Cardell Mcfarland is a 26 year old 182cm point guard from Evansville, Indiana that just finished his second professional season and first for the Giants Nordlingen and was down under playing for Gladstone Port City Power (Australia-QB).. He started his basketball career at Missouri State and then played his last two seasons for Ky Wesleyan (NCAA2). Last season as a rookie he played for CS Farul Constanta (Romania-Division A): 7 games: 12.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 88.5%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Cardell thanks for talking to German Hoops. You have ended your season early with two games left. How difficult was it doing that as the leader of the team?
I’ve been playing with bone spurs in my ankle for the past 6 months. It had been really bothering me over the last few weeks. Went to the doctor and he advise me to shut it down a few weeks and rest.
What is your summary of the season of the Giants Nordlingen. The club lost the first two games combined by 67 points and lost four of the first five games. Why did the club start so slow and was this hard to recover from?
I think my absence is really affecting the team because they were so used to my creating and making plays for the team or myself. Right now just seems like they are lacking confidence.
You totally dominated the Pro B averaging 24,0ppg. Was it for you like being a man playing with kids on the court?
I just approached the season game by game and prepared myself for the opponent. Watched film of other teams, and look at how I can be affect offensively to make plays for myself or the team.
Last season you played for CS Farul Constanta (Romania-Division A). How was the adjustment coming from the Romanian league? Was coming to Germany a small step backwards in terms of the level of play?
Coming from Romania League top league to Germany Pro B league you would think the talent level would be different but there is good players everywhere at every level. In Romania I didn’t get the chance to prove myself as a player. Which caused me to leave after 7 games and other issues I had in Romania. Germany Pro B surprised me with the level it wasn’t that bad. Some German BBL players play in Pro B & it was some good Americans. My coach was telling me all season the league is better than it’s ever been.
You had some great games. You scored in double figures 15 times and over 30 points four times. What was your season highlight?
Highlight of the season is beating Leipzig in OT with only 3 players remaining on the court. I believe 4 players fouled out for us. We only traveled with 7 for that game. And scoring 15 straight games with 20 or more shooting over 60% from the field for a Point Guard is amazing.
Did you ever feel pressure to have to carry the team. You were the first and best scoring threat. Did you like the fact that the team might say ok Cardell get us some points now?
Never felt pressure to score. I didn’t have to force up shots. I believe the most shots I attempted in a game this year was 19. So I didn’t have to shoot a lot to get my points.
You are a scoring point guard that can also set up his teammates. What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed?
Strength in my game that doesn’t always get noticed probably would say my defense. I think people notice what I do on the offensive end but defense is just as good. Quick feet and my toughness I’m only 5’11 167 pounds and never back away from a challenge.
What young German player on the roster do you see having a very good career in the future?
J.R he’s 17 if he focus and develop his body, and basketball game he can be good cause his size and shooting ability.
Which player in the German Pro B was your toughest opponent on the court?
I really can’t give you the toughest player off the top of my head but it was good players all around the board.
Do you think that you will return to Germany? I am sure making the next step to the German pro A is in your mind set. Josh Parker dominated the Pro B last season and even made it to the Beko BBL this season.
I’ve had other coaches from around Germany come watch me play this season so hopefully they liked my passion and love for the game and I could help some team next year in Germany.
What was your impression of young German Max Gentner? How were you able to make him a better player?
Max was one of the best German shooters on the team. And ankle injury kept him sidelined for most of the season. But hopefully he did learn from my work ethic on and off the court. So I wasn’t able to spend that much time with him on the court.
You played two seassons at Missouri State. What were the main reasons for leaving and going to Ky Wesleyan (NCAA2)?
At Missouri state was just a freshman starting on a good mid major Division 1 team. had some issues off the court that comes with being young and immature. Which led to my departure for a new college.
At Missouri State you played two years with Kyle Weems. What was the most amazing thing that you saw him do in a game or practice?
That’s a tough question about Kyle. Kyle can get hot at any moment from 3pt line. In practice or game he can make like 6 or 7 in a row if he gets hot.
He played NBA Summer league last season. What is missing from his game to reach the NBA?
I think Kyle is missing ball handling and creating his own shot. Kyle plays his best being a stretch 4 man cbeause he is deadly from 3pt line. Just give Kyle time before his career is done he will play a game in the NBA. He has the size for a 3 man and shooting ability.
At Ky Wesleyan (NCAA2), you really tore up the league in two seasons there. You shot over 40% both years. Is shooting that you especially improved on in your two years there?
I shot over 40% in 3pt because I got open opportunities when they doubled Anthony down low on the block. Which made it an easier on me.
How did Todd Lee help you get prepared to becoming a professional best? What was the most important thing that you learned from him?
My last two season of college Todd played me at Point Guard which I had the freedom and allowed me to create. I never played point guard before then. Always was an undersized 2 guard.
You played two seasons there with current Essen player Anthony Young. Do you follow his game in Germany and can he make the next step up a level?
Yes Anthony and I speak almost every week through text and we both follow each other still. He’s having a good season in Pro A. I believe Anthony will at some point of his career will be playing at a high level.
Both you and Young had great careers at Ky Wesleyan (NCAA2). What is your fondest memory with him on and off the court?
Fondest memory Anthony and on one games was probably the most fun. We both don’t like to lose and that winning attitude is what we both have in common. We went to war with each other just to make each other better and it payed off for the both of us.
You played as a rookie for CS Farul Constanta (Romania-Division A). What was your wake up call to being a rookie in a foreign country Romania?
Last season in Romania I really learned the business of European basketball. Romania wasn’t a good experience coming from college to Europe. But I learned from that experience and it helped me grow as a person and ball player.
What will you be doing this summer? And how does a Cordell Mcfarland work out day on and off the court look like?
Summer best time for me. I really work on my game with a personal trainer who also played in Europe in many leagues. Weight room 5 days a week. And on the court 3 days a week. And probably some pick up ball on the weekends. Off the court normally spend a lot of time with my family.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last DVD would be We’re the Millers
Thanks Cardell for the chat.