HI Norman, Thanks for taking some time to chat to www.eurobasket.com. This is your first season for TBB Trier. What were the main reasons why you decided to come to Trier to play? I had some friends play in Trier prior to my decision to play here. They had many positive things to say about the club and the city. I talked tothe coach as well and saw the quality of players he was bringing here and was very excited about the situation.
How do you like Trier? Have you found a comfortable place in Trier, where you can just relax and think about basketball? I really love Trier. I think its a very nice city and have very friendly people. It is a relaxing city where I can just stay home and think about a lot of things.
The team started 1-1 in the 2008-2009 season. What can we expect from this team in the long run? What style of play will we see? I think everyone can expect a team that will compete every game. We have some really talented players that are willing to learn and work hard. I expect nothing but good things and think everyone following us should expect the same.
In the second game against Ludwigsburg, the team had problems rebounding. Point guard Derrick Ravio was top rebounder with seven. How difficult is it now playing without injured center George Evans? Its been very difficult playing without G. He is very important to our team. Not only do we miss his scoring and rebounding but also his leadership qualities. With that being said I think we all have to make an extra effort to make up for his absence. I think it will make us better in the long run!
You have been a scorer all your life. After two games power forward Chris Copeland seems to have become the go to guy. Are you ok with that? What is your role in team? I love that we have a guy like Chris. He gives our opponent match up problems. He can score in many ways. I think he has the potential to be one of the best players in Europe. I have no problem being the second, third, or forth option. We have a lot of weapons and the more weapons the better for our team.
What are your strengthes as a player? My strengthes are my experience and leadership. I've played in many games in my career and I know what it takes to win and be successful in Europe.
On Saturday, you guys celebrate your home opener against Paderborn. How excited are you about playing in the Trier arena? I am very excited to play in front of our fans! We played our first two games on the road and we have been looking forward to play in front of our fans. It will be great! Hopefully we give a good show.
Paderborn won its first game on the road. What will be the game plan for this opponent Just to compete and play hard. We all know if we compete and give the effort that it will give us a good chance to win.
How is ex Skyliner Maksym Shtein developing? He should be an asset under the hoop. Max has been great for us. He gives us a guy that can score in the post. He is a very smart player as well. I think he was the key for us in the game versus Gttingen. He will be a big part of our team this year.
The leader of team is James Gillingham. He seems to be a laid back guy, but how important is he to the team? Gilly is very important to our team. He is our leader. He has the most experience in the BBL so he gives us a lot of information about our opponent. As a player he brings scoring, defense and great energy for us.
How do you like the BBL so far? You played in France and Poland the last few years. How do the leagues compare? I think the two teams we played were very tough. It is difficult to compare the BBL with Poland and France since I only played two games. I'm sure this league will be as tough as the Polish and French league.
You were born in Brooklyn, New York. What was it like growing up in New York? It was fun growing up in Brooklyn. Especially my neighborhood. We played a lot of Basketball. We have one of the best neighborhoods for producing really good Basketball players and that is what we did all day long.
Who were your Basketball idols growing up? My basketball idol growing was my older brother Derrick Brown. He taught me everything about the game. He played College Basketball at Providence College.
You played College ball at Hofstra in New York. What were your nicest memories of playing at the college level? My best memories of playing Basketball at Hofstra was winning our conference championships. Those were some special moments for me.
Who was the best player that you played against in college? I played against a lot of great players in college but none standout in my head. But I faced a lot of really tough players.
You played 13 games in the NBA. Do you have any idea, why you couldnt stick around in the NBA? I just wasn't good enough to play at that level consistently. The guys in the NBA are special players. It was a great experience that I would always remember.
What experience will forever be framed in your mind? College Basketball is something that I would never forget. I had the time of my life. I loved and still do love my teammates and coaches. We were like a real family and we all communicate to this day.
You also played in Venezuela and Argentina? What was the quality of ball in South America? Basketball in South America was fun. The competiton can't compare with basketball in Europe, but it was fun to experience another style of Basketball.
