Trent Wiedeman is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Suwanee, Georgia that is playing his first season for the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA). He played three years at Charleston (NCAA) playing a total of 67 NCAA games then finished at Georgia South (NCAA) and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 69.9%. He spoke to German Hoops recently about basketball.
You are a rookie after playing at Charleston and Georgia Southern in the NCAA. When did you seriously know that you wanted to be a professional player?
I knew I wanted to be a professional player when I was in high school. Nothing was more fun to me than basketball and I knew then that I wanted to continue playing as long as possible.
The MLP Academics are a very focused organization that have high goals and play in a very competitive league the Pro A. What was the deciding moment where you knew that you wanted to play for this team.
The deciding moment for me wanting to play for this team was when I did research on the team and former players. They are well known for taking good care of their players and it is a great situation for rookies.
You had a fine game in your debut netting 16 points making all six shots against the Fraport Skyliners winning 77-59. What has been your early impression of the style of German basketball and what quality in your game will translate best from the NCAA?
German basketball is more physical compared to playing in the NCAA. I think the fundamental part of my game will translate well to this league.
The club is pretty youthful with rookies TJ Sapp and Aaron Thomas, but also has some skilled veterans like Johannes Lischka. What has been your early impression of your fellow Americans rookies who look to give power to the back court?
I enjoy playing with both TJ and Aaron. TJ’s ability to play both guard positions adds a lot of value to this team. He is an unselfish player that sets up other players to score, but can also score himself. Aaron has elite athleticism and is very dangerous in transition. He also has the ability to be a lockdown defender.
You are as tall as Johannes Lischka and has had a basketball career that could be told in a book and plays the position four. How well do you feel that you will compliment each other best on the court?
I feel that Johannes’ game and mine compliment each other well because we both can score and create scoring opportunities for each other
You don´t have size for a center, but have very skillful moves and are a consistent scorer, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
I think the most underrated part of my game is my passing ability. I think I can score when I am one on one and create an open shot for someone else when I am double teamed in the post.
You closed out your NCAA career with a high scoring like college football score losing to rival Georgia State 38-36. Was this more a game where no one could hit the ocean or was this the best defensive performance of the season?
The final game or the season against Ga State was low scoring because we really tried to slow the game down. They were a very good offensive team so we tried to take them out of their element.
When you were at Charleston you hauled down 18 rebounds against UNCG. Do you feel that rebounding is a part of your game that will continue to develop at the professional level?
Yes I think rebounding is a very important part of my game and it’s important to this team. We do not have a lot of size and a lot of the rebounding responsibility will fall on me.
How excited are you to be playing against ex teammate Jelani Hewitt who plays for Science City Jena this season? What was the most amazing thing that you remember seeing him do on the court?
I’m incredibly excited to play against Jelani. We are both competitors with a strong desire to win. The most amazing thing I saw him do was when we played at Stetson University. We were struggling offensively throughout the whole game and then he hit three 3’s in 3 straight possessions all from NBA range.
How did head coach Mark Byington help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career in your senior year at Georgia Southern?
Coach Byington always worked with my on skill development on the weakest parts of my game. He made me more of a complete player and gave me less weaknesses on the court. He also prepared me mentally; how to impact the game even when my shots are falling and how to be a leader.
Who won a one on one in practice last season you or Eric Ferguson?
Eric won a majority of the one on one we played but it was pretty close. We both pushed each other and made each other better.
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan?
I think LeBron is still the best player in the world right now. I think he deserves to be mentioned in the same conversation as Jordan but I do not think he will ever reach his level
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was mad max fury road.
Thanks Trent for the chat.