Retin Obasohan is a 25 year old 185cm guard that has the Belgium/Nigerian citizenship and last played in Germany with the Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-BBL) playing 34 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-1(2.0spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 73.4%. He played his rookie season with Scandone Avellino (Italy-Serie A) playing 27 games averaging 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 65.6%; and played 14 BCL games averaging 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg. He played at Alabama(NCAA) from 2012-2016 playing 124 games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 69.9%. Before coming back in europe, he played at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) playing 3 games averaging 16.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.7apg, 1.7spg and played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Sacramento Kings) playing 4 games averaging 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0spg. Currently the guard is unsigned and talked to Germanhoops.com about his basketball career.
Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Gotha guard Retin Obasohan after the 90-82 loss in Frankfurt where he contributed 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists
Retin thanks for talking to Germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I’m currently in the USA, that’s usually where I spend my off-seasons to train and prepare for the following season. My summer has been an eventful one, a lot of surprises but nothing I can’t handle so all in all it has been a great summer!
You played your second professional season with BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-BBL) playing 34 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-1(2.0spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 73.4%. It was a season to forget. How tough was this season for you and what positives could you take from it?
I wouldn’t be so fast to say it was a season to forget. And this is something I shared with all my teammates from last year. That even though the results we achieved wasn’t what we wanted to achieve. I was proud of the way that we continued to fight and battle every single game and the growth that the we obtained as a team. Losing is terrible, there aren’t many things on this planet that I hate more than losing but it can be your biggest teacher and source of inspiration and that’s what it did for me.
You had a tough rookie season in Italy and came to Germany and came to a team that struggled to win ball games at all. You were one of the leaders on a team that believed in playing Germans and trying to help them develop. How do you feel could your game still grow while playing with young talented guys but guys lacking experience?
It was a tremendous learning experience like I said earlier, because the dynamics of the team was completely different from the year before with Avellino. And with that I have to adapt too, and learn how to still be effective in a different environment. So as a communicator, teammate and leader I feel like I grew and learned a lot.
German Andreas Obst had his break through last season making the German national team and Johannes Richter continues to make strides in his development. What aspects in their games do you feel made the biggest strides last season?
Andreas and Richter took tremendous strides this past season in terms of what it takes to be a professional the level you need to compete at day in and day out in order to succeed and achieve your dreams and goals. And Those guys will only continue to get better as they get more experience.
20 year old German Flip Stanic averaged only 15 minutes last season averaging 3,7ppg and 3,6rpg, but recently had his break through at the European U-20 championships helping win the Bronze and averaging 13,6ppg and 7,1rpg in only 23 minutes per game. How ready is he this upcoming season for his break through with BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica (Serbia-KLS)?
Filip is relatively new to the game of basketball and that works to his advantage, and he has a tremendous upside. He has physical tools that you can´t teach and as he continues to develop his skill (which he made great leaps last year) the sky is the limit for him. He was voted best center in the U20 tournament, I think that shows what he is capable off.
You’re a guy that could fit in just about anywhere with your versatile offensive game, athletic game and good defense. I am sure there are BBL teams interested in your services. The Fraport Skyliners are one of those teams that lost two great guards with Philip Scrubb and Taj Webster. Is Frankfurt one of those teams you could imagine going to since they are playing Eurocup?
That would be something that would go through my agent and from there on out we would see if it could be a good situation or not in the future.
Let´s talk a bit about your game. Your athleticism is amazing. I remember an incredible dunk in Frankfurt last season. Just looking at your athleticism to what NBA player would you compare that to? And when taking your whole game what NBA player would then compare your game best to?
I consider my athleticism is unique because I can’t think of many Combo Guards that combine strength, speed, agility and jumping ability like I do. However other people have compared me to the likes of Westbrook and overall game to Donovan Mitchell. I’m a fan of both, they are great players!
You’re a very versatile offensive player and a great defender, but what strength in your game do you feel is still not really recognized as much as it should be on the floor?
It would be my basketball IQ and vision, that gets overshadowed by my more flashy abilities.
Belgium has a 3-1 record in the 2019 World Cup qualifying and in the last two games you steered 16 and 10 points in the wins against Bosnia and France. Is coming from the bench your new role in the Belgium national team?
I didn’t participate in all the practices that window because I was dealing with a injury but playing for the Belgian national team is an honour and with that I’m willing to do whatever I can to put us in the best situation to possible to win games.
One guy I really like is Manu Lecomte of Baylor(NCAA). How strong will Belgium be with his four years of NCAA experience?
Well, Manu is a great player and a good friend of mine and played summer league for Dallas in Vegas. But his addition to the national team will be very valuable.
