Will Barnes is a 26 year old 185cm point guard from Tuscaloosa, Alabama that is 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 before the game against Ehingen.
Will thanks for talking to German Hoops. How did you celebrate Thanksgiving on German soil yesterday?
Hello Miles! Nice to speak with you again.Well this was my second Thanksgiving in Germany. But I just cooked a nice meal at home and skyped my family last night to simulate being back home! Nothing like family love.
What was your favorite Thanksgiving memory as a kid that you still cherish thinking about today as an adult.
Growing up, I cherished my family members that have since passed away. Thinking back only, more than anything I would like to see my late family members again.
After a quick 3-0 start into the season the Hamburg Towers have lost four of the last five games. Why has the team fallen into a bit of a rut as of late?
We let up on the defensive end. Simple as that. When we play 40 minutes of hard defensive basketball, we win. Lately, the injury bug has plagued our team but that happens to every team eventually. We just have to continue to focus one game at a time and realize that it is a LONG season.
The club let up 99 points against Nurnberg some weeks ago, but in the last two games had the points back down averaging giving up 73 points a game. Is the club back in the right frame of mind defensively going into the game against Ehingen?
Yes, I feel we are getting back there. We can’t get too comfortable whenever things go well offensively. That’s our biggest problem.
Ehingen is in last place with a record of 2-9. Is the biggest obstacle not underestimating them? For Hamburg to become a playoff team, they must win these type of games.
I know that we won’t underestimate them, but coming in to this game with the right focus is more important than anything.
What will be key to beating Ehingen? If one could say beat them by playing Hamburg Towers basketball how would you describe that?
Hamburg Towers basketball consists of hard nosed, defensive basketball with great team, offensive play.
Your leading your team in scoring, but are averaging 2,0apg. Is getting your team involved one of your main focus in your own game?
Yes, I’ve just had a difficult time adjusting and moving the ball and well as I am used to. I just have to continue to watch film and make the right reads in games.
Robert Ferguson stated that the whole team is trying to help Bazou Kone stay focused as his to rate is very high at 3,7. You as a point guard how are you helping him with his game?
I try to keep Bazou focused on what he can control. If he’s dialed in 100%, not too many point guards are better.
Who could eat more turkeys Michael Wenzl or Benjamin Fumey?
I feel like Big Mike would take the cake on this one!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Will for the chat.