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The Miles Vs Henry Dugat Talk About The Special Magic Of Baylor Basketball

Henry Dugat (183-PG-87, college: Baylor) is a 34 year old 183cm point guard that has 12 years of professional basketball under his belt. He played the last two seasons with BK Dnipro (Ukraine-Superleague). His professional career also has brought him to teams like Oros Nuevo Laredo (Mexico-LNBP), Marinos de Anzoategui (Venezuela-LPB), Halcones UV Xalapa (Mexico-LNBP), Fuerza Regia Monterrey (Mexico-LNBP), Frayles de Guasave (Mexico), LF Basket (Sweden-Basketligan), Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL), Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary-A Division), STB Le Havre (France-ProA), and Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague). He played at Baylor (NCAA) form 2005-2009 playing a total of 97 NCAA games reaching the nCAA tournament and was a NIT finalist in 2009. He spoke to eurobasket about his Baylor days and about the special basketball magic there.


Henry thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You last played for BK Dnipro (Ukraine-Superleague) and won the 2020 cup Talk a little about your experiences with COVID-19 in the last year. What were your biggest challenges and how did you get stronger as a man with everything you saw?

I think life was different for everyone during COVID dealing with so much uncertainty. One thing I noticed that was difficult for me was not knowing what to expect but within that I believe I became stronger in focusing on what matters most to me in life

Your 34 years old now. Will you return next year or have you contemplated retirement?


I still have the fire inside and a lot to give to the game I will continue my career

You played with German club Phoenix Hagen in 2013-2014. What memories do you have of Germany and with what teammate did you have the biggest connection with then?

I really enjoyed my time in Germany. I have a lot of memories from my time in Hagen. One of the memories is how great the fans were in almost every arena.

You reached the NCAA tournament in 2008 with Baylor. What made this team so special?

In 2008 what made that team special was we had a lot of talent and the same goal.

You played four years with Curtis Jerrell and three years with Tweety Carter. What memories do you have of your fellow guards and how did they grow as players?

Curtis and Tweety are two guys that I consider family to this day.

Let’s talk about your alma mater Baylor. They won the 2021 NCAA title. How did you feel the day after the win?

I was proud for Baylor winning the NCAA TItle, Happy for the players, the coaching staff and the whole university. They made history and this team will be written forever

Baylor had a simple game plan. Make some shots. If you miss get the rebounds and then make some more shots. Can basketball sometimes be that simple?



They came out focused early in the game and was able to control the momentum early and maintain it throughout the game.

How key was it for Baylor players Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, Flo Thamba and Mark Vital limiting Drew Timme to 12 points?. The star Jalen Suggs had 22 points, but Gonzaga didn’t have scoring support behind him.

Tchatchoua, Thamba, and Vital were key to controlling the game with rebounding and limiting Timme. I think they accepted the challenge.

Davion Mitchell is seen as a #1 Draft pick and Jared Butler as a possible second round pick. How have you followed their careers and how do you seem them doing in the NBA? Where do you see the journey of Macio Teague going? He seemed a bit in the shadow of Butler and Mitchell. Could he make the NBA and do you see his game being suited to becoming an impact player overseas?

After watching this season I believe Mitchell, Butler, and Teague are all NBA level professional players.

Ex Baylor player Ishmail Wainright said this about head coach Scott Drew ‘He treated us like professionals since day one. Talked to us like one. Worked us like one. He used to tell us, ‘ You guys want to be professionals someday, you have to walk, talk, eat, work, and take care of your bodies like professionals do!’ How proud are you of your ex coach and how did he groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

I’m very proud for coach Drew coach Jerome Tang and his coaching staff and being able to be a part of the journey and to see the growth along the way.

How do you see the future of Baylor (NCAA) basketball. Two guys seem to be heading to the NBA and Macio Teague and Mark Vital are also done as seniors.


I believe the future is bright for Baylor University and I believe they will continue to take steps forward.

Have you seen Coming To America 2 yet? The reviews have been mixed. Shouldn’t they just have left the original classic untouched?

I don’t have a take, I haven’t watched Coming to America 2

Thanks Henry for the chat.

Maccabi Tel Aviv Is A First Indication That The Euroleague Could Be Realistic With Jaleen Smith´s(MHP Riesen) Game Continuing To Grow

Even if it is more than three years ago, the date March 23rd, 2018 will still be in the minds of some hardcore FC Bayern Munich fans as this was the night as a rare Eurocup feat was accomplished by ex Florida great Scottie Wilbekin. After coming off a sold 24 points showing in the Darussafaka’s nail biting 76-74 win in Turkey, Wilbekin didn’t shift up a gear, but actually a few more netting an unbelievable 41 points with 10 three’s and dumping FC Bayern Munich from the semi-final playoffs 87-84 and advancing to the final against Lok Kuban. 342 kilometers away, rookie Jaleen Smith (193-PG-94, college: UNH) was in between games having netted 6 points against Ehingen and on March 25th scored 6 points against Orange Academy. He was having a typical rookie season where ups and downs were the norm. But the most important thing was, his contribution did help the team win both games. Three years later Jaleen Smith is basketball wise in a totally different spectrum as he was able to attempt the next step to the easyCredit BBL after 2 years in the Pro A with the MLP Academics. Last season he showed no adjustment period time and became a solid BBL player in the regular season and then upped his game in the playoffs in the bubble in Munich. He continues to grow and develop as a player as this season he belongs to the best three guards in the league and is even a MVP candidate and fills the stat sheet the way Luka Doncic can distribute dimes on the court. In the past ex BBL players like American guards like Tyrese Rice and Ricky Hickman have showed that they are capable to make the next step to the Euroleague and played with Maccabi Tel Aviv. A next BBL player could make that same step. The Euroleague seems like it could become a real realistic occurrence for Jaleen Smith. His first taste of the Euroleage came recently when his name was mentioned on a well known basketball rumor site as Macabbi Tel Aviv was interested in his services. ‘I’m just excited that people are watching my game and that all my hard work can have me make another big jump in my career. I can’t wait for what the future holds this offseason’, stressed Jaleen Smith. He doesn’t want to think too much about the rumor mill, but he knows exactly what road he wants to go down on and where he wants to land. ‘I don’t recall that game, but it’s crazy that Wilbekin went off on Munich like that. I always dream about the NBA and Euroleague. That’s what motivates me everyday to be a better player to the game is because of it. Euroleague is the big goal for years to come and if a NBA team calls I’ll take it but if not I’m perfectly fine in Europe’, stated Jaleen Smith. He would love to duel against Scottie Wilbekin in a one on one game. That big names don’t scare him is already half the rent to being successful at high levels. ‘Playing against Scottie would be a battle man. The game would be close for sure. I think I would dogwood against Scottie though’, warned Jaleen Smith. Maccabi Tel Aviv is a first indication that the Euroleague could be realistic with Jaleen Smith‘s game continuing grow.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber has been covering Jaleen Smith since his rookie season in Germany with the MLP Academics Heidelberg

Jaleen Smith was born on November 24th, 1994 in Freeport, Texas. His mom was a big fan of Michigan’s Fab four player Jalen Rose and named her son after him. Even though Smith’s first name is spelled with an extra e Jaleen, it is still pronounced as if it was Jalen. He got his first basketball experience at Brazosport High School where he averaged 17ppg, 10rpg, 6apg in his junior year and 19ppg, 8rpg, 6apg as a senior. He received numerous awards and achievements at Brazosport high school with HS 1st Team District 23-4A -11, 12, 13, HS Newcomer of the Year -11, HS 1st Team All-State -13 and HS TABC All-Star -13. He then continued his basketball career in the NCAA playing four years at the University of New Hampshire playing a total of 122 NCAA games. He did something there that isn’t often achieved by players and that was improving his scoring, rebounding and assists each season. As a freshman he averaged 5.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 36.9%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 77.3%, but in his sophomore season averaged 34 minutes and averaged 10.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 80.5%. He scored in double figures in 22 games and had some masterful games against NJIT and Mass-Lowell scoring 17 points apiece. He continued to make steps in his game as he upped his game as a junior averaging 13.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 90.0%. He scored in double figures in 22 games and already showed what he is capable of doing concerning filling the stat sheet and he posted 11/8/10 stats in a blow out win over Lyndon St in the first regular season game. He had some stellar games scoring 23 points apiece in wins over Bryant and UMBC. After averaging 34 minutes as a junior, he went to 36 minutes per game as a senior averaging 15.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 78.1%. He scored in double figures in 27 games and scored 20 points or more in 12 games and hit Bryant with 28 points, Abil Christian for 27 points and Hartford for 27 points. He also celebrated his first triple double against Lesley with 20/10/10 stats. He reached the AEC semi-finals three times and the bitter 74-41 blow out loss against Vermont in his last game is one that he will never forget. ‘I was really disappointed in how we lost because I know we are a better team than what the score indicated. I feel like we were just missing that toughness about us. We were talented but I feel like we weren’t mental tough in those semifinal games’, remembered Jaleen Smith. He grew so much as a player in the NCAA and will always be grateful for the guidance from head coach Bill Herrion. ‘He was really like a mentor to me. My freshman year really opened my eyes on how to grind for playing time. He has really helped me a lot through the process’, stressed Jaleen Smith. He was a AEC All-Tournament Team selection in 2015 and was a All-AEC 2nd Team selection in 2016 and 2017. He ended his career at New Hampshire as fifth leading scorer with 1,397 points, first in games at 122, and fifth in assists at 364. He also was the first player in Wild Cats history that had more than 1000 points, 260 assists and 600 rebounds.

