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). Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and DJ Woodmore will team up each week to talk basketball. He spoke to germanhoops.com after the exciting grind out victory over Ahorn Camp BIS Baskets Speyer
Congrats DJ on a huge 72-68 win at home against the Ahorn Camp BIS Baskets Speyer. What kind of feelings do you have in general playing against your ex team where your career began?
Thank you! I thought it was a much needed win for us. Not the prettiest offensive game we’ve played, but really solid defensively. It was a pretty emotional week leading up to the game. Of course I wanted to play well individually, but the win was the most important thing.
What kind of a relationship do you have in general with your ex head coach Carl Mbassa? How vital was he for your game early in your career?
Coach and I still have a really good relationship. I talked to him a little this summer and thanked him for the great years we’ve had in Speyer. He did a lot for my growth as a playmaker in the 5 seasons I was there. Can never thank him and the rest of the club enough for giving me my first and second chance to play professional ball!
You guys grinded out a tough 72-68 win over the Ahorn Camp BIS Baskets Speyer. How big was this win in general? You guys survived a scare in the fourth quarter. Was this the biggest win of the season?
I thought it was a big win just to get back on track. We definitely didn’t want to have a bad taste in our mouth going into the Ulm and Giessen game. The fourth quarter was pretty rough for us but I thought Speyer did a good job of mixing up the defenses and keeping us on our toes the entire time. They made shots difficult for us and put a lot of pressure on us late in the game. Luckily we were able to make plays when we needed.
It is very hard to believe that Speyer kept Koblenz without a field goal in 9,32 minutes. What made it so tough to get a field goal in the last quarter?
I had no idea we went so long without scoring. Great job on their part. Like I said, they kept mixing up the defenses and kept us guessing at all times. It felt like the basket had a lid on it. But we were able to knock down some key free throws and got a huge basket by Chaed when the game was on the line.
Chad Wellian made a huge jumper with less than a minute to go. How important is this guy for the team? It seems like he is a second Brian Butler in terms of his fierce athleticism?
He is very important for us. I think he adds another dimension to our team. Versatile on offense and defense. Adds athleticism and energy to the lineup right away. Plus his ability to get hot from the 3 point line will make it easier for us to go on longer runs.
After a tough loss at Oberaching a week ago, what new steps do you feel did the club make on the defensive end against Speyer?
I thought we were a lot more focused against Speyer compared to Oberhaching. We knew how dangerous Speyer can be when their shooters are making shots, so going into the game, we made sure to keep that in mind. Holding a shooting team like that to under 70 points was a big improvement for us. Just have to keep it going.
Head coach carl Mbassa gave a lot of credit to his young German Valentin Rappold on defense especially in the way he defended you. What was your impression of the young player?
Val played extremely well. I played with him a lot last year and always knew he could compete at the Pro B level if he wanted to. Seeing him out there in the crunch time is just testament to patience and hard work. Think it was a huge step for him this weekend.
You led all scorers with 18 points. You shot very well 6/9. It continues to be very refreshing how unselfish you are. Ok so you have been told often to shoot more, but still how vital is your unselfishness in general help you take the absolute best shot selection which you continue to do?
I think it’s been working for us. I know the spots where I feel the most comfortable on the court, and when I get those opportunities, I won’t hesitate. But There’s so much offensive talent on this team that it makes it easy to be unselfish. I probably could be a bit more aggressive scoring the ball but getting my teammates involved earlier, usually opens the game up for me later.
Koblenz is playing very good basketball. One saw in the fourth quarter that turnovers was a big problem. Coach Rodriguez said in the press conference that one is able to practice minimizing mental mistakes. How confident are you that this will get better as the season moves on?
I think it’ll get much better as the season goes on. For us, we’re still all pretty new to each other. Basically a completely new roster from last year, so the chemistry isn’t going to be perfect this early in the season. But I don’t doubt that we’ll find our rhythm soon and play even better down the stretch!
The EPG Baskets Koblenz have a tough game next week in Ulm. They have a very strong record like you. What will be key to coming out with a win?
Yes, they’re a really talented young team that is extremely disciplined. I think the key for us is to focus on our defense again. Taking away some of their strengths, and REBOUNDING the ball. If we do that, we’ll give ourselves the best chance. But we know it won’t be easy.
What was your first thought when you heard that Nate Robinson went into the boxing ring with Jake Paul?
Lol! I didn’t know anything about it until Saturday at midnight. But of course I thought Nate would win easily. Currently waiting for the rematch date. Lol
How did you spend your Thanksgiving. How have you learned to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving as best as possible overseas?
Didn’t do anything for thanksgiving this year. I’ve adjusted to not really celebrating it when I’m over here in Germany. But I’ll spend a lot of day just talking to friends and FaceTiming with my family. It’s definitely not the same as being home but I’ll take what I can get. Sometimes I’ll even go to McDonald’s just to get a taste of the American culture again.
Thanks DJ for the chat