Jeremy Ingram (183-G-1991, college: AAMU) is a 191 cm guard that was born in Alabama and has played his entire professional career in Germany for teams like Speyer, Idstein, Bensheim and recently SG Mannheim.This season he is playing for Regionalliga team Bargteheide. Last season with SG Mannheim he picked up South West Regionalliga player of the year while averaging (32.1ppg), 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-4 (2.6spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 35.4%, 9%. He began his career with Enterprise State Community College (JUCO) and then finished with Alabama A&M University (NCAA). He spoke will team up with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber on a weekly basis this season to talk basketball.
Thanks Jeremy for talking to eurobasket.com. You are rehabbing your injury. How tough was the last week seeing your teammates prepare for Neustadt and not be able to join them?
Well its been tough every game that ive had to watch from the sidelines. I know my team needs me and I can’t get out there right now and help them bothers me the most. But playing against the #1 team in our league would have been very fun for me.
How did the last week go with the begin of your rehabbing? Talk a little about how a day looks like?
My days now are super boring because when you can’t really walk you can’t really do anything. So I’ve been home watching a lot of movies and enjoying the time with my family for the few weeks away from basketball.
Since you can’t be on the court grinding, do you tend to watch more video and try to make further strides learning even more about the game?
Yes I’m always watching all our game film, even though I’m not playing but I still like to see all areas we could get better at as a team so when I’m back I won’t have too much adjusting to do.
Bargteheide suffered a tough 97-66 loss to Neustadt to fall to 0-3. The first thing that I noticed were an unbelievable 33 turnovers. That shows that your scoring wasn’t only missed but your taking care of the ball. How do you react mentally knowing your team relies so much on your services?
I know my team needs me back and they know how much I want to be back. And it’s no problem because whatever it is my team needs me to do I’m capable of getting the job done so when I’m back I will handle the ball most of the time and that’s perfectly fine and I will just help and give the guys that are handling the ball right now my point of view And advice.
How tough was it watching this game? Could you evolve into an assistant coach in the time your out to try to help your teammates?
Yes I will offer as much advice as I can to my teammates but I’m not perfect neither so we will all learn and grow together. Win or lose we learn from our mistakes. I will leave the coaching up to the coach though, respectfully.
Bargteheide won the rebounding duel and had 14 offensive rebounds on the night. Was that the best part of the Bargteheide game on this night?
The best part of the game was nobody got hurt and everyone remained healthy. But, rebounding is an important part of our team because we have some big guys who give it their all every play and are very active on the glass.
How does Marcel Hoppe’s role change with you being out. Does this prolific scorer have even more weight on his shoulders?
I mean of course his scoring role increases when I’m not there but I believe players will start to step up and become more confident so Marcel won’t need to feel like he has to score every play.
Is taking care of the ball the main focus in practice this week?
Well i mean that’s the coach’s decision but I’m sure turnovers will be a big part of the planning.
Bargteheide next play Braunschweig. What will be key in getting the win?
Playing hard and playing confident. And of course cutting back on turnovers.
What kind of a role do you see Dennis Schroeder having with the Lakers this time around?
I think he will actually help them out a lot and I feel like his confidence is very high from these Euro games so maybe he will have a big year for the Lakers.
Thanks Jeremy for the chat.