Marcus Ginyard is a 23 year old 196cm shooting guard/small forward from Alexandria, Virginia that is playing his first season with BBC Bayreuth. He played at the University of North Carolina from 2005-2010. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 7.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 67.1%. Some of his achievements at North Carolina were , ACC Tournament Semifinals -06, 09, ACC Regular Season Champion 08, 09, ACC Tournament Winner -07, 08, NCAA Elite Eight -07, ACC All-Defensive Team -08, NCAA Final Four -08 and was a NIT Finalist -10. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Orlando (Charlotte Bobcats). He sat down with German Hoops to talk basketball.
How was it playing against Immanuel Mcelroy of Alba Berlin?
It was a great challenge and I had a lot of fun with the matchup. I thought that I played ok. I made some mistakes and Alba Berlin took advantage of it. It was a great learning experience.
BBC Bayreuth hasn´t started very well. What have been the reasons for the slow start?
We need to focus for 40 minutes. We have shown glimpses of being a good team, but only for short phases.
You are a rookie this season having played for North Carolina. Why did you choose BBC Bayreuth?
I thought it would be a great chance to play for this team. I think I can help the team win and at the same time get better.
Is there a big difference with the landscape between Chapel Hill and Bayreuth?
It is like night and day and really a difficult comparison, but actually if I think about it the landscape is similar with woods in both places.
Was it a tough adjustment going into preseason in Bayreuth form what you were used to at North Carolina?
No it was not tough at all. It was actually pretty similar. I was used to a very tough program at North Carolina and I came to Bayreuth and continued to work hard like in North Carolina.
BBC Bayreuth was a top German team in the late 80s. How is the current basketball atmosphere in Bayreuth?
The atmosphere is good. The people are excited that the team is back in the first division. We want to keep getting better as a team and give the fans wins.
BBC Bayreuth looks strong on paper. What can we expect from the club this season?
That is hard to say now as you never know what might happen. If we continue to work hard, we might start turning games around. We are definitely better than where we are in the standings.
What is it like as an American playing for a German coach?
I enjoy playing for coach Wagner. He values his team, cares about his team and wants us to do well. It is always nice playing for a coach that is so passionate about winning.
Has it been a tough transition from the ACC to the BEKO BBL?
It has as the biggest difference is that the German league is more physical. I have to take care of my body and always be ready to take hits.
What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed?
I am seen as a defensive player, but I showed in preseason that I can score. I think I am a better offensive player than what I get credit for.
What is your impression of young German Simon Schmitz?
I like his game a lot. he is one of the smaller players and is often at a disadvantage because of his size . He has a lot of potential and I am sure that he will be become a very good player.
Who was your basketball idol growing up?
I didn´t really have an idol. I liked watching basketball and never one particular player. My brother got me into basketball and was my idol.
What was your nicest memory at North Carolina?
Just being part of a national championship team. We got to the NCAA tournament final 4 twice and won on the second try. It was just a great feeling.
You played together with NBA players like Danny Green, Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hainsborough, Brandon Wright, Ty Lawson and Ed Davis. Who was the best player that you played with?
I think looking at the stats, Hainsborough was the best college player ever, but the best player that I played against was Ty Lawson. He always has the ability to take over a game. He always has the potential to change a game and be that x factor in a game.
Who wins a one on one, you or Koko Archibong?
I think I would win. I would use my quickness. We hang out all the time together.
What were the most free throws that you made in a row?
What was your most crazy shot in a game.
Never had nothing to crazy.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Marcus for the chat.