Carlos Medlock (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) I Came To Wurzburg To Show That I Am Not Only A Scoring Point Guard, But That I Can Run A Team

Carlos Medlock is a 27 year old 183cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his first season for the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. He started his basketball career at Eastern Michigan. In 2010-2011 as a rookie he played for Utah Flash (D-League): 3 games: 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg, left in Nov.’10, in Feb.’11 moved to Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five): 17 games: 14.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-4(4.6apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 64.1%. In 2012-2013, he got experience playing for U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Iceland-Dominos League), then moved to Club Deportes Las Animas (Chile-Liga Nacional), then signed at U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Iceland-Dominos League, starting five): 24 games: Score-2(27.2ppg), 4.4rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-5(2.3spg), FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 78.9%. Last season with Crailsheim, he played 37 games: 17.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 82.2%. He reached the 2014 Pro A final and achieved Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -14. He spoke to German Hoops about the first month of the 2014-2015 Pro A season with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg.

 

Congrats on the 101-67 win against SC Rasta Vechta last week who are 0-5. When you win by 34 points, can you say after 40 minutes that it was a perfect game?

Of course not I don’t think any team can play a perfect game. It’s always something you could’ve done for an even better result. But we just came ready to play and happy we got the win.

How do you feel beating a worthy candidate like SC Rasta Vechta who have big aspirations of moving back up to the Beko BBL? Is the team farther after 5 games than you expected in terms of team chemistry and where you want to be after one month into the season?

Truthfully it felt like any other game I look at Vecha the same way as any other team in Pro A. Our team chemistry is good we at a point where we all understand what we bring to this team.

Seven guys are averaging double figures in scoring. How much credit goes to head coach Doug Spradley for really making this a team that stands more for team than self?

I think Doug did I good job on putting this team together guys that are unselfish and wants to win. Makes that much easy to play with these guys.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg are averaging each win by 21 points. Except for two blow out wins, the team won the three others games with a much closer margin. Has the team confidence risen in the last weeks in terms of knowing that when a game is close in crunch time that you will pull it out?

That comes from the veteran leadership we have guys that been in those moments a lot and plays a big part doing those times in games. Hopefully we can continue to pull them out the whole year.

The s.Oliver Baskets have the strongest, deepest and most experienced roster in the German pro A. They are also the overwhelming favorite to win it all. How has the team been able not to get too caught up with what could be and always stay focused in each game?

Just by taking it one game at a time. We know every team has the same goal we have and nothing will be given to us.

You were a dominant player in England, Iceland and last season with Crailsheim. Does it bother you that with so many scorers that your stats are down to what you are usually capable of?

No not at all that was the reason I came to this team to show that I’m not just a scoring point guard, but I can run a team also.

Of course the number one focus is too always win, but with so many scorers, it would be a great opportunity for you to really bump your assists average up? So far your averaging 4,4apg which is solid. Is this one of the areas that you want to bump up?

Yes, that was one of my main goals to improve on my assists.

When you are on a team that has so many offensive weapons, how important does shot selection become? How much of a challenge has it been for you in the early going taking less shots and knowing when to shoot?

It’s very important when you have so many scorers around you. Have to keep them all happy. At first shot selection was challenging now I know when and when not to.

You played against Science City Jena and Dennis Tinnon last season. Your teammate was back on the court again against SC Rasta Vechta. How much was he missed and what extra dimension will he have down low with Darren Fenn?

We missed Dennis a lot and he brings so much energy to our team and a monster on rebounds.

Jason Dourisseau is a veteran that has seen it all. What is his biggest asset on the court on a team with so many veterans and leaders?

Jason is a very good solid player. He’s been a consistent and versatile player for us playing 3 positions.

German Ruben Spoden has been a consistent player and starter this season. After having a very minor role with Tuebingen in the Beko BBL the last years, head coach Doug Spradley has recognized his potential. Is he a guy that you see even heightening his game more this season?

Yes, I can see that Ruben is a player that can play in and out and help us a lot at the 4 position.

The top of the German Pro A is already getting tight again like last season. Do you see the league being even more competitive than last season?

Yes I can say that. Because the teams that supposed to be the bottom teams are at the moment are competing with the team that supposed to be the top teams.

Do you have any ideas why your ex team Crailsheim have started 0-5? Is it the overwhelming new challenge of playing in the Beko BBL or is the team simply to weak to compete there?

Really I have no idea why Crailsheim having a 0-5 start. But I wish them the best and hope they can turn things around.

What memories do you have of Nick Freer at Eastern Michigan? He is playing for German pro B team TV Langen this season.

That he was super athletic and was a real cool teammate.

Is the 5-2 record of the Detroit Lions a fluke or are they really the real deal this season in the NFL?

Oh no not a fluke at all. They have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. Plus the best receiver in the league Calvin Johnson a.k.a. Megatron.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Semi pro.

 

Thanks Carlos for the chat.

 

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