Julian Scott is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Sacramento, California that is playing his second professional season and first with the Uni Riesen Leipzig. Last season he played for TSV Quakenbrueck (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 16 games averaging 29.7ppg. He started his basketball career at Yuba junior college and then played two years at S.Utah (NCAA). He finished at Adams St. (NCAA2) playing 27 games: 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.2%. He spoke to German Hoops at the Christmas break.
Thanks Julian for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how have you been spending your holiday season in the last week?
I’m in Sacramento spending time with my loved ones it’s been great
With 2016 fast approaching what New Year resolutions do you have as Julian the person and Julian the professional basketball player?
No real new years resolution as a person just be the best man I can be. As for basketball the focus is to lead my team to a championship that’s what matters.
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?
The last two games didn´t remain in my mind long it happens anybody can beat anybody so we just need to be the better team in the end
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 just didn’t execute like we should of in order to win those games. Both teams were prepared and handled business simple as that
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?
I wouldn’t say we didn’t put in the defensive effort. I believe we go into every game focused with the mindset and do what it takes to win it just didn’t happen for us this time
Besides getting a rhythm on defense again how key will it be too shoot better as a team from outside?
Our guys can shoot the ball so I’m not to worried it will come and when it does we will be very hard to beat
Your teammate Brandon Shingles is third in scoring, first in assists and third in rebounding on the team. With more knowledge of the Pro B, do you see him heightening his game in the second half of the season even more?
I believe Brandon will do what needs to be done in order for us to win games whether it be scoring or passing, it doesn’t matter, because he has a high basketball IQ which makes him very effective
You and Brandon Shingles are combined 2/26 from downtown. How much more potent will the Uni-Riesen Leipzig be when both of you get going from downtown?
We don’t really focus on that that much as we have shooters who can hit those shots that’s not our job but if it’s open we will take them and if they drop that’s a bonus for us.
You have been a beast in the first half of the season averaging 22,5ppg and 10,5rpg. Your scoring rose from the fourth game on as you scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games. How important has your confidence level been in these 9 games?
I’ve always been a confident individual and I work really hard at my craft in order to be prepared for each team we play and I plan on staying that way.
Your averaging 3,1 turnovers per game. Is your decision making something that you still need to take better care of?
Turnovers are going to happen my job is to do less of it so I plan on that changing as the season progresses.
How proud have you been of young 19 year old German Jonas Niedermanner of his play and development? What have you been doing to help his development on and off the court?
Jonas is talented and can become a very good player. I don’t really do much as far as developing him but I do tell him if he has a bad game and that it’s alright and he will be better in the next one.
Do you see a guy like Steph Curry hitting 70 points this season?
No I don’t with Steph Curry
What was the last movie that you saw?
Daddy’s home was the last movie.
Thanks Julian for the chat.