Brandon Spearman is a 23 year old 190cm guard playing his rookie season in Germany for SC Rist Wedel. He started his basketball career in 2010 for Dayton(NCAA) where he played 36 NCAA games. He then moved to Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and finished his last two seasons at Hawaii (NCAA) and as a senior played 26 games averaging 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 52.8%. Currently the American has one game left in the regular season before the playoffs start and is averaging 16,8ppg, 5,3rpg and 1,4apg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball shortly after signing in Wedel in January.
Brandon welcome to Germany. You have had a whirlwind time the last years going from Chicago to Dayton to Iowa to Hawaii and now to Germany. Is traveling in your blood?
I’ve been traveling basically all my life for basketball so I guess you can say I’m pretty used to tying up my shoes and getting out of the house
You are a rookie and was signed very late into the current season. How tough have the last 4-5 months been for you? How were you able to stay grounded in this time and continue to focus on basketball and not give up?
Ever since I graduated I’ve been working on my game. I’ve had overseas teams contact me at the end of the summer but I turned those teams down. My mind was set on the D league. So I got elected in the 2014 D league draft. I had D League tryouts before and teams contacted me saying that they were going to pick me up if I’m still available In the draft. So I didn’t get drafted and I was disappointed it hurt my confidents a little. But I continued to workout. So months went by I got a call from an agency in Spain and they wanted me come workout with them before teams here in Europe make changes in December. I ended up signing with a different agency that’s here in Germany, so I was still going hard working out Getting ready for that call. I’ve been through a lot these last 4-5 months it was a very long process for me but as you can see everything worked out perfect.. And I’m grateful. To be here in Wedel
You have signed with German Pro B team SC Rist Wedel. What were the main reasons for starting your professional career there?
I have no really reason, like you said I’m very late in signing with a team. I feel that I had to sign some where this season and put up some stats. I couldn’t see myself sitting out this year
You are playing for American head coach Michael Claxton. How thrilled are you to be able to play for an American coach as a rookie? How is your early relationship with him so far?
Me and coach see eye to eye on everything. We both share the same goals we well love to accomplish this second part of the season. And I’m very lucky that coach is American but either way American or not everything would of been fine
You will be the third import player playing with high scoring point guard and top assist man Diante Wadkins and rebound machine Denzell Erves. What do you see being your role on the team?
You are an allrounder that does many things well on the court, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?
A hidden talent that doesn’t get noticed I would like to say, my leadership picking my teammates up when their confidence is low.
As a freshman you played for Dayton(NCAA), but despite not getting many minutes played all 36 games. What memories do you have of American Josh Parker that was MVP of the German Pro B in the 2012-2013 season and moved up to the top German league Beko BBL and now is playing in Turkey.
JP is a close friend of mine growing up. Glad to hear he’s doing good now in Turkey
What were the main reasons going to Indian Hills CC (JUCO) for your second year? Going from an NCAA school to Community college isn´t that common?
You finished your college career in paradise for the University of Hawaii. Guys like Tony Maroney, Trevor Ruffin and Douglas Kurtz also went from Indian Hills to the university of Hawaii. It seems like the university of Hawaii is a school that gives players a chance not always coming from the top schools or a guy like Christian Standhardinger.
The two years at Hawaii were great for me, I’ve grow as a student a man and as a basketball player. I still don’t think I hit my peek yet. The best is yet to come. I’m sure I’ll see Christian soon in the BBL where I should be. But I understood my options were limited and I’m happy to be a part of Wedel
You played two seasons with German Christian Standhardinger. He had a great senior season. Were you surprised that he didn´t get more noticed by the NBA or is the conference just not strong enough?
The best west conference is a tough conference and it’s on the uprising. But Chris had a good year I think he’s a good player and NBA could be calling in a few years if it’s there
You scored in double figures in 19 games as a senior at the University of Hawaii. What was your most memorable game in your last season?
Every game I played it like it was like my last so I can’t say I had a memorable game. Every game in my last season was special. And I’ll never forget those times spent in Hawaii
Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold said of you He does a little bit of everything well and I feel confident with him in a lot of different situations. If there are more kids like him in Chicago we’ll spend our whole recruiting budget there. How did he prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach was very disciplined on and off the court. I just listened and stay away from the things that wasn’t related to basketball. Stayed focused on the things that really matter. That’s what kept me going. Coach Gib was a great coach.
You played a season with Chris Wright at Dayton)NCAA). After some stints in the NBA, the American is balling in Poland now. Do you see him returning back to the NBA in the future?
Yeah C.Wright is special player and I definitely see him going back to the NBA someday.
After living two years in Hawaii, besides the obvious what do you miss most?
The people, the fans in Hawaii was very special to me they treated me like family when I was there. And that’s something that will last forever. Those people, the island everything there is so special
You are an avid hiker. Does Wedel and its surroundings have some rough terrain for you to continue your hobby?
Lol no no I think them days is behind me. I did enough hiking in Hawaii
Who was the toughest player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
Will the Chicago Bulls reach the NBA final this season?
Yes the Chicago bulls will reach the finals. Mark my word!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The Godfather pt 1,2,3
Thanks Brandon for the chat.