Jordan Williams is a 23 year old 203cm forward from England that completed his second season in Germany playing with the Giessen 46ers II (Germany-ProB) playing 18 games averaging 9.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 42.0% after starting the season with the Surrey Scorchers (BBL) playing 9 games averaging 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, FT: 37.9%. He also has gained experience in Belgium and Germany with the Eisbaren (Regionalliga). He spoke to germanhoops.com after his season in Germany with Giessen
Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Jordan Williams in Giessen in 2019 after a loss to the wiha Panthers
Thanks Jordan for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how have you digested the end of your season?
I’m back in the UK for the moment. Just getting back on the court and started my workouts to get ready for the upcoming season. I hoped we could have won the pro B but it didn’t work out that way but we have a lot of positives to take away from the season.
Congrats on a marvelous season with Giessen. You had a tough loss against the wiha Panthers Schwenningen. If someone had told you before the series that you would lose both games at home what would you have thought?
Since I joined in November we haven’t lost at home and we played extremely well at home but Schwenningen has a great team and was able to get two Crucial wins.
The wiha Panthers rebounded the ball well and in game three others guys helped step up to secure the win. Both teams fought hard. Did they maybe want it a bit more at the end?
Throughout the series the main goal was to out rebound them and take away their main scorers but in the final game other guys stepped up and hit some big shots to secure the win.
Let’s talk about the Giessen season. The team lost seven of it’s first nine games, but then turned it around winning 12 of 13 games. You came in December and saw the team turning their season around. What were the main reasons for the huge turnaround?
Since I joined in end of November we only ended up loosing 1 game away to Leverkusen. Each and every day we was invested and came to play hard everyday
As a team it wasn’t because of any individual, we played team basketball sharing the ball and not relying on just one or two individuals.
The team had some serious memorable games like the 76-75 win against Orange Academy, 88-86 win against Wurzburg or the 70-69 victory over the Scanplus Baskets. What do you feel was your most memorable moment with this team?
My most memorable moment with the team was the win over Orange Academy with the game winner on the buzzer.
Let’s talk about your teammates. How much of a pleasure was it being teammates with ex German national player Johannes Lischka. You probably heard of his basketball story. What did you appreciate most about him and what did you learn from him?
Playing with Johannes was a pleasure, it would have to be his professionalism everyday he was in the gym before everyone else and has a great work ethic. I learned a few things on court he plays hard which made myself play harder and just how much of an impact he has on games and also what it takes to be a professional.
The power forward position was stocked with many guys like Lischka, Tim Uhlemann and Thomas Tshikaya. What kind of a presence did the French player give the team that none of the other players did?
Thomas was a close friend of mine on the team. No matter what Thomas always came to play hard every day even if it was shoot around in the mornings he would practice like it was the game with made me raise my level of play.
How important was highly talented German point guard Bjarne Kraushaar for your success on the court? How good is his court vision and IQ for a 19 year old?
Bjarne is super talented, he isn’t one of the fastest or athletic guys on the floor but his IQ and court vision for a 19 year old is rare and to see a young guy control the tempo of the game and not force a lot of situations. Also he knows how to find guys in right positions.
There were many young talented Germans on the court like Okpara, Pjanic, Uhlemann and Koepple. Which player do you feel made the biggest strides with their game this season?
I can’t name just one. Each of them stepped up this season and since November matured immensely as players. Pjanic has made a transition into the BBL squad and you can see what sort of talent he is and also the other young guys made big shots played consistent and improved throughout the season.
Let’s talk about your game? You’re a 203cm forward from Great Britain. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would fit the best?
I watch a lot of Julius Randle who is left handed and plays aggressive.
You’re a guy that could be described as a walking bucket like Bill Borekambi of Schwenningen. Do you tend to watch and follow a guy like Borekambi more mainly because he is also a walking bucket?
Haha I wouldn’t call myself a walking bucket. Borekambi is in a system where he plays a lot of minutes and the ball is in his hands a lot. His games is built a little different to mine as he’s very active with how he plays and gets a lot of points by just second attempts.
