Nate Linhart is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Gahanna, Ohio that will play his third professional basketball season and first in the German Beko BBL with TBB Trier. The American played for Akron (NCAA) from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3Pts: 32.8%, FTBSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 44 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 76.1%.last season, he played for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been MAC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -06, 08, MAC Tournament Semifinals -06, MAC East Division Regular Season Champion -07, 09, MAC Tournament Finalist -07, 08, All-MAC Honorable Mention -09, MAC Defensive Player of the Year -09, MAC Tournament Winner -09, MAC All-Tournament MVP -09, MAC All-Tournament Team -09, Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas Finalist -09, Austrian Supercup Winner -09, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com Austrian Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Finalist -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Champion -10, and D-League East Conference Runner-Up -11. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
You will be starting your third professional basketball season in October for TBB Trier in the Beko BBL. What were the main reasons that you chose the club on the Mosel river?
I had a chance to meet Coach Roedl last year in Vegas and he made an impression on me as someone I would enjoy playing for. When the opportunity presented itself to play for him this year, after reviewing my other options, I felt it would be the best fit for me in Trier.
You had a pretty solid season in the D-league for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. Did you have many more offers that you had to choose from? How difficult was it choosing TBB Trier?
I had some other offers but I wanted to go somewhere where I would be comfortable and after meeting Coach and already knowing Dru Joyce it seemed to be my best option.
What do you know about the German league Beko BBL? Are there any guys playing in Germany that you know besides Dru Joyce?
I know it is a very well respected league through out Europe. I’ve heard the competition is top notch. There are a lot of guys all through out the league that I know or have played against, too many to name.
You averaged almost 3 assists per game in the D-league. Is your passing out of the low post and in general something you were able to improve on last season?
Yes I think I see the floor pretty well for my size. I don’t play in the low post all that often but in general I thought my passing improved through out the course of last season.
Who won a one on one in practice at Eire you or Tasmin Mitchell?
Never got a chance to play Tas in 1 on 1. Different positions but it would have been a battle for sure
What is a big strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?
I think my ability to get to the basket. I’m crafty around the rim and a pretty good finisher when I get to the basket.
How long did it take you to realize who your coach Henrik Rodl was? I am sure you saw the North Carolina- Michigan game in 1993? What do you remember of this game and from coach Rodl?
I found out who he was from my agent just before talking to him for the first time. I knew he came from a pretty extensive and successful basketball background. I don’t remember too much from the game though, besides Chris Webber calling timeout and earning the technical foul.
You played together with Dru Joyce at Akron. What is something that always stuck in your mind with your dealings with Joyce as a teammate at Akron?
With Dru Joyce I always knew what I was going to get each game. He’s a hard nosed player with a knack for getting the job done one way or another. He’s just a winner that has always played with a lot of confidence as well.
Most players from Ohio can´t really answer this question, but maybe you can. Why are there so many good basketball players from Ohio?
I guess it’s just the culture that we come from. Basketball seems to be the dominant sport in Ohio and to be successful you really have to raise your level of play.
Who was the best player that you played against with Akron in the NCAA that might be in the NBA?
There were a couple of guys that stand out. Dejuan Blair and Sam Young from Pittsburgh were both really tough hard nosed players. Leon Powe was really tough at California. The person that hurt us the most though was probably Eric Maynor at VCU, I think he had 30 on us one game.
You played together with Tim Burnette with BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers 2 years ago in Austria. You will play against Burnette who is playing with s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What was your fondest memory with him and your time in Austria?
Tim was one of my better friends on the team we hung out a lot. I just remember off the court playing a lot of Call of Duty and NBA 2k together. He’s still a great friend of mine too.
What part of your game do you still need to work on and will be doing this summer in the gym?
Just continually developing my shot and ballhandling. Those are 2 things everybody can always improve on so I’ve just been sticking with that.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I think Superbad, top 5 comedy all time no doubt!
Thanks Nate for the chat.