Braydon Hobbs is a 26 year old 196cm point guard that completed his third professional season and first in Germany with rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He will play for the Giessen 46ers this season in the Beko BBL and spoke to German Hoops after winning the QBL title in Australia with the Mackay Meteors.
Braydon thanks for talking to Germna Hoops Congrats on winning the Australian title with the Mackay Meteors. How good does it feel having won your second professional title?
It feels good to win the championship over there. It’s my second time winning the ship with Mackay. Your ultimate goal, when you play in competitions, is to win the championship and we achieved that goal.
How would you compare this title in importance to your other title the NCAA “ win with Bellarmine. How was this win different for you now as a professional?
Every championship is important. The NCAA was a little bit more challenging because we were playing teams from all over the country. In Australia it was only the state of Queensland we were competing against.
You beat Brisbane in a do or die game three 88-86. Take me through the last seconds as you rode to the win in dramatic fashion.
It was a tough series against Brisbane. They competed extremely hard and had a very deep team that gave us a lot of match up problems. The final seconds were a bit hectic. In the end, our captain it a three pointer with about 24 seconds left on the clock that helped us get over the line.
When looking at the team game stats they were pretty even. Did you guys just want it more in the end?
Yes, the stats were very even in the game but I think the home court advantage helped us win it in the end. We definitely pushed hard and wanted that game, but it could have went either way.
It was a whole team effort, but how vital were teammates Chris Cedar and Matthew Adekponya who like you were consistent throughout the season?
It definitely was a team effort. We had some guys step up big in that decisive game three. Chris and Matty were extremely vital to us all season. Without those two guys being aggressive all year we definitely would not have won that championship or finished first during the regular season.
You returned back to the Mackay Meteors after a three year absence. How proud are you about this organization and did you have a good feeling coming in that the short season could be a special one?
I played there in 2012 and we were successful that year. Being successful again this year made it special. I’m proud that they brought me back so we could win another championship. We knew before the season that we were going to be good, but we didn’t know exactly how the team would gel. It definitely ended the way we were hoping it would.
You led the team to a 16-2 record. With your career taking off in Germany, do you think that you will return back to Australia next summer for another chance of winning some hardware?
I am not exactly sure what will happen next season in Australia. With a baby on the way, we will more than likely take next summer off and head home. I will focus this season with Giessen and go from there at the end of April.
You averaged 14,7ppg, 5,8rpg and 4,8apg. What are you most happy about your game this summer down under that will translate best to the Beko BBL?
I think my ability to make other players around me better, by passing, will transfer best to the BBL. I can get guys in the best position to score the ball and hopefully my passing will help these guys out.
How excited are you of coming to Germany soon and playing for the Giessen 46ers? Do you feel your title experience and motivation will carry over to your team?
I’m super excited to get started with Giessen. I’ve been excited ever since I signed the contract with them. Hopefully my experience and my leadership will carry over so we can be successful this season.
This was your third season in Australia. What was your most unforgettable experience this time off the court?
Here are a lot of unforgettable moments my wife and I had in Australia this summer. The best memory we had this year was probably taking a helicopter ride over White Haven beach. We landed on the beach for lunch as well. It’s the nicest beach we have ever been on. We are naming our baby girl, Haven because of that beach.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was Gladiator.
Thanks Braydon for the chat.