Josh Parker is a 23 year old 183cm point guard from Harvey, Illinois that recently was a rookie for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and helped the team win the Pro B title. With Leverkusen he 33 games: Score-1(28.5ppg), 4.5rpg, Assists-2(7.1apg), 2.2spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 80.3%He played at Drake from 2007-2009 and then played for Dayton(NCAA) from 2010-1012. He played a total of 130 NCAA games. Currently he is tearing up the German PRO B. He scored in double figures 33 times scoring over 20 points 26 times, 30 points or more 15 times and 40 points or more four times including a 48 point explosion against Dresden. He cleaned out the Eurobasket awards as well getting Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Import Player of the Year -13, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -13, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -13. Many teams were aware of his stellar play in the pro B including the Mitteldeutscher BC who signed him for the 2013-2014 Beko BBL season. He spoke to German Hoops after the big win against medi bayreuth.
Congrats on the fourth straight win for MBC against medi bayreuth. MBC was ahead for most parts of the game. What was key for getting the win?
Thanks we really appreciate it! I felt it was just our defensive mentality throughout the entire game that won the game for us. Bayreuth is a team that can make runs throughout the game and did just that. It wasn’t an easy win it took a fight the whole game to pull that off.
Medi bayreuth has lost seven games in a row and are near the bottom. What do you think is the biggest problem of the team? They are a lot better team than their record shows.
Bayreuth is a good team regardless of what their record shows they have a lot of talent and depth. The league has just only gotten stronger as the season progressed. Teams will make a mistake to not take them seriously according to their record.
Darius Adams almost beat you singlehandingly a week ago and had 26 points. You have seen many point guards this season and where would you rate him with the top scoring point guards that you have faced?
He is a good player and played very well against us! He can score and create for his teammates. After playing against him I am a fan of his game. It’s hard to put him in a certain rank of a league full of great point guards.
Is 17 slowly becoming your favorite number? You remain very solid and consistent scoring 17 points the last games. Is your confidence rising with each game?
I have taken on a role that my coach has given me and it’s been a role for me to help my team by focusing in on scoring and making plays. My teammates and coach has given the confidence to go out there and play my game and that’s been my focus, just staying consistent for the team!
The Mitteldeutscher BC has won five of the last six games and it seems that it has the usual consistent players that step up each game as well as an additional different player that steps up in a game. Is this correct and what other reasons have there been for the current upward spiral that the team has had?
It has just been our will to work and never being satisfied. The guys that we have on the team love to get better and so we continue to just work hard and stay together pushing one another and it has been carrying over in the games!
What has been your impression of youngster Martins Meiers? He had his best scoring game against Bremerhaven. How has he developed since the start of the season?
Martins is the kind of guy that knows how to just do what is needed of him offensively and defensively! He really works hard and gives us everything he has day in and day out. What I like about him is he’s a sponge with the info given and wants to get better and that shows in his play lately.
How disappointed are you that American Angelo Caloiaro wasn´t added to the 2014 Beko BBL allstar team international? He surely would have deserved it.
Angelo has really been playing well and I believe he definitely should have had a chance to make the all star team international! The way he has played I feel like he deserved it!
How excited were you about playing against William Conroy? He played at Washington, in the NBA and in the Euroleague. Do you remember seeing him play when you lived in the States?
My focus is always on the game ahead of me and what we need to do to win. He is obviously a focus for that team for a reason. I really didn’t see him play that much when I was in the states, but I’ve heard he was a great player!
How did you enjoy your Christmas in Germany? How difficult was it being away from your family and what American Xmas food do you miss the most?
It was good! It was definitely an adjustment being away from the family and the food of course, but overall it was a good Christmas. The American Christmas food I miss the most would have to be mom’s turkey stuffing!
How excited were you to meet Mr medi bayreuth and one of the biggest German basketball fans ballinforlife faboom? He is every basketball player´s best friend and supports everyone in good and bad times. Did you give him any comforting words?
I was excited to finally meet Faboom. He is the man and the biggest basketball fan I know. It was great to see him and I did have the chance to talk to him. A really good guy!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Josh for the chat.