DJ Woodmore (190-SG-92, college: VWU) 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 D
DJ congrats on the massive 82-60 win against the Ebbecke White Wings Hanau. How good did it feel getting that monkey off your back?
Felt great to finally be able to breathe again. After 5 losses in a row, roster changes, team meetings and everything in between, this win was absolutely a sigh of relief.
The way the EPG Baskets Koblenz started was like night and day in comparison to the last games. What did head coach Danny Rodriguez tell you on Friday night where the team had a meeting?
He told us that we have to get back to playing with passion and heart. Our team needs energy to be successful. Everybody on the court and everybody on the bench needs to be completely locked in and bringing that passion. When we do that, we’re definitely an exciting team to watch.
I feel like you were a huge reason for the fast start, because you were super aggressive and was all over the court. How much of a toll did the 5 game losing streak have on you and did you just feel the moment to take charge?
I mean after missing two and half games, and coming back slower than expected in the last two weeks, the Hanau game was the first time I felt close to my old self again. My teammates told me all day to stay aggressive the whole game and kept feeding me confidence even after a few misses. I knew it was going to be important to get myself going early and get off to a good start.
The offense has always been a big plus for the EPG Baskets Koblenz, but I felt that against Hanau the offense was totally recharged. What positives did you see on offense that the team didn’t show this season?
I thought the whole team played like we had nothing to lose again. Not desperate basketball but loose and free. Not pressure, no overthinking. Just back to playing like we know how.
The EPG Baskets Koblenz took control of the contest in the third quarter extending your lead to 20 points. What was key for the team being able to decide the game then?
Keeping that same energy we had from the beginning. Usually 3rd quarters are a nightmare for us. We get uptight and play to hold on to the lead, and not play the way that got us the lead. Felt like we didn’t let that happen Saturday.
As a team you outrebounded Hanau 48-28. What steps did the team finally make on the boards?
I think it was just effort. Had 5 guys crash the defensive glass on every possession. Limited Hanau’s second chance points and gave them fewer possessions. Makes the game so much easier that way.
German Henning Schaake had a huge game with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks. How huge was his performance and what do you appreciate most about his game?
Huge performance from Henning. He came in right away and got an offensive rebound then spotted up in the corner for a quick release three. Everybody knew right away he was locked in. We needed it big time. I thought it was huge for his confidence and the team’s energy going forward. I’m sure that won’t be the last time he has a monster game for us.
You had another strong game with 17 points, 8 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and a block. How vital was the whole team effort in allowing you to play the way you did?
I thought they made it extremely easy for me to stay in attack mode in the first half. And we did a good job of creating mismatches in transition. Allowing me to create for myself and others.
The next game is against FC Bayern Munich who you beat 71-67 on the road. What will be key to making the sweep this season?
Making sure we can handle their pressure and keep their two guards in check. They really make them go, and if we can contain them, we have a good chance of coming away with the sweep! Much easier said than done!
The Dallas Mavericks are in a slump and in last place in their division. Is this a surprise for you and will they get out of it?
Yess I think they’ll be fine, I think it’s still early enough in the season for them to make a run. I think they’re only 2 or 3 games out of 8th place, and Luka is starting to heat up. Plenty of time.
Thanks DJ for the chat.