Orlan Jackman is a 27 year old 201cm forward that recently finished his second season with the the NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB)playing 28 games averaging 16.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 73.1% He started his basketball career at Seminole State (JUCO).He then played two years at Oklahoma City University (NAIA): 27 games: 13.4ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 69.6%. In 2012 he started his professional basketball career with the London Lions (BBL) playing 30 games: 16.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 60.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Orlan thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Right now, I’m in Thailand exploring the world because of the break we get from basketball and trying a bit of cross training as I heard it does wonders for the body along with rest. Summer workouts have been going extremely well both on and off the court, I love working on my game and seeing my game improve during the summer runs I attend with all the pros back from different countries and off the court I’ve been learning about the game from the coach’s side.
It is mid August and you are still unsigned at the moment. Are you feeling a bit nervous that you are still unsigned?
It’s the nature of the business, supply and demand. The supply outweighs the demand and so things get overlooked but I have faith in my ability as a player and the agency working for me that we will find the perfect fit for me.
The last two years you played with the Iserlohn Roosters moving up from the Regionaliga to the Pro B. Would you have stayed with Iserlohn had they won the German Pro B and moved up to the German Pro A?
That would have been the perfect way to enter the Pro A, with the same team that signed me two years ago. The friendships, the management, the sponsors, the whole organization and I would have loved it.
Was staying in the German Pro B not an option? Obviously you had a great season in the Pro B so making the next step was on the agenda for you?
Every year, I want to improve. Improve my stats, improve the level of competition and mostly improve everything in every aspect of life. So with that being said, it’s only right that I try to improve the league that I would attempt to play in.
Last season for Iserlohn you played 28 games averaging 16.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 73.1%. How upsetting was losing 2-0 to SC Rist Wedel when many had predicted Iserlohn as winning the Pro B!
At the start of the season, my teammates read a magazine that said we would be struggling to stay in the Pro B, so from the beginning, no one thought we would even survive in the Pro B. As the season went on and teams saw that we were for real, we had built a level of expectation that we should do something special. SC Rist Wedel came out and done what they had to do and beat us, it was very upsetting, but to see how we grew as a team and with the young players/team we had. It was still something special.
You scored in double figures in 26 of 28 games and except for a 8 point game against Wurzburg and 1 point game against BG Karlsruhe, you dominated every game. What grade would you give your season?
B-… Every team’s end goal should be to want to win a championship! We had a very real opportunity to do that with the team we had. We didn’t and I demand and high level from myself, at all times. I am my own worst critic
Do you see your ex teammate Moritz Krume making the next step in the Beko BBL with Phoenix Hagen?
I’m proud of Mo! (I won’t use his other nicknames) I’ve seen the dedication it takes to be a double licence German player, first hand with the travelling and extra training sessions he has with Phoenix. I hope he gets to show his true potential.
What will always be your fondest memory of two years Mathias Grothe as head coach behind the bench?
I won’t talk about the times he fell over playing soccer or the time I took his money at poker by winning the tournament or the jokes before film session, I think the best memories I have of him would be when we beat BG Hagen in Hagen and just about secured promotion or when we came from 14 points down against Schalke to win in OT! Shout out to Thomas and Yannick!
You had a try out with Pro A team Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. What kind of experience was that for you?
It was just talks between them and my agent, I really don’t know what happened if I’m honest.
How confident are you that you could make the next step in the German Pro A if you were given the chance?
I’m 100% confident in my ability and work rate to know that I’ll be an impact player if given the chance. In the pre season, we played against some Pro A teams and I’m sure I can make a big difference.
After two seasons in Germany, it looks like you may return back to England to continue your career. Is it possible to have a satisfying career in the UK if one would accept it? Would you be happy playing many years in the future in your home country?
Players have made a great living from solely playing in the UK, plus it’s a growing market. I would love to play in my own country, if given the right situation. The right situation is harder to find in the UK than it is aboard.
If you had to sell yourself in a few sentences as to why you could help any team now how would you do it?
My numbers are good, my work rate is better and I’m coachable! Good scorer, great defender and even better teammate.
How does a summer work out day look like for you in the summer of 2015?
Wake up and make something good to eat then go to lift weights, after weight lifting it’s form shooting and ball handling. Once that’s completed it’s lay up drills and mid range jump shots. After that I go home and grab something to eat and then go to an open run where I know the competition will be good to put what I’ve worked on into real game situation.
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
LeBron shouldn’t be compared to MJ because he’s not that type of player, if he should be compared to anyone it should be Magic Johnson because of his willingness to get others involved. But I will say this, Lebron has done things that no one has ever done. They gave the MVP of the finals to the guy that was guarding him.
What was the last movie that you saw?
It was an English movie called ‘Hackney’s Finest’.
Thanks Orlan for the chat