DJ Woodmore(Ahorn Baskets BIS Baskets Speyer) Is In His Prime And Continues To Impact The Game At Both Ends

DJ Woodmore (190-SG-92, college: VWU) is a 29 year old 190cm point guard that is playing his seventh professional season and fifth with the Ahorn Basket Bis Baskets Speyer. Last season with the EPG Baskets Koblenz he averaged 13,3ppg, 6,0rpg, 4,3apf and 1,3spg. In 2019-2020 with the 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 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). He spoke to before the Pro B game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and DJ Woodmore in Basketball City Mainhatten in Frankfurt in 2021

DJ thanks for talking to Where are you and how is basketball life treating you?

Thanks for having me as always!! Just enjoying the season so far again in Speyer!! Basketball has been good so far this season. Couple games we should have won but we’re getting a little better each week.

You are back in Speyer for a 5th season. Could you say your back home in Germany?

Absolutely. Love being back in this place surrounded with friends and family. Makes the long season away from home feel a little shorter!

Returning back to the Ahorn Baskets was a no brainer. Did you feel after your time with Koblenz you needed to go back or could you have gone elsewhere?

I had a few options on the table before I made my decision to go back to Speyer, but it’s always an easy decision to come back to where it all started!!

I believe you have no agent at the time. What was it like having to negotiate with the team?

I’m signed with Dagger Baskets agency! They’ve been helping me a lot time with negotiations.

A lot happened in the last season. Mostly new players came. Is it your team again or are you sharing the duties as main leader with Darian Cardenas?

Darian is definitely our captain and has been leading us this season, I’m just trying to do my part and bring some experience to the table.

The team is currently 3-3. You came in mid way through. What is your impression of the team? Where could it’s journey go this season?

I love this team this year. Definitely dropped the ball the first two games to two teams I feel like we should have beat. Could be looking at a completely different record had we not gotten off to terrible first half starts.

There are a lot of veterans on the team, but also young guys. Have you become like a mentor to Nicklas Geier? What has been your impression of him?

Nick has been solid for us so far! I definitely believe he can play well at this level and bring a lot to our team. I’ve been trying to help him here and there but he’s going to find his own path for sure! He has a really bright future ahead of him.

You suffered a tough 81-73 loss against your ex team EPG Baskets Koblenz. With what kind of feelings did you enter the game with?

I just treated it like any other game. Definitely wanted to win and play well but I tried not to think about it too much. Thought we had our chances to take the lead but they handled our runs well.

They did a severe house cleaning. How much better is this team and do they look like one of the favorites to win it all?

Yes they’re pretty strong and they’re much deeper than last year’s team. I think they’ll have a really good regular season. Hopefully get some favorable matchups in the playoffs but I think Speyer can get there as well. We just have to peak at the right time.

You guys were in the game in the fourth quarter, but just couldn’t get over the hump. What was key in crunch-time for Koblenz to get the victory?

Brian and Marvin stepped up big time in the fourth quarter. Every time we made a run, they answered. It just made it hard to keep momentum. We were one play away multiple times. But that’s what good teams do!

Despite being opponents now, what is it like to compete against Brian Butler? What will you always remember from him as your teammate?

Brian was definitely one of the most competitive players I’ve ever played with. Always a battle when we’re on the court together. Great leader and Better person. Def a great teammate.

Your turning 30 next year. Do you feel like your in your prime now?

Absolutely. Feel like my body and mind is still getting better these days. Hope it doesn’t change too much when I hit my 30s. But we’ll see.

You continue to put up very consistent stats this season. Does anything change with your personal goals or as always are they to do all you can to help the team win?

It’s the same as always. I feel like as long as I’m impacting the game and trying to make plays on offense or defense, the wins will pile up. And the rest will take care of itself.

Your returning back to Frankfurt this weekend. You have played there so many times. The team this season is very young. What is your impression of them?

I think they’ve been playing good basketball so far this season. It’s going to be a tough game for sure. When they’re hitting shots, they’re hard to beat!! Our pick and roll defense will have to be on point if we want to make it tough for them.

You will face off against Marco Voeller. What does that last name mean to you when you hear it?

Voeller is def a great player and will be a tough match up for us. His first league experience has helped them be successful all season.

Another Halloween in Germany. How have you witnessed Halloween in Germany in the last years. Has it become even more americanized since you arrived in 2014?

Yes!! Each year it feels like the celebration has gotten bigger. Glad the tradition is going worldwide

What was the last movie that you saw?

James Bond: No Time to Die

Thanks DJ for the chat.

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