Brian Harper is a 27 year old 206cm forward that is commencing his first season in Germany in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. 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 Alba Berlin.
Congrats on the huge 78-74 win against the Artland Dragons. Bremerhaven was down by seven points after three quarters, but kept their nerves and won on the road which is never easy to do. What adjustments did the Eisbaeren make to get the win?
We just came out focused on playing 40 minutes. We knew that if we wanted to go on the road and beat a team as good as Artland we would have to be prepared to stay locked in the entire game.
How proud were you team rebounding? Was this one of the keys that you won the game at the end? Being able to consistently rebound for 40 minutes is important in the second half of the season?
Yeah you love looking at the stats at the end of the night and seeing that your team dominated the boards. We always put an emphasis on out rebounding the other team no matter who it is. We know that if can go out and control the boards then we will give ourselves a great chance at winning.
Devin Searcy had a very strong game with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Bremerhaven has many weapons, but at times he seems to be forgotten with all the talent you have. How valuable has he been this season for the club?
Devin Searcy has been huge for us all season! His ability to score, defend and rebound at a high rate has been one of the big reasons we have been able to win games. It’s hard to ignore or forget about a guy that has played as well as Devin has all season.
Bremerhaven is playing very very spirited basketball at the moment having won four of the last five games. Does the team understand that the playoffs are still within reach?
Yeah we’re aware that the playoffs are still in reach, but we try not to look to far ahead. We are just taking it a game at a time. Every night we go out locked in on the game that has to be played that night, and we let the rest take care of its self.
What has been the main reasons for the team sharing the ball so well? The club showed again that there are many players willing to take the load on their shoulders.
I think that we have got to the point as a team where we really understand each other’s strengths, and that’s helped us build good team chemistry. When we play well together like we have been we are a tough team to beat.
What do you remember most from the thrilling and amazing 85-79 road win in Berlin earlier in the season? Alba Berlin is a much better team now. What will be key in getting the win?
I remember it being a very physical game, and us having to fight for every stop and basket. Like you said Berlin is playing better basketball now and is even stronger then they were earlier in the season. We know that if we want to win we have to come out and match Berlin’s physicality. It’s one of those games were you just have to strap up your shoes and get it done.
Were there any surprises for you in the 2014 NCAA draw? Who are your favorites and sleepers?
I have Louisville and Arizona as my favorites. My sleepers are Baylor and New Mexico !
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Brian for the chat.