Myles Hesson(You Can´t Afford Any Errors In The Beko BBL)

Myles Hesson is a 21 year old 195 cm forward from Birmingham, England that recently completed his first season in Germany in the PRO B for the Weissenhorn youngsters and  was promoted to Beko BBL team ratiopharm Ulm. Last season for  Weissenhorn Youngstars (Germany-ProB) he played  20 games: 19.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 27.4%, FT: 65.6%, in Mar.’13 moved to Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-BBL): 9 games: 4.2ppg, 2.8rpg. He started his professional career in 2009-2010 for  Birmingham Aces (EBL2) averaging 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. Last season he played for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. This past summer, he was a member of the British national team taking part in preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He also took part at the British 3×3 Mixed and menTeam for World Championships in Greece  in 2012. He recently signed with the Giessen 46ers for the 2013-2014 season and was named to the 2013 british national team. He spoke to German Hoops during the last season as he played for ratiopharm Ulm.

What was it like watching from the bench being a member of ratiopharm Ulm in your first game?

It was great. I understand that I wont play much, but just being involved with the team is a good thing.

What did you learn from the style of the Beko BBL?

It is a lot quicker and faster than the PRO B. The players are also more efficient and you can´t afford errors.

On what things did you have to watch out for on the court concerning your game?

I had to limit my mistakes, rebound, run the floor and show confidence with my shot.

You told me in December 2012 that is was your dream to play in the Beko BBL one day. Have you been surprised by how quick all has gone for you?

I was surprised how fast it went. I didn´t expect it this season, but I had been working hard and people told me that I deserved it.

How did you learn of the promotion to ratiopharm Ulm?

My coach Tim Lewis told me that we had a meeting with Ulm and we went and I was so happy when I was signed.

There aren´t many players that make the jump from PRO B to the Beko BBL. Was the PRO B too easy for you?

No it wasn´t too easy for me. The PRO B is still a good level. I always aspired to play in a higher level and Ulm took notice of that.

What do you remember from your 34 points 19 rebound explosion against Dresden?

I remember it being a great game as we only had seven players and two were NBBL players. I remember my teammates Maxim Shtein and Brian Butler finding me for open shots.

You are athletic and like to dunk. What is a hidden strength in your game?

My three point shooting. I haven´t had a good percentage this season, but I continue to work hard at improving my shot.

Who was the best player that you played against in the PRO B this season?

Josh Parker of the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He could go off at any time.

Could he make the jump to the Beko BBL?

Yes I think that he could. He has a lot of potential. I wish the best for him and I hear he is a good guy as well.

You once said that you like how Allan Ray has no fear on the court. What else would you like to have from his game?

He is one of the best players in the league and I would like to have his one on one skills.

What was your impression of Thorsten Leibenath and how did he helped you so far?

I had trained with him a few times this season so I knew how he is. He was really cool and welcomed me and helped me get a fix on the plays.

Who would win a wrestling match John Bryant or Omar Samhan?

I am not sure, but I would pay to watch it. I would put my money on John Bryant.

Lance Jeter was named Capri Sonne man of March. Can you drink as much as him?

I haven´t seen him drink it, but I heard that he had become the Capri Sonne March man.

You come from England. What was your childhood like?

I had a normal childhood like any other kid. I started to play soccer and then started with basketball at age 14.

Who were your basketball idols?

I liked Dwayne Wade. I am a huge Miami heat fan and am happy that they got Lebron James.

Why is Vince Carter your dunk hero?

When I started to watch NBA, he was in his prime and he was always in the top 10 dunks the way Blake Griffin is today.

Tim Lewis was already your coach with Essex. How did he help you get better?

He really helped me a lot and already saw my potential as I was younger. He helped me get to Germany and always pushes me too work hard.

Last season Kris Douse was your teammate. Who won a one on one in practice?

We never really played even though we are close in height. He is very athletic as well, but I would say that I would win.

You played at the 3 X3 world championships in Greece in 2012. What kind of experience was that for you?

That was a great experience. There were some very good players there from countries like Greece and Israel and the games were always packed.

How excited are you to see Eric Boateng again after playing with him with the British national team?

He is a cool guy and a friend of mine. I am looking forward to seeing him and I am happy tat he is doing so well.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row without missing?


What was your most crazy shot that you made in a game?

I made a three quarters shot last season in England from my own free throw line.

James Bond or Mr Bean?

I like Mr Bean. He makes me laugh. I liked James Bond more as Pierce Brosnan. I don´t like the new one so much.

Have you ever met another myles/miles in your life besides me?

There was another miles at my school.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

James Bond Skyfall.

Thanks Myles for the chat.

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