DJ Woodmore is a 29 year old 190cm point guard playing his first season with the 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 congrats on the big 90-71 victory against Erfurt. How good does it feel winning again after two tough losses against Munich and Coburg?
It feels great to get back on the winning side of things! The last few weeks have been rough after to blow out losses but we knew we had to get this one.
The EPG Baskets had the 42-35 lead at the break. You guys had a small lapse in the second quarter, but what was key for having the 7 point lead at half-time?
I thought we did a good job of attacking their zone in the first half. Took us a while to realize exactly what they were doing but once we did, we could find a way to exploit it. I thought they did a good job of coming up with every 50/50 ball and converted it every time. Once we picked up the intensity a little, we were able to pull away.
Did the team prepare in a different way for RJ Price knowing he had 36 points in the last game against Frankfurt?
He was definitely our focal point in the game. We know he can be a dangerous scorer. But they rely so heavily on him. We knew if we can contain him, everything should fall into place!
The EPG Baskets Koblenz broke it open in the third quarter getting massive production from Brian Butler and Bill Borekambi. How much more valuable will they become as they get more comfortable with each other?
They will definitely be able to have more games like this. I think the more Bill plays with us the better the chemistry between the two will become. Once they can get a feel for each other, everything will fall into place.
Brian Butler carried the team in the second half. Was this his best game this season?
Yes this was one of the best performances I’ve seen from him in a while. He was able to do anything he wanted out there, and we kept going to him.
The EPG Baskets Koblenz gave up an average of 95 points in the last two games, but only 71 against Erfurt. What improvements did the team make on the defensive end?
We were just locked in for a complete 40 mins this game. I don’t think we did anything special, we just knew how important it was to win this one. But I think we have to take that intensity into every game for the rest of the year.
Anthony Canty made his debut scoring 11 points. What kind of an experience was it for you playing with him for the first time?
He’s a very smart player. He knows his game and keeps it simple. Once he’s able to get a rhythm and understand the offense inside and out, he will definitely be able to help us take that next step!
You had a tough shooting day scoring 8 points, grabbing 6 boards and getting 4 assists. Was the 0 in the turnover box the most positive stat in your game?
Probably. I couldn’t get it going from the perimeter but valuing the ball was a primary focus for me. We had way too many turnovers in the last weeks. Which is why teams were able to score 90+ points. As long as we don’t give it away, we give ourselves a chance for something positive to happen.
You next face Speyer who you beat in the first meeting 72-68. They won’t make the playoffs. They played you very tough in Koblenz. What will be key to sweeping the season series?
The key will be to keep their shooters from getting easy looks!! If we can keep them under control, we’ll give ourselves a chance. Even with the roster issues they’ve had this season they can still score the ball. They’ll play with nothing to lose and we have to match it.
What are your thoughts on Pau Gasol not retiring yet but coming back to Europe to play with FC Barcelona?
Honestly I hope he does well. His final years in the league have been ruined by injuries but hopefully he can stay healthy and have a nice fit for Barca. We’ll see though.
Thanks DJ for the chat.