Jermale Jones is a 27 year old 186cm guard from Birmingham, Alabama that is playing his second season for German pro B club TV Lich. He started his basketball career in 2005 for Lawson State CC (JUCO) where he played until 2007. H ethen played two more years at Tuskegee (NCAA2). In 2011-2012 he came to Germany and played for SSV Lokomotive Bernau (Germany-ProB) playing 18 games: 17.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 79.2%. Last season he played for the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games: 14.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 77.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against Baunach.
Thanks Jermale for talking to eurobasket.com again. In the tough 84-77 loss in Langen, you played only 20 minutes and had to leave on account of injury. What is your status and will you play on Saturday against Baunach?
My current status as of now is to take it day by day. Right now I don’t know if I will play but it will be a game day decision
The Licher Basket Baeren had their winning streak snapped in Langen and made a run in the fourth quarter, but couldn´t pull out a road win. What were the main reasons for not getting the win?
Looking back at the start of the game.We dug ourselves a hole early. We were doing other things instead of sticking to the gameplan. In the 4th quarter we made a run but we didn’t get many defensive stops when we needed them down the stretch.
Your teammate Bill Borekambi had another solid game with 16 points. Overall he is one of the elite players on the team averaging 18,9ppg and 9,0rpg. He already has Beko BBL experience. Do you see him returning back to the top German league?
Yes I can see Bill being back in the BBL very soon. When he joined our team only thing I could say was he was the missing piece to our team. It was amazing how we had got a player like Bill on our team. To me he is one of the best young German guys that’s playing in the league. Which ever BBL team gives him the opportunity he’s going to make a major impact to their team!!!
You are playing your second season with The Licher Basket Baeren and have improved in scoring and rebounds. How happy have you been with your season and what part of your game do you need to work most on?
At the beginning of the season I was feeling very excited about our season because we won our 1st game and after that the next 4 games were tough losses and I was very unhappy about how our season was looking so far. As of now I feel better about our season because we started 1-4 and we have put in so much work to change our season around to where we are now. Every part of my game needs to be worked on because there is always space for improvement.
In your scouting report, you are seen as a good passer. Is getting your assists average up also something that you take pride in?
I think it’s important for me not only to be a scorer but also to share the ball with my teammates. That’s what’s making us successful.
At the moment the Licher Basket Baeren are in seventh place with a record of 10-10. How confident are you that the team will be playing post season?
I’m very confident about playing in the post season. We just have to take care of business.
You beat Baunach 82-71 at the start of the season at home. What memories do you have of that game? Antonio Stabler was pretty consistent in the paint?
I remember them being a very young team and very aggressive. Antonio Stabler was a very solid player against us in the paint.
TV Lich wants the playoffs. What kind of game can we await and what will be key in getting the win?
We are expecting a very tough game. The key to this game is to keep them off the boards.. They are a very strong rebounding team. And if we go out and play the way we know we can and stick to our game plan we will win this game but it won’t be easy.
Lamar Odom has signed with a Spanish team. Do you seem him getting his basketball career restarted in Europe and will he be able to play team basketball?
I think it’s a nice move for Lamar Odom. To me I think he’s trying to prove a point by showing that he still loves the game and wants to play the game because NBA teams wouldn’t give him another chance. He’s trying to get back in the NBA.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The Wolf of Wall Street.
Thanks for the chat Jermale.