Lorne Merthie is a 25 year old 187cm guard from Sanford, Florida that finished his college basketball career at Campbell(NCAA)in 2012. He played a total of 106 NCAA games and as a senior played 23 games: 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 79.3%. He recently played as a professional for South Florida Spartans (CBL). He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Lorne thanks for talking some time to talk to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and what is your main basketball goal this summer?
At this moment I’m currently working and working out & playing in Men’s league. My main goal this summer is to sign a contract and play overseas.
After graduating from Campbell(NCAA) in 2012, you did not get a professional basketball job until the South Florida Spartans (CBL) last year. How rough were the last years always following your dream, but not being where you wanted to be?
It was rough the first couple of years not landing a job after college, but I just continued working on my game and praying until the day comes and it works out.
As a player that has been looking and looking do you get a sense that there could simply be too many basketball jobs out there or haven´t you been looking well enough?
To be honest I think there are a lot of basketball jobs out there, but I feel like it’s all about who you know and being in the right situation at the right time.
Last season you played for the South Florida Spartans (CBL). What kind of experience was it playing semi pro ball?
The experience was okay, for the first year playing semi-pro ball. I feel like after playing that season. I can play on another level or overseas.
How important was it getting your feet wet again and competiting even if it was with grown men instead of boys in the NCAA?
It was real important to get my feet wet again and competiting at a high level again. It felt like old times in college.
After having this experience with the South Florida Spartans (CBL) does it give you the feeling that you can play at a higher level possibly even in Europe?
Yes!!! Most definitely. The experience playing with the Spartans was good, personally I feel like I can play at a higher level and in Europe.
What stories have you heard of European level basketball? Do you have any friends playing over in Europe?
I haven’t really heard any stories about the European level basketball. Yes I have a couple friends playing in Europe.
You played at Campbell(NCAA) from 2008-2012. You shot nearly 40% each season in college and had decent stats. Is it still a mystery to you why you didn´t get an opportunity with some team in the world?
That’s a good question, because I always ask myself that question all the time. When I came out of college, I did not have representation. I believe if I had representation that would of helped me a lot. I have been networking myself and attending camps.
How did head coach Robbie Laing help you become a better player at Campbell and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Laing helped me become a better player on and off the court. He always pushed me to better. He showed me a lot that I didn’t know about the game. Also in regards to conducting myself in a professional manner.
How do you feel have you improved your game since coming out of school in 2012?
I have improved my game a lot since college. I improved on decision making, coming off screen and rolls and reading the defense.
If you could describe your game and as to why you could be an asset to any team what words would you come up with?
I am a playmaker, a scorer, a shooter, a good defender, and I play every game like its my last. I’m good coming off pick n roll.
Your ex teammate Trey Freeman went to ODU and had a great season there last season. What memories do you have of his game and who won a one on one in practice then?
Memories I remember having with “trey game” is that he always knew where I was at on the court. I would always win in one on one. He won a couple of times, but overall we just made each other better at the end of the day.
Who was the best player that you battled against in the NCAA that is in the NBA right now?
The best player I battled against was Jrue Holiday.
How does a summer work out plan look like for you on and off the court in 2015?
My summer work out plan for this summer looks like a couple of camps and just working out & on my game. Just waiting on my time to come.
What do the Orlando Magic have to do to become a playoff team next season?
The Orlando Magic have to go get a super star and surround him with the nice young talent they currently have.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Above the Rim.
Thanks Lorne for the chat.