Jordan Talbert is a 24 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that is playing his second professional season with the Giants Nordlingen. He came to Germany as a rookie last season and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO(NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 91-72 win against BG Karlsruhe.
Congrats on the huge 91-72 win in Karlsruhe. How big was the revenge factor after losing to BG Karlsruhe at 74-59?
The revenge factor wasn’t the major motivation for us. We knew they were the number one team in the league and we just wanted to come out and play our best proving that we can compete with anyone.
The Giants Nordlingen had some big wins this season, but was this the biggest win of the season?
I believe this win and the win against Ehingen were our two biggest victories of the season so far. Definitely our best performances as a team.
How was the bus ride back home? Was there big time celebrating or is the team more subdued knowing that there is still work to be done?
The bus ride home was calm and normal. Beating them was just a small step moving forward towards our ultimate goal. The season is not over and yes there’s still much more work to be done.
The game was pretty tight for 30 minutes, but Nordlingen exploded for 29 points in the fourth quarter. Coming into the fourth quarter, did you think that the team could have this much energy on offense and defense to win by 19 points?
No I did not expect us to pull away at the end like that especially since we only brought 8 players on the trip. I thought fatigue would set in, and it would be a tough battle coming down to the final minutes. We were able to make plays and shots down the stretch and break their spirit.
The club got needed support from Brandon Lockhart with 13 points and Janek Schmidkunz added 9 points. Did Lockhart grow in explosiveness in the fourth quarter?
I think Brandon was able to take advantage of their defense not being able to help off of Janek, Leo, and I because of our hot shooting. We made 15 3’s just between us three and with that kind of space it’s almost impossible to stop Brandon 1v1.
Did the team self confidence grow throughout the game knowing that you could play with the first ranked team which led to that big 29 point fourth quarter?
Yes, our confidence definitely grew and we knew we were playing at a very high level. We also playing a very unselfish style of basketball which made the game fun for all of us.
The usual BG Karlsruhe scorers Marcus Smallwood, Rouven Roessler and Paul Brotherson supplied punch, but how key was it keeping American Hayden Lescault in check and disrupting his play as he can create well, but coughed up the ball six times?
We knew that he was on a hot streak with the way he had been scoring so we focused on containing him early. Leo did a great job making it tough for him and we were there to help anytime that he needed it.
Brandon Lockhart was close to a triple double. Was this a new side of him that was born tonight?
The past 3 games Brandon has played extremely well, probably the best out of us all. Tonight was just him continuing his great play and a representation of our growing chemistry as a team.
The trio of Talbert, Lockhart and Schmidkunz combined for 69 points. How much fun is it playing together and how good a reason is this consistent play warrant thinking about staying together for the future?
We definitely enjoy playing together. I think our chemistry is at an all time high and we’re motivated to continue growing. Personally speaking the future is not something I’m focused on now. I’m worried about this season and how we can continue to build and improve heading into the playoffs.
How proud were you of Leo Vrkas. In the last two games he is 9/18 from outside while in the three games before that he was 1/20.
He is feeling it at the moment. I’m very proud of Leo and I’m glad he stayed focused and persistent even through his shooting slump. We need him to make shots and we trust him to do so.
How has Vrkas grown throughout the season and can he become that consistent fourth scorer the team could really need?
He’s become someone we can rely on to contribute to the scoring output for sure. I think his most important contribution to us has been on the defensive end, tonight holding Lescault to 8 and last game hold Easterling to 15. He done a great job of making it difficult for the wing players we play.
The team is now 3-0. What happened to the team since that 78-56 loss at home against Frankfurt which head coach Mario Matic really took to heart.
I think that lost was a wakeup call we needed. We stayed together got refocused and elevated our play which has shown.
The club has given up 74 points on average in the last three games. In what area has the team improved most on in the last three weeks?
I think our rebounding has improved over the past games. Early on in the season it was a real problem but now we’ve made a conscious effort to get rebounds after stops which starts our transition game on the offensive end.
You stopped a tough Scanplus Baskets, contained Ricky Easterling and now beat BG Karlsruhe. What is next for the Giants Nordlingen? Suddenly Nordlingen has become a playoff team and in third place?
We just want to continue to improve, we still have potential to grow and that is our main focus.
Who will win the Superbowl Denver or Carolina?
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Jordan for the chat.