DJ Woodmore (190-SG-1992, college: VWU) is a 30 year old 190cm point guard that is playing his eight professional season and sixth with the Ahorn Basket Bis Baskets Speyer. Last season with Speyer he averaged 15.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 81.0%. In the 2020-2021 season with the EPG Baskets Koblenz he averaged 13,3ppg, 6,0rpg, 4,3apf and 1,3spg. In 2019-2020 with the Morgenstern BIS Basket Speyer (Germany-ProB) he played 21 games averaging 15.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 87.3%. In 2018-2019 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 71.6%. In his first two seasons with Speyer he averaged 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 72.1% and 17.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 76.4%. he played at Virginia Wesleyan College (NCAA3): from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 20.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3% (219/435), 3Pts: 46.0% (91/198), FT: 76.9% (93/121). He spoke to germanhoops.com before the Pro B game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.
Thanks DJ for talking to germanhoops.com. Welcome back to Speyer. How confident are you that you will end your career there?
I appreciate it!! Glad to be back. Haven’t really thought about the end of my career too much. I’m just going with the flow. But it’s obvious that I enjoy being here. Would be fitting to start and end my career with the same club.
This is your sixth season in Speyer. What do you appreciate most about the organization now and then when you landed there in 2014?
I’ve basically spent most of my adult life here in the city. I came here when I was 22 and it’s crazy to think that now I’m 30. I think I’ve grown, just as much as the club has grown. We’ve both learned from the ups and downs and ended up in a better position than 8 years ago.
Let’s talk a little about the team. The first thing that really stands out is that the club got very young. Do you feel like having less experience could have an effect of how well the team will perform?
Absolutely. This team is a lot different than last season. Going to take us a little more time to gel together compared to last year. But I think the talent is still there. Once we figure it out, I think we’ll be competing at a high level consistently.
The team had problems scoring against Erfurt and had problems keeping points off the score board. What kind of style can we await from the Ahorn Baskets this season?
We’ve already made some adjustments since the first game, offensively and defensively. I believe it’ll be a better showing on Sunday. Erfurt is a tough team. But they have a returning core that’s been together for multiple years. Definitely a tough opponent when opening the season. We’ll be fine though.
I was a little surprised to see a young guy like Valentin Rappold go to Regionalliga team TV Langen. How much will the team miss his defensive qualities?
Yes that was a surprising off-season move. We’ll definitely miss his energy he brings on defense and ability to get people shots. But I think we have some young guys ready to step into that role. Nick is playing with a lot of confidence right now, and I think he’s capable of being an impact player for us.
The team picked up Quadre Lollis JR. How valuable is he to the team and did you know his dad played for Alba Berlin before you were even in high school?
Yea, I had a lot of talks with Q even before he landed in Speyer. I know his dad is a legend around the basketball world here. But Q’s going to be huge for us this season. His ability to get to the basket and finish is one of the best in the league, easily. He puts so much pressure on the defense and is a match up nightmare for teams.
One player that is a big talent is Samauel Schally. How have you observed his early progression this season and what do you appreciate most about his game?
His confidence! From the first day of practice, he never questions his ability. He’s a shooter and he knows that. Even at his age he knows what he has to offer. I don’t worry about Sam. Look for him to have a few BIG games for us this year.
Your turning 31 in January 2022. You have been consistent your whole career. What has been your secret to being able to achieve that?
Just being available. I think I’ve been lucky enough to not have to deal with any major injuries. Just putting the work in during the off-season. Getting a little bit better each summer. And playing with confidence every night.
The team seems not to have as many scoring options like last season and have lost scoring machine Darrian Cardenas. Could this be the season where you could have your best scoring season?
If that’s what the team needs me to do. If it calls for me to be more aggressive, I don’t have a Problem with that. And same if I need to get more players more shots. Whatever translates to getting back to the playoffs.
What are your biggest personal goals as a player besides winning? Is there anything about your game that you want to showcase more this season?
I honestly don’t have one. As cliche as it sounds. I just want to make a deep playoff run. I’ve already scored a lot of points, grabbed a lot of rebounds, Shot crazy percentages. But honestly I just want to compete for championships. Not just play to save the league.
You have mostly had good games in Frankfurt. But I can imagine the 2 games last season are ones you won’t forget. In one you were very close to a triple double?
Yea I think we lost both of those games though!! I think overtime in one of them. I always enjoy playing in Frankfurt. But I’ve actually never won game in the Frankfurt gym. Don’t know why that is, but I’m 0-4 in that gym. Hoping to change that this year.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors are very young this season. What kind of game can we await? IT looks like Speyer will be the favorite?
This it will be a really fast pace game. We know they’ll run each chance they get and we’ll have to be good in translation on defense. But we’re young too, so I can imagine it will be a tough outing.
Quantez Robertson is turning 38 in December and this might be his last year. Your turning 31. How much longer do you feel will you still play? Are you the type of guy that won’t stop until your motor totally turns off?
I think so. I don’t have an age when I want to stop playing. I’m still enjoying it and just as (if not more) passionate about putting the time and energy in each week as I was when I started in 2014. The game has taken me around the world and back, and I’ll keep riding until the wheels fall off !
Where do you rank Steph Curry now in the all-time best point guards of all-time?
I Think he’s got to be up there as 1 or 1b. You can argue Magic Johnson but Steph has completely changed the game.
Thanks DJ for the chat.