Isaiah Swann is a 30 year old 188cm guard from Germantown, Maryland that is playing his second season in Germany for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and will be playing in his second consecutive Beko BBL allstar game. He is an athletic, left-handed point guard who is capable of putting up big numbers. He played at Florida State from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 24 games: 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 38.8%, FT: 84.0%. In his rookie season in 2008, he played for three teams including Aget Imola (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 15 games: 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 71.9%; left in Jan.’09, in Feb.’09 moved to Harem Scafati (Italy-Lega2): 1 game: 4pts, 1reb, 2steals, 1block; in March ’09 signed at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 13 games: 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT-3(46.3%), FT: 87.5%. In 2009-2010, he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 27 games: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 81.5%. in 2010-2011 he played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 3 games: 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, in Dec.’10 moved to Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League) playing 24 games: 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 84.1%. He was Israeli Premier League Champion in 2010. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany) playing 40 games: Score-3(15.8ppg), 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 85.5%. Last season he played for Royal Hali Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL): 24 games: 13.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 83.8%. He spoke with German Hoops at the 2014 Beko BBL allstar break.
Isaiah, congrats on reaching your second beko BBL Allstar game. How excited are you about taking part at this great event? Thank you so much!! It means a lot to be chosen to participate in the Allstar game.
I am very excited! To be chosen is a great honor and privilege. Being that it is my second selection in two years that I have been here in Germany means a lot to me, only God could be the reason for that!!!
What memories do you have form the 2012 Beko BBL allstar game in Ludwigsburg? Team international won and Heiko Schaffartzik threw ally op passes to Tony Gaffney from the stands.
There are a lot of memories that come to mind when I think about the the all star game. I had a great time. The dunk contest was great. When Heiko threw Gaffeny the lob I thought it was over. Lol
What is the most important thing for you at the 2014 Beko BBL allstar game? To go out and have fun or really go out and give a performance that will forever be remembered by everyone on this day?
I think the most important thing for me at the Allstar game is to ultimately win. I want to go out and have a great performance, but anyone who is able to play in the Allstar game wants the same thing. At the end of the day I just want to win and this goes for when I go back to my team and we start the second half of the season!!
It seems like team international is favorite, but one cant rule out team national. Team national has very capable players. How have you seen the development of German players in the two years since you last played in Ulm?
Yeah the national team is very capable of winning. It will be a fun and challenging game to win, especially with Thorsten as the coach and Per as the point guard. I think the young German players have developed very well in the past two years.
How much are you looking forward to playing against ex teammate Per Guenther? How much has he improved since you played with him in Ulm?
I am as excited as I was when we played Ulm the first game if the season!! It will be an adrenaline rush to play with Big John and against Per and Thorsten!!
The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are currently in 11th place with a record of 7-10. How happy have you been with the play of the team and what does the team have to improve to get to the playoffs?
I think we have a good chance to still make the playoffs. I think with the guys we have coming back from injuries and with the team we have, we have shown we can compete with anyone in our league. I think the key for us is to not take anything for granted and we HAVE to get better everyday in practice!!
You are having a great season leading the team in scoring and assists. How has your role changed from your time with Ulm?
Honestly I think my role is pretty much the same, but the fact that we have so many young guys on our team makes be that much more important. I say that because there is a lot much more on my shoulders and I am expected to do more but I try to spread the confidence in my teammates so that is why I think we will succeed!!
You have scored in double figures in every game except putting up the big goose egg against Ludwigsburg in 30 minutes. How tough was it for you to forget this game and move on?
Honestly I go back once a week and look at it and I think whatever happened that night will not happen again!!
What do you still want to achieve in your personal play in the second half of the season in your play that will help the team reach the playoffs?
I want to do whatever we have to do to win games. Ultimately this is the main goal and I want to do whatever it takes to do so. With that being said, if I have to sacrifice what I do, I will, I just want to win!!
You have played with many amazing players in Israel and in the NCAA, but where does your current teammate Immanuel Mcelroy rank as a player? I can imagine he is in the top three of best teammates you have ever had?
You don’t even understand how much Mac and I click out there on the court! He has to be my favorite besides Big John because I feel like he plays the game like I do. We are great compliments to each other and we just read each other. He has a very very high IQ for the game and that makes it easy to play with because it seems like we are thinking the same things at times.
What are your picks to reach the 2014 Superbowl between the New England Patriots-Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers?
I think it will be the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD movie that I saw was We’re the Millers.
Thanks Isaiah for the chat.