Marcus Slaughter is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Riverside California. He played at San Diego State from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 16.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49%, FT: 76.2%. He started his professional basketball career in Turkey for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir playing 29 games averaging 13.3ppg, Reb-3(10.2rpg), 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 67.2%. In 2007-2008, he was with the Miami Heat in preseason and then played in Israel and France for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, Israeli League: 8.0ppg, 6.4rpg, ULEB Cup: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, waived in Dec.’07, in Jan.’08 signed at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral 15 games: 9.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-3(63.2%), FT: 58.9%. in 2008-2009, he started with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven(8 games: 18.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 60.0%) before moving to France to Le Havre playing 21 games: 16.0ppg, Reb-1(9.5rpg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.4%; Eurocup: 6 games: 12.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.8bpg. In 2009-2010, he played for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA): EuroCup: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8spg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.7%; French League: 29 games: 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-5(1.4bpg), FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.1%. Last season, he played for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 67.5%. He is back in the Beko BBL with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. He spoke To German Hoops about basketball.
How was your summer been? Have you been able to do some things this summer that you haven´t been able to do the last years?
My summer was great spending time with family and friends.
Congrats on your new job with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. You are back in Germany in the Beko BBL.
It was a no brainer to sign with Bamberg.
What do you think was the main reason why this club signed you?
The coach told me they were looking to go far in the Euroleague and it would be my first time so I was excited about coming to Bamberg.
How thrilled are you to get your Euroleague chance at age 26? Can we see Marcus Slaughter take his game to a new level?
I am very excited to play in the Euroleague because it is the highest level and the challenge is what I am looking towards. I play the best when playing against great talents
You are replacing Kyle Hines. Do you feel a lot of pressure coming to perform at a high level twice a week in the Beko BBL and in the Euroleague?
I dont feel any pressures at all its still basketball to me which is a game its fun to play this game. I have played twice a week for several years its what I want.
What are you looking forward to most about the games of Casey Jacobsen and PJ Tucker that you will witness each day?
Well I have watched Casey play basketball since he was in high school so I look forward to playing with him. Also I have heard only great things about PJ and he has played great in Europe a great rebounder so I look forward to getting on the glass with him.
What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away from critics and basketball fans?
I think the critics can see everything about my game on the court because I leave it all on the floor.
What have you been working on most this summer on your game? How does a normal Marcus Slaughter training day look like in the summer?
Every summer I work on my body getting stronger and also working on all basketball skills. A normal workout day for me which is Monday through Friday, I did basketball drills for 2 hrs around noon and then I go lift weights for an hour and half.
You played in the top basketball league in Europe last season in Spain in the ACB with Blancos de Rueda Valladolid. What duel with a player will you never forget on the court last season?
Playing in Spain was great for me.I played against the best and I will never forget battling with Joel freeman and Paul Davis.
What is going to be the first thing you do when you get back to Bremerhaven and play the Eisbaeren?
The first thing I will do when I go back to Bremerhaven is play a basketball game and try to win and head back to Bamberg. I have no bad blood with them
What do you remember most about dueling Kaniel Dickens in practice with Sluc Nancy the most? Who would win one on one battles in practice?
I had great moments with Kaniel Dickens. He taught me a lot and he is a great person and has excellent basketball skills. I remember having shooting contest after practice he won most of the time. I would win One on One if we ever played.
What is your opinion of Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace?
I think itscrazy him chnaging his name.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I haven’t watched a DVD in about 6 months so I cant remember.
Thanks Marcus for the chat