Skyler Bowlin is a 30 year old 190cm guard who is playing his ninth professional season and fifth in Germany and second with s.Oliver Wurzburg. Last season with Wurzburg he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 70.7% in the BBL and in the Fiba Europe Cup averaged 8.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 5.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 72.2%The ex Missouri So (NCAA2) began his professional basketball career with BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA) and then played three seasons in Denmark with Horsens IC and a year in Sweden with the Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan). He played two seasons in Germany with the Giessen 46ers and with Science City Jena (Germany-BBL) playing 32 games averaging 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.1apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 80.9%.Germanhoops.com has interviewed Skyler over the years from his time in Sweden to his BBL days in Giessen and did it again before the Fraport Skyliners game in Wurzburg.
Skyler thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. It’s weekend time and you have a game on Sunday against the Fraport Skyliners at 3.00pm. What have you learned to enjoy more the Saturday night battles or the Sunday afternoon duels in your career?
For me it doesn’t really matter if it’s a Saturday or Sunday game. The afternoon games a bit different of course, but you just have to prepare yourself the same regardless of the day or time.
Your playing your second season with s.Oliver Wurzburg. Your playing now your third season under head coach Denis Wucherer. It obvious becomes easier over time to play for him with more experience. What one aspect about his character have you learned to appreciate since you met him?
I really enjoy playing for Denis. I think the main thing is the freedom he gives us players. If you show an understanding of our concept then he really just lets you go out and hoop.
The club is currently battling neck in neck with the Fraport Skyliners for 9-10 place and have a solid 4-3 record. The club kept the trio of guard Terror with you, Cameron Wells and Jordan Hulls as well as key German role plyers and added many other imports. How vital has the trio’s leadership been for getting the team off to a good start?
I always think it’s important to have some continuity within a team. We brought back a lot of guys so it has really made the process a lot smoother for everyone.
S.Oliver Wurzburg pretty much beat teams they had to and lost to tough teams Oldenburg, Alba Berlin and FC Bayern Munich. Then you beat ratiopharm Ulm. How key was the win against ulm? This was the first win against a very good team that still haven’t found their true form, but a win is a win. Could that win be a type of turning point of the season where the club starts having better results against the presumed playoff teams?
Every game in the BBL is tough, but a win on the road against a strong team like Ulm definitely gives us a bit of confidence. We just have to continue to work and get better every day though.
The team score very well averaging 85 points per game, but give up 84 points per game. Obviously is the defense still a work in progress. Is this another area where the trio guard terror can lead by example and get the whole defensive end to be on the same page and defend well together?
Defense is always something we can improve on. Of course us guards can get the energy and intensity going with pressuring the ball, but we need everyone on the same page to be a good defensive team and that’s what we will try to be.
It seems like the overall defensive success of BBL teams has gone down in the last few years. Is the easyCredit BBL getting better overall offensive players or is the league getting lazier on defense?
I think the style of play is just changing. More 3s are being shot and teams are playing faster. For me, I think that is the biggest difference.
This is your second season with teammates Cameron Wells and Jordan Hulls. How more enjoyable has it become being able to play with these two players and is it coming to work a tad more enjoyable each day knowing that they will be on the court?
Life is much easier playing on the same side as those 2 guys. We all get along and all bring something different to the team I think. It’s been a lot of fun with them and hopefully we can continue being successful together.
How vital has the pick up of American Luke Fischer been? He is one of those guys that could quietly become one of the better big men in the league. What have you learned to appreciate most about his game?
Luke has been great for us. His shot blocking ability has surprised everyone I think. He has great timing on the defensive end and really protects the rim for us.
Another important pick up as has been American Victor Rudd. Besides his experience of 33 Euroleague games and 26 Eurocup games, what added new dimension ha she given the team that it didn’t have before?
Vic has come in and been great for us. He really understands the game and brings so much versatility to our team on both ends that we really needed.
It is never easy for German players to prosper at the BBL level and get sufficient minutes. One of those guys was Florian Koch who didn’t have much luck in Bonn or Ludwigsburg, but seems to have found a real home in Wurzburg. How have you seen his game develop in the last two years? This season he is averaging 9,1ppg shooting the lights out at 58% from outside. He has once again proved that no matter the situation he can heighten his game.
Flo is a worker! This guys brings it every day and continues to improve. His shooting is always a threat and now he has stepped up his game defensively and rebounding as well.
Let’s talk about your game. In our last interview you stated ‘The system we have here doesn’t focus on one person. We really move the ball well and have guys at every position that can make plays and score. Each game is different for me. Some games I maybe need to score a bit and some games I need to be a distributor and focus on defense. Knowing this how do choose your personal goals this season? Do they change any?
Of course personal goals can change from year to year, but at this point in my career it’s about being efficient and above all winning games. Winning is all that matters!
You have grown as a player showing in Jena that you can run a team and stepped up your defense. How do the roles of running a team get better defined when you have two other strong point guards with Cameron Wells and Jordan Hulls who obviously can jump to the two position when you are on the court at the same time?
When I am on the court with those guys we know that we can all play on or off the ball so it’s really free and whoever gets the ball just goes. We know each other strengths so we all know where we need to get the ball to get successful.
You stated in our last interview last season that you would be working on your jumper and really watching film and working on reads out of the PnR and on your body. Have you seen any of these things reap benefits in the early going?
The work never stops. I’m always trying to improve on everything on a daily basis. Once you stop trying to improve then it’s probably time to stop playing.
Your shooting the outside shot as well as in your last season in Denmark with Horsen’s. As time goes by does the challenge of seeing what kind of shots you will get in games and how well your shot selection is and success rate is make shooting the three a more enjoyable thing?
My shot selection has definitely changed since playing in Denmark. I was taking quite a few more shots back then but now again, it’s about trying to be as efficient as possible.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners. You have a 3-5 record against them. I remember that first game in Fiba Europe Cup where you netted 18 points in a losing cause in Frankfurt. What makes it always so special to play against this club?
Yes, playing against Frankfurt while I was in Sweden was an incredible experience. That’s the game where Denis and Coach Key saw me play for the first time. Frankfurt is always tough so we have to be ready to fight.
The club has been up and down all season long. How dangerous is this team and what kind of game can we await in Wurzburg.
Today’s game is going to be intense. Both teams know it’s an important game so it won’t be easy for sure.
The BBL legends are slowly dying out. You know well what I’m talking about since you played with three in Jena. You have a Paulding in Oldenburg and a Quantez Robertson in Frankfurt. How much has a guy like Robertson inspired your game especially on the defensive end?
Tez is definitely a legend. His level of play is still very high and he brings it every game. I have a lot of respect for him.
The Golden State Warriors have had serious injury woes. Is there Dynasty finally over or will they be back to challenge teams in the next years?
That’s tough. They have so many injuries at the moment. This will be a tough year, but next year hopefully they can bounce back
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Thanks Skyler for the chat.