Donovan Morris is a 30 year old 191cm guard from San Bernadino, California that is playing his third full professional season and first with TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademie. He started his basketball career in 2004 at Fresno State playing a total of 57 Beko BBL games. He then moved to Long Beach St. (NCAA) in 2007 and as a senior played 25 games: 14.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 40.5%, 3Pts: 27.2%, FT: 83.6%. In 2009-2010 he started his professional basketball career with Falco KC-Szombathely (Hungary-A Division, starting five; EuroChallenge: 12 games: 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 62.7%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 78.4%; left in Dec.’09, in Feb.’10 moved to Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-ProA): 6 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 30.0%. However after a solid rookie season, his career stalled between 2010-2013 as he had a try out with the Bakersfield Jam (D-League). H ethen also played for the Santa Barbara Breakers (WCBL, Liepajas Lauvas (Latvia-LBL): 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.0rpg; Baltic League: 1 game: 2pts, 2reb. And Ladera Heights All-Stars (WCBL). Last season his career got going again as he played for TV 1864 Salzkotten (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 19 games: 26.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 64.4%, 3Pts: 49.1%, FT: 92.6%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Thanks for talking to German Hoops. After a three year period where you briefly played in Latvia and for semi pro teams in the United States, you got your career going again last season playing for TV 1864 Salzkotten (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 19 games: 26.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.4apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 64.4%, 3Pts: 49.1%, FT: 92.6%. How important was this season for you restoring your confidence again?
It felt good to play a full season again. I showed in Salzkotten that I can still play after missing some years.
Does having the name TG Wurzburg Baskets Akademie feel like being in school again at Winchendon?
I really hated Winchendon, because it was really strict. It does feel like that at times, because my teammates are between 17-21 and still in school. Just Dominik Schneider and me are the older guys.
What has been your impression of young German Constantin Ebert?
He is a really good player and has gotten better from the start of the season until now in certain situations. He plays really hard for his size on defense. I also like his passing abilities and ability to push the ball.
After a solid rookie season in Hungary and Germany in 2009-2010, you seemed to disappear for three years. What happened in this time?
I have no idea. If I would have felt that I couldn´t play anymore, I would have stopped and found a job.
What memories do you have Rob Ferguson who was your teammate as a rookie in Nordlingen.?
He was injured when I came. We still talk today. I still have never seen him play, but I might visit him in Hamburg.
You had a great first half as a rookie playing for alco KC-Szombathely (Hungary-A Division) EuroChallenge: 12 games: 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 62.7%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 78.4%. Why did you have to leave?
A new coach came in. He had a new system and new players. I simply didn´t fit in.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I like to think that my passing is a hidden strength. For a scorer like me, I feel I can find players where people might not expect me to do knowing that I am the scorer that I am.
How did Long Beach State head coach Dan Monson get you prepared best for a professional career?
What I played in college is long gone now. In college I was a catch and shoot guy and couldn´t dribble. In the last three years, I watched a lot of basketball. My game changed so much in three years. I can do so much more now on the offensive end, but I know that I need to work on my defense.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
It was many, but looking at the talent level in the Drew League where I played this summer, I played against guys like Baron Davis, James Harden or Brandon Jennings.
Where will the journey of the Los Angeles Lakers end this season?
The Lakers are in trouble. They need help even if Kobe is Kobe. Carlos Boozer has to play the way he did with Utah and Jeremy Lyn the way he did in New York.
There are so many famous athletes living in Manhatten Beach. How is that whole experience living there?
I have my extended family there. It is really a great place to live in. I have all I need there and my family put me in every situation where I can always succeed. The only well known guy that I see is Steve Nash.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Before every game day, I watch a movie that has to do with greatness or team orientated. Today I watched 300.
Thanks Donovan for the chat.