Jordan Talbert

Jordan Talbert (PS Karlsruhe) Making Those Little Plays That Don’t Show Up In the Box Score Is What I’ve Been Proud Of Most This Season

Jordan Talbert is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that is playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1(11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5(1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to German Hoops before the start of the 2017 playoff series.

Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops. 2017 is now in its third month. Did you make any news year resolutions or are you more the guy that doesn´t believe in that?

No I didn’t make any resolutions. I’m not big on those things. I think if there’s any change that I feel is necessary then it should be made at the moment of realization. No reason to wait until the start of the year.

How long did it take to digest the bitter 76-49 loss against the kids of FC Bayern Munich? How can a loss like that occur shortly before the playoffs?

Not long at all. We locked up the number 1 seed for the playoffs which really took the motivation out of the team going into the game. We got caught looking forward to playoffs, it came back and punched us in the mouth.

Teams want to roll into the playoffs or playdowns with some force. Do you feel like PS Karlsruhe will be ready when game one with the Rostock SeaWolves comes around?

We’ve all been looking forward to the playoffs for a long time. I think we’re hungrier right now than any other point in the season. Our goal was not to finish the regular season number 1 but to end the post season in that position.

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Jordan Talbert Gets Revenge Powering PS Karlsruhe Past The Fraport Skyliners Juniors 77-72

PS Karlsruhe forward Jordan Talbert has had some huge games in Germany in the Pro B last season as well as this season, but so far in three tries against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors has come away on the short end of the stick in two different uniforms. Last season Talbert was wearing the Giants Nordlingen jersey well as he averaged 17.5ppg, Reb-1(11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5(1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. and he scored in double figures 28 times and registerd 19 double doubles. However he lost a bitter 73-71 contest in Frankfurt steering 14 points and then got smacked around at home 78-56 as he produced 26 points and nine rebounds. This season in a new jersey, he was unable to take the season opener at home with PS Karlsruhe as they lost a nail bitter 61-56 as he was controlled well scoring only seven points on eight shots. He was looking to break his 0-3 negative streak as PS Karlsruhe entered the contest having lost a nasty 76-63 game to the Bayer Giants Leverkusen while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors rode into the game with enormous self-confidence having continued their masterful winning streak to two games having won a tough road game in Rhondorf 74-69 as the savior BBL license player Mahir Agva had been on board for a second consecutive game and was a big factor in the Frankfurt squad winning again. The game pitted two of the leagues best defensive teams as PS Karlsruhe came into the battle leading the league in points given up with 69, while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were the third best defensive team giving up only 73 points. Despite losing the first game at home, PS Karlsruhe did manage to keep Frankfurt at 61 points and wanted to supply another superb defensive performance and did stopping the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 77-72. After the victory, a pooped Jordan Talbert was just happy to finally get that Skyliner monkey off his back. (more…)

Jordan Talbert(PS Karlsruhe) We Feel There’s Still Another Level We Can Reach As our Team Chemistry Continues To Grow

Jordan Talbert is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that is playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1(11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5(1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 82-73 win in Rhondorf.

 

 

Jordan congrats on the big 82-73 win in Rhondorf putting the PS Karlsruhe record at 7-1. Seven wins in a row. How good is basketball life for you at the moment?

Basketball life is very good at the moment. Winning cures all things. I’m very happy with the way we’re playing as a team and our potential to keep growing as the season goes on.

PS Karlsruhe has a 7 game winning streak and city rival BG Karlsruhe a 5 game winning streak. Is the basketball fever being felt in the city right now?

I think it is. I can definitely feel an increase in the atmosphere of our home games. Hopefully it continues to grow.

Do you sense like that last regular season game against BG Karlsruhe won´t be the last meeting this season?

I’m not sure. It’s really early to tell how the playoffs will play out. There are a lot of possibilities, I just know that we will be ready for whatever comes our way.

The club remains unbeaten on the road. Do you feel as comfortable on the road as home or does it have to do with the team´s mindset?

 I think we all like coming into an atmosphere when we know that everyone is against us. Even if we are the number 1 team in the league it gives us the underdog mentality which is like an extra edge.

PS Karlsruhe was in control of this game and except for a few big runs that you gave up to Rhondorf, How content were you with the effort of your team?

I was pleased with our effort. I think we lost focus at times which helped with their runs but overall our effort was always there.

PS Karlsruhe scored 52 points in the paint. Is that a number that you always want to reach as a team to be completely satisfied to how you utilize your strength as a team inside?

 We really don’t have a set goal on how we score the ball. We just want to stay aggressive and take advantage of what the defense gives us. We felt we had an advantage in the paint so we wanted to make sure we kept attacking it offensively.

I guess you can´t ever totally shut down an Aaron Nelson as he was averaging 24 and 14 coming into the game and scored 31 and hauled down 15 rebounds. Is he the best big man that you have come across this season so far?

Yes he is probably the best big man we’ve faced this season so far.

After a poor showing in the home opener against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors, the club came back the next week beating rival BG Karlsruhe. Was there something in this game that has secretly sparked the play of the team to span this 7 game winning streak?

The lost definitely woke us up a little and gave us motivation for the next game. The loss is something we got over quickly and is a thing of the past. The winning is a result of us focusing on the next game and not thinking about what happened the week before.

PS Karlsruhe have this focus that I really haven´t seen from any team this season. How much does this have to do with the characters of the club and how much with the guidance of head coach Alexander Scepanovic?

