Karl Moore is a 203cm forward born in 1987 and is playing his second professional season with Telstar Hesperange (Luxembourg-N2). Last season as a rookie season for TV 1872 Saarlouis (Germany-ProB) he played 28 games averaging 16.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.7%, FT: 73.5%. He scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games including three double doubles. He scored 20 points or more eight times. His best scoring games was 28 points against Hanau and 27 points against BG Karlsruhe. He played college ball at Schoolcraft Community College (JUCO), Rio Grande(NAIA), and Culver Stockton (NAIA). He spoke to German Hoops about basketball and his next experience in Luxemburg.
Karl thanks for talking to German Hoops. You are playing your second professional season in Luxemburg for Telstar Hesperange (Luxembourg-N2). You aren´t too far away from Saarlouis, but are in a different country. Is the fact that your in Luxemburg and not Germany noticeable?
Thank you once again for writing another article about me Miles. It’s always a pleasure expressing myself on the largest website in Europe. I am aware that thousands of people will read this article. I don’t expect for it to motivate each individual that may read this, but I do hope that it will inspire a group of people who may know about the grind and the long road that it takes for hidden talent to be successful in this market. Back to the question that you asked, as we know Germany is a much bigger country then Luxembourg. When comparing the two countries the game of basketball in Germany is respected more over Luxembourg. One of the best things about being noticed in Luxembourg is by word of mouth. Everyone talks to everyone here because the country is not all that big. That can be an advantage on getting recognized for any player here that is dominating in their conference.
You signed very late in the summer and are playing second division in Luxemburg. Besides winning games what is your main goal of accomplishing for your personal game this season?
To continue to outwork my opponents so that I can be granted an opportunity to play in a top league somewhere. Even if it’s a workout or try out. When I get at that level of competition, I will be sure to change the mindset of those who care more about a player background rather than their work ethic. I believe that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
You are tearing up the league averaging 37 points, but the team is struggling with a record of 2-5. Can one enjoy personal great games despite the team losing?
No, it is difficult for me at the time to enjoy seeing how much hard work that I put in over the summer is paying off this season. Nothing is fun at all when you lose close games. My family and friends back at home see my stats and become happy to see how well that I am playing at the top of my game right now. But they don’t see the other side. Not the side when you win a game and everyone is excited, cheering you on, and making sure that you are taken good care of. But the side when you hit a losing streak and things around you start to slowly fall apart and nobody really wants to speak to you after the game.
What have been the main reasons for the club´s bad start at 2-5?
Our team only practice three times a week for an hour and half. The majority of the players can only show up to practice once a week because of school and the jobs that they work. Not having a full team during weekly practice don’t improve our team chemistry. None of our Luxembourg players are getting paid to play so for most of them they have to focus on bettering their future off the court.
How vital is it in this league to have a second strong import player?
It is very vital to have a second American to relieve pressure from off the other American. Luxembourg like to try and find very good American because they are able to pay much more then what an American will make playing in Germany (pro b).
How have you been meshing with American Robert Carpenter? Can you guys rise your game as a duo?
Robert and I connect well on and off the court. I love the fact that he loves to praise God as much as I do. We both understand the situation that we are currently in. We are fully aware that this is a dog eat dog business and sometimes politics get the best out of it. We talk about basketball all the time. Sometimes we talk about random basketball players playing across seas in top leagues and getting paid triple the amount that we are making and are only averaging eight points or less a game. We sit and wonder was it a division one college that got those type of players making that type of money, was it really hard work, or was it who that person knew. We can most definitely turn it up another notch in rising our game as a duo because of the most important goal that we have in common. Which is to move this team from division two to division one.
You are averaging 37 points per game. Does it feel like you are a man among boys on the court?
I am averaging 37 points per game because of the mentality that I now have. Which is much stronger then the way that I thought last season while playing in Germany. I am getting no younger. I can´t afford to take no more small offers after this job, I am fed up with seeing my family back at home struggle, and I am tired of going back home working summer jobs to earn some extra cash. Regardless of what league that I play in, I am going to treat any opponent as if they are taking food off my family plate. I have family that’s depending on me. I told myself before I found out that there was an opening position in Luxembourg that my second year as a professional player was going to be my break out year. Last season, I averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds in 21 minutes, due to the fact that the team had three Americans. At the pro b level, only two Americans is allowed to be on the court at one time. Regardless of how people may look at the competition here in Luxembourg. I am averaging 37 points so far because I am playing almost 40 minutes a game. The only thing that stopped me from averaging more points in Germany (pro b) was the lack of minutes. Don’t just take my word for it. Soon people who have been following my career will see that my God given talent can dominate when I am playing on any level.