He then embarked on a professional career in 2017 that brought him overseas to Germany to the ambitious pro A club MLP Academics Heidelberg. He came into the Pro A league as a player that could score the ball from all parts of the floor and could have an impact with his leadership skills. He compares his game to Paul George and played 34 games as a rookie averaging 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 80.3%. His rookie season was a difficult adjustment as his playing time dipped considerably from 36 to 21 minutes. ‘The adjustment was really tough. Just staying on the court the whole game to just half a game is really different. It was tough trying to be more efficient that was something really different also’, remembered Jaleen Smith. After averaging double figures in scoring in his last NCAA seasons, it was obvious that he wasn’t happy with his play as a rookie. ‘I can never be satisfied with anything I do. It just isn’t in my nature to be content. I had. I just want more you know. I just want it all’, warned Jaleen Smith. His leadership qualities were on display as he helped lead the team into the playoffs, but they couldn’t get by Trier who won a hard fought 5 game series. He was content though that he had been able to help the team also in other ways. ‘Just doing the little things for my team. Just doing the dirty work to help my team win games. Also learning all aspects of the defense like on and off ball defense’, stressed Jaleen Smith. He scored in double figures in 11 games including 19 points against Hamburg and 17 points against Trier. He shot 33% from outside and felt that he made strides as a shooter overseas, because he had the needed self-confidence as well as gaining early knowledge of the European game. Smith who remembers American Shy Ely as being his toughest cover in his rookie season remained a second season with the MLP Academics just to get a better grip on the Pro A and develop further in an up and coming league. In his second professional season he was able to make another jump in his game as his role and minutes increased from 21 to 28. Getting to be more on the court reminded him of his NCAA days where he lived on the court. ‘The more I played I knew I had to contribute someway on the court. Going into year 2 with the team I wanted to be more aggressive with the ball. I just wanted to give them another scoring option’, commented Jaleen Smith. He played 37 games averaging 12.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 84.2%. It was a massive improvement from his rookie season, but he wasn’t satisfied as he knew that his whole potential hadn’t been used. He has that killer mentality that a Russell Westbrook has. ‘I felt like I’ve could’ve done more this season. I sometimes would just be in the game just to be in the game. I can always get better from the season and I need to develop a killer mentality. I just have to win every match I have whether that’s practice or the game. I have to be better at staying aggressive’, expressed Jaleen Smith. He scored in double figures in 21 games including 26 points in a win over Kirchheim and 23 points in a victory over Chemnitz. He helped lead the club into the playoffs again, but this time escaped the first round. They sweped Ehingen where he averaged 13,0ppg, 5,0rpg and 5,0apg, but then lost 3-1 against Nurnberg where his game was slowed down as he only averaged 8,0ppg, 4,0rpg and 3,0apg. Despite the tough ending to the season, he was content that his game had progressed further including his outside hooting. ‘Going against guys like the guards we have in practice you’re only going to get better. I have more knowledge from being on the help side on defense this second season. I started my shooting pocket higher to have a quicker release. Also, keeping my follow through up and not jerking it so quickly’, warned Jaleen Smith. The American will forever be grateful for the MLP Academics Heidelberg that didn’t give up on him after his slow rookie season. ‘Signing a player out of a small Division 1 college as a rookie is always an experiment. How will his style of play translate to European basketball and how will he adapt to a different culture is key for success or failure. With regards to his stats Jaleen was struggeling in his first season. He didn’t even finish in the Top 100 in scoring within the second league. And bottom line is that you sign import players to produce numbers. We still decided to give him another shot, because we knew, what we had seen when we scouted him in the first place. On the other hand it was such a pleasure working with him, just having his positive mindset in the gym every day that gave the team that extra spark. So the coach (Branislav Ignjatovic) and I decided to stick with Jaleen against all odds basically and it paid off for both sides. But to be very honest: even we are surprised what kind of career Jaleen is having now and we are so happy for him. And it shows that sometimes you have to be patient when you believe in something. Like Jaleen, who had the strong belief to play on the highest level in Europe but he gave it time and didn’t quit after being behind his own expectations in the beginning’, warned MLP Academics Heidelberg manager Matthias Lautenschlager.

In his third professional season, he who lists Philadelphia 76ers player Shake Milton as his toughest cover in the NCAA made the next step landing in the easyCredit BBL with the MHP Risen Ludwigsburg. His arrival there was helped as his ex assistant coach from New Hampshire was an assistant for John Patrick. Patrick took the advice of Josh King and after a try out signed him and the rest is history. He helped the club have a terrific regular season and fought their way into the easyCredit final in the bubble in Munich. The club was stacked with talent and the roster was deep. But more important the team played together and had other vital attributes that helped them achieve success. ‘We just have a bunch of guys that are hungry and want to win. We play fearless no matter who the other team is and what players they have. Were going to play our game no matter what’, stressed Jaleen Smith. He scored in double figures in 11 games including 22 points against medi Bayreuth and 19 points against ratiopharm Ulm. In the bubble in Munich he scored in double figures in 7 of 9 games including 18 and 13 points over FC Bayern Munich who they defeated in the quarters. He also scored 14 points against ratiopharm Ulm and 15 points in the final loss to Alba Berlin. A big reason not only for the team success, but overall consistency and development of the organization has been head coach John Patrick who has stayed faithful to the club since 2013 when he came on board as a fireman having to save the team from moving down. ‘He just lets us play out our game. We know what our strengths are and our weaknesses are. We just focus on our strength and that’s defense’, stated Jaleen Smith. The club went into the bubble on a mission and didn’t disappoint as they achieved the upset disposing of top team FC Bayern Munich. ‘This is maybe the biggest thing in my young basketball career but there is still more work to be done this next coming week. Beating FC Bayern Munich is a huge feat. We can do something special here. You can feel everyone is locked in and knows the task at hand and that’s to win the championship. We do a great job of just staying together no matter the situation’, stressed Jaleen Smith. During the regular season, his play was up and down, but that was expected since it was his first season in the easyCredit BBL. He had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the second game against FC Bayern Munich advancing to the semi finals. ‘I would say it’s in my top 5 games of my career especially against a team like Munich’, said Jaleen Smith. The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg played out their hearts in the final against Alba Berlin, but just didn’t have enough steam as they were clobbered in the first game 88-65 which paved the next title for Alba Berlin. They lost the last game 74-73, but Smith showed again why he belongs in the league posting 15 points, 4 boards, 6 assists and 5 steals. He opened up the fourth quarter with 7 points in a row showing his ability to score in bunches. He left the bubble as a better player. ‘I have grown a lot just playing point guard and watching a lot of film on my opponent on my own. From this tournament I’m going to take the mental part of the game a lot more serious’, added Jaleen Smith. He definitely left Ludwigsburg for the summer in 2020 a lot better than when he had arrived in August 2020. ‘I have learned a lot during the year Learning more defensively, playing a lot off the ball, etc. My mentality for the game has helped me a lot also’, expressed Jaleen Smith.

Let’s fast forward to April 2021. Jaleen Smith who lists his five favorite teammates of all-time with Niklas Ney, Tanner Leissner, Ronnel Jordan, Eric Palm, and Nick Weiler-Babb is in his second season with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and the club has proved that consistency is the real deal and that last season wasn’t a fluke. They are currently in first place in the easyCredit BBL standings with a 26-2 record. The club recently had a 18 game winning streak that came to an end against the Crailsheim Merlins. It was one of their longest winning streaks ever where that winning mentality just gets etched in your mind. ‘I think that was the longest winning streak I have been a part of actually. I remember we won a lot in High School but never a streak like that. You just get the sense that your going to win every game no matter the situation or how the flow of the game is you just know your going to win the game by that buzzer sounds’, said Jaleen Smith. An amazing fact about their massive winning streak was that they were able to find ways to win in many different ways. There were games where they didn’t necessarily defend great allowing an access of 80 points, but their offense was good enough to score more points and other games where the offense wasn’t on full throttle, but the defense was brilliant which led the team to victory on many occasions. ‘We just know how to win. We have a lot of Veterans that have played a lot of basketball and we know how it takes to win games. That has been a great success for us this season is that we can outscore anybody and also we don’t allow teams to get comfortable on defense’, stressed Jaleen Smith. There are so many reasons why the club is successful, but the success isn’t self-evident. Often when a team is almost completely changed, it takes months and sometimes a whole season for the adjustment period, but with Ludwigsburg that wasn’t the case. Despite having almost a total facelift, success came right from the start. Once again the mastermind John Patrick was instrumental in bringing in the right mix of players. ‘He deserves a lot of it getting a whole new team almost and still continue the success we had last year is amazing. The team we had this year just really got together and we all have a goal to just win games no matter what it takes’, warned Jaleen Smith. Two big strengths this season have been making adjustments on the fly and having the necessary freedom on offense. ‘Making adjustments during the game is big time. Definitely helps when players are communicating on what they see on the sideline and telling players what we can’t see while were playing. Having so much freedom on offense is such a relief to have as a player because no shot is a bad shot in JPs eyes. Maybe with another coach it would be a crazy shot but that’s what makes us so dangerous is that we can go at anytime and break off our offense and go 1 on 1 if we see a match up we can take advantage of’, stressed Jaleen Smith.

