Shaquille Hines is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Chicago, Illinois playing his third professional season and first with the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig (Germany-BBL) currently averaging 7,1ppg and 3,9rpg. He began this season with Yulon Luxgen (Taiwan-SBL) and last season played with ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (Greece-A1) playing 26 games averaging 10.0ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 71.4%. In his rookie season he played for Boras Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 33 games averaging 11.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.3%. He began his career at UTRGV (NCAA) in 2012 and played 122 NCAA games in a four year span and as a senior played 30 games averaging 13.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.4%. He recently spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball
Shaquille thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Your playing your first season in Germany with the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. What kind of experience has it been for you playing for a surprisingly successful team?
My experience here in the BBL with Braunschweig has been great so far. I like it a lot here ,it took me a while to get adjusted with the team but now I’m more comfortable than ever. Every one plays their role and I think That’s why we have been successful.
What has been your impression of the easyCredit BBL? Last season you played in the competitive Greek League that has 4-5 very strong teams. Would you say the overall competitive level of the teams in Germany is higher than in Greece?
Playing in the BBL has been very competitive I think that’s the biggest difference from the Greek league. Is that every team from top to bottom is very competitive
It has been a roller coaster ride for the Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. You started off with a five game losing streak, then won nine of ten games, but then lost five of six games. Three of those loses were tight games. What did the club get away from in the last month that has caused them to lose more games?
Yes the season has been a roller coaster especially over the last 6 games. We went away from being completely locked in defensively I think, but every team in the league is good and are capable of beating each other on a good night.
The club will have to look very far back to see if they ever beat Alba Berlin and Bamberg in one season. The Bamberg win was huge, but what did the Alba Berlin victory mean to the team?
Yes those wins was vs Bamberg and Berlin were huge. We played great defensively those games. That game was great as a basketball player you live for games like that. We were excited after beating them
It would be huge if the Braunschweig could make the playoffs again. The league is tight and competitive. What do you feel will be most key for the team making the playoffs?
The key for us to make playoffs is to protect home court and get back locked-in on defense
Let’s talk about your teammates. How much of a pleasure has it been playing with Deandre Lansdowne? Where would the team be now if he wasn’t on board?
My teammates are great. We all bring something to the table that helps us win games. But Dre is great and he’s a PROFESSIONA.L I learned a lot from over this short time on how he approaches everything. We definitely wouldn’t be where we are with our him
Deandre Lansdowne came from the Pro B and has become a top easyCredit BBL player. His journey proves that guys playing in D-2 can make it to the top. Do you feel his chip on his shoulder still there now as he is enjoying success in Germany?
Yes the Dre story and grind is tremendous. But yes I think he still has a chip on his shoulder as we all do. As a basketball player you never want to get to high and never too low.
You have seen many great centers in Germany, but where do you rank Scott Eatherton? Is he behind Giessen’s John Bryant or do you see him as the best center in the league?
For me I will say Scott is number 1, I’m bias because he is my teammate but he’s great he’s a work horse on the court. He’s so skilled and has great hands with a great touch. He is also a great teammate.
How much of a pleasure has it been being teammates with German Christian Sengfelder? How beneficial was him having an NCAA career helping him be the player he is now?
Christian has been great so far. playing NCAA has helped him a lot. He played against great competition and many pros during his time in college and that has prepared him for now.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 203cm forward. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit that description?
I would compare myself to Luol Deng in his prime. I’m trying become a Jimmy Butler type player now That’s a hard question for me to answer lol
Talk a little about your strengths as a player and how your game has developed in Europe via your stops in Sweden and Greece?
My strengths are that I am versatile. I am able to do many things on the court. I can guard and play multiple positions on the court
You have never shot under 38% from outside in a season as a professional. How confident are you that you could become a 40% shooter as a professional?
I am very confident that I will become a 40 percent shooter. I work so hard towards it. I just have to take smarter shots
On what things are you working on most this season so you can continue to develop in a good way as a professional basketball player?
The things I’m working on the most this season is my shot. I want to become a 40 percent shooter and also my ability to drive and attack the basket and make plays for others
Last season you played with ASA Koroivos Amaliadas (Greece-A) playing 26 games averaging 10.0ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 71.4%. How important was your second professional season. You proved coming form the weaker Swedish league that you could make an impact in Greece. How did your game grow most last season?
Last season in Greece I was determined to show that I can play at a top level I had to prove that too myself and I was up for the challenge I was focused and I worked hard that year to have a good season individually. My game grew just from the experience, experience is the best teacher
You played twice against top Euroleague teams Olympiakos and Panathinaikos getting crushed each time. You did have a strong 16 point 8 rebound game against the latter. What memories will you always have of playing against the two best teams in Greece?
My experience from playing against Olympiakos and Panathinaikos was great those are the teams and level I one day want to play for. I will always have the memory that I played well individually against both clubs. That’s good for my confidence.
You were teammates with Kevin Langford. Do you remember ever hearing any stories about his brother Keith Langford who was an Euroleague star in Europe for many years?
Yes Kevin Langford was a teammate of mine and I heard about his brother quite often while he was with us. His brother is a euro league legend is what I was told lol
In the summer of 2017 you played NBA Summer League with the Oklahoma Thunder. What kind of experience was this and which teammates and opponents impressed you the most?
Playing with the OKC summer league team was great. I enjoyed every minute of it. I learned so much in a short period of time. Domantas Sabonis was very impressive and he was so skilled and strong and athletic. Great guy as well
As a rookie you played for Boras Basket (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 33 games averaging 11.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 75.3%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home?
As a rookie is Sweden my wake up call was the time difference not being to talk to your family on the regular basis.
What memories do you have of Swedish teammate Christian Maraker? How key was he for introducing you to the European game and what could you soak up from him most?
Christian Maraker was a great player and teammate. I learned a lot from him as well. He was very smart. He invested in things to take care of his body, he ate healthy all time. Those are the main things I took with me
You played four years at UTRGV (NCAA) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 122 games. You were very consistent in your last three years. What were you fondest memories there?
My fondest memories at UTRGV was developing as a player and getting that experience to play a lot. Like I said earlier experience is the biggest teacher I learned so much from just playing.
You had many great games in the NCAA, but was your 23 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks and 1 steal in the win against SE Missouri State one of your most memorable games there?
Yes the game vs SE Missouri was one of my best overall games. That game showed the player I am and what I can do on the court.
How did head coach Dan Hipsher groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Hipsher made me mentally tough, He challenged me and made me better and forced me to get better. He expected me to show up every game and I thank him for that.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Dakota Slaughter?
Me and Dakota Slaughter never played 1 on 1 before but I would’ve murdered him easy lol
Who is the toughest guy that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA today?
The toughest guy I battled In NCAA was Pascal Siamkam. He had a motor that didn’t stop and he was everywhere.
If you had to pick your personal favorite starting five of teammates over the years which players would you chose?
My personal favorite starting teammate is a tough one but I’ll go James Washington, Deandre , Quentin Decousy, Scott and Maraker lol
If you had to construct your very own NBA mount Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick?
Mount Rushmore MJ.Kobe.LBJ.Shaq
What is your personal opinion about the never ending debate of who is the greatest between Michael Jordan and Lebron James?
My opinion is the MJ is the greatest ever but my all-time favorite is Kob.e I grew watching and wanting to be him. So my argument is MJ or Kobe
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Shaquille for the chat