Kris Douse is a 27 year old 198cm forward from Toronto, Canada playing for EVL-Baskets Limburg (Germany-Regionalliga) this season. He played at Laurinburg (N.C.) Institute while Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson played at Laurinburg (N.C.) prep. He started his college career at Nebraska (NCAA) and then played two seasons at Delaware State. As a senior he played at Point Park (NAIA) playing 27 games: 20.1ppg, 12.6rpg. In 2011-2012 he started his professional basketball career at Liverpool Mersey Tigers (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five): 18 games: 15.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 13.6%, FT: 54.6%; then agreed terms with Keflavik (Iceland-Express League): 6 games: 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 44.7%, FT: 69%. Last season he played for Turi Svitavy (Czech Republic-NBL): 2 games: 0pts, left in Oct.’12, in Nov.’12 moved to BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 17 games: 14.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3Pts: 10.0%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 96-84 win against Volklingen in the first game of the season.
Congrats on the first win of the season. How did it feel playing your first game for EVL Limburg?
It felt real good to come out and get a win in the first game. We played very hard. We didn´t know if Ron Howard was going to play and found out shortly before game time. His presence really changed the way we played. The game was very fast and I love playing that kind of game.
Volklingen fought hard the whole game, but Limburg was always a tick better. What was key in getting the win?
Our shooters finally got going in the second half. In the first half, we had problems hitting shots. That was the difference in this game.
How fortunate is it to have a strong guard tandem with Ronald Howard and Justin Stahlbohm?
They are both great players and they are always so aggressive. They keep me active throughout the game and I love running with them.
You do so much on the court, but does their play at times give you the luxury to just sit back and watch?
We have the luxury of having many scorers and our guards handle the pressure so well. I don´t really have to do much, but just happy to have these guys on the team.
This is your second consecutive season in the German Regionaliga. You have played in other countries like England and Iceland. Do you feel your game is a bit overlooked, because you are playing at a lower level then where you could play?
My focus is to just work hard all the time and maybe sometime in my career a club in a higher league will appreciate my game. I have learned that good things can happen if you just continue to work hard and stay humble.
Often it is about contacts that puts a player in a league. How important is getting contacts for you today in a day and age where social media is so strong?
I got this Limburg job through networking. The game and networking was a lot different 30 years ago. Now a player has to market himself to get somewhere. Now there are other ways to find open doors and you need to take advantage of it.
Your coach in Liverpool was Tony Garbelotto who is in his second season with Heidelberg. Wasn´t there an opportunity for you to go there and showcase your abilities?
When I was playing for him in England, he felt that I had a lot of potential. But to be honest I still feel that I have much to learn and basketball is still a learning process and I need to gain experience to play at the Pro A level. I need to keep working hard and then I think I could play there someday.
Your erx teammate Myles Hesson is playing in Giessen 30 kilometers away. Will you go watch him play this season
I haven´t been in contact with him for a while, but we were close in Liverpool. I have been following his career closely and actually saw the Germany-England game on TV and am proud of his development. I am very happy for his success. I will travel to Giessen and just show up and say How are you doing Myles.
What is the most amazing thing that you saw Myles Hesson do with Liverpool when you were his teammate?
He could dunk on everybody. That is what he did. He is so athletic and just so hard to stop. He is a big talent.
You played a season at Nebraska(NCAA) with Serbian big man Aleks Maric who played two seasons with top club Panathinaikos Athens. Did you know at that time that he would have such an amazing career?
He was already very good at Nebraska and was an NBA prospect. He was so big and you couldn´t move him from the paint. I wasn´t surprised at all by his great career.
What things on your game do you still need to work on?
I think that I still need to work on my jump shot. My career since England has really developed in that now I am more versatile then I was there. I have learned that I don´t need to be dynamic at one thing on the court, but to be versatile and do many things well. The more I do this the better I will get.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
My slashing gets overlooked. I play against bigger guys and I can cause problems in the lane with my speed.
What was your fondest memory with Marcus Neal at Delaware State?
Off the court was being his best man at his wedding in Macedonia. I have known him since 10 years and I have enjoyed watching him grow as a player and into a man. I also have enjoyed seeing his leadership grow from high school all through college.
Marcus Neal just signed with a Beko BBL team. Is his game suited for the top German league?
He can really score the ball. I have much confidence in his game and when he is in the right situation then sky is the limit.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA?
The best player that I played against was Grevis Vazquez. I was playing more the two three then and was able to guard him. His leadership and energy was at a total different level when he was at Maryland.- Everybody knew that he would go to the NBA.
What were the most free throws that you made in a row?
25-30. I can still work on my free throws.
Will the Toronto Raptors ever win anything?
Well I looking forward to the NBA Allstar Day 2015. We need an allstar to carry the team.
Where do you like to be the most in Toronto?
I like to be downtown. I like the Carabana festival which is a Caribbean festival where they close down all the streets and everyone id dancing in the streets.
You played at the same high school with Quantez Robertson. He was two years older than you. What do you remember from his game?
I haven´t seen him play since then, but I can imagine he is the best defender in the German league. He is super athletic and a freak athlete.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Kris for the chat.