Stan Brown is a 25 year old 204cm forward from Chicago, Illinois that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany with Pro A team ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. He played at Lamar)NCAA) from 2009-2013 playing a total of 115 NCAA games. He improved his scoring and rebounding each season and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.6ppg, 7.6rpg, FGP: 48.2%, FT: 67.4%. In 2013 he started his professional basketball career with Abejas de Guanajuato (Mexico-LNBP). Last season he played for BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (Slovakia-SBL, starting five): 37 games: 16.4ppg, Reb-2(9.5rpg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 71.7%. There he achieved Slovakian League All-Star Game status and Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention. Currently he is averaging 6,8ppg and 3,7rpg for Essen. He spoke to German Hoops after the win against Baunach.
Stan thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the huge 91-67 win against Baunach. How important was this win getting back on the winning track after losing three of the last four games?
It was a big win for us, definitely needed it. Good to show everyone what ETB is capable of.
Essen didn´t have problems on offense in the last two games averaging 81,5ppg, but how important was it setting the tone early by scoring 30 points in the first and 20 in the second and leading by 23 points at the break?
Definitely the team who scores more points always wins, but our defense has been very key and is leading to our easy scoring.
How much does it annoy you to score 91 points, but still have 20 turnovers. Was that the biggest flaw of the night?
Without a doubt turnovers are very key for opponents to capitalize against us but we played hard defense and controlled the glass to cover for us big time. We learned from this game we need to control turnovers for the future.
Before the game there was only one player averaging double figures with Tre Bowman. Tonight five guys scored in double figures. Was this another attempt of the team getting a new run of self confidence for guys to start some consistency in the next games taking the load a bit off your shoulders?
I believe the game at Gotha was a big step for our team confidence. I believe we are coming into our own as a team and looking to make some big strides, stay on the look out.
Coming into the game your giving up 71 points as a team, but average only 66. Is this a team that could average 80 points over time?
Yes we definitely talked about this as a team before. We need to get that number down around 65 and defend harder to increase our transition easy buckets which will make 80 good number to achieve.
Especially with two fine playmakers like Gary Johnson and Jon Loyd who combined for 16 of the 30 team assists, one should be able to always be able to score. Have you seen a better 1-2 point guard combo in the Pro A yet?
There are some great guards here in the Pro A without a doubt, but any day or night I’m taking my guys G and Jon to war with me on the court.
Do you see one of the German players Christoph Hachenesch, Paul Albrecht or even experienced Marco Buljevic taking on even more of a scoring role as time goes by?
Most definitely, I honestly see all three taking it on. Hack is a good physical big body post with left hand, Paul is a great stretch 4 and Marco is Big Time shot maker so we have plenty weapons. Just stay tuned for ETB.
Your teammate Tre Bowman has taken up much responsibility with leading the team in scoring. What has impressed you most with his consistent play?
Some guys can just shoot, some guys can just drive, and some guys have an all around scoring package and that’s Tre Bowman right there. Very talented player. Big upside to our team.
Baunach is a rare team that only has one American. What was your impression of Jordan Dumars the son of Detroit Piston legend Joe Dumars?
Skilled player with a good feel for the game.
You are averaging 6,0ppg and 3,8rpg. How have you been happy with your play. Has it been a big adjustment getting less minutes this season over last season in Slovakia?
I am definitely grateful for ETB and the chance to play my second professional season in Germany. Yes it’s an adjustment for me but I feel I can get better at all times. I believe I have so much more in the tank that I will give the team to keep us moving forward.
How has the adjustment been for you in the German Pro A coming from Slovakia How has the transition ben for you coming from BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (Slovakia-SBL) where you played 37 games: 16.4ppg, Reb-2(9.5rpg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 71.7%. I would imagine the pro A is more competitive?
Yes the Pro A is a little more competitive I must say. I think Slovakia did prepare me well though. I got off to slow start here in Germany but definitely picking it up here now. I have a lot of big games left to show myself here in the Pro A.
What strides do you still want to take in your play as the season progresses? Your averaging 15,9 minutes per game. Is being as efficient as possible your biggest main goal as a player at the moment after winning?
I definitely want to get back to my big rebounding in multiple games like last season, I feel that is my biggest strength that’s needs to be shown. I definitely look to be as efficient as possible because I know it helped give my team best possible result, wins.
Who wins a one on one in practice you or Christoph Hackenesch?
Big Hack and me go at it. I must definitely say that he is a great experience big guy to have on the team to get me prepared for games and match physicality every day.
Thanksgiving is around the corner. What has been your most precious childhood Thanksgiving moment?
With my family I can’t just say one moment, every time we get together is a blessing and the best times of my life.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Stan for the chat.