Chase Adams is a 26 year old 177cm point guard from Baltimore, Maryland who is playing for the Finke Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA) this season. He started his basketball career at Centenary (NCAA) in 2006 where he played three seasons and a total of 89 NCAA games. As a senior he moved to Pittsburgh (NCAA). He turned professional in 2011 and played briefly in the ABA and in the UBL before making Germany his home as he played for teams like Dortmund, Bochum, and Science City Jena. He spoke to German Hoops after a big win on the road in Hanau giving Paderborn a 2-1 record on the season.
Chase congrats on the 85-70 win in Hanau. The club is now 2-1 in a very strong Pro A league. Is this team more talented than what it looks like on paper?
Absolutely! I’m sure a lot of people weren’t expecting us to open the season like we did, and we certainly haven’t reached our full potential yet. Our coach is doing a tremendous job getting us in sync.
The Hebeisen White Wings Hanau came out smoking scoring 26 points in the first quarter, but Paderborn then buckled down holding them to 27 points combined in the second and third quarters. What adjustments did you make on defense?
We figured Hanau would come out Hot and aggressive after their first two games so it was important we kept our poise in composure. By simply containing the drives and playing solid on rotations we cut down on their open shots.
The Finke Baskets averaged 23 points in the last three quarters. It shows that you take a lot of pride in leading the team from the point guard position. Were you content with the overall offensive production of the team?
Everyone played their role; which is good basketball. We kept the ball moving and took advantage of their defensive mistakes/weaknesses. We kept it simple.
Was defense the biggest strength of the night? Paderborn kept the second consecutive opponent under 70 points?
Defense is always the top priority with this team. Everyone is attentive to the scouting report and taking pride in their individual assignments. Keeping a team to 70 points will for sure give us opportunity to win each time.
You and Morgan Grim carry the team, but how valuable was Ivan Buntic against Hanau who came up making some big shots?
This guy has worked so hard in the off season and it’s showing now. Not only is he finishing in crucial moments of the game, he is battling on the defensive end as well. It feels good to have an intelligent Big like Ivan.
Paderborn is on a good way with a 2-1 record and surely aren´t the most talented team in the league, but play with a lot of heart. Do you believe that teams are underestimating your team?
It’s still quite early to tell and I don’t want to assume anything. All I know is every game with us will be a fight because we aren’t backing down.
You scored 16 points in your first two games and 29 points tonight. Is that the Chase Adams the pro A will see this year or is there even more to come from your game as the season progresses?
As the floor general of this team my job is to lead, facilitate, set the tone defensively; and I plan on doing that by any means. You can expect me to be aggressive on both ends of the floor night in and night out.
You have played in Germany since 2010, but had misfortune along the way and only played 36 games. You showed your talent in the Regionaliga with Dortmund, but didn´t get a real chance in Jena and played only three games with Bochum in the pro B. How much of a struggle have the last years been and what helped you get through the whole time?
It’s been one big roller coaster ride but one thing that remained constant is my faith. Believing that I belonged and not stopping until someone noticed me. So I grinded and stayed ready for my next opportunity. My family supported me all the way through and that kept me motivated as well.
You sat out last season. After leaving Paderborn in pre season, how ironic was it coming back this season? Is your fire to perform and succeed the greatest its ever been in your career since you have that feel you need to perform well?
Such a Blessing to come back to this organization a year later. I must say the passion to perform is at an all time high and the pressure is turned all the way up, I love it. My journey has taught me so much and this is the perfect situation for me to be in.
You nailed six three pointers in Hanau. How important is your three point game and how do you balance it within your playmaking best?
Somewhere throughout my career I lost my shot apparently and I believe that’s been a knock on my game. The three point shot is now one of my best offensive weapons so I plan to look for it a lot more to keep the defense on their toes. This fits perfectly with my playmaking abilities because it makes the defense have to double and pressure more; now I can penetrate easier and get the ball out to our shooters.
Not counting your season at Dortmund you never averaged more than 4,5apg in a season. Do you feel that despite needing to score this season that you will be able to average 5-7 assists per game this season?
I will always set my guys up, get them going first. All they have to do is knock down the shots. It’s possible with our style of play for everyone to score, so 5-7apg is certainly a goal of mine.
You can do so much at the point guard position, but what do you feel is a strength in your game that often gets overlooked?
Just my ability to score and create. I’ve always had it but on many teams my role was to be the pass first-Defensive pit bull type player. That’s something I hope to put on display for this season.
What memories do you have of Josh Washington in your rookie season at Dortmund. How important was he in helping you get used to the ropes in Germany?
Josh Wash! Always smiling, fun personality, wise, and a 3pt assassin. I don’t think he ever got up extra shots. He got me started with everything from shopping at Netto to taking the train. So glad to have had him as a teammate.
In your season at Science City Jena you had very talented players, but also some very good young Germans with Johannes Voigtmann who now is a German national player and plays in the Beko BBL with the Fraport Skyliners. Did you know in the short time there that he could become a great player?
Yes. I used to give him a hard time about catching the ball of course but you could always sense his determination. Listened and worked hard in each practice against the other bigs, I knew his time would come.
You transfered to Pittsburgh(NCAA) as a senior and hardly played. Did you ever regret making this move after having a solid career at Centenary (NCAA)?
I don’t regret it at all. It wasn’t the best situation for me but it was a risk worth taking. I learned so much and got an experience of a lifetime. It was that type of experience that made me want to grind harder.
What do you remember was the most amazing thing that Brad Wanamaker did in a game or practice?
Everything Brad Wanamaker did/does is amazing. I admire him a lot having played him since HS, then playing with him in college and now returning MVP/Champ in the top league, he has a spectacular story. Honestly that’s not the most impressive thing about him; His character is his best attribute. Such a humble guy with a beautiful family.
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
LeBron will still dominate and be the most imposing player; the question is will he win a title again. Let’s just say they are the greatest in their respective eras. I don’t think anyone can take that GOAT title from him.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Straight Out of Compton
Thanks Chase for the chat.