In March 2007, you played three games for the Boca Juniors in Argentina. Why didnt that work out? I actually got hurt while playing there. I needed 1 month to heal and the playoffs were about to begin so I couldn't continue.
The Boca Juniors Soccer club is the most famous club in Argentina. The status between Soccer and Basketball must be huge there. How were the Basketball fans? The Basketball fans were good, but it do not come close to the soccer fans! The soccer fans there are really loyal to there team.
What would you like to do after your Basketball career is done? I want to become a teacher. Teach physical education. Maybe become a coach. Maybe. I still have a little time to think about that.
What are your hobbies? Reading is my favorite hobby. I love to read investment books. I read a lot while I am in Europe.
Thank you for chat and good luck in season!!! Thanks!!
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) 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 senio... [read more]
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) 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 eurobasket about his new adventure with PS Karlsruhe.
Jordan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 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.
There were some of your colleagues from last season like Elijah Allen and Julian Scott that made thr jump to the Pro A. I would have thought that you would be a sure shot. Did you have Pro A offers that just didn't fit your situation?
No I didn't have any pro A offers. I guess I wasn't what any of the teams were looking for or they found better options than me which is understandable. I'm very happy for those guys that were able to make the transition and wish them much success.
Last season with Nordlingen you averaged 17,5ppg and led the league with 11rpg. Is Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) a Pro A caliber player playing in the Pro B at this point?
I really don't know what caliber player I am. I know that I'm a competitor that's going to give 100% each game and at each practice to be the best player I can be. Anything other than that is out of my control, and anything that's out of my control are things that I don't worry about.
What were the main reasons for joining PS Karlsruhe? What sold you on their program most? The club is up and coming, and very hungry from what I can tell. Me already being a very motivated and driven player it's like adding fuel to a fire when everyone else around you is just as ambitious and prepared to put in the necessary work. I've felt right at home from the first day.
After two seasons with the Giants Nordlingen what is your personal goal this season? Perhaps the most logical helping PS Karlsruhe move up to the Pro A? My personal goal is to win as many games as possible. I like to not have any expectations going in but we have a lot potential and I plan on doing everything in my power to make sure we maximize it.
The club just moved up from the Regionaliga and are very focused to keep their winning ways alive. The club has hauled in many German players. Do you see having the same type of role as last season in Nordlingen were you were the main scoring option? It's still very early to determine each players role from game to game. I think that's apart of team chemistry building. My intent is to come in and do whatever is needed for us to win rebounding, defense, or scoring.
The club has talented forwards with German Bill Borekambi and Croatian Dino Jakolis. Will not necessarily having to carry that' scoring load like in Karlsruhe like you did in Nordlingen be welcoming to you?
We definitely have talented guys here that are able to do a lot of things. In Nordlingen much of the season and for most of the playoffs we only had a 7 or 8 man rotation. So playing 35+ minutes a night and doing all the things I had to last season for us to have a chance won't be necessary. But if coach asks that of me I will be prepared to deliver at any moments notice.
How excited are you to be playing in a city that has another team with BG Karlsruhe? In New York they call the Yankees-Mets series the subway series and in Karlsruhe they could call it the cross town series. Being from another country I was definitely unfamiliar with the rivalry but just in week I think everyone has caught me up on the history. Personally I'm looking forward to it. Those games are always the best games because it means just a little bit more to everyone which raises the competition level. The energy for that game is building day by day and I know that we're going to come prepared to battle that day.
You had a very strong season last season in Nordlingen. How did you keep the hunger alive this summer and keep working on parts of your game that you aren't happy with? Motivation has never been a problem for me. My ambitions and work ethic are the only reasons I'm still playing right now. I wasn't happy at all with my shooting percentages last season and with how my body felt towards the end of the season. So I really focused on things I could do to improve in those areas.
My day would start at 4AM with a good healthy breakfast and meditation. I would make it to gym at 5 and stay until 8 with some weight lifting and shooting. Then from 6PM to 830PM I was strictly on the court working on my craft. Off the court I had a strict diet. Cut out chocolate in particular which has always been an Achilles heel of mine. I would do this 5 times a week which now has me in the best shape of my life I believe.
