Ahmad Smith(NBC) Pregame Thoughts To Erdgas Ehingen Game April 12th. It Will Come Down To Who Wants To Win More

Ahmad Smith is a 26 year old 194cm guard from Alexandria, Virginia that is currently playing for NBC(PRO B). He is very athletic, handles the ball well and is able to beat his man in one-on-one situations. Creative player offensively who has a strong drive to the basket. He is a left-handed player who plays terrific defense at/on each perimeter position. Has good body control and excellent lateral foot speed. Outstanding rebounder for his size and position at both ends of the floor. He played at St Bonaventure(NCAA) from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he averaged 15.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 65.6%. In 2006-2007 he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he came to Germany to play for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for  BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. Last season, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2(8.7rpg), Assists-1(7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. This season, he started for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga), waived in Nov.’10, in Jan.’11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five). Currently he is averaging 8,6ppg, 6,6rpg and 7,3apg. He spoke to German Hoops before the deciding game against Erdgas Ehingen April 12th to see who goes to the PRO A.

NBC is looking to beat Ehingen to be able to move up to the PRO A. How is the mood in the team? Is there calmness or more nervousness?

The mood of our team is really calm and relaxed right now.

How difficult is having to play this game again after NBC had won the series but Ehingen protested getting another game winning 84-81?

It was really difficult at first, but I think we moved on past that situation as a team.

What was key for Ehingen in OT getting the 84-81 win?

I think they made some big plays in OT. We didn’t get enough defensive stops at the end of the game.

Has NBC watched extra film on Virgil Matthews since he pounded NBC for 26 points in the 84-81 loss? What makes him so tough to stop?

Yeah we watched the film of that loss, and he played a great game. He made some tough shots in that game. He is a really poised guard that knows when to take the big shot and when to get his teammates involved.

That was a tight 84-81 win for Ehingen. What will NBC have to do better to win in Ehingen and move up to the PRO A?

We have to be solid on the defensive end and stay together on offense.

How would you rate the importance of this game to other big games in your career?

It will be a big game. I would say it would definitely rank top 5 in my career.

You and Will Chavis were real work horses in the 84-81 loss combining for 81 minutes. Who had more breathe after that game? lol

I think we both were really tired after that game so its was equal LOL

What is your impression of young 18 year old German small forward Kevin Bright of Ehingen?

He is a really good player for his age. I think he has good potential and will have a great career.

The team stats in the last game were pretty even. What will be key in getting the win to move up to the PRO A?

It will all come down to who wants to win more, we both know each others plays and tendencies. Whoever makes the most plays will win the game.

Were you surprised by the low scoring 2011 NCAA title game between UCONN and Butler?

Yeah I was really surprised by the score of that game.

How high will Kemba Walker go in the 2011 NBA Draft?

He will be a lottery pick.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

City of God

Thanks Ahmad for the chat.

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