Brandon Shingles(Uni Riesen Leipzig) I Am A Power Forward At Heart

Brandon Shingles is a 28 year old 190cm guard from Albany, Georgia playing his third season in Germany and first with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career at Morehead St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.5spg. In 2010 he started his professional basketball career at Aschersleben Tigers BC (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 15 games: 14.5ppg. He led the team to the Regionaliga 2 title. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 6 games: 7.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 31.3%; left in Nov.’11, then moved to BBC Febro Eagles Magdeburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 7 games: 16.1ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 63.0%. He then played for KB Drita Gjilan (Kosovo-SuperLeague) and two years ago for GBP Badajoz (Spain-EBA) playing 15 games: 15.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 6.3%, FT: 57.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.

Brandon thanks for talking to German Hoops. You are playing your third season in Germany and first with the Uni Riesen Leipzig. You have worked hard in training camp, but haven´t been cleared to play. How tough has this been on you not being able to help the team win?

First of all thanks for the interview Miles. Our team has worked really hard in the pre season. It was really hard not being able to help our team win. Now we have the clearance to play now and looking forward the rest of the season.

Last weekend Leipzig was killed in Karlsruhe. How confident are you that the club would have won with you and Julian Scott on the court?

When we have our whole team together I feel that we can compete with anybody in this league if we play the right way.

Will you be able to make your debut this weekend in Frankfurt?

I just got the news today we got cleared to play tomorrow.

Your teammate Julian Scott said that the Uni Riesen Leipiz have the ability to prove many doubters wrong. Do you share his thoughts?

I agree with Julian. We are an underrated team. We have a mixture of experience, leadership and some new talent and I think we will be fine.

What strength does the team possess on the court besides the scoring strength of the Americans?

I feel that our German guys are the key to our success this season. Especially our younger guys the more playing experience they get the better we will be.

What kind of an experience is it playing with German veteran Sascha Leutlof that has 155 BBL games experience and won the 2006 BBL cup with top team Alba Berlin?

Sascha Leutlof , I feel honored to play with such a great veteran of the game. His vast knowledge and experience has inspired me to be a better player. His previous winning experience is a valuable asset to the whole team.

How do you and German point guard Sascha Ahnsehl compliment each other best?

Sascha Ahnsehl is a guy that works hard to be good at what he does. He handles the ball well thereby talking the pressure off me. We both can initiate the offense if needed. I think we complement each other very well

I have marveled at your very good rebounding skills for a point guard. Is this something that you developed over time?

I was always had a knack for anticipating where the ball would be. I lead every team I ever played for in rebounding ( Except at Morehead State LOL ) I take pride in rebounding and I’m not afraid to mix it up with bigger guys.

What NBA point guard was always your role model? You are that pass first guard that is always able to shift gears and score at will.

I always admired Jason Kidd. He was a court savvy player. He was always thinking two steps ahead of everyone. He opted to always get his teammates involved there by making them better before he worried about himself.

You made the Leipzig team by having a very good try-out. What do you believe will be an asset in your game that will grow as the season progresses?

I feel all parts of my game will grow over the season. I just just have to continue to keep working hard and the results will come.

Leipzig is your third stop in Germany after Achsersleben and Magdeburg. Do you think that with continued good play that Germany could be your basketball home for the next years? What does Germany as a country and its basketball mean to you?

Miles to be honest I feel that leaving Germany was the biggest mistake I made in my career .I feel that Germany is my second home. I love the people and the culture here. I hope to finish my career out in Germany.

Two seasons ago you played for GBP Badajoz (Spain-EBA) and last season sat out. How difficult was it sitting out last season and what kept you going to get back to a team?

Sitting out a whole year was very difficult for me. I thought about retiring all together but talking with my good friends like Quentin Pryor and Craig Blackmon kept me motivated to keep playing the game I love.

Stat wise you had a very good season averaging 15 and 8 which looks like stats of a big man added to 3,6 assists. What kind of experience was it being that lone American on a team in the fourth Spanish league?

I’m a power forward at heart LOL. That season I lost my grandfather and uncle within a week of each other. It was very difficult emotionally that season but I did my job .

You helped Achsersleben win the Regionaliga in 2011. What was your fondest memory with American Justice Nail who tore up the league? Are you surprised he is out of basketball?

Me and Justice had many great memories in Aschersleben but the best was when we beat the BTB Royals to win the league in front of a packed arena in Aschersleben. He was a really good player. Justice is coaching college basketball now so he is still in the game.

You played at Morehead State. How often do you watch your alley-oop pass to NBA player Kenneth Faried that helped win the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship against Austin Peay.

As a kid growing up I used to be in the backyard dreaming of plays like that. By far the best moment of my career. Playing in the NCAA tournament was always a goal of mine.

Who was the toughest player that you battled against in the NCAA that is in the NBA right now?

I have played against a lot good NBA players in college but I have to say it’s a tie between Damian Lillard and Eric Bledsoe.

What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?

Lebron James will be Lebron. .In my opinion there will never be another Jordan nor will there never be another Lebron either We as fans should just watch and enjoy what he brings to the game.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Dead Presidents.

Thanks Brandon for the chat.

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