Reggie Redding is a 24 year old 196cm guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is starting his third professional season and second with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Villanova (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing atotal of 124 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 23 games: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 63.8%. In 2010-2011, he played his rookie season for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A): Cyprus League: 16 games: 9.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 73.9%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 62.5%. Last season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen he played 34 games: 13.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-3(1.4spg), FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 69.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen finished last season in 12th place. Does the team feel a lot of pressure to defend that position or even end up higher?
No I don´t think that we feel that much pressure. Our goal is to be better than last season. The expectations are very high for us this season. We will play the best that we can and if it is enough at the end for the playoffs we will see.
A strength in the team is the chemistry and keeping the team intact. A weakness is a thin rotation. How will the team be successful this season?
I think we will have a nice 7-8 man rotation. I think most of the production will come from the guys form last season. We picked up Johannes Lischka and I believe that he wil help us very much. We will play different lineups. Sometimes we can play small or big which will give us match up problems with other teams.
Douglas Davis comes from the NCAA. He had a tough pre season. How do you help him on the court?
I think that he will be ok. I have told him that last season we struggled as a team at the start and guys like Vaughn Duggins and myself struggled, but after a while we picked it up. He has to get used to the Beko BBL. I think with experience that he will get better.
Kenny Frease comes from Xavier and is also a Beko BBL rookie. What player does he remind you of and can he make the break through in the Beko BBL?
With his size, he reminds me a lot of John Bryant from ratiopharm Ulm. Bryant has more experience and is more known, but I think that Kenny can make it. He has a nice touch around the rim and a nice jump shot.
Sometimes in warm ups Johannes Lischka hits three pointer after three pointer. The only thing missing is a blindfold. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do on the court so far?
His big body and size will help us at that position. He is a lot more athletic that I thought and I never thought that he could dunk. He can post up against smaller players. I think that he will take us to another level with his play.
How important was head coach Igor Perovic for the success of the Walter Tigers Tuebingen last season?
He was very important for our success. He kept believing in us even after we started 0-6. He kept the confidence and never panicked even when other coaches would have. He kept the good attitude and we just wanted to play for him and be successful and always strived to get better.
You are one of the top 5 players in the Beko BBL, but no one seems to know it. Are you sad that you don´t get more recognition except maybe in Tuebingen?
I have been dealing with that all my life kind of being under the radar. Many people don´t know how good I can be. But that doesn´t matter. I just try to do whatever I can to help my team win. People not knowing this isn´t going to change the way I play.
What is a strength inyour game that isn´t always noticed?
I think that I am a lot better shooter than for what I get credit for. Last season opponents often let me shoot. I worked a lot on my shot last summer. I think that I do man ythings well and no one thing great. This has helped me become the complete player that I am today.
What things do you still need to work on your game?
I can work on a lot of things, but mainly the small fundamental things. I can improve my foot work and the walk and call. I also can get better at finishing at the basket and keeping my opponent scoreless on defense.
You are from Philadelphia. Who were your NBA idols? I am sure Allen Iverson was one of them?
Yes everyone loved Allen Iverson in Philadelphia. I also liked Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.
What is your memory of the NCAA Sweet 16 run in 2008?
I remember losing to Kansas that later became NCAA champion. I also remember our NCAA Final 4 loss to North Carolina that later won it all.
You played two years with 2010 Eurochallenge winner with BG Goettingen Dwayne Anderson. What is your nicest memory of him?
It was fun playing with Dwayne. He was so athletic and I remember how agreesive he was attacking the rim and getting rebounds. I talk to him a lot now. He is a good player and guy. I am looking forward to playing against him and my buddy Allan Ray of Ulm.
You played your rookie season in Cyprus with Anthony King. How did he make you laugh?
It was funny when I first came to Cyprus, I knew nothing about the city or how to get around. Anthony King then became my roommate. He helped me with everything and acted like abig brother. I probably would not had made it there as a rookie without his help. I really appreciate what he did for me. He is a good friend.
What were the most free throws that you made in a row in practice?
What was your most crazy shot that you made in a game?
I made a half court shot to win a game in Cyprus.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
El Cantante with Will Ferril.
Thanks Reggie for the chat.