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 play down game against TV Langen.
Jermale thanks for talking to German Hoops. After two years in the Pro B playoffs for you, you now will be playing in the Pro B play downs. Overall what is your summary for the regular season? What was missing from reaching the playoffs?
To me I think we had an OK season especially dealing with the injuries we had in the beginning of the season and also dealing with other things as well but the season still could have been better. We missed the playoffs by lack of consistency game by game. When we had chances to beat teams we didn’t take advantage.
Even if it isn´t the playoffs, there continues to be excitement for all teams in the play downs and you will be playing six more games. What kind of appeal do the play downs for you?
Well every game I have the same approach. Go play with heart, passion and WIN.I treat every game like its my last and these games means a lot because I don’t want this team to move down.
With TV Jangen, Speyer and Saarlouis there are three tough opponents for you? You played against all teams this season. Which team do you feel poses the biggest difficulty for Lich?
Speyer will be our biggest difficulty. They are playing better basketball now. An addition to them having Marcus Smallwood that’s a major help for them.
The Licher Baskets Baehren enter the play downs having won their last game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. How much momentum does the team really have going into the first game against TV Langen?
After winning this past weekend it gives us more confidence and gives us a lot of momentum going into this weekend game against Langen.
In the last game against Frankfurt, you played only 17 minutes coming from the bench scoring 12 points. Were you being rested a bit for the coming games?
No, I wasn’t being rested. The other players were playing very well so that was the reason of my 17 minutes. I enjoyed watching those guys execute and get things done.
Lich start the play downs on Saturday against TV Langen. How thrilled are you to be dueling against your friend Martinis Woody?
It’s always good playing against friends but when that whistle blows it’s no friends on the court.
Lich split the season series with TV Langen. What will be key to winning in Langen? Lich had problems on the boards in this game?
The key to winning in Langen is limiting second chance points, rebounding and taking care of the ball every possession.
How important will Jerrod Kenny be in this series as an additional scoring threat from the bench which Lich didn´t have in the early season game?
Jerrod Kenny is a very important player on our team. He’s always looking for his teammates and looks for his self last..If we had him in the beginning of the season things would have been totally different.
Who are your NCAA final 4 early picks?
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Jermale for the chat.