Andrew Jones is a 32 year old 191cm shooting guard that has been a professional basketball player since 2007 and has returned back to the Dresden Titans this season. He played at Miles(NCAA2) and has played in Germany for most of his professional career with four seasons with the Dresden Titans and three seasons with the BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga). He also gained experience playing with teams like Marietta Storm (SEBL), BC Celtics (SEBL), C.B. Aridane (Spain-EBA) and Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito (Ecuador-National League). Last season he played for BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga) averaging 19,9ppg, 6,5rpg and 3,9apg. He spoke to German Hoops after the tough 98-96 loss to the Fraport Skyliners Juniors ending the Dresden Titans season.
Andrew thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 98-96 loss to the Fraport Skyliners Juniors to end the season. Does the fact that the Dresden Titans came back from 19 points to almost win the game ease the hurt somewhat instead of having been blown out?
Yes it was a tough loss. However, those young guys came to play and you have to give them credit. It hurts to lose an important game like that no matter score.
I came back from my training run in Chalon, France to check the score and was shocked to see that Frankfurt was up by 20 points in the second half. Did the Dresden Titans wake up on the wrong side of the bed?
I had a good feeling with our team the week prior. So, we definitely didn’t underestimate their ability to win.
You had told me in the pregame interview that you would take the Frankfurt side as if it was their A-team. Did Dresden underestimate Frankfurt or did the guests come up with even more intensity than you ever expected?
These guys got off the bus on fire!! For 34 minutes of the game, they did what they wanted to do.
Did the Fraport Skyliners remind you a bit of the Nordlingen Giants in that they had a very slim rotation and had 4 guys that had to do most of the scoring?
Yes I can say that. But it seemed like every person on their roster that day hit a three. Whenever we made a good run, they made another three.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors led 54 to 36 at halftime. What was key for the guests having the very big lead at the break?
They played with a lot of energy. They made the right decisions and continue throughout the game.
With the season on the line, what did head coach Steven Clauss tell the team to do for the possible last 20 minutes of the season?
He wanted us to play with more energy. I think their explosive start took us by surprise. So, coach definitely wanted us to put more energy into the game.
The Dresden Titans really stepped up their offense in the second half and were able to execute. What adjustments did the club make that started the big comeback?
We started to get more defensive stops. Those defensive stops turn into easy buckets and confident shooting.
In the fourth quarter, Dresden made one last run, but came up short. How proud are you of the fighting mentality of the team in that last quarter?
I’m very proud! We had a very big crowd and it’s good that they saw us try hard. Fans come to see a good team and good effort. That last run gave them both.
With 20 seconds to go, I made the call that Steven Clauss would want to win the game with a three pointer as you were down by two points. However American Randall Holt´s last shot came up short. What were your thoughts about when he released the ball? Did it look good from your standpoint?
We called a set play for Daniel to come out in a Diamond set. The big came out and defended well and the ball was knocked out. Randal quickly picked the ball up and threw it up way behind the three point line. Looked good, but did not go in.
Randall Holt gave his all hitting for 31 points. What will you never forget about his stay in Dresden and what you and him accomplished as teammates?
Well he came in and changed our season. Him leading at the point guard position help us in so many ways. We contributed with a great run starting in the second half of the season. We came up short at the end, but it was great regardless.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors now face Ehingen in the Pro B final. What kind of series can we await and who will win the Pro B final?
Two strong teams ahead with both Ehingen and Frankfurt. I don’t know the outcome, but will be exciting for ProB.
You have played four seasons with the Dresden Titans. What memory will you forever have with the 2015-2016 season?
How our team changed from the first half to the second half. We struggled in the beginning, but we made a great run at the end.
If you look at the whole Dresden Titans roster, which player do you feel improved the most?
I would say David Sturner because he became a 20 and 10 man towards the second half. He looked very comfortable on the court and it showed in his stats.
How would you rate your season with the Dresden Titans. You didn´t have to score as much as in other years, but were still valuable in other ways with your defense and experience.
I’m very critical of myself and would give myself a low rating. I feel I could have gave more offensively. However, I learn more about myself this year. I’m happy to experience everything that comes with this sport, it makes you stronger.
You just turned 33 and still have much game. With head coach Steven Clauss staying on board, do you think that you will return next season?
It’s a blessing to play this game. I want to enjoy it as long as I can. I am on board with being a Titan again. But, we will see what the future holds.
Even if you didn´t win the game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors, you couldn´t hide the fact that they ruined your birthday. Was there anything positive that you could take from your 33rd birthday?
They didn’t ruin my birthday because I’m able to play the game I love. They gave me a gift by giving us a great challenge. We just didn’t come through on our side. I’m even offered them cake afterwards. It was great day for basketball
If you had to build your NBA Rushmore with your ultimate 4 NBA players who would you take?
Jordan, Kobe, Shaquille, Iverson
The Atlanta Hawks now tangle with Lebron and the Cavs. What do you see happening in this series?
Of course I want the Hawks to win. But, the NBA wants to see the Cavs in the finals. So Hawks will lose 4-2.
What was the last movie that you saw?
I’m on the TV show Arrow
Thanks Andrew for the chat.