Jordan Rose is a 183cm guard that has played in Germany for many years. He recently played for SV Hagen-Haspe 70 (Regionalliga). He played 25 games averaging 14,2ppg, 3,7rpg, 4,0apg and 2,2spg. He scored in double figures in 21 games and had the Dragons Rhondorf’s number scoring 25 and 23 points against them. He also hit BG Hagen for 22 points and scored 21 points against Deutzer. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the Coronavirus crisis.
Hi Jordan 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 in Germany. I’m just hoping that everyone takes precaution and trying to be more hygienic.
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 know what to expect about the virus, but the worlds on notice now and needs to take it serious.
How did you experience the last weeks? Are your loved ones in Canada concerned for your well being?
Just understanding what’s going on being safe. Yes my family in Canada is a bit worried about the situation in Europe and hoping for a positive situation.
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 was always cautious about these things before the corona virus.
Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe including the Regionalliga. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to playoffs?
At first I was disappointed but this is the right decision if they want things to go back to normal as soon as possible
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. Do you see any kind of advantage having games played without spectators?
I don’t think there are any advantages in doing that because the players can be effected by the virus no matter how many are in the gym and still spread it amongst each other.
How tough is it having the season end this way? Would it be easier or more difficult to get motivated to get into the lab each day to keep working on your game or would you try to play in another country that doesn’t have the corona virus?
I will do more workouts at home go to the track to stay conditioned until it’s safe to be more in contact with people to start on court training.
Let”s talk about your season with Hagen Haspe. It was a tough season as you had a record of 3-22. Is the corona virus in some ways could of saved your season as the club may play in the Regionalliga again next season. What are your feelings about getting that type of freebee?
It was a tough season for us but I believe we all learned something about ourselves this year and will take it into the off season to improve.
The season actually began ok with a 2-2 record but after that the team went 1-21. How do you summarize the Hagen-Haspe season?
I’ll summarize the season by saying it was a great learning experience for all the players.
A big problem was the defense where the club allowed 88 points, and averaged only 73 points per game. Why was it difficult finding a real defensive identity this season?
We showed flashes throughout the season that we could be a good defensive team but with a lack of experience was a factor on why we couldn’t maintain this identity.
Hagen Haspe had some talented players, but how vital was the lack of German veterans? When you look at a lot of the other Regionalliga teams, they are stacked with 3-4 German veterans that made the difference.
We had a young team most of the players first time playing at this level. In any sport veteran players will always be a key for winning, And the other teams were lucky to have that.
How much of a pleasure was it being teammates with Tyson Kanseyo?
He averaged double double stats. How did his game make yours a lot easier?
It was fun playing with Tyson. He has a great motor and I think he will have a successful career. Him coming out every week competing made my game easier because I didn’t have to worry about him battling with me.
What is the next step for you? Will you continue to play or is coaching something you may try to do full-time?
I will continue to play for sure it’s not time yet to get into full time coaching.
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 14,0ppg, 3,7rpg, 4,1apg and 2,3spg. How content were you with your performance in the Regionalliga?
I felt I could have done more individually. But that wouldn’t have changed the results in my opinion because basketball a team game and in order for us to be successful as the point guard of the team helping the team develop was important if we were going to win games.
You had many fine performances with Hagen Haspe, but what were your fondest? Possibly the wins against Recklinghausen and ETB Wohnbau Miners?
My fondest moments were not those games actually. The game against Herford in the first round we lost 2 players and we came together more as a team gave them a good game also against Rhondorf in the second round having their fans and players worried that we were keeping it close to trying and steal the game. And achieving my first double double against Herten Loewen
You played in the Regionalliga 2 in the last years. Now your 33 years old. How do you feel has your game developed over time?
I feel my game developed by trusting my teammates more and getting more out of them and becoming a better leader.
Let’s talk a bit more about your game. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I always tried to mirror my game like Allen Iverson having a similar build like me and close in height he gave me hope and determination.
You’re a small scoring point guard. What other strengths does your game have and what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t always get noticed?
My defensive presence on and off the ball also my grit and leadership get’s unnoticed.
How much pride do you take on the defensive end. What do you work on more now at your age in continuing to be a superior defender?
I take defense very serious. My biggest fear is getting scored on. I take pride in trying to slow down my opponent. To continue playing the best defense I can I believe it’s a mindset and I developed that as a youth player.
You have played in various lower leagues in Germany. What have been some of your fondest moments in Germany on and off the court?
My fondest moments in those other leagues were winning the championship with TSV Hagen and scoring 60 points
Talk a little about your childhood. Who were your role models and what is your earliest basketball memory?
I had few role models growing up as I had my mother and older brother and for basketball I looked up to Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson. What comes to mind is my first dunk in high school at the mount Carmel tournament my teammates were going crazy than a few plays later my team mate Jerome Messam gets a fast break dunk and shatters the back board completely.
Talk about your experiences in school and college in Canada. What were your fondest memories?
I played at 3 different Canadian colleges 2 of them made the national tournament. My rookie season being a back up point guard to starting mid season than making the national tournament, to ending up finishing 3rd place and receiving 1st team national all star.
Who is the toughest player that you ever battled in a gym or out on the play ground in your life?
My older brother Dalton by far. He was recognized as a good player as well that always pushed me to try and be better than him. Our battles starting as kids playing one on one on the monkey bars because there was no outdoor court in our area until I was about 12. Up until the last time I played him when I was in college we played for hours his competitive nature grew on to me and I still carry those moments to help me focus competing today.
Please construct your personal own NBA Rushmore. Which 4 heads would you pick?
Michael Jordan , LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Allen Iverson
Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant? What kind of an influence did he have on you as a basketball player?
I was watching a Regio game and the other fans were talking About it at first I thought I was fake news and when it was true what hurt the most is that his family will be heart broken forever. I was not the biggest Kobe fan but I know what he meant to the game and his will to win. I admired the most that he wanted to win. I love that about his character.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Lost girls a Netflix original
Thanks Jordan for the chat.