Adam Eberhard is a 203cm forward that completed his rookie season in Germany with the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) playing 28 games averaging 7.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 80.5%. He socred in double figures in 9 games including a 16 point game against Science City Jena and 15 point games against Trier and Artland. He began his basketball career at Francis Joseph Reitz Memorial High School and then played at Bellarmine (NCAA2) from 2015-2019 playing 123 games.In his senior year he played 33 games averaging 17.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.5apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 83.9%. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the Coronavirus crisis.
Hi Adam Where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus?
I’m currently back in Indiana (U.S.) because of the outbreak of the virus. Although it is nice to be home again after being gone for 7 months, it is definitely disappointing to not be able to finish my rookie season.
When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?
I did not think it would have this kind of effect on the world. I thought maybe at worst it would affect older people or a smaller amount of people, but it has certainly effected almost everybody in some way of another.
How have you experienced the day to day life in Heidelberg during the Corona Virus outbreak? Did you see that corona effect on the culture there or was it not so much different happening in your day to day dealings?
We could certainly tell that the virus had an effect on the city of Heidelberg. There were less people out in the city and if they were out, many people wore masks and stayed away from other people. I definitely saw the virus effect the day to day culture.
Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing
I absolutely became more aware of how I handled myself in public. It was an easy change because everybody was doing the same thing. I washed my hands a lot more than I had before and I was aware of my surroundings before I coughed or sneezed.
Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe including the Regionalliga. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to finish the season?
I was very disappointed that we could not finish the season. Especially because it was my rookie year, I was looking forward to finishing the regular season strong and making a playoff push with my team.
Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. What is your overall opinion of playing a game without fans?
You could tell that there was something different about the game with no spectators, but it did not affect how hard or the way that the two teams played. I think most players would choose to play like this instead of with no fans at all.
You returned back to the States with some of your Heidelberg teammates. How have you experienced the coronavirus outbreak at home compared to Germany?
The way people are reacting to the virus here is about the same as it was in Germany a couple weeks ago. The only difference is that now all of the bars and restaurants are closed so there isn’t much to do.
What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?
I think these times have made me more aware of who I am as a person. I know basketball can’t go on forever so this has given me a good look of how that life will be without basketball. It is a good time for self reflection, for working out, and for taking care of things that I wouldn’t be able to do if I was still in season.
Will it be a big adjustment having to start 3 months earlier with workouts and basketball skill development? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of this?
It will be an adjustment but I think it can only be an advantage if I use the time right. The extra time for development and training can only help if these two months are taken advantage of in the right way.
Congrats on a very good team season with the MLP Academics Heidelberg. Was it tough coming home and having to contemplate where the journey of the team would have ended. How much potential did this team have to challenge for the title?
It was tough coming home without any closure. We battled through some injuries and adversities during the season and we were in 4th place when the season ended. It is unfortunate that we weren’t able to see what kind of run we would’ve made in the playoffs because I think we could’ve surprised some people if we had the chance.
You experienced a very fruitful season with the MLP Academics Heidelberg. The team won 8 of it’s first 10 games, then lost 7 of 9 games and finished with a 6-3 record. How would you summarize the season?
The season was a very interesting one. Like I said earlier we dealt with some injuries and we were able to overcome a rough stretch to maintain a good record a put us solidly in 4th place. Overall I think it was a good season and definitely a good learning experience for me.
How key was the team unselfishness? The club had 8 guys that averaged 8 points or more per game. How refreshing was it having so much scoring versatility?
It was a cool thing to have a lot of different scoring options. It definitely made it easier for us if one of our main guys had an off night.
Let’s talk about your teammates. What was your impression of German big man Armin Trtovac? What strides did you see him make and can he make another step into a top Pro A center?
I was extremely impressed with Armin and how he developed over the season. He hasn’t been playing basketball for very long and it is easy to see the kind of ability that he has. He is one of those guys that will only get better as time goes on. He is also a great friend and one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.
How much of a joy was it being teammates with Grant Teichmann and being a fellow rookie. What did you learn to appreciate the most about him on and off the court?
Along with Armin, Grant became one of my best friends on and off the court. It was great having somebody to go through my rookie season with. We were both in the same situation on and off the court so that really brought us closer. One of the main things I learned from him was to enjoy playing the game of basketball. We know the game is our job and must be taken seriously but we also must have fun while we play and that was one of the things I learned the most from him
German Niklas Wuerzner has been the Heidelberg identity figure for years. Everybody is waiting for him to break out. He seems to have the full package. Could his break out come next season?
Nikkis breakout year could come at anytime. He has the skills to be one of the best players in the league. He can make the jump whenever he is ready.
If you had to choose one player that improved the most in your time there who would it be?
Big Armin was definitely the most improved and like I said before, he will continue to improve. His ceiling is incredibly high and because he is a hard worker, the sky is the limit for him.
Let’s talk about your season. You averaged 7,9ppg, 4,0rpg and 1,4apg while shooting 33% from outside. How content were you with your season?
I was not extremely happy with the way I played this season. I understand that I was a rookie and this is a learning process but I don’t feel like I played up to the standards that I usually do. I did not shoot the ball as well as I would’ve liked but I learned a lot this year and I know I will only improve next year. Next year I’d really like to be able to have the chance to create opportunities for myself and others off the dribble instead of being a spot up shooter.
You have a lot of extra time now to work on your game. On what part of your game will you be tweaking your game most on during the extended time off?
This offseason my two main focuses are gaining weight and shooting a better percentage from three. Those are the two things I can improve upon the most. The weight will help me guard bigger players inside.
What do you feel was your best personal game of the season? Possibly the win over Artland at the start where you demonstrated how to fill the stat sheet?
Yes the game against artland I felt like was a game that is the normfor me if I have the opportunity. I think my best ability is to find my teammates in great position to score and I felt like I had the opportunity in the Artland game to do just that.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the Pro A as a rookie?
It’s hard to pick out one specific player but the Chemnitz team was probably the toughest overall. They had great players and what made them so tough to play against was that they were unselfish and played together. When good players play that style of basketball it is really tough to stop. It was a beautiful thing to watch.
You have probably seen many beautiful views in your basketball career, but where does the view on top of the Heidelberg castle rank with you?
The Heidelberg castle was one of the coolest things I saw in Europe. I was lucky enough to see the Alps along with other cool cities in Bavaria.
Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. You were 12 years old when he began in the NBA. What kind of influence did he have on you during adolescence?
We were eating after a game when we heard. It took a few days for it to actually seem like it was real. He was one of the main guys I grew up watching and he had a huge impact on me as a young player.
How bitter is it that the NCAA March Madness has been canceled? This tournament for some kids is the greatest time of their lives. What advice would you give that senior who worked hard for 4 years and would have had his one and only chance now?
I couldn’t imagine not being able to finish my senior season out. I’m not sure there is anything to say to them other than how sorry I am that they didn’t get to experience the postseason. That was what they worked hard for and to have that taken away is horrible for those kids.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was the new Terminator with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’m a big action movie guy so this was a must watch..
Thanks Adam for the chat.