Jibril Hodges

Jibril Hodges (Basket Esch Luxembourg) The Talent And Work Ethic Of Danilo Barthel Have Met

Jibril Hodges is a 30 year old 188cm shooting guard from Los Angeles, California that is the son of ex NBA player Craig Hodges who won NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. Hodges started his basketball career in 2002 with Long Beach St. (NCAA) where he played until 2006. In his first two professional seasons he played in Jordan and in the CBA. IN 2008 he came to Germany and played two years with USC Heidelberg. In the 2010-2011 season he played for Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary-A Division) playing  32 games: 14.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT-1(96.9%). In the 2011-2012 season he played for Jaszberenyi KSE (Hungary-A Division) playing 24 games: 16.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 78.8%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA): 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.6apg, in Nov.’12 moved to Basket Esch (Luxembourg-Diekirch League): 10 games: 17.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.3apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 89.7%. Last season he played for Basket Esch (Luxembourg-Total League) playing 12 games: 23.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.0apg, 3.2spg, FGP: 68.4%, 3PT: 51.1%, FT: 93.3%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball

Jibril how is it going? Have you been spending more time in Chicago or California this off season? How has your summer been?

This off season off season I have spent most of the time in Germany. Last summer my fiance and I moved into a home in Germany, so thats where I’ve been spending most of my time. I flew back to Chicago for my family reunion, and to see my father for some workouts and basketball and advice.

You played your first two years in Europe in Germany, then two years in Hungry and the last two years in Luxemburg with short intervals in Germany with Duesseldorf and Essen. Which country has been the full package for you? Where did you like it most on and off the court?

Honestly, I am appreciative of every opportunity to play basketball. Its cool because I am actually being paid to do something that I love and that I would do for free. I’ve enjoyed every country but I guess since Germany is home now, and after a successful World Cup, ICH LIEBE DEUTSCHLAND!


The Rapid 10 Miles Questions Basketball Exchange With Jibril Hodges(Duesseldorf Giants)

Jibril Hodges is a 26 year old 188cm guard that was born in San Diego, California but grew up in Chicago as his dad was a member of the Chicago Bulls in the early 90s. He is a athletic player with great shooting prowess from behind the arc. He played at Long Beach, university from 2002-2006. In his senior year he played 30 games: 14.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 84.9%. At Long Beach, he made the  Big West All-Freshman Team 2003, was All-Big West Honorable Mention 2005, was a Big West Tournament Finalist 2006 and made All-Big West 1st Team 2006. In 2006, he was drafted by the Fort Worth Flyers (D-League,8rd (93)). In 2007-2008, he played in the CBA for Butte Daredevils and left during the season, came back in Feb.2008: 34 games: 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 76.8%. In 2008-2009, he came to Germany and played for USC Heidelberg in the PRO A playing 29 games: Score-3(18.8ppg), 2.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 85.7%. Last season at USC Heidelberg, he played 30 games: Score-4(19.4ppg), 3.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 84.7%. He recently made the jump to the BEKO BBL signing with the Duesseldorf Giants. Jibril took the rapid 10 miles questions basketball exchange for German Hoops talking basketball.

Congrats on getting signed by the BEKO BBL team Duesseldorf glory. After two years in the PRO A with Heidelberg, now your first shot in the first league. How have you been able to pick up your game in the last two seasons.

I think in the last two seasons I improved my leadership abilities. That I think was the most important improvement.


Japhet McNeil Wants To Return Back To Germany To Play

Japhet McNeil is a 25 year old 183 cm guard from Brooklyn, New York. He played at East Carolina from 2003 -2006. He then transferred to Bridgeport(NCAA2) for his senior year in 2006-2007. At Bridgeport, he played 31 games averaging 16.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.9apg, 4.0spg, FT: 67.3%, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 34.6%. In 2008-2009, he played his rookie season in Germany in the PRO A for USC Heidelberg playing 30 games and averaging 14.8ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1(7.9apg), Steals-1(3.5spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 63.3%. Last season, he played in Finland for Kori-Konkarit Loimaa (Finland-1st Division, starting five): 5 games: 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg, 3.4spg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 50.0%He spoke to German Hoops about Basketball and life.

Japhet, it is almost September, the leagues around the world are starting up, but you are still looking for a team. Are you surprised that you are still jobless?

Im not suprised, more so patient. Teams are still looking, they have signed some players early but some players dont pan out and they look else where, thats where my services come in play.