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 after powering his team to 83-80 third place finish over the Fraport Skyliners at the 2015 Eurochallenge Final 4 in Turkey.
Congrats Giordan on the amazing 83-80 win. After you hit the three pointer there was so much relief in your face. Where do you rate this shot in alltime big shots in your professional basketball career?
Well I couldn’t have too much relief because time was still on the clock. End of game situations are fun and never get old. It’s a great energy rush. This shot was special because of the platform it was on. Eurochallenge 3rd place game, you never know who is watching.
You had such a solid season in Germany with Bremerhaven in the 2008-2009 season and since then played in lower leagues like Iceland and Romania. How happy are you that you can make such a big shot against a top Beko BBL team?
It’s a good feeling. More than just the shot, to get the win for our club and team is special. We all work hard and deserve the recognition.
Was that last play designed for you? There was 14 seconds on the clock and you really took a tough shot after letting the clock go down to five seconds. Did you have winning shot in your head coming out of the time out?
The score was tied and we had the last possession. My goal was to get a shot and if I miss a chance for an offensive rebound. Coach gave me the ball and trusted me to get us a basket.
CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu had a good start, but the Fraport Skyliners fought back and trailed only 36-34 at halftime. How proud were you in general of the team keeping pace with Frankfurt on the boards as their penetration game was very lethal?
Frankfurt has great guard play, and their bigs are solid as well. We knew it would be tough going into the game stopping their balance. I think our guys did well and our balance as a team showed strong as well.
The Fraport Skyliners got stronger in the third quarter going on a 10-0 run and having their first lead. However CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu always stayed with Frankfurt. How key was it going to zone in tehnsecond half to help your big men who were in foul trouble?
Zone really helped us to slow them down. All of our bigs were in foul trouble and we finished the game without all of them but 1. We are a man to man team, but zone is something we work on in certain situations.
How did CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu conserve energy best in the last quarter? It really seemed like the Fraport Skyliners might pull it out at the end?
Our offensive depth helped a lot. Not having one person carry the load allows us to focus on defense and have power at the end of games to win close ones.
As crunch time arrived the Fraport Skyliners seemed to have the momentum and led 75-70. How big was the faith at this stand point that CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu wouldn´t give up?
We have been in plenty of close games this year, so staying calm and believing is something we have proved to ourselves. Focus on getting defensive stops and finding the advantages on mismatches was our focus.
Coming into the third place game with Frankfurt CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu had won 5 Eurochallenge games by five or less points owning crunch time. How confident were you that you would leave the floor again as the winner? Was the will to win a touch bigger than with Frankfurt?
We always believe we can win, even when we are done. It’s just about being more focused and never giving up or losing hope. We wanted the gold, but leaving Turkey without a medal would have been painful.
How challenging a sit playing against potential NBA player Justin Cobbs? It didn´t seem like the 13cm height difference was there?
Hmm, I didn’t notice the height difference, but it’s never something I focus on. I actually think it’s a disadvantage for the other guard if he is taller than me, it allows me to use my speed and quickness more. I really like Cobbs’ game. He plays strong, has a nice shot and handle. Always fun playing against talented players.
CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu finished in third place. What positives were you able to take from the 2014-2015 Eurochallenge? What was your highlight besides getting third place?
Playing Eurochallenge was great. Traveling, playing different countries and players. Seeing how you and your team compare, getting new exposure, all of it is great. I think winning at Enel Brindisi in Italy would be the highlight for our team. They generally protect home court and to go get a win there, a very important win that got us to the final 8 meant a lot for everyone on our team.
What special place will your medal receive?
The medal will represent perseverance and resilience. Just to keep working hard and not pay attention to what outsiders have to say. Yes, our team is in Romania, and I think we gained a lot of respect.
Thanks Giordan for the chat.