DJ Woodmore(EPG Baskets Koblenz) Leads Team To 4-0 Continuing To Channel His Aggressiveness Well Between Self And Team

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): from 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 huge 71-67 win over FC Bayern 2.

DJ Woodmore and Miles Schmidt-Scheuber in 2015 in Frankfurt

DJ congrats on the huge 71-67 win over FC Bayern Munich 2. How good does 4-0 feel right now? 

Thank you, it feels pretty good to start the season so strong. Each game has been tough, but I think we’re learning and finding a way to come together when we need it the most.

How tough was it missing a week because of the cancellation game against Giessen? How do you feel did this break help the team?

It wasn’t terrible honestly. Having that weekend off is helpful sometimes especially during a season like this one. Not having a Christmas break this season makes for a long year, so I think it’s important to take the small breaks when possible. But it can definitely hurt in some ways if you’re not doing the right things during the break.

How interesting is it for you in general to battle against the brand FC Bayern Munich? Does it feel extra special when you can pull out an exciting win like that?

I mean it’s always exciting when you’re playing against a name like that. Def brings an extra motivation for a team. You know they will always be well coached, well prepared, and some of the best young talent in the country. Feels good to win a game like that but we know there’s still a long road ahead. 

FC Bayern Munich 2 had you guys on the ropes leading 57-48 after 3 quarters. What magical words did head coach Danny Rodriguez give you guys going into the 4th quarter?

Just stick to the game plan! Wasn’t one of our best offensive games of the season, but we were able to make plays when we needed to, and get stops as well. At the end of the day, winning games like that, is huge for a team. 

Brian Butler had a big dunk early, but that didn’t really ignite the game right away, but soon on got added production from many guys. How much of a further step did the team make with that vital concept of team basketball in crunch-time?

I thought we learned a lot about each other after that game. Like I said, it wasn’t a great offensive game for us, but we came together at the right times and focused up when we needed. Now if we can find a way to do that for 40 mins, I think we’ll be in good shape.

5 guys scored in double figures and no one scored more than 13 points. Has the club erased the notion of hero ball already so early in the season?

I hope so, I think that will be key in our success. We have a lot of talented players that can make plays, but we know every weekend might call for someone different to step up and lead us. This weekend it was a balanced effort but as long as we can keep it consistent, good things will happen.

The club played some huge defense at the end. What did the team learn about itself a bit better on the defensive end? 

I think we learned that if we can have that same mentality and focus in the 1st quarter, the 4th quarter probably won’t be so difficult. 

I believe that CJ Oldham had his biggest game of the season. What part of his game were you most thankful about having?

CJ is an all around player! Brings you consistency and unselfish decision making on offense but is also a high IQ and pesky defender. Great rebounder, and extremely versatile on both ends. Makes so many plays that don’t always go in the stat sheet but is a player you always want to have on the court when the game is close. He was probably the biggest reason we won against Bayern. 

You have seen so many young players in your career, but just how talented is Jason George? Where will his journey go? 

Extremely talented player. His size, strength, and skill set for his age makes the sky the limit for him. Bright future ahead for sure.

You had another solid game with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. With a team that has so much talent and scoring ability, is the being aggressive part difficult to be just because you can be more of a playmaker then that aggressive scorer? 

At times it can be. But it’s been okay so far. I’m still trying to find my balance between being aggressive and making the right plays. I knew coming into the season and being asked to play primarily PG would be challenging but the players we have make it a whole lot easier. I’ll get there though.

At 4-0 you guys are doing many things well, but is taking better care of the ball one of the things the team will be concentrating more on improving this week? 

Yes, I think that was a key factor for us all preseason and thought we did a good Job the first two games but we’ve struggled the last two weeks. I have to do a better job in making sure we’re in the right spots offensively, but we’ll work on it a bit more this week in training. 

Does that feeling of being invincible grow from game to game or are you guys taking that unbeaten record carefully without wanting to get topo excited so early? 

No not so much. We’re definitely excited to get off to such a good start but we’re staying level headed. Like I said, it’s a long season and we still have plenty of room for improvement. Have to take it game by game and not look ahead. Each day we’re trying to get a little bit better. 

What did you do on your free Sunday being 4-0? Do you take some time to go back to Speyer to visit friends or did you get to know your new home Koblenz better

With this lockdown there isn’t much to do these days lol. Would love to visit some friends in Speyer but there isn’t much time. I’m usually just hanging out in Koblenz watching some BBL and NFL games. And it’s always a good time to catch up with some family and friends back home in Virginia

Thanks DJ for the chat

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