Myles Hesson is a 23 year old 195 cm forward from Birmingham, England that is one of the 12 best players in Great Britain and was selected for the 2013 national team playing in Slovenia at the Eurochampionships. He currently is playing in the German Pro A this season for the Giessen 46ers. Last season he played for Weissenhorn Youngstars (Germany-ProB, starting five): 20 games: 19.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 27.4%, FT: 65.6%, in Mar.’13 moved to Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-BBL): 9 games: 4.2ppg, 2.8rpg. He started his professional career in 2009-2010 for Birmingham Aces (EBL2) averaging 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. Last season he played for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. This past summer, he was a member of the British national team taking part in preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He also took part at the British 3×3 Mixed and menTeam for World Championships in Greece in 2012. He spoke to German Hoops after advancing by Science City Jena
Myles congrats on the 87-73 win in the do or die game against Science City Jena. How do you feel after this series? How much toll did it take on you for a young man of 23 years?
Thanks, I must say I am quite worn out playing the style of basketball that Jena played, I have taken a few hits here and there but I am young so I will be fine with a few days rest. I will be ready for Goettingen in the 2nd round.
Steven Bennett said after the win that Giessen didn´t want to come out in the fourth quarter letting Science City Jena back into the game. What was key for not letting them do that like they did in game one and game three?
Being composed under pressure and attacking them when they trapped us rather than playing conservatively.
How important was the positive influence of head coach Dennis Wucherer? He usually seemed calm, but at times was flipping out in game five. What was the most important quality that the German coach possessed in this series and game five that helped Giessen advance?
Its very important to have a coach that can balance being positive with you but also someone who will get on you when your not playing the best you can. His preparation for the games are what stands out for me the most. We kept the leagues leading scorer to well under his season averages, and this wasnt by luck, it was part of our game plan and it paid off for us.
You averaged 21 points in the five game series and was a very important figure in the team advancing. How important was a Steven Bennett to your game? He said when he is extra aggressive, it allows you to conserve energy and give help in other areas like rebounding and defense?
He is our starting point guard, he runs the show . He balances scoring and assisting really well. When he is extra aggressive it does make it a bit easier for me to do other things for the team, because I can save some energy on offense when I see he is starting to heat up.
You had two beautiful back door passes to Rob Chubb for easy buckets. You really mastered the extra pass in game five. It seemed like team basketball was at its best in game 5 for Giessen?
Yeah team basketball is always the best and most fun way to play, I get just as much enjoyment in making the extra pass to an open teammate as I do if I make the shot. As you can see, the teams that play the best team basketball have made it through to the final four. Those teams who had one or two guys taking all the shots didnt make it into the playoffs
Who was your unsung hero of the five game series for the Giessen 46ers?
TJ without a doubt has been a rock for us all season, He plays hard every game and does all the little things we need in order to win.
The Giessen 46ers next play BG Goettingen. Giessen lost both games. What was key for them winning both games and what does Giessen have to do different this time to get over the hump?
We cant think about the losses we took to them in the regular season, we can only think about what we can do now. I believe if we play our style of basketball for 4 quarters that we can beat them and any team in this league so its down to us to be focused and ready to do so.
How important will this five game series be against Science City Jena for your chances against BG Goettingen. It seems like Giessen has understood how to come away victorious in five hard fought battles against the most aggressive team in Pro A Science City Jena?
Its brought us closer as a team because we have all had moments were the team has relied on us to make big plays so I think we will be ready.
What kind of series will we see between NBC and Crailsheim? Could one witness an upset here?
That is an interesting match up to see, Its the battle of the point guards, Smith and Medlock, we will have to see who can lead there team to the finals. Its hard to call.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Myles for the chat.