Jordan Rezendes is a 188cm guard from Wareham, MA and will be playing his second professional season and first with the Cuxhaven Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga). He started his basketball career at Wareham High School and then played at Mass.-Dartmouth (NCAA3) playing 26 games averaging 23.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 82.9%. In his senior year at Mass.-Dartmouth (NCAA3) he played 28 games averaging 29.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 6.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 81.4%. He began his professional career at SG TV Duerkheim-BB-Int. Speyer (Germany-Regionalliga) in 2017 and played 28 games: Score-4 (25.4ppg), 5.3rpg, 4.2apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 85.3%. He and Cuxhaven have started off the season well with a 3-1 record and he is averaging 29,3ppg, 4,0rpg and 5,0apf and is shooting 40,5% from outside. He spoke to Germanhoops.com about his basketball career earlier in the summer.
Hi Jordan thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been going?
It’s going well and I am in Massachusetts at the moment.
You will be starting your second professional season and second in Germany with Cuxhaven. After a great rookie season with Speyer where you just missed moving up, you will return to the Regionalliga and play with Cuxhaven. Didn’t you have the right offers form the Pro B to continue your march up the basketball ladder?
No unfortunately I did not have any offers. I had some interests but no offers.
Cuxhaven are a very ambitious club and want to return back to the pro B. Plus head coach Darren Stackhouse is really high on your abilities. How great was the club’s huge ambitious and big interest from coach Stackhouse in helping you make the decision to come to Cuxhaven?
Well , Coach Stackhouse really did it for me. He’s a very honest person and wants the best for me so it wasn’t hard making this decision.
You were the leader and most dominant player for Speyer last season as well as in the Regionalliga. Do you expect to have the same kind of role this season or could it be expanded or altered slightly?
Thanks. Yes I think my role will be similar but I will have the ball in my hands a lot more like I did in college which I liked.
Last season was almost perfect losing only to Koblenz and Schwenningen. If you look back on those games do you feel like there could have been things that you could have taken care of that would have sealed Speyer with the win?
Yes , of course when you lose close games you always think of what you could have done to win. In the last few minutes of both games we made terrible decisions. That’s what it’s about; you learn from these mistakes. Let’s not forget both of these teams were really good.
You tore up the NCAA 3 with Mass.-Dartmouth (NCAA3 averaging 23ppg and 29ppg in your two seasons there. When you look back at the competitive level there and what you witnessed in the Regionalliga which was actually tougher?
To me , Basketball is basketball so I feel like I can play at any level. I don’t see much of a difference because I feel that no one can guard me at any level. But to answer your question yes it’s tougher and a lot more physical.
You still would have probably dominated last season had you only played with Germans, but talk about how vital it was having that diverse culture on and off the court with Germans, four Spaniards, a Croatian and a Bosnian? How did this help let your game mature as a rookie?
Man my teammates were great! We had a lot of fun on and off the court and I will never forget the memories I had with them! I learned a lot from them , even a little bit of Spanish which helps because my daughters first language is Spanish
Last season Speyer had the number of Saarlouis twice winning both contests. You exploded with 46 and 24 points while Ricky Easterling played his usual explosive self having 28 and 29 points. Did you know that he has been the best player in the Regionalliga for many years?
Yes I had heard about him and he lives up to his name. He’s a great player with a very high IQ.
He had to pay a lot of dues before finally reaching the Pro B in 2014 and belonging to the leagues best players for three years. Could you imagine playing a long time in the Regionalliga like him or is your ambition and competitiveness to large to stay there for all to long?
To be honest no, I really would love to move up to a higher league. But, I know how hard it is to get there. Just look at him (Ricky Easterling)for example. I know I can play at a high level, I just need the OPPORTUNITY!
Last season your two best scoring games was a 46 point explosion against Saarlouis and 43 point outburst against Kaiserslautern. Just from the huge point total was one of these game one of your personal best as a rookie?
