Casper Ware is a 24 year old 178cm point guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He started his basketball career at Long Beach St. in 2008 where he played until 2012 playing a total of 131 NCAA games and as a senior played (NCAA) 34 games averaging 17.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 79.3%. In 2012-2013 he started his professional basketball career with Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 36 games: Score-2(20.4ppg), 3.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 87.3%. Last season he played for Granarolo Bologna (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 22 games: 11.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 43.2%, 3FGP: 26.4%, FT: 65.4%, left in Mar.’14, later that month moved to Philadelphia 76ers (NBA): 9 games: 5.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 83.3%. This past summer he played NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando (Philadelphia 76ers) Champion: 5 games: 19.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 88.2% and NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Philadelphia 76ers): 2 games: 7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 29.4%, 3PT: 20%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners.
Casper thanks for talking to German Hoops. When seeing the skyline in Frankfurt, does it remind you of home around Los Angeles? How do you like Germany?
My first impression of Germany is good. The people are very nice here. Frankfurt reminds me of the big cities in California. Seeing Frankfurt is like having a taste of home.
After playing your first two professional seasons in Europe in Italy you are playing your first season in Germany. What has been your impression of the Beko BBL so far?
My first impression of the BBL is good. It is a very good league. You cant take a day off here as anybody can beat you. The level is about the same as what I experienced in Italy.
How much did it help your adjustment to the Beko BBL playing against top teams Munich, Bamberg and Alba Berlin?
Honestly not much. I just go out and play basketball the way I know how. I just have learned what my teammates like on the court and how to find them.
You are playing for a very talented team that has many guys that can score. What exactly is your role as the point guard. Will it be a balancing act of scoring and finding your teammates depending what the team needs from you in that certain game?
It depends on the game. It always varies. Perhaps one game I need to focus on the other teams guard on defense or find Rickey Paulding and Julius Jenkins that are hot or step up myself and score.
How challenging is it battling Chris Kramer in practice each day. Where does he rank up in most annoying guys that you have played with?
It is always a battle with him, but I grew up always battling on the court with whoever I was guarding. Chris Kramer is my top 5 most annoying players.
You have been only a short time with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and have one of the most professional players as a teammate with Ricky Paulding. What have you learned from him in the short time that you have been here?
Just the way he carries himself on and off the court and how he interacts with teammates, coaching staff and fans. You can always learn from his leadership qualities.
Your a very spectacular player for a shorter player. Which smaller NBA player did you always like watching the most and too whom would you compare your game most too?
I always like to watch Chris Paul. I compare myself to the smaller feisty guards that can score, play energy and gibe energy like Nate Robinson and JJ Barea.
You are a scoring point guard but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t get noticed right away on the court?
I would say my defense which often gets overlooked because of my scoring ability. Ball pressure and getting in the passing lane is my biggest strength.
You played nine games for the Philadelphia 76ers last season. What was your wake up call to the NBA last season?
Playing my first game against the San Antonio Spurs and being in awe playing against guys like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. I was nervous and didn´t have a great game going 0/2.
This pre season you were with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets but got cut. You played a great NBA Summer League in Orlando, but still weren´t held by the 76ers. Was that a signal that you cant take anything for granted in the NBA?
In the NBA there are always two sides the basketball and business. On the basketball side all was well with my game, but on the business side the numbers didn’t work out. I learned that you always have to be ready for anything in the NBA.
Last season you played at Granarolo Bologna (Italy-SerieA) with talented point guard Dwight Hardy. At 188cm he was 10 cms bigger than you. Do these bigger type of guards make you stronger as a player?
Hardy made me stronger, but so has any other big guard that I played against in my life. I have practiced against bigger guards all my life and learned and gotten better playing against everyone.
When you were a freshman at Long Beach State, Donovan Morris was a senior. He is currently in Germany playing in the third division. What memories do you have of him from then?
Donovan was a great leader and a very cool guy. He really could score the ball and was overall a great guy.
Was your 33 point effort against UC Santa Barbara your most memorable game at Long Beach State which brought you to the 2012 NCAA tournament?
Yes that was my favorite moment because we won were playing well and went into the NCAA tournament for the first time.
How did Dan Monson prepare you best for a professional basketball career best at Long Beach State?
Coach Monson wasn’t shy to tell us the truth. He told me early to improve my jump shot and over the years I improved my shooting. It also helped that he scheduled tough games against Duke, North Carolina or Kansas. Playing against these top schools and players helped our development as well.
Who was the best player that you battled against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
Where will the journey of the Los Angeles Lakers end this season?
They wont make the playoffs and finish ninth or tenth
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Love + Basketball
Thanks Casper for the chat.