DJ Woodmore (190-SG-92, college: VWU) is a 28 year old 190cm point guard that is playing his first season with the EPG Baskets Koblenz. Last season with Morgenstern BIS Basket Speyer (Germany-ProB) he played 21 games averaging 15.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 87.3%. In 2018-2019 13.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 71.6% in the Regionalliga. In his first two seasons with Speyer he averaged 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 72.1% and 17.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 76.4%. he played at Virginia Wesleyan College (NCAA3): from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 20.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3% (219/435), 3Pts: 46.0% (91/198), FT: 76.9% (93/121). Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and DJ Woodmore will team up each week to talk basketball. He spoke to eurobasket after the tough 98-75 loss against Ornage Academy.
After a big win against Speyer, the EPG Baskets Koblenz suffered a tough 98-75 loss. You knew going in that this would be a tough game, but was their play for 40 minutes tougher than you expected?
Yea, they were really tough to defend. We knew going into the game that they belonged in the top half of the league. But I don’t think we were expecting to run their sets so well, and shoot the lights out. I felt like there was a point where they didn’t miss a shot for 5 or 6 mins each quarter. Huge credit to them, they were ready from the start and kept their foot on the gas the entire time.
Orange Academy exploded in the second and third quarter combined for 64 points while Koblenz tallied only 42 points. What were the main reasons for the team defense destructing?
Our defense wasn’t great tonight at all, but honestly I thought Ulm killed us with great offense. We were a little late on rotations for sure but they still had to make the shots. I think they shot 50% from 3. And 57% from the field. Hard to beat a team that isn’t missing shots.
Orange Academy is a very young team. What makes this team so good? It seems like a big key is how well it’s coached from Anton Gavel?
They are a well coached team and extremely disciplined. Run each play with a purpose and know exactly which option they need to look for when a team defends a certain way. Everybody knows their role: guards create, shooters shoot, slashers drive hard, and big men play big. They play with tons of confidence and trust in each other. They’re by far the toughest team we’ve played so far this season but we’ll learn from it and bounce back.
Even though Koblenz did a very good job registering 10 offensive rebounds, it still lost the rebounding battle 40-30. Is rebounding becoming more of a problem as the season wears on?
I think it’s something we can definitely work on. But I don’t think it’s a huge problem right now. Tonight they were just making every shot, so there weren’t too many chances to rebound. With Edin injured at the moment, we have to find a way to team-rebound. That’s the best solution until he returns.
Was the Koblenz 18-11 fourth quarter the only positive thing you could take from the game?
Yes. There wasn’t much going right for us tonight. But our younger guys came in and did a great job on both ends. Brought the energy to cut the deficit down some. We need to bring that same intensity and energy from the jump if we don’t want to have games like this anymore.
Orange Academy have many very talented young players, but one who could go really far is Nat Diallo. What was your impression of him? How did Koblenz have him scouted going into the game?
We knew he was a big force for them but He’s changed his game completely compared to last year. He’s the key in everything they do. Averaging multiple blocks a game. Switching onto guards, and making legitimate post moves down low. He was a beast tonight. And with his size and athleticism, he has a chance to dominate at a higher level as well.
You scored 9 points, had 2 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes on 2/7 shooting. Was it just one of those days where you couldn’t get into a good shooting groove?
Yea it was a tough night for us shooting again. But I thought I got some easy looks early but didn’t get the same ones later on in the game. They forced us into a lot of bad shots and turnovers, and there just wasn’t a chance to get in my rhythm at all offensive since they were killing us on the other end.
After a big loss like this how do you return to the lab on Monday. On what things will you focus on most this week?
We have a quick turn around luckily. But we’ll watch this film and take some notes from them. See what changes we need to make to our defense and offense and hopefully be ready to go for the next game. No reason to hang our head on this game. Still a long season to go.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors who won their first game of the season against the Arvato College Wizards. They have an average age of only 19 years. How confident are you that you won’t underestimate them and will you be able to defend better as a team?
We’re actually playing against Gieen on Tuesday for a make-up game due to Covid. So we’ll focus on that Sunday and Monday. And turn our attention to Frankfurt for on Wednesday. But I’ve seen them once or twice this season and they have some young talent too. I Don’t think we’ll take them lightly after tonight. But it’s important that we stay focused for 40 minutes this time.
You can watch 2 NFL games every Sunday night on German TV Pro / Maxx. Are you able to follow NFL Football or do you spend your Sunday nights differently?
Yes I’m following all the time. My teammates and I are in a couple fantasy football leagues. My team is absolutely horrible but we’re trying to make a playoff push. I’ll watch a few games throughout the night but my Sundays are usually filled with sleep and Call of Duty lol. I’ll sometimes squeeze football somewhere in there just so I can talk trash to the team on Monday.
Thanks DJ for the chat