Virgil Matthews(BV Chemnitz) I Rely More On Smarts Than Athleticism

Virgil Matthews is a 32 year old 188cm guard from Federal Way, Washington that is playing in Germany in the PRO A for BV Chemnitz in his second season. Last season for BV Chemnitz he played BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) 30 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.7rpg, Assists-2(6.1apg), Steals-4(1.8spg), FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 71.4%He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games: 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.7spg, FG: 49.8%, 3PT: 48.4%, FT: 76.1%. In 2006-2007, he turned professional and came to Germany and played for KICKZ Muenchen Basket (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 29 games: 18.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.2apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 57.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 66.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for Tacoma Jazz (IBL). In 2008-2009, he returned back to Germany and played for Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga). In 2009-2010, he played for Olympia Reign (IBL, starting five): 21 games: 23.1ppg, 7.2rpg and for Seattle Aviators (NABL).In 2010-2011, he played his first season for Erdgas Ehingen playing 32 games: 11.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 71.3%. He would play until 2014 with Ehingen playing 126 games with three seasons in the Pro A an done in the Pro B. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against SC Rasta Vechta.

Thanks Virgil for talking to German Hoops You are playing your second season with BV Chemnitz. After playing many years in the small Ehingen how refreshing is it playing and living in a bigger city like Chemnitz which is more like home to Federal Way/Tacoma?

The city is a little bigger, more going on than in Ehingen, but after four years in Ehingen I had developed real friends and had a good surrounding so I think its give and take.

The club is currently at 5-4, but has a 2 game winning streak. Is the team chemistry slowly starting to take shape?

Yes definitely, we’re finding out more what we are good at and not so good at we also finally have our complete roster which is also a good help.

With so much talent on the team and 5 players averaging double figures stats, its surprising that the team is averaging only 72 points. Do you see the team still heightening their offense with time?

We are definitely trying to get better every day. Our defense has been surprisingly really good, now we just need to the get the offense on the same page.

The team staple is defense. Is having everyone on the same page and just playing for each other been a big reason for the defensive success so far?

I think Coach Pastore is really good at adapting. We’ve tried many things, and he’s always tweaking things to be prepared the best defensively for each team in each game.

It is rare to see an Argentine coach in Germany with Rodrigo Pastore. What has it been playing for him and what has he preached that you have never gotten from any other coach in your career that is unique?

Man I love Coach Pastore and we think a lot alike and see a lot of things the same on the court. Its just easy to play for him. He is big on not doing things that everyone else does, or just doing things because he really concentrates on doing things that make you better everything has a specific purpose which is good.

Talk a little about new player Greg Logins and German Martin Seiferth that is making his break through finally as a professional. How vital have they been for the success of the team and give the inside game new dimensions.

Like I said earlier Greg completed our team we have greatly benefited from his energy and defense, and he has made big shots for us, he also allows us flexibility with our lineups. Martin from day one has been good he’s very talented and a great athlete. I think coach does a good job of helping him get the ball in places where he can be effective, defensively he’s a life saver for us.

You are playing your third season with American Stacey Wilson. Is the understanding between you too now blind on the court?

Yes, I think we play well together and definitely feed off each other in games playing together on the court is easier than when he’s off.

You seem to be getting better with age? You led the German Pro A in assists last season had your best scoring and rebounding average despite being on a team that had more scoring talent than any team you ever was with Ehingen. How do you explain that?

It was just situational. Ralph Junge had a system and we were pretty successful as a team with it, and it didn’t really require me to average a lot of stats. We played a slower pace so lower stats all around. Not saying one way is better than the other.

This season your rebounding and assists average is even higher. Is playing with more talent a reason for your play?

Coach Pastore really trust me to make good decisions and puts a lot on me. He’s good at putting people in spots to make them look good coaching to players strengths. I also have always thought my game would be better when playing with a higher level just because I rely more on smarts than athleticism.

You are battling Richard Williams for the assist crown? You play so many games, have so many practices. You probably remember that BV Chemnitz beat Kirchheim, but do you remember your six turnovers?

Of course I remember the turnovers. I just had another game with way too many turnovers, but its just something I focus on and try to improve, I don’t want to become conservative just got to find a way to get the assists and keep the turnovers down.

With your heightened play and knowing you can compete with guys like Richard Williams who played in the Beko BBL, does the opportunity of playing in the BBL still drive you at the ripe age of 32?

It doesn’t drive me but it would definitely be a cool experience. I know teams look at age and maybe don’t think guys from the pro A can play BBL or whatever, but I just play and whatever happens happens.

This weekend, BV Chemnitz have a big game against power house SC Rasta Vechta. What will be key in getting the victory?

They have a very deep roster we must concentrate on doing what we want and not letting their pressure get us out of what we want.

Who wins a one on one in practice you or Stacey Wilson?

Haha I gotta say myself, but if there’s no fouls, or if coach is reffing he will probably win.

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

Lebron is something special, but I think no one will ever impact the game the way Jordan did. Even if Lebron is better eventually he can never do for the game what Jordan did.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The Martian with Matt Damon good film!

Thanks Virgil for the chat.

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