Kevin Franceschi Made His Mark In Germany And Developed Further On The Defensive End

 Kevin Franceschi is a 25 year old 190cm guard from Argenteuil, France that completed his second professional basketball season and first in Germany with Pro B team BBC Coburg averaging 15,3ppg, 4,4rpg and 2,4apg. Last season as a rookie he played with BEHAPPY2 – CB Myrtia (Spain-LEB Silver) playing 30 games averaging 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 62.2%. In the states he played with three schools with Weatherford JC (JUCO) playing 9 games averaging 5.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 22.2%, UMKC (NCAA) playing 25 games averaging 2.6ppg and with Oklah.Baptist (NCAA2) playing 22 games averaging 13.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 82.7%. He spoke to at the end of the season in Germany.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Kevin Franceschi in FRankfurt in 2019

Kevin thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?

A pleasure again. I’m back in France, enjoying the family for a few days before taking off to the states. Working out, life is good.

What was the first eatery you visited when you returned home after being in Germany for 7 months?

My mum’s kitchen, ahah. Always the same when I get back home after a while, my mum takes good care of me. Morrocan food.

After playing your first season in Germany for BBC Coburg what did you learn to appreciate the most about the German culture and it’s basketball?

I really love Germany. People were great there, they love sports. German basketball was great also, a lot of intensity, People are just very professional overall there. I want to thank Matt Haufer again for the opportunity to come to Germany!

It was a tough season for BBC Coburg, but it was saved and remained in the Pro B. If someone had told you at the beginning of September that BBC Coburg would have to fight at the end of the season in the Playdowns what would you have thought?

I always aim for the playoffs and winning, so no I didn’t expect that. Our season was tough, we didn’t make the playoffs by one win, and we lost to Erfurt by 1 point twice. I know for a fact that once in the playoffs we could’ve made a push. But that’s how you learn unfortunately.

Please give your summary of the season. It had three parts. The team began slowly losing 5 of it’s first 6 games, but then won 7 of 9 games only to close out the season losing 5 of 6 games and just missing the playoffs.

Yes you said it right, roller coaster. Bad start, great pace in the middle and bad finish. Everybody was aware of that at the end of the season. We had a change of dynamic when our big man left (Jason Penn) and Chase Adams came. Unfortunately we couldn’t play both together so Jason left.

Talk a little about how much fun it was playing basketball in the middle of the season where you won 7 of 9 games. T seemed like everything was working. You were scoring many points, allowing less points and even won two games in crunch-time.

Very fun. When you win life is great overall, players are happy, and the club/fans as well. We were rolling and went from bottom of the league to top 4. In game feeling was great, everybody was rolling and playing to their roles.

After the huge exciting 85-82 game against the wiha Panthers Schwenningen, the club folded losing 5 of it’s last six games. Was the team mentally tired or physically drained?

Big win against a top team in Germany yes. I personally think the team relaxed, we also had injuries and key players missed games, especially inside. So yes some players were mentally/physically tired I think. We had a team to beat anybody on any given night, we didn’t take care of the opportunity.

How satisfying was it closing out the season with a 4-2 record in the playdowns? Why do you feel could the team be more successful in this phase than at the end of the regular season?

It was great, we knew we could dominate that part of the season, and we couldn’t stay on the thought that we missed the playoffs, etc… and focus on these games.
As far as our postseason success, I think we realized we owe it to the club too, we can’t relax because there’s no real ‘reward’ in the playdowns, especially after game 2 when we secured the Pro B spot.

You had some big wins against Cologne 101-100 or 83-78 against the ScanPlus Baskets, but was the 85-82 win against the wiha Panthers the most memorable?

Probably yes, I think we’re the only team to beat them at their place with Leverkusen in 2 years. ScanPlus was also a huge win, tough game to win and it came down to crunch time on those 2 games. Loved it

What positives do you feel could the club get out of this season that will help them in their quest for success next season?

We had a better season than the previous season. We showed the potential of the club, fans were always behind us. Next season will be an even better season for BBC Coburg I believe.

Let’s talk about your teammates. How much of a joy was it playing with American Chase Adams? Did you discuss about your chips on your shoulders and who’s was bigger?

Chase Adams will finish in my mount rushmore of teammates when I’m done playing basketball. He was a big brother for me this year. We pushed each other every day, trash talking every practice. Coach put us on opposite teams 80% of the time. And yes we always inspired each other, he had a long route as well and was doubted, so we relate a lot. I was blessed to have 2 great point guards with Yasin Turan as well.

Would the team have been a playoff team had he have been there from the start of the season?

Probably yes, it’s hard to tell. But he definitely pushed the team to another height when he came.

