Will Reinke is a 24 year old 208cm center from Lawton, Oklahoma that signed with German Pro A team BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA) for the 2014-2015 season. Last season he played for CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Liga Nationala): 6 games: 6.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 48.4%, FT: 83.3%. He started his basketball career in 2009 for Stephen F. Austin (NCAA): 29 games: 4.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.0bpg. He then transferred to Oklah.Christian (NCAA2) playing his last three years there and as a senior played 26 games: 19.0ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 74.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before game three against Science City Jena.
Will thanks for talking to German Hoops Is the number 24 your second favorite number this season after 34? In game one you scored 24 points in 24 minutes and had a ranking of 24.
Hey Miles, 24 has been a good number for me the first 2 games of the series. But the best number would be 3 wins so we will be focused on Friday to go for the sweep against Jena
You saved your best for the playoffs in game one with your best scoring game of the season. How much more added self confidence can a player get in the playoffs?
Playoffs gives players a renewed energy. It’s a long season and when the playoffs finally get here, it’s not only confidence that gets a boost, it’s energy for sure.
Congrats on the huge 75-65 win. Gotha leads the best of five series 2-0. Could one say that that massive second half comeback in game one kind of crossed over into game two as Gotha was focused from the start?
The 2nd half of game 1 definitely carried over to the start of game 2. We had one of our best starts of the season and made it difficult for Jena early. Making a big comeback like we did can change momentum for the series, especially because we did it on the road.
With the score deadlocked at 63-63, Gotha stayed together and finished the game on a 20-10 run. Was German Albert Kuppe worthy of getting a round of drinks that night for his stellar play down the stretch?
Haha Albert was definitely worthy of a round! When Al is on like he was then we really try to get him the ball. He makes the defense adjust and give less help which opens up the paint for us to get inside.
Gotha has held Science City Jena to 64 points in the last three games. Could one say that you have their number on defense, or is that surprise effect always possible from them on the offensive end?
I think that our defense is what we pride ourselves on. We haven’t been perfect in the series, but we have had great stretches of defense. We believe we can hold any team below their average if we play our kind of D.
Besides another solid defensive effort, what was the biggest strength of Gotha during the 40 minutes in the game two win?
The biggest strength in game 2 was our depth. We had 5 guys in double figures and everybody was shooting the ball with confidence when they had a shot, and creating for other guys when they didn’t.
Gotha is 4-0 vs Science City Jena this season. The Jena season is on the line and will fight until the end. Gotha is in the drivers seat. Besides containing American David Hicks better what will be key for getting the series sweep?
Containing Hicks will be a big point of emphasis for us, but as always against Jena keeping the turnovers down is huge. They thrive off getting steals and easy baskets off those TO’s.
You have scored in double figures 20 times this season and made the transition from Romania well to Germany. What has been the biggest hurdle on the court that you still have needed to adjust the most too in the German Pro A?
The biggest hurdle I’ve had to adjust to is probably being hesitant sometimes on the court. Coach Ensminger and Esterkamp have really helped me with making decisions and not being hesitant in certain situations.
Head coach Chris Ensminger continues to do a great job with the team. What has impressed you most about his defensive schemes this season?
Coach has a great philosophy defensively. We are prepared not only for every players tendencies, but we are ready for any situation on defense and know what we need to do to make it a tough situation for the offense.
What were the biggest surprises for you at the 2015 NCAA tournament?
The biggest surprise for me was Kentucky losing. I thought they were WAY to good to lose to anybody. But it’s March Madness anything can happen.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was “Old School”. A Classic!!! Gotta love Frank the Tank.
Thanks Will for the chat.