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 after being swept by the Giessen 46ers ending the season of Rent4Office Nurnberg
Braydon a tough 70-62 loss against Giessen who swept Rent4Office. Do you tip your hat to them? Giessen had a 5-0 record against Nurnberg. What made them so effective this season against you?
You definitely have to tip your hat to Giessen. They have been playing great during the playoffs and it showed in all three games. They beat us 5 times this year, and I would say their defensive intensity was the main reason for them being successful against us.
Nurnberg played a great first quarter keeping Giessen to 10 points. However Giessen had the edge a bit more the last three quarters winning each quarter slightly. Why was it so tough like in other games in this series to get over the hump when you had to?
I think it was so tough to get over the hump against Giessen because they always responded with big plays against us. Every time we made a couple good plays in a row, they answered with great plays as well. They never got rattled the whole series and always played solid team basketball.
When looking at the game team stats Nurnberg rebounded better and held Giessen to one three pointer. Did the six extra turnovers cost you the game at the end?
I’m not sure if the turnovers cost us the game. I just think it limited our possessions and opportunities. They had some crucial offensive rebounds that hurt us as well towards the end of the game.
Giessen now battles the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in the final. It is a two game series where the points in the two points determine who wins the Pro A title. What kind of series can we expect and who will win?
I think it’s going to be two very good games. Both teams are extremely deep and both teams play great team basketball. It’s difficult to predict a winner. Giessen can win the championship by playing solid defense and Wurzburg can win from their offensive power. I’m excited to see how it unfolds.
A big goal of Rent4Office was reaching the Beko BBL. It didn´t do that, but reached the semi-finals. How do you summarize the team season? What were the highlights for you?
I think it was a great season for us here in Nuremberg. We definitely had one goal in mind this season, but came up a couple games short. I wouldn’t say we failed though. We battled through some ups and downs and tried the best we could to reach the BBL. I would say finishing second in the regular season was a great accomplishment for us. Winning 9 or 10 games straight, after the holiday break, was another highlight we had from the season.
You were second in scoring, first in assists and steals for Nurnberg. How would you summarize your season? How did the Pro A help develop your game?
Overall, I would say I had a decent season. Obviously the season would have been better if we had got to move up into the BBL. Playing this year in the ProA helped me develop in many ways. Nuremberg signed me to be a floor leader and try to run this team. I think I was successful in doing that. My coaches and teammates believed in me to do that, and they helped me to be a better leader on the court.
How did you benefit playing for head coach Ralph Junge? How did he help you get better this season?
I benefitted tremendously playing for Coach. He put a lot of trust in me to run the team at the point guard position. He helped me grow in many ways as far as running the team. I think I had a solid year because of the understanding Coach and I had for each other and for the team.
How do you see your future? Would you like to remain in Germany or move on and experience another country?
I would definitely like to stay in Germany. It is a great country to play basketball in. My wife enjoys it here too so that always helps.
If you had to pick an unsung hero this season for Rent4Office who would you chose? The guy that played great, but wasn´t always credited for his play the way he should of?
I would say the unsung hero from our team is Basti Schröder. He doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. He works extremely hard every day in practice and never complains. He’s a positive teammate that always puts the team first. He had huge games for us this year which helped us big time.
Who was the toughest player that you battled against this season in the Pro A?
We battled some great players this year. We have some very talented guards in our league. We have skilled big men as well. I would say Cameron Wells from Giessen is one of the toughest players I played this year. Darren Fenn from Wurzburg was great against us this season as well.
What is something you are really looking forward to doing this summer, something you might not have been able to do the last years?
I’m looking forward to doing some fishing this summer. Last summer I was tied up working basketball camps and working out. I’m going to take some time to enjoy the water and catch a few fish.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Last movie I saw was American Sniper.
Thanks Braydon for the chat.