Forrest Robinson is a 24 year old 208cm forward from Eastland, Texas playing his third professional season and first with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProB). He started the season with Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Euromillions League) playing 6 games averaging 3.5ppg, 2.2rpg. Last season he played with CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago (Chile-Liga Nacional) and Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Estonia-Alexela KML). As a rookie in the 2015-2016 season he played with Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) playing 18 games averaging 12.6ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT-3(40.5%), FT: 66.7%. He started his basketball career at N.Texas (NCAA) and finished at De Paul (NCAA) where as a senior he played 32 games averaging 6.3ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 88.0%. currently he is battling in the Pro B playdowns averaging 7,7ppg and 4,5rpg. He spoke to German Hoops recently about basketball.
Forrest, thanks for talking to German Hoops. You started the season in Belgium. Did you have any chance of seeing Germany or is this the first time that you’re here?
I didn’t get to see much of Germany when I last came. But I hope I get to now that I am here playing.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it´s basketball? Do you have any friends playing here?
I don’t know much about basketball in Germany. I know a few guys that played in Germany before and they all have nothing but good things to say.
What was most appealing thing about the ETB Wohnbau Baskets that led you to sign here?
What made me sign with ETB was the opportunity to play a big role in the success of the team moving forward.
Talk a little about your game. You’re a 208cm big man that can score and rebound. But what really stands out is your precision three point shooting. Is this a healthy combination of talent and reps in the gym since many years?
I guess I am defined as a stretch 4. I’ve always been able to shoot the ball ever since I was a kid. It’s just something that was naturally there. I also really like to pass the ball and make plays for my teammates as well.
To what NBA player would you best describe how you play on the court and what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I guess I could relate to a big man like Dirk Nowitzki. A hidden strengh that I have that nobody really notices right away is the ability to pass the ball.
You had a fine rookie season in Cyprus, but in the last one and half years you didn´t play many games in Chile, Estonia and Belgium. Has a chip grown on your shoulder in which you want to show the basketball world that you have real game?
I wouldn’t say I have a chip on my shoulder. I think the right situation hasn’t come along yet up to this point and I nobody has seen half of what I’m capable of.
You last played with Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Euromillions League) having a 0-6 record. Was losing a reason why you had to pack your bags?
The Leuven Bears organization and I both were on the same page in regards to me playing there. It just was not a good fit for either side. Changes needed to be made.
Do you feel like you got a real chance with Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Euromillions League). If you look back what would you have done differently to maybe get a better chance?
I feel like everything happens for a reason. In regards to the Lueven Bears, I wish them all the best. I don’t have any regrets and I’ve moved forward.
Last season you played briefly with CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago (Chile-Liga Nacional) and Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Estonia-Alexela KML). Did you suffer some growing pains? What did you learn about the basketball business in this season?
I didn’t suffer any growing pains last season. I just realized that Basketball is a business before everything else. And you have to be very careful with the business side and make careful decisions.
As a rookie you played with Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) playing 18 games averaging 12.6ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT-3(40.5%), FT: 66.7%. What was your wake up call where you knew that you were far away from home in Texas?
My wake up call my rookie year in Cyprus that let me know I was far from home was probably when I realized I had to tailor my diet based on what was available to me. I had to branch out and try new things that I wasn’t used to.
You played with Canadian Jahenns Manigat who has become a very solid player in the German BBL with Giessen. Does a guy like him with his work ethic and place where he is now drive you to keep working hard to reach the highest level?
Nobody has to drive me to work hard. I do that naturally.
How tough was your rookie season? You didn´t win much including having a 12 game losing streak. Despite the losing woes how were you able to transform positive energy into your game?
Every season is tough whether you win or lose. Wins and losses don’t determine my energy or work ethic. I stay positive because I’m a positive person. On and off the court.
You started your basketball career at N Texas. You stayed only a season. What kind of experience was it and did you get anything positive out of it?
My freshman year in college was a teaching experience. I learned I was not a kid anymore and people demanded and expected things from me on and off the court and I had to man up fast.
How important was your season at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas? How did this get you prepared best for Depaul?
My sophomore year at South Plains was a blur. It flew by so fast. I just kept my head down and stayed in the gym to get ready for the next step moving forward which was DePaul.
You moved to Depaul where you finished in 2015. You had many great games, but was your favorite? One of the games against Georgetown where you scored 17 and 15 points or your 20 point, nine rebound game against Creighton where you hit for 6 three´s?
My favorite game was probably the game against Georgetown in the big east tournament and Madison Square Garden when we beat them in the first round. The atmosphere was electric and nothing beats playing in the Garden.
How did Oliver Purnell groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Purnell taught me not to make excuses for anything or anyone. He held me accountable and taught me to go after what I want and not to expect anything to be handed to me.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Tommy Hamilton?
Tommy and I never really played 1 on 1 in practice much so it’s hard to say.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA right now
Probably Doug McDermott.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?
Lebron MJ Shaq Tim Duncan
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?
LeBron will be the best of all time when it’s all said and done.
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?
A triple double is a triple double no matter how you get it. Westbrook is an animal and a MVP. Numbers don’t lie
How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?
Didn’t watch the 2017 draft!
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?
Rockets will win the western conference.
How do you rate the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade? Who got the better deal and which team will profit better in the long run?
Kyrie did what was best for him. In the end only time will tell who got the better end of the deal.
Where will the journey of the Oklahoma Thunder go this season with Westbrook, George and Anthony? Can they make a serious run in the west?
The Thunder will make the playoffs but I don’t see them going far.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Last movie I saw was IT
Thanks Forrest for the chat.