Jermale Jones is a 28 year old 186cm guard from Birmingham, Alabama that is playing his third season for German pro B club TV Lich. He started his basketball career in 2005 for Lawson State CC (JUCO) where he played until 2007. He then played two more years at Tuskegee (NCAA2). In 2011-2012 he came to Germany and played for SSV Lokomotive Bernau (Germany-ProB) playing 18 games: 17.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 79.2%. Last season for Lich he played 24 games averaging 18.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 76.2%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against TV Langen.
Jermale thanks for talking to German Hoops. Lich has been very up and down as of late having lost 6 of the last 8 games, but are still in range of making the playoffs. On what things does the team have to work on most to get wins again?
Yes this season has been a rocky road for us but as a team if we continue believing in each other sticking to our game plan and playing with a lot of intensity like we have been playing in the last 3 games we will find ourselves winning some more games.
The next game is against TV Langen which has huge playoff implications. What memories do you have of the narrow 72-69 win at home?
We started the game with a lot of energy and played solid defense. We capitalized when Langen turned the ball over.
Do you remember how Lich defended in that game? Lich forced TV Langen to 24 turnovers. How vital will it being aggressive for 40 minutes?
Yes we defended Langen very well. It worked out for us playing pressure defense the whole game to disrupt Langens offense and that lead to turnovers.
TV Langen is a different team having lost sniper Filmore Beck, but added experienced point guard Anish Sharda and Kevin Luyeye. Is TV Langen a stronger team now?
Without Filmore they are a totally different team. With them adding Sharda to their roster should help them because that guy has a lot of experience and has what it takes to help his team win games. He’s a leader. And all I know about Luyeye is his aggressiveness and he is an energy guy from what I seen when he was playing for Speyer.
Lich did a good job containing Martinis Woody in the win letting him get 12 points and six assists. Overall German Pro B teams have been doing a good job on the American this season. He has been very hot in the last five games. Is it half the rent to the win if Lich does another good job against him?
If we contain Woody and do as our game plan says we should come out victorious.
TV Lich recently got New Zealand guard Jarrod Kenny. How important has his addition been to the guard rotation and what do you like most about his game?
His addition to our team has been what we needed all season a True Point guard. The thing I like most about his game is he gets everyone involved and looks for his self last.
You recently nailed seven three pointers against Speyer. When was the last time that you made so may three´s in a game?
If I can remember correctly my first season in Lich I hit seven 3 pointers against Leverkusen in 2012-2013 season.
How strange was it making 21 points against Wurzburg and then in the next game 1 point on 0/10 shooting. Did this bring back memories to games in college where you played the same team back to back or did that never occur?
It’s difficult playing against a team two times in a row because after the first game the scouting is different and their game plan completely changes so you won’t have the same success you had the first game.
You and Martinis Woody watch many games of the Fraport Skyliners. If you and him were to play some Fraport Skyliner trivia who would know more about the players?
I think I would know more about the players.
What is your current take on the backlash against the New England Patriots about being cheaters a few days after winning their fourth Super Bowl?
I really didn’t get a chance to listen at all the talks about them cheating. I really wanted the Seahawks to win so Marshawn Lynch could win the MVP.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Jermale for the chat.