Johannes Voigtmann(Fraport Skyliners) My General Understanding Of The Game gets Unnoticed

Johannes Voigtmann is a 20 year old German from Eisnach that is playing his first season for the Fraport Skyliners. He is a former handball player and started to play basketball at age 15… He has quick feet and is agile and mobile for his size, a big and versatile talent that can play both inside spots with efficacy, tough and strong, has good lateral mobility, can face the basket and put the ball on the floor, has good vision of the court, excellent passer for his size and position, has a soft touch up to 3-point range, has a good attitude and stays always under control, not afraid of contact, has good control of his body when driving to the basket and against pick and rolls he is always ready and has the quickness to step out and double. He started his basketball career in 2009 for TuS Jena II (2.Regionalliga). Last season for  Science City Jena (ProA), he played  28 games: 4.1ppg, 3.1rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

What playing quality would you like to have from 2012 Beko BBL MVP John Bryant?

Just to be able to have everything in control. He always knows exactly what he has to do. I think that is one of the reasons why he was MVP.

Were you able to learn anything from physical Jason Boone when you played against him this season?

He lives form his athletic play and strength. I would like to be bale and move as well as him.

You are playing your first season with the Fraport Skyliners. Did the Skyliners have the first contact to you or did you approach them?

In the off season I wanted to find a Beko BBL program. I had some teams that were interested. The Fraport Skyliners contacted me pretty late, but right away I liked the infrastructure and everything about the organization.

You come from the former East Germany. How comfortable are you living in Frankfurt?

I feel very comfortable here. I like the downtown area. I had been here many times before. My dad had run the marathon in Frankfurt.

You are progressing very nicely as a rookie in the Beko BBL. How difficult is it making the transition?

There are always highs and lows. I am very happy to be able to get the confidence of the coach and be able to play so many minutes so far. I just try to give my best and use my chance.

How difficult is the physical stress of playing beko BBL and PRO B?

There is a lot of physical stress, but I knew what to expect coming in. I also had this in Jena so I kind of used to it. I also have played some fewer PRO B games because of the injuries. I do feel the stress at night when I go to bed.

Would you agree when I say that you use the Beko BBl to learn and PRO B to work on your strength and weaknesses?

Yes that was the plan coming in. I can learn a lot from Zack Peacock and Marius Nolte.

What has been the most important thing that you have learned from Muli Katzurin?

Just always being aggressive. He always stresses to be aggressive. We play a very aggressive defense something I wasn´t used to before, but I am getting used to it now.

Your ally-op dunk against ratiopharm Ulm was more soft than banging. Will we see more banging dunks from you in the future?

I hope so. I work every morning on my athletic skills. I am on a good way.

Danilo Barthel seems to be more a quiet guy. How does he bring you to laugh?

Danilo Barthel, Konstantin Klein and me are a good trio. We hang out a lot and always bring each other to laugh. Our characters fit each other well.

What is a strength in your game that gets unnoticed?

I think my general understanding of the game.

We saw a lot of the give and go in the preseason with Konstantin Klein and yourself. Do you practice it a lot in practice?

We don´t so much at the moment since Klein plays the two now. If we get a chance to use it in the game then we use it.

You come from Eisenach. What do you miss most form there?

Not much except my family. I haven´t lived there in while since I was living in Jena the last years. My brother also was living in Jena.

Who were your basketball idols as a kid?

Dirk Nowitzki and non basketball idols were Ali and Michael Schumacher.

How did Georg Eichler coach at Jena get you prepared for the Beko BBL?

He did very much individual training with me and was interested in leading me to reaching the Beko BBL. He gave me a lot of confidence and gave me minutes last season that really helped me.

How does Philipp Neumann make you better when you are together with the German U-20 team?

He is already very far with his game for his age. He found a role quick in Bamberg and has played Euroleague. He is always aggressive and it is a challenge to paly against him. I would like to become more agile like him.

Who wins a one on one in practice you or Philipp Neumann?

We haven´t played so much one on one, but I think he would beat me 6-4 or 7-3 if we played 10 times.

How many free throws have you made in a row without missing?

43.

What was your most crazy shot in your career?

I can´t think of one.

What NBA player would you like to meet?

Metta World Peace.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Edge of darkness with Mel Gibson.

Thanks Joe for the chat.

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