How much of a pleasure was it being teammates with talented German Chris Wolf? Did you soak up some of his expertise shooting skills to add to yours?

I loved Chris Wolf, I clicked with him since day 1. Always plays hard and can do multiple things. Positive guy, everybody loved him there. And we battled on 3 point contests yes!

Talk a bit about the German veterans energy guys Dino Dizdarevic and Steffen Walde. How important where their presence for the success and what did you appreciate most about their games?

Dino and Steffen were great this year. It’s always good to have German players that can be effective and perform on a nightly basis around you, especially in their country. Steffen was a big voice of the team, always vocal and energetic/physical. They both were big pieces of the team.

You had a majority of older German guys in comparison to the younger guys, but what German player do you feel developed the most this season?

I would say Max Von der Wippel. He worked hard every day, in scenes and behind the scenes. And it showed. He became our main Option in the low post, rarely missed around the rim. Loved him as a teammate.

Let’s talk about your game. In our last interview you stressed that ‘I expect a lot about myself this season, I’m playing with a big chip on my shoulder, I worked really hard this summer. I am not thinking about any personal awards now, I’m just going to bring maximum intensity and give my team the best chances to compete in the playoffs’. Did you set to high expectations for yourself?

I don’t think so, like I said I don’t set stats in my head before the season started. I played hard all year and gave the club 100% every night. I could’ve have had a better season for sure, but I learned so much this year.

In your first season in Germany you averaged 15,2ppg, 4,4rpg and 2,4apg. How content were you with your season?

My season was okay, could’ve done better, but overall I think I put my mark in Germany. Time to watch film now and improve and learned on my mistakes this year.

A big strength in your game is your attitude. How do you feel did this grow and develop having experienced more pains than joys as a team?

I grew more mature this year yes, I always kept the same attitude. I love the game so it’s a joy every time I touch a basketball. Chase and his wife made me pick up Yoga this year, a big plus that I added in my game, mentally and physically.

You also stated in our last interview that ‘My composure and state of mind during the game, gets noticed after the season starts, it’s hard to get me out of my rail while I’m focused’. Do you feel like that composure was noticed a bit more in the playdowns?

I think it was noticed since the first day. I don’t know how the opponents felt about it but I always kept my cool I think, ups or downs. Play-downs stats were better because I learned from my regular season mistakes.

What was your personal favorite moment with your game this season? I can imagine your 39 point explosion with 9 three’s at home against Rhondorf?

Yes I think that game will go down as one of my best since I picked up a basketball. Great feeling and the win at home. I’ll always keep that game up my sleeves. 

Was that the most you ever scored in a game in your life and did you feel invincible throughout the game?

My official career high is 44 back in France. I was in the zone yes, the rim felt huge and my teammates were finding me. I would’ve have had 50 that day with a few more shots I feel like.

How do you feel did you develop further this season as a player. Do you ever wonder if having began later with basketball can have an effect how you continue to grow as a player?

I developed a lot, especially defensively. I showed my skillset this year and the work put in all year around. Starting basketball later than a majority of players wasn’t a disadvantage I think, I became hungry early, maybe earlier than others.

What is the next step for you? Could you imagine remaining in Germany or would you like to give a new country and culture and basketball style a chance?

Yes I would come back to Germany, depending on what’s on the table. ‘Go where you’re celebrated and not tolerated’. The plan is to move up to a tougher league. I’m open to other countries too.

On what things will you be working on this summer to continue to keep improving as a player and keep moving up the basketball ladder?

Skills wise, a lot of repetitions in the gym. Simple moves repeted x number of times every day. Physically, my mobility, and my single leg power. I have to dunk more and use one foot jumps more next season. Just become stronger overall and more flexible.

If you had to pick your personal favorite starting five of teammates over the years which players would you chose?

Very good question: 
Pg: Chase Adams
Shooting Guard : Steven Green
Wing: Joey Flannery
Power forward: Matthew Don / Tonko Vuko
Center: Timotis Kuckailis 

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?

I believe so yes, if he stays healthy no doubt he will, maybe the greatest. Amazing player. Europe made a lot of all time greats that we should be proud of.

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

He’s one of the all time great but I didn’t agree as THE greatest. I take MJ as first. Lebron still has time in front of him. It’s also hard to compare eras.

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

Different sport, both greatest of all time in their own sports. And top athletes in history of sports. Tom Brady is unreal.

If Tom Brady does win a seventh Super Bowl where will he stand with the greatest athletes of all-time?

Good question, in Football I believe he already is, it’s hard to hate the guy when you can relate to his work ethic. He is a work horse. 40+ years old still doing it on top of the game.

What was the last movie that you saw?

My last move was Safe House with Denzel Washington

Thanks Kevin for the chat.

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