The Miles Vs DJ Woodmore Weekly Basketball Talk Volume 18

DJ Woodmore (190-SG-92, college: VWU) (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 DJ Woodmore team together each week to talk basketball

DJ thanks for talking to A tough 82-69 loss in Itzehoe to end your season. How tough was the drive home?

Drive home was pretty tough. Pretty quiet for the first half of the trip and just a lot of reflecting on the season for the second half. Doesn’t help that it was a six hour trip as well.

The season has ended for the EPG Baskets. What were your first thoughts when the buzzer sounded to end the fourth quarter?

‘Damn.’ Thats all I could really say. It was a tough game from start to finish. They came out hot and we struggled shooting the ball all night. There was nothing to say.

Itzehoe had the commanding 40-32 lead at the break. Koblenz had severe difficulty defending in the first quarter. Was it more the team mistakes or the game of Itzehoe that allowed them to take off so quickly?

Like I said, I think they started the game hitting some tough shots. And we couldn’t buy a basket for the first 5 or so. I don’t think we made many mistakes offensively. Maybe a few defensively but they made us pay for every single one of them.

The EPG Baskets Koblenz got their offense going in the third quarter. What words of wisdom did head coach Danny Rodriguez give for the last time this season at half-time?

Just give the last 20 mins everything we got. We were only one run away from changing the game completely. But it just never happened for us. When we got our offense going, our defensive wasn’t good enough. And vice-versa.

A big problem this season was defensive consistency. This also wasn’t accomplished in this game. What was lacking most?

Mental breakdowns had been a huge problem. I just think we had some match-up problems all night. Maybe just a bigger body to throw at Hooper and Colo down low would have helped. But I thought CJ and Brian did a pretty good job.

In the fourth quarter the EPG Baskets Koblenz played good offense, but couldn’t get stops. How much does it hurt inside when you fight and get 17 offensive rebounds but still lose?

Definitely hurts a little considering the fact that we led in almost every statistical category except for shooting. In most cases, that wins you a game. But going on the road in a playoff game makes it tough to come back from. We fought extremely hard, just couldn’t get it going.

Anthony Canty had a tough shooting day going 6/20. He had some other great games. Is this a good example of how good players can’t always have great games in huge games?

He’s helped carry us the last few weeks and he’s shot the ball extremely well since he’s joined the team. We all have tough shooting nights, but we were telling him to keep shooting. We had confidence in him the whole night, but when it’s one of those days it’s just one of those days.

Boksic and Hooper combined for 47 points. Please talk a little about what made it hard to stop them?

Their games compliment each other so well. One is a physical presence down low and one is more crafty from the outside. And their size difference causes a lot of team’s problems to match up. They played extremely well and once they got their rhythm, it was already too late to stop.

Chris Hooper is a very special player. Why isn’t a guy like that balling in the Pro A?

Very talented player, he’s dominated this league for a couple years now. I think he’ll get his opportunities pretty soon.

You had 11 points and 9 boards on 3/6 shooting. Do you feel like you could have been more aggressive on this night?

Yes, I think I could have been more aggressive but with our offense, sometimes it makes it difficult to get the ball in the right spots to score. I’ll work on that in the offseason, and make sure the ball is in my hands during big games and big moments.

Itzehoe head coach Pat Elzie comes over as a coach that many guys have liked playing for. Is he a guy that you would like to ball for?

Absolutely, I’ve heard nothing but great things about him as a coach and person. It would be great to have that chance to play for someone like him.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Been watching more series than movies. Last series has been the Last Chance U basketball documentary. Really good if you haven’t seen it yet.

Thanks DJ for the chat.

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