Joe Trapani is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Madison, Connecticut that is playing his first season for Beko BBL team BBC Bayreuth. He started his NCAA career at Vermont (NCAA) in 2006 an dplayed 26 games: 11.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 68.4%. He then completed his NCAA career at Boston College playing there form 2008-2011. In his senior year he played 34 games: 14.8ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 70.7%. In 2011, he turned professional playing at the e Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 14.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg. He then came to Europe to play for Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 3 games: 5.3ppg, 1.7rpg, left in Oct.’11, in Nov.’11 try-out at Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five), then moved to MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (Italy-Lega2): 12 games: 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 78.0%; in Mar.’12 signed at Maine Red Claws (D-League): 6 games: 3.2ppg, 3.7rpg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball this past summer.
Welcome to Germany Joe. You played in Italy last season. What is your first impression of Germany and what has been something that you have learned about Germany that you didn´t know before?
Germany seems like a beautiful place with a lot of nice architecture
You played for three Italian teams last season and a D-league team. How much of a whirlwind season was that for you as a rookie. When looking back how advantageous was having an experience like that as a rookie?
I went through a lot of transition last season and it was tough to overcome, but it has made me a more mentally tough competitor and has made me appreciate what I have here in Germany
BBC Bayreuth head coach Marco Van Den Berg has put together a very interesting squad in a very competitive Beko BBL. BBC Bayreuth will have a very potent front court with Gary Mcghee, Jason Cain and yourself. What will be your role?
Anything to help the team win games, score, rebound, play aggressive defense.
Scouting on your game has said that you are more of a sf than a pf. However you still had very good rebounding stats. Scouting also says you are less a banger and more of a perimeter man. Will you have any surprises ready for the first game concerning your playing style?
I feel that if your not getting better every day than your getting worse, I am always trying to improve in every facet of the game.
What is a strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
My athleticism in transition
Gary Mcghee is a very spectacular player. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do on the court so far in pre season?
Dunking on someone
You have an Italian passport. Have you had any thoughts about possibly playing for the Italian national team if you were asked?
No I haven´t
You played at Boston College from 2008-2011. What wa sthe most importnat thing that head coach Al Skinner taught you that has prepared you for a professional basketball season?
Pace myself its a long season
How excited are you about playing against Tyrese Rice this season? What is your fondest memory of him at BC on and off the
Its going to be cool playing against him, my fondest memory is when we beat Duke at home and the fans rushed the court.
Your ex teammate Reggie Jackson from Boston College could apply for the Italian passport. He plays for the Oklahoma Thunder in the NBA. What play on the court still lies in your memory concerning Joe Trapani and Reggie Jackson?
We had a lot of good plays together nothing stands out
Who was the toughest player that you battled against on the court in the NCAA that might be in the NBA or Europe now?
Who would win in their prime the Dream team or Team USA 2012?
If I had to guess then I would say the Dream team
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Joe fort he chat.