Mike Smith is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Vandalia, Missouri that wa sunder contract with the Iowa Energy, but injured himself in training camp. Last season as a rookie he played the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 34 games: 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 85.4%. He played at E. Tennessee from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 35 games: 17.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 78.9%. In the summer 2011, he took part at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 10.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg. He was a A-Sun Tournament Winner -09, 10, and All-A-Sun Player of the Year -11. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Mike thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. After a solid rookie season in Germany, you have had a lot of misfortune this season. How tough has this season been for you?
It has been extremely tough, anytime you put so much effort and hard work into the game and end up with an injury really stinks. But I have had a good supporting cast through this whole process to make thinks a little easier.
You broke your hand in the second week of training camp with the Iowa Energy. How was that training camp going for you before you broke your hand?
Training camp was going really well for me, I was playing at a very high level. Shooting the ball probably the best I have ever while continuing to rebound and do all of the little things.
How was the rehab? Was that your first real serious injury in your young career?
Rehab went really well, I worked with a months. How did you stay focused during rehab?hand specialist for 7 weeks to get my hand back to 100%. This has been my first real serious injury in my career
How tough was this time for you the last
It has been extremely tough, but I know things happen for a reason and something good will come out of this situation. I have had a lot of support during this time and keeping my faith in God has been a huge help! It was easy to keep my focus during rehab because I knew this was something I had to take serious to get back to the game I love.
The Iowa Energy have really been struggling at 7-25. Would you have thought in training camp that they would be struggling so much?
I would have not thought they would be struggling, we had a good group of guys in there with the same mind set to win games. It was a surprise to me to see them struggle this much.
How would you have seen your chances of getting playing time for them had you been fit? They have many talented players there?
I felt I would of been a great fit for this program and definitely helped them in all aspects of the game.
After a solid rookie season with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 85.4%, you didn´t return? Was there any talks with Doug Spradley as to what the status was for you to return?
Yes I spoke with Doug several time about my return to Bremerhaven. Things just didn’t work out for me.
Would you like to have returned back to Germany? Was the job market so tough last summer that you decided to try the D-league?
Yea I would have loved to return to Germany, great basketball, amazing fans, and a beautiful country!
You scored in double figures 17 times for a team that had good scorers. How happy were you with your rookie season?
It was a solid rookie season for myself, I felt that I could have done a lot more. The beginning of the season started slow playing behind former All-Star Torrell Martin, but when that chance came for me to play I had to make the most out of it and I thought I did well.
What was your best game? I remember you scoring 19 points against the Brose Baskets Bamberg.
Yea I had a couple nice games, 20 points against Braunschweig, 19 against Oldenburg, then 19 on Bamburg.
Who was the best player that you played against last season in the Beko BBL?
Terrell Everett is back with Bremerhaven. He is a very versatile player. What was the most important thing that you could learn from him?
The most important thing I learned from Terrell would be to play hard every second, no possessions off.
You are fit now and would like to be added to a team for the stretch run. Why could you help any team in the Beko BBL now?
I see myself as a big guard at 6’6″ that is very versatile, Can shoot very well, take you off the dribble, post up, rebound and defend. I would definitely be an asset to any team right now.
What have you missed from Germany and what would you like to see in Germany soon again?
Thing I have missed most about Germany would be the fans, I love playing in those types of environments that the BBL has to offer every game!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Mike for the chat