Darryl Webb is a 27 year old 198cm forward from Elkridge, Maryland that is playing his fourth professional season and recently moved to the German Beko BBL team Mitteldeutscher BC. He started the season with BBC Monthey (Switzerland-LNA) playing 18 games: 15.8ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 25.8%, FT: 62.5%. He started his basketball career in 2007 with Indiana, PA (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games: 17.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3Pts: 29.1%, 72.6%. IN 2011 he started his professional basketball career with the Crailsheim Merlins (Germany-ProA): 35 games: 15.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 66.4%. In the 2012-2013 season he played with Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 39 games: 14.3ppg, Reb-1(10.2rpg), 1.3spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 76.3%. Last season he played for the Hitachi Sunrockers Tokyo (Japan-NBL): 26 games: 13.2ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 60.8%. He spoke to German Hoops before giving his MBC debut with MBC against ratiopharm Ulm.
Darryl thanks for talking to German Hoops. Welcome back to Germany. How strange is it going to a team MBC that beat you with Crailsheim in 2012 in the Pro A playoffs to move back to the Beko BBL?
What I remember most from that series is me getting really sick on the way to MBC and I ended up not playing in a game we could have one. I’m just excited to get the opportunity to play in a well respected league and show I’m able to compete in this league despite my height.
The club is currently in 14th place with a record of 8-12 that is looking to find its rhythm again. The team also has had some changes bringing in Americans Mark Dorris and Beckham Wyrick. Do you see the team making a turn around in the last three months?
I think the team is just taking it one game at a time and trying to get better every day also doing whatever it takes to stay in the BBL.
You have practiced with the team for some days now. With Pantalic and Standhardinger at the four and five, how potent will the rebound work be now with you giving support on the offensive glass?
I think even before me coming here those guys were great when it came to rebounding. So now I’m just here to try to add to that.
You have come in to replace American rookie Ryan Nichols. You are a guy that can produce double double stats. Is this something that head coach Silvano Porpart is expecting form you or what exactly is your role?
Coach talked to me and told me he wants me to be an inside presence, rebound, and just be active on defense.
In a week you will play your ex team the Crailsheim Merlins. How excited are you to play against them again and are you surprised that they have only won three games this season?
To me it’s just another game that the team wants to win, as for them winning 3 games, I am sure it’s tough coming into the top league you don’t have all the pieces and guys haven’t played together as long as other teams have.
Mark Mr fantastic Dorris lives for his mid distance jumper. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do?
So far with Mark I think with him being so small him being able to dunk surprised me.
You recently played for BBC Monthey (Switzerland-LNA) producing very solid stats with playing 18 games: 15.8ppg, 11.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 25.8%, FT: 62.5%-Why wasn´t this a fit for you until the end of the season?
I just wanted to try something new and get into a league that was higher up.
How much fun was it playing with ex Ohio State center Terrence Dials who surely made room for you to do your thing in the paint?
It was great playing with him he took up a lot of space and made it hard for teams to double and help.
After playing in Germany and Holland, you played for Hitachi Sunrockers Tokyo (Japan-NBL) two seasons ago. What kind of experience was that and what experience will you never forget about your time there?
Being in Japan the culture there was different, but they did have the places I liked such as Costco, outback, and Fridays so my time there wasn’t too bad.
You won the Dutch cup in 2013 with Landstede. What made this title experience so special?
We actually lost by 5 in the Dutch cup a game we should have won.
Your teammate at Landstede was Zach Novak who was a three year captain at Michigan(NCAA) and had a great rookie season. Did you ever suspect during that season that he would hang up his sneakers for good?
Yea I figured he would, he had already had a plan and just wanted to try out playing for one season
In our last interview three years ago you stated that I have to work on more things like pulling up off the dribble, getting to the basket quicker, and kicking it out quicker when the double team comes. On what aspect have you improved your game most since 2012?
Passing it out of the post quicker, getting to the basket quicker are things I’ve improved on, off the dribble not so much.
Now that you are back in Germany, what food did you miss the most?
The 99 cent cookies I always bought from the grocery store.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Home Alone 2.
Thanks Darryl for the chat.