Nick Hornsby is a 22 year old 201cm forward that was born in Irvine, California and just completed his rookie season with theGiessen 46ers II (Germany-ProB) averaging 13,9ppg, 7,6rpg and 2,9apg. He also played 2 BBL games for Giessen.. He won two high school titles with Tustin and then played at Sacramento State form 2013-2017 playing a total of 123 NCAA games and was able to improve his scoring and rebounding each season. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 11.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 71.2%. He spoke to German Hoops following his rookie season.
Nick thanks for talking to German Hoops. Your rookie season is in the books. Did your rookie season in Germany exceed all expectations or do you feel something was missing?
Yeah I think my rookie season was pretty good. I believe that I learned a lot and continued to grow over the weeks. I also think as a team we did great and exceeded a lot of expectations.
Your season ended with a do or die game against Rostock. Each game was more thrilling than the next. Was these three games the most exciting three games in a row in your young career?
I would say the last three games are definitely up there with my most exiting games especially in a row.
With 45 seconds to play in game 2, Rostock Seawolves guard Brandon Lockhart made a lay in and were trailing 69-68. With the game winding down, Rostock enlarged the amazing atmosphere and noise level in the Stadthalle arena as they saved the best for last in terms of defensive presence not allowing their opponent Giessen from getting a shot off in the allowed 24 seconds setting up a possible heroic experience for Rostock on the last play that would have sent the home arena into an electric frenzy never seen before, but instead as the buzzer sounded, the Rostock Seawolves had to look forward to another 6 hours bus ride for a do or die game in Giessen. The last 18 seconds seemed like a basketball eternity as they had two golden chances through Jordan Talbert and Chris Frazier, but couldn´t get the ball to sink through the netting as the sold out arena and 3000 fan´s hearts sank and upset the Easter Sunday with unmemorable basketball thoughts as they were looking for Easter eggs. Instead of welcoming Iserlohn for a semi-final clash they had a do or die game in Giessen. The good news for Rostock was that they had won game one on the road and Rostock´s two top Americans Brandon Lockhart and Jordan Talbert have had good experiences in Pro B do or die battles combined having a 5-1 record with both winning against Oldenburg and Wurzburg as teammates with Nordlingen two seasons ago and last season Talbert defeating ex teammate and friend Lockhart with the ScanPlus Baskets. On an untypical very warm Sunday evening in early April the Rostock Seawolves returned to Giessen for a do or die duel and if fans thought that game 2 had been exciting, well game 3 topped that as both teams battled through two overtimes with the Rostock Seawolves coming out with the stronger nerves and a self confident Brandon Lockhart who nailed two big buckets to seal the well deserved 93-89 victory. “What a crazy game. You think you have the game won and a technical takes you into overtime. We knew that we had to win this game to be able to achieve our goals. We refocused after the technical and we continued to fight. We were down 10 points, but no one quit. Our fight was our most important strength tonight”, stressed ex Drury(NCAA2) guard Brandon Lockhart. Giessen gave all they had, but just couldn´t get the needed stops down the stretch and finished their season with low spirits, but will never forget that they gave Rostock all that they had. “Both teams competed very hard and I have to give credit to Rostock for the win. We had a good season, but came a little short at the end. A couple mistakes down the stretch cost us the game, but we played our hearts out”, stressed ex FIU (NCAA) guard Dennis Mavin.
Miles Schmidt-Scheuber inetrviewing Rostock Seawolf Brandon Lockhart after he led his team past Giessen 93-89 with 19 points
Nick Hornsby is a 201cm forward that was born in Irvine, California and is going into his rookie season in Germany with the Giessen 46ers II (Germany-ProB). He won two high school titles with Tustin and then played at Sacramento State form 2013-2017 playing a total of 123 NCAA games and was able to improve hiss coring and rebounding each season. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 11.3ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 71.2%. This season with Giessen he is averaging 13,6ppg, 7,6rpg and 2,6apg. He spoke to German Hoops shortly after he signed with Giessen about his basketball career.
Nick thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on signing your first professional basketball career with the Giessen 46ers 2 team that play in the Pro B. After coming off a stellar 4 year career at Sacramento State how did you experience your first summer transfer period as you were looking for your first professional team? Did you have sufficient offers?
My first summer out I have just been focused on getting better as an all around player. Whether its one day working on my shot or the other my ball handling. It was a great summer and I got to play with/against a lot of great players.
You chose the Giessen 46ers 2 team. Head coach Rolf Scholtz was high on your versatility and team game. What were the main reasons for deciding to play for head coach Rolf Scholtz? I can imagine being able to soak up the BBL experience with their first team and be able to practice with them was an important reason?
Coach Scholtz just seemed like a great guy and I thought that this would be a great place to start my career. Like you said being able to practice with the BBL team and scrimmage against them was a big part of it so I could not pass up that opportunity.