BJ Cutter is a 27 year old 182cm guard from Elizabethton, Tennessee that just completed his second professional season with German regionaliga team EVL Limburg. He started his basketball career in 2007 with Georgia Perimeter College (JUCO) where he played two seasons. He then moved to Jacksonville St. (NCAA) where he played 30 games: 6.2ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 36.6%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 71.0%. He spoke to German Hoops after the season ending 86-81 win against Kaiserslautern.
BJ thanks for talking to German Hoops. A big 86-81 win against Kaiserslautern. What were the main reasons for the loss?
Our defense helped to the win. If we would of stayed with a zone then we would of lost this game. We upped our intensity as man to man helped us get the win.
Limburg started the season with a 5-6 record and then at the start of December played their best basketball of the season winning seven of eight games. What was the turning point in the play of the team that got the team on this winning streak?
We started to gel together around that time, because we started to hang out together off the court. This made us come closer together which helped us trust each other on the court. We made each other better on the court.
Then came a four game losing streak near the end which kind of put a bad cloud on a seemingly strong second half of the season. Did fatigue set in at the end?
We had some fatigue, but some of the players also have regular jobs and we didn´t always have a full rotation at games. We often had to stay with a zone in order to minimize fouls.
The club only let up under 70 points five times this season. Why was the team never able to find that sound consistency on the defensive end?
As a team we gambled very much on defense and when it didn´t pay off the opponent had open shots or mismatches that they took advantage of.
EVL Limburg ended the season in fifth place. How would you summarize the season. Was the team able to fulfill expectations and reach their goals?
We didn´t have real goals, but somehow wanted to finish in the top 5. We made each other better throughout the season. I came late to the team last season and there was just one go to guy. This season we played team basketball and it was successful.
How much fun was it fighting for the team scoring title with Paul Dick? How did the games of you too develop throughout the season?
We had our ups and downs, but I really appreciated having Paul on the team. We made each other better and when we were on the court together no one could stop us. I had my problems at the start of the season and Paul was carrying the team. Paul always told me that I would get used to the speed of the Regionaliga. He did a great job keeping my confidence up.
How happy were you with your own personal season? What were the highs and lows for you as a team and in your individual play?
The team low was the loss against Mainz. At the time of that loss we had our three game winning streak snapped and then came a four game losing streak. Our team high was the win against Karlsruhe where we were down 25 at halftime and won by six points. I had some good and bad games. I am a defensive guy and am always trying to stop my guy. I had more highs than lows.
You scored 40 points against Schwenningen. Was that the most points that you had ever scored since college? What will you never forget from this game?
I had some other high scoring games like 36 against Heidelberg or 34 tonight against Kasierslautern. Whatever the team is lacking is what I try to give the team. I always want to win.
Lets see how good your memory is. In what game did you get seven steals? TBB Trier 2
That was a good defensive game for me. I wasn´t shooting well that game. I told Paul at halftime that I will take care of defense and you bring home win. We did this the whole season. When I was hot then he took the defensive role and vice versa. We didn´t get along at the start of the season as we both had that mentality of being the best, but as the season went along we became great friends and that carried over to the court bringing success.
Who was the teams unsung hero this season and what young gun developed the best?
Kwame Duku was my unsung hero. No matter if he has zero he is the most unselfish player around. He is a great scorer, but so unselfish. I get mad at him when he is open and doesn´t shoot. Norman Klima developed the most. He could barely walk at the start.
How often did you feel the 114 kilo´s of Kwame Duku in practice. What did you like most about his game?
I often felt his presence in the zone. He is the captain of the team and very wise and wide. He sets the best picks. He always bodied me in practice and coach Danny never called a foul in practice, but just said “get your weight up”. I was mad at him at practice, but laughed at home. We were roommates.
Who was the toughest player that you dueled against on the court this season?
Vladimir Raymonvil of Mainz and Desmond Johnson of Crailsheim.
Where will your journey go now? Is reaching the next level achievable?
Reaching the level is always the next plan. As a player you always want to progress. I don´t know where I will play, but I will take the best situation for me
What is your nicest story that you can share about the Stahllbom family?
We always laughed at Danny´s crap jokes. We seem to have a different sense of humor. Family Stahllbom were always loyal and dependable.
What are your 2015 NCAA Final 4 picks?
Duke, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Florida. Duke will win it all
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Fifty Shades of grey.
Thanks BJ for the chat.