Jordan Mccoy(I Usually Surprise A Lot Of People With My Ability To Hit The Offensive Glass)

Jordan Mccoy is a 24 year old 198cm forward from Orlando, Florida that recently completed his second professional season for Shonkhoruud (Mongolia-MNBA). As a rookie he played for the BSW Sixers (Germany-ProB): 28 games: 6.5ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 61.5%. The American started his basketball career in 2009 for Florida Atlantic (NCAA)playing a total of 131 NCAA games and as a senior played 30 games averaging 5.7ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP: 51.7%, FT: 56.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

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

I am currently in Orlando, FL. I have been enjoying my summer so far- I have just been spending most of my time in the Gym, and hanging out with my family.

Last season you played for Shonkhoruud (Mongolia-MNBA) after playing for the BSW Sixers (Germany-ProB). What kind of culture shock was that for you?

Basketball wise, the biggest adjustment was not really being able to communicate with my teammates verbally. In Germany, the majority of my teammates spoke pretty good English, and my coach spoke English Fluently. However, in Mongolia, only a couple of my teammates spoke English, and my coach did not speak English at all. That was probably the biggest adjustment.

What kind of experience overall was Mongolia for you? After playing in the German Pro B how would you classify the playing level in Mongolia in comparison to what you experienced in Germany?

Overall it was a good experience. Every season is a learning experience, and an opportunity for me to grow as a player. The playing level in Mongolia is comparable to the Pro B level. The import players in Mongolia seemed to be a little bigger and maybe a little more talented than what I encountered in Germany, but the Germans were probably a little more skilled than the Mongolian players.

What was your most bizarre experience in Mongolia where you knew that you were very far away from the United States?

I didn’t really have any bizarre experiences, but every morning I woke up and it was about -10F degrees outside, I was reminded that I was a long way from Florida.

How were you able to develop your game in your second professional season and what things do you need to work on this summer on your game?

In my second season as a professional I improved my perimeter jump shot a lot from my rookie year, as well as my ability to push the ball in transition. This offseason I plan to pretty much work on a multiple aspects of my game; ball handling, shooting, I also want to get stronger.

As a rookie you played for the BSW Sixers (Germany-ProB) in Germany. When you look back at your rookie season you averaged 6.5ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 61.5%. How happy were you with your rookie season? The club had many Americans and you held your own.

Honestly, I was extremely disappointed with my rookie season. It was a tough situation, but I tried to make the most of it, and use it as a learning experience. Playing with 4 imports in a league that only allows 2 imports on the court, kind of limited everyone’s minutes.

What kind of experience was it playing with American Nate Gerwig on the court? Did you ever see that George Foreman similarity in his looks? Lol

Haha now that you mention it, he does resemble George Foreman. We didn’t get to play together much during games, we were usually in at separate times, but off the court we were close we were really close, and we still keep in contact.

Is Germany a place where you would like to play in the future again? What makes German basketball and the country so appealing to you?

If the opportunity presented itself, I would love to play in Germany again. German basketball is very fundamentally sound, and the players have high basketball IQs.. The country is very well developed and the people are all friendly, so it’s a pretty easy transition.

If you could describe in a few sentences why you could help any Pro B team now in Germany what words would you find?

I’m a hard worker, I can play and defend multiple positions, and I’m a great teammate on and off the court.

You are a 198cm forward that can do a variety of things. What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?

One thing I really take pride in is my ability to offensive rebound. Guys look at my body type and don’t expect me to be able to hang around the rim and I usually surprise a lot of people with my ability to hit the offensive glass.

You played four years at Florida Atlantic (NCAA). How did Mike Jarvis prepare you best for a professional career?

Mike Jarvis really helped me with accountability. He treated us as men and he expected us to handle our business on and off the court. When you’re playing overseas, there isn’t anyone there to baby you. You’re expected to do your job and keep your nose clean off the court, and that’s very similar to how Coach Jarvis ran his program.

What memories do you have of German Justin Raffington? He didn´t play your senior year at Florida Atlantic because of transfer rules. Where do you see his journey going when he turns professional

Justin wasn’t able to play, but I played with him everyd ay in practice. Justin is very strong in the post and he’s a great rebounder. I think Justin has a very bright future as a professional basketball player.

What do the Orlando Magic have to do in the off season to improve their 25-57 record of last season?

The Magic are a very young team. I think they could use some veteran leadership, and an experienced post player. If their younger guys continue to develop, I think they’ll be a playoff team in the near future.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last movie I watched was a movie starring Will Smith named Focus.

Thanks Jordan for the chat.

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