Jaleen Smith who lists his personal NBA Mount Rushmore with legends Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Shaq, and Lebron James is surrounded by great talent and one of those is easyCredit BBL experienced guard Jordan Hulls who played at Indiana (NCAA) is in his fifth season in Germany and twice shot 50% from the parking lot with Bremerhaven had been part of the great guard trio in Wurzburg with Skyler Bowlin and Cameron Wells. With Ludwsigburg he is back on track with his shooting out the lights mentality shooting above 40%. But he is so much more than just a sniper. ‘Jordan has been amazing for us this season. He’s the best shooter I’ve played with in my career it feels like every time he shoots you know its going to go in. He brings shooting, playmaking ability, and a pesky defense to the team. He’s was a great pickup for the team’, stated Jaleen Smith.. Another great addition has been ex University of Kansas (NCAA) and 2018 Elite 8 participant American Barry Brown Jr who played in the G-League as a rookie with the Iowa Wolves averaging 13.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 83.1%. Often guys coming from the G-League, don’t understand how you play the right way overseas, but he has had no adjustment period being that consistent reliable scorer as he hit Crailsheim for 30 points and Chemnitz for 28 points. ‘He brings his 1 on 1 game to a whole new level. I don’t think no one in the league can stay in front of him. He defiantly has some of the G-league ability in his game to go for 30 on any given night. He just adds another dimension into our team when he comes in. He gives that extra jolt of offense when he plays’, said Jaleen Smith. Another player that has been very vital for the team success has been Cuban/German Yorman Polas Bartolo who is mainly known as that lock down defender, but over the years has developed a very versatile offensive game. He is one of those players that could be the difference between a title and not. ‘Having another defender like Yorman is amazing to learn from. I just be watching him in practice how he plays and he plays super had and he’s super competitive during games. He’s just a winner and you can see that’, stressed Jaleen Smith.

The American who last saw the movie Troy continues to make massive strides as a player. He is racking up insane stats with 15/7/5 stats in 35 minutes per game. Despite being the team leader, his drive to always get better is as strongly instilled in his mind as CSKA Moscow guard Mike James is to being the best guard in Europe. ‘Man looking at those numbers is insane. I still have to improve my three point shooting and my ability to finish in the lane, but what I’ve developed this season is a pull up jumper I can go to which has helped my game a lot’, added Jaleen Smith. His consistency this season is incredible as he has scored in double figures in 26 of 28 games. He has scored 20 points or more in six games, registered three double doubles and was close to a triple double against Wurzburg with 22 points, 11 boards and 8 dimes. He scored 26 points against Braunschweig and 24 points against BG Goettingen. Last season he had the opportunity to have the ball more in his hands instead of playing more off ball and that is something that has helped him continue to help grow his game this season. With so much scoring talent this season, he also has been able to help define another aspect of his game. ‘I think my playmaking skills has improved. I can really get my other teammates involved while also looking to create for my own shot’, commented Jaleen Smith. But there is still one thing missing from his game which could make the difference from being a top BBL player to being a reliable role player in the Euroleague. ‘I’m working on my consistent shooting throughout the season which is really the big hole in my game is I don’t shoot consistently from three’, warned Jaleen Smith. Besides continuing to grind and becoming that better player, Jaleen Smith has another thing engulfed in his head. Alba Berlin stuffed their title aspirations last season and this season the club may be ready for bringing that first title back to Ludwigsburg. ‘A lot of pieces are going to come into play to win a championship only time will tell’, warned Jaleen Smith. Not only Jaleen Smith is fixated on winning a title, but also his agent American Teddy Archer knows that no Maccabi Tel Aviv rumor will derail his client from the most important matter at hand. ‘It’s an honor to be mentioned with such a storied club, but Jaleen is working hard to bring a title to Ludwigsburg and isn’t getting ahead of himself’, warned Teddy Archer. 2021 will be a very interesting and exciting time for Jalen Smith as it could be a major turning point in his career. He has come a long way from his days at the University Of New Hampshire and is far from being satisfied. He has continued to move up the basketball ladder the last years and is still in route to climbing to the top. The easyCredit BBL continues to help bring guys up from lower divisions as Hamburg’s Kam Taylor who played in the pro B with Rhondorf has gotten interest from Alba Berlin for next season, ex pro B player Deandre Lansdowne who played with herten is trying to lead his team Strasburg into the Euroleague and who knows maybe next season we will see Jaleen Smith battling these guys in the Euroleague. It will be a Pro A reunion in the Euroleague.

The Miles Basketball Minute: Shooting The Breeze With Quantez Robertson(Fraport Skyliners) And Gleaming About Getting His Picture Into An Argentine Newspaper

Quantez Robertson and Miles Schmidt-Scheuber in an Argentine publication 2021

COVID-19 can you finally go away Please! It has been more than a year since this damn Pandemic and so many people are dying and so many people are going crazy. The deaths are the worst but it also has been hurting so many aspects of life. Sport isn´t one of the most important things in life, but it can take you away from the hardships that so many are going through. The Fraport Skyliners have been pretty much gotten through the easyCredit BBL season ok in terms of players being tested and playing against clubs that had positive cases. But COVID-19 hit them last week while they were in full preparation for the tough game against top team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Their game against them on the road and in Wurzburg this week were postponed to a later date. This can always happen, but how bitter now in the down stretch part of the season. Frankfurt already had a tight schedule until the end, but now will have to play two more games in a short amount of period. With shots not being attempted on the court this week for the Fraport Skyliners it was time for Fraport Skyliner living legend Quantez Robertson to sit back and just shoot the breeze.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Quantez Robertson in the summer of 2018

                It is 3:00 Pm on a Tuesday afternoon as I reach Fraport Skyliner legend Quantez Robertson. He was just released from practice. It wasn´t a normal practice, but a Zoom team workout. He had heard about being quarantined last week and quickly was tested like every other player. He isn´t amused that the quarantine won´t end until April 21st.He and his teammates were really motivated about playing Ludwigsburg and Wurzburg, because they wanted to seek revenge for the two loses that they suffered earlier in the season. So instead of sweating on the court, the Fraport Skyliners now have to sweat in their apartments as they prepare for MBC next week. Every player has a exercise bike and basketball. The players and coaches conduct various 30 minute training sessions over Zoom during the day. The workouts consist of different exercise so the guys will remain fit. Despite the tough times, Robertson still hasn´t lost his humor. After a hard workout he joked who would be able to do more pushups him or ex teammate and friend Mike Morrison. “The way me arms feel now, he would win by maybe 2 push ups. My record is around 30”, smiled ex Auburn(NCAA) guard Quantez Robertson.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Quantez Robertson doing play by play at the 2010 BBL allstar game in Bonn

                With no games and just boring ZOOM conferences every day, it was only fitting to sit back and just shoot the breeze with Quantez Robertson. With the Fraport Skyliners season momentarily on hold, it gives Tez more time to follow what the other teams are doing. For big power house team FC Bayern Munich and Alba Berlin it doesn´t seem like it will be a cake walk to the final especially when you have the tough feisty Patrick led team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. The last loses by Munich and Berlin didn´t surprise Robertson as he sees Hamburg being able to make a run in the playoffs. “Munich may have underestimated Braunschweig. Plus Braunschweig have been playing well as of late. Hamburg is a pretty good defensive minded team and had Berlin´s number that day. Hamburg has really come together well this season. They play an aggressive style of play and create a lot of opportunities on offense. They get out well onto the open court and big man Kotsar runs the floor really well. Ludwigsburg looks like a very strong competitor for the title”, warned Quantez Robertson. He also will give his all on the defensive end to help Matt Mobley win the scoring race. He can begin in his first game back stopping current top scorer of MBC Michal Michalak next week. “I think that Matt can win the BBL scoring title. If he keeps scoring the ball he can. Michalak has been shooting the ball and getting to the rim well. I will do my best to make it hard for him and make him take contested shoots and alter his shots”, said Quantez Robertson. He has faced many difficult players on the floor and was hard pressed to name just one. “There are too many guys to choose from. I have played against point guards, small forwards and even power forwards this season”, expressed Quantez Robertson.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber with Tyrone Mccoy at the 2019 Fraport Skyliners 20 year anniversary party in Frankfurt

