Matt Hunter is a 25 year old 196cm forward from Detroit, Michigan that will be playing his second professional season and first in Germany with Rostock. Last season he played briefly in Canada with the Moncton Miracles as a rookie. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Odessa JC (NJCAA) where he played until 2012. He then moved to Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) where he played two more years. As a senior he played 10 games: 9.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 57.1%. As a junior he played 30 games: 15.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.6apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 73.7%. He spoke to German Hoops after the big 91-88 win against Dresden in game one.
Matt congrats on the huge 91-88 victory against the Dresden Titans winning game one of the Pro B playoffs. How did it feel playing your first professional playoff game?
Thanks. It was amazing. Was a good game
The Rostock Wolves had two weeks to prepare for game one. How was this preparation period different than for a normal Pro B north opponent this season?
The difference was we had more time to prepare for the team.
You have logged 31 minutes per game this season and 36 minutes in the last regular season game against Schwelm. How important were those two weeks off to refuel your body?
It important that I could get a little rest to get ready to play.
Lets talk about game one. After a solid first quarter, Rostock gave up an unbelievable 30 points in the second quarter. What was key for Dresden getting the big halftime lead?
They just started playing their game. Got a lot of easy run outs.
How key was the 6-0 run at the end of the third quarter which sparked Rostock to retake the lead in the fourth quarter again and the surge that Daniel Lopez gave the club which the team took to the buzzer to get the win?
That last run was important because it gave us momentum going in to the fourth. Daniel stepped up big for us
If one looks at the stat sheet, one notices that Rostock shot very poorly from outside and got outrebounded, but was it the free throw shooting that was big in Rostock getting the win?
Free-throws are always a big part of winning but we still shot a good percentage.
You had a monster game with 36 points. Does the playoffs ignite a total different person in you to feel the need to have to step it up?
It’s no different from what I have been doing all season.
For game two Rostock will travel to Dresden. What will be key for sweeping the series. How big a roll will the bench play and containing point guard Randall Holt who was dearly missed by Dresden in game one?
Just going out and playing our game. We know it starts on defense and everything else will come
You closed out the regular season against Schwelm with 35 points and had 36 against Dresden. Do you feel like you are peaking at the right time of the season?
Yes because this is the most important part of the season it’s win or go home.
In the last two games you have gotten to the free throw line a combined 26 times. Do you believe that your aggressiveness has risen in this time, or is it just within the flow of the game and what the defense has been giving you?
I really just take what the defense give me. But being aggressive also helps that.
How vital has your leadership been in your first full professional season with the Rostock Wolves?
I just go out and play my hardest to try to get us going.
Were you surprised by all the upsets in the first round of the NCAA tournament? Do you believe that there is more parity in the NCAA this season among schools?
No it’s been going like that for the past few years.
What sleeper from the early round winners do you think will go far?
I really don’t know.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Kung Fu Panda 3.
Thanks Matt for the chat.