Dashaun Wood is a 27 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his third season in Germany and second for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5(16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4(3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2(42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.’08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. In 2010-2011, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1(19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2(5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. Last season for Alba Berlin, he played German League: 37 games: Score-5(15.0ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-4(4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg; EuroCup: 12 games: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-1(5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.2%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 88-80 OT win in Trier
Congrats on the 88-80 win in Trier. Was this the biggest win this season in the Beko BBL?
Yes I think it was considering the circumstances. We only had one day to prepare after the Malaga game. It was a big win for us. Trier was 4-1 at the time and they have been playing great basketball. It was important that we were able to stay mentally focused after the Euroleague game and go to Trier and come back and get the win.
TBB Trier had the 36-35 lead at halftime. Why was the game so tight at halftime?
We have to give a lot of credit to TBB Trier. They played hard and were ready for us. We couldn´t get our defensive intensity and ball pressure the way that we wanted to in the first half. It stayed like that until the last six minutes of the fourth quarter where we finally got it going the way that we wanted it too.
TBB Trier had a 10 point advantage in the fourth quarter. What was key for making the comeback?
We finally found our rhythm on defense. We started to pressure the ball better, got defensive stops and rebounded better. On offense we stopped trying to shoot three pointers and got the ball inside more. We got easy baskets inside. As once as we got the momentum, our confidence rose and we were able to carry it on into overtime and win the game.
Deon Thompson got Alba Berlin into overtime. What happened on that play?
It was an inbounds play. A back screen was set up on his man and I gave him the ball. He missed the shot, but got his own rebound and scored.
What was key in overtime for dominating and getting the win?
We kept up our intensity on offense and defense.We wanted to make sure not to lose the momentum, because once it swings it is difficult to get it back. TBB Trier was unable to find an answer. We were able to play our classical Alba basketball in the last 10 minutes and when we play like that then it is hard to beat us.
What happened on the unsportsmanlike conduct foul to Jarrett Howell on Heiko Schaffartzik? A punch was involved and Mithat Demirel and head coach Sasa Obradovic had to leave the arena.
Howell drove the ball in the lane and Heiko fouled him. Howell kept going to hoop after whistle had blown and Heiko was hit in the nose. We thought he did it on purpose, but the ref didn´t. Anytime I see blood or a hard hit, I think it is intentional, but the ref saw it differently.
Brian Harper has been one of the early surprises in the Beko BBL: Have you ever seen a player with as skinny legs as him?
Yes I have actually with Kevin Durant. I remember playing in an NBA camp and he was there and he couldn´t lift 185 pounds. Harper is so long and athletic that he has many options in his game. This makes his game so unique, because he has so many options to score.
What is the secret behind the TBB Trier defense?
They bring a lot of intensity on defense. They play many traps and simply have many defensive minded players which helps. It doesn´t matter what defensive systems they bring, it will be successful when you have many good defensive players. They have quickness, athleticism and hustle on defense combined with good defensive players then it will be hard to score against them. They have the total package on defense.
Who was the unsung hero of Alba Berlin in the TBB Trier game?
I think the whole team. Each player brought something special in all parts of the game helping team win.
Your ex teammate Quantez Robertson once said that the play missing in his collection is catching a pass at the rim and dunking over two people. What play is still missing in your collection?
We are on the fast break and my teammate misses the lay up and I follow it up dunking the ball home is the play I still want to do.
How surprised are you about the start of the Los Angeles Lakers?
I am very surprised. I know that it is early, but the yhave too much talent to be playing the way that they are. I am shocked as much as all of the United States.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I hope that wont you get in a violent mood on the court?
Of course not.
Thanks Dashaun for the chat.