Marcus Neal(SC Rasta Vechta) Face To Face With Marcus Neal

Marcus Neal is a 27 year old 196cm guard that is playing his first season in Germany for SC Rasta Vechta. He started his basketball career at  Delaware St. (NCAA) in 2006 playing there until 2010 playing a total of 117 NCAA games. As a senior he played 29 games: 13.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 69.0%. In 2010-2011 he started his professional basketball career with ABA Strumica (FYR Macedonia-Superleague): 15 games: 9.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 72.0%. In 2011-2012 he played for Kanizsa KK DKG EAST (Hungary-B Division, starting five): 10 games: 28.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 87.7%; in Feb.’12 moved to SKP Banska Bystrica (Slovakia-Extraliga, starting five): 3 games: 23.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg. Last season he played for KAO Dramas (Greece-A1), signed as a player replacement: 2 games: 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg, left in Nov.’12, in Jan.’13 joined Cimberio Varese (Italy-SerieA): practised with the team. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against MBC.

Marcus thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough loss last weekend 79-62 to Bamberg. SC Rasta Vechta was behind by four points an dthen lost control of game and lost. What happened in the second half. Did the Vechta motor lose gas or was it too many costly mistakes?

I would say too many costly mistakes and you have to play close to a perfect game to beat a team like Bamberg

You have played in Hungary, Italy and Greece prior to coming to Germany. Was Bamberg the best professional team that you ever played against? What impressed you most about the play of the Euroleague team?

Bamberg wasn’t the best team I played against in Europe but they still are a very good team. Im not really impressed with their play in the Euroleague because their core have been together so long and they will have a lot of success because of this.

SC Rasta Vechta was outrebounded 39-30. Big man Dirk Madrich seems to have  abig burden having to do so much under the boards. Is rebounding one of the areas where the team can improve?

I believe we are the number one rebounding team in the lead and rebounding is a team effort and we been very consistent in that area

Anton Gavel belongs to the top guards in the league. Was it his unorthodox shooting style or top notch defense that impressed you most?

I would say his defense. He plays with a lot of pride on the defensive end of the floor.

SC Rasta Vechta recently brought in Steven Esterkamp. How has he helped the team most besides with his vast experience that he has had being  a professional?

Steven´s leadership has been key for us. He’s a proven BBL player and brings another great shooter to the team that we need.

The next game is against MBC that is a way is similar in playing style to SC Rasta Vechta in that they are a scrappy team with not so many top name players. I can imagine this being a real battle in the wolf den. How have you been able to adapt to the playing style of Vechta compared to other styles that you have played with former teams?

Every country I played in was a different style of play. Germany reminds me more of the American style of play and Im still adjusting.

Where will the journey of the Brooklyn Nets end this season? They have much experience and top point guard with Williams. Can they make a run in the playoffs?

I believe The Brooklyn Nets will make the playoffs but when they face the Heat and Pacers they will lose for sure!

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD movie that I saw was Soul Plane.

Thanks Marcus for the chat.

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