Dashaun Wood is a 29 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that just completed his seventh professional season and first with Tofas Bursa (Turkey-TBL) averaging 14,4ppg, 2,6rpg and 4,1apg. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA) playing 38 games: Score-5(16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4(3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2(42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.’08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. In 2010-2011, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1(19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2(5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. He played for Alba Berlin from 2011-2013. In the 2013-2014 season he played for Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France-ProA) 26 games: 14.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 81.2%; Eurocup: 8 games: 16.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 46.6%, FT: 93.3%. After a two year break from the last interview with German Hoops, Wood spoke to German Hoops again from his hometown Detroit.
Dashaun thanks for talking to German Hoops. How has your early summer vacation been going in your home town Detroit?
Everything is going good. It is nice to be back home again to see family and friends and just being able to do things that one couldn´t do the past year.
Since leaving Frankfurt, you played two seasons with Alba Berlin, one with Le Mans in France and last season in Turkey with Bursa. How quickly has time flown since you last wore a Skyliners jersey?
It really has flown by quickly. When I left Frankfurt I was 25, 26 years old and now I am turning 30 in September. I remember holding up that MVP trophy as if it was yesterday, but I have played for three teams since leaving Frankfurt.
This season in Turkey, you played for Tofas which ended the season in 16th place. What kind of experience was it playing for a losing game and did your game profit someway from this new experience?
The first part of the season started ok as I was an all-star and was second in scoring, but the second half of the season was up and down. It was the first time in my career that I didn´t end the season with a winning record or make the playoffs. All in all it was a very hard season. Every practice and game and everything in between is so important, but the team didn´t understand it. The season was a learning experience for me. I don´t plan on having a season like that again. I want to move forward having learned from that.
You had very strong stats in the Turkish league as well as in the Eurochallenge competition. You have had consistent stats for years. Why is your game suited to any league as you have played well in Italy, Germany, France and Turkey?
I think the reason why my game is suited so well to so many leagues and styles is that I understand the game. As a player I know who the best player is, who needs to have the ball, shoot the ball or get to the rim. I call myself an all-around point guard. That makes it easier for me to make transition to so many different leagues. Being able to stay consistent also has been important for making adjustments from country to country.
Your season highlight was your 33 point explosion in the win against Galatasaray and ex NBA player Carlos Arroyo who only had 11 points. Does a performance like this give you peace of mind that even if you didn´t make the NBA that you can play with anyone?
No question having these kind of games gives me peace of mind. We went into their place against a Euroleague team with tough fans and maybe the best fans I have ever seen. It is unbelievable how aggressive they are. It was one of those nights when I got going, and it was hard to slow me down. That game really wasn´t anything new as I have had those type of games in the past wheather it was playing against Bobby Brown, Carlos Arroyo or Earl Boykin, I showed that I can compete with guys that have played in the NBA.
You are 29 years old. Are you in your prime or is there even better Dashaun Wood play to come in the future?
I would say that I am in my prime now. Since leaving Frankfurt, I have played so much basketball. If it was playing league games in Germany, France or Turkey or Euroleague, Eurocup or Eurochallenge, I have gained a lot of experience, played with great players and coaches and just continued to learn. I think that I can put together 2-3 great more years where I can achieve team success. I believe that in the next few years, I will be able to write a good closing chapter to my career.
What part of your game are you most proud of in the past? Could it be your shooting as you shot over 40% in Euroleague with Alba Berlin, in Eurocup with Le Mans and this season 53% in Eurochallenge play with Tofas?
I would like to say that I have always been a good three point shooter, but in the past my shooting from outside has got to a higher consistent level. Teams now seem to be very worried with my shooting and that opens up the game more. If you look at a guy like Steph Curry, you see how much his shooting can change a game and open it up. My shooting is my biggest strength now bigger than my penetration. There was a long span in Turkey last season where I would make 5-6 three pointers in a row in a game. Not many can do that. I am glad that my consistency is so good now.
During the season Tofas played two Eurochallenge games against Russian team Avtodor losing both games. What kind of experience was it playing against ex NBA player Courtney Fortson. Did you ever play against a faster player than him as a professional?
