Myles Hesson is a 23 year old 195 cm forward from Birmingham, England that was one of the 12 best players in Great Britain and was selected for the 2013 national team playing in Slovenia at the Eurochampionships. He will play in the German Pro A this season for the Giessen 46ers. Last season he played for Weissenhorn Youngstars (Germany-ProB, starting five): 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 spoke to German Hoops after Great Britain missed reaching the next round at the 2013 European championships.
A long summer of play with the British national team comes to an end. In the last game, Great Britain failed to advance by losing to the Ukraine 87-68. How deep does the pain sit? One single game that could of brought you to the next round?
I think the Belgium game was pivotal for us. Its tough to think that just a few plays here and there could have made the difference but its a learning experience for us all.
The Ukraine got a 10 point lead which grew to 18 points and they never looked back. What were the main reasons for not being able to come back?
They out played us in the paint and we never really got comfortable on offense
The daily grind was tough as one had almost a game each day. Great Britain played more with a seven man rotation. Was the club a bit tired in the last game?
You could say we were tired but every team here has had the same amount of games so its not an excuse I would use.
It seemed like the Ukraine saved their best for last to advance. They didn´t have one or two players that carried the load, but had a total team effort leading to the win. Did the Ukraine possibly surprise Great Britain a bit with their game plan not focusing too much on a Pooh Jeter or Sergii Gladyr?
Yeah their other role players really stepped up for them when they needed it. Jeter only had 6 points going into the final few minutes. We did a good job defensivley on him but their whole team contributed to their win.
Great Britain finished with a record of 2-3. What is your summary of the 2013 Eurochampionships for the country of Great Britain. Was it able to make steps and development with the roster it had?
We had a young team not filled with any “superstars” and I think we came together as a team and did our country proud.
With one or the other NBA player on board, it probably would of extended your summer vacation and you wouldn´t have been on the 12 man roster. How thankful are you for having had this experience at Euro 2013?
Its hard to say what could have happend had our “nba guys” been here but Im grateful with the opportunity I was given and worked hard to be in the position I found myself in.
In 5 games you averaged 11,0ppg and 6,0rpg. How happy were you with your own performance in your first big international tournament?
Im very happy with my individual performance, I remained consistent in all but one game so I cant really complain.
You played almost each day against a basketball nation and also off the court you were able to experience many amazing things. What one thing from this Eurobasket 2103 tournament will you always keep most tight in your memory?
Ill always remember both our wins against Germany and Israel, we managed to come together as a team and win when everyone else had wrote us off.
Which 4 teams do you see reaching the semi finals and which country do you see winning? It has been kind the tournament of upsets and many countries like Finland really surprising everyone?
Im not sure about who will go through but id like to see Slovenia in the finals, theyve been playing great basketball and had some of the moat entertaining games in the tournament so far.
Which player in the tournament was the biggest thrill to play against and at the same time was your most difficult opponent to guard?
Nicolas Batum was one of the toughest opponents I had to guard personally.
What is your opinion of how Germany faired? They were the second youngest team, beat France but still didn´t advance. Your ex teammate Per Guenther lauded you an interview for being able to come to a tournament like this after playing Pro B last season. Was the experience missing a bit for Germany to achieve bigger feats at Eurobasket 2013?
I think they had a good team, not quite sure why they never won more games but anything can happen in a tournament like this.
Will it be difficult to come down from the Eurobasket 2013 experience and head to Giessen to play Pro A basketball? Many eyes will be on you and what you did the last months.
It wont be difficult for me personally, I want to play at the highest level I can so the more eyes on me the better.
Now you have time to watch a video? What DVD is on the menu for this week?
Haha, erm, will probably watch “think like a man” on the plane home, one of my favourite movies.
Thanks Myles for the chat.
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