Jacob Burtschi is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren. He played as a rookie for Phoenix Hagen in 2010-2011 averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3(1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Last season he played for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five): 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg; left in Nov.’11, in Dec.’11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): German League: 22 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 87.5%; EuroCup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. He spoke to German Hoops about the season opener in Bamberg.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven kick off the season in 4 days. How happy have you been with the pre season and how ready is the team for the season?
I would be lying if I said I was thrilled with the preseason. but we are basically a whole new team and are still in the process of figuring each other out. We have these next few days to really get prepared to kick the season off.
You were recently named captain of the team. If you look back at any captain in professional sports, which captain has impressed you the most and who would you try to model your captaincy most around?
Definitely would have to be Charlie Conway of the Mighty Ducks
Tee Eisbaeren are very strong at the guard positions and seemed a bit thin down low until the signing of Keith Waleskowski. What has been your early impression of the player that has gained much experience over the years in Italy?
He is a smart, tough player. He is our veteran. He has the old man moves down and he knows how to be in the right position at the right time.
What kind of role are you having this season besides being captain and how is it different from what you did on the court with the Fraport Skyliners last season?
Iam involved a little bit more offensively this year. but every team I play on I try and be the glue guy. The guy who does a little bit of everything and whatever the team needs to get the job done.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven couldn´t have been stuck with a tougher opponent than Bamberg in the opener. Bamberg lost many players, but if you look on paper, how would you compare this years team to last in terms of talent?
They are a very talented team. they also have a lot of new players and are trying to gel together. But as of right now, i believe last years team was tougher, but give this team some time and they could be just as good if not better than last year.
Last week, the Fraport Skyliners had the farewell test game for Jimmy Mckinney against the Fraport Skyliners. Mckinney was awarded with the tuxedo from the gala from last season, because he always wanted to have it What is your sweetest memory from the tuxedo fitting day last season?
When I was the host of the video we did during the fitting. I had a blast doing that.
You have been in Bremerhaven now 6 weeks. What have you grown to like the most so far from the sea coast town?
The people. they have been very friendly. I like the small town feel. reminds me of the people back home in Oklahoma.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The dictator. hilarious.
Thanks Jacob for the chat.