Louis Dale is a 22 year old 180cm point guard from Birmingham, Alabama that will be playing his BEKO BBL rookie season with BG Goettingen. He played at Cornell from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 and played 31 games averaging 12.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 85.3%. He won the Ivy league championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was All-Ivy League 1st Team 2008, 2009, and 2010. He was All-Ivy League Player of the Year in 2008. He took some time to talk to German Hoops about basketball and coming to Germany to play professional basketball.
Louis, thanks for taking some time to talk to german hoops. What is the first thing that you think about when you hear the word Germany?
The first thing that comes to mind are Bratwursts; I don’t think I’ve really eaten it before but I’m sure i’ll try it once I’m in Germany.
What do you know about Germany and what besides coming to BG Goettingen are you looking forward to see in Germany?
I don’t know very much about Germany other than the soccer team just got 3rd place in the World Cup (Congrats). I’m looking forward to experiencing the culture, meeting the people, and trying to learn a new language. It should be fun and very interesting.
What do you know about your new team BG Goettingen?
I know they won the EuroChallenge last season, and they like to play “40 minutes of Hell”. I am looking forward to going to a successful team.
How easy was it deciding to come to BG Goettingen play?
It was a simple decision for me. The style of play suits me well, and I like coming to a successful team that has shown in the past that they can win.
What was the deciding factor that made you come to BG Goettingen?
I’m not sure. It just seemed like a great all-around place to begin my career so the decision wasn’t too difficult.
What is your impression of coach John Patrick? Have you spoken to him?
I’ve spoken to him, and he seems like a good coach who knows what it takes to win. I also believe that playing for this team and him will help me develop in to a better basketball player.
Do you know any of your future teammates in Goettingen?
I don’t know any of them personally yet, but I have spoken to Jason Boone because we have a mutual friend. I asked him about his experience in Goettingen and he was very positive, so that also made my decision much easier.
You will have a strong point guard tandem with Kyle Bailey who is like a legend in Goettingen. Would you be comfortable being a backup or are you going to fight for a starting job?
I’ll definitely give my best effort for this team, and whether that means i’ll be a backup or starter depends on the coach. I don’t focus on that aspect but rather just helping my team win so I think I would be suited for either role that is given to me.
You just finished a stellar 4 year career at Cornell. What will you never forget about your Sweet 16 run in 2010 at the NCAA tournament?
I won’t forget my teammates and coaches and how hard we had to work to achieve what we did. Going through that experience with some of my best friends truly made the sweet 16, “sweet”.
You played against John Wall in the NCAA tournament. He was drafted #1 in the 2010 NBA draft. Some said that you were on of the top point guards at March madness. Does it hurt that you didn´t get drafted?
I would’ve loved to have been drafted much like any other basketball player, but the fact that I wasn’t only makes me try to analyze my game and see where I can get better.
You played in the Ivy League which is not one of the stronger divisions. Do you think this might of hurt your chances of being drafted and not getting the deserved respect that you should of gotten?
I definitely think playing in the Ivy League hurts a bit in terms of being considered for the NBA, but hopefully in time someone will help change this situation.
What degree did you get at Cornell and what would you like to do later in life?
I got a degree in Policy Analysis and Management. I hope to have a long basketball career, but after that I would like to get involved in finance.
I have seen videos of your game. You can shoot from outside and also like to penetrate. When a game is on the line, what would you rather do, shoot or penetrate?
I would rather penetrate because it opens up more opportunities. The defense has to react more which means that I could either shoot, pass, or get fouled. I think the chance of success is better when penetrating.
What is a hidden strength of your game that nobody knows about?
I would say rebounding. I’m not the biggest guy on the floor but sometimes the rebounds have a way of finding me.
BG Goettingen is known of playing run and gun basketball or better said 40 minutes of hell. Is this a style that you could like?
Yes, I think this style really lets the players use their athletic abilities and instincts. I can envision it fitting me well.
You are from Alabama. What was your childhood like?
I had a great childhood. I grew up in Birmingham which is as urban as it’ll get in Alabama, so no farms for me. I played a lot of sports as a child and had great parents to discipline me and keep me on track.
Who were your NBA basketball idols growing up?
Michael Jordan was my favorite player growing up, but after he retired, I liked Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Shawn Bradley.
The BG Goettingen organization and coach John Patrick have a strong belief in having players that are intelligent with a very good character. Was it just your parents that shaped you into the person you are or were there other people that helped?
Definitely my parents, they laid the foundation for me and instilled the values that I needed to become a good person at heart.
Will learning German be an important priority for you?
I certainly want to learn as much as I can, so I will often work on my German. Part of the experience of playing overseas is learning about the culture and language as well.
You like the music of Eminem. Do you have his new album and is it as good as many think?
I’ve listened to his new album and I like it. It has some good songs on it.
You also like Jim Carey films. What makes him so funny in your eyes?
I think he’s just a naturally funny person so a lot of the faces and comments he makes seem to draw laughs out of me.
What will the Miami Heat achieve with Lebron James?
I think they will definitely win a championship at some point. Not sure how quickly it is going to happen. I think even with their big 3, the Lakers still pose a serious challenge.
What were the most free throws that you ever made in a row?
Sophomore year of college I made 52 consecutive free throws. Other than that I don’t really know.
What was the most crazy shot that you ever made in a practice or game?
I made a hook shot from half court once. Don’t know if I could do that again.
How does a typical summer workout day look like for you?
I run in the morning, then lift and then play basketball.
What was the last DVD that you saw?