Quincy Diggs is a 27 year old 198cm forward from Texas that is playing his third professional season and first with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL). Last season he played with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL) playing 32 games averaging 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg, Steals-5(1.6spg), FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 66.7%. As a rookie he played with the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 48 games: Score-2(20.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-2(2.0spg), FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 68.3%. He started his NCAA career at New Orleans (NCAA) and then finished with Akron(NCAA) playing a total of 102 games and as a senior played 34 games averaging 12.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 65.2%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Basketball Champions League game against the Telekom Baskets in Bonn.
Hi Quincy thanks for talking to German Hoops. Welcome back to Germany. Your playing your third professional season and first with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL). How good does it feel to be back in Germany?
Feels good to be back in Germany especially being able to speak German some bit.
Last season with Bremerhaven you split winning at home, but losing 98-93 in Bonn scoring 8 points. What memories do you have of that game?
My memories playing Bonn at their place was ok wasn’t my best game but we still had a chance to win and I passed up a game tying three to send it to over time but other than that Bonn is a good team and we can’t allow them to get off to a good start.
The Telekom Baskets Bonn lost Ryan Thompson who had 27 points in that game and Ken Horton and kept many players as well as adding new strong components. What kind of game can we await and what will be key to winning?
The key to winning is containing their scorers and we must get off to a good start in the beginning when your playing away games
Your playing your first season with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL) What kind of a feeling is it playing with the Celtics/Lakers of the Czech Republic, a team that has won 24 titles in the last 13 seasons. Do you feel that unbelievable tradition every day?
Man this organization is great. They are really professional here and you can see why they win here.
Last season the club played Champions League, VTB League and in the Czech League, but this season not in the competitive VTB league. Was being able to play for a team very rich in tradition, possibility to win titles and playing in the Champions League the biggest urge for you to sign there?
When I saw I had the chance to play in champions league I couldn´t pass it up and coming to a team who almost made it to final 16 last year why not come here.
You played with a young point guard in Jordan Hulls last season and this season with very experienced Eugene Lawrence. How has your game profited just from his basketball IQ?
Jordan was a good shooter and Eugene is a true point guard who has helped me with the style of Nymburk and he knows everybodies position on the floor and runs the team when he is on the floor. They are two different players
Do you sometimes feel in awe just listening to 9 time Czech allstar Petr Benda who has won 18 titles with CEZ Basketball Nymburk? What has impressed you most about his game and character?
What impressed me about Petr is his monitor. He has good monitor for his age and can stretch the floor with his shooting ability which helps us out a lot and off the court he is a professional and funny guy
Let´s talk about your game. You’re a very athletic swing man that can do it all at both ends of the court. If you had to describe yourself to an NBA player that most fits your game who would it be?
My game is very similar to Brandon Roy. He is my favorite player and if I had the chance or given the opportunity to play in the NBA people would notice what I can really do
You are a very strong defender that takes passion on the defensive end. Are you the type of player that let´s your defense spark your offense first?
My defense is all about instincts and that helps me out a lot. It can spark my offense but I don’t rely on it to do that.
You’re a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I can fill up the stat sheet and yes I feel it is hidden. I know I can play at the highest level and me being over here learning the European game has increased my basketball IQ as well. It gets frustrating seeing other players I played against at a high level in basketball or teams and I am just trying to stay ready for my opportunity
After a strong rookie season in Austria, you last season made the next step in the more competitive BBL with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 32 games averaging 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.5apg, Steals-5(1.6spg), FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 66.7%. How do you feel did your game develop further last season in Germany?
Austria was great. Oberwart gave me a chance to start my career and I won’t forget that but the league wasn’t for me and was happy I got an offer from a German team even if was a low level team, I just wanted to help and show I could compete at this level
Last season you scored 16 and 20 points in two tough loses against Brose Bamberg. Did these two games prove to you that having the goal of reaching a Euroleague team has to be realistic for you down the road?
I thought after those games against Bamberg would show some scouts that I am a diamond in the dirt but I guess it wasn’t enough but I will continue to play my best until I get my chance
As a rookie you played for the Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 48 games: Score-2(20.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 3.2apg, Steals-2(2.0spg), FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 68.3%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home in Texas?
I was happy to be away from home because I finally got a chance to play ball
How refreshing was it for you tearing up the Austrian league. You never averaged double figures In school until your senior year at Akron(NCAA), but did show that explosiveness at Akron the way you did in Austria. Was Quincy Diggs the explosive scorer born in Austria?
Same thing at Akron. I was hidden kind of until we made the NCAA tournament
You started your NCAA career at New Orleans (NCAA) in 2009 playing 27 games averaging 3.3ppg, 1.6rpg. You left to go to Akron as New Orleans moved down to the NCAA 2. Do you ever think about how your NCAA career could have gone had you stayed at New Orleans?
After leaving New Orleans because of Katrina I was able to leave without sitting out a year and was happy that I found another college
You improved your scoring, rebounding and assists in each season at Akron. How difficult was it siting out the 2012-2013 season and did you have a huge chip on your shoulder going into your senior year?
I work hard in the summers and improved and they say numbers don’t lie
You had some tough loses at Akron against Ohio and Western Michigan. Which game creeps into your thoughts most still?
The game that creeps me the most was the Ohio one where we missed a shot to tie the game to send it overtime for the NCAA tournament.
How did head coach Keith Dambrot groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Keith Dambrot taught me about adversity and that helped me with my pro career
At Akron you were teammates with CJ Oldham who plays in Germany with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He said this about you. “Quincy Diggs was a great player from the beginning and each year he finds a way to get better. It is hard to pick out one moment out of so many where he made a great play. Most people only get to see him in games, but practicing against him every day you could tell he was going to be special”. How do you remember Oldham as the player/person best?
CJ was my roommate and we pushed each other to get better with our trainer Cedric Middleton. We had got along real good and it is good to see that he is still playing and shows you hard work pays off
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
I can´t remember one player that was the toughest.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?
Michael Jordan, Shaq, Phil Jackson and James Naismith
Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never ending debate of who is the best of all-time?
Lebron is the best player in the country
Where will the journey of the Houston Rockets go this season with Chris Paul and James Harden in the back court. Do they have enough to make a serious run at the title or is something missing?
Houston will beat the Warriors in playoffs
Where will the journey of the Oklahoma Thunder go this season with Westbrook, George and Anthony? Can they make a serious run in the west?
OKC will make it the final
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was A time to kill
Thanks Quincy for the chat.