Kris Douse is a 29 year old 198cm forward from Toronto, Canada that is playing for Regionaliga team Cuxhaven on a try out.He played at Laurinburg (N.C.) Institute while Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson played at Laurinburg (N.C.) prep. He started his college career at Nebraska (NCAA) and then played two seasons at Delaware State. As a senior he played at Point Park (NAIA) playing 27 games: 20.1ppg, 12.6rpg. In 2011-2012 he started his professional basketball career at Liverpool Mersey Tigers (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five): 18 games: 15.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 13.6%, FT: 54.6%; then agreed terms with Keflavik (Iceland-Express League): 6 games: 9.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 44.7%, FT: 69%.In the 2012-2013 season he played for Turi Svitavy (Czech Republic-NBL): 2 games: 0pts, left in Oct.’12, in Nov.’12 moved to BG Aschersleben Tigers (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 17 games: 14.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3Pts: 10.0%, FT: 50.4%. In the 2013-2014 seaosn he played for EVL-Baskets Limburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 25 games: 26.2ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.4%, 3Pts: 32.1%, FT: 59.1%Last season he played for Plymouth University Raiders (United Kingdom-BBL): 3 games: 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3bpg, in Nov.’15 moved to Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A): 6 games: 1.5ppg, 1.7rpg, in Jan.’15 signed at SG ErftBaskets Euskirchen (Germany-Regionalliga): 9 games: 21.8ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 62.9%. He spoke to German Hoops after the exhibition game against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.
Kris welcome back to Germany. After three seasons in the German Regionaliga with Aschersleben, Limburg and Euskirchen where you put up big stats, you get a try out with Cuxhaven. Is that not kind of an insult when considering you are good enough to play in higher leagues in Germany?
I think sometimes numbers can be hard to judge and considering cuxhaven just was in the Pro A I think they aren’t so easy to impress with just statistics I believe they want to know whoever they bring in personally. I feel they are more interested in bringing in the right personality then just talent and I feel that is a positive thing
What kind of experience have the first days in Cuxhaven been with the team? Does one notice the sadness still that the city went from being a Pro A team to a Regionaliga team from one day to the next?
I really like the city it’s beautiful and reminds me a bit of a city I played in when I was in the UK at Plymouth as far as The environment I think it’s been extremely hard on Cuxhaven fans because they are diehard fans and they bleed cuxhaven but I also believe the performance we displayed today had people a lot more enthusiastic but I can’t lie I wanted to win the game against Bremerhaven
Cuxhaven has four Croatians on the team. Have you felt more team basketball on the team with these guys on the team?
Well this is only my third day here but they bring their own style and personality to the team I love the toughness they bring to the team today showed me them as well as the other guys on the team are warriors and have my ultimate respect
How well do you feel that you have been harmonizing with Deon Mitchell who played at Northern Iowa? This is also a guy that on paper seems to be able to play at a higher level.
Ahhhh Deon is a hell of a player with an incredibly bright future ahead of him and what I like most about his game is that for a young player he is really mature and confident out there on the court and he is definitely a spectacular talent and a joy to play with
You have played for so many teams in Germany played in the UK, Cyprus and Iceland that it seems like you have no problems adjusting to a new situation. What is your main goal besides getting a contract for the season?
I just want show my improvement I thank God every day for taking me to Cyprus and showing me a high level of basketball. It changed my approach to the game and ultimately led to me working my tail off this summer in a way I never have before I just want to get another shot at that high level again sometime in the future and show I can play with the big dogs
Do you see yourself having a big season like in Limburg or is the talent level to high in Cuxhaven?
I feel I can have an amazing season here and win statistically I’m not so worried about I feel that I’ve shown on multiple occasions I can fill up the hole at this level but I want to show that in a great program such as Cuxhaven I can win and I know that I’m better than I have ever been
You were down by four points at halftime in a test game to BBL team Bremerhaven, but lost 85-62 and you held your own with 14 points. What kind of experience was this for you?
I loved it and would like to thank both Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven for giving me an opportunity just to be a part of that game and matching my talents with the best in Germany and it was a hell of an experience
Did this really heighten your confidence level knowing you can play with BBL players?
My confidence right now is at a whole different level and it just makes me want to work harder because I still see that I can get better in so many ways. I’m so excited for whatever journey basketball takes me on this season I am going to be ready in a big way
Besides trying to help your team, make right decisions and contribute, were you able to pick up things from the BBL players or were you too focused on your own team?
I’m a student of the game and I enjoy learning I’m always trying to pick up little things to add to my own understanding of the game especially since that’s where I would love to be someday but what I took notice to the most was the intensity they bring on the defensive end. It is really really something they play with such a high level of energy which made it easier on me to match it and push myself to try to play on that same level of passion it really motivated me to give my all on that court today
You played against ex NBA player Jerry Smith, ex German national player Philipp Zwiener who played at the 2008 Olympics as well as top players like Larry Gordon and Brandyn Curry. Does a game like this give you even more incentive to work hard and prove that you can play at a higher level?
It really gave me a lot I’m so easily motivated and this was something I needed something to chase for the year when I’m in the gym practice weight room I’m going to be thinking about what player’s on that level are doing I don’t take the experience lightly not everyday someone gets the opportunity to play against a BBL team I’m taking a lot from the opportunity that I had tonight
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
Lebron is a hybrid player to me. He is Magic and Scottie Pippen wrapped in one and is a player we have never seen before with his physical gifts and understanding of the game and in my opinion will be remembered as one of the greats but Jordan to me revolutionized the game of basketball until this day we all dream to play like Mike did just for a moment he was a savage on the court and dominated the game I mean he is one of the few who never lost in the finals and it says a lot about him he is the G.O.A.T
What was the last movie that you saw?
Ted 2 had me cracking up loved that movie.
Thanks Kris for the chat.