Denham Brown(Ray Allen Was A Great Mentor For Me)

Denham Brown is a 30 year old 198cm forward from Toronto, Canada. He played at Connecticut (NCAA from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played : 32 games: 10.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 86.8%. He won the NCAA title in 2004 and in 2006 was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics (NBA,2rd(40). In 2006 as a rookie he played for the  Seattle Supersonics (NBA): 38 games: 2.4ppg, 1.9rpg; waived in Oct.’06, then moved to Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five): 42 games: 18.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 78.4%, in March ’07 signed at Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 9 games: 6.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 72.7%. In 2007-2008 he played for the  Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 36 games: 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP:40.8%, 3PT:31.0%, FT:70.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for the : Dakota Wizards (D-League): 8 games: 12.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, left team in Dec.’08, in March ’09 moved to Iowa Energy (D-League): 13 games: 14.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 89.4%. In 2009-2010, he played for  Iowa Energy (D-League, starting five): 3 games: 19.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, in June ’10 signed at Barangay Ginebra Kings (Philippines-PBA, starting five): : 5 games: 19.4ppg, 14.2rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 22.7%, FT: 63.2%. In 2010-2011 he played for sseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK), only preseason, then moved to Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): Ukrainian League: 50 games: 13.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 79.2%; VTB League: 10 games: 9.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.4%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 78.9%. In 2011-2012 he played for  Oshawa Power (Canada-NBL), only pre-season, then moved to Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (Argentina-LigaA): 13 games: 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 65.5%. Last season he played for BC Timba Timisoara (Romania-Division A, starting five): 19 games: 16.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 25.7%, FT: 79.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Denham thanks for talking to German Hoops. The 2013-2014 basketball season is under way in Europe and you are still unsigned. You started the season in Romania for BC Timba Timisoara where you also played last season. What were the main reasons for leaving? You had a solid season last year and started this season averaging 8,5ppg and 10,0rpg in the first two games?

Team was having financial problems and myself and the club decided that we part ways early. It was a tough decision for both parties but it was for the best.

How have the last few weeks been in the job search? You must have had some offers, but you just haven´t had the right situation?

This time of year teams aren’t really looking to make changes, but my agent is working real hard to find me a team suitable for me.

At the moment you are in Trier practicing with TBB Trier. How important is it that you are able to have this chance to keep in shape while waiting for offers?

Yes I’m currently in Trier and it’s great the I’m able to stay in Europe and be able to use the facilities here to stay in shape and keep my skills sharp.

Your friends Jermaine Bucknor and Jermaine Anderson who are your Canadian national team teammates play for TBB Trier. How have they been keeping you positive besides just telling you to keep your head up?

Anderson and Bucknor have been my friends since high school and they know how important it is for them to keep me most importantly focused to keep working out and lifting.

What has been your impression of Warren Ward who is Canadian and can really jump. I am sure that you have had some interesting duels in practice as well as The Beko BBL has really grown in competition in the last years in comparison to all the other leagues in Europe. What has been your impression of the league in Germany?

I really like the league, a lot of fellow Canadians are in the league, Aaron Doornekamp, Levon Kendall and rookie Warren Ward who absorbs info like a sponge, he wants to learn the game and is a very humble kid playing in CIS at Ottawa university to the Beko BBL is a great step forward in his career.

It isn´t often that one has two NCAA champions on the practice court as you and tBB Trier head coach Henrik Roedl have won in 1993 with North Carolina and 2004 with Uconn. What type of stories have you exchanged with the success that you have had in the NCAA?

Myself and coach haven’t had the chance to speak about out NCAA careers but if we do I’m sure we’ll be talking about which National champ was better.

You are a player that can do many things well, but if you had to choose one strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court what would it be?

I would say I’m a versatile player who can defend multiple positions and rebounds the ball but the past few years I’ve really worked on my passing skills, which makes me more of a threat having the ability not only to make myself dangerous with the ball but also my teammates on the court.

If you could sell your game in a few sentences as to why you could help any team now how would you do it?

Every team I play with my first goals is to get wins. I’m a great leader and my stay with Timba I’ve taken the younger players and helped them become more confident in themselves and their skills.

As a rookie you played for the Seattle Supersonics (NBA). What was it like playing with Ray Allen? What was the most important thing that you learned form the Brooklyn Net?

Ray was a great mentor, in the time we’ve spent with each other he’s showed me how to be a pro, taking care of my body and the little things that someone doesn’t look to do he did. Being at the gym 3hrs before a game showed me how serious he took his job.

In 2004 you were NCAA champion with Uconn. You played with future NBA players like Josh Boone, Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor or Charlie Villaneuva. If you had to name one player that really was the best overall teammate in your four years who would you choose?

Hilton Armstrong and I have had a great experience with each other. We were roommates all 4yrs at UCONN and that relationship generated into good things on the court.

Where will the journey of the Toronto Raptors end this season?

I think the Raptors will make the playoffs, my old teammate Rudy Gay will lead them out of the funk they’ve had for over 10yrs. I want be able to catch a game when I get home in April

What do you respect most about your friend Jermaine Bucknor on and off the court?

Both Anderson and Bucknor first and foremost do everything for their body and to endure they stay injury free for the year. Eating well and getting enough hours of sleep. Not partying and staying out late. They really set a good example for the rest of the team.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I’m really into TV shows, scandal, suits, homeland, house of cards, the walking dead and hostages are what I’m watching now.

Thanks Denham for the chat.

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