Jordan Bohannon is a 20 year old 183cm point guard from Marion, Iowa that is going into his sophomore season with the University of Iowa. He comes from a very athletic family as he has three older brothers that all played college ball. Jason played basketball at Wisconsin; Zach played basketball at Air Force and Wisconsin; and Matt played basketball at UNI. Last season as a freshman, Jordan played 34 games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.1apg, FGP: 32.2%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 85.5%. At the moment Iowa is on a European tour and recently he spoke to German Hoops during a travel day as the team was headed to Switzerland.
Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops. You are on a European tour with Iowa(NCAA) and recently visited Heidelberg the cozy town that your brother Jason lived in for a year. If you had the chance to live here, what would enjoy most about this town with the castle on the hill?
I thought the town was beautiful and I already knew that coming in because my brother was always talking about it. For me it is always important to experience new things and be able to communicate with the people wherever I am.
After a tough NIT Sweet 16 exit to TCU, what are the main goals of this years team during this European tour?
Obviously get a better bond with each other on and off the court and also get more comfortable on the court getting to run some plays.
One could call this an early pre season before the pre season. Obviously team building is always good to build, but what especially on the court do you hope the team can get out of these few weeks as a whole?
We have to realize where we are starting and where we want to go. We want to use this tour as a launching point of where we want to go towards the end of the season.
Iowa played it´s first game in Heidelberg against a put together team of young and old players. Iowa won easily 99-64 and in the second half just wore down the opponent with it´s transition game. How content were you with the effort of the team as a whole?
I was happy with the effort. We came out a bit slow, but that was kind of expected after our long flight in. But the effort was there and we were really active on defense.
What kind of experience was it for you in general knowing that your brother Jason played in this gym. He also played 2 games with current Chicago Bull Paul Zipser who b ack then was still a relatively unknown German player. Will you pick his brain the next time a bit more about his Heidelberg time?
I pick my brothers ear a lot and he was already in my ear non-stop so I knew what I was expecting coming in.
There were some young German players on the Basketball Aid squad with Richard Freudenberg(ex St Johns) age 18, Lukas Wank aged 20, Garai Zeeb aged 20 and Sebastian Herrera aged 19. When you remember what skills they had and what the individual Iowa players have, what comparisons and differences in development could you make with both sides?
I looked at the development a bit and knew some of the players and ages and I thought they were very skilled. In the States it is often that there is a lot of athleticism and that helps us out a lot.
Coach Fran Mccaffery told me before the game that Iowa has 86% of their offense back and with a strong core of guys back with Tyler Cook, Isaiah Moss, Nikolas Baer, Dominique Uhl and yourself along with talented freshmen Luca Garza and Jack Nunge, what are the expectations for this season and what do you feel can be accomplished?
Our expectations are to win a Big Ten title and try to get to the NCAA championship. That is what we want to keep having going forward.
I was really impressed with Nikolas Baer. He is the spark plug on the court and is just everywhere. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do in a game or practice?
Just being able to communicate with us and get us going when we need someone to do that, he is the guy. He gets us to be active on defense and gets us talking on offense when we need it.
I was really impressed with Luca Garza. How much potential does he have and is his basketball IQ his biggest strength at the moment?
I would say his basketball IQ is his biggest strength at the moment. But it will take time as it did for all Freshman to play in a faster and more athletic league.
Let´s talk about your game. Your shooting is a big strength in your game, but you can just as well do a great job with playmaking as you finished last season having three double doubles with points and assists. To what NBA point guard would you like to compare your game to if you had to?
If I had to then it would be Steph Curry. I watched his college film as well as his highlights now and try to take his moves and all that he does on the court.
Last season you shared a Big ten record with Daniel Horton,Deander Russell and Lonzo Ball in making 125 plus assists and hitting 60 plus three´s. What does it mean being in company like that. Does a feat like this and being in such company give you that added self confidence for your game that will help you make further strides this season?
Yes definitely, but I try not to look back to what I did last season, because it doesn´t matter what I did then because you have to keep pushing ahead.
You had a very solid freshman season averaging 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.1apg, FGP: 32.2%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 85.5%. What are your personal goals this season? What do you feel do you need to step up with your game?
I want to get to the All Big 10 team, get closer to the assist record and get more three´s than I got last year.
Dominique Uhl told me in an interview that head coach Fran Mccaffery helped him slow down the game in his time. How did he help you most with your game as a freshman?
He told me what he was expecting of me coming in that the league is a lot different than most and you have to always be prepared and that comes from working hard every single day in the off season.
Who won a one on one three years ago and who wins today between you and brother Jason?
He definitely won three years ago and was quite the player a long time ago, but now it would be me as he wouldn´t be able to keep up with me.
If you had to construct your very own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you chose?
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Steph Curry.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Jordan for the chat.