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 after completing his second season with the Licher Basket Baeren.
Jermale thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and have you picked up a basketball since returning home?
I’m back in my hometown Birmingham, Alabama. Yes I have picked up a basketball every day since I been back home. Got home on a Monday evening and I was back in the gym working on my craft Tuesday.
It is always interesting to see what restaurant or food a player hits first when returning home. What craving did you have first when you returned home to the States?
The first restaurant I went to as soon as I got home was the Waffle House. I ordered an All Star Special.
You finished your second season for the Licher Basket Baeren. How disappointing was it bowing out to SC Rist Wedel in the playoffs?
Being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs is always disappointing when you know you have the team to make it farther in the playoffs.
What was the difference for Lich not being able to get past SC Rist Wedel?
The first game was difficult because we had to play without our Point Guard Joey Fuca which is a big part of our team success.To get past a good team like Rist Wedel we had to take advantage of their mistakes and turn them into something positive but unfortunately we didn’t take advantage of their mistakes. The second game Wedel was well prepared. They knew all of our plays and knew every cut we made and that took us out of our rhythm.That was there key to beating us the second game.
Especially you gave it your all combining for 44 points and netting 29 points in the last loss. Did you feel added pressure in the playoffs to get the team into the next round?
Going into the playoffs I didn’t feel any kind of pressure because during the season we beat the number 1 team which was Hanau and we beat the number 2 team which was Dresden. We beat both of those teams on the road so it was just like another game to go out and do what I have to do to help my team win the game.
You never played against the north teams during the regular season, but where would you rate Lee Jeka with competitors that you played against during the last season?
Lee Jeka is a very solid point guard with a lot of experience. He is the head of Wedel team. I rate him as one of the top 5 players that I have played against in my 3 years being in Germany.
You stated in an earlier interview that sky is the limit for German Bill Borekambi. What gave you the most pleasure being able to play with him last season?
The pleasure of playing with Bill was his athleticism. He was always everywhere on the court. Cant ask for a better young player like him. In games when we were down he never gave up. He really deserves another shot in the BBL because he will make a difference and he’s willing to learn.
You improved your scoring and rebounding from your first season in Lich. How happy were you with your game in the German Pro B last season?
I was happy with the way I performed this season. My coach gave me a role that he needed me to do for this team and I accepted it. My role for the team was to be the scorer of the team and get 3 or 4 rebounds a game. I feel I did what he asked of me and did much more. So I could say my overall season was a success.
You had some big games last season like your 28 points in 27 minutes against Leipzig or your 27 points in the first win of the season against Leitershofen. What was your personal season highlight?
My personal season highlight was beating TV Langen at home. It’s more of a personal game between them because a good friend of mine ex teammate from Bernau plays there (Martinis Woody). When it comes to playing against each other it’s a war. We been playing against each other since college. Making the GAMEWINNER against them was the best highlight of my season.
What is your plan now for next season? Will you remain in Lich or look to make the next step to German Pro A?
Right now I have my options open. It’s still very early to make a decision where I want to be. Im looking to make that next step to play in Pro A or in another country if the opportunity opens up for me. I’m not counting Lich out because they have been great to me. Going back to Lich is one of my options.
You have played your whole professional career in Germany. Could you imagine moving to a different country?
Yes I could see myself playing in another country. Traveling around the country and doing what I love is a Blessing!!!
How would you sell yourself in a few sentences so any team would be interested in your services?
I’m a Combo guard that can spread the floor, create off the dribble, with a high basketball IQ that makes everyone around me better. I have a Heart of a Lion.
How does a normal Jermale Jones summer work out day look like on and off the court?
My workout consists of running hills in the morning. Around noon hit the weights and later that night get in the gym and work on my ball handling and doing situational drills. And to finish the night I have to make 500 3pointers before I leave the gym and it’s the same routine everyday.
Those NBA playoffs have been wild this season. Do you see any more upsets happening and who will reach the final and win it all?
Yes these NBA playoffs have been crazy this season. I can see the wizards beating the pacers to advance to the next round. I think OKC or the Spurs will win it all!!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith
Thanks Jermale for the chat.