Mark Dorris: I Had Some Good And Bad Games And Kind Of Fizzled Out At The End

Mark Dorris is a 25 year old 188 cm guard playing in Germany in the BEKO BBL for Phoenix Hagen. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and visited Princeton high school. He then attended St. Catharine College for a year before transfering to Marshall where he played from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%.For Cuxhaven, he played 29 games: 18.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-3(2.3spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 77.3%. He signed with BEKO BBL team Phoenix Hagen last season and played 34 games averaging 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 72.8%. Matk took some time to talk to German Hoops about basketball.

Where are you at the moment?

I am back home in Cincinnati seeing my family and friends.

What was the first thing that you did when you got back home to the states?

My brother and my friend picked me up and we went to a restaurant and had sloppy cheese burgers.

Phoenix Hagen finished the season in 11th place with a record of 15-19. How happy were you with the season?

People saw it as a successful season being better than last season and getting 11th place 2 years after moving up from the PRO A. For me finishing in 15th or 11th would have been the same. I would only have been happy winning it all. The season was bitter sweet.

You said early in the season that the playoffs was a goal. Why was this goal not reached?

I think that stretch where I got sick and lost 7 games in a row really hurt us. This harmed us for reaching the playoffs. If we could of won one or two more games, we would have had a chance for the playoffs.

Why was the team unable to play consistent defense for longer phases this season? The team gave up 80 or more points 24 times?

It was our style to play up and down and try to outscore our opponents. At times it felt like it was a race to see who could get to 100 first. It was a gamble each night.

How content were you with your season? You averaged 15,3ppg, 3,0rpg and 3,6apg?

My season was bitter sweet. On the one hand, I always expected coming from PRO A that I could compete at the BBL level, but I had some good and bad games and kind of fizzled out at the end.

What will you try to improve on this summer?

I think I can improve in many areas. I want to continue to be strong where my strength is and get stronger in my more weak areas like three point shooting off the dribble. getting to the rim is no problem for me.

Who was the most improved Phoenix Hagen player?

We had many good guys coming in that stayed good, but our most improved player was Matt Terwilliger. he had some big games down the stretch.

Who was the toughest player that you had to guard in the beko BBL this season?

The toughest to guard was Tyrese Rice. He had a field day in the first game against us. He has a nice hesitation and then has the ability to speed up which is hard to stop.

What was your nicest memory of the 92-86 home win against Alba Berlin?

When the buzzer sounded. I also will remember doing well against Immanuel Mcelroy who I grew up watching when he played at Cincinnati. I also did  a good job against Julius Jenkins.

Will we see you play in the beko BBL next season?

It was an honor to play in the league and I really enjoyed it. It always depends on the situation. I compete to win and want to bring some hardware home.

Is Dashaun Wood one of the best players that you played against besides Tyrese Rice?

Yes he is. He is an incredible talent and the best offensive player in the league.

What will you be doing this summer?

I will be in Los Angeles and spend time with a good friend and work out. I will be enjoying life and getting better at the game I love.

Will you meet Skyliner Quantez Robertson on the court this summer?

He is a good friend of mine. We will hook up this summer on the court and workout.

How will the Cincinnati Reds fare this season?

They will reach the playoffs. I will be going to a game soon.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Mike Epps doing stand up comedy.

Thanks Mark for the chat.

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