Paul Dick is a 23 year old 193cm guard from Ireland that is playing his second professional season and first in Germany with EVL Limburg. As a rookie he played for Belfast Star (Premier League) playing 16 games: 17.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 72.3%. He started his basketball career for the Queens Belfast junior team. He then played 2 seasons for Franklin Pierce (NCAA2). He spoke to German Hoops after the 92-72 win against Trier.
Congrats on the 92-72 win for EVL Limburg against the TBB Trier second team. How did you feel playing your first game in Germany and coming off an injury again?
It is always nice playing that first game in a new country. Getting the win was the best coming off this injury. I am just used to coming off an injury since I have done it so much. From much expereince it is 80% mental and 20% physical for me. It isn´t as tough for me anymore from the mental side.
In the first quarter, you ahd some words fort he opponent number 8. Was there some trash talking going on?
No it wasn´t trash talk, but just a light argument. It is just part oft he game.
EVL Limburg dominated from the start. In many ways it looked very easy for you guys. What was key for getting the win?
They had some good size, but I think we had more experience which helped us. They got down early and stuck with us. I think that we did a good job, because we didn´t know what to expect since we had some new guys signed, but our chemistry was great. Weh had more intensity and it wasn´t so much about the x and o´s tonight.
How much fun is it playing with big 205cm Lithuanian Mantas Bernatavicius? When you see him, who does he remind you off?
He reminds me of Zydrunas Ilgauskas that once played for the Cleveland Cavaliars. His personality is great and he is just fun loving. Even when he has fouled out, he still hast he refs laughing. He is great to have on the team.
You played last season in Ireland. How would you compare that league with the German Regionaliga?
It is hard to say after only one game. The Irish guards are older and more experienced.
You had to score in Ireland, but not in Limburg. Does that put alot of pressure off you?
Yes it does. Last season in Ireland my focus was scoring, but here the scoring is spread out that I don´t have the pressure to need to score. A guy like BJ Miller can put up 30 points anytime. If I am not feeling it, it is nice to be able to pass off to other guys who are feeling it. With guys like knock down shooter Justin Stallbohm or Rokas Grinius from the bench, we have a very versatile team.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed rightaway? I believe that you are a very unselfish player that often looks to pass first.
Many people in Ireland would disagree and say I am a selfish player. There is a lot of talent with the Limburg team. I want to reach a higher level and in order to that, I need to be a complete basketball player and show all my skills so I can progress best. You can find scorers a dime a dozen. A hidden strength is my versatility.
Why did you decide to come to come to Germany and play for EVL Limburg?
Coach Danny Stallbohm asked me to try out in June. I came over and he saw me play and then I got hurt. He didn´t see much of me, but he had the confidence in me to keep me. I really appreciate this, because if he had not kept me I would have gone back to Ireland and had nothing. I have been living with family Stallbohm and it has been great especially the cooking of Mrs Stallbohm.
Who were your basketball idols growing up?
I didn´t really have the chnane to see NBA games so my idols stayed within the country. Adrian Fultom coached me and my three cousins Jonathan Grennell, Mark Grennell and Robbie Clarke who are three of the best Irsh players ever are my idols.
A big inspiration was also your dad Francis who played in the Irish league. Are you sad that you aren´t allowed to play him one on one?
My dad taught me everything. My dad claims that I never beat him at one on one and he is right, but I never played him again after I was 13, because he didn´t let me. I guess he will keep that title for himself in the family.
Injuries have been a big part of your career. With all this experience, do you play differently at times on the court just knowing what could happen again in certain situations?
I just play basketball the way I know how. I won´t chill and just shoot and prevent from getting injured in certain situations. I like to penetrate and won´t change my game knowing my history.
You played at Franklin Pierce(NCAA2) What kind of experience was this for you?
It was a disaster. I don´t want to talk about it.
You played together with Nigel Van Ostrum who ist he brother of English national player Devon Van ostrum. What was your fondest memory with him?
Nigel is playing professionally in Holland now. He was a dude and could always make me laugh. I will always remember his passing. He had a strong voice and was a good leader. I liked being around him.
What stories did you hear about ex Frankfurt Skyliner Jimmie Hunt at Franklin Pierce?
My freshman year, he was injured and came back to practice at the facilities. We shot around together, but didn´t really chat much. I heard only good things about him. Everyone spoke highly of him. He was a genuine guy.
Can strong Irish players make a living in the first Irish league?
Import players yes, but not top Irish players. There is very little money there and that is why Irish players try to go. I didn´t get paid last year. You need to have a second job.
Who won a one on one game last season you or Matthew Jackson?
He would never score against me. We called him wacko Jacko. He was scared to play against me. Lol
What is better Irsih or German food?
Ofcourse Irish food except for Mrs Stallbohm´s food.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Love/Hit. It is an Irish series. I want to give a shout out to my teammate Mickael Johannes who is my splash brother.
Thanks Paul for the chat.