Andre Calvin is a 30 year old 201cm forward from Michigan that is playing for the Beko BBL team Crailsheim Merlins. Last season he completed the season with BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 24 games: 12.5ppg, Reb-1(9.8rpg), 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 24.5%, FT: 75.5%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for BG Karlsruhe (Germany-ProA): 28 games: 10.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 85.2%. He is a long and athletic forward that possesses good quickness and a leaping ability. Has an excellent jump shot and can score the ball off the dribble or on a post up. Also, he is a solid competitor who can adequately defend and who grabs rebounds at his side of the court. He played at drake(NCAA) and started his professional basketball career in 2007 for Gussing Knights (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 29 games: 13.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 75.0%. He then played for Casino Figueira Ginasio (Portugal-LPB, starting five): 11 games: 11.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 11.4%, FT: 59.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners.
Thanks Andre for talking to German Hoops. A tough way to go out in 2015 with a loss against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg 100-65. This was a curious game. Ludwigsburg led 23-7 laying the foundation for getting the win, but Crailsheim didn´t give up and actually won the second and third quarters, but then gave up 34 points in the fourth quarter. Have you ever witness two so crazy quarters like the first or fourth in your career?
Thanks for having me. I can’t remember having quarters like that, we have to learn from this and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Was the biggest key the rebounding which Ludwigsburg won 39-19? One shouldn´t give excuses that an Adam Chubb was missing but how tough is it battling nonstop against guys like Jon Brockman and Adam Waleskowski down low and then having to stop big Jason Boone coming from the bench?
With those three guys you just named you have to try and keep a body on them at all times and find them as soon as the shot goes up. They’re going for the offensive board no matter what. Brockton leads the league in rebounds and I see why.
Ludwigsburg German/Spaniard Alvaro Munoz had his best game of the season scoring 25 points doing a good job filling in for the missing Mustafa Shakur. How good is it to see a Spanish player in the German Beko BBL and what was your impression of his game?
Munoz is a good player, he has knowledge of the game and he can do a lot of things out there on the court to help his team. He made some big plays for them against us.
Crailsheim is currently in 14th place with a record of 5-11 fighting against getting down into the cellar. The Crailsheim Melrins really have played some very good games, but then come back the next week and stink up the arena giving up 100 points. Why is this team so up and down?
I think we are getting better as the season goes on. We had some games in the beginning where we really struggled as a team. Now we are doing a better job at trying to match the other team’s physicality and intensity.
Crailsheim makes 73 points per game, but gives up 89 points per game. Where do you feel lies the biggest problems on the defensive end? Do you see this team finding a more consistent rhythm on defense?
Yes I think we will find a more consistent rhythm on defense. I feel like we have improved on the defensive end and we will try to continue to get better.
How important has the pick up of Shy Ely been. He is currently the teams most consistent three point shooter. What is his most important asset that he supplies the team that they didn´t have before?
Shy has been great for us, he’s hard worker and he’s a great teammate on and off of the court. He’s very athletic. He can score, rebound, and defend guards and forwards.
After playing your first 4 years in Germany in the Pro A, you are playing your first season in the Beko BBL and currently averaging 9,2ppg, 3,4rpg and 1,0apg. What do you feel has been the biggest adjustment for you this season?
The biggest adjustment for me was all of the games we had in December. I haven’t been in situations where there were so many games back to back. In a situation like that you have to make sure you’re ready mentally and physically.
Is rebounding and steals, two areas where you feel you could improve to help your team even more in games?
Yes, for sure. Rebounding is a big thing that need to improve on. Its something that I know I can do well.
With veterans Adam Chubb and Konrad Wysocki out, do you embrace having to be more of a leader on the court with Shy Ely?
Coach said to the team since those guys were out that everyone needs to step up and do more to make up for those guys not playing. Not just two people.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners that beat MBC last and qualified for the cup tournament and are in fifth place. What kind of game can we await?
It will be a good test for us out there for sure. Frankfurt is a good team and we are going to go out there and try to match their intensity and physicality.
Do you see Steph Curry hitting for 70 points this season or is there too much firepower on that team to prevent it?
I am sure he can do it if he wanted to, but he has a great team and there is really no need for him to go for 70 points.
What are your fondest memories of New Years eve as a kid and re you more of a fire cracker or bottle rocket type of guy?
Just being at home in Detroit with family, it was too cold to be outside playing with fire crackers haha.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Andre for the chat.