Stanley Burrell(People See Me As A Scorer, But I Love To Pass The Ball)

Stanley Burrell is a 28 year old 190cm point guard from Indianapolis that is playing his first season in Bremerhaven. He played at Xavier from 2004-2008 and in hiss enior year played  37 games: 9.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 39.3%, FT: 82.3%. He played a total of 132 NCAA games. In 2008-2009, he turned professional and played for  Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1): Adriatic League: 17 games: 9.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 10.5%, FT: 72.2%, left team in Jan.’09, in Feb.’09 moved to Austin Toros (D-League): 23 games: 6.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 76.9%. In 2009-2010, he played for VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1, starting five): 31 games: 10.8ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-1(4.6apg), FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 67.4%. In 2010-2011, he played for  Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg; Belgian League: 36 games: 8.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 66.0%. In 2011-2012, he played for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five): 39 games: 15.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 81.9%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball during the last season.

You were a Beko BBL allstar. How did you like the atmosphere in Nurnberg?

It was really incredible. I was so excited to be there and to be able to represent the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. I hope that I was able to put on a good show.

What international player did you like feeding passes most to in the Beko BBL game?

I was talking with coach Doug Spradley about that. I liked passing the ball to Adam Chubb during the game. He is a very smart and experienced player. I like passing the ball to a big guy that understands the game.

What German player impressed you more during the Allstar game?

I always try to compare myself to a guy at my position. Per Guenther impressed me most. He was the best player that I played against.

Can Jacob Burtschi give you pointers shooting three pointers. What is his biggest strength as a player?

Yes he is a good catch and shoot player. His biggest strength is his energy and hustle play. You can always count on him playing hard on defense.

You have been a very consistent scorer this season. Are you more of a scoring point guard? You have also shown that you can set up your teammates nicely.

I think this confuses people a lot. People see me as a scorer, but I love to pass the ball. I can do both well and I am able to adjust to any situation. I think that I am a versatile player.

What is a strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?

My passing ability. I led team in scoring last season. I am more a scorer and my passing gets overlooked.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had picked up American Kevin Kruger during the season. What did you like most about his game?

He is a very smart and experienced player. He is also a good catch and shoot player that keeps the defense honest. Often the lane is packed so it is good to have a guy like him that I can pass to.

Jacob Burtschi once told me that you talk with your eyes. Where did you get this fire from?

I try to be the best motivator on the court and inspire my teammates. If it means yelling or giving emotion, I just try to do whatever I can to fire up the players.

What is the most important thing that you have learned from head coach Doug Spradley?

He keeps telling me to find my balance between scoring and passing. I have to know when to pick the moments to score and find the open guy.

How was your childhood in Indianapolis?

I had a great childhood. I was allowed to play all sports, but my mom saw quickly my love for basketball and gave her support.

Did you ever visit French Lick?

I know about the history and that Larry Bird  comes from there. I was never there, but only drove by.

What was your sweetest moment of reaching the 2008 NCAA tournament elite 8?

It was just having the thrill of playing in front of thousands and playing against UCLA and NBA guys like Kevin Love, Darren Collison and Russell Westbrook.

What do you remember the most about NBA player Derrick Brown?

I remember his dunks the most. He is so long and athletic. He always made me look good. All that I had to do was put the ball up and he would get it and dunk it.

You played together with New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland in Belgium. Did you know that he would reach the NBA?

No question. His confidence that he had on the floor was amazing in his first season. In the second season, he returned back to Belgium and continued to have that confidence and just killed over there.

You played together with Scott Morrison last season in Poland. Do you gyus ever practice ally-ops.

No we don´t really practice ally-ops. I just give him the ball in his comfort zone and let him do his thing.

What were the most ally ops that you made in a row in practice without missing?

I made 47 or 48 out of 50 in practice.

What was your most crazy shot that you made in your career?

I had a game winning shot in college and a few in the pros.

How does Jacob Burtschi get you to laugh?

We have more a professional relationship. He jokes around more with Scott Morrison and Keith Waleskowski.

What is your favorite place in Bremerhaven?

I like to go to a restaurant called Lloyds. It has very good food.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Flash point and Crimminel Minds.

Thanks Stanley for the chat.

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