Jarrell Crayton(Rostock Seawolves) No One Picked Us To Reach The Final 4 And It Took A Special Group Of Guys To Do That

Jarrell Crayton is a 24 year old 200cm forward from Omaha, Nebraska that will be playing his first season in Germany for EBC Rostock Seawolves (Germany-ProB). Last season he played for Thor AK (Iceland-D1) playing 20 games: 20.9ppg, Reb-2(12.2rpg), 2.1apg, 2.5spg. Before turning professional, he played for Boise St. (NCAA) and in his senior year played for  Montana St. – Billings (NCAA2) playing 30 games: 16.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 57.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball

Thanks Jarrell for talking to German Hoops. A tough 89-70 loss to Oldenburg. Despite the season coming to an end how proud are you of the success of the team and season?

Would’ve been nice to make it to the final round of playoffs, but with this being our first year in pro B this will definitely be a memorable season, feel like we accomplished a lot this year. Begining of the season we were the underdogs, didn´t think anybody would have picked us to make it to the final four let alone be the number 1 seed going into the playoffs. It takes a special group of guys to do that.  

Oldenburg had a key 17-0 run in the second quarter which pretty much paved their road to the win and reaching the final. What were the main reasons for Oldenburg getting on this run?

It’s tough beating good teams at home but when the whole team is shooting light outs makes things even harder. Defensively we we had a couple minor slips but far the most part we did everything right. Oldenburg just had better ball movement and when they found the out man seemed like they couldn’t miss.   

Your teammate Yannick Anzuluni said it best when he said before the game that Rostock has to be aware of the feisty Oldenburg outside shooting as they have four good shooters on the court at all times. Oldenburg connected for 14 three pointers. Why was the team unable to keep their three point shooting accuracy down?

It’s was tough because when dealing with shooters you cant help off them to much, but at the same time when one of your teammates gets beat off the drive you’ve got to help them out, then another teammate has to help the helper. Next thing you know you’re scrambling around trying to find the open man. Oldenburg just kept finding the open man and they’d knock down the out look.  

Rostock had been successful in a few do or die games in the playoffs. Was Oldenburg team wise just a step ahead of Rostock in overall play?

Wouldn’t say they were wise. We fought untill the end but our last series against Hanau was a brawl for three straight games and when it came time to play Oldenburg think we were just a step slower than them. When it all comes down to it though playoffs is a battle of will and the team that wants it more and is more crisp on offense and defense is going to come out on top       

Oldenburg now battles SC Rist Wedel in the final. Oldenburg won the title last season while they beat SC Rist Wedel in the semi finals. SC Rist Wedel will have a lot of revenge wanting to win. How do you see the two game series and who will win?

Both teams are really good and both gyms are difficult places to play in but whoever can steal one on the road will be the victor but if I had to pick I would have to go with Wedel.

Rostock played a tremendous season and have kept progressing up the last few years. What was your highlight of the season?

The highlight of the season would have to be our last session of conditioning we’re at the beach it’s a bit gloomy and windy. Then in the middle of the session it starts to rain and it’s not soft rain, this rain was like baby draggers hitting you repeatedly, most people would stop and go home but everyone decided that we’re going fight though it and finish strong. After that I knew this was going to be a special year for us.

Coming into the last game you were averaging 9,5ppg and 6,0rpg. How do you summarize your first season in Germany?

Was good and bad would have liked to average 2 more ppg 3 more rpg but even though I had a slow start took me awhile to figure things out, think I ended the season strong.

Your teammate Yannick Anzuluni had a tremendous season. Wasn´t he way to good for the German Pro B? Do you see him moving up a level somewhere in Germany next season?

Wouldn’t say he was to good, he’s got that no bodies going to stop me no can guard me attitude. He can talk to talk and walk the walk with that attitude personally I think he could play anywhere in any league.

What are your plans? Do you see the chance to stay in Rostock where their future remains very bright with their aspirations? What would you like to do?

No plans right now just talking to my agent and seeing what’s next, would be nice to come back one more season but what ever happens happens.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Avengers.

Thanks Jarrell for the chat.

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