Doron Perkins: From Oldenburg To Maccabi Tel Aviv In Only Three Years

Doron Perkins is a 26 year old 188 cm guard from Anchorage, Alaska. He played college ball at Santa Clara with ENBW Ludwigsburg pointEWE Baskets Oldenburg guard Kyle Bailey and in his senior year in 2004-2005, played 31 games averaging 15.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 64.4%. He set a WCC and school record with 10 steals against San Diego as a senior. He finished his career ranked seventh in SCU’s career steals listings with 137.

He started his professional basketball career in Japan for Toyota Alvark winning the league title in 2006. In 2006, he went to Germany and played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing  25 games and averaging 12.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.1apg, Steals-2(2.2spg), 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 30.0%, FT: 68.9%. This is where he played together with D’or Fischer for the first time. The next season, he went to Belgium and played for Bree playing 35 games and averaging 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Assists-1(5.8apg), Steals-1(3.1spg), 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 65.0% Here he was also a teammate of D’or Fischer.

Last season, he played in Israel for Maccabi Haifa Heat playing 24 games averaging 17.0ppg, 6.3rpg, Assists-3(5.3apg), Steals-1(3.0spg), FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 75.8% without D or Fischer. This season he is reunited again with D or Fischerwith Maccabi Tel Aviv. Doron spoke to German Hoops before the test game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

Doron welcome back to Germany. How does it feel to be back? What did you miss most from Germany?

It is nice to be back! It was cool playing in the BBL. The people were nice. I miss The EWE Baskets Oldenburg. I liked my team and playing with D or Fischer the first time.

You played for Oldenburg some years ago. They got really good after you left. Do you miss having left just as they started getting better?

No, not really. I am glad that they have gotten successful. It would have been good if we had been successful when I was there. I think it has worked out for both sides. My career went up since I left and they became successful. It would be nice if I could play against them in Euroleague.

How would you compare the Belgium and Israel leagues with the BBL?

I think that there was more of a following in the BBL then in Belgium and the crowds were bigger in Germany. The rules are a bit different in Israel that we can only have three Americans on the court.

Maccabi Tel Aviv has four ex BBL players. How much does that speak for the BBL for being able to shape players?

I think for guys coming out of college, the BBL is a great stepping stone. It is great for Americans to come to Germany and experience a league like the BBL. Players have a chance to work their way up and get their feet wet for the first time.

Do you know any of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners?

I personally don’t know any of the players. It was fun playing against them.

You continued pouring on the stats in Bree, Belgium. You played together with D or Fischer who had double double stats in 2007-2008 with 14ppg and 10rpg. Did you think two years ago that Fischer had the talent to land at a top club like Maccabi one day?

Yes most definitely. It was just a matter of time. I think the NBA could still be an option for him if he wanted to. If he has another good year of Euroleague, then I thin he could of plenty of opportunities to go that route.

You are a scoring point guard, but have been a top the assist leaders the last years as well. If a game is on the line, do you take the shot to win the game or make the game winning assist?

That is a tough question, I don’t really know. If I am open then I would shoot, if not then I would pass it to the open man.

What was your most spectacular pass in your career?

It was when I played for Oldenburg. We were on a fast break and I threw the ball of the back board and the guy behind me dunked it. This was not planned. I saw him behind me coming so I did it. We were up by 6-7 points in the first half. I probably would not have done it in the second half of a close game.

How big is the difference coming from Maccabi Haifa to 47 time Israel champion Maccabi Tel Aviv?

Playing for Maccabi, it is a whole different level to Maccabi Haifa. I have been successful, but now this is another step that is also difficult where you are expected to perform each game. I think being expected to perform makes you play better. I feel no pressure.

You are from Anchourage, Alaska. And are are now living in avery warm place for the second year. Do you miss the snow?

No I don’t miss the snow. I hate the snow actually. I was always in the snow as a kid, but now stay away. I do have to see the snow when I go back and visit family for Christmas. I do enjoy the warm weather now.

How does a regular day in Tel Aviv look like for Doron Perkins?

Well we have been practicing so much in preseason so I haven´t seen too much. There is always nice weather and a place where you simply have to feel comfortable. The beach is only five minutes form where I live. It is easy living there, because it is similar to being in the States.

You played together with ENBW Ludwigsburg point guard Kyle Bailey at Santa Clara. What do you remember most about him?

Kyle was a great leader. He is one of the best ball handling/foot work point guard that I ever saw. He was the reason why I went to Santa Clara. We like to work out together in California during the off season. We keep in touch during the season and I hope he does well with Ludwigsburg and I will keep up how he is doing.

Who is the best player that you ever played against?

The best player that I ever played against was in college with Danny Granger. I had to guard him. He had like 6 inches on me and it was difficult to guard him. He outplayed me well. I played ok though. He had better stats. They won the agme and that is probably why I remember this game.

You are still young at 26 and playing for one of the best teams in Europe. Is the NBA still in your mind?

The NBA is always in my thoughts. But getting to the NBA with all the politics is difficult. Now I am just focusing on my situation with Maccabi tel Aviv. If the NBA is an option then good if not then I can live with that too.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

I haven´t seen too many DVDs recently. Over the summer, I saw Takin which was a good movie. It was an interesting movie with the scary facts happening. It was cool that the father got the daughter back.

Thanks Doron for interview. Good luck with Maccabi Tel Aviv this season!

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