Demetrius Ward is a 25 year old 188cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his forth professional season with MTV Wolfenbuettel Herzoege (Germany-ProB). This is his third Pro B season with the club after having helped the team move back up from the Regionaliga last season where he played 23 games averaging 18.4ppg, 7.6rpg, Assists-2(7.0apg), Steals-4(3.2spg), FGP: 66.2%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 76.4%. He played at Western Michigan from 2008-2012 playing a total of 129 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 76.2%. He spoke to German Hoops before the do or die game against Wesissenhorn.
Demetrius thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 89-82 loss last weekend against Weissenhorn. How disappointed are you that the club was unable to pull out the series then?
Hello Miles thanks for having me. We were disappointed with the loss but it’s a learning experience.
Wolfenbuettel was playing catch up basketball all night long, but made a little run in the fourth quarter to cut the Weissenhorn lead to 80-73. What was key in the last minutes that didn´t allow you to get over the hump?
Turnovers, we had to many turnovers that didn’t allow us to get over the hump.
When your playing catch up all night long, you tend to get fatigued. Did that play a role in the stretch run of the fourth quarter?
No, I don’t think that played a role, I think we are a team that is in good shape.
Nils Mittmann had 28 points and Chris Anderson 11 points and 13 assists. Many other guys can go off on that team, but are those the main two guys that the team will really have to watch in game three?
They have a lot of good players that can get going, plan is to not let that happen.
You battled against many talented point guards this season in the Pro B north, but this is your first time competiting against Pro B south teams. How challenging is it playing against a guy like Chris Anderson who when in the paint is very hard to stop?
Anderson is a very small quick pass first point guard. Challenge is making others make decisions and not him.
Wolfenbuettel gave up 27 more points in game two. What will the team have to do better on the defensive end in game three?
Limit our turnover and know personnel
You have played at Western Michigan and this is your fourth season in Germany with Wolfenbuettel. How many do or die games do you remember having in your career and how has your track
Last season was a do or die game in Stade to win the league and we won it so 1-0
What will be key in game three for Wolfenbuettel moving on too play the Fraport Skyliners Juniors?
The key would be to rebound and limit our turnovers.
This is your fourth season in Germany with Wolfenbuettel. How enjoyable have the last two seasons been for you moving up last season and reaching the playoffs this season?
It’s been really good,moving up was a big accomplishment being player coach. This season nobody expected us to finish second in the league with a new cooperation and young team.
In the seasons 2013-2015 , you averaged 6,8rpg. Was this major increase in rebounds and having that consistency something that surprised you?
No, it’s something I was always able to do. Sometimes it just goes unnoticed.
You are the only American on the team this season. What do you appreciate most about having this role and playing with young talented Germans?
Being the only American helps me to learn more German. It’s good to be around a good group of players that’s hard working and willing to listen and learn.
Your scoring average is down this season from other seasons. Does this have to do with the balanced scoring and play of the young Germans?
Yes, my role isn’t to score this season but to be a leader and help win games.
You’re a guy that can always fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed?
My IQ, and my unselfishness on the court.
What has been your overall impression of 18 year old
Lars is such a great guy on and off the court. He has the potential to be special.
You played at Western Michigan from 2008-2012. How did head coach Steve Hawkins prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
He made it very clear that things will not be handed to you. Also always being respectful and having good character.
You played little in your first two seasons at Western Michigan, but what do you remember most on the court with teammate Donald Lawson who has had a successful career in Germany?
I can remember Don always being reliable.
Who wins a one on one in practice you or German Robin Amaize?
That would be a good game but I’m sure I would win.
Some of the older NBA players that played at different times are having a hard time giving Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors credit for their success saying they might not have had that success 20-30 years ago. Are these former players just jealous or why can´t they just give credit where it´s due?
I think that things have changed over time. 20-30 years ago rules were different in the NBA. So who knows what would’ve happen.
Do you see it being justified that ESPN has Lebron at #3 of the best NBA players of alltime list before guys like Magic, Bill Russell and Larry Bird?
I think Bill Russell should be in front of Lebron for sure.
Which two teams will reach the NCAA final and win it?
North Carolina and Oklahoma
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Demetrius for the chat.