Enis Murati is a 26 year old 194cm forward from Austria that has played his whole career for Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga). Last season was his best season in Austria where he played 28 games: averaging 13.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 84.8%. He prompt was invited to the Austrian national team and currently is taking part in the Euroqualifying for 2015. In three games he is averaging 19,0ppg, 3,3rpg and 1,7apg. He is shooting 61% from outside in the three games and had his breakthrough against Germany with 27 points. Last night he helped lead Austria past Poland 83-81 with 18 points. He spoke to German Hoopsfollowing the loss to Germany recently.
Enis thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 77-64 loss to Germany in the second game of European qualifications. I guess Austria learned tonight that a game has 40 minutes and not 35 minutes. Is this a game that Austria will be able to forget quickly?
This was a very hard game for us. We controlled the game for the most part and lost at the end. That hurts. But we learned a lot out of it, and the concentration is already headed to the Poland game.
With five minutes to play Austria led 64-56, but then totally lost their rhythm allowing Germany to finish the game with a 21-0 run. Did Austria get tired? What were the main reasons for not being able to score in the last five minutes?
We lost our concentration for a couple possessions and couldn’t recover from it. We stopped to play in offense and defense. The Germans found finally their rhythm and made all the important shots. We are a very young team and have to get used to play for 40 min on such a high level.
Germany lost the first game in Poland and were on the boarder of losing in Austria. Were you surprised how Germany played for 35 minutes? Is Germany overrated or just not playing to their potential despite having NBA player Dennis Schroeder and other top players?
Germany has a very good team. I think they still look to find their rhythm. Regardless I think that right now also other countries can play good basketball and should not be underestimated.
You led your team with 27 points and shot 11/16. You have played your whole life in Austria. Has Germany never been an option for you? Do you believe that some German teams now know who you are after this performance?
In the past years I wasn’t really thinking about going abroad because I was establishing myself as a player in Austria. Playing for National team is a good chance to be seen by other countries and teams. I like Germany because it has a very strong league and we will see what the future will bring to me.
What German player impressed you the most in the game? Maxi Kleber was a big factor in the fourth quarter why Germany could come back and win the game.
Maxi Kleber, Zirbes and Schaffartzik impressed me.
How content are you that Austria can still advance? Austria now plays Poland next who is 2-0.
I think we still have good chances. If we want to advance we have to beat one of the stronger teams in our group.
You battled against Thomas Schreiner for many years in Austria with Gmunden against his teams St Polten and Kapfenberg. Last season he helped MoraBanc Andorra (Spain-Liga Endesa) move up from the Leb Gold. Do you see him being an impact player for his team in the top league in Europe?
Of course. Schreiner is a smart guard who can shoot the ball really well and his pick and role game is very good. He was the best assist maker in his team the last season.
You just can´t separate some players from teams as Pascal Roller played 11 years in Frankfurt or Derrick Sharp who played 15 seasons for Macabbi Tel Aviv. You will begin your ninth season for Gmunden. You have won six titles with Gmunden. What has made this team so special that hasn´t made you want to explore other countries and teams?
Gmunden is a special place for me. The people who helped me developing to the player as I am now make the difference to other places in Austria. The Club is very familiar and very well organized. Gmunden is not just basketball for me. All my good friends and family is there. Being there for nine years make me feel like at home.
You played three seasons at Gmunden with American Dan Oppland who has returned back to Germany to play for Nurnberg. What was your nicest memory with him on and off the court?
Dan is a very nice guy and a good teammate with a great work ethic. I won a lot playing with him. My favorite title in 2010 happened when he was in Gmunden. We spent a lot of our free time just hanging out together and also travelling around.
If you and Anton Maresch are parked in the corner and take 10 shots a piece, who will have hit more shots?
I think Romed Vieider will hit the most shots!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Enis for the chat