MarQuez Haynes is a 28 year old 191cm guard from Irving, Texas that is playing his fifth professional season and first with Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Winner League). He started his basketball career in 2005 with Boston College(NCAA) where he played until 2007 playing a total of 65 NCAA games. He then moved to Texas Arlington (NCAA) in 2008 and as a senior he played 30 games ScoreNCAA-3(22.6ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 74.6%. In 2010-2011 he started his professional career with ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) 33 games: 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 73.1%. In the 2011-2012 season he played with C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain-ACB)): EuroCup: 8 games: 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%; Spanish League: 34 games: 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 79.1%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-BBL) 33 games: 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 73.0%; EuroCup: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 75.0%. Last season he played for EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Italy-SerieA): Euroleague: 10 games: 3.0ppg; Italian SerieA: 11 games: 4.5ppg, 1.0apg, in Dec.’13 moved to Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA) 34 games: 14.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 80.8%, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg; Eurocup: 6 games: 12.0ppg, 1.7spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 24.2%, FT: 80.0%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Euroleague game in Berlin against Alba Berlin
Marquez welcome back to Germany. What has been your response to the shocking news today that Indiana Pacer Chris Copeland was stabbed outside a New York club. Does this make you think twice about the next time your out on the town?
I heard about that today. Something like this doesn´t make me think twice about it. Things like this always happen. You just have to be careful about your surroundings.
Last weekend there was violence in Turkey as a soccer team was shot at when they were in their bus and a few weeks ago Turkish fans caused havoc in the O2 arena in Berlin causing the game to start a hour later. What has been your experience of hardcore fans in Israel this season?
My experiences in Israel have been positive this season. Fans there are very passonite about basketball. Our fans support us very good. I haven´t experienced anything crazy this season in Israel.
Its been two years since you last played for the Artland Dragons. Since then you made further strides in your career playing in Italy and now for top Euroleague team Maccabi Tel Aviv. Has your career gone in the direction that you envisioned after you left Germany?
Yes for the most part I have been happy with how my career has gone. I just try to get better. I feel if I stay healthy and keep working then I will continue to keep getting better.
You already beat Alba Berlin this season in Berlin and played in Berlin with Artland. What makes the O2 arena so magical? Is this one of the best modern arenas that you have got to know in Europe?
The O2 arena in Berlin is surely one of the best arena´s in Europe. It’s a big gym and can get loud. I have only played a few times there, but always look forward to coming back.
You have played for some very professional teams with Milan and Siena, but Maccabi Tel Aviv is a step above them. What differences have you encountered with new organization Maccabi Tel Aviv where you knew that you are part of a top professional team in Europe?
I think the biggest difference is the expectations. In other places where I have played winning is always important, but with Maccabi Tel Aviv it is a lot greater and there is so much tradition here that the need to win every year is so great.
You are averaging in double figures in the Israel league despite having a very deep roster. How challenging has this season been for you in terms of coming to terms with the heavy competition and producing to the best of your abilities?
Anytime when you come into a new situation there are adjustments to be made. It is a matter of picking your spots and figuring how you can help the team best. At the end of the day the most important thing is winning and how you can contribute best.
The club is so deep. What exactly is your role and how have you been able to develop your game further this season with the abundance of talent around you?
We have a very deep team and one of the deepest that I have ever played on. We have many players that can play and defend multiple positions. I think I have developed my game best on defense where I have to guard the opponents guard and just be aggressive and bring energy. Every game is different and it is always a challenge having to attack a new team.
You scored 17 points against Real Madrid hitting five three pointers. Was that your best Euroleague game this season?
Yes that was my best offensive game this season. I mean it wasn´t anything spectacular, but just another game where I hit a few more shots than in the other games.
This season Maccabi Tel Aviv will battle for the title with Hapoel Jersualem. What is your general opinion that the finals series is decided with two games instead of a five games series?
I have never done it before. If we continue to play well and take care of business then I will be able to tell you then.
Tonight Macabbi Tel Aviv meet Alba Berlin in a do or die game. If Alba Berlin wins it will be the biggest success for a German team reaching the quarterfinals in the Euroleague. What kind of game can we await?
It will be a dog fight. They are a tough and scrappy team. Both team´s styles are very obvious and distinct. It will be a game of styles and who can dictate the game best. Both teams want it bad.
Alba Berlin held Maccabi Tel Aviv to 59 points in the first game, but in the last two games you have averaged 90 points. What adjustments did you make in general that has stifled the usually stingy Alba Berlin defense?
We just play our style and don´t try to have anything too complicated. We just go out and play well. You will always make adjustments where they are needed. We just come out and be who we are.
A great duel is between the two 203cm players Jamel Mcclean and Alex Tyus. Which guy do you feel is closer to reaching the NBA at the moment?
I have to go with my guy Alex Tyus. I see him every day and have only seen Jamel Mcclean on film and a few games. I think if Alex focuses on the NBA then he could make an impact.
Reggie Redding has had a solid series against Maccabi Tel Aviv and there have been rumors that he has an offer from your team. What memories do you have from when he played with Tuebingen the year you played in Germany?
Redding is a very talented guy and very versatile that can do a bit of everything as a big guard. I remember playing against Tuebingen with him and Vaughn Duggins. They had a nice group of guys then.
How much fun is it playing with superb point guard duo Jeremy Pargo and Yogev Ohayon? Are you sometimes surprised that even in the toughest situations you suddenly have the ball in your hands?
No not really, because that is what they do best. Ohayon is a pure point guard that gets all involved and is a good defender. He is a floor general. Pargo commands a lot of attention on the floor. With those two guys on the floor, you always have to be ready to get the ball at any time.
Does it surprise you that a guy like Jeremy Pargo isn´t in the NBA or does the European lifestyle and game suit his game better?
He already proved that he can play in the NBA. I really don´t think that him being in Europe has to do with the game style. I think he just does what is best for him.
Last season you played for Milan and Siena splitting the season with them. You reached the cup and league final, but left without a title. What positives could you take from last season?
Last season was tough. Reaching the cup final with Siena gave them a positive experience before they had to go down. Reaching the league final with Milan was a positive ending for me.
What are your fondest memories playing with the Georgian national team at the 2011 European championships in Lithuania?
I remember how excited the Georgian fans were, because it had been the best result the country had ever achieved. It was crazy, because the fans were losing their minds. It was the NBA lockout year and all the NBA guys were there like Dirk and Tony Parker. It was really good competition.
Everyone has their Pini Gershon story. What impression has the Macabbi assistant coach legend had on you?
He has had a very good impression on me. He is a very funny guy. He has so much knowledge, because he has seen it all. You can always go to him for advice.
Who did you have winning the 2015 NCAA title? Were you surprised that Kentucky was unable to finish the job?
I thought that Kentucky would do it. But this is college and one game. Anything can happen and that is why they call it March Madness. Nothing ever goes as plan.
Where will the journey of the San Antonio Spurs end this season?
I have no clue, but I think that it will be entertaining. I think that they could reach the Western Conference final.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks MarQuez for the chat.