Jaleen Smith is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Freeport, Texas that is playing his third professional season and first with the MHP Riesen. Last season he played with the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) averaging 12,7ppg, 3,9rpg and 2,7apg. In his rookie season with Heidelberg he averaged 7,6ppg, 2,8rpg and 2,9apg. He had a stellar four year career with New Hampshire (NCAA) from 2013-2017 where he played a total of 120 NCAA games. He improved his scoring, rebounding and assists average each season and as a senior he played 32 games averaging 15.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 78.1%. He is conducting a special diary from the BBL tournament in Munich with germanhoops.com
Congrats on the huge 87-83 win against FC Bayern Munich. How good does it feel beating the reigning champions on their home court?
To be honest were only half way done. We still have another game to go before we can say we beat the reigning champions.
When the siren sounded you waved to the Munich bench. Is that already a signal to them that the self confidence of Ludwigsburg will be even higher on Friday?
All it means is we won one game. We still have another game to finish the job.
In our first diary Vol 1 chat you stated this ‘We just have a bunch of guys that are hungry and want to win. We play fearless no matter who the other team is and what players they have. Were going to play our game no matter what’. How vital has head coach John Patrick been in helping the guys believe every day?
He just lets us play out our game. We know what our strengths are and our weaknesses are. We just focus on our strength and that’s defense.
After a so so first half, the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg stepped up their game in the second half. What did head coach John Patrick tell you at halftime that you were able to do on the court?
We just had to stay together and get stops on defense. They had a lot of easy shots just from us going under on ball screens and we made the adjustment in the second half.
The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg offensive rebounds killed FC Bayern Munich. Did you guys want it more than Munich in the second half?
Offensive rebounds has been our go to all year. We’re just a scrappy team that just wants the ball a lot.
What was it like defending German national player Danilo Barthel. He had you on a mis match scoring. He is kind of Munich’s Marcos Knight.
He’s a good player. Whenever Munich needs a bucket they go right to him
You had a very solid game with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. How good did that last three feel? Did you know it was going in after you released it?
I had hit another 3 from the same area so from that 3 I had confidence it was going to be a make. The shot wasn’t a great one considering the situation but I’m just happy it went in.
Is Marcos Knight more of a walking bucket or a very annoying one on one player? What have you learned to appreciate most about his game?
He’s a walking bucket. I know if were struggling to score on offense he’s going to get us going. I know whenever he gets hot get out of the way and give him the ball. He’s going to get buckets.
Just how good is Jacob Patrick at age 16? He seems to have a very good feel for the game at a young age. How have you helped him in Munich as a point guard best?
He can really shoot the ball. In our first game against Munich he showed he can put it on the ground and attack the basket as well as find the open guy on the drive. We just been keeping him confident just telling him to shoot his shot when he’s open.
How valuable has this tournament been for all teams concerning their young German players? So many kids got minutes and valuable experience?
This tournament is great for these young kids. They’re getting lot of minutes playing in one of the better leagues in Europe.
The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg are in the driver’s seat now. Game 2 will be a dog fight for 40 minutes. FC Bayern Munich will have to make adjustments. What can we expect from this game and how confident are you that you will advance?
They will try to go inside more and try and get our big guys in foul trouble. I feel like we have a chance to win it. We will also make some adjustments to our game as well to what they did really good against us.
Was there any friendly ribbing towards Marcos Knight for missing the dunk? He probably would have really gotten baked by the team if he hadn’t scored off his miss.
Yes of course, but that was a big turning point during the game. Not only did he miss the dunk, he also got his own rebound and scored the basket. That showed how much we wanted the game more than Munich.
Who would win a one on one you or Marcos Knight?
I would have to say Marcos. He’s a great 1 on 1 player and he can score from every level at a amazing rate.
Thanks Jaleen for the chat.