Myles Hesson(British National Team) Is More Of A Leader and Can Impact The Game In More Ways Now Than When He Played In Germany

Myles is a 29 year old 198cm forward from Great Britain playing his 11th professional season and fifth in France currently playing with ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-Jeep ELITE ProA) averaging 10,3ppg and 3,0rpg. In France he also gained further experience with teams like : JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProA) Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA) and JSF Nanterre (France-ProA). Previously he played 3 seasosn in Germany with Weissenhorn, rataiopharm Ulm, Giessen and Bremerhaven. He began his basketball career in England with the Birmingham Aces (EBL2) and also played with the Essex Pirates Basketball Club (BBL) and the Liverpool Mersey Tigers (BBL). He spoke to during the eurobasket qualifyers about his basketball career.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Myles Hesson in 2014 in Giessen

Myles thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
Hi Miles, I am currently in Montenegro preparing for the upcoming eurobasket qualifiers. Its been a bumpy ride the past few years but I’m healthy and playing so its all good.

In a span of 2.5 years from December 2012 to May 2015 we did 19 interviews together as you were with 4 teams Weissenhorn, Giessen, The British national team and Bremerhaven. Has time flown by since our last interview? This May it will have been 5 years since our last chat.
Yeah it has been a while. It definitely feels like it has gone by quite fast.

Before we talk about the British national team let us talk a bit about what you have been up to in the last 5 years. Your playing your fifth season in France’s Pro A first division league and first with ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-Jeep ELITE ProA). Has France become like a second home to you now?
Yeah I feel really comfortable in France, I have been here quite a while now, I have enjoyed playing and living here.

What have you learned to appreciate the most about the basketball and the country the most?
Its an exciting up-tempo league where any team can win any game which keeps it interesting. I’ve enjoyed being able to travel and see most of the major cities there. I love the way they have the youth system for sports set up here, its something I wish we had/have in England

You played BBL with Ulm and Bremerhaven. Now spending so long in the France Pro A do you think that your athletic game suits the style of the Pro A better?
I think I can adapt to any style of basketball. The style of basketball in Jeep Elite doesn’t suit everyone though, it is very up-tempo and athletic.

After being 3 years in Germany, your now in your fifth in France. Do you ever wonder how your career may have gone had you stayed in Germany?
Sometimes I do, but I don’t usually get caught up with what could have been, I can only focus on what I’m doing right now.

What do you remember most from the German BBL? What is your fondest memory of playing in the German BBL that you will never forget?
I have a lot of good memories of my time in Germany. My first game for Ulm is probably the moment that stands out the most for me.

Chalon has a losing record and with a lot of talent, I have to admit that I’m a bit surprised you aren’t in playoff range. Does that show just how competitive the France Pro A has become?
Yeah I joined the team late in the season after they got off to a bad start but I feel as though we are in a good place right now and are starting to play better so hopefully we can make a late playoff push.

You have a lot of very talented teammates, but just how gifted is Sean Armand? Can you soak anything up from his lights out qualities?
Since Sean arrived at the team he has played great and has helped raise the level of all of us. His confidence and poise in the clutch is really something to be admired.

Last season you played with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-Jeep ELITE ProA) averaging 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 74.2%. How enlightening was it being teammates with very experienced veteran Alain Koffi? What memories do you have of him and is he a guy that play until he is 40?
Alain was a great teammate, he was always in good spirits and was a great role model to the younger players, he practiced hard and gave his all in games. As long as he stays healthy I’m sure he can play till that age, his mid range jump shot will always be good.

In 2017-2018 you played with JSF Nanterre (France-ProA) but left in January playing 5 Pro A games averaging 7.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 66.7%; and played 5 BCL games averaging 5.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 62.5%. How tough was this season with injury and having it cut short. What remained with you from this season and what did you learn from this whole experience?
It was a really frustrating time for me. After only a few games with the team, I was essentially playing on a broken leg, the pain eventually became unbearable so I requested a scan and it revealed that my shin was starting to break again so I needed another surgery. The most frustrating thing for me was when I was told that the first surgery I had wasn’t the right thing for the injury I had, and that’s why it didn’t heal like it was supposed to have. i am thankful for JSF Nanterre for looking after me and allowing me to get the best surgery and rehab possible.

