Myles Hesson is a 24 year old 198cm forward that last season played in Germany for the LTi Giessen 46ers (ProA) playing 33 games: 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 78.8%. He started his basketball career in 2009 for the Birmingham Aces (EBL2, starting five): 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 60.0%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL): 11 games: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL, starting five): 27 games: 15.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.the 3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.5%. In the 2012-2013 season he came to Germany playing for the 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. In the summer of 2013 he played at the European Championships in Slovenia -13: 5 games: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 77.4%. He spoke to German Hoops before the start of the 2014 European qualifications as he gets set to play for England.
Myles thanks for talking to German Hoops again. Before going to national team were you able to enjoy some off time from basketball in early summer? What was your nicest experience you had the last months?
Yeah I went on holiday with my girlfriend to Mallorca, it was good to get away from everything for a while.
Last summer you made a name for your self having a very strong European campaign in Slovenia for Great Britain playing 5 games: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 77.4%. How has the experience been this summer? With a year more of experience what expectations did you have coming in fighting for a spot again?
We have played some good opposition so far this summer and has prepared us well for our upcoming European qualification games. I know what to expect this time round, so I have a good idea of what I need to do to help the team.
Great Britain recently placed third at a tournament in Tbilisi. You lost to Belarus, but defeated Moldavia. What kind of experience was this for you at the team and is the club ready for the European qualifications?
It was good to go over there and play 3 teams with differing styles of play. We learned a lot about ourselves and what we need to do as a team to win our qualification games.
Great Britain is without big names like Luo Deng and Joel Freeland. Do you see yourself having to step up even more than last season?
It was the same for us last year without those guys. I just do my best to help the team succeed.
Do you feel a lot of pressure having a good qualifying tournament or is it something that you can adjust to as even with very good role players with Giessen with TJ Dileo and Steven Bennett, you often had to step up in the playoffs or the team would most likely have lost.
I just take every game as they come, the pressure to win and play well is always the same for me. The result at the end of the game is all that counts.
Going into the Euro qualifying, what part of your game has most improved in the last year with your season in Giessen under ex German national player and now coach Denis Wucherer?
I feel my ball handling and my 3 point shooting have improved since last summer so hopefully I can continue to improve on those aspects.
Great Britain skipper Drew Sullivan has lauded you this summer and has trust that you can fill the shoes of Luo Deng. How has he helped you on the court most this summer with his words of wisdom?
His belief in me as a player is really good for my confidence. Coming from someone as experienced as him it means a lot
How important has a player like Gareth Murray been for you? He is an allrounder, but also gives strength inside with his play. Are you able to take something form his inside game to help your game?
Murray has been really solid for us so far this summer, his perimeter shooting is something I look up to in his game.
A big talent on the team is Devon Van Oostrum. You played with him last summer and this summer. He has played in Spain the last years.You and him could be teammates for many years to come on the national team, Where do you see the journey of this kid going?
Yeah Devon is an exciting player to watch and play with and I hope makes it to the NBA one day, there’s a lot of young European talent getting drafted in recent years so I dont see why he couldn’t if he continues improving
Devon Van Oostrum, is the kid with the English first name and Dutch last name. Do you ever kid him about his name or does he have to put up with other teammates? Lol
Nah I dont joke about that haha
Great Britain will be playing a game in Iceland. Even though you will be highly concentrated to win the game, are you able to still be able to enjoy the experience of being in an exotic place at least for a short while?
I hope so maybe after the game I will be able to see some of the sites but its business first.
Last season you could of played Beko BBL, but opted to gain some more experience playing in the German Pro A. This season, you might not play in Germany, but in another country with a good league. Are you as surprised as I am that a Beko BBL team didn´t believe as much in your abilities?
I still havent signed yet so theres still a chance I could play in Germany again hopefully, I will just have to see what interest there is after the qualifications are over
After playing two seasons in Germany, could you feel a touch of happiness for Germany winning the 2014 World Cup? Did you follow the tournament a bit?
Yeah in fact as soon as England were out, they were who I was rooting for. I watched quite a few matches, it was a great tournament.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I just watched guardians of the galaxy, I recommend it.
Thanks Myles for the chat