Braydon Hobbs

Braydon Hobbs (ratiopharm Ulm) FC Bayern Munich Was A Tough Loss But We Have Responded In The Right Way

Braydon Hobbs is a 27 year old 196cm point guard playing his third season in Germany and first with ratiopharm Ulm. Last season he played for the  Giessen 46ers playing 33 games averaging 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-3(1.7spg), FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 86.8%. Two seasons ago he played for  rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners.

 

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Braydon Hobbs when he played for NBC in the Pro A in Giessen after a playoff game in 2015

Braydon thanks for talking to German HoopsYou have spent your third Easter in a row in Germany. What have you learned to appreciate most about Easter in Germany that you haven´t had in the States?

Easter is always a good time of year, whether I’m in the US or in Germany. I appreciate the time I get with my family here in Germany though. A lot of the stores are closed on Friday and then again on Monday so it gives me a lot of time to spend with the family at home.

After winning 26 games in a row, you lost to FC Bayern Munich recently, but since beat Wurzburg and Giessen. Is basketball life back to normal in Ulm?

Basketball life is definitely back to normal after the loss. It was a tough loss, but I think we have responded in the right way.

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Braydon Hobbs(ratiopharm Ulm) Guarding Per Guenther Each Day In Practice Has Helped My Defense Big Time

 

Braydon Hobbs is a 27 year old 196cm point guard playing his third season in Germany and first with ratiopharm Ulm. Last season he played for the  Giessen 46ers playing 33 games averaging 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-3(1.7spg), FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 86.8%. Two seasons ago he played for  rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops after the 84-74 win against Science City Jena last week.

 

Congrats Braydon on the 84-74 win Jena. Another BBL game and another win putting the team at 9-0. Would this undefeated season feel any better if the Brose Baskets Bamberg weren´t present?

The start to the season has been great for us. I don’t think it would be any different if Bamberg wasn’t in the competition.

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Braydon Hobbs (Giessen 46ers) I Am Not Always The Fastest Player But I Can Be Smarter And Try To Put Myself In The Right Spot To Help My Team

Braydon Hobbs is a 26 year old 196cm point guard playing in the Beko BBL for the Giessen 46ers and last season played for rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops after the big win against the Mitteldeutscher BC.

 

Braydon congrats on the big 70-68 in Weissenfels against 2004 Fiba Eurocup winner Mitteldeutscher BC. It was the second crunch time win a row and second with two points. Is this team slowly becoming better under pressure after losing some tough close battles at the start of the season against Wurzburg, Braunschweig and Bayreuth?

I think we have learned a lot from the games earlier in the season. We learned that we needed to be smarter at the end of games and also execute what coach wanted us to do.

The Giessen 46ers known for their solid defense started off poorly in the wolf´s den allowing 28 points, but then won the next three quarters, but then gave up on average 13 points in the last three quarters. What adjustments did Giessen make on the defense end not to let the game already be decided at halftime?

MBC started the game off extremely hot. They were hitting shots from all over. We were allowing them to get the shots they wanted. We had to adjust our 1 on 1 defense and our help side defense because it wasn’t good enough in the first quarter.

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Braydon Hobbs (Giessen 46ers) We Have To Bring It As A Team Each Week And If We Don’t Then Teams Make Us Pay

Braydon Hobbs is a 26 year old 196cm point guard playing in the Beko BBL for the Giessen 46ers and last season played for rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops before the Hessen derby against the Fraport Skyliners.

Braydon thanks for talking to German Hoops. Last week Giessen suffered a tough 87-61 loss against FC Bayern Munich. After having tasted how good it feels beating a Bamberg at home was the team self-confidence going in at a different level than it is for lesser known teams in the Beko BBL?

We usually try to have the same confidence going into every game. We prepare the same way every week so hopefully by the time the games come around we are ready and prepared for any team.

There have been days where the Giessen defense didn´t perform the way it should have as it has given up 100 points or more two times, but what do you feel was most difficult to adjust to in their offense?

They executed the way a euroleague team does. They found the open guys when we made mistakes. Giving up 87 points to any team in this league makes it extremely difficult to win. They got a lot of easy looks and they knocked them down.

