Brad Wanamker is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Philadelphia playing his fourth professional season and first in Germany with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. Last season he played for Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Italy-Lega Due Gold, starting five): 35 games: 16.2ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-3(4.7apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 77.5%. Two seasons ago he played for Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 78.4%. As a rookie he played for Banca Tercas Teramo (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 7 games: 7.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.’11 moved to Atlanta Hawks (NBA), in Jan.’12 agreed terms with MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 4 games: 17.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2.8spg; then joined Austin Toros (D-League, starting five): 24 games: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.7%. He started his basketball career in 2007 with Pittsburgh (NCAA) playing a total of 134NCAA games and as a senior played 34 games: 11.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 76.0%. He spoke to German Hoops at the 2014 Beko BBL Allstar game in Ulm.
Brad thanks for talking to German Hoops. How thrilled are to be at the 2015 Beko BBL Allstar game?
I am really excited to be here. I am happy that I was picked and fans recognized my hard work on the court.
What player are you most looking forward to battling on the court?
What is your impression of the format National-International?
I think that it is a great format. It gives both teams a great incentive to win. The Germans are more familiar with each other, but we are still going to compete. It is a game where someone can have bragging rights for another season.
What German player has impressed you most this season in the Beko BBL? Perhaps your teammate Daniel Theis?
He has impressed me the most. He works hard each day and always wants to get better. He has been very consistent as of late and is a very versatile player.
The Brose Baskets Bamberg are one of the hottest teams in the Beko BBL having a 7 game winning streak including wins against Alba Berlin and FC Bayern Munich. What has the team most improved on?
I think that we have improved the most on defense. We have been very consistent and have been forcing teams to to take tough shots and and our better ball pressure has led to easy baskets. It is all about being focused and wanting to improve.
What have you learned to appreciate from head coach Andrea Trinchierei that no other coach has ever given you?
He has told me too stay humble and work hard. Millions of players want your position so work hard each day and results will show.
Last season you played for Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Italy-Lega Due). How much fun was it playing with guard Kyle Gibson? What did you respect most from his game?
I have great respect for Kyle. He is such a hard worker, scorer and guy that makes others better
Two years ago you played in France for Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProA,). What memories do you have form Vassil Evtimov? What is the perfect nickname for him?
Vassil was the veteran of the team and worked hard every day. Everybody thinks he is a serious guy when you see him, but in reality he is a very funny guy. He had a floater that he liked taking and in practice he would always scream Opa. It looked like a crazy shot, but it always went in. When I would see him I would salute him with Opa.
As a rookie you played for three teams in Italy, played in the Atlanta Hawks organization and played in the D-league. What was your wake up call to being a professional?
My rookie season was tough. I was the last cut of the Atlanta Hawks a day before Christmas. My rookie season was a great experience though even if it was tough playing for so many teams. This time made me mentally stronger. Having to survive made me work harder.
You have been very close to making the NBA. What is still missing in you making that dream come true?
I think like for many other talented players it is finding the right situation at the right time. It is still my dream. I am 25 now and hope I will get that chance sometime.
You played at Pittsburgh(NCAA) with some future NBA players. Which of those players was your best teammate? Possibly Dejuan Blair?
Blair was a funny guy, but he and Sam Young really showed me that hard work will bring results. Just seeing them play in the NBA has kept my dream alive and keep working hard.
How did Jamie Dixon get you best prepared for a professional basketball career?
I think that the system that coach Dixon ran at helped me as a player translate to the next level.
Where will the journey of the Philadelphia 76ers end this season?
It is hard to cheer for them now. I was always a fan. Growing up Allen Iverson was the man. They won´t make the playoffs this season or in the next years.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Brad for the chat.