´s and huge games against Indiana and Syracuse give you an added bonus when teams are checking on your basketball history?

Yes a little because those guys went on to be pros and play overseas. But it wasn’t anything that I wasn’t doing for most of the year and I think they also noticed that to.

What were the main reasons for coming to Rostock? Did you have a conversation with head coach Sebastian Wild. If so what was your first impression?

To get back to playing the game I love to play. Yes, we spoke and coach to me seems like a real down to earth straight forward person.

What do you know about the country Germany and its basketball? Do you have any friends balling in Germany?

Not much just that they have a few different levels. I’m not sure how many but I do have a few over there playing and some going over to play.

How tough have the last 19 months been for you? First your college career ended in December of 2013 and as a rookie you played only one game. Who was the most important person that got you through this period?

It was really tough. I even started to doubt myself a little but it just wasn’t one person it was a few people. Like talking to my mom and seeing my little brother and sister play really kept me going a lot.

Last season you played one game for the Moncton Miracles (Canada-NBL Canada) against St John scoring 11 points in 20 minutes. When one is so inactive for so long, did this game stick in your mind for a long time in the last seven months?

Bad part about it is that I didn’t even know the stats and I don’t think I thought about it after the week was over

After your shortened college career and short stay in Canada, what were the most important things that you learned that will help you in the future in your endeavors?

Just keep working and never give up. Their are always going to be obstacles in your way, just depends on how you handle them.

You will be replacing top Pro B player of last season Yannick Anzuluni. Do you feel pressure that you will have to step up for Rostock or are you seeing this chance of just going out and taking care of business which you did at the NCAA ranks?

I see it as a chance to go out and take care of business. But to say I don’t feel a little pressure I would be lying. I heard he was a very good player but I feel that I am a very good player so I’m just ready to prove myself.

What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?

I have never really thought about it. I just try to play my hardest until it’s my time to come out.

Was your 40 point explosion against Indiana proof for you that you could play against anyone and against future NBA players? What do you remember most from this game?

I just wanted to show that it doesn’t matter who is on the floor as long as you play hard you can walk off the floor proud of yourself. I remember my team just cheering me on saying keep shooting.

What game is more memorable the 40 point explosion against Indiana or your 16 point, 13 rebound six steal effort against Syracuse?

That’s a tough one. I don’t think I could ever decide they both have moments I will never forget.

How did Howie Dickenman prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Central Connecticut State?

He just stayed on my head about everything. Told me what it was going to take and never stop working for what you really want.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Terrell Allen?

Lol I was not losing. I am too competitive. But he would get me once or twice a week.

How does a normal work out day look like for you on and off the court in the summer of 2015?

Wake up at 9 to go lift and run then get shots up. Go grab something to eat the back to the gym for shots dribbling and everything else.

What do the Detroit Pistons have to do become a winning team again?

Lol, it seems like they are trying to find the right pieces to become a winning team.

Where do you see Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever dethrone Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever?

Really?? He is a great player but I’m a Kobe fan. He took it from Jordan some time ago. Lebron has to take it from Kobe.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Hero 6 with some of my sibling.

Thanks Matt for the chat,

Kenneth Simms(Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) I Believe That My Effort Each Year Is The Main Reason For My Consistent Play

July 29, 2015

Kenneth Simms is a 28 year old 205cm center from Queens, New York that will be starting his seventh professional season and play for his 11th team with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Last season he registered 17 double doubles and scored in double figures 38 times for KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 49 games: 16.1ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 72.2%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 15.2ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 68.8%. Simms started his basketball career at UMKC (NCAA) in 2007 and played22 games: 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 46.1%, FT: 51.8%. He played his last season of college ball at Cumberland (NAIA). He started his professional basketball career in 2009 for Marijampole Suduva-Arvi (Lithuania-LKL): Lithuanian League: 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg; Baltic League: 1 game: 11pts, 9reb, 4steals, 2blocks, then moved to Maryland Marvels (ABA), in Nov.’09 agreed terms with Marijampole Suduva-Arvi (Lithuania-LKL), In the 2010-2011 season he played for SCM CSU Craiova (Romania-Div.A, starting five): 32 games: 16.4ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 53.1%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Ningxia Hanas (China-NBL) playing 9 games: 21.9ppg, 11.4rpg, 1.2spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 59.6% and for the Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan): 50 games: 14.9ppg, 8.8rpg, Blocks-4 (1.4bpg), FGP: 61.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 73.4%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan) playing EuroChallenge: 6 games: 11.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 53.8%; Swedish Basketligan: 44 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (9.3rpg), 1.3apg, Blocks-1 (1.8bpg), FGP: 59.3%, FT: 69.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for Atletico Welcome (Uruguay-Metropolitan) and Liege Basket (Belgium-Ethias League) playing 39 games: 12.9ppg, Reb-4 (7.3rpg), 1.3apg, Blocks-2 (1.0bpg), FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 67.5%.He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Ken thanks for talking to German Hoops Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?

I’m currently living in the Bronx in New York , my summer has been amazing. I recently played in the Dominican Republic , it was a great experience . Beautiful place and people there

You recently played in the Dominican Republic for Soles de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic-LNB) and your teammate was Ronnie Taylor. What do you remember most from his game? He played for 4 German team from 2005-2007 like Giessen as he started his professional career. Did he tell you anything about Germany in your short time or was Germany not an issue yet for you?

Ronnie is a great point guard , he sets his players up well . At the time I didn’t know I was going to Germany yet

Congrats on signing with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in Germany which will be your 11th country. Do you feel like a basketball globetrotter?

Haha yes I feel exactly like that , I have been so many places experienced so many cultures . Real blessed to have this experience .

