Johnathan Jones is a 24 year old 183cm guard from Lansing, Michigan that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL and Fraport Skyliners. He played at Oakland from 2006-2010 playing a total of 125 NCAA games. In hiss enior year, he played 35 games: 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 6.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 84.8%. He broke numerous school records like Set school record in minutes played (4,846) and tied school record as the all-time winningest player over four-year career, 85 wins . Ranks third all-time in school history in steals (196) and 11th in league history . Stands 10th all-time in OU history in points (1,674) and 18th on the league all-time scoring list . His career .816 free throw percentage ranks 10th in league history and T4 in school history . First OU player to surpass 1,300 points and 800 assists. In 2010-2011, he started his professional basketball career with MBK Rieker Komarno (Slovakia-Extraliga) and played there for two seasons. Last season he played 42 games: 16.3ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-4(5.3apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 80.2%. He was Slovakian League Finalist -12, Slovakian League Regular Season Champion -12, and Slovakian Cup Finalist -12. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball recently after the win at Artland.
Congrats on the 89-80 win against the Artland Dragons on the road. Is it true that you only watched video of the Ludwigsburg loss and nothing of the Artland Dragons?
We knew that we played bad in Ludwigsburg on the defensive end. We did watch some video briefly of Artland, but it was most about us and getting back to the defensive principles.
After three quarters the Fraport Skyliners led 62-61. What did Muli Katzurin tell the team to do better in the fourth quarter?
He told us to pick up our intensity on defense. In the first quarter, we played great defense which opened up our offense and got out on transition. We needed to get stops which we did and helped spark our offense.
Even though you gave up 80 points as a team, you defended better than in Ludwigsburg. What did the Fraport Skyliners do better on defense in Artland?
Our defensive pressure. In the first game, we worried too much about our man. We played better team defense, helped out and rotated well.
How tough was the preseason for you with players coming and going?
It was difficult, because you couldn´t really get used to the teammates. However with more time on the court with my teammates I have figured who each one is and playing together has gotten easier.
Do you have a lot of pressure to carry the team being that you are the point guard?
I don´t think that I really do. We have many guys helping like Dowell and Wright who are good shooters. Tez attacks the rim and Peacock is an inside presence. I try to pick my spots and be aggressive and help the team. I just want to get my teammates involved.
How difficult is it getting used to the Beko BBL. How is it different than the league in Slovakia?
There are more Americans here and the Germans are better than the Slovakian players. This league is very balanced. I am still getting used to the physical play. I take it game by game and keep learning.
How does Fraport Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin help you best on the court?
He keeps me focused and helps me be more aggressive on the pick and roll and gives me much trust to run the show as point guard.
What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed?
My unselfishness. I just want to get everyone involved. I am also good and knowing what play to call and making sure players get the ball at the right time.
What is the greatest thing that you have seen Quantez Robertson do on the court?
Tez does it all. He has a lot of experience and in tough situations I look to him. He always knows what to do. He does something different in each game which is amazing.
You are form Lansing, Michigan. When did you realize that Magic Johnson was from there?
I knew since a small boy that he was from there. I met him an dit was cool. I played against his high school.
What advice did Magic Johnson give you?
He told me to lead the team as a point guard, but always be aggressive.
Who were your NBA idols as a kid?
Michael Jordan and Tim Hardaway.
You set many school records at Oakland. Which record means the most to you? Possibly the 1300 points and 800 assists?
Yes that is up there as well as having most wins.
What is your most fondest memory at Oakland?
Going to the NCAA tournament and losing only one game in our conference
What is your fondest memory with Larry Wright on the court?
I gave him an ally-op that he dunked home.
How have you helped Larry Wright the last weeks on the court?
Larry is a shooter. He had good shots in Ludwigsburg, but didn´t hit so well. I tell him to keep shooting even if he misses he should shoot again.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
You had workouts with the Pacers and Pistons. What kind of experience was that for you?
It was a fun experience. I met the coaches and it was intense at the same time. It started in the morning drills, practice and meetings. It was a long process.
What was your wakeup call in Slovakia?
It was my first time in Europe and I really didn´t know what to expect. However I didn´t have one. The whole experience was great.
How did Oakland head coach Greg Kampe get you prepared best for a professional basketball career
It was very important that he let me play point guard for four years. I got much experience and he gave me a lot of trust and I was about to grow as a player.
What were the most number of free throws that you made in a row in a practice or game without missing?
I made 50 in a practice and 47 straight in a game in a 4-5 game span.
What was your most crazy shot that you made?
A half court shot.
Who wins a one on one game you or Konstantin Klein?
I would win, but he is a very tough player.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Brooklyn´s Finest with Wesley Snipes.
Thanks Johnathan for the chat