Braydon Hobbs is a 26 year old 196cm point guard playing in the Beko BBL for the Giessen 46ers and last season played for rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops before the Hessen derby against the Fraport Skyliners.
Braydon thanks for talking to German Hoops. Last week Giessen suffered a tough 87-61 loss against FC Bayern Munich. After having tasted how good it feels beating a Bamberg at home was the team self-confidence going in at a different level than it is for lesser known teams in the Beko BBL?
We usually try to have the same confidence going into every game. We prepare the same way every week so hopefully by the time the games come around we are ready and prepared for any team.
There have been days where the Giessen defense didn´t perform the way it should have as it has given up 100 points or more two times, but what do you feel was most difficult to adjust to in their offense?
They executed the way a euroleague team does. They found the open guys when we made mistakes. Giving up 87 points to any team in this league makes it extremely difficult to win. They got a lot of easy looks and they knocked them down.
The goal of the team has been to stay in the league, but at the moment it is in the playoff hunt. Do you ever believe where the mental state of the team would be now had it not lost to Bayreuth, Braunschweig and Phoenix Hagen with only a combined total of 8 points?
The goal is definitely to stay in the league, but in the end of things, we are trying to compete for a playoff spot. That’s been a goal the whole season. Losing those close games has definitely hurt us a bit, but hopefully we can still remain in the hunt for a spot down the stretch.
Giessen scores as much as it gives up which isn´t the best recipe for success. What do you believe has been the most difficult thing to get a hang from on the defensive side coming from the Pro A?
The most difficult part to adjust to is the speed at which teams execute. They play at a high level and every player is talented so that makes defense a big tougher than the ProA.
One can still laud the success of the Giessen 46ers as a combination of the coaching of Dennis Wucherer, the intact team chemistry of last season and bringing in the right mix of players early and late. What other factors have resulted in Giessen being a team deserving to be in the Beko BBL and performing so well?
I would say trying to play as a team on both ends of the floor is why we have been a little bit successful in the BBL. Having coach and the core guys back from last season has a major role also. We definitely have a lot to improve on if we want to get better though.
Your at the top of many team stats at the moment. How much of a challenge is every new week with the preparation and game day? What has been the most exciting part of being a Beko BBL professional?
Every week brings a new challenge for me personally, but also for our team. It’s a chance to test what we have been doing in practice. We prepare extremely hard for the games so we enjoy those challenges on game day. The best part of being in the BBL is the competition. We have to bring it as a team each week and if we don’t then the other teams make us pay.
How more mentally challenging has the game been for you this season? With everything faster how much faster do you need to think on every possession?
The game hasn’t been much more mentally challenging for me. The physical part is what has been the challenge. The game is definitely faster but it is still playing basketball. I just try to play like I have always played.
Before Gabriel Olaseni came on board you were leading the team in rebounding. Is this something that head coach Denis Wucherer and big guys like Bjoern Schoo and Ethan Wragge have noticed?
Rebounding has been a focal point for our team all season. It is something that our team can improve on. Hopefully with the addition of Gabe, it will get better.
How vital has the pick up´s of veteran Karsten Tadda and big man Gabriel Olaseni been? How much stronger has Giessen become now?
Adding Tadda and Olaseni has been huge for our team. We have battled a lot of injuries this season, so we were fortunate that we could sign those two guys from Bamberg. They bring a lot to our team.
You dueled 5 times against Cuban/German Yorman Polas last season. How have you seen his development go in the last few months and how has he become a solid Beko BBL player?
He has developed into a solid player in the BBL. He has worked extremely hard this season to get where he is now. Last season, he was the X factor on this Giessen team. He did the little things that changed the game. This season he is continuing to do those things for our team. He’s a great player to have on a basketball team because his great work ethic and because of what he can bring to the table.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners and two of the leagues best three point shooters with you and Canadian Aaron Doornekamp. Does a player tend to forget a match up like this with two hot shooters as soon as the game starts?
Doornekamp is having a great season for Frankfurt. He is shooting the ball at a great clip. I tend to forget about any shooting match up. Hopefully we can focus on our scouting report and execute our game plan. They are playing great basketball right now so it is going to be a huge challenge for us on the weekend.
The Hessen derby is a big rivalry between Frankfurt and Giessen. What kind of game can we expect and what will be key to getting the win?
I think we can expect a hard fought game from both teams. We have had solid practices so far this week so we need to continue that on into the game. I think a major key in the game will be trying to stop their bigs. They have been playing good basketball so it’s going to be difficult for us.
Do you see Steph Curry reaching 70 points this season in a game?
I don’t see Steph Curry scoring 70 this year. He has a great team around him so I can’t see him shooting enough to have 70 points. He enjoys making the guys around him better so I think he passes a bit too much for that.
What was your fondest childhood memory of Christmas?
My fondest childhood memory of Christmas would have to be the time I got my first bicycle.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was Toy Story.
Thanks Braydon for the chat.