It was a good experience playing against him this season. We respected each other right when we stepped on the court. He had some great numbers this season. I was very impressed how he played this season and he is a reason why I play because I want to always play against the best. I am sure that we will meet again in the future.
You won back to back cups with Alba Berlin in 2013 and with Le Mans in 2014. The first title may have been the sweetest, but which one was the hardest earned?
I think the hardest was with Le Mans. We played three games in three nights instead of two and didn´t have home court advantage. We had many great players, but this experience was different than in Berlin as I had more of a leadership role there and it was more my team.
How strange was it finally playing together with ex Wright State guard Vaughn Duggins as a professional and winning your second title together after the Horizon tournament in 2007?
It is strange in that every time that we play together we win a title. It was our second season together and we are 2-0. It was great being a teammate with him again. It took me back to college. We lived next to each other and our wives got to know each other well. Vaughn is one of those guys that you always want to be around, because you know good things happen when he is around. He has continued to develop this season in France as he has made the next round of the playoffs.
With Tofas you had teammate Miro Todic who played with Frankfurt from 2005-2007. Were any stories told from back in the day or did you not even know he played there?
He told me right away that he played for Frankfurt. One could see right away that we both shared the same thoughts and feelings about our days in Frankfurt. We took a lot of time reflecting on the great time that we had with Frankfurt
You played two seasons for head coach Gordon Herbert in Frankfurt and Berlin. In Frankfurt you were the dominant force and in Berlin one of many. If you could have a third chance, what would be the perfect role for you?
I have said so many times in the last years how great of a coach Gordon Herbert is. If I were ever to play for him again, then I wouldn´t be worried, but confident that he would have the perfect role for me. He is known for preparing very well. He would have the perfect plan for me and the team.
It has been four years since you played for the Frankfurt Skyliners. How has your game developed as a whole since then?
All the experience that I have gained since leaving Frankfurt have helped me develop mentally and physically. I have just played so much basketball. I am more of a team player now and next season I want to get back to winning again something I was used to before coming to Turkey.
Gordon Herbert has mentioned that he will get in contact with you. Could you imagine making a return to the Frankfurt Skyliners?
I have always thought about Frankfurt before each new season and giving Frankfurt another chance and going for an incredible run like we had. Frankfurt has always been my home away from away. If the right opportunity comes, I will definitely look into it. I always wanted to try it again with Frankfurt. I have a family now and would like to get that family experience within the Frankfurt community.
Two seasons ago Frankfurt had ex NBA player and ex Syracuse sniper Andrew Rautins who was having a great season until an injury finished his season. Would having a player like that on board be the final straw for you to come to Frankfurt?
Having Rautins there would definitely help my decision. Having a Rautins and me on the court would make it very hard for teams. Herbert knows what it takes to win. I know that coach would be able to put together a winning team. He sees things before they develop.
I believe Quantez Robertson did learn passing from you as in the last season he often fed ally-op dunks instead of dunking himself. What have you missed most about Quantez Robertson on and off the court?
When I think about Tez, I have to think about our losing season last season. We really missed a guy like that on our team. He always did the little things that weren´t on the stat sheet being a hustle play, ally-op or dive. He is a player that every team needs and wants, but not every team can have. I took the year for granted when I was in Frankfurt. He does so much on the court. You could see at times his great vision on the court. With experience he took his passing to a new level.
How does a summer work out day look like for Dashaun Wood on and off the court in 2015? Do you feel that you have to change your daily routine with age?
I rest a bit now and in a few weeks will slowly get back into my routine. When I start to prepare for the season, I will get up at 6am and go to the gym and lift weights. Then I will go home, eat and take a nap. At 1 or 2 I will get up shots and then come home again and eat. At night I will play some 5-5 or in league games.
You have been a fan of Lebron for a while, but does Steph Curry have the game to dethrone a guy like Lebron in the future?
Curry has the ability to smack down anyone. I watch a lot of film on Curry and try to implement his game a bit, but Lebron is on a mission and nobody can get him.
What is your 2015 NBA finals prediction? Will the Cavs and Lebron win or will Golden State and the splash brothers take it?
Cavs in six with Lebron as MVP. If he reaches that then he is the second best player of all time after Michael Jordan.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Hot Tub Time Machine 2. It was a funny movie.
Thanks Dashaun for the chat.