Andrew Jones(My Goal Is To Bring Out The Best In My Teammates And For Them To be As Confidant As I Am On The Court)

Andrew Jones is a 32 year old 191cm shooting guard that has been a professional basketball player since 2007. He played at Miles(NCAA2) and has played in Germany for most of his professional career with three seasons with the Dresden titans and three seasons with the BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga). He also gained experience playing with teams like Marietta Storm (SEBL), BC Celtics (SEBL), C.B. Aridane (Spain-EBA) and Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito (Ecuador-National League). Last season he played for BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga) averaging 19,9ppg, 6,5rpg and 3,9apg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Andrew thanks for talking to German Hoops Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer so far?

Hello Miles, summer is looking pretty good. Currently I am in Dresden concentrating on staying fit and preparing for the next season.

Last season you played for BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga). After two very productive scoring seasons in the German Pro B with Dresden, it seemed like you went a step back. Was this really the direction that you wanted to take?

After my first season in Pro B with the Dresden Titans, I resigned before I left to go home. 20 days later I signed a summer contract in Ecuador for 3 months. I told the agent at the time, after my second season with the Titans that I would work with him after. Things didn’t work out as planned, so I returned to Germany and Aschersleben needed a player and we agreed to work together.

Your stats weren´t really that different in the German pro A and German Regionaliga. Just how much of a difference is there skill wise between the Germans in the two leagues?

In Regionaliga it’s tougher because you have to win every game if your chasing the number one spot. Also, in higher leagues there are more threats and you can’t single out one player on the scouting report. In Regionaliga its easy to box and 1 the best player.

BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga) had a 18-4 record last season. Were there no options to remain with the team?

There was an option to comeback of course, however, that is not my plan. Being with Aschersleben this year was a situation that came to me because of an injured player. I enjoyed the experience and the professionalism from the BG Aschersleben Tigers.

Last season you averaged 19,9ppg, 6,5rpg and 3,9apg. You are 32 now. Were these stats to your liking and do you still see yourself putting up these numbers as you get older?

Scoring has never really been a big concern to me. I have done it so long that it feels natural. However, I feel like I could have got more rebounds. Whatever the team needs me to do statistically, I will try my best to make it happen.

What was your season highlight? Possibly the 35 point game against Cottbus?

The Cottbus game was a good one for me. But, I will say the highlight of the season was when I told our young player Pascal Wolfram to get a dunk in the Stade game. He looked at me very nervous and said he don’t think he would be able to. I cut him off before he could get any more words out and told him just do it. He dunked on the biggest guy on their team and I jumped up like I did it.

At age 32 what are your major goals now as a player? You showed for many years that you can play at the pro B level. What besides your experience could be beneficial for a pro B team?

I really want to compete for a championship on a Pro B and up level, the atmosphere looks amazing. My leadership will be beneficial. My goal is to bring out the best in my teammates and for them to be as confidant as I am on the court.

Describe your game now in a few sentences as to why you could help any team at any level.

I am a good ball handler and shooter that will keep defenses honest. I am able to create for myself as well as my teammates.

Your defense also hasn´t slowed down with age as you averaged 3,1spg last season and had 8 and 6 steal games. Do you have to work extra hard on your fitness to still be able to excel on the defensive end with age?

Defense is more about if you want to. If you go out every night and say I want to stop my defender, a few steals will come. I pay more attention to my body and make sure that I always stretch. I don’t know that I am 32 until Iook at a photo I.D.

You have played mostly in Germany, but could you see yourself moving to another country at this stage in your career?

Anything is possible of course. My girlfriend works at an international school here in Germany so I don’t want to create too much distance from her. Germany is more likely my home until my career is done.

You played a season with American Jason Boucher with Dresden. In that season you both carried the team. He doesn´t seem to want to quit either as he is still playing pro ball. What was your fondest memory with him on and off the court?

Jason could really shoot the ball. He could get in the lane do a spin move against two big guys, throw the ball up and put enough spin off the glass for it to go in. He did it often and it always amazed me.

How does a summer work out day look like for you on and off the court?

I usually hit the weight room in the mornings. Everywhere I travel in the city is by bike, so I am getting a lot of cardio there. Later in the evenings I get a lot of ball handling and shooting done

Despite Golden State winning game one, many still believe Lebron and the Cavs will win the 2015 NBA title. What is your prediction as to who will win it all?

I just hope to see good games, haha. The hawks would have been my pick to win it all

What was the last DVD movie that you watched?

Superman Man of Steel.

Thanks Andrew for the chat.

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