Keaton Grant(Neckar Riesen) I Want That We Win More Games In The Second Half And I Want To Take My Game To A New Level

Keaton Grant is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Kissimmee, Florida that is playing his first season in Germany for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. He played at Purdue from 2006-2010 playing a total of 138 NCAA games. As a senior he played 35 games: 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 75.4%. In 2010 as a rookie he played for Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 49 games: 9.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 71.4%. In 2011-2012 he played for Astrum Levice (Czech Rep.-NBL, starting five): 36 games: Score-4(17.9ppg), 5.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 78.9%; also played at Onyx Levice (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five): 13 games: 16.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 76.1%. Last season he played for AS Apollon Patras (Greece-A1, starting five): 28 games: 13.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-2(2.0spg), FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 75.2%. He was a spectator at the 2014 Beko BBL allstar game in Bonn and talked to German Hoops about basketball.

 

You watched your buddy CJ Harris at the Beko BBL Allstar game win the three point shooting contest. How did you like the atmosphere and why didn´t you go home for the break?

 

I really liked the atmosphere in Bonn. We only had a three day break and I would loved to have gone home, but I don´t go home for three days. There just wasn´t enough time.

 

How proud are you of CJ Harris who won the three point shooting contest?

 

I am very proud of him and I was confident that he could win it. When he gets going then he is unstoppable and so effortless in his shooting. I practiced with him leading up to the competition and when he hit 16, I knew that he had it won.

 

How happy are you with the first half of the season for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg?

 

I think that we had a good first half of the season. We could of won more close games. It was tough getting a rhythm, but I think that we have more momentum now.

 

How happy have you been with your game. Currently you are averaging 15,5ppg, 3,4rpg and 1,3apg.

 

I think it is going well, but I can always rebound and defend better. I want that we win more games in the second half and I want to take my game to a new level.

 

How great is it having two NBA names like Stockton and Karl on the club?

 

It is great. Karl is a good guy and both really have a great basketball IQ and it is nice going to work with them every day.

 

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

 

CJ Harris has been our unsung hero player. He is shooting over 50% and just does his job each day.

 

You played together with Chris Kramer at Purdue. What moment do you remember most about his play?

 

I remember a game either against Florida or Arizona where he got the rebound fell and made the shot sitting down on the court.

 

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

 

Eric Gordon of the Pelicans. You can´t touch him. He had no weakness in college and had so much range on his shot.

 

What wish do you still have as a professional basketball player?

 

I want to be able to put myself to be a better player each day and just reach my fullest potential.

 

What player do you want to see take off in the 2014 Beko BBL allstar game?

 

I want to see if Isaiah Swann can score.

 

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

 

Lone survivor with Mark Wahlberg.

 

Thanks Keaton for the chat.

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