Orlan Jackman is a 27 year old 201cm forward that started the season with CAB Madeira (Portugal-LPB) playing 6 games and averaging 11.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3FGP: 42.9%, FT: 47.6%, in Dec.’15 moved to Worcester Wolves (BBL). Last season he played with the NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB)playing 28 games averaging 16.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 73.1% He started his basketball career at Seminole State (JUCO).He then played two years at Oklahoma City University (NAIA): 27 games: 13.4ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 69.6%. In 2012 he started his professional basketball career with the London Lions (BBL) playing 30 games: 16.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 60.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Today it´s Christmas. Have you got all your Christmas gifts for 2015?
I wish I got all my gifts! My gf gave be mine early but that’s it.
When it comes to the Christmas season are you totally able to stay away from giving that basketball gift or is there always something that you give that is basketball related?
All the people I give gifts to don’t really like basketball apart from when I’m playing so that’s not a problem
It was a long summer for you in that it took you a little longer than usual to get signed. Did you get a bit nervous as the summer wore on and you still hadn´t been signed?
Nah, I didn’t get nervous because I had confidence in my ability to play for the fans of basketball
Last season for the NOMA Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB) you were one of the top players in that league playing 28 games: 16.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 73.1%. Why wasn´t there more interest from teams in Germany? You should have deserved a chance from a Pro A team or at least stayed in Pro B moving to an ambitious team looking to move up?
I wanted to play in Pro A or the BBL, I still do but I took what I had and now I’m here & I have a job to do so I’ve have to win as much as possible so I can get a championship!
You finally got signed by CAB Madeira (Portugal-LPB). With what kind of expectations did you to that team? Was it difficult focusing at first on basketball considering the island is like paradise?
I had high expectations but it wasn’t like I thought it would be. The island is extremely nice and it is a distraction but I was hired as a professional so I had to focus and that’s what I did.
When you got there, you won the first game against Electricio FC, but then lost the next 5 games. Was it a total shock after that first win that the team didn´t win anymore games?
Losing always sucks. When you’re a competitor, all you want do is win! So losing is always hard to take
Would you classify the Portugal LPB league somewhere in between German Pro A and Pro B or different?
That’s just where I will put it. I would of put it in the Pro B category but they’ve got Euro Cup teams so they have to be better.
You held your own averaging 11,0ppg, 4,2rpg and 1,5spg in 6 games. What were the main reasons that you had to go so early?
It was a mutual decision.
What lesson did you learn in Portugal that will help you in the future should you come across adversary within an organization?
All you can do is perform on the court! Everything else is out of your hands but don’t give them any reason to complain!
It didn´t take you long to land a new job and you are back in your home country the UK joining the Worcester Wolves. How happy are you to be back playing in the BBL?
I’m so happy about playing back in the BBL! Playing in front of family and friends is a blessing!
You have stepped in having no problems adjusting and led the team to a big 108-92 win against Surrey where you netted 27 points. Is this the perfect situation for you?
The perfect situation will be playing in the best league in the world!
The team is in third place and the race is tight at the top of the standings. Is winning the league title something that you have felt is in the thoughts of your teammates?
Yes! We want to win and that’s what I’ve brought in to do.
The team is stacked with many experienced guys especially Spaniard Javier Mugica and Pavol Lonsonsky. How vital will these guys be in your development as the season progresses?
Guys with experience always have valuable information to pass on, I’m always trying to learn as that’ll make me become the best player that I can be!
They have many scoring options, but do you see yourself possibly being the defensive stopper as you have quickly demonstrated your worth at the defensive end?
Defense wins games! I’m trying to help my team win games as much as possible! If that means stopping the other teams best player then that’s what I’m going to try and do.
You played two seasons in Germany. What do you miss most from the country and it´s basketball?
My teammates and the family community in Iserlohn.
If Matthias Grothe knocked on your door in Worcester wearing a Santa Claus costume and had a sack of gifts what do you think he would give to you as a special present?
Some ball handling drills and a poker table so we can play like when we were in Iserlohn.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Paid In Full.
Thanks Orlan for the chat.