Ahmad Smith is a 29 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his second season for the NBC of the German PRO A. He started the season BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA)12 games: 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.7apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 14.3%, FT: 72.2%, in Jan.’13 moved to Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProA, starting five): 19 games: 9.6ppg, Reb-4(8.5rpg), Assists-2(6.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 77.6% 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 before the game against 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen.
Congrats on the 97-82 win against Chemnitz. How pleased were you with the victory. Was this a typical Nurnberg win where you guys played that usual Nurnberg style of basketball that is successful?
Thanks it was a good win for us we played solid. We had some turnovers that we don’t usually make but overall we played well.
Nurnberg has been playing very good basketball as of late having won five of the last six games. NBC has a record of 6-3 in 2014. What has been the secret of the play of NBC in the new year?
We had lots of injuries the first half of the season and many new players. We’re healthy now and our team chemistry is better now that we have everyone in practice.
The league is so competitive this season and NBC is only in sixth place with a record of 14-10. What can the club still do better as a team in the stretch run to be totally ready for a run in the Pro A playoffs as moving up is a known goal of the organization.
We have to play better defense each possession and not take plays off.
How happy are you with your stats Ahmad? Your scoring and assists are up, but rebounds down? But 8,5rpg for a guard doesn´t always have to be self evident. Is your three point shooting something you can always improve?
My stats are ok I just try to focus on staying aggressive and putting my team in position to win games. I’m always trying to improve my shooting as well as every aspect of my game.
Do you take extra shots in practice and is their one teammate that you like working with most on the court?
Yes I always get extra shots up every practice. Playing with Cornelius Adler the last couple of years has made our chemistry on the court great.
What has been your impression of 2011 NCAA champion Enosch Wolf? How quickly do you see him back in the Beko BBL?
He’s a 7 footer with lots of potential. I think he will back in the BBL soon.
The next game is against top German Pro A team and 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen. What are your memories of the 96-79 loss earlier in the season? NBC played with a short rotation and they had a very full rotation.
I didn’t play in that game earlier in the season so I don’t remember much about their team.
NBC wants to keep moving up in the standings and an upset might just be prefect. What kind of game can we await and what will be key in getting the win?
It will be a tough game on the road. We have to play good defense and keep their crowd out of the game.
Lamar Odom is back and playing for a Spanish team. He wants to restart his basketball career. Do you see him making the jump to European basketball?
If he’s in shape and focus he will have no problem adjusting he’s a great player.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Wolf of Wall Street.
Thanks Ahmad fort he chat.