Nate Linhart is a 25 year old 201cm forward from Gahanna, Ohio that will play his third professional basketball season and first in the German Beko BBL with TBB Trier. The American played for Akron (NCAA) from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3Pts: 32.8%, FTBSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 44 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 76.1%.last season, he played for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been MAC East Division Regular Season Runner-Up -06, 08, MAC Tournament Semifinals -06, MAC East Division Regular Season Champion -07, 09, MAC Tournament Finalist -07, 08, All-MAC Honorable Mention -09, MAC Defensive Player of the Year -09
MAC Tournament Winner -09, MAC All-Tournament MVP -09, MAC All-Tournament Team -09, Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas Finalist -09, Austrian Supercup Winner -09, Eurobasket.com All-Austrian Bundesliga Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com Austrian Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Finalist -10, Austrian Bundesliga A Regular Season Champion -10
and D-League East Conference Runner-Up -11. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
You played in the O2 World arena for the first time. Where does it stack up to the other places that you have played in in your career?
I would place it at the top. It is a state of the art arena and its very nice inside. I have played in some nice NCAA arenas and NBA arenas.
You just completedyour first season for TBB Trier. Was it colder two seasons ago in Furstenfeld, Austria?
I can´t really remember, but I know that there was more snow. I think it is colder in germany than it was in Austria.
TBB Trier lost many close games this season. Why has it been so rough going?
It has been very frustrating. We have been all games except for three games that could of gone either. We just have to stay positive and remember that we were in so many games and just continue to work hard in practice.
What exactly was your role in the team?
I do what the team needs me to do at any moment. I am a versatile guy that can play many positions.
You were six years old when your coach Henrik Rodl won the NCAA title in 1993 with North Carolina. Did you know about it when you came to Trier last summer?
I had met him two years ago and through talks knew about his history as a player. I am very happy to be able to play for him.
A strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away is your penetration. Why doesn´t that get noticed more?
I think if you look at me, you might not think that I could handle the ball. People just don´t expect me to do that.
Have you been able to give Maik Zirbes passing tips from the low post?
No I haven´t because we need him to score when he is down low.
How was your childhood in Ohio and why do so many good players come from Ohio?
There was much basketball in my childhood. I always visited the league games of my dad. In Ohio, basketball is the dominant sport and that is why there are so many good players. You want to always strive to get better when you go home and see everybody working on their game to improve.
Who were your NBA idols as a kid?
I liked Shaq and how he dunked on people and his antics on the court. In high school, I tried to model my game around Manu Ginoboli. He is a left hander so I could relate to his game.
You played with Dru Joyce at Akron(NCAA), How has his game improved since the NCAA?
He has continued to develop his penetration and point guard skills the last years. He is a lot more physical and sees the court better. He has improved his pick and roll play the most.
Your ex teammate Romeo Travis is really blossoming in Israel. Is he ready to make the jump to a Euroleague team?
I think he is. Every summer when I see him, it seems like he has added something to his game. I am really happy for him and his success in Israel.
What do you remember from the game against Eric Maynor in the NCAA?
They aren´t to good. He was exceptional getting 30 points and just picked us apart.
You played a season in Austria with Furstenfeld. What are your fondest memories on and off the court?
We made it to the final losing in the fifth game and I made many long lasting friendships there.
What were the most number of free throws that you made in a row in practice?
What was your most craziest shot in your career?
A full court shot in high school.
What is your favorite spot in Trier?
I like to go to this place on top of a hill where you can see all of Trier. I often take a book because I like to read.
Why do you like the movie Superbad so much?
It cracks me up every time when I see it.
Is there a curse on Tom Brady by the Manning brothers?
Maybe, but Eli Manning played very well and got more help than did Tom Brady. Loosing 2 Super Bowls like that is the worst. Kind of how TBB Trier has been losing this season.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The girl with the dragon tattoo with Daniel Craig.
Thanks Nate for the chat.