Ahmad Smith (Gotha) My Goal Is To Help Win Games And Bring leadership

Ahmad Smith is a 27 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his first season for the  BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA). He played at St.Bonaventure(NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8(14.2ppg), RebA10-10(6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9(3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2(8.7rpg), Assists-1(7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.’10, in Jan.’11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1(7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. Last season for the Kichheim Knights he played  35 games: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-1(6.7apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 62.0% He spoke to German Hoops about the upcoming season.

Hi Ahmad, thanks for talking to eurobasket. How was your summer? What was your most memorable off court summer highlight this year?

Hey Miles! My summer was really nice got to spend lots of time with my family and close friends. Probably the first day I came home was the best one seeing my parents and friends for the first time after a long season.

After a very successful season last year with Kirchheim, I was hoping for a call from the Beko BBL. Instead you signed early with Gotha in the PRO A. Was it money or just the security of getting a job in the not always easy job market?

The situation in Gotha was just too hard for me to turn down. They have a great foundation here and a great plan for the future.

Wasn´t there any interest from the Beko BBL? As a back up you could of played for teams.

I had some teams interested from the BBL, but I just felt Gotha was the best situation for me.

You were the top assist man in the Pro A last season with 6,7apg and also had 6,1apg. Do you feel pressure to improve these stats? How do you handle this and what are your season personal goals?

No theres no pressure at all on my end. I just want to win games and the stats will take care of themselves. My personal goal is to be a great leader and win the league!

What were the main reasons for joining Gotha? What bought you about joining this team?

Talking to our coach Marko Simic he told me how great the situation was here, and the ambitions the club has for the future.

How do you like the town Gotha? You are in the former east of Germany for the first time. How is Gotha different than other places that you have played for in Germany?

Gotha is a small town really quiet. Its a change of pace from my hometown in the states. Its different from the other places I’ve played in because of the size buy I’m comfortable here.

What will be your role with Gotha? Will it be similiar like in Kirchheim or does head coach Marko Simic have something else planned for you?

To help our team when games and bring some leadership to the team.

How is the coaching style of Marko Simic different than BRANISLAV IGNJATOVIC?

Marko is a younger coach with a lot of energy and enthusiasm in practice. There both great coaches to learn from on a daily basis.

We know guys like Torvoris baker and Chase Griffin from their play in Germany, but what are the best attributes that Derek Selvig and Trayvon Lathan bring to the court?

Tray and Derek are both good players. Tray has crazy athleticism and great one on one moves. Derek is unique being a 7 footer that can hit the 3 consistently. I think they both will have good seasons.

If you and Chase Griffin are parked in the corner and take 100 shots each who will hit more shots?

He’s a knock down shooter, but being a competitor I will have to go with myself. Sorry Chase lol

Who would win in their prime the Dream Team or Team USA 2012?

Dream Team 92

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal

Thanks Ahmad for the chat.

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