During the course of the offseason, Scorers 1st members look back on their pro season overseas and look ahead to their summer approach to growing their game, while offering some advice to rookies along the way...
It was a very memorable first season playing professionally and overseas for forward Tyson Hinz (player profile page, available 2015-16 season). A former MVP and college champion out of Canada's powerhouse, Carleton University, Hinz earned All-Star team honors in Holland, competed in the 3-point shootout at All-Star weekend, helped lead Landstede Zwolle to the Dutch Basketball Finals and averaged 12.7 points, 6.6 rebounds (ranked 10th in the league), 2.2 steals (ranked 4th) and 1.3 assists per game, while shooting 57% from the field, 40% from 3-pt. and 75% FT.
For those not familiar with your game, can you give us the scouting report on Tyson Hinz? For those who don’t know me I am a 6-foot-7 power forward capable of stretching the floor, able to back down match-ups on the block while also stepping out and taking on opponents at the 3 point line. I pride myself on my toughness, basketball IQ, and my relentless mindset as I’m willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win. With this approach, I have been able to succeed and win at every level I have played and it is a driving force of who I am today.
Coming out of Carleton University last year, how has your overall game developed during your first season as a pro? Now that I have a full season under my belt, I feel that my game has most definitely developed and improved. Back in University, I played mainly the 4, focusing on pick and pop/roll options and back to the basket post ups. After this year I am far more comfortable playing a more perimeter role on the wing, making myself a more dynamic player.
What did you learn the most about yourself as a person/player this past season playing in Holland with Landstede Zwolle? After my year with Landstede Basketball in Zwolle, I learned the importance of self-discipline and responsibility. Throughout my years at University -- to a certain extent -- there are always people watching over you, helping you along the way. Being a teenager, this is something that was most likely needed to develop a proper work ethic. Now in the professional world, you are the only one policing your actions and decisions. I learned how important it is to be discipline to treat yourself as a professional.
What is your focus and approach to getting better this offseason? This off season I am back in my home town of Ottawa training with my former university team, Carleton University. Every day I get the opportunity to train with some of top players in the CIS as well as current professional players back for the summer. The competitive atmosphere at Carleton is a great way for me to stay focused and continue to improve over the off season.
If you could share any words of wisdom for guys making the jump from college to playing professionally what would it be? I am in no way an expert at making this jump as this past year was my first year overseas, but if I was to share some wisdom with the guys making the jump I would recommend them to always stay open minded. The game of basketball can be played many different ways and there is no one right way to play. Every player comes in with their own mindset on how to cover certain scenarios and what offenses should be run, if every player is locked in on their own ways the team will never reach its highest potential. You have to keep an open mind and be willing to adapt.
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