Will Barnes is a 26 year old 185cm point guard from Tuscaloosa, Alabama that will be playing his second professional season and first with the Hamburg Towers. He started his basketball career in 2006 for Tennessee Tech (NCAA) where he played a total of 98 NCAA games. In 2012-2013 he played at Lee (NAIA) playing 34 games: 20.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 77.7%. Last season as a rookie he played for the Finke Baskets playing 29 games: Score-3(18.8ppg), 3.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 64.3%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Will thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?
Hello Miles! First, I have to say thanks for the interview. I am currently in Cleveland, TN. This is where my school Lee University is. I’ve been training here pretty much the entire summer. It feels good to be home though after the long stretch in Germany. I got to rest, visit family, and refocus on this upcoming season.
You signed with new German Pro A team Hamburg Towers. How were you sold best on joining this new team and being a part of history as the club starts operation?
I am very excited about joining the Hamburg Towers. Coach Hamed was the person who reached out to me and we really clicked instantly. He was honest with me and we both share the same goals about this season. I really needed that in a head coach! Not to mention the great things that I’ve heard about the city of Hamburg. It is just an overall great opportunity for me.
Did you have any talks with their men in charge ex players Pascal Roller and Marvin Willoughby that played together with Dirk Nowtzki in the German national team? How important is it having these two basketball minds heading this new program as you enter a totally new experience?
No, I have not yet conversed personally with Mr. Roller or Willoughby but I definitely know who they and all about their impact in German basketball. The two were a major point that Coach Hamed mentioned. It means everything to have such people on your side. They’ve played the game at a very high level and provide unlimited insight on how to handle certain situations in the pro basketball world and life in general. I’m very excited to meet them and converse about our team!
How happy are you to be going to Hamburg with ex Paderborn teammate Vincent Kittmann? What is the most important thing that he will give Hamburg on the court?
Yes, I am very excited to play with Vince once again! It’s always a good thing to be comfortable with teammates and know how one plays. More than anything else, Vince will bring heart and leadership to our team. He’s from the city of Hamburg so he will put his heart on the line even more so this season because he is playing for his hometown. I’m excited for him.
You probably will never forget your 43 point explosion against Cuxhaven, but where does your 36 point game in the 90-88 win against NBC rank?
Haha, the Cuxhaven game was definitely special but unfortunately we lost that one by a close margin. The NBC game was a hard fought battle that ended in OT. We played very hard as a team and made some huge plays to get the win.
You stated in an earlier interview with me that you would have liked to have been more of a leader in your rookie season. Do you feel ready now to be the leader with the Hamburg Towers?
Yes, I definitely am ready to be the leader. Last year, I was figuring out the pro game and lifestyle. I will come to Hamburg with new experiences and I am very focused on a leadership role.
You and Ricky Taylor were both rookies last season and spent some years in Tennessee playing for different schools. How did you guys make each other better on and off the court?
Yes, Ricky is a good friend of mine. A great guy! He does a lot of camps and training with kids. I actually got the chance to help with one of his camps this summer. We challenged one another last year simply by competing in everything. We were both roomies trying to prove ourselves so we ALWAYS wanted to out-do each other in drills and scrimmages. It all just made us better and develop respect for each other’s game!
How does a normal Will Barnes work out day look like in the summer on and off the court?
A normal work out day for me starts early in the morning. I get in the gym and get a shooting workout in. Come home and rest until the early afternoon. I then lift weights and work on my core. I then eat dinner and head back to the gym around 8. I do more agility, defense, and skills training then. Between the workouts, I make sure to stretch and get good meals in. Im trying to better myself as an overall athlete.
When you return to Germany soon what will be the first German food that you will be most wanting to eat?
There is no question that I will be getting a doner! I’ve literally been craving one since I left! Haha
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD I watched was “American Hustle”
Thanks Will for the chat.