Marcus Ware is a 23 year old 203cm forward playing his first professional season with the BIS Baskets Speyer (Germany-ProB) He started his basketball career in 2009 with Monmouth (NCAA) until 2013 where he played a total of 85 NCAA games. Last season he moved to Niagara (NCAA) playing 31 games and averaging 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 45.1%, FT: 66.4%. This past summer he played for the Rochester RazorSharks (PBL). He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Marcus thanks for talking to German Hoops. Welcome to Germany. What ahs been your first impression of Germany?
My first impression of Germany has been a good one I love the people,culture and hospitality of everyone here. Change of scenery is always good.
You signed very late with the BIS Baskets Speyer (Germany-ProB). How thankful are you of having found a job so late in the season?
I am very thankful for signing with Bis basket it was the perfect situation for me coming out of college and I look forward to being a key part in the program’s success.
Was the BIS Baskets Speyer (Germany-ProB) the only job you had or did you have other offers? What sold you on coming to Speyer?
I had other offers in different countries but I was told starting my career in Germany would be my best move the leagues here are respected and I can make a name for myself early.
The team is currently 2-7, but have gotten help with two rugged inside players with yourself and Marcus Smallwood. How certain are you that the team will rebound and start winning games?
I’m certain that our team will rebound this season we had some key injuries in the beginning of the season but with the addition of me and Marcus Smallwood we add a lot of toughness and versatility on the court. The intensity of practice has been great.
What is your role on the team? What does head coach Carl Mbassa want to see from you on the court?
I am a team player and my role is basically to get my teammates involved rebound be a force on offense and defense. Coach Carl wants me to be in attack mode at all times.
You had two solid games including 17 points in the win against Schwelm. How comfortable do you feel in the German Pro B?
I feel very comfortable early on but still know I can play better and plan on doing so. Getting adjusted to the European game is becoming easier every day.
How important is it having Marcus Smallwood on the floor for you? He is a veteran. I am sure that he will take you under his wing and help you develop?
Having Marcus on the floor is definitely a huge help he’s a big strong guy and can rebound and score so it takes some tension off myself inside and we both work well together.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I can shoot the ball and dribble well . I think people see my size and believe I can really bang Inside but I’m able to play on the perimeter at any time.
You played four years at Monmouth and then went to Niagra last season. What were the main reasons for making that move?
After my fourth year at Monmouth I had a post grad year and was able to transfer anywhere . Having a former teammate of mine at Monmouth coach at Niagara was a big factor in my transfer.
As a senior you had Chris Casey as a head coach at Niagra. What was the most important thing that he gave you that prepared you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Casey was a great coach and the most important thing he told me was to remain coachable at any level despite my success I feel like that is big here in Europe
You had many memorable games last season and scored in double figures 13 times. What game will you remember most from your NIagra senior year?
The game I will remember the most is our senior night we played Quinnipiac I had a great game but we lost on a buzzer beater and it was actually one of my local friends Umar Shannon who made the shot. It made sports center
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
I would say Harrison Barnes and 7,1 Alex Lin from Maryland
Who won a one on one in practice last season you or Joe Thomas?
I won a one on one but joe was a great defender.
Where will the journey of the Brooklyn Nets end this season?
I don’t pay too much attention to Brooklyn I’m a Knicks fan so they will finish below us. Carmelo will bring us farther.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Life with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.
Thanks Marcus for the chat.