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 team up each week to talk basketball.
DJ thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. The EPG Baskets Koblenz lost a tough game at home 73-63 to Orange Academy How tough was it watching this ending?
Extremely tough. I thought we did a lot of good things tonight. Especially on defense. But one or two very costly mistakes that hurt us at the end.
The EPG Baskets Koblenz had a super first quarter leading 16-8. Was that that the best defense the team has played this season?
Definitely. I thought we had 5 guys locked in the entire quarter. Their only points were off of broken plays and long rebounds. Couldn’t ask for a better start defensively.
However Koblenz was unable to hold it allowing Orange Academy to come back in the second quarter. What was key for the 14-5 guests run to cut the Koblenz lead to 35-29 at the break?
Turnovers. We just gave them way too many opportunities. After a while, a good team is going to punish you when you give them multiple chances at scoring. Giving them confidence to crawl back into the game. When I thought we could have easily took the lead to 20+.
The EPG Baskets Koblenz had problems with their set play. Obviously you were missing. What adjustments should the team have made on offense?
I thought we did a great job executing in the first half but maybe we just ran out of gas in the second. Defending Orange Academy isn’t an easy task, so when we do get a stop, you have to attack them and put pressure on them to defend you. I think we should have been way more aggressive in the transition offense. Playing a little faster and creating mismatches. That way it would open up easier opportunities to score.
Just a lack of focus at the end of the game. We kept giving them chances by turning the ball over in crucial moments. Frustrating when you played a great game for 38 minutes and lose it the last two. That slip screen was working so well because we were overthinking the rotation. They didn’t hit too many outside shots so we probably should have been focused more on the help side rotation instead rotating so hard to the guards.
At the post game press conference German Lukas Meyer said the team still hasn’t found a way to be able to play more consistent. Is the inability to be consistent putting more of a strain on the club each week with every new loss?
Yes I think so, you can tell the energy is a little different each week after a loss. There’s still plenty of time to correct some things and hopefully go into the playoffs playing our best best basketball. Like I said, we made a lot of improvements defensively this week, but no we have to put two halves together.
Orange Academy has a huge Polish talent with 18 year old Igor Milicic. What was your impression of him and how he presented himself on the court?
Extremely talented. Long and athletic. Can stretch the floor and get to the basket. He’s going to be a good player for sure.
The next game is on the road against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors whom you destroyed before Christmas by more than 40 points. How much of a must win does this game have to be?
I think this is one of the most important games of the season. If we can win this weekend, we can stop the bleeding and maybe get back to how we were playing in the first half of the season. A loss would be deviating but not the end of the world.
You missed your second game. How is your rehab going and what is your status for next weekend?
Rehab has been going extremely well. Cleared to start practice again on Tuesday so hopefully I’ll be fit enough to play in Frankfurt. I’ll ease my way back into it and try not to force anything, but sitting out isn’t an option anymore.
James Harden’s scoring has gone down in the last games as he has accepted more of a playmaking role. How dangerous will the Brooklyn Nets be if the trio of Durant, Harden and Irving can accept each other and somehow cut down their egos for the good of the team?
I think they have all the potential in the world. It would be hard for me to believe that the 3 most talented/skilled players in the world can’t make it work because of egos. They’ll figure it out eventually but I think they’ll still run into some trouble against teams like the Lakers, Clippers, Philly, etc… They just don’t play enough defense for me.
Thanks DJ for the chat.