Devin Gibson is a 182cm guard from Houston, Texas that is playing his first season with the Fraport Skyliners. He played at the university of Texas at San Antonio from 2007-2011. In his four year basketball career, he played a total of 119 NCAA games and in his senior year, he played 34 games: 17.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.4apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 78.1%. He spoke to German Hoops about his rookie season with the Fraport Skyliners.
Where would you rate the 56-51 win in Wurzburg in your all time hardest fought games?
I would place it up at the top. I really wasn´t aware how much they would press, but I saw a lot of this play in college.
What impressed you most about the Fraport Skyliners in Wurzburg?
I liked our chemistry and that we never gave up. We kept fighting and one could feel that we wanted to win in our hearts.
Have you ever played against tougher defenders than John Little or Chester Frazier?
In the States in the NCAA, many teams play like that where they press and try to rattle you. We had some problems at the start, but once we settled, we started to play good.
You were an important factor in the win in Wurzburg. Will you be able to heighten your game more in the next games?
I didn´t shoot so well from the field or free throw line, but I will always bring my energy if I am playing good or bad.
What have you liked most about Germany so far?
I like our fans. It was nice seeing such a big turnout at an away game. They helped us get the win.
How have you come to terms with the culture and language?
The language isn´t so bad since I had a German teammate in college so I was used to hearing German and them speaking English. As for the culture there isn´t too much difference to the States.
What has been your impression of the Fraport Skyliners organization?
They are run like an NBA team from the top to bottom. This has been a good situation for me.
You and Michael Thompson are rookies, but he has been here three months longer. How has he helped you?
He has showed me how I should adjust when I forget a play. He also has taught me how to drive a stick shift.
How are you getting used to the style in the Beko BBL? How is it different from the NCAA?
I like to penetrate and it is my asset and it is harder to get in the paint in the Beko BBL. But I think that with experience, I will be able to adjust.
How has coach Muli Katzurin helped you most?
He has showed how to make the right plays penetrating or passing. Sometimes making the defense rotate and get that extra pass to get that more open shot than just the open shot.
What is a strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I think my shooting ability from three point land. I am a point guard and pass first and people don’t expect to be able to shoot. I can score in bunches.
Were you surprised that you were signed so late in the current season by a professional team?
Not really. With the NBA lock out, there were many things messed up.I am really not thinking about being signed so late, but just thankful that I am playing basketball something that I love.
What kind of experience was it being in the San Antonio Spurs training camp?
It was great being around guys like Tony Parker, Manu Ginoboli and Tim Duncan. I liked their work ethic and how they conducted themselves. They were down to earth and very nice guys.
What did you learn from Tony Parker?
To change the pace of the game. I like how Parker can turn up the speed and then back down which keeps the defender off balance.
You played at small school the university of Texas at San Antonio and weren´t drafted by the NBA. Ha s this made your drive to excel greater to show people that you can play?
Yes it makes me work harder.
What was your childhood like in Houston?
It was good. I went to a lot of Rockets games seeing guys like Sam Cassel and Vernon Maxwell.
Who were your NBA idols as a kid?
Michael Jordan. I started with football and started to play basketball in high school.
You won the Southland conference tournament in 2011 with the University of Texas at San Antonio. What made this team so successful?
We were all on the same page and had chemistry and that showed on the court.
Possibly the most famous player to play at your school was NBA player Devin Brown. Did he ever come back to talk to the guys when you were there?
No he didn´t, but I heard that he did come back other times before I went there.
You registered two triple doubles in the NCAA against Samford and Northwestern State. What is always most difficult in getting a triple double?
First you have to be playing well and for a guard like me rebounding is important. The ball has to bounce in the right spots.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA?
What were the most number of free throws that you have made in a row in practice?
What was the most crazy shot that you made in a game?
I hit a bank shot from the other free throw line, Had the ball and just threw it up.
Who will win a one on one game you or Michael Thompson?
We haven´t played yet. I don’t know.
Who will win the AFC championship game new England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens?
Who will win the NFC championship game New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers?
Who will win the Superbowl?
Ravens. I like Ray Lewis.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
X-Men First Class.
Thanks Devin for the chat.