Brian Harper(Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) It Will Be A Dog Fight Against The Artland Dragons

Brian Harper is a 28 year old 206cm forward that is playing his first season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Last season he played for  TBB Trier (Germany-BBL, starting five): 33 games: 11.0ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 60.3%. He started off playing guard at 6’5″ at Paine and grew to 6’10” and never changing positions. Brian’s a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7’4″. Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine(NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3(25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.’08, in Feb.’09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March ’09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for  Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Artland Dragons.

Brian thanks for talking to German Hoops again. How good is life at the moment? Its Christmas time and Bremerhaven have won four of their last five games?

No problem at all Miles. Christmas is always a great time of year, and it’s even better with a few wins under our belt. We’re just looking to continue getting better and to keep things moving in the right direction.

Congrats on the 99-83 win in Tuebingen. Tuebingen is in a real slump at the moment. Do you as a basketball player feel for a team like that just a bit when you went through something like they did at the start of the season?

It’s a long season and throughout the season teams have ups and downs. Tuebingen is a talented team I’m sure they will be fine.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven experienced something bizarre after the game where the team jerseys were stolen. How did you experience this and were you shocked this could actually happen?

Yeah it was definitely something I have never experienced before but things happen.

What on the court has sparked this turnaround with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and was there a guy that stepped it up a bit more vocally in the lockerroom? What has improved on the court in the last weeks?

I feel like the whole team has stepped it up. We have a good group of guys that all want to do everything they can to help the team be successful. I’m not sure there was one thing that sparked a turnaround but just us having time to gel and get a rhythm going.

So many people are talking about players like a Jared Jordan or David Logan, but hardly anyone besides maybe in Bremerhaven is mentioning Darius Adams. How important has he been for the success after getting some criticism to start the season?

Darius Adams has played a instrumental part in our success over the past month! His ability to score the ball and come up with big plays for us when we need them has been huge. If people are not talking about him then they need to be. He has been playing extremely well !

After a slow start, it also seems like American Anthony Smith is finding his game. What has changed in his game that has made him more effective on the court?

Anthany Smith has definitely been a great addition to the team since he’s got here. He has had a chance to get comfortable and catch his rhythm and he has been big for us over the last few weeks.

Adas Juskevicius is also playing a lot better. Many guys have been turning it up. Head coach Calvin Oldham was criticized harshly at the start, but how vital has he been for getting this turnaround?

Adas Juskevicius has been playing really well also and has played multiple positions for us over the last few weeks which has been big for us and our recent success. Coach Calvin Oldham has continued to stay positive and work hard through the entire season and his leadership and example has been huge.

The next game is against the Artland Dragons that are 8-4 and this will be another test for Bremerhaven. What kind of game can we await?

Like you said Artland is 8-4 and has had a great start to the season. We expect to be in a dog fight this weekend. Artland is a team full of talented players, and they play real well together. So it’s going to take us coming out ready to play, and executing our game plan.

A very interesting duel for you could be against American Lawrence Hill. He played with the Lopez brothers at Stanford and you have a few inches on him. Can you scout a bit better from the bench than if your in the game on your man?

I think that whenever you get a chance to watch a player from the sideline before seeing them on the court it’s an advantage. It’s always hard to gage things like speed, quickness, strength, ect. from watching film.

What do you like most about the Christmas season in Germany?

The Christmas Markets are my favorite thing about Christmas in Germany. Wish we had them in the States!

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Call.

Thanks Brian for the chat.

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