SkylerBowlin is a 26 year old 190cm guard from Paragould, Arkansas playing his fifth professional season and first with the Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan). He played the last three seasons with Horsens IC (Denmark-Ligaen) winning the league title and cup and last season played 39 games averaging 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-2(6.3apg), Steals-2(2.4spg), FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.2%. As a rookie he played for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-Pro A) playing 28 games: 12.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-2(2.0spg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 80.5% and then played with Ringwood Hawks (Australia-ABA): 18 games: 18.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.7apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 80.5%. He started his basketball career with Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2007 until 2011 playing a total of 118 games and as a senior played 31 games: 18.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.7apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 82.7%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Europe Cup game against the Fraport Skyliners.
Skyler thanks for talking to German Hoops You have played in Germany, three years in Denmark and now celebrated the holiday season in Sweden for the first time. Is there any difference to the whole holiday process from Sweden to Denmark? What do you cherish most about celebrating the holiday season in Europe?
It is definitely a different experience celebrating Christmas over here in Europe than back home in Arkansas. There are quite a few different traditions, but I enjoyed my time with my teammates here.
What new year resolutions have you made for Skyler Bowlin the player and individual?
My resolutions as a player and a person are just to keep improving my game and who I am as a person. Just to strive to be the best player and person I can be and enjoy all of these great experiences I am blessed to be able to go through.
Sodertalje suffered a tough 76-56 loss against Royal Hali the team that most likely will compete with you for the second spot in the group. How long did it take to digest this loss?
Playing Royal Hali in Turkey was a difficult task for us. We only traveled with 8 players and didnt have out head coach or top assistant coach due to sickness. Our plan was to just go in and try to control the tempo of the game which we did for 30 minutes. We just ran out of gas in the fourth.
How key was it having a thin roster and hot shooting from Andrew Rautins help contribute to the loss? What other factors really had an impact on the game going the other way?
Rautins hit some tough shots against us. We knew he was a great shooter and he proved it against us. In the 4 quarter they started hitting some shots they had been missing most of the game and that was the big difference in my eyes.
Since the last time we spoke, Sodertalje is 4-1 in the Basketligan and have a 15-2 record. The defense has picked in the last three games. You give up 76 points in Fiba Cup, but score only 71 points in Fiba Cup. What does the team need to do to be able to score even more in the Fiba Cup?
We just have to keep believing in our system and continue playing together as a team like we have been. For the most part, in all of our games we get the shots we want. We just have to focus in and knock those shots down and we have a chance against any team.
You have arrived in Europe Cup action averaging 11,3ppg, 2,9rpg, 4,8apg and 2,0spg. What is the biggest challenge that you personally meet before every Europe Cup game in your offensive game?
I just try to approach each game the same. I just have to go out and play as hard and as smart as I can each possession and good things will happen.
You are averaging 2,0spg. How vital is it for you personally to let your annoying defense help let spark your offensive game?
I feel like its very important for me. Anytime I can get my team extra possessions it is a good thing.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners. In the first game Frankfurt won 95-64. What lessons did the team learn from this loss?
We learned that if we want to compete with Frankfurt then we have to play a very good game. We know they are bigger and stronger, but we have to come out and be physical and try to control the tempo of the game.
Frankfurt crushed Sodertalje with their twin towers Johannes Voigtmann and Danilo Barthel who combined for 43 points. One can almost say they are unstoppable as they belong to the top big men passers in the Beko BBL . Even if you double them, they find a way to finish or find the wings or cutters. Is there anyway to stop them?
They are a great duo to have inside for sure. We just have to follow our scouting report and be physical with them and disrupt their flow as good as we can.
What was your impression of Johannes Voigtmann? For many he is the best player in the Beko BBL and as of late has NBA teams following him.
He is a special player. He has great size and also moves very well. He definitely possesses a great skill set and a soft touch as well.
The Frankfurt game is a key game for Sodertalje and your chances of advancing. Is this the biggest game for the team this season and what will be key for winning?
Going into this game we will approach it like any other game. We have to focus on ourselves first and be at the top of our game and everything else will take care of itself.
Have you seen the new Star Wars movie? What was your impression of it and how did you like it compared to the earlier films?
I actually havent seen any of them unfortunately.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The Big Short.
Thanks Skyler for the chat.