Jordan Geist a 23 year old 193cm guard from Ft Wayne, Indiana that is played his rookie season in Germany with the ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier (Germany-ProA) averaging 18,6ppg, 3,7rpg, 1,6apg and 1,2spg while shooting a strong 40% from outside. He belonged to the top shooting guards in the Pro A scoring in double figures in 24 of 26 games. He scored 20 points or more 11 times including a 38 point explosion against Heidelberg and had a 30 point outburst against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He began his basketball career at Homestead High School and in 2015-2016 played a season at Ranger CC (JUCO) playing 38 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 75.0%. He then played at Missouri (NCAA) from 206-2019 playing a total of 97 NCAA games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 14.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to germanhoops.com last summer about basketball.
Jordan thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. After having a stellar NCAA career at Missouri, how did you experience your first summer transfer period? Was there any chance that you could have played NBA Summer League to help make the team search easier?
I was honored to get the chance to get out to Minnesota for a workout with the Timberwolves but nothing panned out for me in summer league. I think that’s one of my goals going forward is to get the chance to possibly play in the NBA Summer League! I did enjoy getting to be home for a while during the summer and had a little different workout schedule then you’d have in college.
Congrats on signing with German Pro A team Romerstrom Gladiators. You hail from a big city Fort Wayne, Indiana and now have hit the jack pot living in a very beautiful city. How blessed do you feel being able to experience the German culture in Trier?
I’m extremely blessed and thankful to be in Trier. The whole team and management has been great to me and very accepting. I’m looking forward to getting after it this season and getting to hopefully get to the playoffs. I’m extremely thankful for my parents and family pushing me to get to this level and my agent Adam Godes for getting me this great opportunity.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Did you get any tips from your ex teammate Kassius Robertson who had a solid rookie season in Germany last season with medi Bayreuth?
I didn’t get to research a lot before coming to Germany due to signing my contract and heading over 3 days later but from what I’ve been told and now have learned it’s a great place! I have a few people over here in Germany and Belgium that I know so I feel like it’s a good fit for me.
A legend in German basketball is Rickey Paulding who played at Missouri and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He has played in Germany since 2007 for the same team EWE Baskets. Despite Missouri producing great players each season do you remember ever hearing stories about his time at Missouri?
Rickey Paulding is a legend at Mizzou! Coaches always talk about the kind of player he was and how hard he worked. He’s had a great professional career and I hope to be able to have a similar career as him! He reached out the other day and it meant a lot to hear from him with some words of encouragement!
What was the deciding factor that made you decide to play your rookie season with the Romerstrom Gladiators? Did you sense that connection to head coach Christian Held early on?
I enjoy Christians passion for the game and you can tell he’s trying to win every single day no matter if it’s practice or a game. He’s going to push you to be your best and not let you slack. I think that’s what I respect the most from him. He’s got that competitive mentality that I think we have in common.
How has the team chemistry come along with the team? You have had some good games in pre season. What can we await from this team this season?
I think this team’s chemistry is very good. Considering that I’m the only new player on the team that helps. They’ve really helped me join right in without feeling different. We have great chemistry off the court as well which helps on court too. We continue to grow everyday and I’m excited to see how that helps us.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 188cm guard that can do many things on the court. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I think my game is similar to Damian Lillard. I’m a smaller combo guard but I feel like I can score at all 3 levels pretty good. Lillard is someone I’ve watched a lot of film on these last 2 years studying how he gets shots off against bigger defenders and how he finishes at the rim against big men. I think his game is how I’m trying to resemble my game with.
You’re a very good scorer and very ambitious and aggressive defender. What other strengths does your game incorporate that will be on display in your rookie season?
I believe I’m a smart player who can read the floor quickly as well as help make reads throughout the game. I think playing smarter at this level will help me be able to eventually move up leagues. I’m not a crazy athlete so I have to bring something else to the table and I believe it is the way I can read the floor and use those reads to pick apart a defense.
You have been a solid three point shooter the last two years averaging 35,5%. How confident are you that your shot will continue to rise as you climb up the professional ladder?
I’m confident I can get it close to if not above 40%. I think it’s one of my goals so that I’m a threat coming off ball screens and also coming of other screens. As I climb the ladder and head to different leagues I also won’t be able to finish at the rim against some of the better athletes so I will have to be able to be a better shooter.
You’re a guy that can fill the stat sheet with ease. What do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that tends to be off the radar at the moment?
I think people under estimate my ability to get to the rim and finish. I am smaller but I feel like I’m pretty crafty. Once I do that it opens up everyone else for open shots and backdoor cuts.
On what things did you work on this summer in the lab to help improve your game for your rookie season and did you ever work out with guys like The Plumee brothers or Caleb Swanigan?
I worked out with Vernard Hollins who played overseas in a few different spots and had a successful career. Our main focus was expanding my offensive game to be able to play 1v1 better and make shots like that. I was able to get some pick up games with VJ Beachem who is now playing in Russia and he helped me with my game, seeing the floor better, and just expanding my game.
You worked out with the Minnesota Timberwolves. What kind of impression did you get of the NBA process? Is this a route you will continue to follow closely and look for future opportunities?
I got feedback that I was too small. People don’t think I’m a pure point guard and more of a shooting guard. Depending on how this year goes I would love to get the opportunity at summer league and be able to prove myself.
You began your college career at Ranger CC (JUCO) an din your last season averaged 15.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 75.0%. How tough was it having to start in JUCO, but at the same time how did that time prepare you best for the NCAA?
It helped make me a better leader. At JUCO I was the guy and had to lead the team. When I got to Missouri I didn’t have to do that until my late junior year and senior year. It prepared me for that and helped show me that you have to put work in to improve your game. Not just the off season but also in the season as well.
You finished your NCAA career at Missouri playing 118 NCAA games. You played for two good coaches and played with future NBA player like Michael Porter Jr. What was your fondest moment there on the court? Possibly playing in the NCAA tournament against Florida State?
My fondest moment was definitely getting to play in the NCAA tournament along with playing with a bunch of great guys who will be lifelong friends.
You had many memorable games where you had good scoring games, but lost them. Was your 30 point explosion against Georgia or 28 points effort against Green Bay one of your favorite performances?
I would have to say the Georgia 30 point game is memorable, but not my favorite. Definitely the UCF game is my favorite. I got a game thing 3 at the buzzer and a few other shots along the way to will our team to an overtime victory against a team that had a chance to beat Duke. That just showed how good our team was at our peak moments.
How did head coach Cuonzo Martin groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Martin prepared me for life as a man which also includes being a pro. Having good manners, treating your coach the same as the janitor, and other skills like that. He was a great coach but not a lot of coaches push you to be better men along with a better basketball coach.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Kassius Robertson?
Kassius most of the time. I learned a lot from the Veteran guard he was. He knew how to get open shots off the dribble and use his body to finish at the rim. Watched a lot of film on him going into my senior year that helped me use things that were successful for him.
Who has been the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA or in Europe?
I think Michael Porter Jr. in practice is the toughest player I’ve ever played. He has the skill to score at all 3 levels and when he catches fire I’ve never seen someone be more dominant. There isn’t a shot he isn’t confident to take and make.
Please list your five best teammates of all-time?
Caleb Swanigan Jordan Barnett Michael Porter Jr Kassius Robertson Dru Smith
Please name your personal own NBA Rushmore. Which four heads would you pick past or present for your list?
MJ Kobe Bill Russell Magic
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
MJ hands down. I think that there will never be any
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Jordan for the chat.