Brandon Provost is a 23 year old 190cm guard form Houston, Texas that is a rookie in the German Pro a for BG Leitershoefen. He started his basketball career in 2008 for Air Force and then transferred to UTPA and as a senior played 30 games: 14.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 79.7%. He was able to improve his scoring, rebounding and assists in each of his last three years. The American spoke to German Hoops after the tough 83-61 loss against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.
It has been a very tough season for BG Leitershoefen. What have been the main reasons for being a last placed team?
We have been hit very hard by injuries. We lost seven players from the official roster. We are also a very young team. They are doing the best job possible to help us out and doing a good job.
You are having a solid season in the Pro B averaging 17,5ppg, 3,8rpg and 1,9apg. How happy have you been with your game? Coach said the only thing missing is your killer instinct.
I feel that my game has been decent. I don´t mind the pressure, but I am not used to having to have to score. I hear about my Killer Instinct each day. Coach tells me to score and there are many situations where I need to be more aggressive. I am a pass first player and I never have had to take 16-17 shots like here. In my senior year at college I was averaging nine shots per game. I am here to get 22-25 points a game. I just have been missing that killer instinct this season. I never had it.
What do you need to improve in your game?
My killer instinct and mental things in my game.
How much fun is it playing in the backcourt with fellow rookie American Alex Bazzell?
It is a lot of fun. He was out for half of the season so it has been tough finding that chemistry. We had that chemistry at the start, but its been tough finding it now. By nature he is a pass first guard like me and is always finding his teammates.
What young German player on your team has impressed you most with his development?
I really like the game of Nicolas Breuer. He is a very good shooter and so fast. He has so much heart and he never gives up.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
Passing. I play so much off the ball that I simply don´t get the chance to pass that more. I shoot a lot more than I would like and am not able to pass the way I want to.
How did you get the nickname BP3?
Chris Paul was always my favorite player. Teammates in high school gave me the name.
You played your freshman year at the Air Force, but left after a year to attend UTPA. Why did you make that decision?
I basically had a difference of opinion with head coach Jeff Reynolds. He wanted me to be atype of defensive player which is ok, but I wanted to get into a better situation. I made some mistakes and felt is was better for a change.
Jacob Burtschi played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. Did you know about him as you came to the Air Force?
He was a legend there. I heard so many good things about him, but never saw him play. He was a member of many great teams that were ranked in the top 25 in the country. He was on his way out as I was coming in.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
I played against Klay Thompson. He only had eight points, but beat us by 30 points. I don´t think he brought his best in that game.
Who wins a one on one you or Alex Bazzell?
We never have played, but of course I would take myself.
You are a big Houston Rockets fan. Where will their journey end this season?
They will be very good in the future. I think that they just need to find that specila chemistry. They have many great players. It took some time until the Miam Heat found their chemistry an dnow they have two NBA titles. Rumor is that Kevin Durant might come aboard.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Brandon for the chat.