In the famous and hilarious American movie Fast Times at Ridgemont high surfer dude Jeff Spuccoli aka Sean Penn utters the famous line “All I need are some tasty waves and a cool buzz and I ´m fine”. Could you say “all I need is a basketball and I am fine anywhere?

Yeah pretty much I believe I can adapt to most places as long as I’m playing ball !!

You seem not to be able to get enough of basketball. In the summers when other guys are resting, you still play as you have shown in China, Uruguay and the Dominican Republic the last years. Is there ever a day where you don’t have a basketball in your hands?

I love the game of basketball and I know it will one day leave me . I just try and take any opportunity that I can to play and better my game

You played Eurochallenge last season in Finland with KTP Basket Kotka, but opted to move to the German team team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven that don´t play international. How big of a lure was it to be able to play in the ever growing Beko BBL in Germany that wants to be the best league in Europe by 2020?

I loved playing for KTP , but we know how good the BBL is , it’s a chance to show my skills against top talent !! Even though there is no international play

What do you know about the country of Germany and its basketball in general. How important was your ex teammate Mike Smith on selling you not only on Germany but his ex team Bremerhaven?

Mike had very good things to say about the club , city and people .He told me I will be well taken care of , I just need to produce.

What really stands out in your professional basketball vita is your scoring and rebounding consistency. Is this something that has been built up more through continued hard work or just pure talent?

I put in a lot of work on my game , raw talent will only get you so far . I believe that my effort each year is the main reason for my consistent play

You scored an incredible ridiculous 38 times in double figures out of 49 games and registered 17 double doubles. The Beko BBL is a step above the Finish league in skill. How ready are you for this challenge?

I have played against high level Europeans teams , the only big difference is the amount of good players there are, every night I faced an import in Finland and was able to produce . I believe I can have similar success in Germany .

Last season you owned team Katja winning the season series 3-1, but Ken Horton won the Finish title. In all four games he was unstoppable as were you. Even though you don´t battle at the same position how much are you looking forward to playing against him and medi Bayreuth?

Ken is a very good player , it will be nice to see a familiar face in Germany , I expect to beat him though lol. Will see if he guards me I’m a bit more inside than he is

Consistency really stands out in your game, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the floor?

My defense sometimes gets over looked , for a big I can move pretty well .

You played in Belgium for Liege in the 2013-2014 season with ex Bremerhaven American Mike Smith. After a stellar career at E.Tenn.St. He played his rookie season with Bremerhaven and then had an unforgettable year in the D-League that didn´t happen. He totally revamped his career in Belgium the last two years. You witnessed his progression. Were you a guy as a veteran that supported him as he was coming off a low as was making a high with Liege?

Mike is a extremely hard worker , he was motivated in Belgium after being out a year , it showed he was a great scorer in Liege . I didn’t have to say much to get him going .

How proud are you of your ex teammate John Roberson who like you after many years in lower leagues has made the next step to the strongest league that he has ever played in in France where he will play for Chalon?

I recently talked to John , I couldn’t be more happier for him , he has come a long way and he deserves everything he is getting , he is a true champion and winner

As a rookie you played briefly for Marijampole Suduva-Arvi (Lithuania-LKL) before heading back to the states to play for the Maryland Marvels (ABA), but in your second season you blossomed with SCM CSU Craiova (Romania-Div.A) playing 32 games: 16.4ppg, Reb-1(11.0rpg), 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 53.1%. What was your wake up call to being a professional player in europe where you knew that you were far away from Queens, New York?

I didn’t really get a chance to play in suduva , so I went home and kept searching for an opportunity to play again, and luckily I went to a place where I could show my talents . That first year kind of prepared me for the challenges I would face the following year

When you look back how important was it making the move from UMKC (NCAA) to Cumberland(NAIA) which was a few steps back in leagues?

College was a bit of a mess honestly , twice the coach that recruited me was fired before I got to play. It left me in a bad position when I was done .

How did Cumberland head coach Lonnie Thompson prepare you best for a professional basketball career in your last year of college?

Lonnie showed me how to have thick skin , he is an angry and fiery coach, he wanted his players to always be aggressive , and it helped me out

Who won a one on one back in the day at Cumberland you or Rodney James?

 

I would always win lol Rodney is my boy though

How does a typical summer work out day look like for you on and off the court?

I work out in Manhattan with my father lifting at twelve , then to the Bronx to work on basketball with my uncle and cousin

Can the New York Knicks become a playoff team this season?

I pray my Knicks get back to the winning ways of the 90s but the team is young and new , so we will see

What was the last movie that you saw?

Ted 2 it was hilarious.

Thanks Ken for the chat.

Brandon Jefferson(Phoenix Hagen) I Take Consistency Very Seriously And Want To Bring My A Game Every Time I Step On The Court

July 28, 2015

Brandon Jefferson is a 23 year old 175cm point guard from Flower Mound, Texas that will be play his second professional season and first in Germany with Phoenix Hagen. Last season as a rookie he played for KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 48 games: Score-4(18.5ppg), 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-2(2.2spg), FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 88.0%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 88.5%. He started his basketball career in 2010 for Metro State(NCAA2) where he played a total of 129 NCAA games. In college he was able to improve his scoring and rebounding average each season. As a senior he played 34 games averaging 21.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 92.3%. He spoke to German Hoops about his basketball life.

Brandon thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

I’m currently in Texas right now. Made it home from Florida yesterday morning. Summer has been great. Did some traveling and went to a couple amusement parks all over the United States

Congrats on signing with Phoenix Hagen. Did head coach Anton Mirolybov who was your coach in Finland last season give you some tips about the possibility of coming to Germany?

