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 the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.
A couple weeks ago we talked and you were very focused on reaching the playoffs, but a two game losing streak stopped that. How disappointed are you about not getting there?
I’m very disappointed about not making the playoffs and very frustrated because we have had chances to make it in and we failed to get it done
Two weeks ago last placed Saarlouis shocked Lich by 23 and last week you played Iserlohn tough, but lost by seven points. Why was the team unable to play more consistent in the down stretch?
It was a lack of execution and we had too many break downs on defense.
You guys held your own against Iserlohn, but the 21 turnovers hurt. Was this something the team worked on this week in practice?
Yes every week we work on taken care of the ball and making better decisions. That’s the cause of most of our turnovers.
You only had 5 turnovers twice this season and one of the games was against Iserlohn. Orlan Jackman told me that when Iserlohn play Iserlohn defense than they hard to beat. How good chances do they have to win the Pro B?
They have a nice chance to win it all but you can’t count out the north teams because they have some solid teams also. It will be interesting who wins it all.
You have one game left against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. What memories do you have of the 63-59 win in Frankfurt? I remember after the game head coach Steven Key was still not content about the way you guys played?
The memories I have from the game is us just playing hard and executing the game plan and played with a lot of energy. Yes he wasn’t content with the way we played because he know we can play way better than we did. At the end of the day a win is win
In the Frankfurt game they were without many BBL license players as will be the case today. You guys are in the play downs. How important is this game for Lich and what will be key in getting the win?
This game today is very important for us as we go into the playdowns. Going into the playdowns with a win will give us confidence and momentum.
17 year old Niklas Kiel has made big strides in the last three months since you last played him. You also have seen him get BBL minutes. With all the young players that you see where do you see his potential at the moment?
Niklas Kiel has a lot of potential for his age. He’s very skilled and have very good foot work. If he continues to learn and improve his game he will be one of the top players.
Playing play downs will be a new experience for you. Your friend Martinis Woody will have the same experience. How confident are you that you too will come out on top?
I’m very confident that we will stay in the league. If we come out and do the little things every night and play with the energy and effort for 40 minutes we will be successful.
What kind of Jermale Jones will we see in the next weeks? Do you suspect to heighten your game and what will be vital for you having success?
Every time I step on the court, I always strive to give everything I have in me……you will see the same Jermale, full of passion for this game, that you always see. Being able to keep all of my team mates involved will be vital for success.
What is your prediction for the Fraport Skyliners in the Eurochallenge. How far will they go?
I can see the Skyliners winning the Eurochallenge especially if everyone is healthy.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Jermale for the chat.