Did you always have the abilities to score in bunches or has that been something that you have continued to develop further as you have your game?
I still have a lot to learn about scoring the basketball. I came to the game late. I started at 16 so everyday I’m still trying to become a better versatile scorer wheather that be from outside or inside.
You don’t shoot many three’s. Is this something that you will try to incorporate into your game and what are other area’s in your game that you are continuing to work on?
The system I was in didn’t really allow me to shoot 3s as my coach wanted me inside because of my physicality, but definitely something I need to work on and show that’s something I can do which will allow me to become an all rounded player.
What is the next step for you? You had a very productive Pro B season. Will you look for new opportunities in Germany or other countries or are you homesick to England and would prefer to return home?
I’m not to sure yet, its still pretty early. I like Germany a lot. I also have some offers in other countries but I’ll sit down with my agent and see what the best situation will be for next season.
You started the season with the Surrey Scorchers (BBL) playing 9 games averaging 11.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.9apg. After playing there for two seasons prior to this season why did you leave after a few months?
My goal has always been to play overseas and the opportunity presented itself so I couldn’t say no.
How would you compare the BBL in England to the Pro B in Germany? How much more skilled are the players in the BBL and how much better is the play?
The BBL in the U.K. I would say is a lot more athletic. Your allowed 3 Americans with so in that sense it’s very competitive on the guard spots. Germany is a lot more about structure and team basketball not as athletic but makes up in IQ.
Last season you had your first experience in Germany with BG Eisbaeren (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 4 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.3apg. It was a short experience. How did you like the first time in Germany and why was this stay so short?
For me going from the BBL in the U.K to Regionalliga was to try and get into a pro b/a team and some unforeseen circumstances the best move to go back to the UK and finish the season in the BBL.
With Surrey you played with very talented American Tony Hicks who is dominating the German Pro A this season. How talented is this guy and could you see him playing in the German BBL and be a guy who can make an impact?
I’ve spoken with Tony throughout the season and he’s very talented and could definitely see him playing BBL. He has a natural ability to score the basketball.
How disappointed were you this season that you couldn’t compete against former teammate Elias Desport who played in the German Pro B this season with Schwelm. Is he a guy that you followed this season?
I spoke also with him throughout the season. We both thought we would play each other first round of playoffs but it didn’t work out that way. I know a lot of guys that I saw that I didn’t know played in the Pro B.
How much of a pleasure was it being teammates with American Alex Owumi who was a top player in the British BBL for years. He came out with a very interesting book. Was he like a type of role model for you and what did you appreciate most about him on and off the court?
Myself and Alex had a lot of conversations throughout the season and being able to pick his brain and listen to some of the situations and life lessons was amazing. Every team I have been on I have always had a older guy that may see things that I don’t see that helps my game or helps me be a better professional and Alex was one of them.
Your from England but played a few years in Belgium as a youngster. What kind of experience was this for you and why did you choose to go this route?
Being in Belgium is what made me the player I am today. I was lucky to have a great coach that wanted me to succeed everyday and gave me his time. It also taught me how to look after myself. I was young in a different country and had to look after myself. As I said before I started basketball late and didn’t really know about the American route and ended up in Oostende.
Have you ever wondered how your career might have gone and where you would be today had you played college ball in the states?
I think about that everyday it’s too late now but I would have seen myself in a D1 school for sure.
Who was the toughest player you ever battled on any court anywhere that made it to the NBA?
I’ve played on the court with a few NBA guys but one that I was able to see day in day out would have to be Malik Beasley.
If you had to construct your very own NBA mount Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick?
Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Magic Johnson, Shaq
What is your personal opinion about the never ending debate of who is the greatest between Michael Jordan and Lebron James?
Michael Jordan will always be the greatest basketball player of all time just purely on his legacy but Lebron is a better all round athlete on and of the court.
When all is said and done, could Luka Doncic be one of the greatest European players that ever played in the NBA?
Yes definitely he’s 20 doing the things he’s doing as a rookie. His future is bright.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Avengers:endgame best movie so far.
Thanks Jordan for the chat