Thank you, it means a lot to me that I signed with a great league like the BBL in my second season as a pro. Have to give credit to Two Points, which is my agency. Also have to thank a lot of people who put in good words for me. Yes coach Anton helped me. He told me some things about Germany since he recently coached there. Learned a lot from coach Anton and is a great coach!

How vital was Phoenix Hagen head coach Ingo Freyer in you helping you make the decision of moving to Germany this season? Did you have talks with him and what was your first impression of the German coach?

Never spoke with coach Freyer before heading to Hagen. Actually spoke with the assistant coach. He helped me a lot and let me know how the city was and how Hagen likes to play. My agency helped me make the decision though. They let me know how Hagen plays and that it would fit my playing style.

Last season you played as a rookie in Finland with KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga) reaching the semi finals. Now you enter the higher level Beko BBL. Some other players have come to Germany this season that played in Finland like your teammate Kenneth Simms and Ken Horton. What makes you think that you can make the next step in the BBL in Germany this season?

I’m a confident and humble young man. The work I put in has given me the confidence. I know there will be ups and downs but my past has built me up to handle all situations. God is on my side and with Him, anything is possible. I’m very excited for this opportunity and very thankful to Phoenix Hagen for the chance to play with them.

You don´t have the highest assists average in college or Finland. Would that allow one to assume that you are primarily a scoring point guard?

My assist totals have been low, but that’s what I was asked to do for those teams. Was asked to score the ball. I can definitely get my teammates involved. I do whatever the team and coaching staff ask me to do.

Ingo Freyer takes a lot of pride in choosing his point guards the last years as his system revolves greatly around that position and he likes the high scoring point guard. How excited are to be playing for this high paced system of Phoenix Hagen and what other strength in your game will you be able to bring to the table besides your knack to score?

I’m excited and honored that Coach Freyer saw the potential in me as the point guard. I will bring leadership and work ethic to the team. Not just scoring. Want to bring pressure on defense as well.

You are a 175cm point guard and patent your game after Nate Robinson. What is something that you wish you could develop even more from his game?

Nate Robinson is a great player. Look up to him and Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics. Both are small guards, but heart over height as they say. Want to improve my athleticism and develop more of a floater. Also, continue to learn the game each and every day.

Besides your scoring, you are a very skilled defender, but what is a hidden strength in your game that you feel often doesn´t get recognized right away on the court in your game?

I Think a hidden strength in my game is my IQ. Love the game and want to always learn more. Play smart out there on the court.

Last season in Finland you had some talented Americans around you with Kenneth Simms and Lance Ulmer, but KTP Basket Kotka lost in the semi´s. What was missing for the team reaching the final?

Yes we had a talented team, but came up short at the end. Sometimes the ball doesn’t go your way. A lot of things need to line up in order to win a championship. We have no excuses. We had the team to get the job done, but it didn’t happen. We led the Korisliiga all season, so we had the team. Lack of execution ultimately got us at the end and ran into a team that outplayed us.

Your consistency speaks for itself as last season you scored in double figures 46 times in 48 games and you had 20 points or more 23 times. Is consistency something you always have had on the court or something that you have developed over time on the court?

My whole life, my coaches and parents have spoke to me about consistency. Always take that very seriously and want to bring my A game every time I step on the court. Can still develop it more though. Still have a long way to go though.

Last season what was your rookie wake up call to being a professional basketball player where you knew that you were very far away from Metro State and Flower Mound, Texas?

Didn’t have a coach or assistant coach always watching what I was doing like in college. As a pro, I was by myself really. Had to learn and pick up things quickly, but my parents and college coaches helped me a lot to get ready to be a pro. Learned how to use my time wisely. Also learned that I really need to take care of my body with the long season.

You had a work out with the Denver Nuggets in the summer of 2014. What kind of experience was that for you. There are so many talented players in the world, but really how big do you see the difference between being an NBA player and not?

Being with the Nuggets over the 2014 summer was a great experience. Got to measure myself up against those guys. I was nervous at first but I seen that I can play with those guys. Can’t really put my finger on the gap between NBA players or not, but I know that if its meant to be, it will happen and if you can play, NBA teams will find you.

You played at Metro State(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and reached the NCAA2 final 4 in 2014. What is still the most vivid thing in your mind about your last game at Metro State?

My senior year still is in my mind because we lost in the final four in the last seconds. We were number 1 in the country the whole year. We had the team to get it done but fell short. Still bothers me and motivates me to this day.

Despite playing NCAA 2 basketball, you had an NBA work out, have played in Finland and have made the next jump up a level to the Beko BBL. However do you feel that you still have to prove yourself time in and time out because you played NCAA2? Does that make you want to work harder each practice?

Yes with playing division 2 and being the height that I am, I’m always fighting an uphill battle and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It motivates me and makes me want to go out there and prove to people that I can play. Some Division 2 players are as good as the D1 players.

You and head coach Derrick Clark came to Metro State in 2010 and saw the highs and lows. How did Clark prepare and groom you for a professional basketball career best?

Coach Clark has been a father figure to me. He has helped me so much in becoming a young man. He spoke the truth to me about life and I love him for it. He was tough on me and really pushed me to be the player I am today. Also thank you to the assistant coaches at Metro who are coach Bahl, Wall, and Taylor Harris.

You broke so many records at metro state and had so many great games, but when looking back at your illustrious four year career, what was your greatest achievement on the court there?

The greatest achievement I had at Metro State was being able to represent the school in a positive way. Just wanted to leave a legacy at Metro!

Who won a one on one in practice you or Jamal Mcclerkin?

Jamal and I used to go at it in practice, but I would get the better of him.

As a senior you had four Australian players on the roster. At the end of the season what did you learn about the mentality of Australian people?

