Andrew Bock is a 23 year old 185cm point guard from Rialto, California that is playing his rookies eason in Germany for the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. He started his basketball career at Creighton in 2009. He then transferred to Pacific (NCAA) and as a senior played 29 games averaging 11.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 87.9%. he spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Andrew thanks for talking to German Hoops. It took you quite a while to find a team as a professional. How difficult was it sitting at homes the last six months not knowing what your basketball future had in store. How did you get through this time and who was your biggest supporter?
It was a difficult time for me as I have been used to always playing. The biggest support came from my family. My college teammates kept me positive telling me to keep working and telling me I would get my chance.
In your first game as a Fraport Skyliner Junior you helped defeat Speyer 75-73 scoring seven points in 10 minutes. How did you see the style of play in comparison to NCAA play that you had experienced for four years?
I am getting in better rhythm and in the flow of the Pro B level. Two major differences that I have encountered is the first step which leads often to a traveling call and there are more big men in the Pro B that play that inside out game. The NCAA also is a bit faster.
How excited are you to play in the future more with Jules Akodo. How do you see you guys complimenting each others play on the court?
Jules is my roommate and we really are getting a good feel for each other on and off the court. We are always talking how we can help the team win. I think the team is starting to gel. It isn´t always easy as we don´t practice all always together as some practice with the BBL team.
What do you like most about the game of Jules Akodo?
He is so versatile. He can shoot the three and is a slasher. He is so young that I feel that he has a bright future.
Head coach Eric Detlev has lauded you as a point guard who can do many things. What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away on the floor?
A hidden strength in my game is staying calm. No matter if we are up 10 points or down 10 points, I keep a level head. I just try to lead the team and not get high or low.
Which teammate has impressed you the most so far from what you have seen on the court?
Niklas Kiel has impressed me the most. I often tell him that he doesn´t know how good he is. He is one of the high ceilings here and he can do it all. He is only 17 years old and once he gets more experience, he will get even better.
You are also at games of the Fraport Skyliners. When you watch that level of play and players and guys like rookies Sean Armand and Justin Cobbs guys that played at the same level like you in the NCAA on what things does it make you tend to feel the need to work on the most?
Its all about opportunites. Armand and Cobbs are very good players. I feel like one needs to prove each game how good you are no matter at what level you are. I am learning how to lead a team, be aggressive and physical.
You are from Rialto, California, what NBA player was your role model growing up and to what player could you compare your style to?
Tony Parker was always one of my favorite players. I always liked how he controlled a game and attacking when needed. I like to attack in the lane, create for my teammates and hit the three. I like to get up and down the floor.
As a freshman you played at Creighton. What were the main reasons for moving on to Pacific?
Creighton is in Nebraska and I just wanted to be nearer to my family. With Pacific being in California my parents could come out to games more.
What was your fondest memory of big man Gregory Echenique who also played in Germany last season with Ludwigsburg?
He was a great guy. I met him early on when he came from Rutgers. He can score and rebound and he actually wanted me to remain at Creighton.
You hardly played in your first two seasons at Pacific. What did you learn the most in this time about basketball on and off the court?
This was the point where I grew the most as a player. I have learned the most in this time. I had always been used to playing and now I had to sit more as I played behind Lorenzo Mccloud. I picked his brain and learned from him waiting for my chance. I kept working so when I did get my chance I would be able to showcase my talent.
In your senior year you finally got playing time and averaged 11.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 87.9%. What was your fondest NCAA memory that season?
Beating BYU at home as it was a huge upset.
How did head coach Ron Verlin prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
He told me that no matter the situation, do your part which you can control. He told me also always get better, help your team and play fearless and try not to think too much.
Last season you were teammates with young German David Taylor. How much potential does he have and how much more can he grow at the NCAA level?
He is very talented and is getting that feel for the NCAA. H eis very fast and this year is learning to control his speed. He is very humble and he also has a big future.
Alex Acker played in this gym 9 years ago in an exhibition game against Frankfurt. When you hear that name what does it remind you of? Have you met him at home?
I have met him. He is one of the best players to have come from Rialto. It is funny where basketball will take you. Sean Marshall who is playing in Europe and Marvelle Harris from Fresno State are also great players to come from Rialto.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
What has been your impression of Skyliner Jacob Burtschi in the few days that you have seen him?
He has a very high basketball IQ. He is a very good shooter and will help the team.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Medea goes to jail.
Thanks Andrew for the chat.