Ahmad Smith is a 29 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his second season for the NBC of the German PRO A. He started the season BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA)12 games: 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.7apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 14.3%, FT: 72.2%, in Jan.’13 moved to Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProA, starting five): 19 games: 9.6ppg, Reb-4(8.5rpg), Assists-2(6.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 77.6% He played at St.Bonaventure(NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8(14.2ppg), RebA10-10(6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9(3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2(8.7rpg), Assists-1(7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.’10, in Jan.’11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1(7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. Last season for the Kichheim Knights he played 35 games: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-1(6.7apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 62.0% He spoke to German Hoops in preseason about basketball.
Ahmad thanks for talking to German Hoops again. How was your summer and what was your nicest experience back at home?
My summer was great theres not one specific moment that sticks out just spending lots of time with family and friends.
How quickly were you able to digest the five game playoff loss to Duesseldorf?
I still think about how we blew that series and that was my motivation all summer during my workouts.
You are playing your second season with NBC. What were the main reasons for coming back to NBC?
I love the city of Nurnberg and especially our fans which really support the team no matter what. There is big ambitions in NBC for the future and I wanted to be a part of it.
The team kept a good share of last years team and brought in Wayne Bernard and Robert Lewandowski as guys that will be dominating offensive players. How does the team shape so far from the first weeks of practice?
Were still getting to know each other but so far its been great we have a good bunch of guys.
Last season the team lost a tough 5 game series against Duesseldorf. What goals does NBC have? Is the PRO A tile a realistic goal that coach Martin Ides will be trying to get into the minds of the players early?
Championship is the only goal that we have as a team anything less than a championship is a failure.
How important is the pick up of Wayne Bernard. What besides his experience will help NBC be successful this season?
I think Wayne was a great addition to our team not just his experience but he plays the game the right way and he’s been a winner throughout his career.
Last season, NBC was missing more inside presence as you only had Ronald Thompson. Now you have added Robert Lewandowski and Michael Fleischman. Will we see more inside game this season?
We definitely have more depth inside to help Ron out which is a huge plus for us. It will give us a great inside out game that we didn’t have last season.
Could the inside duo of Ronald Thompson and Robert Lewandowski be the top big man duo in the Pro A this season?
If they both continue to work hard I believe they will both have great seasons and that will really benefit the whole team.
You were fourth in rebounding last season and second in assists in the Pro A. Will anything change in your role this season or will you have the same type of role as last season where you really do a bit of everything on the court?
I have an all around game this season I will do anything the team needs for me to do. Winning is the only option this season no one on our team should be worried about their individual stats because we have a lot of offensive power. I’ll do anything the team needs me to do whether thats scoring, passing, rebounding or defense!
German Lukas Weigel comes from MidAmerica Nazarene (NAIA). What has been your impression of him so far?
Lukas is a great guy he’s still trying to adjust to the game in the Pro A. He’s a hard worker and listens so I think he will have a solid season.
Cornelius Adler had a great season last year and had big games in the playoffs. Do you see him making another step this season?
Corny really finished the season strong and carried us in lots of games down the stretch. He will have a great season I would say he is one of the best players in the league and definitely the best German player.
Will Robert Lewandowski survive the season with all the jokes about his alter ego soccer player in Dortmund? Lol
Lol I hope so it was a big deal when he signed here the soccer fans were going crazy lol.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Ahmad for the chat.