Scott Eatherton (BasketBall Lowen Braunschweig) I Don´t Need The Ball A Lot Of Possessions To Have An Impact On The Game

Scott Eatherton is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Hersey, Pennsylvania who will be playing his third professional season and second in Germany and first with the  Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (Germany-BBL). Last season he played with  BG Goettingen (Germany-BBL) playing 33 games averaging 11.9ppg, Reb-4(6.9rpg), 1.5apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 76.9%. As a rookie he played for Moncada Solar Agrigento (Italy-Serie A2) playing 35 games averaging 12.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.2apg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 64.1%. He started his basketball career with  St.Francis, PA (NCAA) where he played 57 games and then moved to Northeastern (NCAA) and as a junior played 30 games averaging 15.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.8%. In his senior season with Northeastern (NCAA) he played 35 games averaging 14.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 62.6%, 3PT: 25.8%, FT: 69.4%. He spoke to German Hoops earlier in the summer about Basketball.

Hi Scott thanks for talking to German Hoops Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

Currently I am in Hershey, PA and my summer has been great so far.

You hail from Hersey, Pennsylvania. Now that you have lived in Germany for a year, would you still take a good old Hersey candy bar over a tasty German candy bar like Milka or Ritter Sport?

 I would still choose a Hershey bar.

Congrats on signing with the Basket Lowen Braunschweig. I was a little surprised at first that you signed there since you had a great second professional season in Germany with BG Goettingen and were named to the Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team. Did your desire to feel like you could make a serious difference in their success outweigh personal gains of possibly playing in a higher league and better team, but reduced role than what your going to have with Braunschweig?

I felt like I can make big impact with Braunschweig after speaking with coach Frank. I was excited about what he had to say and feel like we can compete more this year than last year.

Head coach Frank Menz is very high about your abilities. Did Menz´s serious trust in your basketball abilities play a very key role for you signing with this team?

 When we spoke on the phone he explained he was excited about how I would fit into his system and that’s what made me excited about Braunschweig.

You had a very good season with BG Goettingen, but I feel that you could have your real breakthrough season with the Basket Lowen Braunschweig. Do you feel like you can make the next step this season under the guidance of Frank Menz?

 Yes I do feel this way but I am just hoping to have a healthy and winning season first.

You stated that you have worked hard on your game in the off season and are ready for your third professional season. On what things did you work on most in the last weeks?

 I worked on gaining muscle to be a better defender on the block. I also am always working on improving my skills all over the court.

Let´s talk a little about your game. You are a versatile big man that likes to be aggressive and be lethal around the rim. To what NBA player would you compare your game to and what other strengths will you bring to Braunschweig?

I would compare myself to a Luis Scola and my rebounding, passing and ability to spread the floor is what I will hopefully bring to Braunshweig.

You are a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?

 My ability to get my teammates involved. I feel I do not need the ball a lot of possessions to have an impact on the game.

Last season with BG Goettingen you started off very strong, but cooled down in the last few months. What was your summary of last season? Did you run out of gas at the end?

I thought I had a very good season but I did realize a lot of things I still need to improve on and then just didn’t have the opportunity to finish it off.

You played a few months with Alex Ruoff. How did a guy like he infect you with his basketball skills and what lasting impression will you always have of him?

Alex is a very skilled player and on top of that plays very hard. He prides himself on defense, which makes him a guy that any team would want. I learned a lot from him and was very happy when he joined our team.

As a rookie you played with Moncada Solar Agrigento (Italy-Serie A2) playing 35 games averaging 12.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.2apg, Blocks-4(1.5bpg), FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 64.1%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home?

I was treated very well in Agrigento and they made me feel like I was at home. One wake up call was how everything is closed on Sundays in Sicily.

Kelvin Martin said this about you in my interview with him earlier this year. “Scott is a good player I knew that last year playing with him. It is always good to be in a good situation your first year and I think Scott playing in Italy with Agrigento was a good situation not for just him but for me too. I am very happy for Scott and the season he is having right now. He has a bright future ahead of him”. How important was it having a guy like Kelvin Martin as rookie? Not only did he know the Lega Due, but he had to prove himself for years before making the BBL in Germany with you after your season in Italy. Did you guys push each other in practice even if you played diferent positions?

Me and Kelvin played different positions and we had a lot of fun playing at Agrigento that year. He taught me a lot about playing at the professional level and I was very happy to see him make the jump to Ludwigsburg last year. He has been through a lot his career so I was happy for him to see his hard work pay off.

You started your college career at St Francis. You can ask a Boris Becker today and he will fish out certain points from his Wimbeldon win in 1985. Is it the same for you as a basketball player in terms of remembering games in college and players that you meet now as a professional? In January 2012 you lost to Central Conn State and you and Ken Horton had double doubles. You split with BG Goettingen against Bonn, but did you remember playing against Horton in college when you faced him last season?

 I always remember guys I played against in college but Ken Horton was the best player in our league during the time I was there.

After a strong second season with ST Francis where you averaged 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 73.3%, what was your main objective of going to Northeastern?

My main objective was to win the league and make it to the NCAA tournament.

How did head coach Bill Coen give you that last vital tweak in your last two seasons that helped groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

 Bill Coen was great coach and I learned a lot from him. He puts a lot of trust in his players and expects them to perform to his standards.

You played two seasons with the talented Quincy Ford who signed with the Utah Jazz, but played all last season in the D_league. What memories do you have of him as a teammate and what quality on the court did you respect most from him?

Quincy was a great teammate and he puts his team first and on top of that he is a great player. Hes 6’9 and plays the three position.

What memories do you have of your last NCAA game loss against Notre Dame 69-65? Is this one of those games that took longer to forget over the years?

 I will always remember this game. We played with them the whole game and had a chance to win it at the end.

The starting lineup of Notre Dame was filled with three future NBA players in Jerian Grant, Demetrius Jackson and Pat Connaughton not to mention the highly talented kid Zach Augustine who signed recently with Panathinaikos Athens. You held your own with 18 points and eight boards and belonged to the best players on the floor. Do you ever wonder really just how far skill wise you are from the NBA?

At the time I felt I could play with those guys but I am not sure since I haven’t played against a ton of NBA talent.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Quincy Ford?

 Me

Who was the toughest player you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

 Harrison Barnes

If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?

Lebron, Jordan, Kobe, Shaq

Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never ending debate of who is the best of all-time?

 I still think he is the best player of all time. He needed a big man this year and it was a shame Bogut got hurt.

There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

 I just think he is great rebounder this is not an issue in the NBA

Where will the journey of the Houston Rockets go this season with Chris Paul and James Harden in the back court. Do they have enough to make a serious run at the title or is something missing?

I think they have a chance to make it to the semi finals.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Goodfellas.

Thanks Scott for the Chat.

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