Josh Parker is a 23 year old 183cm point guard from Harvey, Illinois that is playing his rookie season in Germany for PRO B team Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He played at Drake from 2007-2009 and then played for Dayton(NCAA) from 2010-1012. He played a total of 130 NCAA games. Currently he is tearing up the German PRO B. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.
Josh congrats on the big 72-70 win Vechta. MBC had some very close wins this season against Wurzburg, Braunschweig and Vechta, but where would you categorize the importance of this win so late in the season?
It was a big win for us. I felt like we really took another step in the right direction as a team. Every win this late in the season is important to everyone now and I was just happy about the way we came out and played.
SC Rasta Vechta was up by as much as 13 points, but MBC never gave up. What was key in crunch time for the Mitteldeutscher BC getting the win?
We just kept fighting and didn’t stop on the defensive end and we got key stops and we got some key plays down the stretch that helped us.
You know what kind of a great atmosphere there is in Weissenfels, but describe the incredible atmosphere in Vechta. Were the conditions somewhat NCAA like? Describe what it felt like playing on the floor there?
I really enjoyed playing there. It felt a lot like an NCAA game. Our fans and theirs were intense the whole game. It was a lot of fun playing in that type of atmosphere.
How good does it feel playing three games in a row? How difficult was that span where you had to sit out some games and watch? Was there someone that really supported you most to get through this time?
It feels great to be back out there with my team! It was difficult just being a competitor knowing that you could help the team in different ways but I was just glad I could still be there and support them regardless of the situation.
SC Rasta Vechta is a lot better than their 5-20 record and in many ways are a scrappy team like MBC. How confident are you that this team will save themselves and remain in the Beko BBL?
They are definitely better than their record. They play hard and they have some good players that can make plays. I feel like they will fight until the end and they have the ability to do so.
The next game is against the 2009 Beko BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg. What memories do you have of the massive 88-82 win in Oldenburg?
I remember it being a hard fought game from both teams. It was a physical game and very competitive.
Julius Jenkens had a big game with 22 points. Obviously they have many weapons, but what is most difficult in keeping him in check? He runs around the blocks very well and can get open so easily.
He is a good player. We just have to know where he is at all times and not let him get easy baskets.
Who are your early 2014 NCAA tournament favorites? What sleepers do you have?
I have to say my Dayton Flyers are really making some noise this year and I feel like they can make a run in the tourney.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Josh for the chat