Dane Watts is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1(68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4(7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May’11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to German Hoops before their game against the LTi Giessen 46ers January 8th.
Congrats on the 76-75 win at home against FC Bayern Munich. How much have you been aware of the German sports brand FC Bayern Munich since you arrived in 2008?
It wasn’t until last year until I realized how big they were when they put their basketball team together in Pro A. I had heard a little bit about soccer before but I don’t follow it too much.
ratiopharm Ulm had a great start and controlled the game until the fourth quarter when FC Bayern Munich tied the game. What were the main reasons for letting the team come back?
They played zone the 2nd half and we did not attack it aggressively enough and allowed them to come back.
ratiopharm ulm has so many weapons and can use them in so many times of a game. Have you ever seen a more calm and composed player at 21 years of age than Tommy Mason Griffin?
Tommy has played in a lot of big games and against top talent in the US from a young age. Our team is not surprised when he has big games, we see it every day in practice.
Keaton Nankivil hit a three early then missed a few and had the last shot of the game winning it. He may not have been the first choice, but his ex teammate and friend Jon Leuer would not have doubted his ability to make that shot. Did you have swallow a bit, or were you 100% sure he would make that shot?
We all have confidence in Keaton shooting, some people thought he shot it too early (Tommy) but everyone was happy when it went in. It was a long shot with Hamann right there, clutch.
Did Nankivil earn a new nickname after this win to add to his anvil nickname?
After that shot and after he wins the 3pt contest you can refer to him as “moneyball”.
How was it battling Chevon Troutman? ratiopharm Ulm limited his play inside as he only had seven points, four rebounds in 24 minutes
He was strong under the basket and battled for everything he got. It was physical playing against him and Homan.
The next game is at home against the Giessen 46ers. They are fighting to stay in the league. They held teams like Braunschweig and Frankfurt to under 65 points the last weeks. What will be key in getting the win?
Playing tough defense and getting our fans involved at home. Matching their intensity on both ends.
What is always difficult when playing against Koko Archibong?
He is active on both ends, you have to match his intensity.
Manu Ginobolli broke his arm and is out. How will the Spurs compensate his loss best???
Tony Parker will need to get more scoring and their role guys like Neal, Bonner and Green need to be consistent.
Thanks Dane for the chat.