James Robinson is a 26 year old 190cm guard from Mitchellville, Maryland that is playing his fifth professional season and first with the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. Last season he played with medi Bayreuth (Germany-BBL) playing 21 games averaging 10.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 92.6%; and played 14 FIBA Europe Cup games averaging 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 5.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 85.3%. In the 2018-2019 season he played with Bnei Hertzeliya (Israel-Winner League): playing 24 games averaging 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%, FT: 76.9%. In the 2017-2018 season he had his first tour of duty with medi Bayreuth (Germany-BBL) playing 38 games averaging 9.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 84.9%; and played 17 BCL games averaging 10.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 74.4%. He played his rookie season with BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Bosnia-Division I) helping them win the cup playing 16 games averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT-2 (48.8%), FT: 75.8%; He also played in the Adriatic League playing 24 games averaging 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 86.3%. Before turning professional he played at Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 137 games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 10.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to egermanhoops.com after the tough 103-98 OT loss in Frankfurt against the Fraport Skyliners.
A tough 103-98 OT loss against the Fraport Skyliners. Pete Strobl looked very down after this loss which is expected. What were the main reasons for the loss?
Honestly we didn’t play that bad. It came down to missed free throws and they made the big plays. We were in position to win, but couldn’t pull it out. It was tough losing, but we can’t look back and have to learn on the fly and get ready for Bonn on Tuesday.
It was one of those games where the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig had to play catch up all night long. What do you feel did the team gain from getting some added experience about never giving up?
I felt the way that we fought was a very good sign. We fought the whole game. We have a team of fighters. No mater who we play, we always feel like we can win. We just weren’t able to close out the game. We will grow from this experience and be better against Bonn.
Braunschweig was down 84-77 with 3,09 to play. How confident were you at that moment that you would come back?
We were confident we could win. We knew the time and score. We didn’t want the score to dictate us. We remained focused and knew that we had enough time left.
You raved about Lukas Meissner in the last interview. Please talk a bit how well German Gavin Schilling has developed. He had many good scenes in the paint all night long?
Gavin is a crazy athlete. He works really hard at both ends of the court. He is our motor. He has done a really good job stepping into his role this season. I liked his huge 50/50 ball he got in the first half. It is good to see his progression and he has improved a lot already this season. We know that he is capable of giving us even more.
You hit a huge three to force OT. Fraport Skyliner Rasheed Moore said after the game that great players make great shots. As a good playmaker is it sometimes tough to take the shot when you have a lethal scorer like Bryon Allen?
Not really. Bryon did a good job driving to the basket and then kicked it out to be and I knocked down the shot. It was a routine play. If it was the other way around then he would of shot. All eyes are on him, because he is a good scorer. He is more than a willing and capable passer.
You always look so comfortable and so at ease taking big shots. At times it reminds me of Kam Taylor. Has some of his coolness rubbed off on you over the years?
I would like to say yes. Kam’s demenor is laid back. Neither of us ever gets too high or down in tough situations. That is a shout out to our upbringing. He always stays level headed. If there is a shot to be taken, we aren’t scared to take it.
My friend colleague and basketball expert Manuel Schust who wrote the book 111 Gründe Die FRAPORT SKYLINERS zu lieben told me during the game a club like the Fraport Skyliners could use you. Is that another good example of how your sound game can fit to many systems?
I think so. I feel like I’m a pretty well rounded player. I rely a lot on my IQ. I do my best to help make my teammates better and get the most out of my teammates to have success. I feel that I can play for any coach, team or organization at any level. That is a big time compliment coming from your friend.
Luc Van Slooten hit a rare bank shot from the corner. I had to rub my eyes after that. How often have you seen a shot like that before?
I saw that shot one time before. He did it earlier in the season on a buzzer beater in front of our bench. It is his thing to hit the awkwardly good shots. Luc is super talented and is doing a good job finding his way. It is interesting how he is able to hit these type of three pointers.
Both teams allowed a lot of points. What do you believe did the team do well and what were things that continued to hurt you during the games?
When a game goes into OT, then it will be more high scoring. I felt like both teams did a good job switching on screens and playing the mismatches. I felt like we played solid defense. Frankfurt did go on some runs and Mobley got hot where we suffered some break downs. They hit some tough shots which decided the game. We didn’t play great defense, but didn’t play terrible defense either.
You don’t have much time to recover and await the Telekom Baskets Bonn at home on Tuesday. They are a talented team that seem to be coming around now. What will be key for the win?
We have to all be on the same page. We need a quick turn around and have to be sure to lock in mentally more than physically. We have to focus on ourselves and execute our offense and play good defense. If we can do that then we will be ok.
You had a fine performance against Frankfurt with 16 points and 8 assists. Jon Axel Gudmundsson ate rein deer and Matt Mobley a pizza for Christmas. What X-mas dish did you have?
Well we were in the hotel. We were fortunate to have good hotel food. It didn’t rub off on me. As a professional I know what I need to do be successful.
The Golden State Warriors have started very slow. Will they escape this funk?
I think that it all depends on their injuries. With Thompson and Greene out you have to major staples out. They played in a tough environment on Christmas day. I think that James Wiseman played well. He should be a bright spot this season. Once they get more healthy and find their rhythm then they will be ok.
What basketball New year resolutions do you have?
Staying as healthy as possible is always the #1 thing when you play sports. I also want to keep getting better as a player and help my teammates get better.
Thanks James for the chat.