Chris Brady is a 22 year old 208cm center from Greenlawn, New York that recently completed his rookie season in Europe in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings averaging 9,8ppg,4,8rpg and 1,0apg. He played at Monmouth (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 133 NCAA games and as a senior played 34 games averaging 9.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 69.1%. At Monmouth he was able to improve his scoring and rebounding each season. He spoke to German Hoops after the completion of his rookie season in Germany.
Chris, thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on a solid rookie season in the German Pro A with the Hebeisen White Wings. Your season ended with a sweep by the Crailsheim Merlins. The first team against the eighth team. How confident was the team that they could win this series or was the club somewhat aware of basketball reality?
We were confident going into the series. We were aware of how good they were as a team but we had to focus on our game plan and executing it.
Some may have expected the miracle in game three, but nothing changed. The Hebeisen White Wings were blown out on the court. What adjustment did Hanau try to make in game three that didn´t work once again?
We had a game plan and didn’t execute it on the court.
Crailsheim was the better rebounding team and hit their three´s well. Hanau hit only 11 three pointers in the whole series. How key was the inability to hit the trey significant for not being able to stick with Crailsheim?
It’s hard to win a basketball game by getting out rebounded and not shooting well from 3. I’d say these are significant factors in every basketball game.
The defense also wasn´t working as Hanau averaged giving up 99 points in the three game series. What made it so tough to find consistency on the defensive end against Crailsheim?
We didn’t execute our game plan. They had more players in rotation than we did. Turner is a good pg and they had good shooters.
You were one of the only bright spots in the series averaging 20ppg in the three games. These were your three bests coring games in a row this season as a rookie. Were you more motivated than usual in the playoffs which helped you to a very strong series?
I’m a competitor, playing in the playoffs is motivation itself. Through the ups and downs this is what we play for all year and to earn the opportunity to make the playoffs is big. I went out with the mentality that I’m going to give it all I got, I won’t just give up because they’re a top team
You really turned into a beast in the Crailsheim series. What changed in your game now that you didn´t have earlier in the regular season. Do you feel your game grew in the series or was it just more your confidence?
It was a mental thing. I fell victim to my own mind within our team’s offense. Once I decided to play even harder and be more of an offensive presence, my game just felt different.
Let´s talk about the season of Hanau. How proud are you of the team having reached the playoffs? It had a tough stretch in November and December losing six games and then had two more three game losing streaks. What do you feel was the biggest strength of this team when times were hard?
Our strength was we stayed positive throughout it. It was a tough stretch playing top teams in the league. We just tried to take it 1 game at a time.
What was the team´s highlight of the season. You had some close thrilling wins against Chemnitz, Hagen, Paderborn and Nurnberg. But was the team highlight the last regular season 102-67 win in Ehingen?
I’d say our home game against Hagen. We hit big shots and it was a real confidence booster for the whole team.
Let´s talk about your teammates. How important was team leader and veteran Chase Adams for your rookie season? Was he like a mentor for you in the first month?
Chase is a real good dude and competitor. He helped me a lot both on and off the court. He helped me adjust to the league.
How important was fellow rookie Lavon Long who you had numerous battles in the NCAA? He had a tough rookie campaign, but had his moments. How important was each other´s presence as rookies?
It was good to play with a familiar face, I knew his game so it was easy to play with him on the court and in practice.
How did you see the further development of German Till Joscha-Joenke? Did you always feel relieved that a guy like him was helping out under the boards much from the guard position?
Till is a great competitor. He wants to win and he’ll give it his all each time. His development throughout the season helped us in many games
How tough was it for you as a rookie not having a real American big man by your side each day. How vital was German big man Josef Eichler for helping you in your path as a rookie? How did he help you further best?
I was fine without having an American big man. Jo helped me a lot throughout the season. His physicality in practice helped my game grow
Let´s talk about your game. You averaged 9,3ppg and had 4,8rpg. How content were you with your rookie season?
It wasn’t where I thought I’d be. I’m very critical of my performance each day. I could shoot 11/12 and wondering how I missed that 1 shot. Looking back, it was something to build off of and learn from.
You stated last summer in our interview that “. I would say my game needs work all around. Offensively and defensively“. How do you feel that your game was able to grow as a rookie?
I added some offensive pieces to my game over the season and I picked up a few things defensively. I’ll always say my game needs more work because it’s not the vision I have of myself. I’ll continue to learn and grow as a player and get better with experience.
What kind of relationship did you establish with head coach Simon Cote and what was the most vital thing he could give your game?
He is a guy that really spends a lot of time with his players and just cares. Simon gave me great critical feedback. He told me my strengths then my weaknesses and how to improve them. I’ve learned from my college days that a great player has to be coachable and take criticism. I have worked on this to a point where I try to be completely coachable and attentive to feedback because it will only make me better.
You had very many solid games as a rookie. What was your season highlight? Possibly the 14 point 12 rebound game in the 102-99 win against Phoenix Hagen?
I’d say the 3 playoff games were my best offensive highlights. But yes the Hagen win was also a great highlight of my season. I’d take a great win over personal stats any day.
What is the next step for Chris Brady? Could imagine staying with Hanau and in Germany or could you imagine exploring another country?
I don’t know my next step. I think I’ll do a lot of reflecting this summer as I continue to improve my game. I could imagine both another season in Hanau or exploring another country. We’ll see in a few months.
On what things will you be working on most this summer to help tweak your game?
Watch film, study the game more. Go back and see where I made mistakes. Offense, my offensive game will be better next year. Rebounding as well.
What did you learn to appreciate most about the country of Germany. What things did you experience off the floor that you will never forget?
Away from the court, the beer and the Chicken Schnitzel. I also appreciate their respect for nature. I love how most of the country is left untouched.
You lost both games to the RheinStars and your ex teammate at Monmouth Max DiLeo. Wil you be able to get revenge this summer in the gym?
We’ll see how our schedules are. If I can see him in the gym I’ll make sure he’s on the other team for some revenge.
Who was the toughest player that you battled on the court this season?
Hard to tell there were many talented players throughout the league.
How did you experience the 2018 NCAA March Madness? What was the most spectacular upset in the tournament?
I didn’t get to follow the games because of the time difference. I mostly watched highlights and recaps of the games.
Lebron James makes amazing passes in every game, but really showcased it in a game this season against the Los Angeles Lakers. He already is like a point guard, but if he played just point guard and concentrated only on playmaking how many assists do you feel would he average per game?
Bron is the best player in the world because of how he plays. He would be successful if he focused on playmaking but teams would adjust to his game.
What was the last movie that you saw?Let me guess Black Panther?
Black Panther was the one and only movie I saw in a German movie theater.
Thanks Chris for the chat.