Michael Umeh(Nigerian National Team): I Would Not Mind Considering BBC Bayreuth

Michael Umeh is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Houston, Texas. Currently he is in Madagascar playing in the 2011 African championships. He started jis basketball career in 2003 with UNLV (NCAA) where he played until 2007 reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in his senior year. He turned professional in 2007 and played for the Giessen 46ers until 2009. In his second season with Giessen,he played 33 games: 13.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 42.8%, FT: 81.8%. In 2009, he made the jump to Spain and played for Vive Menorca (Spain-LEB Gold) playing  48 games: 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 79.7%. Last season, he made the jump to the best league in Europe playing in the ACB for C.B. Murcia playing 32 games: 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 88.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Thanks for taking some time to talk with eurobasket.com. You are in Madagascar taking part in the 2011 African championships with Nigeria and trying to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. What has been your coolest experience off the court there so far?

Coolest experience so far is just being with my teammates enjoying playing.

The team is 5-0 and plays Angola Saturday in semi finals. How pleased have you been with the play of the team so far? opponents like Chad or Mali dont really seem to be so intimidating?

I am very excited about our play. We have been growing as a team and continue to get better

Nigeria play Angola Saturday in the semi finals. Angola beat Germany 92-88 in Ot last season. This will be a real test for Nigeria. What will be key in winning this game?

The key against Angola is to just play great defense and continue to stick to what we do best.

Will it be half the rent to shut down a Carlos Morais who is avergaing 19,6ppg in the African championships?

Morais is playing well for Angola. We also have some guys playing well for us also. It will be a great game.

You are the third leading scorer in team Nigeria with 11,2ppg. What is your role with Nigeria?

My role on the team is to initiate offense organize the team a bit and make plays

How much fun is it playing with NBA veteran Ime Udoka? What have you learned from him?

Ime is a great all around player with great knowledge from the game. I am learning a lot playing with him.

You played in Spain the last two seasons for Vive Menorca (Spain-LEB Gold) and last season for CB Murcia. You had strong stats last season averaging 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 88.0%. How disappointed are you that the team didnt ask you back? Do you have any clue why not?

I’m not exactly sure why Murcia decided to go in another direction. It is apart of the business though. I had a great experience there and Hopefully they play well in ACB

You are currently looking for a team. How much would you like to play in Germany again?

Playing in Germany again would be great. I enjoyed playing in the league the great competition.

BBC Bayreuth is looking for a shooter. With your great shooting percentages, this might be a team for you? Would you pursue it if interest was there?

I would not mind considering BBC Bayreuth. I am sure it is a great place and an organization trying to build a good team

What are your fondest memories playing with the Giessen 46ers?

My fondest memories playing in Giessen were the great support from the fans every game no matter the outcome.

What was the most amazing shot that you saw Heiko Schaffartzik make in a practice?

Heiko made shot after shot in practice. So no shot is too amazing for that guy

What is your opinion about Ron Artest changing his name to world peace?

Really?….Ron Artest…Really?

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Fast and Furious 5

Thanks Michael fort he chat. Good luck with your search for a team.

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