Ahmad Smith is a 29 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing his second season for the Rent4Office 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 eurobasket after the 77-70 win in game one against Crailsheim.
Ahmad congrats on the 77-70 win in Crailsheim. Looking back now on the 40 minute game. How perfect was the game plan of head coach Benjamin Travnizek to get this huge win on the road in game one?
I feel well prepared for every game our coach game plans have been stellar during the playoffs.
Nurnberg got off to a fast start and won the first three quarters. What was key for being able to control the game so smoothly in a hostel environment?
We moved the ball well and our shooters got open shots. We were poised and didn’t allow their fans to get in the game.
In the third quarter, Crailsheim made it exciting one more time scoring 28 points, but ran out of time. Did Nurnberg get a bit tired at the end?
No fatigue was not a factor. Craislheim is a good team and will make runs.
How key was it keeping Medlock, Johnson and Polas in check to 25 points combined?
It was a main key for us to play defense at a high level for 40 mins.
You just missed a triple double with 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. You were the most effective player on the court. Do you see yourself going more in a scoring direction or creating for your teammates in this series?
I’m just trying to stay aggressive on both ends of the court.
How possible is it that whoever wins the game to game duel Carlos Medlock vs Ahmad Smith will undoubtedly win the series at the end?
It’s Nurnberg vs Craislheim which ever team plays the best will win the series
Was sharing the ball and unselfishness one of the biggest strength for NBC?
Our unselfishness and team defense was the key to the win.
NBC has the home court advantage now. What will be most key to winning game two besides keeping your composure?
Playing defense and competing we know they will come ready to play.
Do the Dallas Mavericks have any chance of getting past the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs?
No I think the Spurs will win in 5
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Ahmad for the chat.