Steven Bennett is a 25 year old 173cm point guard from Los Angeles that is playing his second professional basketball season with the Giessen 46ers. Last season he played for the Spot Up Medium Baskets Braunschweig. With Braunschweig he played 10 games averaging 22.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 57.5%, 3FGP: 34.2%, FT: 76.6% He is one of the few special players that has a tenacity and will to win that is unmatched; it is impossible to judge him based upon height alone because he can compete with anyone in the world. He has proven this in the Maui Invitational division I tournament in 2010, and was recognized as one of the top players (All-Maui Award) from a field of other top US point guards such as Kemba Walker, Kailin Lucas and Brandon Knight. Bennett is known for his great court vision and passing ability, and is able to get in the lane at will and finish against anyone with either left or right hand. Every team bases their defensive strategy around Bennett and is forced to take create his own shot and take his three point shots off the dribble. He is an excellent shooter, but wants to continue to improve his already respectable 40% three point percentage. Steven is known for having excellent leadership skills, and is highly respected by all of his peers and coaches. He played at Citrus JC (JUCO) from 2007-2009 and then played at Chaminade (NCAA2). Last summer he also found experience playing for the Rockingham Flames (Australia-SBL) He played three games with 2013 NBA draft pick Dennis Schroeder last season in the Pro B. He spoke to eurobasket after the 74-65 loss in game two against BG Goettingen.
A tough 74-65 loss in game two against BG Goettingen. Why does Giessen continue to start so bad into games?
I feel that at times we lack that sense of urgency. Coach Wucherer has addressed this problem with us. Having this problem may be because we are one of the youngest teams in the league.
What led to the 14-1 BG Goettingen start into the game?
We lacked toughness and they came out like they wanted it more than us and that hurt us.
BG Goettingen impresses with their strong ball movement. How difficult is it to defend that in a playoff game that has meaning?
Their ball movement is so good and one of the reasons is that it never stops moving. It just keeps going and going. You can see that they really want to win the title. The good ball movement has a lot to do with the veteran play which really helps their system.
What was key in crunch time for BG Goettingen getting the win?
We didn´t get stops at the end. I thought that we pressured them well, but also were unlucky that we didn´t get wide rebounds or loose balls.
Giessen was outrebounded badly again. How do you want to rebound better in game three?
I hope that Myles Hesson will be back. We just have to play tougher as a team on the boards.
With Myles Hesson out, did you feel a lot of pressure having to step up?
I felt more pressure as did my teammates who had the need to step up. We had to be more aggressive as a team.
What was your impression of American Alex Ruoff who looked so calm in any situation where he ahd the ball?
You can tell right away that he understands game. He plays with a lot of confidence and that helps his team very much.
Giessen also has had problems with Harper Kamp who has scored 37 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the two game series. Why is he so difficult to defend?
He is a very hard worker and probably one of the hardest workers in the German Pro A. His size and motor causes problems for every team in the league.
Your teammate Joshiko Saibou has showed so much heart in this series. Is there anyone with a bigger heart than him?
It is so big and he has a fire and passion for the game like I have never seen before. He plays his heart out in every game.
Giessen now has another do or die game in Goettingen on Friday. What will be key for forcing a game four in Giessen?
We have to start better. Once we are in rhythm, then we are ok. When we were in rhythm, we won both second halves against BG Goettingen. We have to be more aggressive as them as a team to be successful in game three.
Your ex teammate Dennis Schroeder and the Atlanta Hawks upset Indiana in game one. Where do you see this series going?
This could be a wild series. The Pacers confidence has been down as of recent. If Indiana doesn´t watch out, Atlanta just might get by. I see this series going six or seven games.
What is your take on your favorite team Los Angeles Clippers against the Golden State Warriors?
The clippers have to take it one game at a time. They have to put this game behind them. I see the Clippers advancing in six games.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
30 for 30 Bad Boy Pistons documentary.
Thanks Steven for the chat.