Max Merz is a 19 year old 183cm guard that was born in Regensburg. He started his basketball career at MTV Kronberg. He has been playing for the Fraport Skyliners juniors since 2011. Last season in the PRO B, he played 10 games: 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 31.0%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 53.8%, also had a license for Eintracht Frankfurt (2.Regionalliga) and plays NBBL where he led the team into the playoffs and leads the team in scoring. He has been a member of the U-16 and U-17 German national teams. He took part at the European Championships U16 in Bar (Montenegro) -10: 8 games: 2.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball recently.
The Fraport Skyliners are on a good way to reach the playoffs. How realistic do you see the chances?
I see it as very realistic. If we keep playing the way we have in last weeks, then we could.
How difficult is it to play sometimes with Konstantin Klein, Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann and sometimes not?
There aren´t really any problems. When they are with us, they help us very much. With them on the court, we are one of the best teams in the PRO B. When we don´t have them, then we really see the differences. When we don´t have them, we just try to make the best of it. We are happy when they are playing and just make the best of the situation when they aren´t with us.
How does your role change when they aren´t there?
When they are there, I am the 6-7 man off the bench and when they aren´t there, I am with Falko on the guard position. I have more responsibility and can score more.
How happy are you with your development in the PRO B?
I am happy with it and it is moving along good.
On what things do you still need to work on on your game?
I can work on many things like being more calm on the court on offense, reading the game better, shooting off the dribble and on defense.
Konstantin Klein once said he thinks that someday you could be a solid Beko BBL player. Is that your dream?
I think it is the dream of any player. But I am not thinking about that now, just trying to establish myself in the PRO B. If I make it one day then I would be very happy.
What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed?
My defense gets overlooked. One doesn´t read about it in the stats.
I like your eye for your teammates. Who is your favorite passer in NBA?
Rajon Rondo is the best passer.
What is the most important thing that you have learned from Eric Detlev?
I worked a lot with him last summer. He helped me a lot on defense especially how to defend well against bigger players as well as reading the play on the pick and role.
What is the most important thing that Konstantin Klein has given you?
Just to practice, practice practice and believe in your goal.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NBBL 2013 Allstar game?
The MVP Kenneth Ogbe. He was very versatile that bring the ball or score. David Taylor also was tough.
Who were your basketball idols as a kid?
I liked Ben Wallace because of his good defense and Kobe Bryant.
You played a season in the states at Rabun Gap high school. That sounds like a mix of temple and designer store. Did you ever ask where the name came from?
It is the name of the small town in Georgia in the hills named after by Indians.
What did you learn in the states that amazed you?
I found that the people are very friendly there different than in Germany. They are always trying to help you.
What were the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?
What was your most crazy shot you ever made in a game?
I made a hook shot over two players from the three point line.
Who wins a one on one you or Konstantin Klein.
He still wins, but I would win maybe twice in 10 tries.
What do you like most about your teammate NikolaJ Vukovic?
I know him since many years. He is a very good friend of mine. I can´t even list all the good things about him.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Max for the chat.