Andree Michelsson (188-G-97) is a 197 cm guard from Sweden that is playing his first season in Germany with the BBC Twisters Rendsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) currently averaging 18,7ppg, 3,0rpg and 3,8apg.He has scored in double figures in all 11 games including 29 points against Berlin BG 2000 and Bergedorf.He began his career in Sweden with Malbas Oresund Malmo (Basketettan) He played the last four seasons in Iceland with Ungmennafelagio Snaefell (Iceland-Dominos League) averaging 11.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 81.7%. Then he played two seasons with Hottur Egilsstadir (Iceland-Dominos League) averaging 8.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 51.9% in his first season and in his second season averaged 11.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 65.5%. His last team in Iceland was UMF Sindri Hofn (Iceland-D1) where he averaged 18.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 71.4%. He spoke to germanhoops.com last summer about his basketball career.
Thanks Andree for talking to germanhoops.com. Before we talk about basketball, talk a little about how you witnessed COVID-19 last year in Iceland. What were the biggest challenges for you on and off the court?
The Covid situation in Iceland was shut down in 2020, so the season ended a little earlier. I’ve been in Malmoe Sweden working/studying and just trying to build something here as well this Year.
With everything that you experienced in Sweeden and Iceland off the court, how do you feel did COVID make you stronger as a man?
It really did, I saw things from an other perspective and realized that some things in life is bigger than basketball.
Congrats on signing with the BBC Twisters Rendsburg (Germany-Regionalliga). Is this like a dream come true? You always wanted to play in Germany.
Thank you! This has been a goal of mine for a while now to play in Germany. Good country and basketball is big there, I hope for a great season and that everything goes well.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Have you known any guys that have played in Germany?
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Germany and the basketball over there. Have some friends that been playing there as well so I’m looking forward to get going!
What were the main reasons for signing with the BBC Twisters Rendsburg (Germany-Regionalliga)? What was the deciding moment that allowed you to make this step?
Coaching staff had a great mindset and I hope I can be a good fit for the team and help out.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a good shooter, but also very creative and can read the pick and roll well. What other strengths does your game have?
Yes, I like to have the ball in my hand and make decisions that’s best for the team. I’ve scored a lot my whole career but I also see the floor very well and make my teammates get looks as well. Some say that my NBA comparison is like a Deron Williams play style.
On what things do you continue to keep working on so you can continue to grow as a player?
A lot really, I can get better at everything.
You began your basketball career with Malbas Oresund Malmo (Basketettan). How important were these young years in your development and which coach do you remember being very important in your growth?
Malbas times where great for me growing up, specially thru the age of 13-16 when a lot happend in my life and basketball really made me to man I am today.
You played the last 4 years in Iceland in the country where your mother comes from. What did you enjoy most about the country?
Yes, it’s a beautiful country first of all and very good and helpful people that I am very appreciated of. And the competition was great, I developed a lot there!
You played in the first and second divisions of Iceland. How do you feel did your game grow in the last four years? How are you a different player today than when you arrived there in 2016?
For sure, I went straight after high school in Sweden and it was a tough challenge with taking care of yourself on a professional level. But I’m Happy I got the experience it at a young age that is a big factor now.
What memories do you have of teammate Charles Clark? Are you surprised that he has hasn’t continued his career?
It seems like COVID got in the way. Charles and I got a great relationship and I played with a lot of good guys that year that still are my friends today.
You played together with another talented American with Aaron Moss who had Westbrook like stats with 23/12/9. How much did your game profit from a guy like this?
I took a lot of vision and play making from Aaron, he knew the game very well and how to change the game with in positions.
What do you remember being your wake up call to being Iceland your first year where you knew that you were very far away from home?
It took like 3 days for me to understand what was going on, because everything happens so fast but you have to get in a good routine and make sure to stay ready.
Who was the best player that you ever played in your career that played at a high level?
That’s a good question, I’ve played with/against very high level guys in my career and I can’t pick really.
Please name your five best teammates of all-time?
Elijah Clarance, David Guardia Ramos, Robert Northmann, Charles Clark and Tobias Sjoeberg
Please name your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads?
MJ, Lebron, Kobe and D Wade
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
MJ at the moment but Lebron is on his way.
What was the last movie that you saw?
I saw a really good documentary of Conor McGregor. I’m going to eat dinner with that guy some day, believe that. Thank you for the interview Miles, appreciate it!