Paul Dick is a 23 year old 193cm guard from Ireland that recently completed his second professional season and first in Germany with EVL Limburg. As a rookie he played for Belfast Star (Premier League) playing 16 games: 17.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 72.3%. He started his basketball career fort he Queens Belfast junior team. He then played 2 seasons for Franklin Pierce (NCAA2). He spoke to German Hoops after the 86-81 win against Kaiserslautern.
Paul thanks for talking to German Hoops. A big 86-81 win tonight against Kaiserslautern. What were the main reasons for the win?
The key today for the win was sharing the ball. In the last game we had too much fun and didn´t concentrate the way that we should of. It was a shame that not everyone played tonight, but a win is a win and we secured fifth place in the standings.
Limburg started the season with a 5-6 record and then at the start of December played their best basketball of the season winning seven of eight games. What was the turning point in the play of the team that got the team on this winning streak?
When you get six new guys on a roster of nine then it takes a while to find a flow and start getting wins. It was a learning curve that we went through that took time.
Then came a four game losing streak near the end which kind of put a bad cloud on a seemingly strong second half of the season. Did fatigue set in at the end?
That is really hard to answer. We had some very tough close loses. We beat some of the better teams and lost to some of the worse teams. We had problems achieving consistency this season.
EVL Limburg ended the season in fifth place. How would you summarize the season. Was the team able to fulfill expectations and reach their goals?
I think that we didn´t know our goal at the start of the season. It took a while but we found ourselves and came together. When we started the season at 3-3 and all our losses were by one point, we started to realize that we could be a good team. We didn´t live up to our potential, but did the best that we could. We did enough this season, but came up short.
The club only let up under 70 points five times this season. Why was the team never able to find that sound consistency on the defensive end?
We played a fast pace game with a short rotation cost us on the defensive end
How much fun was it fighting for the team scoring title with BJ Miller? How did the games of you too develop throughout the season?
We were very competitive at the beginning of the season in practice. We started to hang out more and then we started to play team basketball. We turned out to be very good friends.
How happy were you with your own personal season? What were the highs and lows for you as a team and in your individual play?
The team low was our loss against Heidelberg. Our team high was our win tonight against Kaiserslautern as it was the best finish ever for the club in the Regionaliga. My high was the 16 assists against Schwenningen and team low was my 10 points and five assists against Elchingen where My mom and sister came to watch and at halftime I had 10 points and five assists and at the end of the game my stats were still 10 and 5.
You scored in double figures in every game and had 30 or more three times. You had 16 points and 16 assists against Schwenningen. How much did the 16 assists mean to you?
That game meant a lot to me because I am seen to score in this league. However I take enjoyment in creating for others. An assist is an important as a basket for me.
Who was the teams unsung hero this season and what young gun developed the best?
The unsung hero award for me was a toss-up between Mantas Bernativicious and Kwame Duku. The numbers that they produced didn´t reflect their role. I think that the intangibles that they bring to the floor would let them both play at a higher level. I like how both are unselfish and read the game. The best kid to develop was German Norman Klima. He progressed a lot and will play more of a role next season.
How often did you feel the 114 kilo´s of Kwame Duku in practice. What did you like most about his game?
I learned early. One of Kaiserslautern´s players took a bang tonight. Bumping into him happened every practice. I had to prefect the floater and wide euro step around him early. We called him the beast. He is the only guy I knew that said “Its time to feed the beast”. Give me the ball and get out of the way.
Who was the toughest player that you dueled against on the court this season?
The toughest player that I played against Was Franjo Bubalo of Karlsruhe. I saw a lot of similarities that I have. I liked his versatility in his game.
Where will your journey go now? Is reaching the next level achievable?
I am trying to move up. I would like to play at a higher level and compete for minutes in each practice. It doesn´t matter where I will play. I really liked Germany, but I will play anywhere.
What is your nicest story that you can share about the Stahllbom family?
The family all laugh at Danny´s crap jokes. We know they are bad, but we still laughed.
What are your 2015 NCAA Final 4 picks?
Duke, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Louisville. I think Wisconsin will win it all.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Kill the Irshman.
Thanks Paul for the chat.