Braydon Hobbs is a 24 year old 196cm point guard that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany with rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA). He started his basketball career in 2008 with : Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. Last season he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also palyed two summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops before game one against the ETB Wohnbau baskets.
Braydon congrats on the 22-8 finish and second place in the German Pro A. After the first few weeks of practice in last August would you have thought that Nurnberg could end the season very near the top?
After the first couple weeks in Germany, I had a feeling we were going to be pretty solid this year. I knew our goal was to be near the top as well. We have a talented basketball team and I could tell that we were going to be pretty good.
The club had a respectable record of 9-6 at the end of 2014, but then came the turning point as the team went on a 9 game winning streak. Was it something magical that Ralph Jung said or a new years resolution of the team to play even better?
I don’t think much has changed from 2014 to 2015. We have had injuries all year long and I think it took some time to gel. After the new year, things started clicking for us and we understood how we needed to play to win basketball games.
The club also has defended better in 2015 having kept teams to 70 points or less six times. Did the club make adjustment or did the trust just continue to grow?
I think we have emphasized defense a lot more in the second part of the season. We knew our weak spot was defense, so we started working harder and harder on defense. It has paid off so far. We have to just keep working on it and become more cohesive on that end of the floor.
How much credit does head coach Ralph Junge get for this success? He has been a guy in the past that has been known for shaping young players, but in Nurnberg has proven to be able to coach veterans.
Coach has done a great job this year with our team. He has managed to get a great group of guys together that play smart basketball. He has gotten us to gel together and we are getting better and better, as a team, because of what he is doing. He deserves a lot of credit because it is not always easy coming to a new team with new players and being successful.
How happy have you been with your play? You are averaging the most assists as a professional per game and have similar stats to what you did at Bellarmine (NCAA2). Is your role this season what you envisioned wanting to have again?
I’m definitely happy with how I have played this year. There is always room for improvement of course, but I think I’ve played solid. I envisioned being the point guard and making everyone around me better. I’m here to lead the team and I believe we have been successful with me doing that.
You are averaging 1,9 steals per game and in the last five games 2,5. What is your biggest strength on the defensive end?
I think my biggest strength is just anticipating what is going to happen. Reading the game is what I try to do. I’m definitely not the fastest guy, so I have to anticipate what I think is going to happen. Getting steals, away from the ball is a result of that.
How enjoyable has it been playing in a back court with the high energy player Josh Young? You guys compliment each other well.
It’s been extremely enjoyable playing with Josh. We have definitely complimented one another well. We both play smart basketball so we can make the team around us better. He can knock down a shot from anywhere on the court so that makes my job a lot easier haha.
Nurnberg open the playoff series against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets. You swept the season series, but the games were tight. Can we expect a tight series?
I think fans can definitely expect a tight series. Every team in this league can beat another team so anything can happen when it comes playoff time. Both teams are talented so anything can happen.
Chris Alexander makes that team go. Will it be half the rent if Nurnberg can be able to control his game? What else will be key to getting by this team?
Chris Alexander is definitely their motor. He makes them an extremely dangerous team. We will try to control him the best we can and play team defense. I think our defense is the key to the series. It’s been the key for us all year long so it’s not going to change now.
Who will reach the 2015 NCAA final and win it all?
I believe Kentucky and Duke will make the finals. I think Kentucky will win it all with a 40-0 record on the year. Anything can happen in March though lol.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD movie I watched was American Sniper.
Thanks Braydon for the chat.