Loved playing with the Aussies. They are very skilled and bring different things to the table. Learned that they are very tough and like to compete!

What stories do you remember being told about John Bynum who won the NCAA2 title in 2000 at Metro State?

I know that John Bynum was a great player and even better person. Heard a lot about him as well as that 2002 team! Coach Dunlap is a legend!

Where do you see the Dallas Mavericks heading this season? They have top point guard Deron Williams. Can they be reborn in the west?

I cans see the Mavericks making a strong push buy the Western conference is loaded! See the Spurs, Warriors and Thunder competing to come out of he west.

What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan?

Lebron is the best player in the world. He will bring his team back to the Finals. Don’t know if they will win it though. Depends on the health of their team at the end of the season. Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time and I don’t think anyone will be worthy of mention. Lebron and Kobe are right under him though.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Actually saw a movie last night called Paper Towns. It was a good movie. Jurassic Park was the movie before that though. Definitely recommend people seeing that!

Thanks Brandon for the chat.

Andre Lockhart(I Am A Coach On The Floor And I Rather Help Set Up Teammates To Score But I Am Able To Score

July 27, 2015

Andre Lockhart is a 29 year old 183 cm point guard that has the Barbados/British citizenship and is a professional basketball player. He played most of his basketball career in Barbados, UK and Germany. He played the last two seasons in Germany. He split the 2013-2014 season with BG Biggessee (Germany-2.Regionalliga) in Nov.’13 signed at Giants Duesseldorf (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 10 games: 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 34.1%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 55.6%, in Feb.’14 signed at Essex Leopard. Last season he played for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 16.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 80.7%. He played his college career at Rust(NCAA3) and Queens NC(NCAA2). Other stops as a professional have been Sagicor Tridents (Premier League), Newcastle Eagles (United Kingdom-BBL) and Lumber Company Lakers (Premier League). He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Andre thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

No, thank you the pleasure is all mine so thanks for having me. I am currently in Barbados , visiting family and friends and working some camps giving back to the kids on the island as I used to be one of these kids with the same dream an aspirations of playing college and pro . So coming back here and giving back shows them it can be done . I am working out every day and playing in the league in Barbados, which my team is in the playoffs starting August 4th

August is around the corner and you are still searching for a team. Are you slowly getting a bit nervous or moreover just itching to play basketball again?

I’m not nervous at the current moment because I understand the process but I am itching to be signed with a team so I will know my teammates , coaches and my role with the team as I have a lot to bring to a club .

You have played your whole career Barbados, the UK and in Germany. What makes the German style of play so appealing to you and your game?

Germany has been great! The style of play isn’t much different from other parts of the world. Teams are coached really well and players have a high IQ and strong fundamentals for the game . The German game is also fast paced and players have numerous skills, so I fit right in.

Last season you played for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-Regionalliga) and the club finished in fifth place in the division with a record of 18-8. What could the team have done additionally on the court to have had an even better season?

The first half of the season we were actually in first place before the Christmas break so we were on track and doing really well. One of our import players had an issue coming back from the states and that hit our club really hard but the guys we had worked really hard and we still pushed to finish as high as we could an I am really proud of the team and leading those guys. They’re a great group of guys.

Last season for BG Topstar Leitershofen you played 26 games averaging 16.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.5apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 80.7%. Those are very solid stats, but often you see imports putting up crazy stats of 25ppg in the season. How pleased were you with your performance on the court?

I was ok with my season and my stats because I am a point guard and a leader. I don’t play for my stats and I do what my team needs me to do. I am a playmaker that can score. Most players just focus on stats, I cared about my teammates and making sure I got the most out of them . I take my game after Chris Paul . He can score the ball but knows for a team to be successful at times you need to make a sacrifice and if it was me taking less shots to create for my teammates to get the most out of them I will be that as a team player. But if my team needs me to be a scorer I can do that just as well.

You were very consistent scoring in double figures in 24 of 26 season games. Is it important for you to get going quickly to be consistent or do you just go by what the defense gives you and find your groove like that?

I prepare from the beginning of the week before the game for the opponent I have to play. This allows me to go in with a game plan to see if I should start aggressive or passive first but that can all change during the game depending on how defensives plays me . As some teams play to keep the ball out of my hands and trapping me making stuff difficult, so to the prior question this is where teams have to pick their poison as I can affect the game by passing, scoring and defensively

What was your season highlight? Possbily your 28 points against Treuchtlingen?

Yeah the entire season was great but that game was huge for us as a club. We were down the entire game by 20 plus point and I was in foul trouble the first 3 quarters and for me to score 21 points in the 4th and help my team with 6 assists, 5 steals and 3 rebounds was the most important because scoring 28 and losing means nothing, but to make all the right plays coming down the stretch where my team needed me and also scoring the go ahead bucket to seal the deal made me very proud to help my team

What makes you feel like you could make the next step in the German Pro B?

I always felt like I could play in pro b. There are some good players in that league but I know within myself I could help a team just as much and have a great impact in that league. I am a competitor so I never settle I am always working, if a coach/club saw my play or asked any of the coaches I played for they will get an honest opinion of my game and they will know I can help a team be successful by winning games .

What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away on the court?

The hidden strength in my game would be my basketball IQ. I am a student of the game always preparing and trying to become more knowledgeable of what I am doing with my game and how to deal when in certain situations , read offenses, defenses and ways how I can be a better player to help myself and team .

Were you like a mentor for young German Julian Breuer? How did his game develop further?