As far as scoring the ball yes, but I like to get my teammates involved. If I need to score I will score but my personal best game was when I scored 30 points with 10 steals , 8 assists, and 8 rebounds.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 188cm explosive scoring point guard that can also find his teammates. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I have heard many different players from Steph Curry, Dame Lillard, prime Deron Williams, Lou Williams , Kryie Irving and many more. But I have my own game where I like to take different things from each of these players
In the last three season’s you have always been in the high 30% shooting from outside. How confident are you that with experience you could be a regular 40% and better shooter from downtown?
That’s a goal of mine to shoot 40% from 3 this year.
You’re a guy that can fill up the stat sheet at ease, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t always get noticed right away on the court?
I think it’s my unselfishness. I really like to get my teammates better.
You had a stellar rookie season in Germany. On what things do you want to improve on as you commence your second season? How content are you with your overall shot selection work and how difficult is keeping a balance when the whole offense revolves around you and you have the ball in your hand so often?
Well I’m always working on things but I am far away from where I need to be. When I’m in the gym I work on everything, but I would say defense.
You had a stellar college career at Mass.-Dartmouth (NCAA3), but probably could have played NCAA 2 had you hit the books more. Do you ever wonder how your school career would have gone and where you would be today had you studies more early in your life?
I’m at a good place right now. I have to keep working hard so I can get to where I want. I like challenges. If I had taken school and ball more serious at a younger age I know I would have been a scholarship player and my road now would have been easier. But I’m good and I don’t regret anything
Your ex coach at Wareham had some very inspiring words with ”It’s about earning keys, it’s about getting a certain amount of keys so you can open any doors,’ Early on he didn’t necessarily have the keys to open all the doors that he’s capable of opening because he didn’t mature until the later days.’ What are you focusing on most now on and off the court as a professional that will help you earn new keys that will help you progress further up the basketball ladder?
Faniel has helped me tremendously in life. I have always been a person that has done everything on my own and never asked for help. I had an ‘ I don’t care’ attitude when I was young. I Let things go by very easily. Now I take this stuff very seriously.
You broke so many records Mass.-Dartmouth (NCAA3), won so many games and scored a lot of points. What were your fondest memories on and off the court in your two years there?
I would say the game my brother surprised me when I scored my 1000th point.
You obviously matured on and off the court at Mass.-Dartmouth (NCAA3), but please explain what you learned in general about life and yourself when you couldn’t always focus on things in school, but also had another responsibility for being there for your brother Trey Miranda?
I learned a lot about my self and the people around me. Life’s too short, my brother was only 17 when he passed away.
How did head coach Baptiste groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Mass.-Dartmouth (NCAA3)?
Coach Baptiste taught me a lot and pushed me to my limits. He’s very old school and strict. He helped me become more of a man
Who won a one on one in practice you or Jon Robinson?
Haha I’ll let him answer that but I’m the 1 on 1 champ
You played against so many great players at the NCAA level, but which player was your toughest opponent that is in the NBA now?
Ummm that’s tough . I have played against many great players that are in the league or were in the league like Pat Conaughton, Shabazz Napier, Ricky Ledo and .many many more
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 your rookie season?
I’m really trying to work on my body and get stronger. My main focus is trying to get my body in really good shape. I am also trying to work on a strict meal plan.
If you had to construct your very own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick old or new?
This is tough but I’d have to put MJ, Lebron, Shaq and Magic
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate about who is better Lebron or Jordan?
It’s annoying and will never end. But I think they are the best of their times. Lebron is my favorite player but I think Jordan is the best. He has more of a killer mentality.
Tracy Mcgrady said that the Boston Celtics will be the Golden State Warriors of the future. Do you see that happening?
Maybe , they have a lot of young pieces. Golden State is tough though since they have 5 all stars now.
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?
They are both very talented players but it’s all about what the teams need.
How did you follow the 2018 NBA Draft? How cool is it having two Germans being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers?
I didn’t even know that but that’s pretty cool. good for them
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?
He could easily average 10 assists a game at the least.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Jordan for the chat.