Anthony Young is a 24 year old 200cm forward from Indianapolis, Indiana that is playing his second professional season with ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. He started his basketball career in 2008 for Kankakee CC (JUCO) where he played until 2010. He finished his two last seasons of school at Ky Wesleyan (NCAA2) an din his senior year played 31 games: 19.7ppg, 7.9rpg, FGP: 49.9%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 84.6%. Last season as a professional rookie he played for BSV Wulfen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 22 games: Score-4(21.1ppg), 8.7rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 82.3%. He spoke to German Hoops after his huge 39 point effort in a Essen win in Giessen
Anthony congrats on the big 94-72 win in Giessen. Did your German teammates Fabian Franke or Marco Buljevic call you the new Logan Stutz after your amazing 39 point game? Stutz had some big games last season for Essen like you did in Giessen. Did the name Stutz come about in the ride home to Essen?
No I didn’t hear the name Stutz at all. I know who he is from previous conversations about last year’s team but as far as my game high compared to his no. We are two totally different players.
You had a monster game with 39 points. When was the last time that you scored 39 points and where do you rank this game alltime in your basketball career in terms of individual performance?
The last time I scored 30 plus was last season in my rookie year with Wulfen, I would have to rank this as my number one performance. I have been in a zone like this maybe 3 or 4 times in my life where I really just couldn’t miss. In summer tourney’s with other pro’s and a college game. But this is number one so far.
I remember ex NBA player Desmond Ferguson hit seven three pointers in a Frankfurt skyliner win in 2005 where he connected on seven three pointers in Giessen. Your shooting the three very well this season at 47%, but did you ever think that you were capable of making eight three pointers?
I honestly dont think about how many three’s I could make in a game, I guess it kind of just happens. I think it’s going in every time I shoot honestly, it’s a self confidence thing.
You hit your first three pointer at 4.42 of the first quarter. How were you feeling then? How sure were you that this could be a very good scoring day for you?
I have gotten off to good starts in the past in the first half’s of games and then cooled off some in the second half’s but I knew the night was going to be special in the third quarter. The feeling I had was unexplainable! I was in a zone, I wanted the ball so bad and my coach just let me isolate time after time again and it just kept dropping for me.
After a three game losing streak, this was a very big win. What really did you like from the Essen game? Obviously, your 39 points led the way to the win, but basketball is always a team win.
The biggest thing I liked was our team defense, we were really playing well on the defense end and rebounding extremely well. This was our best defense performance of the season!
The ETB Baskets rebounded very well winning the battle 37-27. How proud were you of Michael Fakuade who helped you out getting nine rebounds?
Mike always rebounds well for us, so honestly it was nothing new, we expect Mike to rebound well and block shots. That’s just what he does.
What has been your early impression of Diego Kaplen? He chipped in 14 points and had five assists. Is he the missing link to the team that could make a run in the second half of the season?
I like Diego and what he brings to our team, he gives us more of a scoring threat so that really helps me and Chris out on the offensive end. He is exactly what we were missing. Also he is a very good passer as well and can really see the floor.
You tore up the German Pro B last season and this season you are having a very respectable Pro A season having scored in double figures 17 times. Does a game like this give you an added spec of self confidence that you can make the next step?
This game gives me a bigger boost of confidence for sure, I would be lying if I said it didn’t, Im already looking forward to the next game just so I can get back out there. It’s a really good feeling.
After a game like this, could you think about a change in your role on the team or will you keep doing your thing helping with scoring and rebounding?
No, my role won’t change, that’s why I like playing for Igor so much because he know’s that I am, capable of having games like I did against Giessen. But I just haven’t played up to my standards for the majority of the season scoring wise. Individually these are all career lows for me. But Igor want’s me being aggressive and gives me the green light to go, it’s just on me weather i’m making shots or not.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD movie I saw was Insidious chapter 2, which is a horror movie. Horror and comedy are my favorite films to watch in my spare time.
Thanks Anthony for the chat.