Ahmad Smith(NBC) Magdeburg Is A Better Team Than Their Record Indicates

Ahmad Smith is a 29 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his second season for the NBC of the German PRO A. He started the season BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA)12 games: 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.7apg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 14.3%, FT: 72.2%, in Jan.’13 moved to Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProA, starting five): 19 games: 9.6ppg, Reb-4(8.5rpg), Assists-2(6.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 77.6% He played at St.Bonaventure(NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8(14.2ppg), RebA10-10(6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9(3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2(8.7rpg), Assists-1(7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. In 2010-2011, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.’10, in Jan.’11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1(7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. Last season for the Kichheim Knights he played  35 games: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, Assists-1(6.7apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 62.0% He spoke to German Hoops before the game

Congrats on the 97-86 win against Kirchheim. How good did it feel not only beating a team next to you in the standings, but getting revenge after losing on the road earlier in the season?

It’s always good to get a win late in the season going into the playoffs. We didn’t play well in the first game so we wanted to show we were the better team.

Kirchheim had a huge fourth quarter scoring 33 points, but it wasn´t enough. Was the fourth quarter the main sour point in the 40 minute effort by NBC?

We got comfortable with the big lead and let up and stop executing on both ends.

You had a stellar performance with 12 points, 16 assists and nine rebounds. Did you have any idea late in the game that you were so close to a triple double?

I had no clue.

Was this more an easier 16 assist game in that you found many open guys or did you have to work hard for some of the assists?

My teammates were making shots they made it an easy game for me.

What was your impression of German Michael Baumer? He made the jump from the Regionaliga to the Pro A this season and gives Kirchheim solid minutes. You also started in the German Regionaliga and fought your way up to the German Pro A.

He’s a young talented player I think he has a bright future.

The next game is against Magdeburg who beat NBC earlier in the season 89-75? German Kevin Wysocki led all scorers with 23 minutes, but he now is helping pro B team Leitershoefen in the playdowns. This is a must win for NBC as Magdeburg is in 14th place and you need every win now for jockeying for the playoff spots. What will be key in getting the win?

Their a better team than what their record indicates and we have to be ready to compete every possession on defense

Who are your early 2014 NCAA tournament favorites and sleepers?

Wichita St Arizona my sleeper is UCONN

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Wolf Of Wallstreet.

Thanks Ahmad for the chat.

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