Quantez Robertson(Deutsche Bank Skyliners): I Am Already Working On My Dunks For The Slam Dunk Contest.

Quantez Robertson is a 24 year old 190 cm guard from Cincinnati Ohio. He is playing his second season in Germany in the BEKO BBL for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He played at Auburn from 2005-2009. In his senior year he played 36 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 39.4%, 3Pts: 23.6%, FT: 62.3%. He reached the NIT elite 8 with Aubrun in 2009.He is seen as an athletic freak with amazing lateral quickness and long arms and is good enough to play in the NBA based off of his defensive skills alone. Last season, he played 48 games: 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 60.0%. This season in Eurochallenge play he played 6 games averaging 6,7ppg, 4,3rpg, 1,2apg and 1,3spg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

How was your new years eve in Germany?

It was nice. I celebrated with a couple of teammates and we went out to eat.

What did you like to do the most as a kid in Cincinnati on new years eve?

I remember having a party at my grand mothers place and eating snacks like chicken wings.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners suffered a bitter 92-89 loss in Bonn. It seems like Frankfurt lost their nerves. What went wrong in the last minutes?

We lost our composure and let them get too many shots. They hit key shots and got to the free throw line. We were unable to execute on offense.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners gave up 92 points. What were the biggest problems on defense?

We gave up too many open shots. We let them take too many runs which didn’t allow us to find our game.

Where do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have to improve the most in 2011?

It is important that we get back to playing defense the way we did at the start of the season. We did a good job holding teams to fewer points. We have to execute better on offense and make our open shots.

Folarin Campbell is playing very strong and better than he did last season with the Artland Dragons. What has changed in his game?

He is making  a lot more open shots. He also is driving very well to the rim and that is hard to check. One has to contest his shots and not let him get to the free throw line.

What do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have to do to get to the level of The Brose Baskets Bamberg?

We have to be able to get easy shots from our big men. He have to be more aggressive, limit them to one shot and beat them in the half court game where they are very strong.

The AJ Moye accident effected every one in the basketball community. How would you describe your personal relationship to AJ Moye?

We have been like brothers from the start. We were the two first guards that got to Frankfurt last summer and worked out together and hung out together. He is like a brother away from home.

How has AJ Moye made the team stronger in his absence?

We have come together more as a team. We depend more on each other and help each other out more.

How would this ending read to the season? AJ Moye returns to the 5th game final against The Brose Baskets Bamberg and shoots The Deutsche Bank Skyliners to the BEKO BBL title?

That would be a great ending. It would be good for the team, city of Frankfurt and AJ.

You have had an up and down season. What have been the biggest problems in your game?

I have to be able to make more open shots and get to the free throw line more. If these things happen then that will help me on the offensive end.

How is your relationship to coach Gordon Herbert?

We have a very good player-coach relationship. He tells me to out and play aggressive, play my game and just help the team win.

Will you win the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar game slam dunk contest?

I will win. I am already working on my dunks for the contest.

You will have some formidable competition from your friend Mark Dorris. Do you know what dunks he will do?

I don’t know what dunks he will do. I know that he can jump. I haven’t really seen him make any spectacular dunks since I know him.

What can we expect from your dunks?

You wont see any of the dunks from last year, but new ones.

What will be key in winning against Ratiopharm Ulm on January 6th?

We have to be aggressive on defense and rebound well. We have to limit them to one shot, execute on offense and hit our open shots.

It seems like nobody can stop John Bryant. Will Frankfurt be able to stop him even without Joe Dabbert?

We have enough good big men to check John Bryant. We will have to do some different things on defense. If we can contain Bryant then we will have good chances to win.

Would you like to see Brad Buckman back in Frankfurt?

He was a great player that can play inside and hit the shot from outside. He is also a very good defender. I would love to see him back in Frankfurt.

Who can fly longer in the air you or Ratiopharm Ulm American Rocky Trice?

Me TEZ can.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Inception. I liked the plot and how the movie revolves around dreams.

Thanks Tez for the chat.

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