Danilo Barthel(Fraport Skyliners): People Underestimate My Ability To Pass The Ball

Danilo Barthel is a 20 year old 206cm forward from Heidelberg Germany and is playing his first season for the Fraport Skyliners. He also has a license to play for the team PRO B team. He started his basketball career with USC Heidelberg in 2008 and played there until 2011. Last season, he played 14 games: 4.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.0apg. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U18 National Team -09, European Championships U18 in Metz (France) -09: 8 games: 10.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 71.8%, German NBBL All-Star Game -10, German U20 National Team -10-11, European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 7 games: 0.3ppg, and European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11: 9 games: 4.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0spg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

A tough 79-71 loss against BBC Bayreuth. The team has lost 12 of the last 13 games. How tough is it losing for you?

It has been a tough time. Every athlete hates losing. We can´t hang our heads and have to stay positive.

Muli Katzurin said the team is good enough to come back, but not win. Why can´t the team close the door on opponents?

Often we do a good job hitting our shots at the starts, but at the end are unable t o make our shots or draw fouls.

In the fourth quarter, The Fraport Skyliners continued to fight, but continued to allow mini 5-0 runs. Why couldn´t the team get stops?

I think that due to our Eurocup games that we might have simply been tired. We are missing guys and have a rotation at times of 7-8 guys. Not having everyone on board effects are energy

Do you guys want to win so much that it has become a mental problem?

That could be. We all have a lot of pressure. We train hard every day, but continue to lose.

Were the nine turnovers and good start the only positives from the game?

They were positive as well as well as our rebounding. We kept it close and considering we didn´t have Jon Leuer and they are known as a good rebounding team we did a good job.

What was it like playing against Ekene Ibekwe. Many say he has NBA athleticism.

He definitely has NBA athleticism. He had three dunks and since he has began to shoot the ball from outside, he has become even more dangerous. You have to respect his shot now and he has the ability to go around you with his athleticism also.

You are playing your first season with the Fraport Skyliners. What was your reaction last summer when you found out that they wanted you?

I was very happy that I could start my Beko BBL career in Frankfurt.

You scored 8 points in your first two games against Oldenburg and Tuebingen. Were you surrpsied how well it started for you?

I was very surprised. I played little minutes in the preseason and then to come in and score so well was like a dream for me.

There were some games where you didn´t play at all. Did you have a talk with Muli Katzruin concerning why you didn´t?

I have had no talk with him and don´t know why I didn´t play those games.

What exactly is your role in the team?

I come in and bring energy to the team. On defense, my job is too box out my man and on offense to get rebounds and set good blocks.

What is a strength in your game that isn´t noticed right away?

My passing. People underestimate my ability to pass the ball and get assists.

On what things do you still need to improve your game on?

I need work in the low post and being more stable and finding the open man.

How did Jon Leuer help you the best in practice?

Playing against such a strong offensive player that is so versatile really helped my game. My 1-1 defense was helped with his play. I also remembered some of his spin moves to incorprorate into my game.

Do you take the PRO B games as a time to work on things?

Yes and I can take my shots and working on gaining responsibility

Who has been your toughest opponent in the Beko BBL?

Brandon Hunter made life difficult for me and Jason Boone is one of the strongest players in the league.

You were born in Heidelberg, Germany. What was your childhood like?

My parents were separated and I lived with my dad. I got into basketball through m yolder brother. I was always playing with the older kids. I played U-16 with eight years, but only because there weren´t any other age groups.

Who were your basketball idols as a kid?

My favorite player was Dwight Howard because of his athleticism. I like to mold my game around Carmelo Anthony. He can do so many things

You started your basketball career with USC Heidelberg. How did coach Thorsten Daume help you with your game?

He gave me a chance to play and really helped my self confidence. He always told me to take the open shot. But the most important thing that he always preached was to give all in every minute.

How sad is it that Oliver Komarek isn´t playing in the Beko BBL?

He decided that his studies were most important so he opted to continue with USC Heidelberg since he studies in Ludwigshafen. There are few 210cm guys that can shoot like him.

You played in the 2011 U-20 European championships. Germany lost 73-58 to Spain. What was it like playing against 2011 NBA draft pick of the Houston Rockets Nikola Mirotic?

I was really pumped up to play against him since he was the top scorer of the tournament. He also scored the least points against me.

How would you beat Jermareo Davidson at one on one?

I would stay on him as best possible and not let him do his moves. I also wouldn´t let him shoot his mid distance jumper. On offense, I would beat him with my quick steps and moves.

Do you enjoy living in Frankfurt?

Yes I do. It is a wonderful city and I am often in the center of town.

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

30.

What was your most crazy shot?

In a practice, I was on the baseline, fell out of bounds and hit a shot over the back board.

What are your hobbies?

I love to snow board. I started with three, but as soon as I started to grow, I decided it was better to play basketball.

What is your impression of new Skyliner Jacob Burtschi?

I remember him winning the three point shooting contest at the 2011 Beko BBL Allstar game. He is a good shooter, penetrates well and can defend the 3-4 position.

What was the last DVD movie that you watched?

The final part of Harry Potter together with teammate Falko Thelig.

Thanks Danilo for the chat.

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