Tristan Blackwood (Phoenix Hagen): I Bring Energy To The Floor

Tristan Blackwood is a 26 year old 183cm guard from Toronto, Ontario that will be starting his fourth professional basketball season and first in the beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) from 2004-2008.In his senior year, he played  : 30 games: 16.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 86.4%: Finished career at CCSU ranked sixth all-time in scoring (1,605), second in assists (506), and first in three-pointers made (328). In 2008-2009, he started his professional basketball career in Holland for Aris Friesland Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie) where he played from 2008-2010. Last season, he played for JL Bourg Basket (France-ProB), in Dec.’10 moved to s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): 12 games: 3.3ppg, 1.5apg, in March’11 signed at GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA, starting five): 5 games: 11.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 5.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

How happy are you about signing with Phoenix Hagen and getting a good jump on your summer getting signed early instead of waiting around like many other players for that job?

It feels good to know a team is interested in you. When there is an opportunity to get on a good team in a good league, personally wouldn’t wait. I can’t speak for other players, but when something like this comes across I will take it.

You played last season for the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck. What do you know about the Beko BBL and were you able to follow it a bit last season?

I really don’t know much about the league, but I know it is a good league with some really good players.

What will be your goal with Phoenix Hagen as a player?

My goal with this team as a player is to work hard and fight every day. Most importantly, the goal is to get to the championship game.

Have you talked with coach Ingo Freyer? Has your role been defined yet?

No I haven’t talked with Ingo Freyer. When I get to Hagen I will find out my role.

Phoenix Hagen is still being built. If there is one player that you always wished about having as a teammate who would it be?

One player I would like to have on my team I would have to say would be Jevohn Shepherd. I played with him previous years, so I know what kind of player he is.

You have shown in college and in Holland that you can score, but also act as a team player that will find the open man. What is a strength in your game that isnt always noticed right away?

The strength in my game that is not noticed is the energy that I bring to the floor.

You are from Canada. Was it difficult making the jump to basketball considering Canada is a hockey country?

I have been with basketball for a long time and played against different talent, so therefore, it wasn’t so difficult to jump into basketball.

What were the main reasons for going to Central Conn State?

The main reason for going to Central Conn State is because the coach gave me an opportunity to play right away and that’s what I wanted to do. Also, there was another Canadian on the team at the time and my brother lived a couple hours away.

What was your nicest memory at Central Conn with Richmond Pittmann as your teammate who also has played in Germany the last years?

I only played with him for one season. The memory we had was just playing together to try win a championship.

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

I played against a lot of players that is in the NBA such as Rudy Gay, Rondo, CP3, Deron Williams, Greg Oden, Denham Brown, Jermaine Anderson.

You played two years in the Dutch league starting with Aris and then moving to Den Bosch. What was the most important thing that you learned from coach Pete Miller?

The most important thing I learned from coach Miller is the basic fundamentals of the game. He is good at developing players and bringing out the best out of players.

You showed in Holland that you can score and was in the top assist men. The Beko BBl is a stronger league. Do you feel a lot of pressure to perform in the Beko BBL?

Where ever you play there will always be pressure. Therefore, you just have to go out and play to your best ability.

Last season, you played for 3 teams, one in France and two in Germany. How tough was last season bouncing around teams? How did you get through this experience?

Last season was tough for me going through the experience. Bouncing from different teams took a toll on my head. From the support of my family and friends I was able to get past that and get back on track. Everyone goes through different experiences, all you have to do is learn from it and bounce back.

You played shortly with s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. You wll be playing against them this season. They have a new coach with John Patrick and they have signed some good players. How do you see the chances of your ex team to remain the Beko BBL and not move down again?

I think they will do good in the BBL. They have good management and good fans that will support them. With the good players that they will get and coach, they will be fine.

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

The most free throws I made in a row was when I was in college at practice when I hit 80 in a row.

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

The most crazy shot I made was when I was in college. We played against St. Fran PA, we were down 2 points and I came off two screens and hit a step back three. Also, this past season when I played with Osnabruck against Essen. We were down two points and hit a three to seal the game.

What is your opinion about Ron Artest changing his name to “World Peace?

My opinion for him changing his name is that he wants world peace. If that is what he wants to do, he must have a good reason for doing so.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was The Hangover part 2.

Thanks Tristan for the chat.

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