Eric Kibi is a 24 year old 198cm forward from Ontario, Canada that just completed his second season in Germany and first with Basketball Club Rendsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) averaging 20,5ppg and 15,0rpg. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Jacksonville College (NJCAA) where he played until 2010. He then played a season with UALR (NCAA) playing 29 games: 4.4ppg, 4.2rpg. He finished his college career in 2012 with Abil.Christian (NCAA2) playing 20 games: 8.2ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 60.0%. In 2012 he started his professional basketball career with Abil.Christian (NCAA2) playing 20 games: 8.2ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 60.0%. Last season he played with Ottawa SkyHawks (NBL Canada): 29 games: 4.4ppg, 4.7rpg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Eric thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Rendsburg lost recently to a strong Aschersleben team, 77-73 . What were the main reasons for the loss besides getting through crunch time?
Aschersleben is one of the top teams in the league and we were able to have the lead for most of the game. At the end of the game we just maybe weren’t able to execute down the stretch. We had three chances to take the lead in the last minute so it’s very frustrating to lose a game like that on the road that we had won up until the last two minutes.
Rendsburg finished the season losing three of the last four games by a combined score of 14 points. It seemed to be a season of close wins and loses. Why wasn´t the team able to keep a better balance with their crunch time nerves?
It always come down to execution at the end of the games and obviously we weren’t able to execute down the stretch of these tight games whether it’s getting a bucket we needed, getting a stop or adjusting our strategy to the opponents style. This is something we have to improve on if want to finish to end our losing streak in our last two games.
On the season Rendsburg finished in eight place with a record of 9-14. What is your summary of the season?
The season was up and down, of course I wish we could of finished higher but I think with the team we had a mid-table finish and staying in the league was a realistic goal that we were able to accomplish.
What were the team highs and lows this season?
Highs I would say was beating a very good Stade team at home and our first season win in which we beat Cottbus on a buzzer beater I hit after starting the season 0-3. As far as lows I would say would be losing to Gottingen on the road as well as Aschersleben in games where we were leading most of the game and lost the game in the last minutes.
You played for BG Halstenbek/Pinneberg (Germany-Regionalliga) two seasons ago. How has your game progressed form then to today?
I would say that my confidence has improved as well as my ball handling and shooting. I’m more comfortable with my game this time around. I also feel like I can affect the game in multiple ways and guard any position on the court.
This season you greatly improved your stats from two seasons ago in the German Regionaliga averaging 20,5ppg and 15,1 rpg. How happy are you with your season?
I am happy with my season but still not satisfied I still think there were a few things I could have done better to help our team win a few more games. Overall I feel like each season you have continue to improve and progress to keep getting jobs so I’m happy this is a step in the right direction for me personally.
How much easier did Peter Marcic make your game become with his play? How much potential does the young 19 year old have?
It made the game much easier, Peters basketball IQ is through the roof so it’s easy to play with him. He’s also a great shooter so teams can’t just always double down on me. As far as the youngster he has good potential he had a good season for us he has a bright future.
You placed double double stats in 20 of 21 games. Have you always been a consistent player?
That was one of my goals coming into this season actually so I am happy. I’ve always been a double double guy but this is the most consistent I have been probably since I was in junior college. Rebounding is all about heart so for me I feel like no one can out work me doesn’t matter what level or league I’m playing at.
Was your 28 point 26 rebound game your best effort of the season?
Yes that was definitely my best game of the season I’ve never had that many rebounds before but that game seemed like everything was clicking.
What is the next step for Eric Kibi? I am sure you want to move up a level?
Of course I want to play at the highest level possible that my skills will take me so we will see what happens for next season. I feel that with my play I put myself in a situation to have some good options to choose from for next season. Summer is always an interesting and stressful time to see where you end up the next season.
Would you like to stay in Germany? Could you imagine balling at the German Pro B level?
I would love to stay in Germany but then again you never know where this orange ball will take you. As a competitor you always welcome new challenges so where that ball takes me I’ll be there. I could definitely see myself playing in the Pro B I played well against Wedel and Itzehoe in the preseason so I would welcome the new challenge.
Who will win the NBA championship?
Of course being from Canada I’m going to go ahead and say my raptors will win but if not a Cleveland VS Golden State final would be exciting to watch from there I have no clue who wins.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I’m currently watching a show called Banshee.
Thanks Eric for the chat.