Brandon Shingles is a 28 year old 190cm guard from Albany, Georgia playing his third season in Germany and first with the Uni-Riesen Leipzig (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career at Morehead St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.5spg. In 2010 he started his professional basketball career at Aschersleben Tigers BC (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 15 games: 14.5ppg. He led the team to the Regionaliga 2 title. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 6 games: 7.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 57.1%, FT: 31.3%; left in Nov.’11, then moved to BBC Febro Eagles Magdeburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 7 games: 16.1ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 63.0%. He then played for KB Drita Gjilan (Kosovo-SuperLeague) and two years ago for GBP Badajoz (Spain-EBA) playing 15 games: 15.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.6apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 6.3%, FT: 57.3%. He spoke to German Hoops at the Christmas break about basketball.
Thanks Brandon for talking to German Hoops Where are you at the moment and how have you been spending your holiday season in the last week?
Thanks for the interview Miles. I’m currently back in US spending time with my family before I head back after the new year.
With 2016 fast approaching what New Year resolutions do you have as Brandon the person and Brandon the professional basketball player?
My personal resolution is to build a better relationship with God. My basketball resolutions is to just “stay the course” and everything will work out at the end.
At the moment Leipzig is in third place in the German Pro B south with a record of 10-5. How much did the last two loses against Elchingen and Weissenhorn remain in your mind the last week?
To be honest when we played them they were the better team that night and they deserved to win.
The Uni Riesen Leipzig had been playing excellent basketball winning eight of nine games, but then lost their last two games before Christmas. What did the team get away with?
We came away with knowing what we are made of and knowing what it’s going take to win in this league .
In that positive 8 game stretch Leipzig was defending pretty well averaging giving up only 76 points per game, but 88 in the last two games. Defense is all about effort. Was the effort missing in the last two games?
You are right defense effort was missing. My opinion I felt that fatigue had a lot to do with it . Now the we had the Christmas break I think we will be ready and fresh for the 2nd half of the season.
Besides getting a rhythm on defense again how key will it be too shoot better as a team from outside?
I think it will come. We can’t think about it we just got to keep playing our game. We practice shooting 3’s everyday and hopefully it pays off in 2016
Your teammate Julian Scott has been a beast averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds a game. Is he your early season favorite as league MVP?
Julian has been playing his butt off. My personal opinion he is the early favorite but we got to continue to win to make that happen.
What has been the key for the consistency of Julian Scott in the first half of the season?
I think his inside play has been the key. I feel no one can stop him on the block. We are going need that down the stretch.
Your third in scoring, first in assists and third in rebounding on the team. Do you feel now with knowing the Pro B level better that you will heighten your game in the second half of the season?
With me not playing the last season I felt like I had to shake off some rust in the first half and I did and I’m ready to keep improving and getting back to my old self.
You are 0/14 from outside. How focused and motivated are you to improve in this area in the second half of the season. Do you question your mechanics or is it a question of just putting up more shots?
I knew this question was coming haha. To be honest I’m very motivated to change this stat. I feel my mechanics are better than before and it’s the fact of putting up more but doing that through our offense.
How proud have you been of young 19 year old German Jonas Niedermanner of his play and development?
Very proud of Jonas and his play. He helps this team in many ways. What I like the most he is a student of the game and wants to get better.
Do you see a guy like Steph Curry hitting 70 points this season?
Honestly I never thought he would be THIS good but he has proven me and I’m sure a lot of other people wrong. The way he scores the ball in sure 70 püints is no problem for him.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Brandon for the chat.