David Pruett is a 24 year old 190 cm guard from Gainsville, Georgia that recently finished his rookies eason with TV Langen. . 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 basketball.
David the season of TV Langen came to an end last weekend in the Pro B playoffs. How disappointed are you with how the season ended especially with the momentum how the club reached the playoffs?
Hey Miles, Yea its never fun to lose. But the reality is only one team ends the season on a win. We happened to get outed in the first round. Making the playoffs was a goal of ours. To make it and then get swept in the first round has left a sour taste in my mouth.
Oldenburg had a very strong day. Was it more the Oldenburg bigs that were playing strong inside/out basketball or the fact that TV Langen had a miserable shooting day that cost you the last game?
I have to give the credit to Oldenburg. They were very well prepared and new all of our sets extremely well. It completely threw our rhythm off, resulting in a miserable shooting day. Their length definitely bothered us
Martins Woody and Jermel Kennendy were instruemental players in the success of the team, but weren´t able to get anything going in game 2. Did you have any comforting words for them after the game? I know Kennedy took the loss hard.
When a season ends on such a sour note like that its hard to say anything. However, I tried to remind them that the second half of the season has been terrific and to use this loss in the playoffs as motivation during the summer.
How difficult was it for you having to sit and watch much of the loss not being able to help more because of the two rule international players on the court at a time in the German Pro B?
Miles, I have to be honest I don’t like that rule. Hahah. However, it is what it is. Having to sit and watch a lot during the season has been torture. Especially, when I know I can be the game changer to help the team get the win! Against Oldenburg we needed someone to make shots, that is what I do. Then on top of that, Coach couldn’t take advantage of the 3 years of chemistry Jermel and I have on the court. Hopefully, I will be at a higher level next season like Pro A so I don’t have to deal with that rule.
You had stated in an earlier interview that you improved your game with TV Langen not getting so much playing time as you might have wanted. Could you elaborate a bit on that how you were able to do that?
Of course. I have achieved a much higher IQ on the European style of basketball. In the states one of the strongest parts of my game was moving without the ball but now I truly have improved on making the right cuts. Improved on scoring in different ways. Also, helping the team in different ways such as defense. I have taken much pride in defense. Now teams can depend on my shot making ability and depend my ability to stop someone.
You had some nice memories this season but if you had to pick on on the court what would it be? Would you say it was the close 62-61 win against Hanau or your 19 points in a loss to Rhondorf?
The Hanau game was the best team memory. That win was the most satisfying. But my favorite individual memory was the Rhondorf game. It was my first game I finally got some good playing time. We were down by a lot. I came off the bench and brought a fury of energy that enabled us to make a huge comeback. We ended up losing that game but the line-up of myself, Jermel, Cedric, Benedict and Sebastian gained confidence.
What part of your game were you able to improve most and how did TV Langen head coach Thomas Glasauer help you best as your first real rookie head coach?
I improved my ability to cut to the basket and my pick & roll offense. I can’t thank Coach Thomas Glasauer enough for bring me in after my try out with Rasta Vechta. I was few hours away from flying home without a job and Coach decided to bring in a 3rd import. He told me I wouldn’t be getting a lot of minutes due to the import rule but I still could help them tremendously. He taught me the ins and outs of german basketball. How the offense is different here and how to uses my skills effectively.
Jermel Kennedy called Sebastian Barth the unsung hero player and Maxime Schneider the most improved player on the team. Would you agree with that or would you add or chose another player?
Jermel is right on. Sebastian was engine of our team. He is a great teammate. I didn’t see much of Maxime’s improvement as I got here mid-season. But everyone says his confidence soared in the second half of the season.
Who was the toughest player that you played against in your shortended season in the German Pro B?
That is a good question Miles. One doesn’t really stand out in my mind. But I was impressed with the two Germans Joenke on Weissenhorn and Nick Larsen of Rhoendorf. Joenke had a great ability to get to the free throw line. He struggled against us and still had 20+ points. I was impressed with Larsen’s big shot making ability, he also was a good floor general. Then guarding teammate Filmore Beck in practice everyday was challenging. He is extremely talented and can play at any level.
What is the next step for David Pruett? Would you like to stay in Germany or would you like to play in another country?
Come back to Germany. I still have work to do here. Experiencing a month long BBL tryout with Rasta Vechta and finishing the season in Pro B has made me extremely hungry to put my stamp on basketball in Germany.
What are your plans for the summer? How will you keep in shape best and how does a typical David Pruett on and off court work out day look like?
Coach Elzie with Vechta gave me great advice, gain 8-10kg. That is what I’m going to do. My brother Richard Pruett is Head Strength Coach for North Georgia University. He will prepare my body in the weight room and with a strong diet. A day in the offseason includes 2 hours in the weight-room and 1-2 hours on the court then eating a tremendous amount of food. I am very hungry this offseason. I want an opportunity with a higher level team.
You have gained a special friendship with Jermel Kennedy. How has your opinion of him as a person changed from the first day of practice until now?
First time I met Jermel Kennedy was my sophomore year in college. No one works harder on his game than Jermel. He takes so much pride in winning. Jermel and I have been through the ups and downs together. Winning and losing seasons. We both have been working extremely hard to make it here. Then getting to play on the same team AGAIN this season has been a blessing. We are great friends and we both would like to continue playing together if the opportunity comes about.
You recently visited Heidelberg. Why did it take you so long to visit this gem and what did you like most about Heidelberg?
Well Miles, during the season I don’t have much time, as I am in the gym working. Basketball comes first, then sight seeing can come after the season. But I love Heidelberg. A true gem. Can’t wait to go back. My favorite city in Germany so far.
With all the upsets at the 2014 NCAA tournament, what are your top 4 picks now?
Miles, this has been the craziest Tournament. But I have to say. Michigan St. , Louisville, Florida, and I guess Arizona.
What wa sthe last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks David for the chat.