“The Porsche Basketball Academy was a big step towards professional basketball”

Jacob Patrick is a passionate basketball player. He went through the Porsche Basketball Academy teams and has now played two international matches for the DBB selection as part of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers. An interview.

Jacob Patrick was born with a passion for basketball from an early age. His father John Patrick was active as a coach at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg for a total of ten years. From an early age, Jacob played basketball at home with his two brothers Johannes and Julian and watched his father practice. He started his U10 career at the age of six and was first called up to Bundesliga side Ludwigsburg when he was 16. In the same season, he voted himself the youngest goalscorer in the history of the basketball Bundesliga. Two years later, the invitation to the men’s national team of the German Basketball Federation followed.

You won the game against Finland with 94:80. Unfortunately, the game against Slovenia ended in a loss of 75:81. What impressions and experiences did you gather during your first two national team appearances?

JacobPatrick: Being part of the national team for the first time is of course something special. I always had in mind that I am now playing for Germany. It was a great honor for me. The experience was definitely new. I must admit that I was quite nervous during the first practices and before the first game. But it calmed down later. I was well received by everyone, so I quickly felt at ease. What I was able to take with me: fixed routines before the game are important to get into your rhythm

Jacob Patrick, 2022, Porsche AG


Would you have liked more working time?

Patrick: Yes of course. I would have liked to put my stamp on the game. At the beginning, there was talk that I would be the 13th man. So being selected is more than I expected and I was very happy about it. In the long term it’s a good first step to have been there and I’m happy to take this experience with me.

You are Ludwigsburg’s first international. Does it make you proud?

Patrick: I did not know. When I think about it spontaneously, I’m really happy for the club that they now also have a national player.

What has been the biggest change for you compared to the national youth team and the club?

Patrick: In the national youth team, the intensity was always incredibly high. The training of the men’s national team is similar to that of Ludwigsburg. More attention is paid to ensuring that the load is not too high. Tactical preparation is much more important. Of course we play and train with contact, but it’s more about being ready tactically.

Jacob Patrick, 2022, Porsche AG

Do you sometimes feel that your career is beyond you?

Patrick: Not really, because I really do a lot for my basketball career. When I have time for myself, I think about what I have been through. It gives me a lot of self-confidence and strength for my future – and motivates me to keep working hard.

With your nomination to the National Team squad, you have taken the next step. What other goals drive you now?

Patrick: In the long term, I would like to impose myself in the national team and be part of the big tournaments at some point. I already made my breakthrough in Ludwigsburg and I really feel at home here. Of course, it would be nice to play for a Euroleague team, get to know different basketball leagues and win a title somewhere. The NBA is also a dream. For now, I don’t know where the journey will take me in the coming year. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is to do my best and work hard. What I end up getting with him is of secondary importance. The main thing is that I can be proud of myself!

Jacob Patrick, 2022, Porsche AG

How has Turbo for Talents accompanied you on your journey?

Patrick: It all started for me with the JBBL (Young Basketball Bundesliga U16). It was my first year at the Porsche Basketball Academy. The difference between U14 and JBBL was huge. I worked out more often, got a lot more groomed, and there was physical therapy and strength training. It was a big step towards professional basketball.

What did the junior performance program teach you?

Patrick: I learned that you always have to give 100% to achieve something – maybe even a little more. It is important to stay focused. In addition, a certain degree of professionalism is absolutely necessary.

How would you describe yourself?

Patrick: Off the pitch, sometimes I’m a pretty caring guy. I need some time to myself once in a while, but I also like spending time with friends to balance my sport. ‘On the pitch’ I try to take every opportunity.

Do you have any advice for other young athletes who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Patrick: If your goal is to become a professional basketball player, you need to take care of your body from an early age. You have to be willing to sacrifice to succeed. Those who take this to heart are lucky to go far. In my opinion, you don’t necessarily need to be a great talent. It is important to help the team in the field and to justify its commitment. There is not only one type of basketball player and only one type who can turn pro. Many things only develop later.

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