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 team up each week to talk basketball.
Congrats DJ on the massive 88-45 win over the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. Did this at times feel like a practice game?
Thank You!! I wouldn’t say it felt like a practice but it was definitely one of the best defensive games we played this year. We were prepared for almost everything and came out with a better sense of focus. We didn’t want to give them a chance to gain some confidence throughout the game like we have in the past!!
Mental lapses is something that happens to all teams but also something that happens frequently to the EPG Baskets Koblenz. You were up by 18 points, but allowed a 9-1 run shortly before the break. Why does the team allow these kinds of runs by the opponent?
You’re absolutely right! Happens way too often with us. But I think it’s because we take our foot off the gas for a split second, and teams take advantage. There’s no time to relax in this league because everybody is capable of beating everybody. We’re still trying to fix that but it seems like we’re getting a little bit better each week.
Head coach Danny Rodriguez got very loud at half time in the locker room. What did he remind the team that it had to do to get back on track?
Yeaa Coach can be.’passionate’ at time times lol but he just wanted us to stay focused. Like you said we gave up a small run right before the half and that could have easily been a time where we put the game away. But I think he woke us up again and we were able to put together a great second half.
The team heeded his words and exploded for 28-5 third quarter. Was this the best 10 minutes of basketball by the team this season?
By far!! I thought we combined good defense with out best offensive display as well . I didn’t realize they only scored 5 points. Felt like we were doing everything right on both ends. Now if we could duplicate half of that throughout the entire game, we’d be cruising.
The team allowed only 17 points in the second half. What adjustment did you make on the defensive end?
Thought we adjusted well to their high pick and roll play because They killed us with it in the first half. We started closing the middle on closeouts and rebounded the ball extremely well. Limited the second chance points we always give up.
It is never easy to play against a young and inexperienced team. What do you feel was the team’s biggest strength today?
Focus and energy. I thought we did a great job of being locked in for 37 of the 40 minutes. Even when the younger players from us came in, they brought the same energy. Always good to see them playing at a high level.
You had another great scoring 18 points to lead all scorers. You took command in the second quarter scoring 9 points. Was this production more of a result of what the defense gave you?Yess I think so. When we went into a small scoring drought in the first half, Brian and a few other teammates reminded me to be aggressive. So I looked to score a lot in transition and get easier points from our defense.
I love how easy you make hitting a three pointer. You had a special relationship to the basket. Does it at times feel like nothing will fail with this relationship?
Sometimes it actually does. Constantly working on my shot throughout the week. Like I said in the past, I know the shots I feel comfortable taking and I’m pretty confident when I can get to those spots. But when something is off, I try to force myself to the free throw line just to see the ball go thru the basket.
You were matched up at times against Joshua Bonga. What was your impression of his game?
You can tell he’s going to be a special player. I thought he was extremely quick, very good first step, and incredibly confident for his age. He hit a few shots that were really tough. Shots I don’t know if most 15 year olds are taking, and he’s making them look easy. I think he has a bright future ahead of he keeps working.
Kyrie Irving recently proclaimed he will have a season black out with the media. Do you feel like this will hurt or help his game more?
I actually use to be a huge Kyrie fan but the last years he’s kind of got under my skin a little with his relationship with the media. I think he’s one of the most talented players in the world for sure but he’s hurting not only himself, but his teammates by causing an unnecessary distraction for something that’s not that serious. Just answer a few questions and leave. Doesn’t seem so hard to me. But we’ll see what happens after the 25k fines start adding up.
Thanks DJ for the chat.