                Just before I started to talk to Quantez Robertson, a massive easyCredit BBL news flash was released as new rising team Crailsheim Merlins announced that they had signed current Fraport Skyliners coach Sebastian Gleim. A rumor had surfaced last week about this as now the speculation can start about who will return back. Gordon Herbert is out of the picture. “I won´t return to Frankfurt. I hope to stay in the VTB League”, said Gordon Herbert. It didn´t take long for me to come up with some names and Tez had no problem giving his two cents about the possible candidates. An interesting guy is ex national player Denis Wucherer. He played with the Skyliners back in the day and as a coach did a fantastic job in Giessen and in Wurzburg despite struggling this season. “I like the way he coaches. He is tough and aggressive on the sidelines. We can hear him on the sidelines when he is talking to his players. The guys enjoy playing for him”, stressed Quantez Robertson. Another interesting candidate could be German Thomas Paech. He was an assistant in Trier and Berlin, but failed in his first two head coaching gigs in Vechta and Bonn. Having Klaus Perwas as a mentor could be an interesting thought. He is a very energetic coach. I know the guys in Vechta and Bonn liked playing for him. He and Klaus could be a good fit”, added Quantez Robertson. A coach I would love to see in Frankfurt would be Mike Taylor. He has a lot of energy and is a players coach. “I remember him in Ulm my first two seasons in Germany. It would be nice to see him back in Germany. It would be nice to finish my career for him”, warned Quantez Robertson. Just when I wanted to move on to the next topic, Tez blurted out how about Tyrone Mccoy? He is another good choice. Currently an assistant in Ulm and has head coaching experience in Artland and Tuebingen. “He is an ex Skyliner. I remember him in Artland and Tuebingen. I remember breaking his steal record when we played Ulm. Now I could rub it in his face”, joked Quantez Robertson. Ânother great catch would be ex Skyliner Derrick Allen. At the moment with Rasta Vechta. “He would be an interesting choice”, stated Quantez Robertson.

                Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and current Polish national coach Mike Taylor in Ulm in 2008

Quantez Robertson has played with very many teammates over his long 12 year career so there really wasn´t a better time to shoot the breeze about them. You might think that Tez is only playing video games and on Netflix all day, but no he keeps excellent tabs about his ex teammates. He had no difficulty telling me Trae Holder was back in Germany. The ex Arizona State guard was a rookie with Frankfurt two years ago and recently latched on to Pro A team Nurnberg. “It didn´t surprise me that he scored 39 points last weekend. I knew he was capable of that. He showed it with us having some big games at home and on the road”, remembered Quantez Robertson. Two ex teammates that he will never forget are the German twin towers Joe Voigtmann and Danilo Barthel that have become Euroleague veterans playing this season in Russia and Turkey. “I think what would stick out the most today if I were to practice with them would be that Joe is more of a perimeter guy and Danilo more of an inside guy. Joe played the three a lot this season”, said Quantez Robertson. One player Tez saw develop from 15 to 18 was Isaac Bonga who is playing his third year in the NBA. After a tough rookie season with the Lakers, he has played with the Washington Wizards the last two seasons. Last season he was a solid role player that rebounded and played defense and often started. This season he has been downgraded hardly playing of getting DNP´s. Is he on thin ice with the Wizards? “No I don´t think so. The problem is that Westbrook and Beal hardly come out of the game. It is tough for him to get quality minutes. I think what he needs to do is put on more muscle mass so he can play the three. He is tall enough and moves well enough to guard small forwards. He would definitely see more playing time”, warned Quantez Robertson. Tez smiles when I mention ex teammate Aaron Dornekamp. He like Tez is a guy that always took care of his body and worked ahrd. That is why he is still playing at  ahigh level in the ACB in Spain with Tenerife. Tez knows who will play longer, but then becomes very diplomatic. “I will probably play longer, but you never know. But you know what. Maybe we will hang it up at the same time”, smiled Quantez Robertson.Miles

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Jon Leuer in Boston in 2016

                The list goes on and on with ex teammates and another is American Ramon Galloway who balled with Tez in the 2013-2014 season. Galloway can be classified as a true basketball globe trotter. He has been almost every where in Europe, South America, Middle American and the middle east. He was very close to have made the Orlando Magic in 2016. In his 8 professional seasons, he has played for 18 organizations something that really made Tez think. “That is wild. Sometimes it is tough for a player to find just one home in a season. I have noticed that he has played very well where ever he has played. I can imagine that it is tough to move around so much. You need to have the right mind set. I have been very blessed to have been able to play for only one team”, stressed Quantez Robertson. Another ex teammate was Brady Heslip who never meta rim he didn´t like. The G-League most three pointers made in a game record holder recently retired after cutting his career short. Tez has very fond memories of the ex Baylor(NCAA) sniper. “He took some very long three pointers. I remember him making some long three´s in practice where he didn´t even look at the rim. When he was square and had a good look, it was a very good chance it was going in. He was the best Canadian shooter that I ever played with”, said Quantez Robertson. Tez also had the opportunity to have played a few months with Jon Leuer. It was in the 2010-2011 season as there was the NBA lockout. Leuer is another player that Tez outlived on the court as he retired a few years ago. “He was a cool guy. It took him a while to get used to the European play. But he soon showed how good he was . He was a great inside player that stretched the floor well. He and Jermario Davidson fed off each other well”, remembered Quantez Robertson. He also was teammates with AJ Moye who´s career was cut short because of a stroke. “I talk to AJ every few weeks. He worked at the Mamba sports academy. It was fun being teammates. In pre season we spent a lot of time in the gym. He was a real gym rat. You couldn´t keep him out of there”, remembered Quantez Robertson. Last but not least is Zach Peacock. The ex Georgia State(NCAA) great is another player that doesn´t want to stop playing. He is three years younger than Robertson, but a guy like Tez that has always been consistent. After playing in Germany in his first three seasons in Giessen, Bremerhaven and Frankfurt, he has found a home in France. He is in his eighth season in France and sixth season with JL Bourg Basket (France-Jeep ELITE ProA). He seems to have taken after Tez and found love for only one team. “He has been doing great. He is captain of the team. He has always been at the top of the scoring list. I haven´t talked to him ina few weeks, but I keep tabs on him”, said Quantez Robertson.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Zach Peacock at London Heathrow airport in 2013

So with so much time in his apartment and his family in the States, Quantez Robertson has a lot of time. Netflix never gets old with him even in these tough times. “I have watched a whole lot of movies and TV Shows. I recently watched Archer. When I get tired of that I play video games and when I get tired of that, I switch back to movies and TV”, smiled Quantez Robertson. Last week Quantez Robertson had something to smile about as he had a rare occurrence. Just before The club announced that it was hit with COVID, Quantez Robertson couldn´t believe his eyes when he saw a picture of himself in an Argentine newspaper. For once I wasn´t doing the reporting, but was reading about myself. I have had a massive history with the country and a city that I often visited in my life and they wanted to know what had happened to me. The article talks a lot about my basketball career and after a Skyliner home game a few weeks ago against Chemnitz, I was wearing  a jersey of the Argentine cities football team and Quantez Robertson was hamming it up with me. It was only obvious that only Quantez Robertson could be in this picture a guy I have followed from his first practice in the BCM in 2009. “That was fun. I have never been or played in South America, but it was pretty cool to be able to say I made the newspaper there. It was awesome to see”, stated Quantez Robertson.

Dennis Mavin(ART Giants Duesseldorf) Has Developed That Total Game And Isn´t Just A Scorer

Dennis Mavin is a 30 year old 190cm guard form Gainsville, Florida that is playing his fifth professional season and first with ART Giants Duesseldorf (Germany-ProB) currently averaging 19,5ppg, 5,0rpg, 5,0apg and 1,6spg. He has scored 20 points or more 13 times this season. In 2018-2019 he split time with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) playing 7 games averaging 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 16.7%, FT: 50.0%, in Dec.’18 moved to the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt 2nd team (Germany-ProB) playing 13 games averaging 14.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 64.8%. In the 2017-2018 season he played two BBL games with the Giessen 46ers and also 9 games for their farm team in the Pro B averaging 18,4ppg,3,6rpg and 2,6apg while shooting 36% from outside. He played his first two professional seasons in Morocco winning 2 titles. He played a total of 123 NCAA games for two schools with Florida Atlantic (NCAA) and  FIU (NCAA). In his senior year at  FIU (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging  17.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 64.3%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball earlier this season.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Dennis Mavin in Frankfurt in 2019 when he was playing with the Fraport Skyliners Juniors

Thanks Dennis for taking some time to talk to germanhoops.com. Talk a little how tough the last 13 months were. COVID-19 hit in March 2020 and changed the world forever. How did experience the day to day back home ?

 Yeah Covid changed the world. it really changed my perspective on life and how anything can happen at any moment! My day to day was just trying to stay safe and keep everybody around me safe but still trying to find a way to get my work in.

What was the most challenging thing about life and finding ways to work on your fitness and game?

It was really a tough time for a while I ended up doing a lot of home workouts plus shooting in my backyard on my goal.

How do you feel did you benefit from COVID-19 and how did it make you stronger as a man in general?

 I think Covid made me really focus on myself and tap into different passions that I didn’t know I had.

After playing last with the Fraport Skyliners, you sat out last season. Talk a little about the last year before COVID-19 hit. Did you just stay in shape, work on your game and stand by the phone or did you also have a part time job?

