DJ Woodmore is a 24 year old 190cm rookie from Virginia Beach, Virginia that is playing his second season for the BIS Baskets Speyer. As a rookie last season he played 28 games averaging 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 72.1%He played at Virginia Wesleyan (NCAA3) from 2010-2014 and a s a senior played 31 games: 20.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3% (219/435), 3Pts: 46.0% (91/198), FT: 76.9% (93/121). He reached the NCAA3 Sweet 16 three times and elite 8 once. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball before the game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors
Thanks DJ for talking to German Hoops. A tough 104-56 loss last weekend against the Scanplus Baskets. How tough was it to digest this loss after things seemed to have been turning around with the two game winning streak?
It was definitely a tough loss, but I’m sure we have already put it in the past. We will learn from it and get ready for our next game on Saturday.
The club was down by 12 at halftime and 19 after 30 minutes. In the fourth quarter Speyer gave up 41 points which looked like a halftime score. Did that quarter feel like you were in a bad dream?
Haha no not a bad dream, but it was extremely hard to watch. We felt helpless out there.
Was that the worst quarter of basketball that you have ever been affiliated with in your career?
Speyer was playing good basketball and then the loss to the Scanplus Baskets.Was it just one of those days and how key were the 27 turnovers for the loss?
Yes, it was just one of those days, and they made us pay for it. Turnovers were devastating for us. Every turnover led to a dunk or three pointer.
After a tough loss and as the leader of the team did you feel the need to have to step up in the locker room or did someone else take care of that and do you see yourself leading by example again in the next game?
No not last game. I think Coach pretty much spoke for everybody. There was not much to say. Next game everybody needs to play better but it definitely starts with me.
In the Pro B anything is possible and technically only three wins from a playoff spot. Is the team still thinking about the chance of reaching the playoffs or already a bit in playdown mode?
Of course we still want to give ourselves a chance to make the playoffs but I think at this point we just want to be playing our best basketball. We had a rough start but its never too late for a strong finish. Whatever happens after the season happens.
A big problem this season has been the defense as the club allows 85 points this season. Why hasn´t the team found a rhythm in this area and what continues to be the biggest building block on getting the defense fixed?
We just have to communicate more and stop getting into foul trouble so early in each quarter.
You have improved your scoring, rebounding and assists this season while your three point shooting is down. Does that have to do simply with more repetition or better shot selection from your point?
No, I think I am starting to find my rhythm from the three. I’m not too worried about the percentage too much, I just have to make more shots when I finally do get open looks.
You scored 32 points against TV Langen last season, but do you rank your 35 point game against Weissenhorn as your best as a professional?
Yes so far. But only because I hit very timely shots. I played horrible other than that. I had way too many turnovers.
After a brilliant feat like against Weissenhorn, do you as a professional ever ponder for a few minutes after thinking why isn´t possible to have games like that more frequently?
Sometimes, its always a great feeling to play well. But I think its more satisfying to also win the game.
With a few months left in the season, what do you still want to heighten in your game in the stretch run?
Yes always. I need to be more aggressive on offense and defense. I believe that gives us the best chance to make a realistic playoff run.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors at home. What memories do you have of the first 89-68 loss in Frankfurt?
Not much, I just remember them hitting their first 8 or 10 shots to start the game. Other than that, they’re a solid team that moves the ball well.
You shone in the loss with 20 points, but the club couldn´t contain Richter and Kiel who combined for 30 points and sharp shooter Travis Thompson had 16 points. What will be key in getting the win?
Play better interior defense and keep Thompson from getting open looks from the three.
Who will win Super Bowl 50? Denver or Carolina?
I’m pulling for Cam Newtown and the Panthers
What was the last movie that you saw?
Ride Along 2.
Thanks DJ for the chat.