DJ Woodmore is a 29 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.
A tough 86-76 loss to the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. What was most on your thoughts about the game on the drive home to Koblenz?
That we have to find a way to turn the season back around. We need to get back to doing what we were in the first half.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors had lost the first game by 43 points. Do you feel like you underestimated them a bit and how much of an effect did the whole drama about a player going and 4 new players coming play into the mix soon play into your heads?
I think we came out ready to play and knew they were going to bring intensity and want revenge. I don’t think we underestimated them, I thought we just shot the ball poorly and didn’t have enough fight in us to close out the game. I hope that the rumors of the new players weren’t a reason we lost focus. At the end of the day, we should have won that game with the team we had on the floor.
The club has shown good signs of playing defense this season, but couldn’t get the needed stops against Frankfurt. Kamdem and Samare combined for 34 points. Despite having Alisphacic and Oldham out, why couldn’t the team be more of a factor on the boards?
Yes they’re a big help on the boards, When you suffer a couple of injuries it’s takes a team to collectively make up for those missing statistics. We can definitely use some help rebounding but it can’t just be from one person.
Despite the loss could the team take anything positive from this game into the next two games this week?
Hopefully a wake up call mindset. I’m hoping the integration of the new players and sense of urgency to win again can jump start us back to how we were playing before.
What is your impression of Len Schoormann? Do you see him being an impact BBL player in the future?
Absolutely. He’s Explosive, athletic, and fearless. I think those are keys at a young age to be successful at a high level.
German Lucas Mayer had a great game with 14 points. How have you seen his development grow this season?
I knew he was capable of playing well all season if he was just given the opportunity to prove himself. It was nice to see him finally make some big plays and play confidently. I think he has a bright future ahead too. He’s just getting started.
You had 5 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in 37 minutes shooting 2/9.How did you feel coming back after a few weeks away? How frustrating is it in general for a professional player to come back after an injury and certain things don’t work like they should?
It felt okay out there. There were points where the ankle was extremely sore, but I felt it was best to play through it and try to help the club win. I couldn’t get my shot going early and the explosiveness wasn’t quite there yet so I was trying to find ways to impact the game in other areas. I mean it’s extremely frustrating when you want to play well but it’s just not working for you. But I think the key is listening to how your body is and push through it. Find other ways to make plays if possible.
The club has brought in ex BBL players Anthony Canty and Oliver Clay as well as Mr bucket Bill Borakambi and German Philipp Lieser. Doesn’t 4 signings in a way show that the club doesn’t have as much confidence in it’s players?
I think some people can look at it like that, but we have had goals set for us all season long, and a manager that wants to reach those goals no matter what. It’s definitely not a great feeling to know players might be coming in to replace you, but it’s the business. And if it’s for the best for the team, then you have to get on board. These are obviously high class players.
What memories do you have playing against them? I’m sure you remember Bill Borekambi’s unbelievable knack for his 1-1 scoring.
Honestly, I have no idea who these players are. I don’t think I’ve seen or played against any of them before so I’m interested in what they can bring. They wouldn’t be here if they couldn’t help, so I’m all for it. I’ve heard they’re all extremely talented and should give us that push we need!!
You have a tough game this week against Dresden who are 9-2. What can we expect from this game and what will be key to getting the victory?
I think rebounding is going to be the key to this game. Cutting off their point guards penetration and boxing out as a team. They’re tall and physical and are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. We have to find a way to get this Win.
Who will win the Super bowl Kanas City or Tampa Bay and where does Tom Brady’s legacy get to now win or lose having reached a record 10th Super bowl.
My heart wants to see Brady win another ring. So I’m picking Tampa to win. But My brain knows that the Chiefs are unstoppable and should get this game easily. And Tom has been the Goat for years at this point. This is just creating further separation from him and the rest of the best players that have ever played.
Thanks DJ for the chat.