Quentin Pryor is a 32 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi that is an experienced professional basketball player that wants to find his way back to Europe with a team. The last team he played for was the GasTerra Flames Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 41 games averaging 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 66.1%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0spg. In the 2012-2013 season he played for the ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 38 games: 10.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 75.4%. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1(2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. He played for Phoenix Hagen from 2008-2011 and in the 2008-2009 season, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. In 2009-2010 he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. In 2010-2011, he played 33 games averaging 11,3ppg, 3,5rpg, 2,2apg and 1,5spg. In the 2011-2012 season he played for WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 31 games: 14.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-4(1.9spg), FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 72.7%. Quentin topped off his last professional season in Holland winning the league title and cup with GasTerra Flames Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie). He is hungry to return back to Europe especially Germany where he played with team Phoenix Hagen years ago. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball
Quentin thanks for talking to German Hoops Where are you at the moment and how was your Halloween this year with your kids?
Thanks Miles. I am Louisville, KY grinding every day. Halloween was great for me. It was the first time I got to go trick or treating with my family (My son is 8). Its been a long time coming.
Where are you at the moment and how have you been keeping busy the last year being out of basketball?
I’ve gotten involved in coaching at the high school level and also I am playing in men’s leagues around the area.
You last played for GasTerra Flames Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie) 41 games: 8.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 66.1%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 8.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0spg. You won the Dutch title. I guess that could have been a perfect way to end career and retire, but that wasn´t your intention. Were you surprised you weren´t signed by a professional team in 2014?
That was never my intention to be done at that time. I was a little shocked that I didn’t have much interest but that comes with the territory. I actually had signed with a team in Cyprus in September of 2014. I played one preseason game and had a pretty solid game with 11, 5, and 6. A week later I was released without any reason.
Your agent didn´t find a team and then the 2014-2015 season started without you? How difficult was that season not playing for a team?
I had never been released or told I wasn’t wanted so it was difficult for me. Especially how everything happened there. Its something that I hope no one ever has to experience. But it happened for a reason and its all apart of God’s plan.
How did you stay in shape last year? Did you have a normal routine?
I would hit the treadmill and lift weights 3 times a week.
Did you play any semi pro ball or play pick up games to keep that basketball feeling physically and mentally?
I participated in practice and played open gym at the school I coached at to keep me sharp.
You are 32 years old now. How fit are you? What do you believe is your best basketball attribute at your age?
I am in great shape. My weight is right were I want it as well. My best attribute is the same as it has always been. I’m still going fill up a stat sheet. Points, rebounds, assist, and steals. I always want to have an impact on the game.
Do you think that you can give a team something different now at age 32 that you couldn´t at age 25 besides experience?
My jump shot has developed with time and my leadership. Coaching let me see the game from a different view and I see why a lot of coaches are the way they are now. I’ve always had a great knowledge of the game but it has sharpened even more.
If you could sell yourself in a few sentences as to why you could help any team now how would you do it?
A proven winner that does whatever it takes to win every night. Whether its scoring 20 or locking up on D
How badly would you like to play in Germany? Would you be willing to play Pro A or Pro B?
I would love to get back to Germany. My family loved it there and my son grew up there basically. But I would be willing to go anywhere to prove myself. If playing in the Pro A or B is what I have to do, then so be it.
When looking back on your career would you liked to have stayed longer with Phoenix Hagen had you had had the chance?
I certainly would have loved to stay there. I spent half of my career there and made lifelong friends there. It was a 2nd home for us.
Quantez Robertson is still going strong with the Fraport Skyliners in his seventh season. Where did he rank up with the toughest guys that you went head to head on the floor?
He gets a lot of respect from me. He competes every single night and never takes a play off. I love to play against guys like that because it makes you want to perform that much more.
Where does a David Bell rank in the best shooters that you have ever played with?
Dave is in the top 2. He put on some shows in Hagen. Him and Thomas Dreesen. It is unreal at how easy they make it seem.
Your ex teammate Michael Hakim Jordan is an assistant at Colgate university. Could you imagine getting into coaching one day?
I am in coaching now at the high school level. College is my ultimate goal though. Mike has a sharp mind for the game as well so it didn’t surprise me at all.
Who said this famous quote from a great documentary “We are the doormat of the league”? How many times have you seen the movie Phoenix in der Asche?
That was Mike at half time of the Frankfurt game. It was a true statement. No one respected us. I have only seen it one time. Still waiting on the DVD we were supposed to receive!!!
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Do you ever see him being mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
I am a big Jordan fan. There will never be another MJ. LBJ is the cream of the crop for his generation but he has some dudes beating on the door.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Woodlawn. It was a great film and really opened my eyes about faith and sports.
Thanks Quentin for the chat.