I pretty much just stayed in shape! basketball is my life and my true passion I just waited until I got a call.

After not playing a professional season, do you feel like you improved in your game with the work you put in in the last year?

Yes I definitely improved my game I had a lot of time to watch film and study the game more.

Congrats on signing with Art Duesseldorf. How thankful are you that your agent Gerrit has such a good connection to the organization Art Duesseldorf?

Thank you ! Gerrit is my guy we have always been in touch since the start. I am very grateful to have him in my corner.

With what kind of feelings are you going into this Pro B season after sitting out last season. You had a good season with Frankfurt but does your competitive nature prompt you to feel like you have something to prove again?

 I will always have a competitive edge whenever I step on the court no matter what situation I’m in. My focus this year is to build something special with my team and try for a championship run.

 You’re a player that has proven time in and time out in Germany that you can play at the Pro B level. What kind of player will we see with Dennis Mavin this season?

The same hungry player that just want to get better everyday and win.

On what area´s of your game did you work on most this summer so you will be best prepared for your Pro B season in Germany?

Just having a total game not just scoring but rebounding ,assist and steals.

You played 2 games in the easyCredit BBL for Giessen back in the 2017-2018 season. Do you still feel like your on a good path to getting there despite having another year of Pro B?

I just have to keep working hard. Everybody´s path is different I’m just enjoying my journey at the moment.

How excited are you to be battling against former teammate Marco Porcher-Jimenz this season in the Pro B. In an interview we did years ago you said you would beat him every time in a one on one. Do you feel like you would still have his number today?

Marco is my guy and was also my roommate and college I’m definitely exciting to be battling him this year !

Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?

Greg Gantt , Okaro White , Scottie Wilbekin , Dante Anderson .

What is your personal own NBA Mount Rushmore of players of today and yesterday?

Kevin Durant , King James , Kobe .

Where were you when you heard of the death of Kobe Bryant? How much did he influence you as a basketball player?

Kobe was everything for me growing up. I was home with my family and devastated like the rest of the world such a terrible accident.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Gone Girl

Thanks Dennis for the chat.

The Miles Vs DJ Woodmore Weekly Basketball Talk Volume 18

DJ Woodmore (190-SG-92, college: VWU) (190-SG-92, college: VWU) is a 29 year old 190cm point guard that is playing his first season with the EPG Baskets Koblenz. Last season with 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 the Regionalliga. 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). Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and DJ Woodmore team together each week to talk basketball

DJ thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. A tough 82-69 loss in Itzehoe to end your season. How tough was the drive home?


Drive home was pretty tough. Pretty quiet for the first half of the trip and just a lot of reflecting on the season for the second half. Doesn’t help that it was a six hour trip as well.

The season has ended for the EPG Baskets. What were your first thoughts when the buzzer sounded to end the fourth quarter?

‘Damn.’ Thats all I could really say. It was a tough game from start to finish. They came out hot and we struggled shooting the ball all night. There was nothing to say.

Itzehoe had the commanding 40-32 lead at the break. Koblenz had severe difficulty defending in the first quarter. Was it more the team mistakes or the game of Itzehoe that allowed them to take off so quickly?

Like I said, I think they started the game hitting some tough shots. And we couldn’t buy a basket for the first 5 or so. I don’t think we made many mistakes offensively. Maybe a few defensively but they made us pay for every single one of them.

The EPG Baskets Koblenz got their offense going in the third quarter. What words of wisdom did head coach Danny Rodriguez give for the last time this season at half-time?

Just give the last 20 mins everything we got. We were only one run away from changing the game completely. But it just never happened for us. When we got our offense going, our defensive wasn’t good enough. And vice-versa.

A big problem this season was defensive consistency. This also wasn’t accomplished in this game. What was lacking most?


Mental breakdowns had been a huge problem. I just think we had some match-up problems all night. Maybe just a bigger body to throw at Hooper and Colo down low would have helped. But I thought CJ and Brian did a pretty good job.

In the fourth quarter the EPG Baskets Koblenz played good offense, but couldn’t get stops. How much does it hurt inside when you fight and get 17 offensive rebounds but still lose?

Definitely hurts a little considering the fact that we led in almost every statistical category except for shooting. In most cases, that wins you a game. But going on the road in a playoff game makes it tough to come back from. We fought extremely hard, just couldn’t get it going.

Anthony Canty had a tough shooting day going 6/20. He had some other great games. Is this a good example of how good players can’t always have great games in huge games?

He’s helped carry us the last few weeks and he’s shot the ball extremely well since he’s joined the team. We all have tough shooting nights, but we were telling him to keep shooting. We had confidence in him the whole night, but when it’s one of those days it’s just one of those days.

Boksic and Hooper combined for 47 points. Please talk a little about what made it hard to stop them?

Their games compliment each other so well. One is a physical presence down low and one is more crafty from the outside. And their size difference causes a lot of team’s problems to match up. They played extremely well and once they got their rhythm, it was already too late to stop.

Chris Hooper is a very special player. Why isn’t a guy like that balling in the Pro A?


Very talented player, he’s dominated this league for a couple years now. I think he’ll get his opportunities pretty soon.

You had 11 points and 9 boards on 3/6 shooting. Do you feel like you could have been more aggressive on this night?

Yes, I think I could have been more aggressive but with our offense, sometimes it makes it difficult to get the ball in the right spots to score. I’ll work on that in the offseason, and make sure the ball is in my hands during big games and big moments.

Itzehoe head coach Pat Elzie comes over as a coach that many guys have liked playing for. Is he a guy that you would like to ball for?


Absolutely, I’ve heard nothing but great things about him as a coach and person. It would be great to have that chance to play for someone like him.

What was the last movie that you saw?


Been watching more series than movies. Last series has been the Last Chance U basketball documentary. Really good if you haven’t seen it yet.

Thanks DJ for the chat.

The Miles Vs Terry Black Talk About The Special Magic Of Baylor Basketball

Terry Black (198-F-78, college: Baylor) is a former professional player that had a nice professional career overseas from 2001-2008. He played in countries like Italy, South Korea, Finland and Germany. In Germany he played two seasons with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and a season with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He also playedin the American leagues USBL and CBA. After high school he played at Indian Hills Community College and then at Baylor (NCAA) from 1999-2001 leading the big 12 in rebounding his senior year. He spoke to eurobasket about his time at Baylor and the special basketball magic there.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Terry Black in Frankfurt Germany in 2007

Terry thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how is life treating you at the moment in these difficult times?

Life has been good and full of emotions during the pandemic, I’ve lost a few family members because of Covid and my girlfriend and I both had pretty bad cases of COVID

You last played professionally for Joensuun Kataja (Finland-Korisliiga) in the 2007-2008 season playing 27 games averaging 14.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 51.8%. You have been retired now 13 years. Has time flown by or has it gone slowly?

Time has flown by but filled with a lot of joy as I get to watch my amazing three kids compete in sports my Terrianna runs track at Loras college my son AB was playing football and basketball killing it in two sports & Beckham is a fearless basketball player

How much do you miss playing professionally and what have you missed the most?

The first few years I didn’t miss the game at all but when I started to miss it was when I started to coach basketball and the past few years I took off coaching to be a part of my kids success and supporting them

Talk a little about your life after being a professional player. What are you doing today and how was the transition from player to life after professional basketball?

Life after I retired was pretty cool because I was able to transition into the next phase which was cars and started working for an independent car repair Shop and then into dealerships. Today I own a mobile oil change business and am looking into getting back to coaching at the Highschool level

Let’s talk about your alma mata Baylor. You played there from 1999-2001 after playing two years at Indian Hills Community College (NJCAA). What kind of an experience was it for you in general to play at Baylor (NCAA)?

The experience was amazing and I’ve built so many good relationships there. I feel like I still live there, and I still talk to 85 percent of the guys I played with in college. Stepping onto that court for games was magical



When you were at Baylor (NCAA) the school was in a 20 year NCAA tournament drought as it hadn’t been at the big dance between 1988 and 2008. What was basketball in general like at that time in comparison to how the game is played today and the type of players one sees now in the NCAA?

I think the game has become a quicker game style of play. It was different during my time, because the energy was not present in the building. We had an amazing run and I also think every alum before us had a part in building towards the success. They are expanding in Waco today but given we beat a nationally ranked Kansas team on ESPN made it cool for other kids to go to Baylor

They won the 2021 NCAA title. How did you feel the day after the win? How much pride did you establish over the last 20 years after graduating?

The day after the win I still couldn’t believe how they dominated a well coached team, took a lot of pride in the win. My family and I regularly attend games and were in contact with coaches as my son AB is a Baylor recruit.

Gonzaga was the huge favorite. How big do you rate this upset and how was your feeling going in about the chances of Baylor (NCAA) pulling off the upset?

I don’t think it was an upset. I think the Baylor staff came up with a good game plan and worked it to perfection and was able to get up big to start the game and maintained it through out the game

Baylor (NCAA) two NCAA Sweet 16’s in 2014 and 2017. If someone had told you in 2017 that Baylor would be crowded NCAA champions in 2021 what would you have thought?

