Preston Wynne is a 28 year old 184cm guard from Wellpinit, Washington that is a rookie playing for the Baskets Akad.Weser-Ems/Oldenburger TB (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career at Spokane Community College. He then finished his college career at Vanguard (NAIA) and as a senior played 36 games averaging 20.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9spg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: NAIA1-1(90.7%). He spoke to German Hoops after winning the 2015 Pro B title over SC Rist Wedel.
Congrats Preston on winning the 2015 German Pro B title. How satisfying and great is it ending the season with some hardware in your hands?
It feels great, especially with the group of guys we did it with makes it all the better.
Oldenburg really came out from the start and played excellent basketball in Wedel having a very comfortable lead 45-27 at halftime. With the many fans that made the trip, how much did this game feel like a home game and how were you able to blend out the Wedel fans?
It was hard to block out the Wedel fans, they made their presence known. Our fans came through big time for us, they were cheering and chanting before the game even started, and did not stop until long after.
Oldenburg never let SC Rist Wedel get under double digits in the fourth quarter except for the last seconds where the Wedel Americans Diante Watkins and Brandon Spearman got some big plays and buckets, but ran out of time to do any further damage. What was key in the fourth quarter to preserve the win and title?
We just kept our composure throughout the game and especially the fourth quarter. Wedel would make little runs here and there, as soon as I would get on our guys a little bit they would come up with a big time play, whether it be on the offense or defensive side.
This was obviously a team win, but how vital was the big play of Luka Buntic who gave much support hitting four three pointers and chipping in with 14 points?
Luka has been huge for us all season with his abilities on spreading the floor, he makes it hard for the other teams four man to over help because of his three shooting capabilities. He came up at the perfect moments in the final game, I expected nothing less from a player like him.
SC Rist Wedel guard Diante Watkins left everything on the court hitting for 28 points and getting eight steals. Do you see him making the next step and playing at a higher level next season after two seasons in the German Pro B?
Yeah I’m sure there is a team out there that would love to have his heart and skill set on their team.
How special was it having ex head coach Mladen Drijencic cheering on the squad in the Oldenburg fan block in Wedel? How important was he to the success of the team this season?
I honestly didn’t even see him until after the game, it made me so happy to see the joy and jubilation on his face knowing he was a major part of our success. He was a major part of the success of our team more than he probably even knows.
It is never easy to defend a title, but Oldenburg did that this season. What made this team so special? You were the only American on the team filled with many talented young German players?
The thing that made this team special in my opinion was the fact that they would hardly ever talk about last season and trying to repeat as champs, I can’t recall even one time I heard it. that just shows the level of focus they had on the season in front of them not behind them. To me that showed a great level of maturity in such a young team. I personally think it was the perfect amount for this level, that way a lot of the younger German players will get the game experience that would be missed on a team with a lot of foreign players.
You finished your rookie season averaging 17,1ppg, 4,4rpg and 3,3apg. How would you summarize your rookie season and what is the next step for you as a player?
My first year here was a success. I came to this team to help the younger German players develop not to average outrageous numbers. Every practice I could see the younger players getting a little better, some of the stuff I would tell them in practice they would utilize. For me seeing the growth of our team while winning the championship trumps any individual accolades. The next step for me is just to keep playing, hopefully in Germany.
What is your prediction in the Cleveland-Chicago NBA series? Will Rose or Lebron move on?
I’m thinking the Cavs are going to pull this one off.
When you return back to Washington what will be the first eating place that you will visit after a long season in Germany?
I think i’m going to get a double cheese burger, some Cajun fries with a large peach sprite from Five Guys as soon as I land.
Thanks Preston for the chat.