John Murry (192-G-95, college: Austin Peay) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Indianapolis, Indiana that is playing his third professional season in Germany with BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga). Before that he had experience with the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans. He played two years at Owens Community College playing 63 games and two years at Austin Peay State University (NCAA) playing 56 NCAA games and as a senior averaged 16.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 81.1%. He and Miles Schmidt-Scheuber talk weekly about basketball.
John thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Your itch to want to play regularly has been huge the last two years. Now you can play a new season, but the first game got cancelled against Hagen-Haspe because of Covid. What was going through your head when you heard the news?
Thanks my guy. Thanks for having me again. I was extremely upset about the cancellation of the first game because it was crucial for us to get that 1st win of the season and we didn’t even get to play, but moving forward it gave us more time to prepare for our future success.
Do you sometimes wonder if there could be a curse on you to play professional games overseas?
No, I believe God has a plan for me and all though Ive been waiting for years for my opportunity at higher levels for numerous reasons, everything works out for the good and things happen when they are supposed to.
I haven’t heard about a player catching COVID thus cancelling a game. How bitter is seeing this? You would have thought that this wouldn’t be able to happen anymore?
I definitely agree because I’m ready to play but for us to be successful we have to keep pushing and preparing for to win, we can’t worry about things we cannot control
Finally you got the season underway. Despite a great offensive game by you, Grevenbroich lost 99-97. How tough was this game to digest?
It was very tough but we know what we need to do moving forward in order to generate a lot of wins for this current season.
Take me through the last seconds. What were the main reasons that Grevenbrocih wasn’t able to pull out the win?
We fought to the very end and we put ourselves in a hole in the beginning, I believe if we cut down on turn overs in the future we won’t have such struggle in the end and we can pull out the win.
Grevenbroich forced 24 turnovers and won the rebounding duel, but still lost the game. How difficult was it guarding the three point line? They nailed 14 three’s.
We just have to do a better job at closing out on shooters and making sure we take the extra step on defense and not take the easy or lazy way out.
Grevenbroich got super support from Marc Rass. How much fun is it playing with him? You guys seem to be a 1-2 punch?
We love the support that Marc gives us and it helps us out when we need a bucket.
You and Matt Frierson combined for 70 points. To which NBA player did his hot shooting remind you of.
Matt played a really good game, he performed well for him and his team.
You had an outstanding game with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assist and 3 steals. How happy were you with your own game?
Well there is more work to do considering we lost, I definitely watched the film countless times to see what else I could do more of to make sure we come out with the win next time.
You also seemed to pick your spots well. Were you happy with your shot selection?
This was probably the only thing I was happy with from the offense end of my game, shooting 75% from the field (12-16) is something you can’t complain about when the it’s crunch time.
After a game like that where you were very solid, on what area’s will you work on most? Is shooting one of your biggest priorities?
Shooting is a big component but working and studying film to make sure I play a complete game on both ends of the floor is what I will pay most attention to.
You next paly Hamm. What will be the major focus in practice this week?
Making sure we pay close attention to detail and the scouting reports, mistakes cost us the game so we want to limit those as much as possible going into this weekend
Tom Brady visited New England last weekend for the first time since leaving in 2020. How big of a mistake was it letting Brady go?
He is one of the greatest QB’s of our era. Letting him go was just a way for him to win somewhere else, players like him are going to win no matter what. It’s a lifestyle that he lives by.
Thanks John for the chat.