Jermale Jones is a 28 year old 186cm guard from Birmingham, Alabama that recently finished 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%. In the 2013-2014 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 about his future.
Jermale thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?
I’m currently in Phoenix. My summer so far has been great enjoying family and friends.
You were in Arizona recently doing some rock climbing? What is the most challenging thing with going up against the rocks?
The most challenging thing in rock climbing is focusing on your next step.
You recently completed your third season with Lich having to survive the play downs. How taxing was this season overall for you?
This past season was an up and down season and we were never consistent. At certain parts of the season I became very frustrated but I had to continue to keep my head up and stay positive because I was one of the leaders of my team and I couldn’t let any of the other players see me frustrated and we needed to stand together and finish the season successful as a team
Your scoring and three point shooting was down a bit from the 2013-2014 season. Is this something that eats at you now when you have a long period before the next season or is this something that you can turn off quickly?
It’s something I can turn off quickly because the season is over now and I have a whole summer to get better and work on the things I need to work on to better myself.
At the age of 28 you have had four strong pro B seasons. How do you feel has your game developed in this league over time?
In my 4 years I have learned to be more of a team player and sacrifice my game for the team. I have learned more about spacing and timing and making the correct basketball play when it’s thrown at me like making the extra pass or penetrating the open gaps to get other players involved.
You have been a top player in the German pro B and you have to be true to yourself that you don´t want to be a Pro B player forever. You saw many games of the Giessen 46ers last season who played pro A. Why do you feel that you could play at this level?
Due to the sportive cooperation of Licher Basketbaeren and former ProA-team GIESSEN 46ers in the past season I’ve been able to work out with the ProA-team in practices 3 times a week. It’s been a great experience and I learned a lot from their headcoach Denis Wucherer and their players.
You most likely would like to stay in Germany because you are known, but you wouldn´t shy away from going to play in another country. If you could describe yourself in a few sentences as to why you could help any team next season what words would you choose?
My 4 years overseas with different players and coaches in good and bad seasons, I know what it takes to play on a professional level by having the needful daily discipline, always working hard in practice and games, I am able to read the game and make others better, I am a go to guy for a team, fans and sponsors at the same time. Also I like to be in touch and working offside the court by training kids, etc.
How does a typical summer work out day look like for you on and off the court?
Every morning I wake up at 8am to be at the gym at 9 to get a lot of shots up. At 2Pm I head to the track for conditioning and to finish the day at 6pm it’s all individual work for example working the pick and roll, coming off screens knocking down shots or ball handling and etc.
You saw many games of Fraport Skyliner Justin Cobbs as well as other top Eurochallenge guards last season. Does Cobbs have the game to become a solid NBA guard?
Yes, Cobbs is really good and I can see him getting back in the league to be solid for whatever team he is on.
What is your 2015 NBA final prediction? Will the Cavs win or can the splash brothers and Golden State deny Lebron?
It would be nice to see Lebron bring the championship to Cleveland but I want to also see Steph Curry win a championship also with everything he has been through in the past seasons dealing with injuries. Its going to be a tough series but Lebron will win in Game 7
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Get Hard with Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell.
Thanks Jermale for the chat.