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.
Congrats John on the massive 105-98 victory over top team Herford. How good does this win feel?
It feels great, I had a good feeling going into the game, was thinking upset the whole time, just glad for my guys that we were able to pull the win out.
Was this the biggest win of your professional career?
I would have to admit this is the biggest win thus far, and it feels good just trusting the process and putting everything together.
It was a shoot out win. Talk a little about the 40 minutes. Where was the turning point of the game?
I think for us, the turning point was early in the game, we came out ready to play and make simple plays and didn’t make a lot of turnovers Everybody got to touch the ball and multiple guys where In double figures. We knew what we were up against.
How do you feel did your leadership qualities grow in the game? I can imagine that you were always guiding and bring the guys into a huddle throughout the game?
Not to toot my own horn, but I feel I’ve grown in ways I couldn’t even imagine. I’m learning how to lead in ways other than just scoring, help guys with confidence in their game and make winning plays down the stretch. I’m loving the process.
The stats were pretty identical. What do you believe was the team’s biggest strength on the evening?
Just remembering our defensive principles and making sure we take care of the ball; when we are taking care of the ball and making shots
We are very good team.
Filip Serwatka who? Run that name by me again. Who is Filip Serwatka? He bolstered the offense with 31 points. Please give me a introduction to who he is?
My guy from the basketball state, he is a friend and former teammate before coming to Grevenbroich with me, Phil’s game is very versatile and he gives us great minutes.
How key was it keeping Wendt and Zemhoute in check? Was that a big focus on the night?
Just played them to our strengths defensively and protecting home court was the biggest key for us, we’ve played well at home so far so we trying to keep it rolling.
What was it like playing against former BBL player Ole Wendt? Is it a good confirmation of your basketball abilities when you’re the best player on the court and outplay former BBL players?
Its definitely a good feeling after the game to know where your talents measure up too, seeing how BBL is definitely on my list of things to accomplishments in life, it’s interesting to see the growth of your own personal investment.
You had another big game with 33/2/7/2 stats. You had 2 turnovers. How do you rate your own game?
I just expect perfection from myself so I felt like there is a higher ceiling and going back to the film is where I correct those to achieve more from myself, I’m never satisfied and I always feel like there is something I can improve on no matter how good the stats/film might be.
How do you build off a huge win and game? I mean how can you top that?
By continuing to take care of business at home this weekend to close out the first half of the season and keep the momentum rolling to start the new year.
You next battle Hagen-Haspe, a must win before X-mas. What will be key to getting the win?
I believe boxing out will be huge for us and staying discipline on defense
The rest will take care of itself.
What is your favorite childhood Christmas memory
I’m definitely rocking with the grinch and Friday after next; those are classics.
Thanks John for the chat.