Giordan Watson is a 29 year old 178cm guard from Southfield Michigan. He is playing his second season for CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (Romania-Liga Nationala). He is an unselfish player who gets others involved but also has the ability to score if needed. He sparks the team with passing and ball movement and is a great defender. He played at Central Michigan from 2004-2008 and in his senior season he played 31 games averaging 16.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.5apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3Pts: 38.6%, FT: 75.0%. As a rookie he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 33 games averaging 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-5(3.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 73.4%. In 2009-2010, he played for the Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-ProA) playing 17 games: 15.2ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-4(5.2apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 72.7. In 2010-2011 he played for UMFN Njardvik (Iceland-Express League) playing 6 games: 22.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 7.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 68.4%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 75.8%. In 2011-2012, he played for U.M.F. Grindavik (Iceland-Express League) playing 31 games: 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-1(7.2apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT-2(43.4%), FT: 78.3%. In 2012-2013 he played for Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 53 games: 16.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 83.3%. Last season for CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu, he played 29 games: 11.7ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-3(5.5apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 72.0%. He spoke to German Hoops before the 2015 Eurochallenge game for third place against the Fraport Skyliners.
Giordan a tough loss to Trabzonspor in the 2015 Eurochallenge semi-final 83-63. You wanted to achieve so much in this tournament. Despite the 20 point loss what positives yould you take out of the game?
The game was a learning experience, but this is a bad time for that. Hopefully we can take that loss into our domestic league playoffs and remain focused for the entire game
Energia was lead 22-17 after one quarter, but then were outscored 22-9 in the second quarter. What was key for Tranzonspor to go into halftime with the nine point advantage?
They remained strong while we had some mental lapses. At this time in the season, mental breakdowns will cost you
What did head coach Antonis Constantinides tell the team do better in the third quarter. What adjustments did the team make and did it succeed?
Our biggest focus was just to make sure we stayed concentrated. We got away from what gave us the lead early, and lost assignments defensively. We fought back, but in the end it wasn’t enough
Dwight Hardy led all scorers, but in the fourth quarter it seemed like Sean Marshall and Andrija Stipanovic sparked the team. Was Trabzonspor just deeper off the bench with more energy?
Their depth was definitely their strength in the semi final game. The more guys you can play at a high level, it usually works in your teams favor.
The rebound line of 42-19 in favor of the Turkish squad was one of big keys in the game. Did the banging down low have a big effect in conserving energy in the second half?
Losing on the glass like that will also guarantee a loss. Controlling the paint is something both teams wanted to do, it’s a must in games like this.
You played against many top guards in the Eurochallenge, but where did Dwight hardy rank up with the best guy that you played against in this competition?
Hardy played exceptional. He got a ton of great looks and knocked them down. He got hot and it was tough after that.
I was hoping for a Frankfurt-Rovinari in the final, but instead you will meet in the game for third place. How difficult will it be getting ready for this game after the disappointing loss?
Playing in this game will be tough because I’m sure both teams wanted first place so bad. So now, you have to refocus quickly on being the best you can be instead of the best. We have mature guys, and so does Frankfurt, so I expect both teams to come out ready.
The Fraport Skyliners had a tough loss against Nanterre losing in crunch time. What kind of game can we await and what will be key to winning the game?
I know the back court of Frankfurt is strong, so I expect a lot of hard work going in. I think the team that wants it more will win.
With what kind of feelings are you going into this game? You last played in the Beko BBL in the 2008-2009 season and I thought you had a very respectable season with Bremerhaven, but you never played in Germany again. How motivated are you to show the BBL that you have become a top point guard in Europe?
At this time in the season, my motivation for every game is high. Of course I want to have a great game being that I played in BBL before, but it’s not something I get emotional about. It’s in my head for sure, but again, Frankfurt is just another game that I must do my best.
Trabzonspor face off against Nanterre in the final. What kind of game can we expect and who do you think will win?
It should be an interesting game because the teams have different styles. The French teams and generally more athletic and a bit undersized upfront, while Trabzonapor has big, physical guys up front. The home court of Trabzon or the athleticism of Nanterre, should be interesting.
Steph Curry recently nailed 77 three pointers in a practice in a row. What was the most you ever made in a row?
Haha, I don’t know the most I’ve made, maybe around 33.. But that’s a long way away from 77!
Thanks Giordan for the chat.