Yeah I was also brought in for that reason, Julian can be very good player once he slows down the game mentally in his head. All young players suffer from playing too fast and making mistakes so once he over comes that hurdle he will be fine . Towards the end of the season him playing both leagues helped him an I saw the flashes of his game developing which was a great sign. I was brought up on tough love as when I was the young guy I had to work really hard on my game which I still do so I hope the knowledge I passed onto him and my work ethic he will share with others when he gets to my point in his career as it is a cycle .

Please explain your game a bit in a few sentences as to why you could help any team this season?

I love to push the ball and have an uptempo game, but can run a half court set. I am a coach on the floor and I rather help set up teammates to score, but I am able to score off the dribble and much improved 3 pt shooting, knowing when my number is called to attack by reading the defense and the game flow. I know I can help a team to go in the direction they want to go as my character and my basketball abilities will be a great fit for any organization.

How does a typical summer work out day look like for you on and off the court?

My typical summer workout can be a very challenging one, as this summer I am focusing on being more lean and quicker on my feet. In the morning I will coach kids until 11:20 then go work on basketball stuff ( shooting and dribbling ) 11:30-1:30 and then around 3:00-7:00 back in the weight room working on endurance and muscle strength. After that straight on the court to do more shooting and basketball workouts . Then recovery making sure body is fresh and ready to get after it the next day .

What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath with Michael Jordan one day?

LeBron is great player. Will be one of the greats but he will always be compared to Jordan but he will never be in the same breath as MJ to me. LeBron reminds me more of a Magic Johnson type player . MJ six rings and not ever losing a finals and winning mvp every time isn’t the only deciding factor but is just one out of the numerous points that MJ can’t be matched as yet. I am also a Lakers fan and Kobe Bryant fan at that, so in terms of skill set Kobe is the closest thing to MJ but not even Kobe was as dominating as MJ.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I’ve seen was Terminator. It was great didn’t think they could actually make another one that would keep me engaged but it was great and enjoyed it . Arnold Schwarzenegger is still doing his thing lol.

Thanks Andre for the chat. If interested in signing Andre, please go contact fabian@gameplan-sports.com

Ashanti Cook Deserves Another Chance

July 27, 2015

Ashanti Cook is a 30 year old 188cm point guard from Inglewood, California who isn´t an unknown face in the German basketball world as he has played in Braunschweig and Hannover. He started his basketball career at Georgetown where he played from 2002-2006 playing a total of 115 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FG: 47%, 3PT: 43.7%, FT: 78%. He started his professional basketball career in 2006 with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga)playing 33 games averaging 5.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 81.3%. He also gained experience in the D-league, Mexico and Macedonia. He is looking to jump start his basketball career again. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Ashanti thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you and how have you been enjoying your summer?

Sure no problem and thank you for this opportunity. I am enjoying my summer in Los Angeles, California and having a great summer. I’m working out staying in basketball ready shape, and training kids in basketball skills. Also taking a vacation or two here and there, that’s how I’m enjoying my summer.

Time really flies Ashanti, your turning 31 years old and it has been almost 10 years since you were a rookie with Braunschweig in Germany. Has your professional basketball career really flown by or has the lack of games in nine seasons made your career seem quite long?

Yes it does, time flies so fast. I remember it like yesterday I was a rookie in Braunschweig and learning the ropes of European basketball from the veterans on the team especially Tory Walker, he taught me a lot in that year. My professional career has been interesting. It’s had a lot of ups and downs and been inconsistent but it has taught me perseverance, and to never doubt my abilities or myself one bit. It’s been a great teacher of life that I have been able to apply to in my personal life.

You played in Germany, the D-league, CBA, Mexico and Macedonia, but in nine seasons played only a total of 103 games. When you came out of Georgetown in 2006, I am sure that you had very other expectations and wishes of how your basketball career would go or not?

Honestly coming out of college I didn’t know what to expect or how to build my career. I just wanted to hoop and play very competitive basketball and hopefully get a shot at playing in the NBA. Things don’t always go according to plan and you must adjust. It has been frustrating at times looking back at my career but I applaud myself for sticking with it and continuing to be positive and staying ready.

In your last two seasons at Georgetown despite a roster packed with great players like future NBA players Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert and future BBL players Brandon Bowman and Jonathan Wallace, you held your own averaging 10,8ppg and 10,2ppg in your last two seasons and as a senior shot a very respectable 43% from downtown. You must have been very surprised that your rookie season in Braunschweig didn´t pan out the way it should have or not?

I was very shocked and frustrated that season a lot. I did not understand why I went from playing a lot of minutes to barely playing at all. I started off slow because the European game is so much different from the American especially Germany. I had a little success then things took a turn during the season with the coach and I. I like European basketball they compete hard and play great team defense and offense. It’s a more structured game and a lot less one on one. It really is the definition of team basketball, which I have come to love and appreciate and the way the game should be played.

When you look back at your rookie season what really went wrong? The club had a very knowledgeable coach in Emir Mutapcic who had won titles with Alba Berlin and solid players. Especially at the guard position with Greg Davis a solid player, but a guy that you surely could of given more a run for the money in the competition area. I was really surprised that you didn´t play more of a role that season. What went wrong?

Coach and I had different philosophies on the way the game should be played. He wanted me to be mostly a facilitator and defender. That’s totally not my game, I’m more of a do it all point guard. Rebound, Score, defend, facilitate and block a shot or two. I like to do everything. So there were a lot of meetings and shouting matches that occurred between him and I, and therefore it resulted in me not playing a lot. Also he showed a lot of favoritism towards certain players and I’m not going to mention any names. But I didn’t agree with that either. He gave some of them a long leash on the offensive end than others and didn’t discipline them for defensive mistakes.

