David Pruett is a 24 year old 190 cm guard from Gainsville, Georgia that is on atry out basis with German Beko BBL team SC Rasta Vechta. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Armstrong Atlantic (NCAA2) where he palyed until 2010. He played the last three seasons for Lander (NCAA2) and as a senior played 26 games: 16.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 38.4%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 83.5%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been PeachBelt Tournament Semifinals -09, and PeachBelt All-Academic Team -12. He spoke to German Hoops about his new basketball adventure in Germany
David thanks for talking to eurobasket.com again. Congrats on the 73-58 win against Leipzig. Was the win as easy as the score indicates?
The deciding factor in the win over Leipzig was the big run we had in the third quarter. However, Leipzig was short handed so we took advantage of that with our size advantage.
You had five points, couldn´t find your range from outside going 0/4, but you hustled down six rebounds including three offensive rebounds. How much pride do you take in rebounding?
Yea it was a tough shooting night, on nights were the shot isn’t falling I look for other areas where I can help the team, weather it be defense, leadership or rebounding. I take pride in every aspect of the game as long as it helps us win.
You have played five games and the team has given up only an average of 58 points in the last two games. What improvements and adjustments has the team done in the last two games on the defensive side?
Well, Coach has really done a good job focusing on team defense during training. The team is buying in and taking pride on the defensive end. Defense is all about understanding position and when to help. Everything else is just heart and effort. I believe the team is putting more effort and heart on the defensive end. Its a lot of fun when we do that.
How much fun is it playing with Martins Woods and Jermel Kennedy? What things do you appreciate the most from their games?
It is fun playing with them because they are complete opposite. Martinis does a great job getting position deep in the post early and making it easy for him to score. While Jermel scores in a variety of ways. He uses his athletic ability and his basketball IQ very well.
Sebastian Barth like yourself is a very good shooter. Barth has been with TV Langen with the exception with a short stay in Nurnberg his whole career. Is he one of those players where you instantly listen to his words of wisdom during games and in practice?
Sebastian is a great leader on the team. He has helped my transition to the team. Sebastian’s has the ability to make others around him better, many people don’t see that right away. Its a hidden talent of his that helps the team play at a high level. He is a team first guy and plays with a lot of heart. I enjoy going to battle with him.
You had a short stay with Beko BBL team SC Rasta Vechta before coming to Langen. What during this short stay helped you the most on the court that you have been able to use on the court?
The Rasta Vechta stay was wonderful. It gave me an idea of where I needed to improve physically and with my skills. Coach Elzie is a great coach who I would love to have another chance to play for. He helped me understand what I needed to work at on the basketball court. I have been keeping up with Rasta the whole season and wish them well.
Currently you are only averaging 16,4 minutes per game. Are you content with your role and minutes and do you see them being increased in the last months?
With the ProB rules of only allowing two imports on the court at once, I knew coming in that I wasn’t going to get many minutes right away. Plus I joined TV Langen mid season when they already had a solidified lineup with Woody and Jermel in the post. I know my role on the team. To help the team with some scoring off the bench, increase the defensive pressure off the bench and compete every minute I’m on the court. Coming off the bench is a role I have never played. This is great experience as I believe it will just help me improve.
What has been the easiest adjustment on and off the court as well the most difficult adjustment in Germany for you?
Easiest has been on the defensive end. The most difficult has been on the offensive end on when and where to take the right shot or make the right pass. I improve every game on that part of the court. It just comes with experience.
With only a few months left in the season, what are your main goals to achieve with TV Langen on the court?
We are playing every game as if it was our last. We are fighting to get a good position in the playoffs. Once we get to the playoffs anything can happen.
Who wins a one on one in practice you or German Filmore Beck?
Whoever has the ball last wins. Every time we play its back and forth. He is an awesome talent on the court. He is working hard on improving his overall game.
If someone had told you before Super bowl 48 that Seattle would cream Denver the way they did would you have believed them?
I wouldn’t! I honestly thought Denver was going to win. But in my heart I was pulling for the Seahawks as I am a big fan of their head coach Pete Carroll. He has a coaching method that hopefully one day I will be able to bring to the basketball court.
Were you surprised how badly Denver lost and how much of a dent does this loss put on the Peyton Manning vita in terms of being a choker in big games?
I am surprised. Just as everyone else is! This definitely puts a dent on Manning’s legacy. Its not an argument anymore. Tom Brady is better than Peyton Manning.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks David for the chat.