Brian Harper is a 28 year old 206cm forward that is playing his first season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Last season he played for TBB Trier (Germany-BBL, starting five): 33 games: 11.0ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 60.3%. He started off playing guard at 6’5″ at Paine and grew to 6’10” and never changing positions. Brian’s a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7’4″. Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine(NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3(25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.’08, in Feb.’09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March ’09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against Braunschweig.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven sustained a tough loss in Bonn. It was the fourth close loss of the season. Does one ever contemplate where the team may be resting in the standings had you won those four games, or do you try not to dwell on it?
It’s always hard losing a close game like the one in Bonn. Like you said we’ve had a few close ones this season where we have only lost by a few points but we don’t have time to dwell on that. What’s important at this point in the season is that we learn from those situations and allow them to help us down the stretch.
Describe the last play of the game where Derrick Allen missed the last shot. Was the play designed for D.A or had their possibly had been an even better option on the floor?
We executed the last play exactly how we wanted and got a great look. Coach Oldham drew up a play and Derrick had a good look. When the game comes down to the wire like this one did all you can ask for is the kind of quality shot and were confident that the next one will drop.
What was your impression of new point guard Eugene Lawrence? Does he give the team a new added threat that Jared Jordan didn´t have?
Eugene Lawrence is a good point guard and I think he is really going to do well in Bonn. It’s never easy comparing two players both are talented and everyone knows how unique and valuable Jared Jordan is to any team. I’m sure both will be successful during the remainder of the season.
A loss is a loss, but is there any positive thing that the team can take out of this game to build on the next game?
Yeah I think it’s always important to try to learn from each game. With that said we wanted to win the game and I felt like we played well enough to do so. At this point in the season every game is crucial and even though there is no such thing as a moral victory there’s still a lot we can take from a game like this one.
The next game is against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Bremerhaven suffered one of those close defeats 77-73 on the road. Do you have some of the 32 points from Isaiah Swann in your mind?
We are looking forward to the game against Braunschweig this weekend. We expect another close game and are confident that if we come out and execute our game plan we will give ourselves a great chance at winning. When it comes to a guy that can score like Swann we just have to come out and try to make him work for everything he gets and stay locked in on him the entire game.
Every win now in the down stretch is huge. You will face Braunschweig at home. What kind of game can we await and what will be key in getting the win?
When it gets to March every game is big and this weekend is no exception. We are expecting a fight and know that it’s going to take us coming out ready to play in order to get the win.
Lebron James recently hit for 61 points. Do you think that he will ever break the 81 points of Kobe Bryant?
If anybody in the League can its Lebron, KD, or Melo. I wouldn’t put it past any of those three guys.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Brian for the chat.