Did that rookie season scare you a bit and prompt brought you back to the States to try your luck in the CBA and D-league? What was most difficult about finding a niche in the D-League. What did you learn about the D-League? That it is a business first and that the players are nothing more than exchangeable parts?

That Rookie season was tough to deal with mentally but it didn’t scare me. At that time I felt the d-league was a good option to try and raise my stock a little bit overseas since I didn’t have great stats and be a resume builder. If I had to do it all over again, I would have tried to go back to Europe and build my name over there instead of the D-league. It’s very hard trying to find your niche in the D-League, so many players trying to showcase their talents for NBA scouts and you are literally footsteps away from your dream of potentially playing in the NBA. The D-league is a business and the moment they can find someone else to do your job or that has a credible name they will replace you in a heartbeat. I learned quickly that playing this game, there is absolutely no job security what so ever. And you always have to be on you’re A+ game and healthy.

You then played briefly in Mexico in the 2009-2010 season and then in 2010-2011 trained basketball players in Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, in a student outreach program with the United States State department, through Georgetown University. Were you at this point retired as a professional basketball player?

Yeah at that point I pretty much was frustrated with the way my career was headed so I stepped away from the game. I loved it so much but it was truly not making me happy. I had lost interest and was not motivated anymore. I also had some other interest I wanted to pursue such as acting, so I got into that. I ended up becoming kind of successful booking some national commercials, and auditioning for TV shows and independent films. It will definitely be something I revisit once I put the ball down.

However it seemed like you still had the love for the game. In 2012 you played in the well known Drew League semi- pro league with Team DaFam 12.2ppg, 5.4apg, 3.2rpg and took part at the International Scouting Combines in Las Vegas and Southern California Summer Pro League (C1 Team). What still motivated you at this point to try to come back as a professional player? Was it really just for the love of the game?

Yeah that time off and playing in the Drew League recharged my batteries. I was still relatively young so I attended and overseas camp and wanted to try and get a contract to play competitively because I missed the game. I missed the practices with your teammates, bus rides, that feeling you get during warm up lines, all the mental preparation that takes place leading up to the game. And of course the chess match that takes place during the game. It’s something that can never be replaced because I have been playing all my life. I missed it and my return was for the love of the game.

Did you learn in this time just how cruel the basketball world is? I mean it seems like for every season a player is inactive one ages like 5 years. How difficult was this time for you mentally knowing you still had game, but that the odds were against you?

Yeah that part is hard to deal with, especially because you’re thinking and working out and seeing that you still got it even though you are older but teams don’t see it that way. It’s crazy if you sit out a year or two, teams think your game has diminished instead of giving you a shot. Teams seem to favor youth over experience. But I am going to continue to stay positive and game ready even though the odds are stacked against me.

Did you ever doubt your abilities? After the success with Georgetown and now not being able to find a basketball job? Was there a single person that helped you most in this time stay positive?

I was my own self motivation. I kept saying to myself that you only get one life and a certain amount of time to play basketball, why not play until you cant play anymore. So that’s my mentally right now. Not one moment did I ever doubt my abilities. I still have a lot of basketball to play, I just need the opportunity to show what I can do. Hopefully a team out there will take a chance and give me a shot.

In the 2012-2013 season you got your big break signing with UBC Hannover. It was your first job again in three years. How thankful were you for head coach Michael Mai giving you a second chance?

I thanked Coach Michael Mai a lot, basically every day. That season I played with pure joy, I was happy to be back and doing what I love which is play basketball.

In the 2013-2014 season after a solid season in Germany you played for ABA Strumica (FYR Macedonia-Prva Liga playing 24 games: 14.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 84.6%. What kind of experience was this for you? It was your first time out of Germany playing a season?

It was definitely different. But I had a great time played some good basketball and helped the team make the playoffs. I also garnered some personal accomplishments within the league such as all import team and honorable mention. Overall it was very competitive and they have a lot of good teams. Its pretty under rated as far as European competition goes, but they have teams that play in the Balkan, Adriatic and Eurocup. So the competition is very good.

However last season you were inactive again. Now you are looking for a team and possibly Germany could be the perfect place since you are known here and this could be your last chance. Did you not have contact to Michael Mai who is coaching German pro A team Kirchheim Knights this season?

Last summer was mentally tough to deal with. Especially because I had a solid season the year before in FYR Macedonia so it was very shocking that I was not able to find a club to play for. I mostly blame my former representation for not having strong connections to try and find me a job. I did my job by playing well on the court, he didn’t do his job off the court which was to get me a contract. Thus resulting in me missing another year. But yes I have been in contact with Coach Michael Mai and would love to reunite and play for him again but nothing has come up. Also they have my buddy Richie Williams who is a very good basketball player. I think we would compliment each other very well. But I am currently just staying ready for an offer from anyone, to get back to playing great basketball.

Have you stayed in contact with former Georgetown Hoyas teammates Brandon Bowman and Jonathan Wallace? They have had solid careers in Germany.

Yeah I talk to those guys all the time. Brandon is one of my best friends he and I grew up together playing AAU ball and went to the same high school so we will always be in contact. We even train together during the summers. Jon Wallace and I speak as well, we text and communicate often just to catch up and see how everything is going. I’m even trying to get him to visit out here in LA. I am very happy to see that both of them are having great careers. Those two were great teammates and competitors I loved playing alongside them at Georgetown.

If you could describe yourself in a few sentences as to why you could help any team right now this season how would you describe your basketball abilities?

I would say I am a competitor, who is hungry and loves the game of basketball and likes to see the game played the right way. I love the challenge of trying to beat my opposition, and will do whatever it takes to win. I can score, rebound, and defend. I am a do it all point guard.

What do you see the Los Angeles Lakers achieving this season in the NBA? Will this team ever be a good team again?

