Chris Carter (Rasta Vechta) My First BBL Season Has Been A Marathon And Not A Sprint

Chris Carter is a 26 year old 195cm guard that was born in Brooklyn, New York and is from Port St. Lucie, Florida that is playing his second season with Rasta Vechta averaging 4,1ppg, 1,2rpg and 1,6apg while shooting 40% from outside. Last season he helped the club move from the Pro A to the easyCredit BBLwinning the Pro A title averaging 11,0ppg,3,4rpg and 5,3apg and shot 40% from outside. In 2016-2017 he played for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 40 games averaging 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-4 (5.7apg), Steals-4 (2.1spg), FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 73.4%. As a rookie he played for Bipa Basket Odessa (Ukraine-SL Favorit Sport) playing 32 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, Steals-1 (2.2spg), FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 77.3%. He started his basketball career at Air Force (NCAA) and then played the last three years of school at Florida Tech (NCAA2) and as a senior played 21 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the current season

Chris thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how good is basketball life for you at the moment? 

Hello Miles, thanks for having me. Basketball life is a grind every day but the results are good so I can’t really complain too much.

If someone had told you in September of 2018 that Vechta would be in third place at the end of January 2019 what would you have thought?

I don’t know if I would believe that because there are some really good clubs in this league and the level of competition is so high.

Congrats on the great season your having. Does it feel like a real Cinderella story or do you feel like as competitors you would be selling yourself short knowing the potential the team had. 

Thank you Miles. I guess to the spectators that only see our games and box scores on the weekend it can seem like a Cinderella story because nobody had high expectations for us. However, the players and coaching staff in the locker room work hard all through the week so it is not really a surprise when we beat some of the good teams because we put in the work to do it

The club began slowly losing it’s first three games, but since then have rattled off 12 wins in 14 games. Was a reason for the turn around just the normal bla bla of the team having to find each other in the early going or were the reasons for the turn around a lot deeper?

I think once the team fully bought into what coach Pedro was trying to tell us that is when we started turning things around. There is good chemistry on and off the court with the guys and we want to play hard for the next person. So we knew it was just a matter of time before we got the train rolling. 

You have found ways of wining in so many ways if it was through defensive battles, scoring shootouts or close wins which occurred three times. Half way through the season what do you feel is the teams biggest strength?

Our biggest strengths our team defense and our work ethic. The guys work hard every day and it really carries over to the game. Our defense allows us to stay in usually all of our games when we are locked in. 

You have celebrated some memorable wins in your career, but please explain where the victory against Alba Berlin ranks? How special was this day for the team? 

The Alba Berlin win probably ranks top 3 of best wins. They are a world renown team with great players and coaches and it was nice to compete and get such a big win in front of our fans. 

Years ago winning in Bamberg would have been unheard of, but even now it’s no easy task. What did it feel like winning in Freak City? How big was this win for the team? 

That was just another game where we really showed up collectively on the defensive end. From start to finish we were locked in and really took a good Bamburg team out of what they normally do. It was a good win but once again we worked hard for that. 

How huge in general was the win against Alba Berlin for the team mentality and self confidence? Do you feel like that win proved to the team that it can beat anyone?

The win showed that on any given day anyone can be beat. We showed a lot of character and I think we carried over our confidence for the next games. 

You have played against many talented kids and have seen Philipp Herkenhof and Luc Van Slooten develop, but just how raw is Franz Wagner at age 17? He didn’t do much against Vechta, but he has had some other really good games and even started games. Is this guy NBA material like his brother Moritz? 

At 17, he has a lot of potential and will have a great basketball career wherever that takes him. 

Vechta averages 82 points per game and allows only 77 points per game which is third best. What has been the secret to the success on the defensive end? 

I think the secret is focusing on the attention to detail of what coach Pedro wants us to do. 

How vital has head coach coach of the year candidate Pedro Calles been? How has he developed this season as a BBL head coach?

He is a great coach and I have a lot of respect for the way he handles himself and the team. He wants to bring the best out of you day in and day out. You can tell that he takes his job seriously because he is the first one in and last one out which is what you want to see from your head coach. I hope we keep winning and he gets COY because it will be well deserved. 

 

There are no real super stars on the team. How key has the fact been that everybody has played for each other and that whole ego thing has been put aside? 

There are no egos on this team which makes things much easier. People come in and do their job and do whatever is necessary to help the team get better.

Let’s talk about your teammates. TJ Bray brought experience and a special fire that really capitulated his game to another level. He was always a solid professional player, but he really made the next step with Vechta. What do you believe has been the biggest reason for his success? 

