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 before game two against Oldenburg.
Diante sometimes a loss can be so negative, but in a two game series losing by three in game one 61-58 and going back home, all you need to do is win by four. How confident is the team that you can pull it out?
Yea we are really confident, we wanted to win on the road but we are in a position to win the championship on our home floor but we understand it’s going to be a hard fought game!
What is your overall impression of a two game series that is decided by points made? Do you favor this or the other standard of best of three?
I would rather have a traditional 3 game series because I feel like if the teams split the games it’s no real champion, it should be a 3rd game to decide!
Oldenburg started off with a 12-3 run to start off the fourth quarter which pretty much decided the game. Did that run disturb your energy in the comeback as conserving energy is harder to do?
That run hit us but we continued to fight but we couldn’t fully recover from it, we missed a lot of opportunities!
SC Rist Wedel gave up 80 and 68 points in the first two games and 61 points in the third game. How pleased were you with the defensive effort. Is that where you want to keep Oldenburg in general in the point range for the last game this weekend?
We were very satisfied with our defensive effort especially on their home floor! We feel we can do even better so that’s our focus, more stops to transition into our offense going!
Will we see another defensive orientated game and what will be key to getting the pro B title at home?
Defense is the key as well as staying composed! We scored 58points in Oldenburg our offense didn’t show up we have to execute better and trust each other as a team! If we can do these things I’m confident in our chances
How key will be rebounding and three point shooting one area where Oldenburg was better than SC Rist Wedel?
Rebounding is huge for us because it starts our fast break & 3 point is also huge because they are packing the paint and daring us to shoot if we can make our threes it’ll open up more for us!
You and Preston Wynne had a fine battle in the first playoff game in the scoring department. Will it be limiting one or the other half the rent to winning the Pro B title?
I think containing us are huge on both teams scouting. But I think whichever team plays the best team basketball will win the title!
Will you go through your normal pre game rituals for this Saturday or do you think you might get fired up a different way to give that extra needed energy to have success?
I think I will go through the normal ritual, eat lunch and listen to my Chicago music lol, King Louie, lil Herb & squadmoney is my pre game ritual they will get me more than ready for my biggest game of my life so far!
You left early from a sports bar missing the FC Bayern Munich choke against Borussia Dortmund. Do you ever remember leaving a sporting game early in the States that you later regretted simply because you missed an exciting end?
I can’t remember one but I’m very disappointed I missed the end of the game, I’ve grown to like soccer a lot
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I watched poetic justice an old movie with Tupac and Janet Jackson.
Thanks Diante for the chat.