Barry Johnson is a 183cm guard that is in Germany chasing his basketball dream and playing with a touring team called Howard Hoops at the moment. He played college ball at Clarendon CC (JUCO), W.Texas A&M (NCAA2) 28 games: 3.9ppg, 1.1rpg and at Wayland Baptist (NAIA) 34 games: 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been LSC Tournament Semifinals -13, SAC Regular Season Runner-Up -14, SAC Tournament Finalist -14, and SAC All-Tournament Team -14. He spoke to German Hoops about his experiences in Germany
Barry thanks for talking to German Hoops. Welcome to Germany. Its 10:30 at night and after a 102-90 loss to TV Langen you had to walk 20 minutes to the train station to catch a short train back to Frankfurt and then take a bus to Offenbach. I guess it all comes with the territory when your trying to get a professional contract
Yes it is very different but can´t complain. Do what I have to do.
You are in Germany this week on a touring team called Howard Hoops that play every night in Langen tonight and then in Kronberg, Gelsenkirchen and Schwelm. On a team the goal is too win, but is your goal not more to put up the best numbers to help you get a contract
I mean, a little of both. Winning is always good and people like winners. But also I want to do the best I can to help with that process.
Howard Hoops lost to German Regionaliga team TV Langen 102-90 playing more street ball while TV Langen played more structured basketball. How tough was it playing on a team of strangers after having the first practice 5 hours earlier?
It was very tough. Just barely meeting these guys today and practiced for 1 hour its hard to get used to playing with someone that fast and to know how to play off of each other.
Howard Hoops had problems on one on one defense and are very small down low. What adjustments does the team need to do in the next games to get some wins?
I think everyone on the team has good defense and ability to not get eaten on one on one. I think the problem was more of being tired. We flew over to Frankfurt from the USA and had a couple hours before we had to practice and then a game the same night. We will be better next game for sure.
TV Langen has a young roster with American rookie Ian Sheldon and German veterans Maxim Schneider and Yannick Schiktanz. What was your first impression of German basketball?
They play really good structured basketball. No one was trying to do too much, just a lot of passing and moving around. It was good.
How happy were you with your first game overseas. What did you do well and what do you still want to do better in the upcoming games?
I wasnt happy at all. Could have done a lot better. I missed a few shots that I normally make.
How thankful are you that tour maker Ronald Howard chose you for his team? Were you able to take some of his barking from the sidelines to heart when you were on the court?
I am very appreciative of Ron for the opportunity. Its always good to know that there are good people in the world who care about helping others and not looking for benefits in return.
If you could describe your game in a few sentences and to why you could help any professional team now what words would you chose?
I am a very tough player. Good point guard that can score easily but also get team involved. Really good 3 point shot. Any team would be good to get me because I give it my all every time on the court and I am good in the community.
You played professionally in Mexico this season averaging 25ppg. If nothing comes out of this basketball trip in Germany what will be the next step for Barry Johnson?
Yes I played pro in Mexico where I averaged 25ppg and 5apg. My highest scoring game was 42 points. Hopefully I get a look in Germany with a team but if not maybe I can get a contract in Australia
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Do you think that he will ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
Lebron is a VERY good player. He can do it all. Him, Jordan, and Kobe are all the same caliber of player.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was ” Straight Outta Compton” a biography about an old rap group NWA. It was really good.
Thanks Barry for the chat.
Thanks for the interview I hope to have some luck getting interest with teams. If anyone is interested and want more info or film they can contact me on facebook at Barry Johnson or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org