Christopher Miller (192-G-1993, college: Salem) is a 29 year old 193cm guard from Brooklyn, New York who is playing his eighth professional season and first with GoldCoast Wallabies NLB (2nd League). He played 3 seasons with the Giessen Pointers (Germany-Regionalliga) and last season averaged 17.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 17.5%, FT: 78.6%. This season for Bensheim he averaged 19,5ppg, 3,8rpg, 2,0apg and 1,5spg. He has had experience in countries like El Salvador and Bosnia. He recently played for the South Shore Monarchs (TBL) playing 8 games averaging 22.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.3%. He began his basketball career at Clinton Community College and also played two years at Salem University (NCAA2). This season he teams up with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber with weekly chats about his basketball season.
You are now in Switzerland playing for Wallabies. How is autumn in your new country?
This Fall isn’t bad at all. It’s a bit warmer here. I’m enjoying the last bit of good weather before winter.
After a win the team lost against Akad Fribourg 74-65. Talk a little about the 40 minutes. Was this game decided in crunch-time?
This game was a up and down game which I felt we let slip away in the second half. We had things under control and then let it slip away and the opposing team gained confidence and momentum.
You came to a team that is struggling. What is your overall impression of the team? How is the team chemistry?
I believe this team is better than what the record shows. I think the chemistry is growing . I think it just takes a team a while to adjust to changes like this midway through the season. I believe we will turn it around.
Both teams struggled shooting from outside. But your team grabbed 18 offensive rebounds. Is this team generally a good rebounding team?
We are a good rebounding team. We have a lot of athletes who are capable of getting on the boards.
You had your second game with 20 plus points. How does the second Swiss league compare with the German Regionalliga?
I think the Swiss league has overall a bit more talent than Germany. Germany is more physical for sure. Still adjusting to the physicality here.
Has there been any adjustment that you have had to do with your game?
I just have to play a bit faster here some moves that worked in Germany don’t work here at the same speed . I like that this league keeps me on my toes. It’s a new situation.
You had 10 steals in the first 2 games. How do you explain that incredible rise in steals?
I came in to this team focusing more on my defense again and getting that step back to be able to reach those passing lane steals. I hope to continue this and showcase my defense on this level.
Is the scouting for opponents different than how you were accustomed in Germany in the Regionalliga?
It’s a new league I am still getting used to the style of play here and good players but my coaches are doing a great job at scouting and having us prepared for the opponents.
The Lakers are 2-10. Are you surprised by the start and will they rebound?
I think any team with Lebron James will be fine it’s a long season I believe the will be a playoff team and in the playoffs everyone has a chance.
Thanks Chris for the chat.