The Lakers have a lot of work to do. The addition of my former Georgetown teammate Roy Hibbert is a good move in the right direction. He helps a lot because he can be your anchor on defense and provides a solid post presence on offense. Not to mention he is a great passer. I think Kobe should run the point a lot more because he draws double teams and is a pretty good passer. I like their new additions of Bass and Williams. I think they are one or two good scoring options away from being able to compete in the West. But overall the Lakers are playing in a loaded Western Conference. But who knows they may surprise a lot teams. It will be an interesting season for the Lakers.

What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? What does he still have to do to be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan?

Lebron James has already solidified himself amongst the greats. He will go down as a top ten basketball player of all time. The game has never seen a guy as physically gifted as he is and able to play at a very high level night in and night out. His IQ is off the charts and ability to play and guard multiple positions is amazing to watch. (He is the SHAQ of Guards and Small Forwards) But, he is in his own category as far as greatness goes. Last season I think Lebron was trying to figure out who could do what and when, opposed to just playing. I think that whole season was a bunch of figuring out everyone’s role and Cleveland’s identity. But now with that trial run over, I see him being extremely focused and poised from the first game of the season until his last, which he hopes is a championship for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

We share a common trait and I always think of you on September 20th because that is when we celebrate our birthdays. If I could I would give you a team contract as a present this year. What would you give me?

I would give you a contract to be a beat writer for an NBA team.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Neighbors with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.

Thnaks Ashanti for the chat.

Mike Nwelue(I Put 100% Into Whatever I Do)

July 26, 2015

Mike Nwelue is a 196cm forward from Lewisville, Texas that recently finished a two year college career at Drury (NCAA2). He played two seasons at Southwestern before moving to Drury. As a senior he played 16 games averaging 8.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 64.5%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Mike thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

Thank you for reaching out, I really appreciate it! This summer I’ve been working on all parts of my game. I workout with a couple of current and former overseas players every day. My older brother Brian, is a coach (who played college basketball and received offers to play overseas) and he trains me throughout the week whenever possible. The last couple of years, I have spent my summer at school for classes and workouts, so it feels good to be around family for a longer period of time this go around. God is good!

Your teammate from Drury Cameron Adams recently signed with German Regionaliga team Schwenningen. How proud are you of him signing his first professional contract?

I am very proud of him! He is a very hard worker and knows the game. It does not surprise me that Schwenningen saw that in him as well. I am sure he will do just fine out there.

There is no secret that you could play professional basketball like your friend Cameron Adams. How serious are you pursuing a professional career now or are you just testing the waters?

I was raised to put 100% into anything I do and live with results. I realize that most people don’t get the chance to play college basketball let alone professional basketball so I don’t take this opportunity for granted. My agent, Evaldas Rimkus (Octagon Europe) has been very helpful throughout this process.

What do you know about the country of Germany and its basketball? Do you have any friends playing over seas?

Marvin, one of my good friends, went to my high school as a foreign exchange student from Germany and I’ve learned a little bit about the game and culture over there from him. We still keep in touch till this day. I also met a few German people while I was Drury. From the German’s I’ve met, I’m guessing Germany is a very nice country! I know quite a few people that are or have played basketball overseas. My old teammate from high school Brandon Jefferson recently just signed to play in the top league in Germany. I know 4 people that are currently playing or have played in Germany alone.

The European style is more structured than the up and down tempo in the states. What part of your game do you feel would benefit the structural play of Europe best?

I believe my game as a whole will transition nicely to the European style. Throughout college I have played on teams that like to get up and down, but at the same time have a system that we are drilled to execute. As Coach Hesser would say, “There is a method to the madness”. I like to use my athleticism to my advantage, and I am a very disciplined player. I know how to be effective through a set offensive play or defensive scheme.

Before finishing at Drury(NCAA2) you played two seasons at Southwestern(NAIA). What do you believe was the most important thing that you developed in your game in that time that helped you make the transition smoother at Drury?

I believe my shooting ability really increased in my time at Southwestern. I always had a quick first step and had the ability to drive and finish strong. I noticed that players started backing off of me forcing me to shoot, and that’s when I started putting extra shots up to make sure they had to respect my shot as well. Coach Bostwick (Southwestern head coach) gave me the freedom to play my game, and I appreciated that.

Your athleticism stands out in your game, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?

I believe my vision and ability to play off the ball are hidden strengths of mine. I am good at putting myself in position for easy points and rebounds. Also I really look to get the ball to my teammates at the right time in their “sweet spots”

If you could describe in a few sentences as to why you could help any professional team this season what would you say?

I put 100% into whatever I do. If it means I have to lock down the best player, score a lot of points, get every rebound, get my teammates involved, play inside, or play outside, I am going to give it my very best shot. It has worked for me so far, why stop now?

You reached the NCAA 2 elite 8 in 2014. That was a great run, but despite all the games you played and plays, you must remember something from that last game in the Elite 8 that still runs in your mind?

I remember the momentum leaving is in the second half. There was a player on the other team that came off the bench and went 6/6 from the three point line. Each three he hit, you could feel the energy and momentum of the game moving in their favor. We ended up losing by ten points and it hurt like crazy. We used that feeling as motivation to get better for the next season.

What was your personal highlight in your two seasons at Drury? Possibly your 21 points against St Josepth´s?

Yes, I did have a good game against St Joseph, but I would have to say it was the first game of my senior year against our rivals. I had 19 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a block. It was a big game in a packed arena, and those are the environments players love to play in.

How did Drury head coach Steve Hesser prepare and groom you best for a professional career in your two years at Drury?

He taught me that nothing worthwhile comes easy. You have to have some toughness in you to reach your full potential, in anything you do.

