Yannick Anzuluni is a 27 year old 205cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that also has the Congo citizenship. He is playing his fifth professional season and second in Germany and first with Rostock Seawolves (Germany-ProB). He played at Houghton(NAIA) from 2006-2010. He played his first two seasons as a professional with Quebec Kebs (Canada-PBL). In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Solarto Eagles Magdeburg (Germany-Regionalliga)21 games: 17.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.2apg, 3.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 27.4%, FT: 80.2%. Last season he played for Pyrinto Tampere (Finland-Korisliiga): 1 game: 15pts, 5reb, 1ast, 5steals; Baltic League: 20 games: 8.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 63.2%, played mostly at Pyrinto Tampere II (Finland-1st Division): 28 games: Score-1(24.4ppg), Reb-3(13.9rpg), Assists-5(3.4apg), Steals-1(2.6spg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.9%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball before game two against Oldenburg.
Yannick thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 83-74 loss to Oldenburg in game one. It was the second loss in a row to them after you beat them easily in the first game. How has Oldenburg improved from the first game of the season?
They have improved and have been playing a lot better lately because of their cohesion on the court. They really complement one another very well.
Oldenburg hit eight three pointers more, but you had nine possessions more on account of their 19 turnovers. Rostock did a great job on the boards. After watching video of the first loss what did the team learn from this loss?
We learned that they have at least four good shooters on the court at all times so we need to run them out off the three point line and make them drive to get them get out of their comfort zone.
You had another big game with 25 points and 11 rebounds, but how much did your 1/6 shooting annoy from outside? With two more made tree pointers, Rostock may have been able to pull out a win. Was the poor shooting more about you or more about their tough defense?
I just missed a couple shots I usually make but it wasn’t the main factor of why we lost, two or three more shots from me wouldn’t of changed the result, we shot a terrible 30% as a team during the game which will always result as a lost, we’re going to have to shoot a much better percentage than that if we want to win the next game.
In your opinion what makes Oldenburg such a good team? They have only one import player who is a 28 year old rookie, but their Mr everything and the rest mostly Germans?
They are a good team because they have great chemistry together, you can see they all have been playing together for a long time and have a great feel for each others game.
What has been your impression of Jan Niklas Wimberg? He has that flowing inside out game like you do. What has it been like dueling against him this season and how has he improved?
Jan is a very good young player with a bright future ahead of him, he’s been playing a lot more aggressive and physical that he did earlier in the season which makes him a much better threat on the floor.
On Saturday you have your third straight do or die game this season which is becoming a regular occurrence for you. How will this do or die game be different than the others?
It won’t be any different really, we’ve been in this situation before so we know what we need to do to come away with the victory.
Two of the do or die games were on home court while this will be on the road in Oldenburg. Do you feel added pressure having to overcome a hostile enviroment. What kind of game can we await and what will be key in getting the win?
We were in the same situation last series, on the road with a very big hostile crowd so we know what to expect in that regard, as far as winning the game, we just need to play how we have been doing all season long, with high energy and definitely shoot a much better percentage than we did in the first game and we will be in a great position to win the game.
Steph Curry nailed 77 three pointers in one practice. How amazing is that and what were the most three pointers that you have hit in a row in practice?
That’s pretty amazing, even though he is the best shooter in the world right now 77 threes in a row is still out of this world. My personal record has been 34 threes in a row so far.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Yannick for the chat.