MY-Basket.it – Interview with Andre Collins, playmaker of Gazianteb BSB

We had the pleasure to interview the point guard of the Turkish basketball team Gazianteb BSB, Andre Collins. Gazianted finished the season in the 9th place, but they missed the playoffs by only 2 points. We asked Andre for an interview after the end of the season, and he agreed. So, here you have the complete interview with Andre Collins by MY-Basket.it.

Are you happy with your season? How did you feel in Turkey?
It was happy with the way my team finished the season, we had many problems with injuries during the year but we managed to be tied for the 8th position in a very difficult league. I enjoyed playing in turkey. It is a very competitive league.

Did you follow the Italian championship? How do you assess Milano’s disappointing run?
Of course, I will always follow the Italian league. It shows that no matter what players you put on the paper, you still have to have play good and be consistent to win. It also shows how good the Italian league is.

Which is the best memory you have in Italy?
I have so many great memories in Italy.. Winning the championship in legadue with Carife Ferrara, the playoff experience I had with Virtus Bologna, beating Siena and Armani last season with Caserta.. And there are so many more..

What do you think you still have to improve in your game?
I think I just need to be consistent for the entire season. The last few seasons I think I have improved more on defense and getting assist along with scoring.

What are your programs for the future? Do you think we have some chances to see you again in italy next year?
I haven’t really thought on my future just yet. It is still very early. I do have some interest from teams in Turkey and Russia. At this moment there haven’t been any contact from teams in Italy.. However when and if there will be contact, Italy will always be an option for me because its like my second home.

Height: 183 cm
Born: 1982, Crisfield (USA)
Weight: 79 kg
Position: point guard
College: Loyola
Previous Team: Maryland, Ferrara, Bologna, Pesaro and Caserta.

2012-2013 Season stats: 32.7 minuts, 13.6 points (50.7% 2FGP and 34.4% 3FGP), 3.9 rebound, 4.9 assist and 11.0 of ranking. High: April 24th, 30 points against Antalaya (11/18 FG).