Cardell Mcfarland is a 28 year old 182cm point guard from Evansville, Indiana that just finished his fourth professional season and first for the Bristol Academy Flyers (United Kingdom-BBL): 24 games: 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-5(4.8apg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 66.7%. He started his basketball career at Missouri State and then played his last two seasons for Ky Wesleyan (NCAA2). As a rookie he played for CS Farul Constanta (Romania-Division A): 7 games: 12.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 88.5%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for the Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-ProB), playing 18 games: Score-2(23.8ppg), 3.1rpg, Assists-2(5.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 65.3%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 72.5%. In the 2014-2015 season he remained in Germany playing for the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau (Germany-Pro B) playing 20 games averaging 18.9ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-3(5.5apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 71.2% He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Cardell thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been going?
I’m currently back home in Evansville, Indiana working out and spending time with family. Been home for 3 weeks now andI’m really enjoying it.
This past season you played your first season in the UK for Bristol Academy Flyers (United Kingdom-BBL). What overall experience was it for you playing in a new country?
Playing in the UK was an easy adjustment from the culture side of things it’s very similar to America and speaking the same language is always a plus. The BBL is a league on the rise I see a very bright future for the league. The league is very athletic & physical.
The Bristol Academy Flyers (United Kingdom-BBL) finished in 10th place with a record of 9-24. How difficult a season was this for you playing for a losing team?
Finishing 10th place wasn’t an ideal finish I was hoping to have. It was a lot of ups and downs and we played the first 4 games of the season without some of our imports. Lost a lot of very close games in the last minutes. We actually beat the league champions once. Our struggles came because we lack depth and that’s something a playoff team needs. And we still had a chance to make playoffs with the last two weeks remaining of the season.
After playing in Romania an din Germany, what lessons did you learn with the Bristol Academy Flyers (United Kingdom-BBL) that helped you become a better player and person in your fourth season as a professional?
Learning to handle adversity and to be patience. You got to learn how to lose before you can win so I think that’s what I learned most about this season. It has only made me stronger as a player and person.
After playing two seasons in Germany in the Pro B, last season you played in the first division in the UK in the BBL. Where would you have compared the level to the German leagues? Was it at the level of the Pro A or somewhere between Pro A and Pro B?
BBL is much better than Pro B no question. It’s similar to Pro A being able to play 3 Americans but the difference is you can also play 2 EU players. Some players do well coming from Germany to UK in some case. Other cases it can be the other way. You see both. Players do well in Germany but not UK. I think because the UK league is so athletic compared to Germany Pro A and B.
You had a very solid season with Bristol playing 24 games averaging 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-5(4.8apg), FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 66.7%. Did your play there give you added self-confidence to try to make the next step at a higher level?
I was in and out of rhythm this season especially from the 3PT and FT line but my numbers could have been better. My confidence never changes as a player you can’t lack confidence. Never get too high never get too low.
What was your season highlight? Possibly the win against Leeds Force where you were close to the triple double with 23 points, eight rebounds and nine assists?
Highlight of the season for me I would say was beating the London Lions on the road in the famous Copper Box Arena picking up the first win of the season after losing the first 4 games by a total of 8 points.
How did you see the development of forward Daniel Edozie who came from Iowa State and was a rookie and was the third best rebounder in the league with 10,3rpg.
Daniel is raw, young, and athletic. Plays with a lot of energy. I think overall he became a better player throughout the season. Had some good games for us towards the end of the season hopefully it helps his confidence to work really hard this off season.
How refreshing was it for you personally playing in a country where English was the first language? Despite that was there anything that still was hard getting used to with the accent in England and understanding people?
Probably after the first few days I blocked out the accent. They use different words but once you catch on to it you find yourself saying them too. Like in America we say “trash” but a British person might call it “rubbish”.
What is the next step for Cardell Mcfarland? Would you like to continue to play in the UK in the BBL or possibly come back to Germany?
Continue to build my resume would be the next step for me where ever that may be. I don’t count out any country I’ll play anywhere if the opportunity is right. So if that’s UK again or Germany again.
Your 28 years ago now. Do you feel like you are coming near your prime now as a player and ready to make the ultimate next step?
I’m still young, fast, and athletic. Still learning the game and getting better at playing in Europe. Being patient with the process and doing the steps necessary to get in the right position to play at the ultimate level in Europe.
Could you see yourself playing in the German Pro A? Hanau will be playing their second season in the Pro A. Do you still have good ties to the Hanau organization?
Yes I still have a good relationship with Hanau great people and always supportive. I was in touch with Pro A teams last season before I decided to play in the UK. If the situation is right I would love to play in Germany again.
Your ex team Nordlingen had a great run reaching the semi-finals and almost reaching the final? Do you smile when you see one of your ex teams performing so well?
Yes I was happy for the younger guys I played with at Nordlingen getting a chance to play and contribute. I actually played against the import point guard in college for 2 seasons so always nice to see guys do well.
If you had to construct a NBA Rushmore, which 4 NBA heads which you use?
Hmmm My NBA Rushmore would be MJ, Kobe, Bird, Magic.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Last movie I saw can’t remember but the last Netflix series I’ve watched is How To Get Away with Murder.
Thanks Cardell for the chat.