Fabian Boeke is a 26 year old 208cm center that is playing his second season with SC Rist Wedel. He started his career in 2003 with BC Hamburg. He then played with TSG Ehingen from 2004-2007 where he played with young German talents Lucca Staiger and Christian Standhardinger. He then played in the NCAA for Washington State from 2007-2010 playing with guys like Abd Lodwick, Taylor Rochestie, Kyle Weaver and NBA players Aron Baynes and Klay Thompson. He spoke to German Hoops after advancing to the next round of the PRO B playoffs beating the Fraport Skyliners juniors.
You are 26 now. After playing in the NCAA, you now have played in the PRO the last two seasons. Are you happy about playing in the PRO B at this stage in your career?
I think its ok, because basketball isn´t my first focus. After finishing my studies, I have decided to concentrate on my career as an HR manager. Playing in the PRO B is a nice change for me from the day to day job.
How happy are you with your season stats of 13 points and seven rebounds?
It is a lot better than I thought it would be. I seem to be more efficient this year than last year. Maybe the league isn´t as good anymore. But I don´t really look at my stats anymore. It is more important to get wins.
What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?
My help side defense. This helps me change the shot of the opponent.
How difficult was it making your mid distance shot look like a layup?
I have worked very hard on my mid distance shot for a long time. It started at Ehingen where Ralf Junge was a big help for me. I was injured a lot in college so I was able to practice it more. Shooting was all I could do while I was injured so I practiced very much.
What is the most important thing that you learned from Ralph Junge?
I learned very much form him more about life. He is like an adoptive father for me. He taught me to go hard for my goals in my life and just be happy with what I have.
Were you on the floor as Lucca Staiger hit for 106 points?
No I wasn´t. I came the following season. I heard very much about that game the season I came. He hit for 106 points in the old Urspring halle which had a very bad floor, but he knew the gym well since he always practiced there. That gym doesn´t even exist anymore.
What is your sweetest memory of reaching the Sweet 16 in 2008?
I was actually injured and illegible and wasn´t allowed to play that season, but I was practicing with the team. It was a great run. We lost to North Carolina, but I remember my roommate Aron Baynes stopping Tyler Hainsborough.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Aron Baynes?
He mostly won, but I won a few times.
Did you know that your rx teammate Klay Thompson would become an instant success in the NBA?
Yes I knew that he would. He had the best jump shot that I ever saw. He was a hard worker. I remember the times off the court with him. He was a funny guy, but quiet. The typical nerd.
What was the most important thing that you learned from Washington State head coach Tony Bennett?
He taught me help side defense. That was installed by his dad who is in the hall of fame. One also called it the pack defense.
You battled Johannes Voigtmann in the playoffs. What is your impression of him?
He has a big body and a very nice soft touch. He could be more powerful inside, but I think that he will mature into a very good player. He should take a Maik Zirbes to be his role model.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA?
The best player that I saw in the NCAA was Kevin Love. You can see how dominant he was. Baynes killed me in practice and Love did the same to him posting a 32 point 16 rebound game with UCLA against us.
Who are your NCAA Final 4 picks?
Indiana, Duke, Michigan and a sleeper.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Hannibal with Anthony Hopkins.
Thanks Fabian for the chat.