Jordan Brangers is a 188cm guard that was born in Radcliff, Kentucky and attended North Hardin High School. He is playing his professional rookie season in Germany with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He began his basketball career with South Plains JC (JUCO) and in his second year played 30 games averaging 16.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 39.9%, FT: 74.4%. He left school after only two years and could be the first player ever to come out of JUCO and reach the easyCredit BBL. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball before he made the journey to Germany.
Jordan thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I’m currently in Daytona, Florida working out and getting ready for the upcoming season. My summer has been very good. A lot of workouts and playing a lot of basketball.
You recently played in the Miami Pro League and scored 43 points. You were dropping shots from all over. Was this as much as you have ever been in the zone and was the hole like the ocean on this day?
Wouldn’t say it’s the biggest zone I’ve been in. The biggest was pretty big, but I’ve gotta credit my teammates for getting my good looks and making the right passes to me in my spots.
Congrats on signing your first professional contract with German team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Would it be fair to say you are one of the greatest JUCO players that never played in The NCAA but could have with Colorado State or Texas Tech?
Yeah, I would definitely say I feel like I’m one of the greatest JUCO players to never play NCAA D1 and I say that as humble as possible. I’ve put in a lot of work up to this point to be as good as I am and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Do you ever wonder where you would be today had you played at Texas Tech? You have no regrets being able to be there for your sick grandmother and have success at South Plains JC (JUCO)?
Sometimes I wonder how things would of played out at Texas Tech, but I feel like everything happens for a reason and I wanted to be closer to home for my Grandmother who recently passed away. It was good for me to be there for her when she was going through a lot of hard times.
You aren´t 19 or 20, but 23 years old. Was your maturity a reason why you left school at South Plains JC (JUCO) after two years?
Yeah. I feel like it was a big reason why I didn’t think school would help me anymore and that wasn’t because of the education part, but it was because of how much older I was trying to play at the next level and I didn’t think time would wait for me.
I can´t ever remember a JUCO player signing in the German top league as a rookie. How blessed are you to be getting this opportunity and do you feel a little pressure to prove yourself at a very high level?
I’m really blessed to have this opportunity to play in the Top German league and it’s a really good feeling. I don’t feel any pressure to perform or anything like that I just need to continue what I’ve been doing and that’s working hard and crafting my game.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it´s basketball? Did your Louisville friends Marcellus Barksdale and Byron Sanford give you some advice about their experiences?
Don’t really know too much about the country Germany, but other than they have some good food and I heard they take basketball pretty serious over there. I’ve talked with Byron Sanford a couple times about a couple things but that’s about it.
What really sold you most on joining the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The team has been struggling the last years and are seeking playoff glory from 10 years ago. Did you sense that the club is on the way of getting back there?
Yeah, I had a great feeling about this time. I love basketball, getting better, and winning games. I feel like I can take that to this team and we can take things to the next level this season and turn some heads and try to get back to the playoffs.
You were a great player in the Juco and now you will be playing in one of Europe´s top 5 leagues. How confident are you that you will be a player that will hold it´s own and be an impact?
I feel really confident that I’ll hold my own and make an impact. It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity and making the best of it. I’ve worked really hard up to this point and I still feel I’ve got a lot of work to do, but that’s all about the process.
Let´s talk about your game. The thing that stands out most is your excellent shooting. How would you say has your shooting grown the last two seasons in the JUCO?
It’s grown a lot. Being able to hit deeper shots consistently and being able to make tough shots helped me a lot at South Plains. When you are being face guarded and having people chase you around the whole game it really does make it tough.
You seem to have endless range. How do you plan on continuing to grow as a shooter in the pro ranks? You have a lot of passion for the game. Do you see your passion growing and making your extra work in the Pro´s reach new heights?
Just playing my game and continue to get better and keep growing as a player and a shooter. Yeah, I definitely see my passion growing at the next level playing Professional basketball. Definitely think it’ll reach new heights.
How would you describe your game best and show that your not one dimensional and there is more to your game then just your great shooting?
I’m a 3 level scorer. Obviously I can shoot, but I can shoot the mid-range and I can also get to the basket and finish. There’s a lot more to my game than shooting and I definitely feel like I’m a great passer too.
You’re a guy that can fill up the stat sheet well, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away on the court?
My passing definitely doesn’t get noticed a lot, but I take pride in getting teammates open looks when I’m not able to get good looks and get easy shots.
You won two national championships with South Plains JC (JUCO). Which one was the sweetest for you?
Well, we went to the final 4 my first year and won 3rd place game. Definitely think my 2nd year winning the national championship was the best one.
How important was it having ex Kansas State guard Isaiah Maurice as a teammate in your senior year? Did his pinpoint shooting motivate you to keep working on your game as a senior?
It was really important. He was a tough task inside and could score basically whenever he wanted too and it definitely helped me get a lot of open looks from outside the arc.
How did head coach Steve Green groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Green prepared me in so many different ways. He made sure I was a better person off the court before I was on the court. It’s a lot different playing for a Hall of Fame coach like him, but with all the knowledge he has for the game and what he’s done it was a amazing experience.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Isaiah Maurice?
He was a big man so we really didn’t get to play 1on1 that much.
You played against many great players in your life, but which player was your toughest opponent that might be in the NBA now?
Definitely think John Wall was the toughest matchup I’ve had.
How did your 2018 summer work out plan look like? On what things will you be working on most so you will be fully prepared for your rookie season?
Weights, court workouts, and getting shots up. Really worked on getting stronger and getting my shot more consistent off the catch and running off screens.
If you had to construct your very own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick old or new?
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Kevin Durant.
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate about who is better Lebron or Jordan?
They played in different time era’s, but they are both amazing players. They also have different typse of games.
Tracy Mcgrady said that the Boston Celtics will be the Golden State Warriors of the future. Do you see that happening?
Don’t really know about that. Golden State has the best team we’ve ever seen possibly. Don’t know if they will ever have those pieces
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?
I do feel like he should of been #1 just because he was playing in the top basketball league overseas and what he did in that league. I feel like he’s more NBA ready basket skill wise
How did you follow the 2018 NBA Draft? How cool is it having two Germans being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers?
Watched in at my house. I think it’s pretty cool.
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?
I think that he could average 10-15 assists.
What was the last movie that you saw? Let me guess Black Panther?
Haven’t seen a movie in a while.
Thanks Jordan for the chat.