Blake Poole(Herten) I Would Like To Stretch Out My Game From The Glass And Become More Versatile

Blake Poole is a 24 year old 195cm center that will be playing his firsts eason with RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lions (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2007 with St.Martin’s (NCAA2) where he played until 2011. In his senior year he played 29 games: 19.3ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3Pts: 28.9%, FT: 73.5%. In 2011, he started his professional basketball career with Bellingham Slam (IBL) left during the season: 17 games: 12.5ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.3% and then played for BG Dorsten (Germany-ProB) playing  26 games: 14.9ppg, Reb-1(12.9rpg), 2.8apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season he played for  Bellingham Slam (IBL): 20 games: 18.7ppg, 13.2rpg, 4.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 80.4% and for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProB), injured in pre-seaon, in Oct.’12 moved to BG Dorsten (Germany-ProB): 10 games: 14.7ppg, 14.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 79.4%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

 

How are you enjoying your summer and weather wise what is the nicest summer month in Washington, June, July or August?

 

 Summer is going well. The weather in the northwest is perfect in the summer. Just have to get through the rain.

Congrats on signing with Herten. What was the main reasons for signing with Pro B team Herten?

 

I would like to put together a full season and Herten is a great organization to play for because they normally compete at the top of the league.

You have had ridiculous stats since college giving double double stats a new meaning. Didn´t you have any Pro A offers?

 At this time I didn’t have any pro A offers, but I know with my level of play I just have to be patient.

I am sure making that next step up a level is something you would have liked doing?

 

 I would have liked to step up for sure, but it didn’t happen at this time.

How difficult was the last season being injured? You still produced 14 and 14 stats. Are you back to 100%?

 

 It was my first time dealing with injury so just being away from ball was difficult. Yes, now I’m feeling the best I have in a while.

You have played in the IBL for Bellingham the last years which is close to home. Do you just play for the love of the game and to improve yourself during the summer, because I can imagine that the money isn´t that great?

 

 I love playing with the guys in Bellingham. It’s nice to be surrounded by real team players and that’s what we have, a complete team. The pay doesn’t play a huge part for me.

Is there a major difference to the German Pro B in the American IBL?

 

 For me personally no, I play the same regardless of where I’m playing but the overall leagues the IBL doesn’t have many teams but the players are really talented. I like the intensity of each game in the pro b though.

What is your secret to being such a rebound monster at 195cm? It cant just all be anticipation?

 

 No secret. The ball comes off the rim and I want it. I will work hard to get it. Most of it is just instinct now.

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

 

I would say it is my passing. I love getting assists and seeing my teammates have success.

You have averaged double double stats since 2008 in your second season of college. Is averaging double double stats now just a normal thing? What other goals in your game can one have when one is so dominating on the glass?

 

 Yes, my style of play normally ends in a double double. It’s to a point where I’m not happy unless I get one. Other goals would be to stretch my game out from the glass to become more versatile.

How excited are you to be playing with Matt Reid who should be able to get you the ball often in the low post?

 

 I’m very excited. I love getting to know new players on the court. I couldn’t see why I wouldn’t like playing with a player that will feed me in the post.

How does a normal Blake Poole work out day look like in the summer?

 

 Well it would start with me going to work. I work at a moving company so those days could be long and tiring. Other than that I would go on a run or swim. I like my days to be active and I get my work out in doing different activities.

Who has been the best player that you have played against in Germany so far in your professional basketball career?

 

 When you ask that a lot of good players come to mind. I couldn’t really tell you the best player I’ve played against, but since playing in Germany it’s forced me to get better on defense since a lot of the centers can shoot the three ball.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

 

 The last DVD movie I saw was Identity Thief. Too funny.

 

 

Thanks Blake for the chat.

 

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