Randall Holt is a 23 year old 185cm point guard from Bedford, Ohio that is a rookie playing for Weissenhorn. He started his basketball career at Kent St. (NCAA) in 2009 and played 131 NCAA games until 2013 and as a senior played 33 games averaging 14.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 86.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Randal thanks for talking to German Hoops. Welcome to Germany. Welcome to Germany. You are a rookie playing your first season in Germany with Pro B team Weissenhorn. How do you like the country?
Germany is a great country and it wasn’t hard for me to adjust at all with a many people speaking English I can also communicate really well with people
You finished at Kent State in 2013. You didn´t play anywhere last season despite having a work out with the Cleveland Cavaliars. Why didn´t you play last season? How tough was this period for you? How did you stay positive and focused with you basketball dream not dying?
That is correct and I’m not sure as to why I couldn’t land on a roster last season. Yes of course this was a rough period for me but I just stayed in the gym and kept faith that God would bless with me an opportunity to play for a team I just made sure I was ready to take full advantage
Guards Ray McCallum, Jr. (Detroit), Michael Snaer (Florida State), and Nemanja Nedovic (Serbia), as well as centers Zeke Marshall (University of Akron) and Mike Muscala (Bucknell), also participated in the Cavaliers’ pre-draft workout. Some are in the NBA now. How thin is the line drawn between players? You are playing in the third German league and some are in the NBA.
Yes that is a very talented group of players but everyone’s situation is different and unique in its own way. Pro B Germany was a good situation for me to show people what I can do at the point guard position seeing I played primarily shooting guard in college. As a player you always want to compete at the highest level sometimes there are certain steps you have to take
You got signed very late into your rookie season. Were the offers limited or did you just not like the situations that were presented to you?
Yes the offers were limited to a certain extent but I also wanted to make sure I was patient enough to wait for the right opportunity to present itself
Why did you chose to come to Weissenhorn? Were you impressed with their dedication to the development of young players? Did you get any advice from ex teammate Carlton Guyton who is playing in Germany for Gotha?
I chose Weissenhorn because I felt like it was the right situation for me with already having good young players on the team adding what I can bring to the team I thought we could be a great team. I talk to Carlton Guyton a lot and get advice from him as far as being a professional and to check on him and see how he is doing while playing in Germany
You came in late to the team after the first game was played. Your averaging 20,2ppg, 3,7rpg and 4,2 apg. Did you see yourself as a leader type of guy when you came despite being a rookie?
Yes I think being a leader has always been a strength in my game and my coach also has a lot of confidence in me being the leader of the team and that helps a lot
How important has been the arrival of Canadian Jordan Baker. He also has been a guy that has had no problems to adjusting to the German Pro B as a rookie.
Jordan Baker is a really good player on both sides of the ball and he stretches the court for our team with his ability to play inside and on the perimeter he helps our team a lot
If one examines your stats one could say that you are a scoring point guard. What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t always get noticed right away?
I would have to say my ability to make plays for my teammates and my ability to lead a team
With David Kramer and Soren Fritzke you have two other very young point guard teammates. Fritzke has been injured for two months. They must look up to you and how do you help each other get better on the floor?
Yes David and Soren are two very talented young players and we just compete to our best ability in practice making each other better and that translates to the games
You played at Kent State from 2009-2013 and was able to improve your season scoring average each season. What kind of experience was this 4 year journey for you?
College was a great experience for me I went from a boy to a man and learned a lot on and off the court. I think one of the biggest tools I took with me was how to get in the gym for extra time to improve my game.
How did Rob Senderhoff get you prepared for a professional basketball career the last two years at Kent State?
Playing for Rob Senderoff was a huge part of my success at Kent State I learned a lot from him not only in basketball but about life as well. I think playing for coach Senderoff helped me become a better player and person.
You seemed to have Buffalo´s number as a senior beating them twice and having your best scoring games with 27 and 28. What will you cherish most form these two wins?
I will just cherish those moments you spend with your teammates after a big win and the feeling that comes with that
Who would win a one on one in practice you or Kris Brewer?
Me, no question about it
Where will the journey of the Cleveland Cavaliars end this season?
I’m hoping they win the NBA championship being a Cleveland native
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Think like a man.
Thanks Randal for the chat.