Jordan Spencer is a 25 year old 188cm point guard from London that is playing his second professional season. He began the season with FC Schalke 04 (Germany-ProA) playing 17 games averaging 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 67.7%. He scored in double figures in 6 games including 11 points against Heidelberg, Hagen, Jena and Kirchheim. In January 2020 he joined Jelson
Homes DMU Leicester Riders (BBL). Last season as a rookie he played for the London Lions (BBL) playing 30 games averaging 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5(6.3apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT-3(89.6%). He began his basketball career at the Shenley Brook End School and then played two seasons with the Marshall Milton Keynes Lions junior team. In 2012-2013 he played a season with the London Lions (BBL). He went to the States in 2014 to play with Augustana, SD (NCAA2). He played 112 games and never averaged less than 6,4apg in a season. In his senior season he played 30 games averaging 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 83.3%. He spoke to germanhoops.com during his time in Germany.
Hi Jordan thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. You began the season with Schalke 04. When you hear the name Schalke 04, I´m sure that football comes to mind before basketball. Are you a football fan and did you anything about the hardships FC Schalke football have had over the last 20 years?
I’m a bit football fan, I watch the premier league most weekends and really enjoy football all over Europe, so looking forward to getting to watch Schalke at some point in the season. I just know they’ve had very successful players at Schalke such as Julian Draxler and Kolasnic
You won many titles in your career in the NCAA 2 and in the UK. How vital is your leadership in general?
I believe so. Wherever I’ve been, I’ve taken a winning mentality every place I go. I like our team and we’re hoping to win more games this season.
You played half a season in Germany. When you came to Germany what do you know in general about the country Germany and it´s basketball? Over the years there have been a handful of Brits that have played here like Myles Hesson or Jordan Williams.
I know it is a very professional and respected league, with many respect organizations. A few brits have come, and I hope to be successful here and perform well.
Have you had any friends, ex teammates or opponents besides Andre Lockhart, Paul Guede or the Licoln Memorial teammates Luquon Choice and Dorian Pinson who you beat in the NCAA 2 final that have played in Germany that may have given you some info about the basketball culture?
I’ve had a couple of coaches give me advice on how to prepare for pre season and the style of play, I think my game can translate well over here. Guys that also played in lower leagues in Germany gave me advice about the culture.
Schalke management and head coach Raphael Wilder were extremely convinced about your abilities. What were the main reasons for picking Schalke 04?
The team has had great success in moving up in the leagues. I had great conversations on the phone with Coach Wilder and was attracted to his coaching style and knowing I will learn a lot under him this season.
Let´s talk about your game. You’re a 188cm point guard that can score and get assists at ease. If you had to describe your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description best?
I’d like to say someone like Milos Teodosic.
You can score and dish out many assists, but what other strengths does your game incorporate that fans will experience in Germany in your second professional season?
I think I have a high IQ of the game which helps me.
On what areas of your game are you working on most this summer so you will be best prepared to make an impact in the German Pro A?
My defense and my mindset are things I’ve worked on this summer.
What memories do you have Brit forward Orlan Jackman who played two seasons in Germany with Iserlohn and returned back to the UK and remained a top player. Was he a guy you looked up in your first tour of duty with the London Lions?
I’ve always bumped into Orlan in the summers, through scrimmages and tournaments, he also gave me advice on Germany, he’s a good guy that I can go to.
You played at Augustana, SD(NCAA2) from 2004-2018 winning the NCAA 2 title and two NSIC titles. Were these four years the best basketball years of your life?
So far, definitely! It was a great four years where I arrived at the school at a perfect time. I experienced it all at Augustana, the highs and the lows.
You once had 16 assists in a win over Mary. Do you feel like you could get more than 16 assists in a game at the professional level?
I’m not sure, I had the ball in my hands a lot in school and Europe is a higher level, I’d like to get double digit assists.
How did head coach Tom Billeter groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
He taught discipline on and off the court which I appreciate, but being professional and coming to practice with a workman’s mentality, he’s an amazing coach that I was blessed to have. I can play under any coach with his philosophies.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Steven Schaefer?
Please list your five best teammates of all-time?
Blayne Freckleton Adam Beyer Ladarius Tabb Chris Taiwah Mike Busack
What is your personal own NBA Rushmore
Michael Jordan, Shaq, Magic Johnson, LeBron
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
Michael Jordan goat
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Jordan for the chat.