Morris Curry is a 28 year old 181cm guard from Gainsville, Georgia that is playing his sixth professional season and first with Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA). Currently he is averaging 10,0ppg, 2,3rpg and 4,0apg in the France Pro A and in Eurocup is averaging 12,0ppg, 3,0rpg and 4,0apg. He started his basketball career in 2005 with Providence (NCAA) playing a total of 119 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 15.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 87.5%. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK): 3 games: 5.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.3apg, left in Oct.’10, in Jan.’11 moved to AEK Athens (Greece-A1): 7 games: 2.7ppg, 1.0apg. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 41 games: 18.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 77.0%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-BBL) released in Jan.’13: 16 games: 6.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 27.1%, FT: 80.6%, in Feb.’13 moved to LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL) playing 14 games: 10.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 76.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 47 games: 16.5ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-1(6.1apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 88.2%; EuroChallenge: 10 games: Score-1(20.1ppg), 4.3rpg, Assists-2(6.7apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 88.1%. Last season he played for Lukoil Academic Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL): 11 games: 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.4apg, 2FGP: 34.1%, 3FGP: 53.8%, FT: 78.6%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.7apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 26.8%, 3FGP: 38.7%, FT: 93.3%, in Jan.’15 moved to Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (France-ProA) playing 16 games: 9.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 91.3%.He spoke to German Hoops before the Eurocup game against ratiopharm Ulm
Morris thanks for talking to German Hoops. You have played in many cities in your short career so gar like Weisenfels, Giessen, Gmunden, Chalons-reims or Sofia to name just a few and now its Nancy. Do you get used quicker to cities now than say 3-4 years ago when you started your career simply because you have seen so much in the last years?
Yes it’s definitely easier to adjust now than when first out of college, I actually enjoy the different experiences that Europe has to offer.
You are playing your sixth professional season for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro. Do you feel like basketball time has flown by in this time or how can you describe your semi basketball globetrotter life?
Yes, I can’t believe it’s already my 6th season as a pro. The years go by fast so every year you have to take advantage of the opportunity and make the most of it.
In 3 of 5 seasons you have played for more than one team during the season which can be good and bad. How have you been able to grow as a player having your basketball vita go in this way?
I think it helped me mature faster and handle different situations better that we sometimes face in Europe.
The season with Sluc Nancy Basket Pro has been tough so far as the team has combined a 1-9 record, 1-6 in the France Pro A and 1-3 in Eurocup. Why has the team started off so slow?
When I got here the team was 0-6 or something like that. It’s a new team and we are still trying to figure things out, but we have won a couple in a row and we are getting better so we’ll see. Just have to stay positive and keep working hard
The club really has very talented players and a fine mix of young and old. Is the chemistry still lagging behind a bit?
It’s not always easy when you have old players and young players. Old ones think the young ones don’t know how to play the right way and young ones think old ones are too slow. So I am caught in the middle trying to bring both groups together.
The club seems to have a limited roster as well as you play with a 8 man rotation so far in the France pro A. Is depth missing?
I think we have good talent, but it’s more about chemistry and we had to figure this out before we could do anything and the last couple of weeks it has been getting better.
The club can put up points with 83 per game in the France pro A, but is giving up 90 points on defense. Is the effort to defend lacking at the moment?
It’s not a lack of effort, everybody just has to be on the same page and have each others back. Our defense looked good against Limoges the past weekend so we just have to build from that.
You have shown a good figure in both competitions. After playing Eurochallenge you now are playing Eurocup. Do you sense the skill to be better than the France Pro A or about the same?
I think it’s about the same. The French league may be a bit faster and athletic. EuroCup you see a lot of different styles of basketball.
What is it like sharing the back court with veteran Derek Raivio? How do you guys compliment each other best?
Derek has been hurt so I have not played with him but I’m sure we could compliment each other if we ever played together.
You’re a flashy point guard that can score and dish but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I think my leadership is underrated because I’m not the loudest guy in the room.
You have seen many leagues, but now at 28 do you believe that you can make it to another level in the next few years with the experience you will get this season?
That is always the goal to try to improve and keep getting better and everything else will work itself out.
After having a tough 2012-2013 season where you were released by MBC and then had to play for a bankrupt team Giessen you then moved to KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 47 games: 16.5ppg, 4.0rpg, Assists-1(6.1apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 88.2%; EuroChallenge: 10 games: Score-1(20.1ppg), 4.3rpg, Assists-2(6.7apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 88.1%. How important was it having this strong season for your mental health?
It was good because I just needed to play and be in a situation where I had to do a lot so I could continue to develop. For me it was difficult early because I can score and pass so sometimes coaches would only ask me to do one and mentally it was challenging at times. That season at KTP helped me manage to do both efficiently while still running the team and winning games.
Did the amazing fan atmosphere in Giessen at least help you forget that season for 40 minutes when you played in the Giessen Osthalle?
Haha Giessen fans are unbelievable! They support the team no matter what and they never boo their own team, definitely some of the best fans in the BBL
In the 2011-2012 season you played for Allianz Swans Gmunden playing 41 games: 18.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.0apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 77.0%. You won the cup and league MVP as well as Super cup MVP. Did it at times feel like you were a man playing with boys that season?
Haha I had a really good group of guys and coaches that season, we had a lot of fun and really enjoyed playing with each other.
As a rookie you played briefly for AZS Koszalin (Poland-PLK) before moving to Greece. What was your rookie wake up call where you knew that you were very far away from Providence and home in Gainesville?
That first experience when you go to the grocery store.
You played at Providence under Tim Welsh and Keno Davis. How did these two guys prepare and groom you best for a professional basketball career?
They showed me how to work hard and control the things that you can.
What memories do you have of Jeff Xavier at Providence? Is there a particular game that you remember with him where he just was unstoppable?
Jeff Xavier is a nice guy and a good teammate but I don’t recall any games where he was unstoppable.
When you look back at the Big East all rookie team that had guys like Sam Young and Jeff Adrien what one duel against any one of these two guys or others still stands in your mind?
On senior night we beat Sam Young and Pittsburg who was number 1 in the nation at the time, probably helped that he was in foul trouble.
Who was your toughest opponent on the court that you battled that is in the NBA now?
Probably Kemba Walker, his first step was crazy. And Luke Harangody, it seemed like he made every shot in college.
Does Alando Tucker ever break out some NBA stories or does he entertain you in other ways?
He brings out stories from time to time about playing in Phoenix with guys like Shaq, Steve Nash and Grant Hill. And he’s legit the best basketball rapper that I have heard.
Who wins a one on one in practice you or Derek Raivio??
He’s been hurt so we haven’t payed against each other
What is the state of Lebron James in 2015? Will he ever be mentioned in the same breath as a Michael Jordan?
I am not a big Lebron guy but he’s definitely in that class with the greats.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The Imitation Game.
Thanks Morris for the chat.