DJ Woodmore´s Aggressiveness Rewarded Him With 34 points And A 103-85 Win Over BBC Coburg In the Season Opener

DJ Woodmore is a 28 year old 190cm point guard that is playing his first season with the EPG Baskets Koblenz. Last season with Morgenstern BIS Basket Speyer (Germany-ProB) he played 21 games averaging 15.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 87.3%. In 2018-2019 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 71.6% in the Regionalliga. In his first two seasons with Speyer he averaged 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 72.1% and 17.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 76.4%. he played at Virginia Wesleyan College (NCAA3): form 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 20.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3% (219/435), 3Pts: 46.0% (91/198), FT: 76.9% (93/121). He spoke to after the big 103-85 win over BBC Coburg.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and DJ Woodmore in Frankfurt in 2020

Congrats DJ to the 103-85 win at home over Coburg. How good did it feel to play a real professional game again? With what feelings did you go into the game?

After 7 months off, playing yesterday in front of fans again was great!! Surprised so many people game out to support! I had a great feeling going into the game but it felt a little weird with all of the rules we had to follow because of Corona.

EPG Koblenz were trailing at halftime by 5 points but you exploded for 37 points in the third quarter. What words of wisdom did head coach Danny Rodriguez find for the team at the break?

Yes the third quarter was important for us. Coach told us to stick to the game plan, and trust each other on defense. Once we did that, we started to get some easier baskets on offense.

Some times everything seems to click. Was the third quarter the best basketball that the club has played this season?

Yes, I think that was the best quarter we played including the preseason. High energy, making shots, feeding off of each other and the crowd’s energy. Hopefully we can build off of it.

The club rebounded very well and also only had 8 turnovers. It seems like the team has found an early healthy discipline?

Yes. We had problems taking care of the ball in crucial times early in the friendly games, so that was a focus for us against Coburg.

Marley Jean-Louis had a super game contributing 24 points. How have you seen his early season development. What have you learned to appreciate most about his game. 

Marley played lights out tonight!! His ability to hit tough shots makes us so much better. He set the tone for the game and we needed every bit of it! We feed off of his confidence and leadership.

You had a massive explosive game with 34 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Did you wake up with a different kind of feeling or did you get that special feeling before the tip off that this could be a special day for you?

Honestly, I just stuck to my same routine. Nothing felt different for me tonight. Once I got rid of the nerves and jitters from it being the first game, everything started to click for me.

What was different today for you on the court. Were you more aggressive than usual and after a while get that invincible feeling?

Coach has been telling me for weeks to be more aggressive offensively. I saw that I could take advantage rebounding. And because Marley and Brian we getting so much attention it would free up opportunities for me to look for my shot a little more.

You had good teammates in Speyer, but I believe Koblenz is even deeper. Do you feel like games like these could be regular occurences or rather less simply because the team is so deep.

I think this team has a lot of potential. I think we’re still a long way away from reaching it, but I think we saw flashes of it tonight on offense and defense.

You have had some big games in the Pro B over the years, but was this game overall the best in your Pro B career?

Yes I think this was the best or second best game in my Pro B career. Feels so much better when you play well at home and win!

The team did give up 85 points. On what area’s on defense does the team still have to tweak things in order to be ready for the next opponents?

Yes I think we could get a lot better defensively but Coburg made some tough shots. They were really good offensively and have some guys that can really play.

Now that Lebron won his 4th ring, where does he stand in the GOAT debate against Michael Jordan?

For me LeBron has already been the GOAT for about 4 years!! So this ring just makes the debate easier for me to argue. Respect the King

What was the last movie that you saw?

Last movie I watched was Tenet. I’m still trying to figure out what happened in the movie lol. But I definately recommend it.

Thanks DJ for the chat.

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