If someone told me they would be crowned I wouldn’t have believed it, but my second thought would have been yes. Coach Drew has been there 17 years grinding. He said when he got there he was bringing a title to Waco and he delivered!!

Baylor has had 13 NCAA tournament appearances, 6 Elite 8’appearances and 5 Sweet 16’s. They also hadn’t been in a NCAA final game since 73 years. What does this title mean to the school and to you personally?

The title means the new fancy arena is coming!! Top ranked recruits are coming there and there should be some type of raises coming for that staff, and new opportunities are coming


Baylor had a simple game plan. Make some shots. If you miss get the rebounds and then make some more shots. Can basketball sometimes be that simple?

What I seen in Baylor’s game play was to make the bigs guard on the perimeter and get stops on defense and run through the sets and make three point shots


How key was it for Baylor players Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, Flo Thamba and Mark Vital limiting Drew Timme to 12 points?. The star Jalen Suggs had 22 points, but Gonzaga didn’t have scoring support behind him.

It was extremely vital. Timme is a great amazing player that was held to 12 points mostly because he was on the perimeter using energy to guard the Baylor guys. Those guys down in Waco love each other and their not too worried about what people say outside that locker room. The theme is culture of joy

Gonzaga has made big strides since 2015 making 5 NCAA Elite 8 appearances and two NCAA finals in 2021 and 2017. Could another final loss hurt their overall confidence to win the big one or do you feel like they will be due in 2022? Many are already picking them to win it next year?

Gonzaga used to be a sleeper team. That coaching staff over there has built a power house and has had many successful players come from there. They had a number one pick and possibly having another come this year in Suggs so obviously Baylor should be picked to win it given the results,

Was the rebounding stat of 38-22 rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds one of the biggest keys for the win?

Out Rebounding a team is always a key to winning because you get more possessions in a 40 minute game


Davion Mitchell is seen as a #1 Draft pick and Jared Butler as a possible second round pick. How have you followed their careers and how do you seem them doing in the NBA?

I think both these guys will do well at the next level, because they’ve worked really hard to perfect their craf. t Teague is no different from the other guys I don’t know him very well but I know he will shine given the opportunity

How proud are you of head coach Scott Drew? Do you feel he will get more respect after this win?

Coach has been getting more and more respect as his coaching career has unfolded. He comes from a basketball family and has had a successful one at coaching and playing in the NBA


How do you see the future of Baylor (NCAA) basketball. Two guys seem to be heading to the NBA and Macio Teague and Mark Vital are also done as seniors.

Baylor coaches recruit to fit the program so we’re losing two good guards and a big, but I’m sure they have began the process of filling those spots, I hear a kid AB in the ’22 class is really good maybe he will end up in a Baylor uniform wearing #24 lol

Have you seen Coming To America 2 yet? The reviews have been mixed. Shouldn’t they just have left the original classic untouched?

I’ve seen coming to America 2 I liked it and they had an amazing cast many of the people judging was not even around or a fan to have seen the original and that’s pretty cool. They used Rick Ross’s house and the castle that alone tells a story of success.

Thanks Terry for the chat.


Anthony Watkins And The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig Took Up Dancing In Preparation For The Massive 85-83 Win Over FC Bayern Munich

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Anthony Watkins (194-PG-00) is a 20 year old 194cm guard playing his first season with the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (Germany-BBL). He has the German/American citizenship and lived in Chattanooga and attended McCallie High School before coming to Germany in 2019. Last season he split time with the Basketball Loewen Erfurt (ProB) playing10 games avergaing 3.6ppg. He also played with the OeTTINGER Rockets Gotha 2nd team (Germany-2.Regionalliga) and in in Jan.’20 moved to VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Regionalliga) playing 8 games averaging 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 66.7%, FT: 58.8%. He spoke to germanhoops.com after the big 85-83 win on the road over FC Bayern Munich.

Anthony congrats on the massive 85-83 victory in Munich. How good does a win feel like this after being blown out by ratiopharm Ulm 91-57?

This win is exactly what we needed. We had switched it up this week. We reset as a team and found ourselves. We came to Munich played hard and pulled out a win.

What special magic did head coach Pete Strobl do this week to get you extra prepared for FC Bayern Munich. Or is one extra fired up to play a team like FC Bayern Munich anyway?

It was a bit of both. We switched it up a bit this week. We practiced one day and had a dance class the next day. We mixed it up and got all together laughing and joking around. We are a young hingry team and will get up for a big game like this always.

You had a front row seat. The only thing missing was the popcorn. How tough is it not playing in games and what was the one thing you picked up in this game from the bench?

I don’t really see it that way. I am always a competitor. I can learn so much from a game like this. Big in a game like this is seeing how teams react in late game situations. It was big seeing the adjustments we made and taking care of the lead even when the momentum ebbed. Important was also how we could go on runs against a great team like this. I try to soak in as much as possible from the Euroleague and ex NBA players.

FC Bayern Munich had the slim 38-37 advantage at the break. FC Bayern Munich haven’t been themselves in the last weeks having lost two of three games coming in. Has the Euroleague toll and success gotten the best of them at the moment?

They have a very tough schedule. We gave them our best shot. Great teams never get comfortable. They will do their best possible to have a great season

What words of wisdom did head coach Pete Strobl give the team in the break. That helped them come out on a 31 point explosion in the third quarter?

He remined us of the moment and how close we were. He told us to trust our game plan and leave it all out on the floor. He also reminded us to stay locked in defensively and not let runs get in the way. He also told us to shoot the ball when we were open and just to trust the process and grind it out.

The fourth quarter was really exciting. FC Bayern Munich powered back, but Braunschweig had nerves of steel at the end. Did Braunschweig want it more?

At this level both teams want it equally as much at the wire. We were able to stick to our game plan and get the lead at the end and protect it. We got a major stop at the end. We executed better than they did at the end. It comes down to executing more than desire.

Turudic and Peterka were the hero’s at the end. How vital was the all around smart rebounding by Braunschweig for the win?

They were huge. They were hunting down rebounds all night. They scored the ball very well and made big plays. They also kept the bench involved. The bench brought a lot of energy which helped their play as well. We were like extra guys on the court.

Braunschweig have 10 victories now and are tied with three other teams. I guess the goal now is to win as many games and finish as high as possible?

Not at all. We want to go day by day game by game. Our motto this season has been to get better every day. We aren’t worried about the next weeks. We want to attack each day and bring more intensity into each day than the last day. We will see where we will end at the end of the day.

James Robinson had an off night shooting, but when the shot isn’t falling then re gets his playmaking in gear. How valuable has his play been for your overall development?

He is my guy. We ride back together after games and talk a lot. He is so valuable to our team with his calmness an dis never fed up. He always does what is best for the team. He had an off night shooting, but made big plays and kept us together. He is soft spoken, but when he talks everybody listens. He focused on winning every quarter tonight. I have been blessed that he takes the time to talk to me and help me develop as a player and person. I have made a great friend in him.

German karim Jallow had another huge game netting 24 points. What have you learned to appreciate most about his game?

Karim is always in attack mode and brings so much energy. You would think that a guy with numbers like that would rest o his laurels, but he never does. He is always in the gym and putting up extra shots. Sometimes when coach Pete has the young players for extra practice sessions, he will join us. He is always wanting to get better. It is an incredible inspiration to play with a player like him who keeps you humble with his work ethic. He is a great example for other young players: he has helped me with physicality and speed. He is a high level dude that is going places

How valuable has it been for your development playing with many other hungry young German players?

I have been lucky to be able to play in an awesome environment. There is a big excitement level here in Braunschweig. With the great opportunity that the young players have gotten, it has given every one a huge confidence boost. All have found their game and have gotten the freedom to understand who they are as players. I have not taken this experience for granted. It is more dangerous to guard a experiment guy than a system guy. We have been allowed to make mistakes and learn from them.

How has your game progressed with the daily practices with an easyCredit BBL team?

I feel like I have slowed down my game since I got here. I came into high level basketball at age 19. It was an adjustment, but after a while I understood nuances of the game and understand to do the work early at both ends of the court. I also have seen my comfort level rise in practices.

The games don’t get any easier as you play #1 team Ludwigsburg. You gave them a tough game in the first attempt. Braunschweig is a lot better team now. What will be key to getting the win?

Handling their pressure will be key. They have their hat on the defensive end, pick up full court and are physical. We did a pretty good job of that in the first game. We have to stay poised and be on the same page and stick to the game plan. If we can stay calm under pressure then I think we will be ok.

What was the last movie that you saw?

Focus with Will Smith for maybe the 100,000 time. That movie is a go to.

Thanks Anthony for the chat.

