Myles Hesson is a 20 year old 195 cm forward from Birmingham, England that is playing his first season in Germany in the PRO B fort he Weissenhorn youngsters. He started his professional career in 2009-2010 for Birmingham Aces (EBL2) averaging 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. Last season he played for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. This past summer, he was a member of the British national team taking part in preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He also took part at the British 3×3 Mixed and menTeam for World Championships in Greece in 2012. He spoke to German Hoops after the convincing 83-56 win against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.
Congrats on the 83-56 win. Was the win as easy as it looked?
We played very well. We knew that some of their best players were missing, but we wanted to play with the same intensity for 40 minutes and we did that. We were clearly the better team.
When I say 65 of 85 was missing, do you know what I mean?
65 of the 85 points that the Fraport Skyliners average per game were missing. That made it a lot easier for Weissenhorn. But you didn´t take them lightly did you?
Even if they were shorthanded, any team can win on any day. All it takes is for some players to get hot. But we played very well throughout and played good defense keeping them at 56 points.
Weissenhorn led 39-23 at halftime. What was key for having the lead at halftime?
We played tough defense and got running on the break which led too many fast break points.
What did head coach Tim Lewis tell the team to do better in the second half?
Get more offensive rebounds and keep them off the glass. Frankfurt got too many offensive rebounds in the first half.
German Kai Guasa hit a big shot near his own free throw line. How important was this shot for stopping the momentum of the Skyliners run at the end of the third quarter?
The Skyliners hit three buckets in a row heading into the third quarter. The shot by Guasa was big and just helped us stay focused and go positive into the fourth quarter.
When was the last time that you saw a shot like Kai Gausa go in?
I saw a shot like that last season. I hit one like that for Liverpool in the BBL in England where we came back to win the game.
In the fourth quarter, Weissenhorn picked up their game even more and led as much as 31 points. Did the Fraport Skyliners juniors get tired?
I don´t think that they got tired physically, but more mentally. We were just too good for them and they made silly mistakes.
What was key for keeping the Fraport Skyliners to 56 points?
They never found their rhythm. On the pick and role we did a good job getting help on the baseline. They had difficulty running their offense.
You had a monster game with 25 points, monster dunks and blocks. How happy were you with your own game?
I was happy with my game against Frankfurt, but you can always play better. I want to thank my teammates for getting me the ball on the fast break.
You had so many dunks today. I counted three. Have you ever dunked more?
The most dunks that I had in a game was seven. This season I had five dunks.
Who is your dunk hero?
I always liked Vince Carter. He brought flair to dunking. I remember him winning the NBA dunk contest with that 360 windmill.
Who wins a one on one in practice you or Til Joscha Joehnke?
We actually had one the other day and the game was 1-1. He is a very good one on one player.
Can he become a second like Per Guenther in Ulm?
I think that he can. He plays with so much heart. He plays every possession as if it is his last and never gives up. That resonates for the whole team.
Why is he such an incredible rebounder averaging seven per game?
He has an incredible eye for the ball and always goes to the basket for the rebound.
You practiced with the British national team. What impressed you most about NBA player Luo Deng?
I really liked his professionalism and always takes each practice seriously. He is always early to practice and the last to leave. He goes hard each possession.
You practice with ratiopharm Ulm each day. Which player do you respect most?
I like Allan Ray. He brings no fear flair to the game?
How far are you from the Beko BBL?
I hope I can play in the Beko BBL next season with ratiopharm Ulm. If that doesn´t happen, my dream is to play somewhere in a top league.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Man on fire with Denzel Washington.
Thanks Myles for the chat.