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!