Ryan Staudacher is a 23 year old 193cm guard from Kirkland, Washington. He is playing his first season for the Frankfurt Skyliners PRO B team. he played at Montana(NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 80.0%. Some awards and achievements that he has recieved in his career have been Sky Conf. Tournament Semifinals -07, Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Winner -10 and All-Big Sky Conf. Honorable Mention -10. Staudacher spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
A tough 76-64 loss to Redgas Ehingen at home. What was key for not getting the home win?
Ehingen is a good team. They played very tough physical defense on us. We were sluggish in the first half. It was tough coming back in the second half.
What was your impression of Erdgas Ehingen? They are a much respected program that develops young Germans well.
Ehingen was so balanced. They had so many guys that could score and do so many different things. They had many guys that play 20-25 minutes and score 8-12 points. They all play together on defense.
What was your impression of young 18 year old German Mario Blessing?
He will become a good player. When we switched to zone, he did a good job making shots.
This is your first season in Germany. How do you like it?
I love Germany. It has been a great experience so far. I am totally blessed to be able to travel the world and see so much. I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates and coaching staff for making me feel so comfortable.
What is the biggest differences to Kirkland, Washington where you come from?
Frankfurt is a big city and reminds me a bit of Seattle so in that sense I feel a bit like at home. It is a bit colder in Germany, but I dont mind since I am always in the gym. The language barrier can be tough, but it is nice seeing a new culture.
You played in the ABA for the Seattle Mountaniers. How did the contact come to Frankfurt?
It is along story. I never played in the ABA for Seattle. They just added me to their roster. I came to Germany for a tryout with PRO A team Paderborn, but just as I was going to leave their coach got fired so i then went to France and worked out ofr a team and waited. My agent got the contact to Frankfurt.
You showed in your first games that you can score. What exactly is your role?
I am still working on my role and trying to figure out how I fit in best. With Falko Theilig penetrating, he can find me for the open shot and with Chris Rojik, I can help the inside out game. I help compliment the scoring.
How tough is it coming so late in the season to a new team?
It is a big challenge coming to a team so late in the season and trying to fit in. The team has been together so long that you have to adjust quicker. There are many moving pieces in the puzzle. I hope we gel soon, because our goal is still the playoffs. If we work hard, we think that we can still get there.
What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?
I think my defense is. I am not the most gifted athlete. I think that I defend better than what people give me credit for.
What does Frankfurt have to do better in the second half of the season to register more wins?
We just have to improve as a team. We just have to continue to play hard and come more together as a team.
Are the PRO B and the Big Sky Conference where you played with Montana(NCAA) similar?
I think that both leagues are similar in the style and level of play. There are many players in the PRO A that played in the NCAA.
What was your childhood like in Kirkland, Washington?
I had a good childhood. I had three younger brothers and we were always playing sports.
Who was your NBA idol?
Ray Allen. He was playing with the Supersonics and I just loved how he played and his shot.
Was there an NBA player that you didnt like?
No, I liked them all. These guys play to hard that you have to respect them.
What was your fondest memory at Montana(NCAA)?
Reaching the NCAA tournament my senior year. It was amazing being a part of March Madness. We lost in the first round as a 14th seed to the third seed new Mexico by 6 points.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?
I played against a few good ones like Courtney Lee. We played at Duke my junior year and played against Gerald Henderson. I also played against Brandon Roy a few times.
Virgil Matthew plays for Ehingen. He also played at Montana. Did you know him?
It was nice playing against Virgil. He went to Montana before I arrived. We have a very good relationship. He comes from Washington state as well.
What were the most free throws that you made in a row?
I made 126 free throws in high school.
What was your most crazy shot?
I made a three pointer from the corner off the back board.
What would you like to do after your basketball career?
I have always had a dream of starting my own business. I have a degree in finance from Montana.
Who will win the Super Bowl The Green bay Packers or the Pittsburg Steelers?
I think that it will be a great game and more points will be scored then people might expect. I have to go with the Packers since the Steelers beat my Sea hawks. I love the passing game of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Secretariat. It is a horse racing movie.
Thanks Ryan for the chat.