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.
Congrats DJ on the massive 109-107 OT win over Giessen. If someone had told you before the game that the EPG Baskets Koblenz would win a NBA type score OT game what would you have said?
Thank you!! I would have said it’s completely possible. Our offense has always had the potential to have a big game like this. I’m just glad we finally found a way to win a close game.
The EPG Baskets Koblenz had the sound 33-22 lead after 10 minutes. How good was it having the offensive working so well and what did the club focus on most in practice the last week on offense?
Honestly we spent the last week focused on our defense. We knew that was going to be key to stopping their Big 3. But we shot the ball well from the start and had massive energy from some key players.
But Giessen showed that they can also score with ease netting 30 points in the second quarter. Despite the up and downs do you feel like the club is making strides in showing more consistent defense?
Yes I think we’re turning the page defensively. We’re showing that when we play with energy and intensity, we can be dominant defensively. And vice versa.
Giessen controlled the fourth quarter but Koblenz never gave up. Other teams may have let up in a meaningless last regular season game, but Koblenz buckled down to force OT. What strides did the team show in staying together and finishing the game?
We’re getting back to that winning mentality. That ‘Find A Way’ mindset we had at the beginning of the season. I think we got away from that in the last month or so. But the last two games proved that it’s still there.
The EPG Baskets Koblenz won the game with a 5-0 run with baskets from Thompson and Butler. What was key in the last minute for getting the victory?
They just made big play after big play. Zaire made huge shots the entire second half. And Brian was a force all game so we wanted to make sure the ball was in their hands.
Giessen big man Tim Uhlemann had 27 points. How much potential does he have and can he become a good BBL player?
He has a really legit chance to be a good first league player. His size and shooting ability makes him so difficult to defense. I’m actually surprised he isn’t already at that level.
Brian Butler had a monster game with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Do you see him taking another step with his game in the post season?
I hope so, I think teams will definitely key in on him in the playoffs and make it tough. But he’s too talented to be stopped. And now he’s playing with a high level of confidence as well. He’s going to a problem for every team in our group.
You had a solid game with 18 points. Has your role changed anything with the arrival of Anthony Canty?
Yes fo rsure. It allows me to play more off the ball than before. Which I’m comfortable with, but it’s taking some adjusting. Trying to find another good balance scoring the ball and making plays for everyone else. But I’ll be ready for the post season.
How ready are the EPG Baskets Koblenz for the post season. What things does the team still have to tweak to be ready?
I don’t know if there’s much to tweak at this point. We’re still finding rotations and combinations of players that work best. Besides that the free weekend will definitely help some guys recover their bodies so we’re playing at 100% again. That’ll be important for us with all the injuries we’ve had this year.
Have you challenged Anthony Canty to a one on one game yet? Who would win this battle? Haha no not yet.
Maybe after the season, but I’m definitely betting on myself in that game. But he’s tough to guard when he gets hot.
Thanks DJ for the chat