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.
Happy New Year John. How did you enter 2022? Were you still in the states or did you experience it in Germany?
Happy new year to you as well, I brought New Years with the family; it felt great to be around them after 5 almost 6 months away. I’m back and ready to grind for 2022.
Grevenbroich didn’t start well in 2022 losing badly to Bonn 2 108-70. At first glance of the box score, the 6 man rotation was troubling. Did the club have Covid cases or just sick cases?
Yes covid cases and injuries have been the theme so far but we are doing our best to stay positive and keep pushing to better days.
How tough was it playing with a 6 man rotation. Do you ever remember playing with so little players?
Yes it was definitely tough, yet a challenge we needed to see together, things will get better and we will bounce back from that this weekend.
What was your mind set going into the game? What kind of a strategy did you have knowing you may have to do even more?
Well it’s all about getting my guys going, trying to spread the ball around a little more to get their confidence rolling early in the game so in the end they’ll come through when I need them.
Doing more is fine with me, I’m always up for the challenge.
Take me a little through the 40 minutes. Did Grevenbroich have moments where they were on a good route to winning?
We ended the half down 3, with smarter plays and just an ounce more effort on defense and we can play until the end.
Grevenbrocih was hit hard on the boards. What positives could the club take from the game as you continue to move forward?
Learning that we need to box out, put a body on some people because we are undersized at the moment, just learning the details of the things we need to do together really helped us out a lot over this week of practice.
What can a club learn in general from a game like that where one is severely depleted with man power?
We have to take advantage of time and situation, make smart plays down the stretch and limit turnovers, if that’s taken care of we can play as long as we need to.
You had an off night with 14 points on 6/21 shooting. What did you learn about your game after this experience?
Life keeps going, maybe some slight rust from 2 weeks of no games but bounce back with a major statement this upcoming weekend.
The next game is against Hamm a must win who are at 7-8. You were crushed in the first game. What will be key to getting win?
Maintaining effort of defense for 40 minutes and we can come out with a win.
Thanks John for the chat.