Nate Rohnert is a 25 year old 197cm guard from Colorado that is embarking on his third professional absketball season and first in Germany. He played at Denver (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 100 NCAA games and in his senior year played 32 games: 14.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 74.4%. He turned professional in 2010 and played for Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Estonia-KML): only pre-season, in Feb.’11 moved to Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-DBL, starting five): 11 games: 15.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 5.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played for Denain ASC Voltaire (France-ProB, starting five): 34 games: 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 76.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Welcome to Germany and the Beko BBL. Last season you played in teh French PRO B for Denain ASC Voltaire a small town near the Belgium boarder. Forests were abundant there as are there in Bayreuth. How comfortable have you gotten in Bayreuth and could it be a neighboring town to Denain in terms of scenary?
I have gotten very comfortable here in Bayreuth. It is a beautiful small city and the people here have made me feel right at home.
After playing in Holland and France, you are making the next step in your basketball career in the strong Beko BBL league. How excited and ready are you for this challenge?
I am extremely excited to play in the Beko BBL. I have heard nothing but great things about the league and I am definitely ready for the challenge.
Head coach Marco Van Den Berg has put together a very interesting squad for the upcoming season. What will be your role in the team?
I believe my role on the team will be to do a little bit of everything. I am a very versatile player who can play multiple positions and do several different things well on the court.
In your first two season as a professional, you shot over 40% from downtown something you weren´t able to do in your last three seasons at Denver(NCAA). Has it been more knowing how to deal with self confidence than putting up more shots in practice or just shot selection which has improved your shooting?
I have worked very hard on my shot of the last couple of years. I realized that if I wanted to be effective at the next level I would have to be able to knock down open shots so I have worked hard to make that a staple in my game.
You are a very versatile player that puts up high stats in points, rebounds and assists. To what NBA player would you describe your game to?
Thats a tough question. I dont know if there is one player that I could compare myself to, but I really like watching Deron Williams, Manu Ginoblili, and Chauncey Billups. If there is anything I can pick up from watching these guys play I try and do that.
What is a strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I would say my passing and ball handling ability. Since I am pretty tall for a guard sometimes people do not think I can do those things but I really enjoy them.
Gary Mcghee is surely going to be a force in the Beko BBL under the basket this season. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do in practice so far?
He is just an anchor down low on defense. He is so big and strong that I am sure he is going to give other centers in this league fits.
Kevin Hamilton is your typical classic point guard. How has your on court relationship developed with him? What do you like most about his game?
Kevin is a true leader out there on the court who makes everyone around him better. He is easy to play with because he is so unselfish and always makes the extra pass.
How did Joe Scott prepare you best for a professional career in basketball. What are you most thankful having learned from him?
Coach Scott taught me so much on and off the court. He taught me hard work, discipline, and many other things that helped me get to where I am at today.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA or Europe now?
In college I played against Blake Griffin and the Lopez twins at Stanford and they were all monsters.
If you and Joe Trapani were parked in the corner and got 100 shots to take, who would hit more shots on any given day?
I would win every day of the week easily no questions. I could probably beat Joe in a shooting contest left handed haha
Who would win in their prime in a game the Dream Team or Team USA 2012?
I would have to go with the Dream Team. Their size down low would be too much for the 2012 team.
What was the last DVD that you saw?
Ted it was hilarious. I highly recommend it to everyone
Thanks Nate for the chat