The Miles VS DJ Woodmore Weekly Basketball Talk Volume 11

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 together each week to talk basketball.

DJ thanks for talking to A tough 90-69 loss against FC Bayern Munich 2. What kind of an experience is it playing in the Audi Dome knowing what type of Euroleague players have played there?

Beautiful arena! A lot of history and playing on one of the biggest stages in all of basketball is always a great experience. Just would be nice to get a win there for once.

How disappointing is this loss after the EPG Baskets Koblenz came off that huge win at home against the Hebeisen White Wings. The team inconsistency continues.

Really tough Loss. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs all season, really thought we were going to turn the corner this game and start playing our best basketball!

FC Bayern Munich 2 was up by 6 at the break. What did head coach Danny Rodriguez tell the team to do better in the second half?

We just needed to take care of the ball better. I think we had about 14 turnovers at halftime, which led to easy transition points for them. We’re probably winning going into halftime if we would have cut those down some.

In the second half of the third quarter FC Bayern Munich went on a run only to be stopped by Chad Wellian who showed his scoring in bunches qualities. How valuable has the Dutch man been for the team?

He’s been extremely valuable, with his size and strength he creates mismatches all the time. Now that we’ve moved him to the 3 position, it’s opened up his game even more and allowed him to be more of a factor on offense.

The deciding moment of the game came in the fourth after you had fought back hard, FC Bayern Munich went on a 16-0 run. It seemed like the basketball God just hated the EPG Baskets Koblenz. Turnovers, numerous missed shots and blocks by Matej Rudan turned the tide of the game?

Yea, I thought we just lost our composure during that run. We had a lot of calls that didn’t go our way and we let that affect us. We have to find a way to stick together and stop the bleeding before it starts.

How lethal was the inside duo of Rudan and Rataj? Brian Butler and Bill Borekambi had their problems against them.

They were solid. I thought Rudan made some big shots but he was bailed out a lot with fouls. Seemed like he was untouchable sometimes. But we have to collectively be better on the defensive glass. That way we can limit his touches.

You saw Jason George a few months ago and he continues to get minutes in the BBL. How much has he grown in the last months with his game?

I think he’s coming into his own as a scorer. He’s their go to guy now and the BBL and euro league experience is definitely boosting his confidence. He’s definitely got a bright future ahead!!

You had a solid offensive game with 10 points six rebounds and 7 assists, but I know that your 4 turnovers annoyed you. What do you feel gave the team the biggest problems with the intensity and aggressiveness of the Munich defense?

I just thought we were rushing too much. A lot of miscommunication on offense which led to the turnovers. We want to play fast and up tempo, but stay under control. Sometimes it just felt like we didn’t have any structure. And like I said before, we have to do better rebounding.

With what positives can you take from this game and what will be the biggest areas the team will need to work on this week?

Not too many positives from this game. We need to find a way to stick together when things get tough. Besides that, I think we just need to move forward and focus on Coburg. They’re playing with a lot of confidence and they’re a really tough team in their home gym.

The EPG Baskets Koblenz will make the playoffs, but the fight for home court will be a dog fight between you and Munich and Giessen. The next game doesn’t get any easier as you have a date in Coburg. You won the first game of the season easily 103-85, but Coburg is a much improved team and in first place. What will be key in getting the win?

Absolutely. It won’t be easy at all but I think as long as we can string some wins together, we’ll be okay! But I think they key will be rebounding and contesting their shots. They live on the 3point line, and if we can make it a tough shooting night for them, we’ll be okay.

Tom Brady had fun drunk throwing the Super Bowl trophy from one boat to another during the celebrations in Tampa Bay. Who would have had to go fishing for the trophy had he lost accuracy and let it fall into the water?

I think you have to send one of the Rookies in there to get it lol. I don’t think Tom was too worried, he has 6 more at home.

Thanks DJ for the chat.

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