The Miles VS Ishmail Wainright(SIG Strasburg) Talk About The Special Magic Of Baylor Basketball

Ishmail Wainright (196-G/F-94, college: Baylor) is a 25 year old 196cm forward from Kansas City, Missouri that is playing his third professional season in France with SIG Strasburg currently having helped the team reach the Final 8 in the Basketball Champions League. Currently in the Pro A he is averaging 11,7ppg, 4,1rpg, 2,4apg and 1,9spg and in the Basketball Champions League is averaging 9,6ppg, 4,1rpg, 2,2apg and 1,3spg.He completed his second professional season and first with Rasta Vechta (Germany-BBL) last season averaging 10,4ppg, 5,8rpg, 2,5apg and 1,8spg in the BBL this season and 10,7ppg, 5,8rpg, 3,8apg and 1,9spg in the BCL. He played his rookie season with the Nuernberg Falcons BC (Germany-ProA) averaging 12,1ppg, 7,3rpg and 2,8apg. He began his basketball career at Montrose Christian School and then played 131 NCAA games at Baylor (NCAA) from 2013-2017 and as a senior played 35 games averaging 5.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 68.3%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about the special magic of Baylor basketball.

Ishmail thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?

Basketball is going great. I can’t complain to be honest. Well only about the fans not being able to attend games and not being able to bring family over also is just about it. But all and all, we are winning and having fun doing just that.

Your playing your third professional season and first in France with SIG Strasburg. The EasyCredit BBL is a top league in Europe but so is the France Pro A. With the experiences you have had how would you compare the Pro A to the German BBL? Which league is top from top to bottom with teams, and players.

Both leagues are amazing. I couldn’t really tell you which is better top to bottom because each team is solid in each league. You can lose to anyone. I believe Germany has more EuroLeague teams so some may say Germany but France has more team competing in many International competitions. So it’s tough to say in a way.

SIG Strasburg is playing a top season in the Pro A and fighting to reach the Basketball Champions League Final 8. How good are the chances of the team to win a title this season?

That’s the main goal is to bring titles back to France. And if we keep doing what’s needed to be done and play great basketball it’s highly possible.

SIG Strasburg are like the Buffalo Bills in that they have reached 5 finals since 2013 in the Pro A but never won. Do you feel this sense of urgency with the club to win it all?

hahaha Buffalo Bills. There always is going be a sense or urgency because of this whole season you know. Covid. Teams. Etc. so for sure there a sense of urgency.

Let’s talk about your alma mata Baylor. They won the 2021 NCAA title. How do you feel the day after the win?

SICEM BEARS !!! IM A NATIONAL CHAMPION!!!! THATS HOW I FEEL BABY !!! LEEETTTSSSS GOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!! WE DID IT !!!!!!!

Playing overseas is always a problem when you want to catch NBA and NCAA games. Did your schedule permit you to stay up and watch history being made?

I wasn’t going miss it no matter what !

You reached two NCAA Sweet 16’s with Baylor. The 2017 run was your favorite only because nobody thought that Baylor could accomplish anything that year. If someone had told you in 2017 that Baylor would be crowned NCAA champions in 2021 what would you have thought?

Yes. I knew it was going happen. I told them it was going happen sooner than people thought. I have screenshots of me saying such things. Tweets and all.

Baylor has had 13 NCAA tournament appearances, 6 Elite 8’appearances and 5 Sweet 16’s. They also hadn’t been in a NCAA final game since 73 years. What does this title mean to the school and to you personally?

It was a lot of blood , sweat, and tears. That title game wasn’t just about this year’s team , that was for the past players also. The guys that started it all. Looking back and seeing what Coach Drew did for the University.

Baylor had a simple game plan. Make some shots. If you miss get the rebounds and then make some more shots. Can basketball sometimes be that simple?

Basketball can be very simple. But it’s the mindset to make it that simple in a way. You have to be disciplined !

Baylor made 11 of their first 20 shots including six three’s and led by 19 points at the break. They had a double digit lead for 34 of the 40 minutes. How vital do you believe was the mentality of the Baylor team for being able to play this well against the heavy favorite and unbeaten Gonzaga team?

Culture of JOY. SIMPLE !

How key was it for Baylor players Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, Flo Thamba and Mark Vital limiting Drew Timme to 12 points?. The star Jalen Suggs had 22 points, but Gonzaga didn’t have scoring support behind him.

I feel like they haven’t played against a team like Baylor the whole year and so coming into the game, they knew they had to do something and really couldn’t.

Gonzaga has made big strides since 2015 making 5 NCAA Elite 8 appearances and two NCAA finals in 2021 and 2017. Could another final loss hurt their overall confidence to win the big one or do you feel like they will be due in 2022? Many are already picking them to win it next year?

I‘m going with Baylor every year until I become a college coach. Hahaha !!

Was the rebounding stat 0f 38-22 rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds one of the biggest keys for the win?

I’m sure rebounding was a must due to our rotation. Mark Vital took care of that part and I’m proud of him.

Davion Mitchell is seen as a #1 Draft pick and Jared Butler as a possible second round pick. How have you followed their careers and how do you seem them doing in the NBA?

-They both played their way into the first round. Davion will be an amazing defender and Jared will be a scorer but also a great distributor.

Where do you see the journey of Macio Teague going? He seemed a bit in the shadow of Butler and Mitchell. Could he make the NBA and do you see his game being suited to becoming a impact player overseas?

Macio is tough ! A scorer and a Hustler. He will do what you need him to do. And he showed that these past two years.

In our interview you stated this about your ex head coach at Baylor Scott Drew. ‘He treated us like professionals since day one. Talked to us like one. Worked us like one. He used to tell us, ‘ You guys want to be professionals someday, you have to walk, talk, eat, work, and take care of your bodies like professionals do!’ How proud are you of your ex coach and how has he continued to develop since your time there?

Hall of Fame coach for sure. I’m extremely proud of him and not just him but the staff around him. Coach Tang, AB, Nu , Patterson, AD, And even the last coaches. They’ve stepped it up another level and will continue to do.

How do you see the future of Baylor (NCAA) basketball. Two guys seem to be heading to the NBA and Macio Teague and Mark Vital are also done as seniors.

Very very bright. We want to be a blue blood like Jared said. We want to have the recognition as one of the best schools in the country which we’ve proved to be just that.

Have you see the new Coming to America 2? The reviews have been mixed. Shouldn’t they just have left it untouched?

Haha yes I’ve seen it and I think it was alright. Maybe should’ve left it alone but it was worth the try. I’m taking the original one.

Thanks Ishmail for the chat.

The Miles VS DJ Woodmore Basketball Talk Volume 17

DJ Woodmore (190-SG-92, college: VWU) is a 29 year old 190cm point guard that is playing his first season with the EPG Baskets Koblenz. Last season with 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 the Regionalliga. 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). Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and DJ Woodmore team together each week to talk basketball

DJ congrats on the massive 71-70 victory over the EN Baskets Schwelm. How refreshing was it coming back from the disappointing loss against Giessen and winning at home?

Thank you !! Definitely a breathe of fresh air for a short amount of time. I think it’s been a theme that everybody wins at home in these playoffs, so we didn’t want to be the first to change that. But now we have to focus on breaking that when we go to Itzehoe.

Coach Rodriguez had a bizarre starting 5 with Germans Lieser and Mayer and Chad Wellian. What kind of dynamic did this starting five give you?

I thought that 5 was designed to get us off to a strong defensive start. I thought they did a great job of bringing us energy from the jump. And the guys that came in later, were able to sustain it!!

The contest was dead locked at 31-31 at the break. Was this typical playoff basketball? Why couldn’t anytime get away from one another?

Yes, it was a typical playoff game. I thought we could have made a run in the first half, but we couldn’t get going offensively. I thought we played a little too slow and playing to cautious. But we’re able to change it a bit in the 2nd half.

The EPG Baskets picked up their defense. What was key in how you defended in comparison to the Giessen game?

We knew that we had to do a good job with Scott, which I thought we did for 3 quarters. He runs the entire show, and they go as he does. Giessen was a bit more dynamic because they caused a few matchup problems we didn’t like. We liked our match up against Schwelm.

The EPG Baskets Koblenz took the lead in the third quarter, but couldn’t totally get away. You did a good job on Montrael Scott limiting him to 14 points, but couldn’t contain Anell Alexis. What made it so tough to keep him in check?

Alexis started out hot by hitting his first 3 threes. We knew he was capable by we didn’t want to panic because of it. We wanted someone else to beat us besides Scott and we were able to contain almost everyone else. If we cut down on turnovers and offensive rebounds, we probably pull away much quicker.

Chad Wellian hit the winner with 34 seconds as you made the assist. How good was it seeing him make the winner. His playing time has suffered with the depth that the team has.

Great, I knew he’d be ready to step up and knock it down. He’s struggled with adjusting since the addition of the new players but we all know what he’s capable of and him hitting that shot was just a small taste. He’ll be ready for Itzehoe for sure.

How nerve wracking were the last seconds as Schwelm had two chances to win the game. Does this type of ending give added self-confidence on the defensive end?

Not too nerve wrecking. I thought we played it smart, taking a foul because we had one to give, switching the inbounds to have a taller defender contesting the shot of Scott. But we have to find a way to come up with the long rebound. I’ll take it though.

How big was Calvin Oldham tonight? He had 10 points and 8 rebounds and continues to be that glue guy every game.

He’s a game changer. Offensively and Defensively. He takes the assignment. Doesn’t complain and gives us positive energy for 40 minutes. We need him on the court at all times and he never fails to make huge plays when needed to!

