Jordan Callahan is a 25 year old 184cm point guard born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Marietta will be playing his third professional season and first in Germany with the Crailsheim Merlins. Last season he played for Port of Antwerp Giants (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 8 games averaging 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 95.5%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.3apg. He started his basketball career at Tulane (NCAA)in 2009 playing a total of 116 NCAA games. In his senior season he played 31 games averaging 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 71.7%. IN the 2013-2014 season as a rookie he played for Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-TBL) playing 16 games: Score-4(15.8ppg), 3.3rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 82.0%, in Feb.’14 moved to Anwil Wloclawek (Poland-TBL) playing 19 games: 14.9ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-5(4.2apg), Steals-5(1.7spg), FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 83.6%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners
Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops. How did you enjoy celebrating the holiday season in Germany?
It was nice, we mostly had games or practice but I did get to see some fireworks for New Years. It’s a war zone out there!
What new year resolutions have you made for Jordan Callahan the player and person?
I don’t really believe in New Year Resolutions it’s all hype to me. If someone wants to make a change or a new commitment in their life New Years shouldn’t be the starting point. It can start the next day or the next week.
Crailsheim is currently in 14th place with a record of 5-12 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?
Games are 40 minutes long. And most of the time we only play well for 20-25 minutes. We just have to stay focused for 40mins every game.
Crailsheim makes 72 points per game, but gives up 88 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?
It’s just a combination of a lot of little things that makes the difference with us. But I do believe this second half we will be much more consistent, especially on the defensive end.
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 does a lot of things for us. Like you said he’s a great shooter but he’s also a superb defender and a good team player.
How important has the experience and leadership been from German Konrad Wysocki and Adam Chubb? What do you like most about their games?
Konny and Adam have been great. Their voices are definitely heard throughout the locker room. Adam is constantly telling me things to help me get better and of course I listen since he’s a seasoned vet. Konrad is probably one of the most craftiest players I’ve ever played with. I learn by just watching him sometimes.
You are leading the team in scoring, assists and steals. How pleased have you been with your game and good adjustment to the Beko BBL?
I actually don’t think I’ve been at my best. For whatever reason my rhythm was off for the better part of the first half. But playing so many games in a short period over the holidays really helped me. So I’m excited to see what happens this half.
What has been the most difficult thing that you have had to adjust to the level of the Beko BBL that you are still getting used to?
Really the only thing is the physicality. The refs let you play if that’s how you want to look at.
Do you feel that your relentless strong defense will rub off more on your teammates in the second half of the season to give the team an added push on defense?
I think we can all feed off of each other. Seeing someone else playing hard makes you want to play hard. And if we can get all 5 players doing this we will be in better shape.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners. Recently the Crailsheim Merlins lost at home 72-56. Do you see it as an advantage that you will play them again as if it was a delayed playoff series?
For sure both teams will have a better feel for one another seeing as we just played. I think the intensity level will be much higher. And obviously we will make the necessary adjustments to try and take away what they were successful in last game.
Crailsheim played pretty good defense keeping Frankfurt to16 points under their season average on points allowed, but couldn´t get their offense going. What do you feel the team has learned from the loss that will make this game totally different?
We went back and looked at the tape of the last game. We saw the problems we were having and I think we will be more ready this game.
I think a key will be keeping Johannes Voigtmann and Danilo Barthel in check, but that is easier said than done. How big will it be keeping hands up in passing lanes, because they both are incredible passers even out of the double team?
They’re good players and definitely play a big role in their offense. We just have to stay concentrated for 40 minutes and try to keep them from getting a rhythm.
Do you see Steph Curry hitting for 70 points this season or is there too much firepower on that team to prevent it?
70 is a lot! Does he have the skill to it? Certainly. But I don’t think that would happen when you have so many weapons on a team like that
Have you seen the new Star Wars movie? How do you compare it to the other movies in that series?
Never was a Star Wars fan
What was the last movie that you saw?
Haven’t been to the movies since I’ve been here so it’s hard to say!
Thanks Jordan for the chat