Edgar Sosa(ratiopharm Ulm) Rick Pitino Taught Me To Play Basketball the Correct Way

Edgar Sosa is a 26 year old 193cm guard form the Dominican Republic that grew up in New York. He is playing his first season with ratiopharm ulm. He played at Louisville from 2006-2010 for well known basketball coach Rick Pitino. As a senior he played 33 games: 13.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.5apg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 65.4%. AS a rookie in the 2010-2011 season he played for  Angelico Biella (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 30 games: 14.1ppg, 1.4rpg, Assists-3(4.5apg), 2.3spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 66.7%. He sat out the 2011-2012 season due to injury and last season played for  Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB): 2 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and then signed at Cangrejeros de Santurce (Puerto Rico-BSN): 31 games: 7.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 65.2%. He spoke to German Hoops at the 2014 Beko BBL allstar game.

You are playing your first season in Germany and for ratiopharm Ulm. Would you agree when I say that Edgar Sosa and ratiopharm Ulm is a very good situation for you?

Yes I would. Ulm is a great and I have no complaints. The coach is great, the system is great and since I am a homebody type of guy, Ulm is perfect and I have been having a great time.

You were an allstar in Italy and now you took part at the three point shooting contest. Are there any differences to both events?

Not really, in Italy the set up was similar to here with a great arena in Milan, the perfect atmosphere, and the autograph meeting with the fans.

In the Beko BBL everything is run perfectly and the league has really grown over the years, but some communication was lacking when dealing with you.

Yes that is true. I guess they made it official weeks ago, but I actually didn´t know I was taking part until a few days before the event.

Where would you say does the three OT win loss against the Fraport Skyliners rank in your alltime best games?

It ranks with my best games ever played no matter at what level. The game went back and forth, the atmosphere was great and there were constantly big shots being made. I will remember most how we came back a few times down by four points to send the game into another OT despite being very tired.

What is exactly your role with ratiopharm Ulm?

My main role with Ulm is too come off the bench and spark the team with energy. I like to always play aggressive and get to the cup and make big shots. The great thing about this team is that we don´t have one superstar, but many great players that are unselfish. At the end of the day we all want to win and it doesn´t matter who scores.

Who has been the unsung hero of ratiopharm so far this season?

The unsung hero and my favorite player is Matt Howard. He does so much for the team and things that nobody else can do. We have scorers like Per Guenther, or myself, but he is the only guy that brings this special energy to our defense. He really has been the key player for our success this season.

What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?

Everybody sees that I can score, but a hidden strength is that I am a good pick and role player. That is where I can create and am able to make the right decisions.

Do you ever watch film of other great point guards like a Jared Jordan?

Yes it is always beneficial to watch good guards like a Jordan. I like how he passes the ball and try to play the game the way he sees it. I have a lot of respect for him. He is a great player.

Not too many players have had the chance to play for a Rick Pitino. How did he make Edgar Sosa into the player he is today?

Rick Pitino was amazing. He is the type of coach that is able to make players be able to play well in any system in any country. He taught me to play basketball the correct way. He made me into a better player.

At Louisville you played with two NBA players Earl Clark and Terrence Williams. How proud are you of their success now?

I am very proud of them. Clark has so much athleticism. Clark and I are still very close and he just signed  a three year deal with the Cavaliers. Terrence Williams is on his way back to the NBA via the D-league.

Who was the greatest player you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

When I was a freshman I remember playing against Georgetown and current Boston Celtic Jeff Green. He was the first player where I was in total awe on the court. He really separated himself form the other players. Green made the game look so easy.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I saw Flight with Denzel Washington. He is my favorite actor.

Thanks Edgar for the chat.

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