Diante Watkins is a 24 year old 174cm point guard that is playing his third professional season and second with SC Rist Wedel (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2009 with Daley CC (JUCO): 28 games: 26.5ppg, 5.8apg, 2.7rpg, 2.0spg, FGP: 44%, 3Pts: 38%, FT: 86%. He then played two seasons with Robert Morris (NAIA) and as a senior played 27 games: 24.4ppg, 7.4apg, 3.0rpg, 2.1spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3Pts: 38.9%, FT: 82.7%. Last season for SC Rist Wedel (Germany-ProB) he played 30 games: 16.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 86.9%. He spoke to German Hoops after the 91-61 win against Iserlohn.
Congrats Diante on reaching the 2015 German Pro B final. SC Rist Wedel reached the final with a 6-1 playoff record. How do explain the strong post season record? Did the three game winning streak at the end of the season get the team in the right frame of mind?
Yea the 3 game win streak was huge for us going into the playoffs and we just continued to strive and focus!
SC Rist Wedel jumped off to a big start in the first quarter and that momentum pretty much carried the team to the win. At halftime, you led comfortably 43-28. What did head coach Michael Claxton tell the team to be most focused on in the last 20 minutes?
The first quarter was huge for us! And after we just focused on the defense because we knew they were going to leave it all on the floor so we had to match it and stay aggressive!
How proud are you of the team that it was able to play a 40 minute game pretty much consistently on offense. If you had to give the scouting report a grade what would give it and how the team was able to follow it?
I’m very proud of this team we are some fighters, they tried a lot of defenses and we just stuck to the game plan the coach gave us and we trusted each other!
Iserlohn´s two import player Orlan Jackman and Matt Cavanaugh combined for 30 points. How key was it keeping the rest of the German players in check?
We knew if we just played team defense and kept guys from being comfortable we would be successful today!
Every guy of SC Rist Wedel produced in some way, but how key was having a focused German Christoph Roquette who had a team high 6 assists from the center position?
It was huge we knew they were going to try to stop me and Brandon tonight so our plan was to get the ball inside and Roq and Denzell made all the right plays tonight
Was it a big surprise, or just a part of basketball that both top regular season teams Rostock and Iserlohn got swept by Oldenburg and SC Rist Wedel?
It wasn’t a surprise they were top teams but that didn’t mean much the pro B has a lot of good teams no one team was just out right better than the other anybody could lose on any night!
SC Rist Wedel now face Oldenburg in the final who are looking to defend their title. How excited are you about the two game final competition? How big is the revenge factor after losing to them last season after having won game one?
I’m very excited, I think they are the team we wanted from day 1 because they are so competitive and because how they beat us last year! It will be a great hard fought series, that I will enjoy!
You averaged 28ppg in the two games against Oldenburg this season. Is it possible for you to even heighten your game more in this series?
I will definitely raise my game to a new level against Oldenburg because it’s the CHAMPIONSHIP! It doesn’t matter about points but my effort will be unmatched!
Both teams split the season series and won their respective games at home. What kind of series can we await and what will be key to winning the title?
I just think it will be a hard fought series between two really good teams! And whoever dominates the style of play will win the title!
Do you see any upsets happening in the first round of the NBA playoffs?
No I don’t see none not in the first round but the clippers vs Spurs series will be interesting but Chris Paul is my favorite player so I want them to win
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I watched above the rim!
Thanks Diante for the chat.