Are you catching the 2016 Summer Olympics. What events besides Basketball do you enjoy watching? Yes I'm definitely keeping up with the Olympics. I enjoy track and field, swimming, gymnastics, and women's soccer. I just love watching people compete. As an athlete I know how much this moment means to them and what's not to love about watching someone put their heart and soul on the line for any event. It's inspiring.
Is Australia a dark horse for a medal? They beat France by 21 points in the opening game and have a pretty motivated team with 4 NBA players? When it comes to basketball I'm not sure nor do I care who the silver and bronze go to as long as USA brings home the gold.
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go int... [read more]
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go into his ninth season in Germany after playing one season in Turkey.In Ludwigsburg, The Suguar Loaf, New York native is a fan favorite and even in Frankfurt last season, he was known as being that sixth man in the stands supporting his friend John Little on many occassions last season, but if he will make the trip to Frankfurt in street clothes this season is more than unlikely as his friend left, but on the court he will as usual create havoc in the paint area. Last season for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL), he played 33 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (71.6%), FT: 51.9%; Eurocup: 16 games: 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 56.1%. "It is always a good feeling to return. I feel at home here and am ready for the new season. It is still early in the preseason, but we are playing together at the moment. That will be important in the next weeks. The guys are working hard. I feel I can take the role in as a veteran and guy that gives experience", stated Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports).
UA-Monticello's Dayton Mickens (203-F-91, college: Ark.-Monticello) scored the first 7 points of the game for Eurobasket helping them defeat Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven 79-68. Mickens ended the game with a double-double finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first action of the tour. He sat out the win against VfL AstroStars Bochum on Friday night. Eurobasket Select had a much more balanced attack on the offensive end led by Ozarks's Ethan Murray (188-G-93, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) 14... [read more]
Friday's win got off to a slow start but that was not the case on Saturday as Eurobasket took the lead early and never let Cuxhaven take another lead after the eight minute mark of the 1st quarter. Mickens, Dunnings, Paine's Don Quarles (193-F/G-92, college: Paine) (6 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl), Brown's Josh Biber (196-G/F-91, college: Brown) (8 pts, 7 reb), and Dominican's William Wise (206-F) started the game off. Eurobasket's opened the lead to 8 mid way through the first following a put back by Biber and an easy transition layup by Dunnings.
The second unit pushed the lead out all the way to 15 points led by Montague, Murray, Ham, and North Dakota's Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota). The home team would fight back to cut the lead to eight by halftime with strong play from Croatian Center Dragan Sekelja (213-C-91, college: Florida Atlantic) and Serbian/Croatian Forward Sinisa Cvetanovic (201-SF-94). 'Every time we would extend the lead to double figures, Cuxhaven would respond. Sekelja and Cvetanovic were both very difficult matchups for us but I'm glad our guys were able to stay composed and finish the game strong," Eurobasket Select Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said.
Midway through the 3rd quarter Cuxhaven came out of a timeout in a 2-3 zone to try and slow down the pace. That is when Murray came in to break the zone. Within 2 minutes of entering the game he was able to knock down two 3 point field goals and get to the foul line for two more points. Dunnings followed Murray's run with one of his own as he got 3 pointer from the top of the key and a very spiritual 4 point play a few moments later. 'We had a 4-5 minute stretch where Ethan and Jeremiah really opened the game up for us. When a team tries to go zone against us we need our shooters to come through, and they did tonight', ESL Tour Manager Dustin Simcox said. 'What wont show up in the box score is the excellent defensive play of Ajani Santos (201-F/C-94) on Sekelja. During that stretch they tried to slow the game down with him and Ajani made everything difficult for him.'
Notes: Dunnings and Montague have scored double figures in both games...Mickens first double-double of tour for any player...Biber five offensive rebounds is a team high and tour high...Eurobasket Select plays Weser Baskets Bremen/BTS Neustadt this afternoon at 4 pm German time/10 AM EST/7 AM PST.
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