Aubrey Conerly is a 29 year old 180cm point guard from Chicago that is currently playing for the ifm Baskets Konstanz (Germany-ProB). He played at Jacksonville(NCAA) form 2003-2006 and in his senior year played 27 games: 13.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 36.4%, FT: 83.8%. He turned professional in 2006 and came to Europe in 2007 playing five seasons in Finland. He played for teams like Forssan Koripojat (Finland-1st Division) 25 games: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-1(5.9apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 69.4%, Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-1st Division) 23 games: 18.4ppg, 5.0rpg, Assists-5(3.5apg), 2.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 85.6, Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-1st Division) 26 games: 19.9ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-3(3.3apg), Steals-4(2.3spg), FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT-3(89.5%) and in 2010-2011 for Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-Korisliiga) 26 games: 15.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-5(1.8spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 83.8%, and Saynatsalon Riento. He started this season for SG Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-ProB): 11 games: 4.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg. He spoke to German Hoops after the 96-76 loss against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.
A tough 96-76 loss for ifm Konstanz against the Fraport Skyliners. What were the main reasons for the loss?
They made their shots and we didn´t. They shot 56% form the field and we didn´t.
Was another reason that you didn´t have your two big men?
Well we knew coming in that we would be undersized without Robinson Louisme and Milos Nikolic, but not hitting our shots was more of a reason for not winning.
In the second quarter Oumar Sylla made 8 points in a row helping keep Konstanz in the game. How important has he been this season for the team?
He is one of our most experienced guys that we have. He played NCAA basketball and he has a very good knowledge of the game. It can be tough sometimes because he is always changing around positions because of the injuries that we don´t know where he always is on the court, but he is clearly one of our best shooters on the team. It is hard to prepare when your two post players are missing.
How much fun is it in general palying against former NCAA players in the PRO B like Larry Wright?
It is always fun playing against those guys. It is always nice to see Americans doing well and furthering their careers.
At the end of the third quarter your teammate young German Sandro Heberlein made a buzzer beater. Did you think that it would go in when he released it?
To be honest I didn´t, but I was happy that it went in.
You started the season with PRO B team Schwelm and played only four games and had to leave. Why didn´t you have a longer stay there?
We were doing very well and they wanted to make a decision budget wise and didn´t want to keep three import players and Lars Wendt was coming back from injury. They wanted to keep me an dliked my play, but they were going in another direction and didn´t see me having much playing time.
Now you are a central figure for imf Baskets Konstanz. Is head coach Marko Radulovic a big part of this?
At the beginning, I didn´t really have to do much as it was my job to get Robinson Louisme the ball inside and I didn´t need to shoot much. Now with him out for the season, I find myself needing to score more and being an offensive leader.
You recently played against PRO B top scorer Josh Parker. How challenging wa sit playing against the Chicago native?
He is a very good player and challenging to play against. He plays each possession hard.
What is a strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I can´t really answer that as I try to improve each week. I came from playing 13 minutes to 30 minutes a game. I was a role player with Schwelm and now a player the opponent needs to control. It doesn´t matter if I get overlooked, but I just try to improve in all areas of the game.
You played at Jacksonville(NCAA) an din your senior year had Cliff Warren as headcoah. What could you learn form him?
Just bring energy and effort at all times. He is a really good coach and one of the best coaching college ball. It was a great experience to play for him. Since he became coach there 10-15 guys have come to Europe to play.
Who was the toughest player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
I played against the 2006 NCAA champion Florida Gators that had guys like Al Horford, Corey Brewer, and Tauren Green.
You played five seasons in Finland. What was your most crazy experience there?
A moose running across the expressway. I remember driving with a teammate that had never seen a moose before. He had only seen deers. Then as I was telling him the story a moose ran across the road.
When you are looking at the Bodensee in Konstanz, does it remind you of home and Lake Michigan?
Yes a little bit. It has been a while since I was in Chicago since I haven´t lived there in 8 years. Konstanz is very homely, but has nice scenery and a nice downtown.
Would you rather jump in lake Michigan or the Bodensee on a hot day?
I would rather jump in the Bodensee. There is too much sea weed in Lake Michigan.
When I say L.L in Finland what comes to mind?
I don´t know.
L:L stands for Latrice Little.
Oh ok. He is a good friend of mine. I remember our coach calling him by the wrong name. The way he said his name it reminded me of a weight machine.
How long can you last in a sauna?
Now I am good at about 10 minutes, but at first I couldn´t last 30 seconds. I had never been in one before before I came to Finland.
The Boston Celtics have a 6 game winning streak without Rajon Rondo. How crazy is that?
Well it isn´t so crazy. This winning streak shows how important Rondo really is. People often don´t think how team really is doing when a player like Rondo isn´t there. The success of the Celtics without Rondo shows the leadership that he brings. It shows that even when he isn´t there, his teammates know what to do. He is like a parent in that even when they aren´t there and the kid is doing well, then it speaks highly of the parent.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Here comes the boom with Kevin James.
Thanks Aubrey for the chat.