What is the main difference between this league and the German Pro B where you played last season?
The German players are much better then Luxembourg players but there is no difference with the Americans. German Pro B also update their stats on eurobasket every game. Out here we are seven games into the season and nothing has been updated on eurobasket. The only proof for now that I have is if I take a picture of the score board or upload game film to my facebook page.
When you dominate and play so well does one tend to only to utilize one´s strength´s or does this also give you an opportunity to work on other parts of your game?
Every game I find myself working on something new because of the scouting report on me. Everyone knows that I am a left handed crafty player. Not to sound cocky but I am stating facts, until this day, I haven’t run into a player that can stop me from going left. I find myself working on going strong to the right at times to make the game much easier, since everyone knows that I like to go left. I am used to being double teamed because of my ability to take anyone to the rim or shoot over an opponent when being guarded one on one. Luxembourg is the first place where I have to get used to being tripled teamed. During the times they send three players at me, I try to work on my court vision by trying to figure out where my teammates are open at on the floor when I am surrounded by three players inside of the three point line.
Do you help some of the younger Luxemburg players on their game? You may only be in your second season, but I am sure the players listen to what you say?
Yes, I help as much as possible. They all are a good group of young players. I find myself talking a lot more on the court during games more than I do in practice. Because of the respect that I showed them, they show it in return. Whenever I have something to say I have their undivided attention.
You scored 54 points in your first game. Did it scare you a little that you were able to score so much in your debut?
Yes, it did scare me. It wasn’t like it was an easy 54 points. I was being guarded by an almost seven foot experienced player who enjoys blocking shots. I didn’t know that I had 54 points until the game was over. I then began to think about how I could easily had 60+ points if I would have made this shot or didn’t miss that shot. At the same time, I knew that I was going to have a good start over here. A great prophet (Amere May) had spoken a word from God into my life. He had said that two sponsors going to want to sponsor me and that I will be walking into a six figure contract. I believe that God word don’t return to Him void so until that day approaches, I will continue to work hard on and off the court.
With what kind of mind set do you go into every game knowing that you can score many points. Do you get hungrier with every game to score even more?
I go into every game with the mindset of how can I make my teammates better. I know that I will be double teamed which will leave someone open on the floor. I believe that I will soon beat my own scoring record of 54 points. I never put up these type of numbers constantly the way that I am now. First game I had first 54pts, second game 26pts, third game 37pts, fourth game 31pts, fifth game 33pts, and sixth game 38pts.
You recently had an offer from a German pro B team, but their offer was too little. How badly do you want to return to Germany to show what you have?
Yes, it was my agent (Sevag Keucheyan) decision on not accepting the offer. Germany is a great place but I would like to play in a top league somewhere else to explore the world being that there are a lot of countries across the world.
Your ex team Saarlouis is struggling but as always your ex teammate Ricky Easterling is doing his thing and nobody still hasn´t figured out how to contain his deadly mid range shot. How much do you miss playing with him?
I miss playing with Ricky a lot. We was like the Germany pro b version Westbrook and Durant. One of the best things about staying an hour away from Saarlouis is that I go work out with Ricky. Me and Robert work out with him every Monday and Wednesday morning. We shoot in the gym for an hour and a half then go lift weights afterwards.
How did you celebrate Halloween in Luxemburg? What was your fondest Halloween memory as a kid?
I hung out with two friends in K-Town. My fondest Halloween memory as a kid was when I went treat-or-treating for the first time with a couple of friends. I had two big garbage bags filled with candy. Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to go trick-or-treating. My mother made it a priority to go to church on that night.
Steph Curry recently dropped 53 points. Do you see him breaking 70 or 80 points in the future?
One of the best things that I like about Steph Curry is that he acknowledged God a lot on national television. Seeing the way that he praise God and play reminds me of the bible scripture “in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths” (proverbs 3:6)
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie that I saw was the perfect guy.