DJ Woodmore is a 190cm rookie from Virginia Beach, Virginia that is playing for the BIS Baskets Speyer. He played at : Virginia Wesleyan (NCAA3) from 2010-2014 and a s a senior played 31 games: 20.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3% (219/435), 3Pts: 46.0% (91/198), FT: 76.9% (93/121). He reached the NCAA3 Sweet 16 three times and elite 8 once. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
You are a rookie coming from the NCAA 3 and playing in Germany for the BIS Baskets Speyer. Is this like a dream come true for you?
Playing as a rookie in Germany is like a dream come true. I am a step closer to where I want to be. After college, I never thought that I would become a professional. But last summer some agents contacted me and told me that some teams were interested in me. I continued to stay in shape last summer and then I got a call from Speyer coach Carl Mbassa. I am playing the game I love and I am very happy. Of course I would rather be winning, but I am happy and thankful that Speyer gave me shot.
The BIS Baskets Speyer have had slow start. What have been the major reasons for the slow start?
I think that we haven´t been able to put it together for 40 minutes yet. We started first games hot, but then lost it in the fourth quarter. Recently we started slow, came back, but still lost. We have only played well for 30 minutes, but have to do it for 40 minutes. We have veteran Marcus Smallwood coming in who should be a boost.
Speyer is very young and you are a rookie. Do you feel like a leader?
I feel that I am a leader despite being a rookie. My role with Speyer is to be a leader which I was sued to in college where I was a vocal leader. Personally I feel that I need to be better. I think that when the guys see that you are getting better than they will respond also as we need to get on a winning trail.
You were a very strong rebounding guard in college. Who has been your role model growing up and how do you rebound so well?
I have always been a Lebron fan. I love how he plays and how he attacks. He is always at the top in scoring, rebounding and assists. Whenever my shot isn´t falling, I try to keep going as strong as possible and just do something to get into the game. Rebounding gets me going and keeps me involved.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?
I would say my passing. I consider myself a pass first guard even if one would not expect it from my stats. I have always been in a position to have to score wherever I have played. Coach was on me the last games as I didn´t shoot as much as he had liked me too. For me it is always most important to find the right play and not the tough shot. I love to pass the ball even if it doesn´t show in my stats.
Khobi Williamson is from Virginia like you. What do you appreciate most from his game?
He is a beast down low. I played him 10 times in college as we were in the same conference. He does everything get rebounds, go for loose balls and tries to dunk it each time.
At Virginia Wesleyan you played for David Macedo. How did he prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
He told me every day to go out on the floor and be the best player. He always put me in a position to succeed on offense and defense. He is the best coach that I ever played for and he is like a father figure. I always listen to his words. Coming from a winning program, I think it has helped other people understand that I know what it takes to win.
You reached four Sweet 16 in the NCAA 3 tournament. Which was sweetest?
I enjoyed my second year. I was an All-American that year. I thought that we had had the ebst team that season, but came up against a tough opponent Wisconsin-Whitewater and lost. The sweetest though was my senior year as there were no regrets and we laid it all on the line. I think that all were sweet.
I was very impressed with young 200cm German point guard Sebastian Heck. How much potential does he possess?
He is a big point guard. He really doesn´t know how good he is. He has a good shot, gets to the basket well and has good ball handling skills for a 200cm man. He is a huge match up problem. I think once that he comes into his own and gets more confidence that he will be a beast. I see him moving up to the next levels in Germany.
Your teammate Benajmin Kaufhold played two seasons with ex NBA player Elias Harris. Did he tell you any stories about him yet?
No he hasn´t told any stories yet. He is a good friend and we are always communicating. He is a great shooter and we look up to him as captain. He is simply a great presence on offense and defense. When he is on then he can shoot with the best of them.
You like the city Miami and if you could visit and meet Dwayne Wade what would you ask him?
I would ask him how he can be so effective despite not being a good three point shooter. He is always way up in scoring. He does a great job drawing fouls. I would like to add that to my game.
Where will the journey of the Washington Wizzards end this season?
I think that they will be a good team and end up in 4th or fifth place in the East. They have some experience, but when they face the Cavs or Bulls in the playoffs then they will lose.
Who wins a one on one you or Kevin Luveye?
Me everyday, but he has skill.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Remember the Titans.
Thanks DJ for the chat.