Chris Davis is a 191cm guard from North Little Rock, Arkansas that recently was in Germany on a touring team called Howard Hoops. He played against five teams and they posted a 4-1 record. He played college ball at S.Arkansas (NCAA2) and as a senior played 19 games averaging 10.7ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 63.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about his experience in Germany.
Chris thanks for talking to German Hoops. Welcome to Germany. It was10:30 at night recently and after a 102-90 loss to TV Langen you had to walk 20 minutes to the train station to catch a short train back to Frankfurt and then take a bus to Offenbach. I guess it all comes with the territory when your trying to get a professional contract?
Yes it does.I learned a lot from our loss but grew from it as well as my teammates. I come from a place where you learn to do what you have to do and those experiences have prepared me for the process of becoming a professional. I’ve learned to love it. The process and the sacrifices the game demands that is.
You were in Germany last week on a touring team called Howard Hoops that played every night in Langen, Kronberg, Gelnhausen, Schwelm and Olpe. On a team the goal is too win, but was your goal not more to put up the best numbers to help you get a contract?
With me in any competition, winning is the most important. The game we love is so situational that you never know what aspect can get you over the hump in a game to win. I believe a great part of my game is my ability to realize what my team lacks and provide it in stints throughout a game. I am great at scoring, but what is better 40 points and a Loss or 20 with a win? Here on the tour I was more so focused on winning as a team over my own personal statistics. Effort is the only statistic I paid attention to personally. If it can be measured.
Howard Hoops lost to German Regionaliga team TV Langen 102-90 playing more street ball while TV Langen played more structured basketball. How tough was it playing on a team of strangers after having the first practice 5 hours earlier?
It was tough I can say that, but I loved the challenge and experience it presented for me and my team. In this business you will have situations where you have to adapt to new surroundings quickly. That game opened our eyes and brought us closer in the end setting the tone for how we played the rest of the tour. It was a beneficial loss for the greater good. Sometimes you need that to grow as a team.
What was your first impression of German basketball? After being in Germany one week, is Germany a place where you could get used to playing this style of basketball?
My first impression on the German style of play was more so a high speed skill oriented game. They say their not athletic here but I beg to differ. Over all I love the style and feel like I can grow quickly playing here.
How happy were you with your first game in Germany? Do you feel that you were able to heighten your game as the week progressed?
I was ecstatic about my first official game here in Germany. I had been working so hard with my long time trainer Ronald Talley giving all of myself on and off the court every day to be ready for the time the opportunity came to play here. Over the week, my game definitely crescended to higher levels over the course of games.
How good did it feel putting up 36 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds against German Pro B team Schwelm? Where would you rank up that game in your career in all time best games?
First I would like to give respect to Schwelm’s club. They showed nothing but class and are a great team. It was an honor playing them. Performing like I did that night left no doubt in my mind I belonged here. You know how it is everywhere when you are up and coming trying to find a club and start your career in this business. Everyone thinks you are not worthy of playing here until you prove yourself. Just proving that I belonged on the court here was the biggest thing for me. My performance proved me worthy in my eyes. That game is most definitely to 3 all-time for me just because of the stage.
How good did you feel in general on the court going up against a guy like Domonique Crawford who was a star in Luxemburg for years. How coonfident are that you could make an impact in the German Pro B?
Dominique Crawford is a tremendous talent. I would be lucky to do half the things he has done by the time I finish playing. It felt great being matched up against him. The challenge excited me because I could test my level of play against one of the best. In the end ,me and my team pulled out a close one and I performed extremely well. I believe I can make an impact in the Pro B on any club in some way. The Pro B is a league of great sportsmanship, skill, and class and I would love to align myself with it in the future.
How thankful are you that tour maker Ronald Howard chose you for his team?
Words wouldn’t do justice to how thankful I am for the selection to be here by Ronald. He’s a guy who looks out for the greater good of players he works with. This opportunity has done so much for my career already and is showing promise to open more doors for me from my performance over the week. None of this would be possible without his lead and the once in a lifetime chance given. Overall Ronald is just a great guy.
Were you able to take some of his barking from the sidelines to heart when you were on the court?
Yes the “barking” was easy to handle and deal with because I understood me and him shared the same common goal and end game. This was to win games so it never bothered me for a second. His aggression and tenacity on the sideline rubbed off on me and my teammates on the court. Kind of a boost to our play if you will. I loved it.
You played at a few Eurobasket Summer league tournaments but really have no professional experience. How hungry are you to show the world what you can do?
I have given all of myself to the game of basketball now with this past week I am raising eyebrows. One thing about me is that I may not be the most experienced or the best right now or even tomorrow but My unwaivered work ethic , determination, and will to succeed will get me there in due time. I have prepared myself extensively and this past week of play shows I am ready. I will give the club I play with this year everything I have to build to a championship team.
You were together with a bunch of guys the last week in Germany playing the game you love. Were you able to make some new friendships that will stay for the future?
We as a group jelled together pretty nicely. I have not been around a better group of guys as this one before. We made a lot of memories many that can’t be told but they have led to a lifetime bond between us all.
If you could describe your game in a few sentences and to why you could help any professional team now what words would you chose?
I am a guy who goes out and lays it all on the line for my team every single night. My will to win itself trickles down through out my team. What ever my teams needs I adapt to provide it.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Darrin Johnson?
We didn’t get to play but I believe I would have been victorious if we had. Maybe in the future huh???
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Do you think that he will ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
That’s a question I don’t think anyone can answer because of so many other aspects. I personally just take them both as great players from what they’re era presented. My favorite team is the bulls so I would give the edge to Jordan but it will be a great debate when Lebron is finally done playing.
What was the last movie that you saw ?
Fantastic 4 I’m a big kid I guess.
Thanks Chris for the chat.