Dustin Pfeifer is a 26 year old 173cm guard from Ohio. He went to Findlay(NCAA2) from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 15.2ppg, 3rpg, 5.3apg, 3spg. He was GLIAC South Division Regular Season Champion, player of the year as well as being named to the all NCAA2 all defensive team in 2006.
Then Pfeifer turned professional turning his back on the American leagues and going to Europe. His first destination was Denmark playing for Sjaelland playing 22 games and averaging 18ppg, 1.3rpg, 5.5apg, 2.8spg. In 2007-2008, he started with Benslips Baskets Salzkotten before moving to Hertener Löwen in the PRO B playing 11 games and averaging 19.0ppg, 3.5rpg, Assists-2(6.8apg), Steals-2(3.0spg), 2FGP-3(67.5%), 3FGP: 30.0%, FT: 76.0%.
Last season, he played for BV Chemnitz 99 in the PRO A playing 30 games averaging 14.5ppg, 3.5rpg, Assists-3(5.6apg), Steals-3(2.2spg), FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 73.5%. It is kind of a surprise after such good stats that he took a step back to play for ProA newcomer GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck this season. Dustin spoke to German Hoops during training camp.
Dustin, thanks for taking some time to talk to German Hoops. How has your summer been? What was one highlight of your summer that you will never forget?
My summer was great! I got to spend a lot of time with my family and was able to enjoy my hometown! The highlight of my summer was watching my two nieces grow up. I only get to see them for three months a year, so its a pleasure to be a part of their lives.
How does a normal workout day with conditioning and basketball look like for you?
I play in a summer league usually three times a week! I lift weights, go to the track, and concentrate on things like stretching each day!
After starting your professional basketball career in Denmark, you have played since 2007 in Germany. How is it for an American playing in Germany? What do you like most about Germany?
I feel as though Germany is one of the best up-and-coming leagues in Europe. For Americans, Germany is a good chance to showcase their talents at different levels. Germany is rich in history. I enjoy seeing things like the Berlin wall and the old roads built with brick! Its special for people of different cultures who get to experience Germany’s history!
Last season, BV Chemnitz finished in seventh place. Why was the team not able to mix it up more at the top of the standings? You guys had a pretty solid roster with players like Nate Gerwig, Torvoris Baker, and Terren Harbut.
We had an up and down year. We had a ton of talent but could never put it together 100 percent. We lost games against teams below us in the standings which hurt our position! We had problems winning on the road as well, these things led to our seventh place position in the league.
You had a very good stat season last year at BV Chemnitz 99 in the PRO A playing 30 games and averaging14.5ppg, 3.5rpg, Assists-3(5.6apg), Steals-3(2.2spg), FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 73.5%. You moved on to the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck. Was there any particular reason to switch?
The Ballers are a very ambitious organization! They want to move to the BBL, and they want to make steps forward each day to obtain that goal. We have an excellent coach and are making big steps as a team with the people we have to be a strong team in the Pro A, so I am looking forward to the season.
What I can never understand, why not more PRO A guards find employment in the BBL. There are so many good guards in the PRO A, but BBL teams seem to be getting many guys from the college ranks. Money can´t be the only issue. Have you ever thought about this question?
I think about this questions every day. There were a lot of good guards in the Pro A last year! I can’t answer the question why more guards don#t move to the BBL from the Pro A, I can only hope to keep working hard to prove I can play in the BBL.
Chemnitz is in the east of Germany and since almost 20 years part of one Germany. Has there been any distinctive differences between Chemnitz and the area around Osnabruck?
Chemnitz was more of an older city compared to Osnabruck! I feel like Osnabruck is more compared with the United States as far as business and culture! The language is very different as well.
How has training camp been this summer and how is the team shaping up?
Training camp has been really good! Our team is working really hard on the basics of basketball and conditioning. We have a great group of guys with a lot of talent. With hard work, we should be a very good team this year!
What will your role be in the team. You showed in Chemnitz that you can score, but also dish out the assists. Do you see yourself playing like you did at Chemnitz or will you get added or different duties?
I think I will have the same roll. I will do what the team needs me to do in order to win week in and week out!
What is more natural for you, to score or to make the extra pass instead of scoring?
Making the extra pass is more natural for me! As a point guard, I have to be able to get my team mates involved before I score, because if the point guard doesnt have the support of his team, that point guard wont be a good player!
The team has 3 Americans and eight Germans. But two of the Germans have known names. Jan Rohdewald has had a long and successful BBL career that is slowly coming to an end. He could be the vocal leader in the team. Have you been impressed by his three pointer? What is your overall impression of him?
Jan is a great guy. I think he is really American because he is very familiar with our culture. He will be one of the best shooters in the league this year! He is experienced and knows the game of basketball. I feel like our team is lucky to have signed such a player!
The coach is Serbian Dragon Torbica. What is it like playing for him? What kind of style of basketball does he want to play this season?
Our coach is full of basketball knowledge. He has taught our team things that have improved each one of our games. He is a tough coach that knows what he wants. He wants to play fast basketball but at the same time he wants us to be smart if that style doesnt work at that particular moment!
You grew up in Ohio. What was your childhood like?
My childhood was great! I have a big family that is very close to each other so that made things good for me. When you have a great support system, life is good!
Who were your basketball idols growing up?
Actually, I didnt have any basketball idols growing up! I dont look up to players and try to be like them. I respect a number of players games and try to take different moves from them! My father was the only person I have ever looked upon to be my idol! I watched him play basketball for years, and how he handled different situations in basketball on and off the court!
You played at Findlay in Ohio in the NCAA2. In your senior year, you averaged 15.2ppg, 3rpg, 5.3apg, 3spg. Were you ever dissappointed that you didn´t play at the NCAA level?
No, I had a great career at the University of Findlay! I wanted to compete for a national championship, and you cant do that by going to a little Div 1 school. Findlay is now on one of the best Div 2 schools in the nation! They won the National Championship last year, so I am proud of being a Findlay alum.
What was your biggest achievement at Findlay on the court?
My biggest achievement was being able to collect the records that I did. I ended up being the leader in all-time assists, steals and 9th in scoring! My record while I was there was 103 wins and 24 loses in my career! These particular things are my biggest achievements at the University of Findlay.
Who was the best player that you ever competed against that might be in the NBA or Europe now?
I played against LeBron James when I was in high school at a 5 star basketball camp, I think he takes the cake. haha
Your first professional basketball season was in Denmark where you averaged 18ppg, 1.3rpg, 5.5apg, 2.8spg. Is the Danish league the same as the PRO A or somewhere between PRO A and BBL. How was it playing there?
I think the Danish league has only a couple of teams that could compete in the PRO A. I would say it is between the PRO A and the PRO B.
Recently you signed a shoe in a pub in Germany. The guy knew no English. Who did he think you were?
I think he was just a fan of Osnabruck! It was a memorable moment that I will be able to look back on and smile at!
What was the most crazy shot you ever took in a game or practice?
I shot the ball from behind the backboard during a game and made it, it didnt count, but it looked good.
What are your hobbies?
I like to play video games, tennis, really anything that is competitive is what I enjoy.
Thanks Dustin for talk. Good luck this season in the PRO A with Osnabruck.
Thank you for your time Miles.