Julian Gamble is a 26 year old 207cm power forward/center from Durham, North Carolina that will be starting his fourth professional season and first in Germany with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He started his basketball career at Miami(NCAA) in 2008 and played there until 2013 playing a total of 127 games. In 2013 he started his professional career with Saint Vallier Basket Drome (France-ProB): 44 games: 16.3ppg, Reb-3(9.0rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-1(1.5bpg), FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 62.9%. In 2014 he moved to the Basic-Fit Brussels (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 25 games: 17.0ppg, Reb-3(7.6rpg), 1.4apg, 1.1spg, Blocks-1(1.6bpg), FGP: 57.0%, FT: 69.2%. Last season he remained with the Basic-Fit Brussels (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 36 games: Score-5(16.6ppg), Reb-2(8.3rpg), 1.3apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-1(1.9bpg), FGP: 60.8%, FT: 68.1%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Gezeiten Haus Cup in Rhondorf.
Julian thanks for talking to German Hoops. You are living in Bonn now. What has been the biggest difference for you living wise coming from the Belgium capital Bruessels?
Living in Bonn has been great so far. The city isn’t as big as Brussels but having Cologne so close with the combination of Bonn has been great. My family and I, along with my teammates have all been exploring the city together and have enjoyed it this far.
You have been with the Telekom Baskets Bonn now for a month. How has the integration period been for you? Was there any big difference to coming from the Belgium league to Germany that has stood out?
The integration into the team has been great. We are all working towards our common goal of having a good team and taking that process one day at a time. We are making very good progression in this regard. The biggest difference I have noticed is the physicality, but I think my opinion on this subject will be more clear as we play more teams in our league.
You have new teammates and a new coach. After a month with the Telekom Baskets Bonn how would you describe the team?. What kind of style can we await? It seems like defense plays a big role this season?
I really like our team, our personnel is very versatile that can adjust to many different styles of play. We definitely want to rely more on our defense than anything else because we know that is something we can do every night no matter the type of game. We have a lot of offensive talent as well, but guys on our team are committed to completing stops on defense and letting that create offensive opportunities for us.
The Telekom Baskets Bonn also have shown in test games against Novo Mesto and Aalster that buckling down on defense isn´t a problem as you held them combined to an average of 60 points. What has been key for the club coming together so early on the defensive end?
Our key so far on defense has been our will. We are developing a strong mentality to make stops and with our physicality this is something that will constantly be a focus for us. We still have progress to make, but what we have shown early is very encouraging.
The Telekom Baskets Bonn have a very interesting roster with many different player characters. Have you noticed that versatility at each position could be a huge factor for team success this season?
I have definitely noticed our versatility and how it will be a major weapon for us throughout the season. We have a lot of guys that are talented in multiple areas and I am excited to see how coach uses all of our abilities.
Earlier in an interview with me you stated” My goal production wise will not change, but ultimately I want to win. Whatever it takes to win is what I will do, but my personal ambition as a player is to be the best I can be”. So far you have been one of the offensive forces in the test games. Has coach kind of given you the reigns early to be that go to guy or has it just occurred through the flow of the game?
Coach as well as my team have given me confidence to be aggressive offensively, and I try to do that within the flow of our offense. Overall I feel we spread the ball around and make the correct plays and that will continue to be a focus for us.
You were top scorer in the win against Aalstar. What was is it like battling talented rookie Ryan Anderson who had double double stats as a senior with Arizona?
It was fun playing against Ryan Anderson again who I know from Boston College, I believe he will have a strong season in Antwerp and I will definitely follow his development. The Antwerp game was great for us as a team. To be tested in 3OT in the preseason is rare and I believe we learned a lot in that game that will help us in the future.
The Telekom Baskets Bonn have reeled in two ex Fraport Skyliners with Konstantin Klein and Johannes Richter. In the 115-110 losss to Antwerpen Klein poured home 22 points. Have you noticed that he has been playing with a huge chip on his shoulder? He has a lot to prove with Bonn this season?
Konsti and Jo have been two great additions to our team. They are both young guys that play extremely hard on both ends. Konstantin is a good point guard that controls the game well and shoots the ball great.
Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert called Johannes Richter his best offensive rebounding player last season. How much has his effort and fighting attitude stood out?
Johannes’s motor is amazing, he will be a great rebounder again for us this season and contribute big for us in other areas of the game.
A lot of the success for any team always has to do with the point guard. What have you noticed about the game of Josh Mayo early on that will give the Telekom Baskets Bonn success?
Josh has impressed me a lot. He is a veteran guy that is very smart and controls the game very well. He’s extremely fast and a great shooter. He is a leader on our team and will make big plays in every game for us to help us win.
This weekend the Telekom Baskets Bonn will play at the Gezeiten Haus Cup in Rhondorf against ratiopharm Ulm and the Dragons Rhondorf. This also part of the basketball Aid international tour with the proceeds going to help children struck by cancer. How important is it for you to be a part of this cause?
It is very important to be part of this cause Basketball Aid, because it is something that very much effects our world today and cancer is not a disease that you want to see anyone suffer from. I believe one day a cure will be found and we will win this longstanding battle with this disease.
I have spoken with many players in the last week and every guy had been effected in one way or another by cancer in his family or with his friends. How has cancer effected your life?
My grandmother had breast cancer, and by the grace of God was able to beat it. The process was difficult for my entire family but we stayed strong and support her throughout her ordeal.
How excited are you to be playing against very competitive ratiopharm Ulm with ex NBA player Chris Babb. What kind of Julian Gamble will we witness?
I am excited for the games this weekend and to play against another respected team in our league. I am going to go out and play my hardest and continue our progression into the season.
The Dream team won their third Olympic Gold Medal.in a row. Where does USA basketball stand right now? The team was without most stars, but still was able to win with lesser known players.
USA basketball is still very strong. The team underwent a lot of criticism for their margin of victory even though they were winning. The most important thing is the win, and they were able to secure gold. The NBA is still the best league in the world and I think the players proved that once again
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was secret life of pets
Thanks Julian for the chat.