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 last agme of the season against TV Langen.
Jermale thanks for talking to German Hoops. You have one game remaining this season and Lich has secured a place for next season in the Pro B. What has been your overall impression of playing a play downs this season?
Our starting situation into the playdowns has been best for us because we went in at 9th place and with an average against the other three teams. Even though at this time it’s a lot of pressure and everyone working hard trying to do whats needed to keep their team safe in the league.
Lich has a 2-3 record in the play downs and seemed like they just did enough to return next season. Were these play downs tougher than regular season games simply because there was so much on the line for all the teams involved?
Yes I can say they were a little bit tougher because every night you come out to play it’s a dog fight because everyone is battling for something that means a lot to them and the team they are playing for.
Lich beat Speyer which was the ticket for staying in the Pro B holding them to 59 points. Was this the best played game of the season or did the two big wins against Frankfurt where you held them combined to 57 points per game challenge the Speyer game?
I think the game against Speyer was the best game. We went out and executed and did everything the right way that was planned in the scouting report and what we needed to do as a team to come out victorious.
Except for three points in one game, you had the number of Speyer scoring 28 and 29 points. Was Speyer a team that just fit into your comfort zone better than other teams?
Every game I go out I’m in my comfort zone it was just those nights we played Speyer everything was clicking and I had a hot hand.
The last game of the season is against TV Langen which is a meaningless game. Could this be a game where coach will give guys more minutes that usually don´t and overall see some experiments?
Yes I think this last game will be played with mostly guys that didn’t play a lot during the season just to get a little more experience and see what it takes to compete.
How much do you feel for your friend Martinis Woody who´s club TV Langen will have to play in the German Regionaliga next season. The club had many problems during the season.
I feel bad for the team and for Woody personally because he`s been a part of Langen for a long time. It`s his second home as well as Lich is mine. I don`t worry too much about him because he`s a great player, he´s shown that constantly and he`ll be able to show that in the next season as well.
If TV Langen would have had Filmore Beck, less injuries and Martinis Woody not getting double and tripled teamed then they most likely would have not moved down. Manager Jogi Barth said that there were too many guys not playing for the team. How much team did you see in Woody on the court?
I think personally with Filmore they are a better team and with him I don’t think they would be I. The situation they are in now. To me I see Woody being a team player because he does a lot of the dirty work. When you are getting doubled and tripled team it’s not much you can do. That’s when other players have to step up and take charge.
You are a guy that likes to take three pointers. Steph Curry recently hit 77 three pointers in a row. What were the most three pointers that you made in a row in practice?
The most I have made in a row at practice was 28.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Jermale for the chat.