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Braydon Hobbs Adds Spunk To The Special Team Chemistry Of The Giessen 46ers

One of the first things that you notice when you see eye to eye with Braydon Hobbs is his smile. It is one of those warm smiles that anyone can appreciate after a huge win or a pathetic unforgettable loss. Last season the 26 year old 196cm guard had very little to smile about when it came to playing the Giessen 46ers as he departed from the floor as the loser a total of 5 times and lost three times in the Osthalle in Giessen. Sometimes a game can be so long and then when you lose, you remember certain things that not only happened on the court, but also off the court. Perhaps the American was able to remember one of the many Giessen hecklers in the crowd for a time after the 3-0 playoff loss, but now 7 months later Hobbs no longer has to hear an obscene strange German phrases towards him, but now has everyone on his side in the Osthalle as he is playing his first season for the Beko BBL team Giessen 46ers. It really doesn´t matter where Hobbs has played in his career, he has always proved that he has game and put up consistent stats. He played at Bellarmine (NCAA2) from 2008-2012 helping his school win the GLVC tournament in 2010-2011 and the NCAA 2 title in 2011. He turned professional in 2012 and got experience in Australia and with Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold). IN his second season he got added experience playing with Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division) playing Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. Last season he led the rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) in the semi-finals playing 38 games averaging 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4%. Last summer he won an added title with the Mackay Meteors (Australia-QBL, starting five): 18 games: 14.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 87.5%. “It feels good to win the championship over there. It’s my second time winning the ship with Mackay. Your ultimate goal, when you play in competitions, is to win the championship and we achieved that goal. Every championship is important. The NCAA was a little bit more challenging because we were playing teams from all over the country. In Australia it was only the state of Queensland we were competing against”, stressed Braydon Hobbs. Winning a title isn´t realistic in Giessen this season, but reaching the playoffs is even though the team´s season goal was to stay in the Beko BBL. Hobbs has had no difficulty getting used to the higher level of the Beko BBL, a high level that he has never played at before, but has obstacles. “The biggest hurdle has probably been adjusting to the speed and physical play of the BBL. We have a lot of players that were in the Pro A last season, so we are all adjusting”, added Braydon Hobbs. Giessen head coach Denis Wucherer has given him much trust as he is the team leader in minutes with 30 and fourth in teams coring, second in rebounds, third in assists and first in three point shooting percentage with 47%. He was instrumental in the big 81-80 win at home against defending Beko BBL champion Bamberg with the game winning assist and will never forget the game. “It’s definitely one of the biggest wins of my pro career. Beating a Euroleague team, during the season, will always be a huge win”, added Braydon Hobbs. Giessen is a team that likes to defend, plays team basketball and has many very talented players and Hobbs is doing a great job holding his own and one of hidden strength is slowly getting unraveled. “I think my ability to make other players around me better, by passing, will transfer best to the BBL. I can get guys in the best position to score the ball and hopefully my passing will help these guys out”, said Braydon Hobbs. Hobbs probably never had as big a smile after the Bamberg win except for maybe his title wins in college and in Australia, but if Giessen can pull off the big coup and win for the third time since 2007 against the Fraport Skyliners, then it will be another smile to remember because Frankfurt belong to the current hottest teams in the league.

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Braydon Hobbs(Giessen 46ers) The World Definitely Did Not Go Under In Giessen But The Place was Buzzing A Bit After The Win Against Bamberg

Braydon Hobbs is a 26 year old 196cm point guard playing in the Beko BBL for the Giessen 46ers and last season played for rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops after hitting the game winner against current BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg.

Braydon congrats on the massive 81-80 victory over Bamberg tonight in Giessen. Did the world go under after this win in Giessen? Did you party well into the night or call it an early night?

Thanks a lot Miles. The world definitely did not go under in Giessen but the place was buzzing a bit after the win against Bamberg. We celebrated after the win but it was a fairly early night for us.

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Braydon Hobbs (Giessen 46ers) I Wanted To Play With Giessen Because Of How They Carried Themselves On The Court

Braydon Hobbs is a 24 year old 196cm point guard that just completed his third professional season and first in Germany with rent4office Nuernberg (Germany-ProA) where he averaged 11,9ppg, 4.1rpg, Assists-4(5.9apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 82.4% . He started his basketball career in 2008 with Bellarmine (NCAA2) playing a total of 133 games. He turned professional in 2012 and played for Caceres Basket (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 35 games: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 87.9%. In 2013-2014 he played for Alba Fehervar (Hungary-A Division, starting five): Eurocup: 10 games: 11.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 52.3%; Hungarian League: 32 games: 9.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2(2.3spg), FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 72.7%. He also played three summers professionally in Australia. He spoke to German Hoops after signing with the Giessen 46ers for the 2015-2016 season.

Braydon thanks for talking to German Hoops again. You are playing your third summer in the last four in Australia. What makes you keep coming back down under?

I keep coming back here to Australia because the country is awesome. I can stay in shape by doing this as well. It’s a fun get away and I enjoy playing year around.

How do you feel has your time in Australia helped your game most in the last summers which you might not necessarily have had in the States doing the normal work out grind?

I think playing here during the summers has kept me in good shape and it is more of a laid back league but I can get into the gym any time I want to work on my game. It keeps me playing competitive competition as well which I think helps.

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