Marquez Haynes is a 24 year old 191 cm guard from Irving Texas that is playing his first season in the ACB for Gran Canara as is their current leading scorer. He played at Boston College from 2005-2007 before transferring to Texas Arlington (NCAA) where he played from 2008-2010. In his senior year he was the third best scorer in the NCAA averaging (22.6ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 74.6%. Last season, he started his professional basketball career for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five): 33 games: 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 73.1%. Currently he is averaging 12,1ppg, 1,8rpg and 2,4apg. He played at the 2011 European championships for Georgia playing 8 games: 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 53.3%. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 with Boston College in 2006 and won the French Cup with Chalon. German Hoops spoke with the American before the Eurocup game against the Fraport Skyliners December 20th.
Congrats on the 89-70 win against Blancos de Rueda. What was key for getting this big win?
The key for the win was our rebounding and good shooting. We got off to a hot start shooting and jumped out on them early. It was nice to play with a lead throughout the game.
The team is slowly climbing the ladder back up the ACB standings and are currently at 12th place. What have been the main reasons for the turnaround in the ACB in the last weeks?
The main reasons for the turnaround is that I think we are simply starting to get better. Some teams have perfect chemistry from the get go and we are still searching for ours. We have made some good offensive adjustments also and we are playing faster and with more confidence.
You exploded for 35 points. When was the last time that you were in the zone like that?
I don’t really even think i was in the zone to be honest. I shot 10-18… thats not really in the zone. But I made some shots early and got to the free throw line. Then I got a couple of easy baskets so it made for a big night. Last time I was truly in the zone was 2 years ago in my senior year in college. I scored 38. 30 in the 2nd half and at one point I had 19 points in a 4 minute stretch. It was insane
The last Eurocup game of the season against the Fraport Skyliners Tuesday. What is your memory of the first game in Frankfurt some weeks ago?
The first memory was that Jon Leuer was killing us lol. They are a talented team though. We must take care of business at home to have any chance.
If Banvit wins against Lok Kuban, they advance and if they lose and Gran Canaria wins you will move ahead. Will the Fraport Skyliners see an intensity of Gran Canaria that they have never seen before?
I think the game will be intense but we try to always play that way. They have not played in our arena. Our fans get wild. It will be a fun game.
If you could take one quality of Quantez Robertsons game and put it into your game what would you take?
It would be the way he attacks the basket. He is relentless.
What kind of new dimension will Baron Davis give the New York Knicks?
Baron Davis will give the knicks a dangerous outside weapon. He is a big strong guard who still has good basketball left in him. I think that is a good situation for him.
What is your fondest Christmas memory as a kid?
Fondest Christmas memory was when my dad bought me this Michael Jordan lettermen’s jacket. I lost it the next month and got a pretty good whooping for it lol. That thing cost a lot of money.
What is the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last DVD I saw was Thor. It was pretty good. Lot of action. I like superhero movies.
Thanks Marquez for the chat.