Adam Waleskowski (MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg) Johannes Voigtmann Can Be Considered One Of The Top Passing Big Men In The BBL

Adam Waleskowski is a 32 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Cape Girardeau in the United States that also has the German citizenship that is playing his second season for Ludwigsburg. He played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2001-2005. He played at Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2007, but in the second half of the 2006-2007 season moved to Etendard de Brest (France-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-3(8.3), 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In 2007, he recieved the German Citizenship and played for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 70.6%. In 2008-2009, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB), French League: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.5%, FT: 37.5%; left in Nov.’08, in Jan.’09 moved to Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): 11pts, 17reb, 1ast, 1steal, in April ’09 signed at Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProA): 4 games: 4.8ppg. In 2009-2010 he played for Achilleas Kaimakliou (Cyprus-Division A). In 2010-2011, he played for  BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 8 games: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, left in Feb. ’11; German League: 20 games: 8.1ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 76.7% In 2011-2012, he played for Pizza Express Apollon (Cyprus-Division A): 7 games: 6.4ppg, left in Dec.’11, in Mar.’12 moved to Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL): 9 games: 10.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 76.5%; played also at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg.In 2012-2013 he played for  Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo-SuperLeague, starting five), in Jan.’13 signed at Duesseldorf Baskets (Germany-ProA): 24 games: 13.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 68.8%. Last season for lUdwigsburg he played 26 games: 7.8ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 73.5%He spoke to German Hoops after the 88-75 win against the Fraport Skyliners.

Adam thanks for talking to German Hoops. Before the current 2 game winning streak, Ludwigsburg were riding a 6 game losing streak. What were the main reasons for the club having such a long dry spell?

This was a tough time for our team. We were not actually playing bad basketball, rather than losing close games. I think there were just a few small problems that were causing us to come up short, and we were really struggling to finish games out in the fourth quarter.

American DJ Kennedy is really tearing up the BBL now. In the last 4 games he is averaging 25 points per game. The club could be 4-0 in this span had they won tight games against Oldenburg and Braunschweig. How important has he been for the team and what extra dimension besides scoring does he give the team?

For sure DJ has been a great addition to our team. He really has a winning mentality, and besides being a great scorer and 1 on 1 player, he is a great rebounder and has picked up our defensives schemes very quickly.

You have played together with quite many big men in your career but where would you rack up Jon Brockman in skill? What special quality does he give the team that it didn´t have last season?

For being an undersized 5 man, John is a very skilled player and unbelievably hard worker. John is a very strong guy and he has a court presence when he is out there that we definitely lacked last season. I don’t think any of our opponents like playing against him. On top of that he is an incredible rebounder and finishes really well around the basket.

John Patrick has known you for years and had you in Goettingen some years ago. Your playing time and stats have increased this season from last season. Has the trust risen between the both of you this season?

The trust has definitely grown between us. JP and I have grown to understand each other and I know what he wants and expects from me on and off the court. Playing time and stats are a result of knowledge and understanding.

At halftime Ludwigsburg was leading the Fraport Skyliners 46-27. Ludwigsburg had given up 91 points in three games before giving up 66 points against MBC last weekend. What has been the biggest focus on defense that has helped the club keep the points down in the first half?

I think we did a really good job of knowing personnel and our defensive scheme and sticking to it. Cobb had a big first half, but we knew he was a scorer. We did a good job of not letting them get second chance opportunities and making them make tough contested shots.

Basketball is a game of runs and Frankfurt made a run in the third quarter scoring 26 points to get back in the game. What were the main reasons for Frankfurt getting back into the game?

They had a really good third quarter. They started making shots that they were not hitting in the first half and we went through a dry spell on offense. But we did a good job in the fourth quarter of slowing that run and countering back with our own run.

In the end was winning the rebounding battle and slowing down Quantez Robertson a big step in getting the win against Frankfurt?

Winning the rebounding battle is always a big advantage and it for sure helped us get this win. Slowing Robertson down was a big defensive point for us and we succeeded in doing so and that seemed to really frustrate him.

You have seen Johannes Voigtman play the last few years. How do you see his development and is he in the top 3 best big men passers in the Beko BBL?

Voigtmann has really developed his game over the past few seasons. He has a great 15-17 foot jump shot, and I was really impressed with how well he handled the ball after pick and roll situations. His passing has really improved as well, and he can be considered as one of the top passing big men in the BBL

What new years resolutions do you have for 2015?

To keep learning and practice speaking German.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Christmas Vacation. “Merry Christmas! S***ers full!”

 

Thanks Adam for the chat.

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