Chris Denson is a 23 year old 188cm guard from Midland, Georgia that is playing his rookie season for the SPM Shoeters Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie). H eplayed at Auburn form 2010-2014 playing a total of 100 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 30 games averaging 19.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 65.7%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Eurochallenge game against the Fraport Skyliners in Den Bosch
Chris thanks for talking to German Hoops Den Bosch averaged 99 points in the last four Dutch league games before losing 69-63 to Gronningen. Why was the team unable to do more damage on offense?
We missed a ton of shots and good looks against our last opponent Gronningen. Not taking anything away from them. But we shot and played horrible the whole game and had more turnovers than assists. It’s hard to beat anyone playing like that. We also had 3 games in 6 days so I think fatigue set in a little bit. We had a couple off days since then to get our legs back under us for our game against Frankfurt.
What was it like playing against the physical presence of Lance Jeter who scored 18 points? How thrilling is it in general for you to meet new guards each weekend in league play?
Lance Jeter is a very good ball player and like you said very physical on defense and offense and I believe he can play anywhere in Europe. I just like the challenge and just love the thrill of battling and going against good guards in our leagues and in the EuroChallenge.
Basketball can be so annoying. The SPM Shoeters are 1-3 in Eurochallenge play, but easily could be 3-1 had they won the two close games to Avtodor Saratov which they lost by a combined score of five points. How often do these two games creep up in your mind or have you been able to erase it from your memory bank?
Those type of losses stay with you for a while especially when you know you had the game won and just handed it to the other team. But it’s the past and definitely have to move forward and put those losses behind us. We know we are 1-3 and let the opportunities past us by. But we still have a chance to go to the next round if we play the point differential. That’s our mindset and thats what we are trying to accomplish.
Especially the 108-107 2OT loss at home to Avtodor was bitter since you led by 10 points with three minutes to play. Do you remember having a loss like that at Auburn?
Yes, that Saratov game was one of the craziest sequences of basketball I’ve ever seen in my life. No, I have never experienced a lost like that at Auburn. This was the first time, but it will definitely be our last.
The SPM Shoeters have a do or die game against the 3-1 Fraport Skyliners who could even loss by four points and win the head to head battle. With what kind of mindset is the team going into the game?
You said exactly what our mindset is….. “Do or Die” We know what we have to do if we are trying to go to the next round. We plan on giving 110% for ALL 40 minutes because we as a whole want this victory so bad against Frankfurt. You won’t see a single person on our team not giving their most effort against the Skyliners.
How confident are you that had you shot better than 1/10 in Frankfurt combined with the 27 points of Brandyn Curry that you would have won the game?
I’m pretty confident if I would have chipped in more points we had a chance to win. But with me going for 1 for 10 we were still winning the game in the 4th. Until we made a couple of bonehead plays. But yes I think when me and Brandyn Curry are both clicking and scoring. We are a force to be wreckend with in Europe.
In the last two games you were 10/26 against Avtodor Saratov, but I am sure that you still want to shoot better. Having a good game from you will be vital. How confident are you that Frankfurt will see a different Chris Denson this time around?
Yes my last two games haven’t been the best, and I think that is due to me rushing and forcing my shot a little bit instead of letting the game come to me. Every time I take what the defense gives me I have a productive day. But I feel really good about tomorrow’s game and I’m confident that this time things will be different with my performance.
Did Kees Akerboom change his diet before the last two games against Avtodor Saratov? He shot an amazing 13/18 from outside. A shame his hot shooting didn´t get rewarded with at least one win. How important a teammate has he been for the team this season?
Haha. No Kees Akerboom didn’t change his eating ways before the game. He’s just in my eyes one of the best shooters that I’ve ever seen. Kees has been vital to our team this year in so many ways. First, being the leader and anchor of this team since his long history here with the team. And especially offensively where he rarely makes mistakes and hits ALL the clutch shots when we need him too. Without Kees we wouldn’t be here.
The Fraport Skyliners will be without German national player Danilo Barthel, but have new player energy spark Jacob Burtschi. What kind of game can we await? Den Bosch needs to win while Frankfurt isn´t under pressure needing to perform. Could this be another low scoring game?
Well I know we don’t want to it be a low scoring game because we want to win by the most points possible. And we are expecting to push the ball on every miss and play at a fast pace every chance we get. We don’t care if they don’t feel pressure about winning this game because we do.
How did you experience your first carnival season in Den Bosch? Were you forced to get dressed up and did you experience anything crazy in the streets?
Carnival is crazy. Only been out and seen what takes place only for one day though. And no me and the other Americans didn’t dress up but we really didn’t see anything too crazy. Just everyone having a good time and dressed up in funny costumes and cups and trash everywhere. haha. Reminded me of Madi Gras in the states.
When will we see a yo yo dribble from you? Have you ever tried it and what is your opinion about this new craze in basketball?
Haha. You might see the yo yo dribble if the opportunity is there. I’ve tried it in practice and for fun but not in a game yet. And I’m not too crazy about it I’ve seen only a couple people actually do it in a game.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The Last Movie I watched was “He Got Game”. Best basketball movie ever.
Thanks Chris for the chat.