Achmadschah Zazai is a 22 year old German/Afghani 177 cm guard that is currently looking for a team. He started his basketball career for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 and played there until 2005. In the 2005-2006 season, he played for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) playing 28 games and averaging 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 15 games averaging 19.3ppg, and also had a license for EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) playing 12 games and averaging 1.1ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for the Bremen Roosters (Germany-ProA) playing 14 games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.1apg, and then went to Denmark to play for Horsens IC playing 8 games and averaging 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3(4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. Last season, he played for Telemotive Muenchen (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games averaging 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-4(5.5apg), Steals-5(2.2spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.4%. This season, he signed a three month contract with the Artland Dragons to help fill the void for injured Flavio Stuckemann. He only played sparingly for The Artland Dragons. At the moment, he is looking for a team and interested teams can contact him at email@example.com
The BEKO BBL is in full swing, but you are without a job again. How difficult was it playing for a team were you knew it would only be a short experience?
It was not difficult at all because I took that opportunity as a chance to improve my game to the next Level and I am sure I have learned some more new things. Working out in the Bundesliga and especially for the Artland Dragons has helped me to understand the Basketball and also to become a better player for the next team that I will play.
Now you must look for a team again. The chances are more difficult now. What is your strategy at this point so deep into the new season?
I really would love to stay in the first League, but I wouldn’t mind to play for a lower League too. There I know I can probably get more minutes to play.
What kind of experience was it being an Artland Dragon for a few months?
It was an awesome time and I couldn’t complain at all to be there even If I knew I will not get the minutes to play. I really appreciate Coach Leibenath for giving me the Chance to be a part of the Team. He is on and off the court a great Coach. The Players and the Team around the Team were a kind of Family to me. Playing against Darren Fenn, Toby Bailey and Ronald Ross was an unpayable experience for me. They have teached me a lot and I am thank full for it. The difference between the 1st Bundesliga and the Pro A is way bigger as you expected before. Here you have to make sure not doing any mistakes on court if you want to play on a high level. It is faster, tougher and stronger in any other League that I have played previously. On the one hand being a Point Guard means for me to carry a team and to make the right decisions. On the other hand I had to defend or to stop my opponent and to bring them making mistakes or not doing easy baskets.
What could you learn from Ronald Ross on the court?
Ronald is someone that can read the defense very well. He can punish the team by attacking the zone by a right time and plays always with a lot of energy. I have learned how to play with such kind of Tempo and I am sure I can compete.
How was your relationship with coach Thorsten Leibenath? How did he motivate you?
We have had and we still have a really good relationship. I am glad to have met him and had him as my Coach. He belongs to one the Coaches that communicates with his players, trying to find out how he can motivate or to make his guys better. He was for me there anytime and by the way, he is a really good Tennis Player too *laugh*.
You only played four games and 7,19 minutes. Are you disappointed that you were not able to play more?
I really would have loved to play more minutes, but I knew since I have signed for Artland that I wouldn’t get that much minutes to play. I was the temporary replacement for Flavio (Stückemann) and he is back now after his injury. Any minute that I have gotten from the Coach, I was happy to play. So, how can I complain? I still have the fire in me and I can not wait any longer to stay on the court somewhere else again.
What is your impression of The Artland Dragons? Can they win the BEKO BBL title?
Artland has a really deep bench and they have a good mix of experienced and young players. The coaching Staff works really professional together and they are preparing the team always as good as possible. From my point of view, I would say they will stay somewhere in the top of the Standings after that Season. They have a really good chance to play for the Finals.
You would really like to play PRO A or BBL. Wurzburg of PRO B has shown interest. Haven´t you gotten more interest from other teams?
To play for a BBL Team that has the Philosophy to play with its young German Players would be my dream. I know I can compete in that League, but I wouldn’t mind to play for a lower League too. The most important thing to me is to get my minutes to play. Last year I belonged to one of the top German point guards in the Pro B. This year I have to make a step forward. Wurzburg might be the only Team in the Pro B that I would play for. They are willing to move up into the Pro A. My agent is talking to some other Teams as well and he wants to make sure that I will play for the right team where both Parties will have his advantages.
Would you be interested to go to another country if you had the chance?
Sure, why not? It depends only where.
Do you sometimes wish that you were 10cm bigger? How unfair is it to be labelled as too small to play even though you are able to perform very well for your size and have shown it in the past?
Not at all. You can ask any guard that was trying to guard me how it feels like to be beaten by a 10 cm smaller Guard?
What is your biggest asset in your game?
That I will never give up and to play as hard as possible every night and day for my team to win.
What is something you do very well that is never seen in the stats?
My defense and my team Play. Since I have learned all these things again on another level at Artland, I am way more hungry to do this for my new Team again.
Good luck with your search!!!!
Thank you Miles for the Interview.