Michael Fakuade is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Chicago, Illinois that also has the NIgerian citizenship and is playing his second professional basketball season with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. He just completed his rookie season for UBC Hannover playing 15 games: 15.2ppg, Reb-5(10.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-1(2.8bpg), FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 67.6%. he started his basketball career in 2007 for N.Illinois (NCAA) where he played until 2010 playing 54 NCAA games. He then changed to play for Ill.-Springfield (NCAA2). He played a total of 45 NCAA 2 games and as a senior played 24 games: 14.5ppg, RebNCAA2-6(11.0rpg), BlocksNCAA2-2(3.5bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 3-6, FT: 56.7%. He spoke to German Hoops before the next game against Giessen.
A tough 83-73 loss last weekend to NBC. NBC controlled the game and Essen couldn´t turn it around in the second half. What was key for getting the win?
We did not take care of the ball .We gave them too many easy buckets in transition.
33year old Bingo Merriex had a solid game with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. What was your impression of the forward who still seems to have game in his legs?
I thought he was very solid; he did exactly what they needed him to do. He did not force the action and made plays when he needed to.
Last week Diego Kapelan was signed and he responded with 25 points. Is he the player that could turn the season around and what do you like most about his game?
Diego brings another scoring punch to our backcourt, as well as another ball hander. I think he can really help us turnaround the season around.
Essen is riding a three game losing streak and has a less than satisfactory 7-10 record. How much has consistency been a big problem this season for the team especially in crunch time?
I think that we are still trying to figure out how to close out games. We are in every game, but we can’t seem to get over that hump.
You are currently averaging 9,3ppg and 7,7rpg. Your rebounding work is very solid, but your scoring is down. Is a goal besides winning to demand more shots on the court?
Of course my main focus is to win Games. But I do think I need to focus on being more aggressive on the offensive end.
The next game is against the Giessen 46ers. What memories do you have from the 74-67 loss earlier in the season?
To be honest that game was so long ago I really do not remember it too much. I just know that we need to come out hungry and play as hard as we can to get the win.
In that loss, Brit Myles Hesson scored 18 points, but is injured now. What kind of game can we await and what will be key to getting revenge this time?
It will be a very hard fought game. I think the key to this game is to take care of the ball and not give them easy buckets. If we do that we should be fine.
Were you surprised how Seattle totally blew away the Denver Broncos and what was your Superbowl moment of 2014?
I was a little surprised, but Seattle had the number one defense. Defense really does win Championships. I have yet to experience a Super Bowl moment.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Michael fort he chat.