Abe Lodwick is a 26 year old 201cm forward that is playing his third professional season and first with Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-Scooore League). Last season he played for the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 29 games: 11.6ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 83.8% In 2012-2013 as a rookie he played for Phoenix Hagen having the typical role come from the bench and give energy and helped the team reach the playoffs for the first time in their history. He played 36 games: 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 68.9%. He scored in double figures five times and had 20 points against Bremerhaven. He played at Washington State from 2007-2012 playing a total of 105 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 21 games: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 23.5%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 66.7%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Eurochallenge game against the Fraport Skyliners in Frankfurt.
The Aalstar 10 game winning streak came to an end last weekend against Ostende. Was this the longest winning streak that you have had as a professional?
Aalstar lost 97-81 to Ostedne. When looking at the results remind a bit of your rookie season with Phoenix Hagen. If Aalstar doesn’t score 80 plus points it seems like you will have problems to win?
We scored over 80 against Oostende but still lost. We need to be better defensively and offensively to get where we want to be.
What has been the biggest concern on defense and how is the team correcting to fix the problem?
No major concerns right now just little changes game by game depending on who we play. Rebounding and taking care of the ball is always important.
Despite the loss you played your most minutes this season and scored the most points with 17. Was this your Belgium league break out game and are you starting to find a feel for the style?
I felt a good rhythm offensively. Each game is different but I am feeling more and more comfortable for sure.
Aalstar is 3-0 in Eurochallenge play. The first two games were a blowout, but against pesky Bakken it wasn´t so easy. What gave Aalstar the most problems against the Danish top team?
They kept us on our heels. We need to come out and assert ourselves from the start of the game.
Aalstar meets the Fraport Skyliners who are 1-2 that have a must win situation. What kind of game can we await and will Frankfurt be better prepared then their 35 point defeat in your living room?
I’m sure Frankfurt will be ready to go in our game and so will our team. It will be a good game and we are looking forward to it.
The Fraport Skyliners have been hit hard with injuries. From your experience in basketball, what is always the biggest fear when a team is playing against a wounded team that often come out and play like a wounded animal?
A lot of times when a team has many injuries they will have other players step up and play more free and with nothing to lose. This can be dangerous for sure.
You have played against many great players in the NCAA and in Europe the last years. Quantez Robertson has had to play point guard the last weeks depite being a small forward. Where does he rack up with the alltime great defenders that you have played against?
Really hard to say since we play different positions we don’t guard each other very often on the court. I’ve played against some really good defenders over the years but he does a good job making himself and his teammates better.
Your ex teammate in the NCAA Klay Thompson keeps making a name for himself. Where do you see him at the end of this coming season? Is he already in the top 10 best players or when do you see him getting there?
Klay has proven the sky is the limit for him. He has improved each year and it’s good to see him get rewarded for his hard work. He’s a great player, I think he’s one of the top players in the NBA for sure.
Thanks Abe for the chat.