Devin Gibson (SC Rasta Vechta) I Feel Like I Am A Smarter Defender But That Comes With More Experience

Devin Gibson is a 26 year old 180cm point guard from Austin, Texas that currently is playing for SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA) and last season played for the Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 26 games averaging 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-4(1.8spg), FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 79.0%. The American started his basketball career in 2007 at UTSA (NCAA) playing a total of 119 NCAA games and as a senior played 34 games averaging 17.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.4apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 78.1%. He started his professional basketball career in 2011 with the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.’11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) playing 18 games averaging 8.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5(1.4spg), FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he remained with the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) playing 29 games averaging 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.0%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-KML): Eurocup: 10 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 72.0%; VTB United League: 16 games: 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 42.1%, FT: 78.6%; Estonian League: 23 games: 7.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-1(2.4spg), FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 62.7%. He spoke to German Hoops after the big SC Rasta Vechta win against the Hamburg Towers.

Devin congrats on the big 70-52 win against the Hamburg Towers. How good does it feel to have won 10 games in a row?

Feels really good but can’t get too high or too low.

Can you remember what your highest winning streak was in college and as a professional?

No I can’t remember but I definitely would like to keep this one going to the end of the season.

Except for the wins against Essen and Nurnberg, you have kept every opponent to less than 63 points in the 10 game winning streak. You held Hamburg to seven points in the first quarter. How important is it in general to have the defense on the same page early?

It’s very important. We create a lot of our offense by our defense. And when a team is playing defense at a high level you know the effort and concentration is there.

The offense sputtered a bit in the second and third quarters, but in the fourth came alive again shutting the door on Hamburg scoring 20 points. What was key in the last 10 minutes to breeze to the win?

I feel it was our defensive pressure. We pressure you for three quarters trying to tire you out so we can get the benefits in the fourth quarter and that was the case against Hamburg.

SC Rasta Vechta is packed with offensive power, but how gratifying is it that even when you don´t play your best offensive game, you still win because the defense is working well?

Very gratifying because on any given night shots may go in or they may not but every night your effort on defense should be there.

SC Rasta Vechta obviously have played very well defensively in the 10 game winning streak, but what else has been key that has made you so successful?

Another key is that we are very deep. Every guy is ready to produce on any given night whether it be offensively or defensively.

SC Rasta Vechta is marching on and in the direction of the Beko BBL. However the post season is still long. How well is the team taking the success and also knowing the season is still very long?

Right now we are just taking it one game at a time. Trying to get better day by day.

How has the adjustment been for you coming back to Germany, but to a lower league? Currently you are averaging 6,8ppg, 2,0rpg and 5,3apg.

The adjustment has been ok. The guys and organization made me feel at home since the first practice so everything is going well. And it doesn’t hurt that we are on a nice winning streak.

What has been the biggest difference from the Beko BBL to the Pro A?

BBL has a lot more structure and athleticism. In pro A the structure is not always there so it’s something I had to adjust to.

You seem to be more of a playmaker than finisher with SC Rasta Vechta. Is creating for others your role this season instead of finishing which is also a big strength in your game?

It’s just how the games have played out. And it’s due to the fact that we have so much fire power at every position.

You are averaging 2,5spg. How has your defensive game developed since you played in Frankfurt?

I feel like I am a smarter defender but that just comes with more experience.

How important has point guard Carlos Medlock been? How do you guys compliment each other best?

Very important. We compete against each other every day and he helped me a lot when I first got here. We compliment each other very well he’s a great shooter and I’m more of a penetrator so it works.

How often have you heard your teammate Derrick Allen marvel about the success of his old team Fraport Skyliners who currently have a 12 game winning streak?

Occasionally he will bring it up. But he doesn’t brag about it. It’s usually me asking him questions about how he has been able to have such a successful career.

Who will win Super Bowl 50 Denver or Carolina?

Denver will win but I want Cam to get a ring.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Ride along 2.

Thanks Devin for the chat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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