Jason Boucher( I know the game inside and out and can adapt to any situation needed)

Jason Boucher is a 33 year old 180cm guard from Menominee, Michigan that just completed his seventh professional basketball season in Germany and second with the Desden Titans in the Pro B. He started his basketball career in 1998 for  Grand Valley State (NCAA2) where he played until 2002. He played a total of 106 NCAA 2 games and as a senior played  28 games: 8.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.3apg, 2.4spg, FG: 40.4%, 3Pts: 39.8%, FT: 81.9%. He came to Germany in 2004-2005 and played for  TB Weiden (Germany-Regionalliga). From 2005-2007, he played in the minor leagues in the States for Grand Rapids Flight (IBL), Michigan Mayhem (CBA), Battle Creek Knights (IBL) and  Albany Patroons (CBA). In 2007-2008, he returned back to Germany to play for the Coocoon Baskets Weiden. From 2008-2010, he played for Heimerer Schulen Basket Landsberg (Germany-Regionalliga) where he tore up the league averaging 28,0ppg in those two seasons. In 2010-2011, he played for the  BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProB) playing 17 games averaging 15.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 84.5%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Jason you just completed your second season with the Dresden Titans helping the team remain in the Pro B with a double overtime game against Konstanz. What memories do you have of that game?

Well it was a crazy game that is for sure. I think we were up 9pts with 3mins to play in regulation and let the lead slip away and they forced overtime. I was proud of my guys for keeping their composure and playing until the final buzzer sounded at the end of that 2nd overtime.

Which player do you remember most in that game Andrew Jones or Frederick Hennigsen? Both had huge games and were the teams MVP´s in the game?

They both had nice games but if I had to pick one I would say Frederick. He was tough to handle that game and he single handedly kept his team in that game!

If you look back at the season was a disappointing team season saved with that amazing win or were you happy coming from the Regionaliga and staying in the PRO B?

Well personally I think it was a frustrating year for us. We had a good enough team to make the playoffs but that double overtime win saved us from moving down. For the first year in the Pro B, staying in the league was our main goal I guess.

You were very dominating in the Regionaliga, but had a very strong season in the Pro B averaging 19.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 83.2%. How pleased were you with your season?

It was a different year for me, I was the point guard the first half of the season and then coach moved me to the shooting guard for the 2nd half of the year. My numbers were good but of course being the player and competitor that I am I could of done more to help my team. But I was pleased with my year!

You had no problems making the transition from the Regionaliga to the Pro B. What is the biggest difference between both leagues?

To me I dont really think there is much difference, the German players are more experienced and better in Pro B. I think  can adapt to any level here in Germany and be successful as long as I play my game!

You played against many tough guards in the league, but who was the hardest opponent that you played against?

There were a lot of tough guards this season but if I have to pick one I would say Parker from Leverkussen. He had the freedom and ball in his hands every minute of every game and with his skill set there is not much anyone could do to stop him!

You recently announced that you wont be returning to the Dresden Titans. What was the main reason for making this decision and how difficult was it?

Tell you the truth it wasnt my decision, the team told me they wanted to move in a different direction and concentrate on young German players at my position for the upcoming season. I would have loved to stay in Dresden and finish my career there but its a business and I understand it. I am very thankful for the opportunity the Titan family gave me and it was a wonderful 2 years for me that I will never ever forget!

The fans showed a lot of love by overflowing your email box with many messages. If you look back at your two years in Dresden, what will always remain your fondest memory?

Dresden has the best fans ever and showed me so much love and continue to show me how much they appreciate me. I dont think i will have just one memory that sticks out. My teammates I had in Dresden were like brothers to me, not just teammates. The fans no matter if we were losing or winning showed support and filled the Margon Arena week in and week out. Lots of memories I will cherish forever!
How much fun was it playing with Americans Andrew Jones and Jared Benson. Can these guys make the next step to a higher level?

I had a great time playing with them both. Jared has been a friend of mine for years now and playing with a close friend like that made it feel like home. Drew was great also, great player and even better person. I think they both could play at any level if they given the chance!

You are 32 and want to continue to play at a high level. Do you think that you can still make the step to a higher level at your age?

I just turned 33 three weeks ago, haha. I dont think my age has anything to do with it. I am in the best shape of my life and healthy. I know I can play at any level if given the chance. My work ethic and determination and the way I play the game could help any team that gives me a chance!

You have played in Germany since 2007. Would you be willing to explore and play in another country or is your first preference Germany?

Im a basketball player period. It doesnt matter to me what country I play in given the opportunity. I love Germany dont get me wrong and wouldnt mind staying here but again any country anywhere is good for me

What besides your experience is your biggest asset on the court right now?

My biggest asset now besides my experience I think is probably my basketball I.Q. I know the game inside and out and can adapt to any situation needed. I can score if needed, I can run the team and be an assist guy, whatever the team needs from me I can do.

If you played agent and could sell yourself best in a few sentences to teams why you would be the prefect player for them how would you do it?

Well like I said before my basketball I.Q. is very high and with my experience and the ability to score the basketball and do the little things that doesnt show up on the stat sheet, I think I am the perfect fit for a team that is looking for a point guard or shooter. I also can help develop the younger guards on our team. Not only am I a good basketball player but I think I am a better person and teammate.

What was the first thing that you did when you touched on American soil?

haha the first thing I did was go to Taco Bell, those new cool ranch tacos are amazing

What is going to be something you will do this summer that you haven´t been able to do in a while?

Well my cousin Scott and his fiance Hannah just had their first child and I only got to see the baby(Cam) couple of days over xmas, so I am definately goning spend time with them and mostly just seeing my family and friends for the summer.

How does a summer work out day look like for Jason Boucher?

Well I am pretty busy actually in the summer, I work basketball camps, tournaments for kids all summer, so I am in the gym everyday. Just repetition for me, shooting jumpers, ball handling, you know all the things I been doing since I been in elementary school

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Actually just went to the movies and watched HangOver 3, haha.

Thanks Jason for the chat. For teams interested can reach Jason at jboucher4@hotmail.com.

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