Loren Stokes is a 29 year old 190cm guard from Buffalo, New York that is in his sith professional season. He played at Hofstra from 2003-2007 and in his senior year played 32 games: 20.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 67.8%; Finished career as second-leading scorer in Hofstra history with 2,148 points. In 2007-2008, he turned professional and played for In Oct.’07 signed at Aspis Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): FIBA EuroCup: 2 games: 20.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 64.7%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 70.6%; 9 games: 14.7ppg, 4.6rpg, released in Dec.’07, in Jan.’08 moved to Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1, starting five): 19 games: 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 72.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Aget Imola (Italy-Lega2, starting five), injured at the beginning of the season and was off for 2 months, in Feb.’09 signed at BS Odessa (Ukraine-UBL): 1 game: 6pts, 2reb, 1steal, released the same month. In 2009-2010, he played for : Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1, starting five), injured in Oct.’09: 24 games: 11.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-1(2.3spg), FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 13.8%, FT: 67.0%. He played the last two season for Erie Bay Hawks and last season played 15 games: 6.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 61.5%. He spoke to German English about basketball.
You had a try out with German team Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg the last days. What kind of an experience was that for you?
It was a good experience. I got to show case my talent and show people that I’m still the same player I been since I have been overseas in the past two seasons.
The player market continues to be very difficult to crack this season. You are still looking for a team. Why do you think the market has been so tough this season?
Yes I’m still looking for a team. I believe the market has been very hard to crack this season because its a lot of good talent out there.
John Patrick was looking for a point guard and not a scorer. You are a patient player and possess solid point guard skills. Are you a bit disappointed that your point guard skills weren´t as noticed during your try-out?
I am a little disappointed but I have to move on all I can do is go out there and display my abilities. I talked with the coach for a little after the final practice and he told me I showed him something’s he didn’t know I was able to do and he thinks I can definitely play at this level. They were just looking for something different.
John Patrick is a very intense coach. What could you learn from him in your short stay in Ludwigsburg?
Just to leave it all out there from day one. My college coach Tom Pecora was intense so I was use to it.
The team recently added Marquis Blakley. What was your impression of him and how will he help the team most?
Well I knew Marquis Blakely from the NBA D-league. He can help the team in a lot of different ways like blocking shots rebounding and scoring. He is very athletic.
If Lucca Staiger was parked in the corner and had a blindfold on, how many could he hit form 10 tries? Lol
LOL. He could probably hit 5 or 6 he is a very good shooter.
It is known that you are a scoring guard, but what is a strength in your game that doesn´t gte noticed right away?
Ill have to say my assist. And my ability to get other players open shots and involved in the game. I don’t force my shots I know I get them because I can create for myself.
If you could describe yourself, what are your most important qualities as a player that would help any team right now?
I can help a team on both ends of the floor I play great on the defensive end, I also rebound the ball pretty well from the guard positions. I can also open up the floor on the offensive end with my ability to penetrate the defense.
You played together with NBA player DJ Kennedy last season in the D-league with Erie. What was the most amazing thing that you saw him display on the court?
DJ was a good player the guy could do everything rebound pass and score he was very talented.
You played together at Hofstra(NCAA) with American Chris Gadley who is playing in Germany with Leipzig. What is your fondest memory of him?
LOL Chris Gadley had so many it’s really hard to pick one. But I’ll have to say when he called me from open gym saying the guys on the team was picking with him. It was his freshmen year. I was at home due to a death in my family.
Have you just been eating at Mcdonalds or did you pick up on some tasty German food?
I have been eating a lot of pasta.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last DVD I saw was training Day. Denzel Washington.
Thanks for the chat Loren.