Virgil Matthews is a 29 year old 188cm guard from Federal Way, Washington that is playing in Germany in the PRO B for Erdgas Ehingen now in his third season. He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games: 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.7spg, FG: 49.8%, 3PT: 48.4%, FT: 76.1%. In 2006-2007, he turned professional and came to Germany and played for KICKZ Muenchen Basket (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 29 games: 18.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.2apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 57.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 66.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for Tacoma Jazz (IBL). In 2008-2009, he returned back to Germany and played for Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga). In 2009-2010, he played for Olympia Reign (IBL, starting five): 21 games: 23.1ppg, 7.2rpg and for Seattle Aviators (NABL).In 2010-2011, he played his first season for Erdgas Ehingen playing 32 games: 11.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 71.3%. Last season for Ehingen, he played 28 games: 11.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-3(1.9spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 77.1%. This past summer, he played for the Olympia Reign (IBL): 13 games: 10.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 75.0%. Awards and Achievements in his career have been , Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -05, 06, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Winner -05, 06, Big Sky Tournament MVP -06, Big Sky All-Tournament Team -06, All-Big Sky Honorable Mention -06, and USBasket.com All-IBL Honorable Mention -10. He spoke to German Hoops about the upcoming 2012-2013 PRO A season.
You are back in Germany now playing your third season for Ehingen. How was your summer. What was your coolist experience on and off the court?
My coolest experience had to be moving up from pro b versus Nurnberg in front of our fans it was a great day. Off the court it has to be bus pulling something most people can’t say they have done.
Last season for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (Germany-ProA), you played 28 games: 11.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-3(1.9spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 77.1%. How happy were you about your own play last season?
I was disappointed I felt I could’ve done more I felt I wasn’t aggressive enough and had some bad games in crucial times that cost us a playoff spot.
On what things were you able to work on this summer and how did a normal work out day look like for you?
Well I am part of a non-profit organization called Academy of Future College Athletes (afcaathletes.org) so that took up most of my summer more training kids than myself. But personal thing for me was flexibility so I spent a lot of time at home stretching, then I would play pickup and shoot afterwards, finish the day with weights and another workout
You played together with German big man Andreas Buechert last season. He is back in the Beko BBL with the LTi Giessen 46ers. Will he finally make his break through and what do you like most about his game?
Andi has a first league body and was the most athletic big man in the league, if he keeps his head on straight I don’t see why he can’t have a big season.
You are back with Erdgas Ehingen for a third season. What were the main reasons for coming back?
Familiarity, when you only have offers from other teams in your same league and the money doesn’t vary much its easier just to go back to what you know, I feel Ralph knows me and I know him we kind of fit.
Erdgas Ehingen has been known for developing young German players successfully for years and it won´t be any different this year. There are only two Americans on the team. What is the goal of the team?
To win games do what we didn’t last year and make the breakthrough to the playoffs. We have young players but they are talented we just need to gel and play hard much like Goettingen did when they were in the first league.
American Andre Calvin will be playing his second season together with you at Ehingen. Will he have to increase his production from last year for the team to be successful?
I’m sure Ajay would say he needs to have a better season I don’t doubt he will he’s worked hard this summer and has looked good already in the preseason, but we will definitely need him
How much potential does German Kenneth Ogbe have? What do you like most about his game?
Kenneth’s potential is high I saw that the first year I was here, he was slowed by a back injury last season but i’m hearing now he looks really good. I think he’s athletic and very long for a point guard, I think he will be a special player.
Have you taken German talent Malik Mueller some what under your wing? What tips do you give him to improve his game?
I’m always hard on Malik, but I think he has a lot of potential the only tips I give him is to work on point guard skills but he knows that, but he can score already at a high level.
Your ex teammate Kevin Bright is going to test the brutal waters of the NCAA at Vanderbilt. Will he make the breakthrough in the NCAA down the road?
I definitely think Kevin will make a breakthrough I think it will be soon if not this year then next, he has a lot of talent I think sky is the limit for kev, may see him on draft day in a few years.
Who wins a game in their prime the Dream team or Team USA 2012?
I was a big 2012 guy then one of my friends showed me David Robinsons stats from the next season, I just don’t think anyone from this years team USA could match up so I gotta say Dream Team
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Tower Heist with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy pretty funny!
Thanks Virgil for the chat