- Kelly Beidler is a 24 year old 199cm forward from Virginia Beach, Virginia that will start his third professional season and first in Germany in the Beko BBL for the Mitteldeutscher BC. He played at Mt.St.Mary’s (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 119 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 10.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.1% . In 2010-2011, he was a rookie playing for : IR Reykjavik (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 24 games: Score-4(21.7ppg), Reb-2(12.4rpg), 3.8apg, Steals-5(2.5spg), Blocks-3(2.0bpg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 72.9%. Last season, he played for Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 44 games: Score-4(19.2ppg), Reb-5(9.8rpg), 1.4apg, Steals-1(2.3spg), Blocks-1(1.9bpg), FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 70.8%. German Hoops gave him a welcome to the Beko BBL interview.
Congrats on your signing with the Mitteldeutscher BC. What convinced you that going to this team was the right move?
My agent and I talked it over. We understood we had options to choose from for this upcoming season. My agent want’s whats best for me and my career and he felt this was the right move. Also the BBL is a very well respected league.
What do you know about the top German league Beko BBL? Are there any friends of yours playing here?
I don’t know a lot about the BBL but I know that it’s tough competition and some of the best players in Europe play in this league. In order to be the best you have to beat the best. I don’t believe I know anyone personally in the league but I have heard of a few names. Corey Hassan and I played in the same conference in college.
How excited are you about playing for MBC? What will be the first thing that you will do when you arrive on German soil?
I’m thrilled to play for this ball club. Played against them last year in a tournament and remember them being a good team. First thing I’ll want to do is most likely meet my teammates. Not a whole lot of time until the season begins. Want to know about them as much as I can before the season starts.
You are a very versatile player that can do just about all at 199cm. What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?
My will and desire to win is big. Every time I step on the court I take on the challenge of being the best player and teammate. I take pride in defense and my offense comes second
You never scored more than 10,9 ppg in a season in the NCAA. Was it a big adjustment having to be that first scoring option in Iceland and Finland?
Not a big adjustment at all. The thing about my college team was that any of the starting 5 on my team could score 20. We played excellent team ball and all the pressure wasn’t on one man. I take on the challenge of being the leader on the court so scoring the ball was just a part of my game
How would you compare the Finnish league to the NCAA? Was the NCAA level tougher?
No disrespect to the Finnish league but yes NCAA was tougher. Wide range of skilled athletic players all with in the age group of 18-22 with the desire to win. No money involved, just passion for the game.
The Beko BBL is at a higher level than what you saw the last two seasons. Do you feel a lot of pressure?
No pressure at all. This is my job, something I’ve been doing since I was a little kid. I read books about some of the greats and they all say pretty much the same thing, “For people to remember your name you must step up to the plate and be ready when your number is called. This is my chance and I’m ready.
What was the most important thing that you leraned from Milan Brown that got you ready for the professional level?
Milan Brown is one of the smartest people I’ve met and always had wise words up to this day. I remember two things he would say, “To reach the highs, you have to experience the low” I didn’t feel like I belonged in Iceland but hey I did it and here I am and another was “every player is equal when stepping onto the court but when the lights turn on and it’s time to play ball, the best separate themselves from the pack”. That’s what I try to do every time i step on the court.
Who won the majority of the one on one games in practice last season you or Casey Reed?
ME OF COURSE!!!! but no, Casey Reed was a good player and better yet a great person. He definitely helped me improve my game and I hope I did the same. Great Friendship that will last hopefully forever
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA or europe now?
Would you rather have dinner with Kobe Bryant or Lebron James if you could only chose one and why?
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The Dream Team Documentary
Thanks Kelly for the chat.