Lorenzo Williams is a 30 year old 191cm point guard that will be playing his second season in the BEKO BBL with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Texas. He played at Rice University from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 29 games averaging 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 71.4%. He was drafted by the Anaheim Arsenal in 2007, but decided to come to Europe and played in Germany for BC Groer Recycling Weissenhorn, but left during the season, in March 2008 and moved to Skanska Pezinok (Slovakia-Extraliga). In 2008-2009, he played in Slovakia for AB Cosmetics Pezinok playing 28 games: Score-2(20.8ppg), 3.2rpg, Assists-2(5.8apg), 1.8spg, 2FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 83.9%. In the 2009-2010 season, he came to Germany and played for the Giessen 46ers playing 25 games: 11.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 67.2%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 19 games: 15.6ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-1(7.3apg), 2.5spg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%, in Feb.’11 moved to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 15 games: 9.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 87.5%. He then played two seasons for Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary-A Division). Last season he played for BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL) winning the league championship playing 24 games: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 82.4%; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 73.0%; Baltic League: 16 games: 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4(4.4apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 72.7% He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Thanks Zo for taking some time to talk to German Hoops. Today is thanksgiving. How will you be spending it in Germany? Will you celebrate with the other Americans or take in a peaceful Thanksgiving with your family?
Nice to hear from you again. I will actually do both. We have a team dinner and then I’ll head home to spend the rest of the evening with my wife, son and mother-in-law.
If I am not mistaken the last time you celebrated a Thanksgiving stateside was 2006 your senior year at Rice. Since then you have been playing overseas. What is your fondest memories of Thanksgiving as a kid in Arkansas?
My family moved to Texas when I was young but we would often go back to Arkansas for thanksgiving. The thing I miss most about that was spending time with my cousins. They live in a small town which was great because we all became really close to each other.
It has been a while since you played in the Beko BBL before this season as you played with Giessen in the 2009-2010 season. Since then you played three seasons in Hungary and one in Latvia. How has the league changed in the last 4-5 years?
I feel like the league is growing with talent and popularity each season. There are a few clubs that play in the BBL that didn’t back in 2010 which shows how competitive basketball is here. Hopefully Giessen can make their way back to the BBL.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven seemed to have found themselves early winning three of their first four games, but since then have a record of 1-5. What have been the main reasons of the team getting off the winning street?
We haven’t been executing offensively and defensively the way we were early on. We have been working really hard to correct our mistakes and hopefully it will carry over into the next game.
The club lost some very bitter games with one point to Bamberg and on a buzzer beater to ratiopharm Ulm. Is that just basketball and can happen to any team or are you still a team that is still learning to become a crunch time team and making the right decisions On what things are you happy that the team is doing well now on the court and on what things does it still need to improve on?
I’m happy with our effort on the court and I like how we play hard every night. If we want to win more games in this league we have to play a little bit smarter and no turn the ball over so much.
You are having a very solid season currently averaging 12,4ppg, 3,4rpg and 5,6apg. You have always had high assist rates. Out of all the leagues in Europe that you have played in the Beko BBL is the best. How happy have you been with your play thus far and do you feel that you can still up your game as the season goes on?
I feel that I can play much better than I have been for the most part. I have played well in some games and not as well in others. Being consistent is the most important thing for my team and I feel that I can do that.
How much easier does a Moses Ehambe make your game when he is dropping three pointers on a consistent rate? How impressed have you been with his play in the first two months?
Any point guard can tell you that a shooter makes our job a lot easier. And Moses Ehambe is one of the best shooters in the league. He has done a great job of being vocal and leading on and off the court.
Last weekend you lost on a buzzer beater to ratiopharm Ulm. When you played for Giessen, German national player Per Guenther was an up and coming player in the league. How has his game improved in the last 4 years when you were away?
His game has matured a lot. He has always been a good scorer and now he sees the floor very well and understands when to go and when to pass.
I presume Nick Schneiders is the tallest guy that you have played with and the history and titles of captain Sven Schultze speak for him. Do you pay close attention in practice when your penetrating and the big man is lurking somewhere and is leadership something you can pick up from your captain?
You always have to be alert when Nick is in the game. His size definitely changes a lot shots in the paint. Sven has a lot of experience in different leagues around Europe so he can offer great advice. I think we have learned a lot from each other.
The next game is against the Artland Dragons on the road who are 7-3. What memories do you have playing with Giessen there and what will be key to getting the win?
I remember them having a great fan base. It’s always fun going on the road. Especially paying vs a Eurocup team. We have to be sure to communicate and execute our game plan if we want win the game.
Your ex Giessen teammate David Teague is playing in the D-league with FT Wayne. At 31 one of the older guys in a league that is dominated by the youth. Do you see him being a good mentor to the kids like Glen Rice?
David was one of the hardest working guys that I played with. Everything he has achieved has been because he is the hardest working player on his team. His experiences in European basketball will be a big help for those players trying to advance their game.
What do you like most about the city Bremerhaven and have you found a favorite place to hang out when you have a few free hours?
It’s a nice city close to the water which is something that my wife and I enjoy. Everything is easy to get to. When we have free time, Bremen and Hamburg are not too far away so we can go there to enjoy a day off.
Who do you think can eat more turkey Devin Searcy or Jake O Brien?
That’s a close call but I would have to say Devin. But Jake isn’t too far behind.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I haven’t watched a DVD movie in a while but I watch the TV series How To Get Away With Murder
Thanks Zo for the chat.