Michael Thompson(Fraport Skyliners): I Take 25-30 Floaters A Day

Michael Thompson is a 22 year old 177cm point guard from Chicago, Illinois that is playing his first season with the Fraport Skyliners. He played at Northwestern from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played : 34 games: 16.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 82.5%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been HS: Chicago Public League All-Academic Team -07, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -10, All-Big Ten 3rd Team -11, Big Ten All-Tournament Team -11, and NIT Elite Eight -11. He took some time to talk to German Hoops about his rookie season with the Fraport Skyliners.

Congrats to the 83-65 win in Hagen. How much of a relief was this win?

It was a major relief. Even though that we have been playing well the last weeks, we had some close games that we were unable to pull out.

You had some experience losing at Northwestern in the NCAA. Were you able to digest the losing streak better than other players since you knew what its like?

I went through some losing my freshman year and I understand how it feels and what happens. I just continue to try to help the team win and continue to work hard.

What was the secret to the win in Hagen?

We just stayed together.

Coach Muli Katzurin stated before the Hagen game that the team was tired because of Eurocup play, but the team looked fresh in Hagen. Was this a tactical measure form coach trying to confuse Hagen?

I don´t know. He is a great coach. We all came out and had the needed energy to get the win.

The body language was great in Hagen and different than before. What happened for the body language to change?

We did the same things that we always did in practice and we had good energy in the game that helped us win game.

What was the biggest strength on offense in Hagen?

We had better and faster ball movement, shared the ball well and found the open man more.

How are you adjusting to the beko BBL?

It is going well. It is a learning process. I still need to grow, but I will continue to work hard.

What is still the most difficult thing that you have to adjust to on the court?

I still am adjusting to defense. It is a lot faster at this level and I am still learning to fight through ball screens.

How many times do you practice your juicy juice floater each day?

I take 25-30 floaters a day.

Thanks Juice for the chat.

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