In 2016-2017 you played with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA) playing 19 games averaging 12.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 73.8%; and played 12 FIBA Europe Cup averaging 12.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 80.6%. You scored 29 points in a 91-81 win over Naterre. Was this one of your most memorable personal games in France?

Yeah that was my best game of the season and probably one of the main reasons they wanted to sign me the next season.

You have played with many point guards over your career, but where does a Justin Cobbs rank in the most calm players in pressure situations?
Justin Is a great player, definitely one of the best guards I’ve played with, I was always confident in him making the right plays when the game was on the line.

You played your first season in France with JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProA) playing 34 games averaging 10.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.5%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 71.6%. What was your wake up call to being your first season in France where you knew that you were far away from home in England?

I was already used to being away from home at that point. But I will say that the preasosn training camp we had in the mountains was one of the toughest things I have had to do as a professional.

You are with the British national team getting ready for 2 euro qualifying games including a game against Germany. Does the whole experience mean more to you the older you get knowing it might be your last chance?
Every game means a bit more now that I am getting older so I try to enjoy the moment and give my all so I have no regrets. Qualifying and playing in the next eurobasket is our main goal, and I hope it is something we can achieve.
A 24 man squad has been named as you try to qualify for your 5th European championships. In the group is Germany, France and Montenegro. How realistic do you see the chances of Great Britan reaching the next Euro
It will be tough, but it’s a challenge we are all ready for, we have been playing good basketball in recent time, so if we continue to do that, I don’t see why we cant win against these teams.

There is a lot of talent with guys playing in Spain, France, Estonia, Italy, Turkey and Great Britain. How talented is this squad in comparison to other years? You have a good experienced core with guys like Andrew Lawrence, Ovie Soko, Luke Nelson and yourself. Who are some other guys that you can see making an impact?
I think we have a really talented team. Most of us have been involved with the men’s team at some point in the past few years so for the most part we know each other well now. We will all have a role to play in the team’s success so its hard to say anyone in particular.
You have always been a guy that has filled the stat sheet, but it seems like you do it even more than when you played in Germany. How is Myles Hesson a different player now then when he was playing in Germany?
I’ve gotten older and more experienced now so I don’t make a lot of the mistakes I used to when I was younger. I think’I’m more of a leader now and impact the team in more ways than just what shows on the stats sheet at the end of the game.

Germany has a lot of younger players mainly from the BBL as the NBA and Euroleague players aren’t allowed to attend because of their club commitments. I would say there about 70% guys you never played against. Guys you might remember would be Robin Benzing, Maik Zirbes and Ismet Akpinar. One guy you may remember from your Giessen days is Joschiko Saibou. How excited are you to be playing against Germany and what will be key to winning?
Yeah there will be a few guys I remember from my time in Germany. it will be great to see and compete against Joshi again. Its no more important to me than any other game I play. locking in on defense and being confident and unselfish on offense is what will win most games in my opinion.

What do you remember from Joschiko’s Saibou besides his aggressive and hard play on the court. Isn’t he one of those guys that every coach would love to have as a player, but not an opponent?
Joshi was a great team mate, its been good to see him continue getting better over years, we were both at the start of our careers when we played for Giessen. His floater shot is still one of the best I’ve seen.
Your turning 30 yeasr old in June. You haven’t won many titles yet? Is that your biggest goal in the next years to win as many as possible?
No I haven’t been lucky enough to win any team titles yet, its something I will continue to strive for. Yes Its definitely a goal of mine.
Where were you as you heard of the death of Kobe Brant and what did he mean to you as a player growing up?
I was at home and saw the headlines on social media and was in total disbelief. Growing up, for me, he was a huge role model, his work ethic and competitiveness was unmatched. He is the reason why I turn up to practice early and leave late, his legacy will live on.
When all is said and done where do you think where Luka Doncic rank one day with the best to ever have played in the NBA?
If he stays healthy which I hope, there is no reason why he wouldn’t be in the conversastion of being one of the best to ever play the game. He has done things in his young career already that I don’t think anyone else will ever replicate and the sky is the limit for him.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The Irishman

Thanks Myles for the chat.

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