You had a 11/5/7 game and shot under 40%. I can imagine after a win like this that is what your most happy about even if the shots weren’t falling like usual.

Not so much. I’m not so concerned with percentages in these playoffs. I’m just here to do what I can to get the win. If it’s scoring one game, then I’ll bring it. Maybe defense another day, or assisting on another. All about the win.

What will be key to winning next game against Itzehoe?

Itzehoe will the be the last game and we have to drive 6+ hours to play them in their home gym. We have to contain Hooper and keep the other guys guessing all night. I think we match up well offensively. But they could cause some problems for us because of their size. It should be great game.

Gonzaga battles Baylor in the NCAA final. Who will take it all this year in March Madness?

I actually don’t want them to have an undefeated season. They’ve been cruising all season long, and I think this Baylor team is a little different than the competition they’ve seen all year. I can imagine them winning it. I’m taking Baylor this year.

Thanks DJ for the chat.

The Miles Vs Manu Lecomte(Prienai CBet) Talk About The Special Magic Of Baylor Basketball

Emmanuel Lecomte (180-PG-95, college: Baylor) is a 25 year old 180cm point guard from Grimbergen Belgium that is playing his third professional season. This season has been a roller coaster as he began with the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL) playing 2 games averaging 11.0ppg, 2.0apg and then moved to moved to Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-Jeep ELITE ProA) playing 2 games averaging 11.0ppg, 2.0apg, and currently is with Prienai CBet (Lithuania-LKL) averaging 15,6ppg, 1,8rpg, 5,4apg and 1,3spg. Last year he split time with Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Spain-Liga ACB) playing 18 games averaging 6.1ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 30.6%, FT: 79.4%, and then moved to Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain-Liga ACB) playing 5 games averaging 5.4ppg, 1.0apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 80.0%, FT: 90.0%. In his rookie season in 2018-2019 he played with Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (NBA G League) playing 48 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.3apg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 40.2%, FT: 86.2%, and then moved to Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (Spain-Liga ACB) playing 9 games averaging 7.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 15.8%, FT: 90.5% He started his basketball career in Belgium with BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (D2) and then played with Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Ethias League). In 2013 he moved to the States and played with Miami (NCAA) for two seasons playing 71 games. He then transferred to Baylor and made his break through as a junior leading the team to the NCAA Sweet 16 playing 33 games averaging 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 83.0%. In his senior year he played 32 games averaging 16.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 88.5%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his memories of Baylor and the 2021 title game.

Manu thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?

I’m in Lithuania at the moment. I have been good. I’m just trying to finish the season strong

Your playing your third professional season. It has been a roller coaster season. You began in Frankfurt, then went to France to Pau Ortez and now are balling in Lithuania with Prienai CBet (Lithuania-LKL) How tough has this season been for you in terms of the team changes and COVID-19?

It has been more about COVID as to why I have been having a roller coaster season. This season hasn’t been easy, but it has made me better as a player. I’m happy that I have found stability in Lithuania.

How did your experience with three teams and all the COVID-19 drama made you stronger as a man?

It has been a long and difficult time for everyone. Not only for basketball players. I needed to adjust in this period and learn to make changes. COVID helped me to become more prepared for what comes next.

Let’s talk about your alma mater Baylor. They won the 2021 NCAA title. How do you feel the day after the win?

I feel great. I’m so happy for the players and the coaching staff. They truly deserve it. Last year was so tough. They had a good year and then it abruptly ended because of COVID. They took advantage this year and kept winning. They proved that they were the best by beating the heavy favorite.

Playing overseas is always a problem when you want to catch NBA and NCAA games. Did your schedule permit you to stay up and watch history being made?

Yes for sure. The game began at 4.30 and was over at 6,30 am. I’m glad that we had today off. I was up all night. I couldn’t miss it.

You reached the NCAA Sweet 16 with Baylor in 2017. You said this about Baylor basketball to me in 2017. ‘The sky is the limit for us this year as it was last year, we are going to prove a lot of people wrong again but it’s a process we still have a lot of work to do but I believe we can accomplish anything with this team, the Final Four is in mind for sure. If someone had told you in 2017 that Baylor would be crowned NCAA champions in 2021 what would you have thought?

I would of said that it was completely possible. I knew what kind of coaching staff we had.

What was special about the 2017 Baylor team that had future NBA player Johnathan Motley and future Euro pro’s Ishmail Wainright and Allerik Freeman?

We had a great team. We were all close and were good friends. It showed on the court. We had experienced guys. Those guys you mentioned had already been there for a few years. I came in and just did what I do. We were #1 in the country at some point. We set a school record winning 15 games in a row. I have to give a lot of credit to Scott Drew. He has a system that works and wins games.

Baylor has had 13 NCAA tournament appearances, 6 Elite 8’appearances and 5 Sweet 16’s. They also hadn’t been in a NCAA final game since 73 years. What does this title mean to the school and to you personally?

It means a lot. Coach Scott Drew came to Baylor when they were at the bottom. He was in a bad position when he took over, but he turned it around. He made Baylor into a winning program. He made his dream become reality. He did the impossible taking Baylor from the bottom to the top. I feel like I’m part of it. We should all feel proud. We all help build the Baylor tradition.

Baylor had a simple game plan. Make some shots. If you miss get the rebounds and then make some more shots. Can basketball sometimes be that simple?

I think that overall Baylor was more prepared than Gonzaga. Baylor was a lot more physical than Gonzaga. They rebounded very well especially on the offensive glass. Baylor plays with three guards, but everyone helped make plays and crashed the boards. In a game like this rebounding is huge. Baylor bullied Gonzaga from the start to the end.

Baylor made 11 of their first 20 shots including six three’s and led by 19 points at the break. They had a double digit lead for 34 of the 40 minutes. How vital do you believe was the mentality of the Baylor team for being able to play this well against the heavy favorite and unbeaten Gonzaga team?

It’s all about the mentality. It is one game and there are only 40 minutes. It is all about who shows up and wants it more. Like I said before Baylor was more prepared and more physical from the start. You could see from the start that there was a difference.

How key was it for Baylor players Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, Flo Thamba and Mark Vital limiting Drew Timme to 12 points?. The star Jalen Suggs had 22 points, but Gonzaga didn’t have scoring support behind him.

Gonzaga do have support, but Baylor was just too good. Those three guys that you mentioned are probably the three most physical defenders in the NCAA and they also do the little things. Vital is only 6’5, but he also plays the five. He doesn’t score much, but he is a force of nature and gets offensive rebounds. When you have three guys like them always rotating in time it becomes difficult for Drew Timme being able to play his game.

Gonzaga has made big strides since 2015 making 5 NCAA Elite 8 appearances and two NCAA finals in 2021 and 2017. Could another final loss hurt their overall confidence to win the big one or do you feel like they will be due in 2022? Many are already picking them to win it next year?

That doesn’t mean anything. It is way to early to make assumptions like that. They have always had a great program and a lot of credit goes to head coach Mark Few. They have always had a winning program and been successful.

Was the rebounding stat 0f 38-22 rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds one of the biggest keys for the win?

It is March Madness. That is why there are so many upsets. Teams come to play. Both teams are great. But in the end Baylor played harder and wanted it more. It showed on the stats.

Davion Mitchell is seen as a #1 Draft pick and Jared Butler as a possible second round pick. How have you followed their careers and how do you seem them doing in the NBA?

It is hard to say. Both guys will get drafted. They didn’t only have good performances in the final, but throughout the whole tournament. Important for them is that they make plays at both ends of the court. The NBA is looking for guys who can score, guard multiple positions and are good with the ball. Both have the potential to be good.

Where do you see the journey of Macio Teague going? He seemed a bit in the shadow of Butler and Mitchell. Could he make the NBA and do you see his game being suited to becoming an impact player overseas?

His game can translate to anywhere. He can shoot the ball and play defense. That will allow him to be able to play anywhere. He could be a good role player in the NBA or play a role on a team in Europe.

Your ex teammate Ishmail Wainright said this about head coach Scott Drew ‘He treated us like professionals since day one. Talked to us like one. Worked us like one. He used to tell us, ‘ You guys want to be professionals someday, you have to walk, talk, eat, work, and take care of your bodies like professionals do!’ How proud are you of your ex coach and how did he groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

I am very proud of coach Drew. He is a great coach, but an even better man. He did a lot for me. The most important thing he taught me was how to lead a team. In order to be a point guard you need to be vocal and bring energy. That was the most valuable thing that he taught me.

How do you see the future of Baylor (NCAA) basketball. Two guys seem to be heading to the NBA and Macio Teague and Mark Vital are also done as seniors.

I think the future will be good. They still have guys coming back like Adan Flagler and Matthew Mayer. We saw how they could play and now they will take over next year. The most important thing is that there is a system in place that works. They will recruit good players. I’m confident with the coaching staff doing a good job. I’m sure the program will continue to go up.

Have you seen Coming To America 2 yet? The reviews have been mixed. Shouldn’t they just have left the original classic untouched?

I haven’t seen it yet. It depends. If you make a sequel it better be good. I like movies. I will watch it. There are some good sequels and some bad ones.

Thanks Manu for the chat.