You played your rookie season with Scandone Avellino (Italy-Serie A) playing 27 games averaging 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 65.6%; and 14 BCL games averaging 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg. How tough was it for you getting through this season and what positives could you gain from it?
That season was a tough one because we got very close to all the targets we set for ourselves but fell short every time. Losing in the semis of the playoffs Venice getting knocked out of the champions league by again Venice, losing in the Italian cup to Sassari. But also that team was stacked with tremendous leadership and talent, many players from whom I learned so much. Starting with the Pg’s Green and Ragland down to our centers Cusin and Fesenko and everyone in between!
It was tough competing with veterans David Logan, Marques Green and Joe Ragland who had combined 26 years of age on you. Which guy do you feel had the biggest impact on you?
Its hard to say who had the biggest impact because they all showed me so much in different areas off the game of basketball and also stuff off the court. But I am grateful I was able to learn from those guys.
You played at Alabama(NCAA) from 2012-2016. You reached the NIT Elite 8 in 2013 and NIT Sweet 16 in 2015. What were your sweetest memories on the court there?
There are so many. But if I had to choose a a couple I could think off right now
- Trevor Releford his a game winning shot from half court to beat Georgia at home. That was crazy!
- I scored the game winner in a tournament against Notre Dame
- Beating LSU in LSU my senior year, that game I also scored my 1000th career point
- My senior night game against Arkansas, my entire family came to watch me play, and my family is my backbone my everything so that meant a lot to me to have them there.
You hardly played as a freshman averaging 3,9ppg, but near the end of the season you poured in 14 points in a 66-54 win against powerhouse Stanford that had some future NBA players on the squad. Was this your NCAA real breakout game?
It’s hard to say I remember that game actually it was at home for the NIT. I think it was more the culmination of consistent work. More so than a single game.
You really broke out in your senior year for Avery Johnson averaging 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 69.9%. He obviously gave you freedom, but what did he see in your game that nobody had seen in your game before that?
He believed in me and gave me the confidence to play my game and that really opened up the court for me together with having guys that could spread the floor and make incredible reads off the ball and much more. The impact he had on me was incredible and thats why I have such a good relationship with him till this day. I truly believe that coaches have an incredible ability to bring out the best in players and coaches need to be aware of this and harness that ability in the right way. Because when coaches and players can relate on a level that brings the best out of everybody – everybody wins.
You played three years for Anthony Grant and your last season for ex NBA player Avery Jonson. How did each guy help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
I was a very young boy when I got to the university of Alabama, and both of these coaches taught me core values and character principles that I need to become the man, father, athlete, and human that God created me to be.
Who won a one on one in practice back in the day at Alabama(NCAA) you or Trevor Releford?
Back then, he got the better part of me. That’s fair to say. However now its a different story. Haha but Trevor that’s my boy and you should be on the lookout for him this year in the BBL he’s going to do damage!
Before turning professional in 2016 you played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Sacramento Kings): 4 games: 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0spg. What kind of experience was this and what kind of specific important feedback did you get?
Really good actually, it was eye opening because you get to play against current NBA players and higher level players. It gives you a taste and glimpse of the next level which in turn makes it easier to properly access and see “am I close, is there a big difference, can I reach this level and higher?” These are the questions you ask yourself after summer league. You fine tune your training because you have a clearer view of the target you need to reach.
You played against so many great players at the NCAA level, but which player was your toughest opponent that is in the NBA now?
How does your 2018 summer work out plan look like? On what things will you be working on most so you will be fully prepared for this season?
Shooting, ball handling, physical health and nutrition
If you had to construct your very own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick old or new?
Olajuwon, Jordan, Wilt, Magic
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate about who is better Lebron or Jordan?
I think it’s a good way to waste tv time haha, but people shouldn’t forget about Kobe Bryant!
Tracy Mcgrady said that the Boston Celtics will be the Golden State Warriors of the future. Do you see that happening?
Well they are young and have gotten far so if anything, they are on the right track to be good for a long time.
Deandre Ayton was the #1 NBA draft pick in 2018. Do you feel that from sheer talent and experience that Luca Doncic should have been the real #1 draft pick?
There is no denying that Luca is very special and I’m excited to watch him in the NBA style of play and see how he does in his what I believe will be a long career.
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?
Well the best way to know is look back at the games that he played solely PG and he had a couple and he had a lot of assists in those games. But with a player as dominant and versatile with Lebron you are doing him a disservice I feel like when you limit him to a ‘position’. He’s that good.
What was the last movie that you saw? Let me guess Black Panther?
Close but it was, Incredibles 2.
Thanks Retin for the chat.