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.
Thanks DJ for talking to germanhoops.com. Congrats on the huge 89-82 victory over the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. How good does it feel to end this horrible 2020 year with a win on the road?
Thank you as always!! It feels great to go into the shortened break with a win. Definitely not our best performance, but I’ll take it. From all the ups and downs in 2020, just hoping that the new year picks up where we left off!
After an explosive first quarter scoring 26 points, the EPG Baskets Koblenz allowed a scary 29 points. How disappointing was this second quarter and why did the defense suddenly lose control of the game?
I thought we struggled on their pick and roll plays. Our game plan was to force them baseline as much as possible, but it seemed to be a little harder than we expected. They ran their sets well, and their players made shots. Probably their best shooting night from 3 all season. So I have to give them a lot of credit.
A week before, head coach Danny Rodriguez got loud at the break. Was he even louder in Hanau and what words of wisdom did he give you guys?
Just told us we need to step it up on defense. Offense is always going to come easy to us. But if we can’t get stops, we can’t win games. He made some other great points about personal and I think we did a much better job in the 3rd.
Your were down by 8 points after 30 minutes. How confident were you that the team would rebound and get the lead?
Honestely I never doubted that we would win this game. I knew we had gotten Hanau’s best basketball of the season thru three quarters. Once we started the 4th with 3 steals in a row, we knew we had the game back in our hands. It felt like we’ve already been battle-tested for situations like this from previous games. So I don’t think anybody on our team lacked confidence at all.
The EPG Baskets Koblenz closed out the game with a 12-3 run. Talk a little about that run. It seemed like team basketball came back to life.
Like I have said, we’ve been in situations like this before already, and it seemed like everybody came together at the right time. Jacob made some clutch shots and passes. Zaire knocked down some free throws when we needed them. And CJ and Brian made some huge defensive stops. I think the key to that 4th quarter was us being in the bonus within the first 2 minutes. this put a lot of pressure on them and we knew we could take advantage of it for the rest of the game.
Sometimes stats don’t tell the story. You had 18 turnovers while Hanau had only 8 turnovers. Where do you feel was this game won in the stats?
I think the game was won on the free-throw line. We shot 31 and they shot 16. With us staying in attack mode throughout the game, it balanced out their good shooting performance.
You had 5 guys to score in double figures. What do you enjoy most about being able to share the ball so successfully as a team?
I love that this team doesn’t have any selfish players. Sharing the ball is contagious when you’re playing with a team like this. I think we struggled with it a lot in the beginning of the year, but we’ve found our way now. Once we get Chaed back next game, I’m sure it will only get better.
Talk a bit about how valuable veteran Edin Alispahic is. He was very efficient in little minutes against Frankfurt and did it again against Hanau.
Edin is our Captain. We definitely missed him in the few games he missed due to injury. We know we can rely on him to step up and make big shots when things are getting out of our hands a little. He’s going to come in and play extremely hard and be really confident. Been a great leader for us on and off the court.
You had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Anotehr solid game for you. How do you summarize your play for 2020 with the EPG Baskets Koblenz?
Consistent. That was my goal coming into the year, and I feel like I’ve done a decent job of it so far. I thought this first half of the year has been pretty good individually. I think I’ve found a good mixture between being aggressive and getting everybody else involved. But I can definitely take my game to another level, and I’m sure we’re going to need that if we want to make a deep playoff push in the spring!!
Talk a little about Christmas 2020. How tough will this one be for you with COVID-19 effecting life so much?
This year will be tough for me again. Once Dresden called and wanted to move the Christmas game to February, I thought that would give me a chance to fly back home for the holidays. But COVID had other ideas. Once Germany went into lockdown that meant that the only way I could go home, was to quarantine for 2 weeks once I flew back. And with such a short break between our next game against Speyer, there was no chance. But I’ll spend some time with the family on FaceTime and talk to some friends. I’ll make it work for sure and celebrate Christmas in the summer after the season.
What is your favorite Christmas movie
I honestly don’t have a favorite, but if I had to pick, I would say Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Absolute classic.
Thanks DJ for the chat.