TJ works incredibly hard every day. His basketball IQ is through the roof which allows him and coach Pedro to be on the same page during the games. He plays with a lot of confidence and is a great leader. He is not afraid of the moment and he makes his teammates better. I am learning a lot from him and I’m not surprised he is having the year that he is having. I think he is one of the best guards in the league.

Even if there no super stars, American Austin Hollins has been that type of go to guy that has carried the team in his own way. How important has his leadership qualities been?
Austin is another player that works extremely hard. He is gifted with shooting and unmatched athleticism but he works on his skills every day. Austin is one of our vocal leaders and when he talks people listen. He is another guy that plays with a lot of confidence and feels like every shot he shoots will go in. In my opinion, Austin is one of the best shooting guards in the league.

You stated this about Seth Hinrichs last season. ‘Seth Hinrichs was easily the best player in the league in my opinion. He was great at everything he did (i.e. scoring, rebounding, defense, and making plays when we needed it). I haven’t seen a guy play the game the way he does at such an efficient level every game. Like I said, no offense to anyone else in the league but Seth Hinrichs deserved POY in my book and I stand by that’. How has he continued to grow in the BBL this season with his game? 

Seth does all the little things well. He can score, defend, rebound, pass, and he is always locked in the game. It doesn’t matter what level Seth plays, you can always count on him to produce and have a big impact on the team. This is no surprise to me at all the season that he is having. 

How important was the pick up of Max DiLeo for the Vechta defense? How has he made an impact on the defensive end most that has helped the team most?

Max is a defensive specialist and plays his heart out night in and night out. He sets the tone for our team on the defensive end and we all feed off of him. He gives our team extra possessions just by some of his hustle plays. 

Let’s talk about your game. You were an instrumental part of the team moving up last season. This season your minutes were cut down from 23 minutes to 10 minutes. How tough has this season been in terms of your minutes?

It has been a tough adjustment for me when I look at last year to this year in terms of playing time but to me this first BBL season is a marathon, not a sprint. I am a person who works hard every day and I will not stop working. Things have been going in the right direction for me over the last 6 weeks so I am just trying to keep building on that day by day.

How would you define your role this season? Last season you were the motor of the team and one of the best point guards in the Pro A. 

I would say I am the energy guy. I come into the game looking to make an impact on the court in whatever way I can. Whether that means shooting, passing, rebounding, or playing solid full court defense. 

How tough was it accepting your new role this season and having to play less minutes? How challenging was this mentally for you?

Well I haven’t accepted it. I am working every day to improve my minutes and show everyone that I belong here. I try to work on having a strong mentality and let my work ethic build my confidence. 

With less minutes, you have to be as effective as possible in the time you get. You have been that. How challenging has that been for having to do it at a higher level in the BBL? 

The BBL is one of the best leagues in the world. I take my job very seriously and I try to put in as much extra work as I can so when my time does come I am ready for the moment. 

Your continuing to shoot very well from outside. Shot selection has been key and you have done a great job with it at the BBL level. How much more tougher is it getting that good shot this season than last season in the Pro A? 

Well the ball moves very well on this team and we are not afraid to pass up a good shot for a great shot. I try to make myself available and my teammates trust me that I will knock it down. I think its a little more easier getting good shots in the BBL because the IQ is much higher so people can find you and all you have to do is make yourself available and have confidence to knock it down. 

Seth Hinrichs said you were a big reason last season that Vechta won the Pro A and also stated that ‘Chris could’ve easily tried to get his own but he sacrificed his own personal numbers for the sake of the team’. How is your leadership duties different this season with being less time on the court?

I just try to compete every day in practice and play with passion. I try to make sure my team is on the same page offensively and defensively and just try to learn as much as I can from the vets and the coaches. 

 

With less time in games, do you work on other parts of your game more this season than you did when you were getting more minutes or do you continue to work on all aspects of your game?

I do a lot shooting and stretching but for the most part I try to work on all parts of my game. 

It’s still so early, but when all is said and done could Luka Doncic be one of the greatest Europeans that ever played in the NBA? 

Absolutely. 

What was your reaction when you heard that Lebron James named himself the greatest of all-time? 

I didn’t care too much honestly. LeBron can say whatever he wants because he has established his self in the NBA for years. 

Charles Barkley recently proclaimed that Tom Brady Is more of a GOAT than Michael Jordan. Do you share his opinion?

I think they are GOAT’s in there own way. I would probably lean towards MJ.

Who will win the Super Bowl New England Patriots or Los Angeles Rams? If Tom Brady does win a sixth Super Bowl where will he stand with the greatest athletes of all-time? I

think the Patriots just because they have been there before. Absolutely he will be. 

What was the last movie that you saw? 

Creed 2.

Thanks Chris for the chat.

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