Now you get some revenge for your ex teammate and friend Cameron Adams. Who would win a one on one in practice last season?

I’m not rude like Cameron so I won’t say much. All I know is that anytime I was ready for one on one, he always had some mysterious injury, so he wouldn’t play me. Weird right?

What do you see the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets achieving this upcoming season in the NBA?

It will be interesting to see how Raymond Felton plays this season coming off the injury. It would have been nice to get Deandre Jordan here, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I think James Harden will come out determined next season after the way their season ended this year. The West looks like it will be difficult as always, but I see both teams making the playoffs.

What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Do you ever see him being mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan?

Lebron is clearly the best player in the NBA. I believe he should be mentioned in the same breath, but I would not say he is better. I just think Jordan had the mentality and body language that he was never going to lose when he stepped on the court, especially in the playoffs.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was God’s Not Dead. I have watched it several times now and it is a great movie. I highly recommend anyone reading this to watch it! Thank you once again for the interview and God bless.

Thanks Mike for the chat.

Max Dileo(Gotha) The Basketball IQ Runs In The Family

July 25, 2015

Max Dileo is a 22 year old 185cm guard from Philadelphia that will be starting his professional basketball career in Germany with Gotha and has a brother TJ who will play his third professional season in Germany with Giessen. Max Dileo started his basketball career at Cinnaminson HS, New Jersey and college career in 2011 with Monmouth (NCAA) where he played a total of 114 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 5.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 25.4%, FT: 70.0%. He spoke to German Hoops after getting his first professional contract in Germany with Gotha.

Max thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your early summer so far?

I am currently at home in New Jersey, and summer has been great so far, it was nice to have a short break from basketball but I continued to play and work out with my brother to stay in shape.

How relieved are to have signed your first pro contract very very early in the summer transfer period? Do this take some pressure off your back in your rookie season?

Signing my first pro contract was great, it was like a dream come true! Signing it also relieved me of a lot of stress during the summer. It definitely takes a lot of pressure off of starting my rookie season, early on in the summer I knew what I was going to do and what I needed to work on to have a successful season.

How much advice did you get from your brother TJ who recently finished his second pro season in Germany about making your first move across the pond to German pro A team Gotha?

Tj has helped me tremendously throughout the whole process, he helped me a lot in college and I believe he will continue to help me throughout my professional career. As he has already been in Germany for 2 years he knows what to expect and helps me if I have any questions, he also is helping me in the summer when we practice together.

Gotha head coach Chris Ensminger is very impressed by your game. He can´t stop talking about your basketball IQ. Is that something that runs in the family?

I do believe growing up in a family that is so close to the game of basketball definitely helps with my basketball IQ. I have been receiving advice from my parents as well as my brother growing up which definitely helps.

What was your first impression of head coach Chris Ensminger? He is a basketball legend in Germany and like Dennis Wucherer who just finished his second season in Giessen making big strides, Ensminger has done the same with Gotha.

I had a great first impression from Chris Ensminger, we spoke early in the process and I liked him very much. To add to that one of my former coaches, Derrick Phelps, played against him and had very good things to say about him.

You get compared a lot to your brother TJ. What are the main differences in your game and is there something you do better than he does?

My brother and I have a very similar style of play. He has more experience playing in Europe and knows the style of play, I am still relatively new to this style but I think it will be a good fit for me. Like my brother I take pride in my defense and I feel that is one of the most important aspects of basketball.

You are described as a 185cm guard. Please describe your game a bit?

I played a lot of shooting guard in college and I believe I have a good shot from three. I also played some point guard and I am good coming off of ball screens and making plays. The most important thing that I contribute would be my defense, I think that is the best part of my game.

What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?

I think that my hustle and effort is a great strength that I have. I am willing to do all of the little things that help teams win games.

You played four seasons at Monmouth(NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games: 5.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 25.4%, FT: 70.0%. What was your season highlights at Monmouth?

Some of the season highlights I had was when my team beat Iona at home who at the time was the number one team in the conference, as well as when we beat Penn when I scored 18 points in the first half. Some other personal highlights would include when I scored 21 points against Iona in the MAAC conference tournament, as well as being featured on the ESPN top 10 for an alley oop I had during the season. Also my junior year I finished the season number 12 in the nation for 3 point shooting percentage.

You played four seasons for head coach King Rice at Monmouth. How did he prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

He has taught me so much, but most importantly he instilled a defensive attitude that I take pride in. He also stressed how important hustle and effort are in the game of basketball, which I consider one of the best parts of my game.

Who was the best player that you battled against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

I played many great players, the best would probably be Michael Carter-Williams and Harrison Barnes

In 2009 you took part in a U-16 German national team training camp. Back then Frank Menz was the coach. What memories do you have of this experience?

It was a great experience and I learned a little bit about the style of play in Germany. I believe this experience will help me in my professional career in Germany.

How will a 2015 summer work out plan look like for you on and off the court?

My brother and I practice almost every day with my father. My brother helps me with the things that will help me the most in my career in Germany. We also play in a summer league together to stay in shape and help improve my basketball skills.

After another year of college ball, you will have ample time this summer to test TJ in the gym. How many times out of 10 do you think can you take him in one on one now?

Some of the times one on one gets very competitive between my brother and I. Last time we played I beat him 2 out of 3 times, however out of 10 I think it will be very close. I’m going to say I could win 6 out of 10, but I’m sure he would say he would win more out of 10 than me haha, that is just the way we compete.

Who will win the 2015 NBA title the Cavs or the Warriors?

This is cheating because I got back to you so late, but warriors! Curry is an amazing player.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD movie that I watched was The Equalizer.

Thanks Max for the chat.

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