Face To Face With Whit Holcomb-Faye

Whit Holcomb-Faye is a 26 year old 185cm guard from Winston Salem, North Carolina. He is a hard-nosed competitor; has the natural scoring instinct with the ability to draw the foul and convert the bucket; has the ability to breakdown defenses with his penetration and is A very good free throw shooter; An under rated three-point shooter. He recently played with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and now is playing in Austria for Wels. He played at Radford from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 23.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 33.5%, FT: 80.9%. He played with the Kaiserslautern Braves and played 29 games: 16.4ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-1(5.8apg), FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 69.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for BBC Bayreuth (Germany-ProA, starting five): 29 games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 76.1%. Last season, he returned to the Saar-Pfalz Braves (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 16.0ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-1(8.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 76.1%. He spoke to german hoops about basketball before leaving The Walter Tigers Tuebingen for Austria

After playing in the German PRO A for four years, you have made the jump to the BEKO BBL: What do you like most about the league?

I like that there are more people at the games. I always have liked to play in front of large crowds. The gyms are bigger here and the following is a lot greater. I am still trying to find myself and help the team as best as I can.


It was always a mystery for me why it took you so long to reach the BEKO BBL. Do you have any clue why it took you four years?

I have no idea. I always waited for a call after each PRO A season, but nothing ever came. I never had any problem going back to Kaiserslautern. I always felt a type of obligation to try to help them move up. My goal was always to help them move up. I really liked their organization.

Last season, you averaged 8,4apg in the PRO A. How much more difficult is the level now in the BEKO BBL?

It is not much different than the PRO A. The only real difference is that I played a lot more in the PRO A. In the PRO A, I had the ball in my hands a lot more and was surrounded by many shooters and athletes which fit me well with my penetration game. I have a different role now not playing as much. I strongly feel that if I got the minutes in the BEKO BBL, then I could put up the same type of assist numbers.

How much thank do you have to give Chris Oliver for helping you get the Tuebingen job?

I have to give Chris much thanks. Chris helped me a lot getting this job. My intentions at first was not to play in Tuebingen, but work out and wait for a call. However coach Igor Perovic liked me and offered me the job.

What does the Walter Tigers Tuebingen still need to do to get better?

We have a lot of weapons, but we need to show more toughness and be more physical on the court.

How great is it to play with Bane Ratkovica every day? Is he the best point guard now in the BEKO BBL?

He is the best point guard in the BEKO BBL now. Bane is a cool and great guy and very unselfish. He is the best passer that I have ever played with. It is always great to play with a guy that can pass or pass better than you can.

What is the most important thing that you have learned from coach Igor Perovic?

The most important thing that I have learned from him is ball movement and cutting. Coach has a great philosophy and he believes that all great teams have great ball movement. He really has done a great job teaching his philosophy to us.

What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right way?

I think a strength is my toughness and the ability to make big  shots in big games. My passing overshadows me being able make plays in big moments.

What was your childhood like in Winston Salem, North Carolina?

I had a nice childhood. There wasn´t much to do in Winston Salem besides playing basketball. I grew up with Chris Paul and we played together for 10 years and were rivals in high school.

Who was your NBA idols?

Kobe Bryant

You played at Radford from 2002-2006. What was your nicest memory of your NCAA days?

Making the Sportscenter top 10 plays with a game winning half court shot against High Point university. Our games were seldom shown on TV and this shot gave Radford some publicity.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

I am not really sure, but the best school that we played against was west Virginia and Johannes Herber who is my teammate now.

You have known Chris Oliver a long time. What was your nicest experience with him?

We met at college and we clicked right away on the court. I threw him an alley-op in every game which kind of became our trademark.

Who wins a one on one in practice? You or Bane Ratkovica?

I would win, but actually we are pretty much even in practice.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row?

I made 29 in a row.

What was your most crazy shot that you ever made in a practice or game?

The half court shot that was on ESPN Sportscenter and I once was being shoved out of bounds and I made a shot from behind the basket.

What would you like to do after your playing days?

I want to get into coaching. As a point guard, you are already a type of coach on the court.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Due Date with Jamie Fox and Robert Downey jr.

Thanks Whit for the chat.

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