I think coach has done a great job of managing the personalities on the team and keeping us focused from game to game. He does a good job of not letting us get too high or too low on ourselves.

PS Karlsruhe have the top rated defense in the Pro B. The club doesn´t have real size inside, but how naurtal is the team athleticism which seems to drive opponents crazy?

I think our length and quickness is frustrating to our opponents. We also do a great job of communicating which is a huge part of any successful defense. We take pride in the way we defend and it’s a primary focus of ours coming into the game.

The club seems to have so much self-confidence at the moment. Does the team know how good it is and how much potential does the team have and how better do you feel can you still get?

 We know that we have potential to do something special this season but we also know that potential means nothing if we don’t deliver. We feel there’s still another level we can reach as our team chemistry continues to grow.

Is the front line of Orlando Parker, Bill Borekambi and Jordan Talbert the best athletic trio in the Pro B south?

It’s not my place to say if we’re better than anyone else but I think that we can’t compete with anyone on any given night.

How valuable has German Deon Mcduffie been this season. What besides his nonstop energy is his biggest asset on the court?

Deon is our leader, he’s our voice. He does so much for us off the court as well as on the court. His ability to make big and timely shots for us in crunch time is priceless.

You had your best scoring game of the season with 21 points. How much fun is it to play with the talented forwards Orlando parker and Bill Borekambi and how do you feel has their play helped your play so far this season?

 It’s great playing with those guys. Along with our playing together in games I think we’ve helped each other the most on the practice floor. We compete against each every day at a high level which makes sure we come into the game sharp. Playing against them in practice I know I won’t play against better when the game time comes.

How valuable has the brother relationship of you and Orlando Parker been for the team chemistry up front?

 It’s has been great to develop that relationship with Orlando. It’s definitely has shown in our play. Us being on the same page offensively and defensively makes our frontline that much better.

Your stats are down from last season because there are more scoring options with PS Karlsruhe. How do you feel is your game benefiting from your new teams and team play?

I feel that my game has benefitted tremendously by not having so much focus on me as it was before me playing here. I can play more without the ball, I have more passing options because there are more scorers around me, and also I feel comfortable when I come out of the game knowing that my team can sustain the lead. The need for me to score so much is not there, which is a relief. It also allows me to play more natural and let the game come to me.

Is your three pointer an area that you want to continue to improve to make your play even more unpredictable for opponents defense to read accurately?

Yes my three pointer along with other areas are things I want to improve on that will help my game.

The next game is against the doormat of the league Wurzburg. How will PS Karlsruhe not underestimate this team?

I don’t think our focus will be so much on our opponent. Our focus is on us and how we can play our best game no matter who it’s against.

Who wins a one on one you or Orlando Parker?

We’re both extremely competitive guys with a similar style of play. It would be a good game but my pride will never let me say someone can beat me in a game of one on one.

With Curry, Thompson and Durant and the supporting cast, shouldn´t the Golden State Warriors be even better than how they started or is that big man presence missing?

 It’s still very early in the season to say. With adding and losing major pieces they’re still building chemistry. With that being said I do think they’re missing a solid rim protector.

Does a 0/10 shooting night by Steph Curry prove he is really only human?

Everyone has a bad shooting night but for him to answer that game with a 13/17 game I think it’s safe to say he’s still easily the best shooter in the league.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Apocalypto.

Thanks Jordan for the chat.

 

Jordan Talbert (PS Karlsruhe) Good Teams Know How To Maintain Composure And Weather The Storm And We Did That Against BG Karlsruhe

Jordan Talbert is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that is playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1(11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5(1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to German Hoops after winning the Karlsruhe derby against BG Karlsruhe 79-68.

 

 

 

 

Jordan thanks for talking to German HoopsCongrats on the 79-68 win against BG Karlsruhe in the big derby game. What did it feel like playing in your first Karlsruhe derby game?

The atmosphere was great. There was a huge build up to this game all week long. I’m glad it’s over now and we can really focus on the rest of the season and building chemistry within the team.

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Jordan Talbert (PS Karlsruhe) I´m A Motivated And Driven Player

Jordan Talbert is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1(11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5(1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to German Hoops about his new adventure with PS Karlsruhe.

 

 

Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

No problem, my summer was great and fulfilling. I really enjoyed my time back in the states with family and friends. At the moment I’m in Karlsruhe preparing for the upcoming season.

Congrats on signing with PS Karlsruhe. How was the summer transfer period for you? You signed rather late. Did you have a good share of offers that made your decision making tougher?

 No the decision was fairly easy for me. And to my knowledge I didn’t have many offers to choose from but I’m happy that PS Karlsruhe had enough interest in me to bring me in.

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Jordan Talbert (Giants Nordlingen) I Think My Physical Presence On The Court Improved

Jordan Talbert is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that is playing his second professional season with the Giants Nordlingen. He came to Germany as a rookie last season and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. He spoke to German Hoops after the season ending 78-77 loss to Ehingen.

Thanks Jordan for talking to German Hoops. A tough 78-77 loss to Ehingen to end the season. Head coach Mario Matic told me 5 hours before tip off that he was very confident that his team would win. How confident did the team feel that it would give a lot better effort then in game one?

We were definitely confident that we would come out and play better than we did in game 1. Unfortunately they came out just as motivated to elevate their game also.

Does the bitter loss effect lessen a bit when you think how hard the team fought from 15 points down in the first half to almost winning the game at the end instead of being beat by 20 points to end the season?

Any type of loss hurts. I think the close ones cut a little deeper but it’s better than losing by 20.

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