Matt Hunter is a 24 year old 196cm forward from Detroit, Michigan that will be playing his second professional season and first in Germany with Rostock. Last season he played briefly in Canada with the Moncton Miracles as a rookie. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Odessa JC (NJCAA) where he played until 2012. He then moved to Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) where he played two more years. As a senior he played 10 games: 9.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 57.1%. As a junior he played 30 games: 15.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.6apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 73.7%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Welcome to Germany. You have signed to play in the German Pro B for the Rostock Seawolves. How blessed are you to finally be under contract again?
I feel extremely blessed to have this opportunity to play again. It’s all I have been thinking about since I got the news. Just never stopped working and getting ready for this and I have an amazing agent that never stopped working for me. I’m not sure but I know whoever did sign me that would be taking a risk considering I haven’t played.
You played your last game in November 2014 for Moncton. But you still found a new team early. What experiences did you make this off season in terms of finding a new team? Was it more difficult due to your inactivity as a rookie? Do you sense that your college video´s and huge games against Indiana and Syracuse give you an added bonus when teams are checking on your basketball history?
Yes a little because those guys went on to be pros and play overseas. But it wasn’t anything that I wasn’t doing for most of the year and I think they also noticed that to.
What were the main reasons for coming to Rostock? Did you have a conversation with head coach Sebastian Wild. If so what was your first impression?
To get back to playing the game I love to play. Yes, we spoke and coach to me seems like a real down to earth straight forward person.
What do you know about the country Germany and its basketball? Do you have any friends balling in Germany?
Not much just that they have a few different levels. I’m not sure how many but I do have a few over there playing and some going over to play.
How tough have the last 19 months been for you? First your college career ended in December of 2013 and as a rookie you played only one game. Who was the most important person that got you through this period?
It was really tough. I even started to doubt myself a little but it just wasn’t one person it was a few people. Like talking to my mom and seeing my little brother and sister play really kept me going a lot.
Last season you played one game for the Moncton Miracles (Canada-NBL Canada) against St John scoring 11 points in 20 minutes. When one is so inactive for so long, did this game stick in your mind for a long time in the last seven months?
Bad part about it is that I didn’t even know the stats and I don’t think I thought about it after the week was over
After your shortened college career and short stay in Canada, what were the most important things that you learned that will help you in the future in your endeavors?
Just keep working and never give up. Their are always going to be obstacles in your way, just depends on how you handle them.
You will be replacing top Pro B player of last season Yannick Anzuluni. Do you feel pressure that you will have to step up for Rostock or are you seeing this chance of just going out and taking care of business which you did at the NCAA ranks?
I see it as a chance to go out and take care of business. But to say I don’t feel a little pressure I would be lying. I heard he was a very good player but I feel that I am a very good player so I’m just ready to prove myself.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
I have never really thought about it. I just try to play my hardest until it’s my time to come out.
Was your 40 point explosion against Indiana proof for you that you could play against anyone and against future NBA players? What do you remember most from this game?
I just wanted to show that it doesn’t matter who is on the floor as long as you play hard you can walk off the floor proud of yourself. I remember my team just cheering me on saying keep shooting.
What game is more memorable the 40 point explosion against Indiana or your 16 point, 13 rebound six steal effort against Syracuse?
That’s a tough one. I don’t think I could ever decide they both have moments I will never forget.
How did Howie Dickenman prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Central Connecticut State?
He just stayed on my head about everything. Told me what it was going to take and never stop working for what you really want.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Terrell Allen?
Lol I was not losing. I am too competitive. But he would get me once or twice a week.
How does a normal work out day look like for you on and off the court in the summer of 2015?
Wake up at 9 to go lift and run then get shots up. Go grab something to eat the back to the gym for shots dribbling and everything else.
What do the Detroit Pistons have to do become a winning team again?
Lol, it seems like they are trying to find the right pieces to become a winning team.
Where do you see Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever dethrone Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever?
Really?? He is a great player but I’m a Kobe fan. He took it from Jordan some time ago. Lebron has to take it from Kobe.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Hero 6 with some of my sibling.
Thanks Matt for the chat,