Julian Scott is a 28 year old 203cm forward from Sacramento, California that is playing his fifth professional season and first with the Dresden Titans. He began the season with BC Prievidza (Slovakia-SBL) playing 13 games averaging 7.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 60.0%, FT: 66.7% Last season he played with the Iserlohn Kangaroos averaging 14,0ppg, 7,1rpg and 1,1apg. In 2016-2017 he played in four countries with Germany, France, Luexemburg and in Iraq. His last team was Residence Walferdange (Luxembourg-Total League) where he averaged 17,0ppg and 8,2rpg. In the 2015-2016 season he played for the Uni Riesen Leipzig playing 23 games: Score-5 (20.4ppg), Reb-2 (10.5rpg), 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. He picked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -16. As a rookie, he played for TSV Quakenbrueck (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 16 games averaging 29.7ppg. He started his basketball career at Yuba junior college and then played two years at S.Utah (NCAA). He finished at Adams St. (NCAA2) playing 27 games: 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.2%. He recently spoke to germanhoops.com during the playoff chase which in the end wasn’t rewarded about his new challenge in Dresden
Julian thanks for talking to germanhoops.com This is our tenth interview since the 2015-2016 season. You are in your fifth professional season. Do you feel like you will make it to 10 professional seasons?
Hmmmm I’m not sure if I will depend on my body and life situations off the court so we will see what the man upstairs has planned for me.
Welcome back to Germany. Your playing with the Dresden Titans this season. You started the season with BC Prievidza (Slovakia-SBL), but came back to Germany. Could Germany ever become your first home sweet home or is Sacramento forever home?
I love Europe of course but Germany will have to always be my side chick my man. I’m a Caliboy
You had played in France and Luxemburg, but what kind of experience was it playing in Slovakia? How would you compare the style and competition level there to the German Pro B?
Regarding Slovakia it is good basketball over there especially playing with one of the top clubs there so I was definitely pushed to be better everyday. I would say it’s about Pro A Germany level
You stayed only a few months with BC Prievidza (Slovakia-SBL). Talk a little why it didn’t work out there. Do you feel like you got a fair chance there?
Honestly no they made a mistake they admitted to making a mistake and ended up letting my replacement go in the end also. So it’s fine business is business you move on.
It seemed like the club had many Americans there. Did you get a little lost in the shuffle?
Yeah we had 6 foreigners there so I just tried to be as efficient as possible with my time playing and I believe I did that so I can live with it.
You played for head coach Michael Claxton who has coached in Germany. He probably had remembered you from Germany. Was it the end just a numbers game?
Honestly could have been but playing 12 mins a game averaging 9 and 4 rebounds a game on 55% shooting idk what more someone can really do in that time. Haha but it’s fine he has moved on just like I have.
How vital was it being teammates with American veteran Delvon Johnson? What do you feel was the most important things you could soak up from him that will continue to help your game?
Oh easily Delvon main skill was defense and being able to pass the ball out of the post to find open guys. He was more defensive minded and I was offensive so I definitely took in a better defensive mindset mentality as well as just moving the ball and not always thinking attack as soon as it touched my hands. Great guy.
You signed with the Dresden Titans in December 2018. How did the contact come about and what was the deciding reason for you returning to Germany?
It was all on my agent he told me about some solid situations but Dresden fit the best and they were in a bind just like me so we made it happen
Currently the club is battling for the last playoff spot. How confident are you that the club will make the playoffs and not have to play in the playdowns?
You have to be confident or you have no chance it’s going to be a battle I haven’t been in a situation like this before so it’s a new challenge and I’m going to try and give my guys the best version of me to give us our best chance to make it.
The team has been very up and down. Why has the club continued not to be able to find consistency this season?
Its just been a battle new coach new import new plays it’s never really picture perfect in the beginning. Usually you need more time to build chemistry and gel with your team so it hasn’t been easy but it’s alright we all support each other playoffs or playdowns that’s all that matters.
Which win was more spectacular for you the win against Wolfenbuettel or against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets?
Wolfenbuttel for sure weird way to win a game throwing it off someone’s back in a out of bounds play but I’ll take it haha
Janek Schmidkunz was injured for a long time. How vital will his sniper qualities be now in the down stretch period of the season?
Janek is my guy one of the big reasons I came to Dresden. I knew he was hurt so tried to help hold down the fort until he got back. I feel like with each game that goes by he just gets better and better being back to his normal self and we need that if we’re going to have any chance at pulling this of
How much of a pleasure has it been able to share the front court with German Helge Baus. What do you appreciate most about his game and is he more than just a Pro B quality player?
Helge is a very good player smart and very good all around can shoot good post game. I want him to be more aggressive sometimes because we need that and he has been more and more so love playing with him
Let’s talk about your game. Your play as always has been very good and consistent. How pleased have you been with your game this season with the Dresden Titans?
Ehhhh I’ve been just okay I could be more efficient overall for my team. I feel like they haven’t seen the best version of me yet. I hope to bring that in the next games to come though.
Your playing many more minutes with Iserlohn this season. Has it been a tough adjustment continuing to be as efficient as possible with more playing time?
I love playing so the more minutes the better. I wouldn’t say it’s hard being efficient it just means be useful with your time because just 3 months ago I wasn’t getting the minutes I wanted so I had to be efficient so I try to keep that mentality going into being here in Dresden still can definitely improve overall.
In our last interview last summer you stated that you were ‘mentally stronger understanding more and more what it is to be a true professional regardless of your situation’. What strides have you noticed you doing this season with your experience in Slovakia and now back in Germany?
The biggest stride I would say is just my patience. The game is starting to slow down for me a bit so I can see things more and make better decisions with the ball. Before I was always just attack attack attack and that’s okay from time to time but I think I’m a pretty good passer and I like showing that skill to get my guys going whenever I can.
Last season you seemed to have more scoring options so you learned to share the load. This season you have more of an offensive responsibility. Is this really the type of situation that you feel most comfortable in?
Honestly I don’t feel that pressure having to score. We have guys that can do plenty of it especially when there on a roll I’m just trying to be what they need me to be while I’m here scorer rebounder block shots get steals a little of everything. I’m just comfortable playing I believe if you keep me out on the court good things will happen more so than not but I guess every player feels that way haha.
Your three pointer continues to be a work in progress. What things are you doing specifically this season to continue to improve in that aspect of your game?
Brotha I’m telling you I’ve been working on that damn thing like crazy it’s just a confidence thing with me I think. The team trusts me to shoot it when I’m open so I’m just trying to knock em down as much as possible I feel like Shaq at the free throw line and he says “I’ll make em when they matter” lol
Please name your five all-time best teammates in college and pro’s
Brandon Shingles Sasha Ahnsehl Ramell Taylor Tim Derksen and Chris Nsenki
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?
Definitely he will be
What was your reaction when you heard that Lebron James named himself the greatest of all-time?
Kobe Mj then Bron Bron
Charles Barkley recently proclaimed that Tom Brady Is more of a GOAT than Michael Jordan. Do you share his opinion?
Yes Tom brady is I agree
Tom Brady won sixth Super Bowl. Where will he be if he wins a seventh next season?
The same level he is the goat no one is going to touch his record I dont believe
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Julian for the chat.