Brandon Chappell (Licher Basket Baeren): If Robin Benzing Wasnt Playing In Germany He Would Be On The And1 Tour Doing Tricks For Fun

Brandon Chappell is a 28 year old 183cm guard from Beaumont, Texas that is playing his first season in the PRO B for the Licher Basket Baeren. He is a up tempo floor general that makes smart decissions on the floor. Can really shoot the three but great at getting to the basket. Played with NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins of the Boston Celtics in High School where they won the Class 4A state championship. He played at Lamar from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 32 games averaging 8.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 38.6%, 3Pts: 39.5%, FT: 59.1%. In his first three seasons as a professional he has played in Germany. In 2007-2008, he played for BBC Bayreuth (Germany-ProA): 30 games: 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 31.1%, FT: 75.0%. In 2008-2009, he moved to TV Langen playing 23 games: 14.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 78.3%. In 2009-2010 for TV Langen, he played 29 games: 11.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 81.8%. Last season, he played for the Southeast Texas Mavericks (ABA) He spoke to German Hoops recently about basketball.

Brandon, congrats on your new job with the Licher Baskets Baren. How good a feeling is it coming back to Germany?

I feel good about coming back to Germany. This is where i started my career so its a comfortable feeling

You will be playing in the lower division PRO B. You had experience playing in the PRO A with TV Langen. Will you be setting big goals since you performed very well years ago in the German PRO A.

Of course goals will be set for this upcoming season. I am confident that our management, coaches/players, and myself will work together to accomplish what we set.

How do you see your role in Lich? I can imagine you will be relied on doing a lot of scoring and setting up teammates similar to what Dashaun Wood did with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners last season

My role is to be the leader of the team and with that comes a lot of responsibility on and off the court. So I am ready to do whatever it takes for Lich to be successful.

What do you know about your new coach Igor Starkevic? I am sure you had dealings with him or met him years ago as you played for TV Langen?

Coach Igor and I have been around each other for years but haven’t had the chance to work together until now. He is a former player that is very passionate about the game and he will push us to play at a high level. I am looking forward to it

How has your summer been. Was there anything that you could do this summer that you hadn´t been able to do the last years?

The summer has been good. I have been active on and off the court lol. I just played in a big tournment this past weekend. NBA and top level professional players compete in it every year and this was the first summer in a while that i was able to play. Normally I am already gone for the season.

How does a normal off season work out day look like for Brandon Chappell?

My workouts are like many players workouts. Conditioning and weights in the early morning, individual drills and shooting after, then we play pick up or summer league games in the evening. I am blessed to have other professional players around me that wants to get better, so we all push each other and compete.

What have you been working on the most this summer on your game?

. Honestly I have been working on all parts of my game to improve. One thing that I have been doing more of this summer is stretching and agility. I have learned that if your body feels good you play even better. So i will keep that up this season.

What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get recognized right away?

A strength that many may not know about is my defense on and off the ball. I want to make a difference on both sides of the court.

You played last season for the Southeast Texas Mavericks (ABA). What kind of an experience was that for you and how would you compare that level and style to the German PRO A?

The Mavericks are 2time champions so anytime you have the chance to play for winners you gain confidence and you work hard to be on top.

You played for TV Langen from 2008-2009. You played together with Robin Benzing. Were you surprised that he wasn´t drafted by an NBA team?

Robin is without a doubt a pro on any level in the basketball world. He will definitely get his chance to play in the NBA, its just a matter of when and where. Maybe since Dirk destroyed the league, Rob aka “the kid” will get a better look

What was the most amazing thing that you saw Robin Benzing do in a practice?

I have seen Robin do many amazing things but one thing that impressed me the most in practice was how hard he worked. If Robin Benzing wasnt playing in Germany he would be on the And1 tour doing tricks for fun

Will your buddy Kendrick Perkins win an NBA championship with the Thunder in the next years?

I believe they will. I have been around him and his teammates a lot this summer and they are definitely a close team. Perk brings championship experience while the rest of the young team is gaining it. Oh and Kevin Durant!

What was your reaction when you heard that Ron Artest changed his name to world peace?

Didn’t even think twice about it until now…its Ron Artest lol
What was the last DVD movie that you?

I’m saving my dvds for the season, but I just watched Planet of Apes at the movies. A must see

Thanks Brandon for the chat.

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