Jordan Riewer is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Staples, Minnesota that is playing his first professional season in Germany for Gotha. He played at MSU Moorhead (NCAA2) from 2010-2015 and as a senior played 25 games averaging 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.8apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 49.6%, FT: 94.6%. Currently he is averaging 8,9ppg, 1,3rpg and 1,8apg. He spoke to German Hoops after the loss to Science City Jena and before the start of the playoffs
Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 72-53 loss against Science City. How disappointing was it to end the regular season like this when you had beat them in the first try?
Any loss is difficult and disappointing. We just couldn’t get it going, they were the better team that night.
Gotha was down in the first half and mustered only 22 points in the second half. Why didn´t anything go consistently well for Gotha on this night?
Obviously too many turnovers and the open shots we did have, we didn’t knock down. To the credit of Jena, they played and executed very well. I believe it’s something we will learn from and getter better here before the playoffs.
Science City is the number one defensive team in the German Pro A allowing 65 points per game. What makes this team so difficult to beat on the offensive end?
They try to speed you up and they want you to play their style of basketball. I’d like to call it chaos basketball. If you don’t take care of the ball it will cost you and unfortunately, we didn’t play well and it cost us as you can see from the score.
The only bright spot was that Gotha won the rebounding duel 29-23, but the team coughed up the ball 22 times. Does this up and down play not scare you a little going into the playoffs?
No, not really. We’re a young team. But we all know what we have to get better at before the playoffs and we will be working hard every day before that first playoff game to improve.
One always wants to end the regular season on a good note, but could this hard loss be a positive in disguise letting the team know that you still have things to work on and have to work and improve?
Absolutely. Losing to Jena obviously was not fun, but it doesn’t take away the regular season that we did have. We know that if we come to play and do the things we practice on and follow our rules we will be successful at the end of the day.
With what kind of mind set are you personally going into the playoffs with how you played this season? You cut down on your turnovers in the last 12 games with only seven turnovers while in the first 18 games it was 26.
Just stay relaxed and let the game come to me and most importantly just enjoy the moment and have fun. Everyone is 0-0 now and anything can happen in the playoffs. We have a deep team that is very capable of making a deep run here in the playoffs coming up.
Gotha now faces the Hamburg Towers. How excited are you about playing your first post season as a rookie?
Very excited to get the opportunity to play in the playoffs as a rookie and it being my first year. I’m not going to take anything for granted and just try to outwork everyone that we play. We’ve been going hard since August, so if you can’t give it your all in the playoffs something is wrong with you.
Gotha split the season series with the Hamburg Towers. Do you see this becoming a kind of grind out series or could be see more points being scored this time?
A little bit of both, both teams like to score the basketball but it will come down to who can get more stops consistently. It will be a very fun series.
Hamburg dominated the boards in the season series. How key will it be to control the boards in this playoff series?
Rebounding will be very important and we will need everyone to do their job and box out.
Bazou Kone played very well in both series. As a guy that prides his game on defense, how much are you looking forward to making an impact not letting him dictate and control the games?
Kone is a very skilled player and he has been having a great season. The job for us guards will just be to make it as difficult as possible for him and try not to give him any easy ones, make him earn everything.
What are you most looking forward to in your first playoffs? Do you see yourself being able to step up your game an extra notch more?
The crowds both times we played them were great and even though it’s my first professional playoffs I will be very excited to play in this type of series. It’s one of the reasons why I came to Gotha, which is to play in the playoffs and get the opportunity to play games like these.
Were you surprised by so many upsets in the NCAA March Madness? Is there more parity with NCAA schools than possibly in the past?
It’s March Madness, I’m never surprised. I don’t think anything in sports lives up to the hype on a consistent basis as much as March Madness does. Just goes to show people how many great players are out in the world, small colleges or not.
Which two teams out of Villanova, Oklahoma, Syracuse and North Carolina will reach the NCAA final and who will win it?
I’m hoping for a Oklahoma Vs North Carolina championship. With Buddy Hield and Oklahoma going out on top.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The Revenant with Leonardo DiCaprio.
Thanks Jordan for the chat.