Josh Carter is a 20 year old 201 cm shooting guard/small forward playing his first season in Germany for the BBL champions EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He is from Dallas, Texas and played four years at Texas A & M. In the fall of 2005, he was a 16 year old freshman on the team. In his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 39.9%, FT: 84.7%. He had two duels against 209 NBA top pick Blake Griffin losing both games against Oklahoma, but having a deadlock with Griffin at 32 points a piece. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007 and also played with the USA National team in 2007.
Josh sat down with German Hoops during pre season to talk basketball.
Josh thanks for talking to German Hoops. You are a BBL rookie playing your first season with 2009 BBl champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg. How has your first month been in Oldenburg. What has been the most difficult adjustments that you had to make coming out of college on and off the court?
My first month has been good. I havent been in Oldenburg much this is actually only my 2nd week to be here because we went to Slovenia for training camp for two weeks. But Oldenburg seems nice and I think I will like it here. As far as adjustments the biggest thing has been the conditioning. I am not used to running 3 to 4 miles at one time on a track so that took some getting used to. Also having 2 a days everyday is a little different for me but I am already getting used to it. Off the court there hasnt really been any adjustments at all yet. Just trying to get used to being in a new town/place.
Do you feel a lot of pressure playing your rookie season for a championship team and having to fight for playing time against so many talented players?
I actually feel no pressure at all, I am a real relaxed person I never get nervous and I just try to go out and play. Having great players around you takes a lot of pressure off. I just try to come out and play hard and do whatever the coach asks me to do.
Oldenburg is exactly Dallas in size. What have you grown to like the most in your new home Oldenburg?
Its quiet here so far from what I can tell. I like that a lot. I am a quite guy so its nice to be somewhere that doesnt seem so busy and crazy.
Besides family, what do miss the most from the United States?
The food. The food is good here too, but I just miss some of the places I used to always eat at back in the States. I also miss my friends. I have had a really close group of friends for awhile, so it feels weird to be away from them for so long.
The organization did a great job keeping 10 players and only adding two new players. How well have you been integrated into the team? Is there one guy who has particularly helped you more than anyone else?
I think I have been integrated pretty well. All the guys have helped me adjust. It hasnt been one particular guy they all do a good job of helping me figure things out and get used to things.
You have seen many great players in college the last years in the BIG 12. In Oldenburg are two of the BBL´s best players with Ricky Paulding and Jason Gardner. What has it been like playing against Paulding in practice daily? What have you learned in a short period so far from Paulding on the court?
It has been great playing against Ricky, he is a great player good athlete, and can do a little bit of everything. I have learned from Ricky so far to just compete everyday and never let the defense relax always try to attack and to attack in different ways. He does a good job of changing things up. Sometimes he goes all the way to the rim, sometimes mid range game and sometimes he shoots the 3 pt shot. So I have learned from him to attack but in different ways to keep the defense guessing.
The team isn´t just Americans, but has a healthy mix of other guys from Serbia, Croatia, Cameroun and Germany. Has it been hard adjusting to playing with so many different nationalities? At least the standard language is still in English.
It hasnt been hard at all to adjust. Everybody speaks English so there is no problem there.
You are a 201cm shooting guard/small forward. Where do you see yourself playing more this season at the position 2 or 3?
I think I will play both. I dont know for sure where I will play more at. I guess it just depends on how we match up with our opponents, and where the coach wants me to play for that game.
In the 2006-2007 NCAA season, you were the best three point shooter with Texas A&M. Do you see yourself being parked behind the three point line more or will we be able to see more of your all around game?
I think you will see my all around game a lot more. My coach has been really encouraging me to attack more and get to the basket. So you will still see the long range shooting but you will also see other phases of my game as well.
What has been your first impression of coach Predrag Krunic? What has impressed you at first about his coaching style?
I think he is an excellent coach. I am impressed with how smart he is and how passionate he is about the game. He really gets into practices and pushes us to go hard on every drill. I think he has done a great job with the team and is really getting us ready for the season.
The Germans haven´t played much of a role in games the last years, but always give 100% in practice. What German player has really stood out for you in the early pre season in practice and games?
I think Marco Buljevic has been doing a great job. He can really shoot the ball. He plays really hard and really helps us in a lot of different ways.
Oldenburg will be playing its first Euroleague and playing against top teams like Athens, Moscow, Madrid and Milan. How excited are you about this opportunity and have you made a note of which top class players you will be playing against?
I am really excited about it. Its nice to be able to go up against the best players in Europe. I haven’t really had to much time to look into all the teams and players yet but i will at some point.
What did you know about the BBL coming to Germany? There are quite a number of guys from Texas playing in Germany. Do you know any here?
I actually didnt know anything about the BBL before I came to this team. I have found out that its a great league and a great place to be though. I dont know any of the other guys from Texas that play here.
Your from Dallas, Texas. Who were your basketball idols growing up?
My idols have always been Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
You played at Texas A & M from 2005-2009. You reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007. What were your nicest memories from this run?
Just being able to play against great players and great teams, and also being able to play with great players and be a part of a great team. It was nice to see all the fans from my college so excited as well.
Last season, Texas A & M lost both games to Oklahoma, but #1 NBA draft pick Blake Griffin was not able to score more points against you as you both finished with 32 points a piece head to head in the two season games. Is there anything else that will be kept in your memory bank with your two games vs Griffin?
We had 2 great games against Oklahoma last year. I felt like we should have won both of those games, but we came up a little short in both. So i guess my memories from those games will just be we should have had them but we lost.
What was the craziest shot that you ever took that went in in a practice or game?
The craziest shot that I ever made was in a summer league game during high school, where we were down 2 in overtime and I was dribbling up the court with about 4 seconds left and the defense was waiting for me a little past half court. I got to half court and I just wanted to get a clean shot of so I pulled up from there the guy guarding me tried to contest it and ended up knocking me over but I made the shot at the buzzer to win the game anyway.
You like reality shows. What would a Josh Carter reality show consist off?
Haha, it would be a boring boring show. The most exciting thing would be the basketball I guess, but if I am not playing basketball or working out I am just sleeping, eating, or on the computer watching TV shows or talking to friends online. It wouldnt be a very exciting show, nobody would want to watch it.
What was the last DVD that you saw?
Thanks Josh for chat! Good luck this season!