Jonah Radebaugh (190-G-1997, college: N.Colorado) is a 24 year old 190cm guard from Northglenn Colorado playing his second professional season and second with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. He began his professional career with the Koping Stars (Sweden-Basketligan). He began his basketball career at Northglenn high school and then played at the University of Northern Colorado from 2016-2020 playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior averaged 16.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 6.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 78.9%. He spoke to germanhoops.com after the 81-77 OT win against ratiopharm Ulm.
Thanks Jonah for talking to germanhoops.com. Congrats on the 81-77 win and 2-0 series lead. The first two games were like day and night in terms of scoring. Did it surprise you that game two was a lot more low scoring?
Not really. You kind of expected it. When you play a team a second time, things get more familiar. We knew more what to expect.
The game was a real tight affair and you could of won it after 40 minutes. You could of won the game with a three and then so could of Sindarius Thornwell. Ludwigsburg didn’t waste anytime in OT taking charge right away. What was key for getting the win at the end?
We knew that we had to come out and punch them in the mouth. We didn’t dwell on the misses at the end of regulation. We knew that we had worn them down and needed to bring extra energy. The big shot by Jordan Hulls helped us.
How refreshing was it to see defensive specialist Yorman Polas score 19 points? How comforting is it knowing any guy can go off on any night?
We love that. He has had some big games. When teams key in on me, Justin Simon or Jordan Hulls, we always have other guys that will step up. I don’t need to be stressed when you have guys like Yorman who can score. We have been doing it all season long.
Your playing your second season for the MHP Riesen. Last season you reached the final and this season rolling again in the playoffs. When you look back at the last 18 months, coming to Ludwigsburg was one of the best choices in your life?
I think so. I came in late to the team last season and didn’t know what to expect. The team was having a great season and it was tough adjusting. I didn’t know at first if it was the right situation and I would fit in. I really had to work on myself. But coming from a mid major school, I have always had to prove myself. Eventually I found my role. With many guys gone this season, I saw it as a big opportunity to have a bigger role.
As a hard nosed defender, coming into John Patrick’s system was perfect. What is the biggest challenge playing for him?
He does a lot of subbing especially when a player is new. It can be frustrating. Last season, if I made one mistake, I was out. I had to adjust. He made me want to play perfect basketball. Even now you know that if you do mess up, you can be thrown into the musical chairs. This is something that all guys go through.
Alba Berlin all play for each other and have fun on the court. Do you sense like that same type of culture of team togetherness is present with the MHP Riesen?
Yes it is. Everybody on this team loves to see the other have success. Seeing Yorman score a lot like tonight or seeing James Woodard come off the bench and be successful makes me happy. There is no selfishness in our culture. We just want to win.
After not winning the Basketball Champions League, is the hunger to win grown more? In what areas of the team game will the team have to keep growing in in order to make a playoff run?
We have to stay locked in on defense and take down the other teams key players. Everyone has to take on that personal challenge.
What kind of an experience has it been playing with Jordan Hulls. He recently announced that this is his last year. How contagious can his shooting be?
It has been great playing with Jordan. There were games this season where he was injured. You saw the difference on the court without him. He is a true floor general. Everybody loves playing with him and he is a great shooter. You always think that his shot will go in. With his good shooting, it gives everyone else more confidence with their shooting. We hope that that feeling of others thinking your ball will go in will happen.
How much of an inspiration has veteran Tremmell Darden been for you? Does his longevity make you think about the future and what you have to do in order to play as long as you can?
Tremmell has a lot of wisdom and you can always go to him for wisdom. I try to pick up things form him that will help me play a long time. He takes care of his body every day and is also a very nice guy.
You and Justin Simon have carried the team offensively this season. How valuable has he been for the team and what do you appreciate most about his game?
It has been great playing with him. When he isn’t on, then I will be and vice versa. He is always a helping hand, is unselfish and a great teammate. He is really good at making tough shots around the rim. I try to take some of that touch and add it to my game.
You made an incredible jump in your game from last season to this. It began in last season’s playoffs against Bamberg and then FC Bayern Munich. What happened in that period for you to be able to raise your game?
Last year I had the opportunity to play and was in the business of playing perfect. The success in the playoffs was because nobody knew who I was. The opponent keyed in on other players. I became more aggressive and I got freedom to make plays. When that works you get more confidence.
How much of an effect did the good playoff series have in you keeping your momentum and carrying it into this season?
It had a huge effect. My teammates also trusted me.
You have made a massive jump in your game this season. Your playing 14 minutes more and filling the stat sheet. Has Patrick giving you total freedom and you working hard to keep improving been the secret equation or has there been more to you having this success?
Yes I have more freedom this season. I have more freedom to make mistakes and plays. It is no fun playing on needles. I believe my game was able to shine because of the freedom I got. Also continuing to work hard on my game was important.
You averaged 6,0apg as a senior in the NCAA. You haven’t averaged more than 3,0apg as a pro. Is continuing to grow as a facilitator a part of your game you want to continue to work on?
There is a fine line between being aggressive and getting your team involved at the same time. I have had some good and bad assist games this season. Key is being aggressive and not forcing it. Last season no one keyed in on me. This season guys are keying in more on me and I have to find open guys more.
You began your rookie season with the Koping Stars (Sweden-Basketligan) averaging 11.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 81.8%. What do you remember being your wake up call to being overseas where you knew that you were very far away from home?
I think my wake up call was setting my alarm clock for 4Am so I could see the NBA finals. Back home I was used to seeing it at night at 8 or 9pm. It made me realize that I was across the world. But I had to see the NBA finals. It was a priority.
You played at the University of North Colorado (NCAA) from 2016-2020. Was winning the CIT title your fondest moment there?
Yes that was definitely my biggest moment. Not many teams experience winning a title at the college level. It is something that I will never forget.
You made a huge leap in your senior year in your game. How do you feel did your game develop most in your senior year?
A few games into my senior year, my point guard got injured. So they made the decision for me to become the primary ball handler. That is when my game took off. But I was ready. I had watched other guys make plays so coming in and taking on that role was easier. Key was that my teammates and coach trusted me. I had to make the freedom to make plays and we lived with it. I also worked hard coming into my senior year because I wanted a big year after not such a good junior year.
You had memorable games against Portland State and Denver. What was your favorite game in your college career?
The Portland State was my most memorable game. I almost had 30 points. After that game my teammates called me 30 point Radebaugh. I had been in a shooting slump coming in and then I exploded. I saw all my hard work pay off.
How did head coach Jeff Linder groom and prepare you best for a professional career?
Coach Linder was hard on us. He really pushed us towards his expectations. He made practices very hard, but in games he trusted us and let us make plays and mistakes. He is a very good coach and I loved playing for him.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Trent Harris?
I won. We called him John Gotti. He was a very good shooter but I won those games.
Who was the toughest player that you faced in the NCAA that went to the NBA?
Lari Markkanen was the toughest player. We almost beat him and Arizona that had guys like Bonn MVP Parker Jackson-Cartwright, my current teammate Rawle Alkins and Alonzo Trier.
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
Jordan Davis, Barry Brown, Desi Rodriguez, Jaleen Smith, Justin Simon.
Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads?
Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Kareem, Kevin Durant
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Jordan or Lebron?
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they have left it alone?
Yes they should of.
Thanks Jonah for the chat.