Mark Dorris is a 28 year old 188cm guard from Cincinnati, Ohio that has played his whole five years of professional basketball in Germany. He started his basketball career with St. Catharine College a ndthen played three years at Marshall (NCAA) playing a total of 91 NCAA games and as a senior played 30 games: 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%. In 2009-2010 he started his professional basketball career for the Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA) playing 29 games: 18.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-3(2.3spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 77.3%. IN his second season he moved to Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 72.8%. IN this third season he played for Ludwigsburg and the last two seasons for Phoenix Hagen and last season played 34 games: 12.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 26.2%, FT: 84.7%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Hi Mark, at the moment you are sitting home in Ohio waiting to get the call from a professional team. You have played your whole career in Germany. Besides being on the court, what do you miss most about the country Germany now?
1st thanks for taking the time out your day for the interview it’s highly appreciated. I miss the people the German people all ways showed me a lot of love and care and that is priceless. You usually have had jobs at this time in your professional career.
How tough is it sitting back and not having a job? Who is assisting you now most and keeping you positive?
It’s hard because I miss the game I miss to compete at a high level I miss being the GLADIATOR on center court with the crowd going crazy around me. The flip side to the token is I get to be with my family and recently was able to be a part of my nieces birthday that was a first for me. So I thank the creator for letting me be part of that.
You have been a steady and solid performer as a professional since 2009. Has the job market just gotten more and more competitive or have you been very picky with the offers you have received because I cant imagine that you haven´t hat offers?
I believe a little bit of both has played a factor up to this point. I’m at the point in my career where I feel I can play a role and help an established team compete for championships or deep playoff runs. That would be ideal for me. So we will see what direction the market takes me.
You have played three years with Phoenix Hagen. Was there not anyway that you could have returned back to your second home? What were the reasons that you weren´t able to return?
1st I will say I love Phoenix Hagen Love the city the people and Hagen has the greatest fans. Ingo to me is a top 5 coach in the league him and Steve are a 2 man army when almost every other team in the BBL has three plus coaches. So for them to be in the race from 10-7 seeds every year is impressive. I think both parties were moving in different directions and that’s why I didn’t sign back.
A year after reaching the Beko BBL playoffs for the first time, Phoenix Hagen were unable to reach them last season. Many said that a real classic point guard wasn´t gotten in Henry Dugat. Would this not have been the perfect chance for you to take control at the point guard position? After the season Ingo Freyer stated that the team never had a point guard?
I think the opportunity was there and some games I would play the PG but during the week I played mostly 2guard during practice because Henry, Ole, and young Geske would play PG. And to play the PG it’s a rhythm to it that comes from repetition.
You still had a very solid season and had some big games. I remember the big win in Frankfurt where you steered 24 points. What was your season highlight with Phoenix Hagen last season?
We were becoming notorious for knocking off the BIG teams so I always loved those moments. But personally was probably my Game winner on Wurzburg at Home. I Live for those clutch moments of the game.
You can score and you can also dish out assists, but what is a hidden strength in your game now that doesn´t always get noticed right away?
Defense I can really defend the ball full court and make things uncomfortable for other guards. I really take pride in my defense I hate to be scored on more than I love to score.
If you could sell yourself in a few sentences as to why you could help any professional team now what would you say? You have played only in Germany. Would you be ready to play anywhere in the world now or Germany your first priority?
Hmmm… Probably something real simple amongst the lines of (I’m Mark Dorris and will get the Job done!!!). I’m open to play any where in the world. But I will miss the BBL I feel I was one of the fan favorites (Mr.Fantastic) across the BBL and I will miss the league and it’s fans if my career pulls me in another direction.
New Beko BBL team Crailsheim Merlins is looking for anew guard. How appealing would it be for you to play for a new team that moved up to the Beko BBL?
It would be appealing to me I feel I have been around this league a few times and my experience could help a team fresh in the league navigate there way around.
Your ex teammate Larry Gordon has developed as a player each season. I see him as being an BBL MVP candidate this season. How have you grown as a player with his presence on the court?
Honestly it’s him and my brother David Bell their work ethic after any practice to get extra work is what puts them where they are. And it’s contagious to the guys on the team and you can see he gets the results out of his hard work. I’m proud of my brother LG400.
Where do you see Phoenix Hagen ending the season in 2015? They have a new point guard in Zamal Nixon who started in German Pro B in Herten some years ago. He has made the adjustment to the BBL early on
I see them landing any where from 9-7 they brought back key pieces and they got better. Keep your eye out for Keith Ramsey this season he had a great summer. Zamal fits Ingos style of play. Ingo makes the transition easy for you. And he played college ball at HOUSTON that’s CUSA same as my MARSHALL was so were cut from a similar cloth. I see him having a break out year in this system and sticking in the BBL.
How does a normal workout day look like for Mark Dorris in 2014?
I work out at 10am weights run shots. And come back later around 4pm to get to my skill work. I work out with Danny Hoarce who also played in the BBL before so we know the level of work we must put in to stay ready and were ready.
Where will the journey of the Cleveland Cavaliars end this year?
I think they lose in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Chicago Bulls. Naw I take that Back I’m rolling with Lebron my Ohio brother they make it to the finals. But that’s far as my crystal ball will let me go lol.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last DVD I watched was KILL BILL. That’s my mentality I have going into my season for making me wait lol. Thanks agin for your time Miles much respect.