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 tough 79-71 loss against Oldenburg.
Diante a tough 79-71 loss in the final of the 2015 German Pro B final against Oldenburg. SC Rist Wedel was so focused and wanted to win this so bad. Is this one of the toughest loses in your college and professional career?
This was definitely the toughest loss of my career, I had some tough ones in college but this is by far the top of the list!
Oldenburg took command early and led 45-27. Was it a matter of not being able to match their intensity or why was it so difficult in the first 20 minutes to slow them down more on your own home court?
We just didn’t match it on defense, we came out flat, it seemed early on that we let the atmosphere take us off focus!
In the last quarter, SC Rist Wedel just couldn´t get over the hump as the whole come back trail was taking up more and more energy. You and Brandon Spearman made some big plays and buckets in the last minute, but time elapsed. Do you wonder what would have happened if you would have had two minutes more on the clock?
We kept fighting but it seemed every time we was making our run they made a huge shot to kill our momentum, I never played against a team that always have an answer like them, they sucked the energy out of you every time you fought back!
What was key in the fourth quarter that allowed Oldenburg to win their second Pro B title in a row?
They just were s better team! We fought and we fought but they just won the game
The toughest stat of the evening and most difficult to digest is the 31 turnovers of Oldenburg. They had 14 turnovers more than SC Rist Wedel did, but still won. Is this something that you will remember for a while?
I will think about this game the entire summer and try to improve my game, the toughest defeat of my career it makes me hungrier!
You left it all out on the court with 28 points and eight steals. Even 60 points and a loss would not have made you happier. What is always the most difficult to digest after a loss especially when you played so well?
I think just knowing you left it all on the court and came up short is the hardest thing to digest, I keep telling myself “I should’ve done more”
When you look back at the SC Rist Wedel season what are you most proud about being able to have been a part of the 2015 finalist? You battled BBL player Dominik Lockhart and he had 10 turnovers. How confident are you that you have the ability to play at the Pro A level or even the Beko BBL?
I think the group of guys I played with had so much heart and fight! We always had each other back! I will remember the guys the most, I love them we had a good season! I like Lockhart, he’s a really good defender and competitor, one of the best at this level. I am very confident in my ability to play at the ProA and the BBL level I just need the opportunity to show it
You were the top point guard in the German Pro B. There has been speculation that the Hamburg Towers will sign you. How excited are you about this possibility and are you ready for the challenge?
A lot of people been asking me in Wedel will I play for them! We will see what happens, I love it here in Wedel / Hamburg area the people are great, but I’m more than ready for the challenge to play at a higher level!
What is your prediction of the Bulls-Cavs series? Will Lebron or Rose make it to the next round?
It’s hard to say the prediction but I think the Bulls will pull it off, I’m from Chicago so I will say it now! Chicago is winning the NBA title.
Thanks Diante for the chat.