Dorian Pinson is a 22 year old 196cm forward from Greenville, South Carolina that completed his rookie professional season with Pro A team Ebbecke White Wings averaging 12,2ppg, 6,2rpg, 3,5apg and 2,5spg and shot 38% from outside. Before going to Lincoln Memorial (NCAA2) he got various high school experience with Southside High School averaging 13.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 4.0apg, 3.0spg, played with the SC Raptors Elite (AAU) and finished at Legacy Charter High School averaging14.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2.3spg. He then played at Lincoln Memorial (NCAA2) from 2014-2018 playing a total of 103 games. He was able to score in double figures in his last three season there. In his senior year he played 34 games averaging 15.5ppg, 9.4rpg, 4.1apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 63.0%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his rookie season in Germany.
Thanks Dorian for talking to germanhoops.comYou just finished your rookie season with the Ebbecke White Wings. How tough was it seeing the team finish in 15th place and just miss making the cut of staying in the Pro A?
Very tough, I come from a history of winning, so it was very difficult to be a part of a losing season
If someone had told you in September 2018 that this club would land so low in the standings in March 2019 what would you have thought?
I wouldn’t have thought that from the roster and skill set we had that it would have played out that way
A big problem for the team was it’s inconsistency. Obviously limiting points this season was a problem, but at the times the offense was just as bad. Near the end of the season where the team had to perform, it averaged only 57 points on offense. Was this more of a mental problem?
Yeah mentally it was struggle, especially when you’re trying hard to win games, but a lot of injuries and sickness, physical issues gave us the short hand all year long so the inconsistency was bound to come into play.
The Ebbecke White Wings had their moments like destroying playoff team Trier by 40 points, but then again had numerous games where it couldn’t reach 60 points. Did this team underachieve on offense?
Underachieved could be the word but it was more of a chemistry and trusting every player on the court to make the best play for the team
The team allowed 82 points a game. Was one of the biggest problems getting everyone on the same page or why did the team have so many problems with giving up points?
Yeah everybody buying into our defensive plans and adjustments were a reason we allowed so many points, then again just guys trusting one another that another teammate will help them when they mess up
Head coach Simon Cote got a lot of criticism, but overall the guy lives basketball and is a players coach. Do you feel like his work ethic and dedication get overlooked when the team is losing?
Definitely Simon Cote is a great guy and good coach, many people do not realize how shorthanded we were this year but he fought through and stayed by our side all year long. Have nothing but respect for Simon Cote
Let’s talk a little about your teammates. Luquon Choice was a player that continued to make steps in his second professional season. What did you learn to appreciate most about his game in the short time that you were there?
He comes in everyday with a positive mindset, gets extra work, encourages everybody to become better and is willing to do whatever it takes to win
You saw many talented German players this season on court and was teammates with Till Joscha-Joenke. He is a guy that has played in the BBL. What did you appreciate most about his game and is the BBL still on his agenda?
His energy and toughness during games and practices.
You battled against Jarekious Bradley every day. How important of a player was he for you with his experience and basketball skills?
Very important gave me a feel for higher level league play with physicality and just schemes overall
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 12,2ppg, 6,2rpg, 3,5apg and 2,5spg. How content were you with your season? Are stats worth less when a team isn’t winning?
I feel as if I could’ve done more but I adjusted to what coaches want and their style of play, and I feel as if its more important to win than the stat chase
On what parts of your game do you feel profited most in your rookie season?
Steals, ability to guard multiple positions, my shooting, rebounding, energy, playmaking
You have been filling the stat sheet for years ever since playing at Lincoln-Memorial (NCAA2). What did you learn to appreciate about your game knowing that you could continue to perform the way you did in school?
My energy & focus level, if I am ready to play mentally and physically I feel as if I can compete against anybody
You put up pretty consistent stats, but had some low scoring games at the end of the season against Kirchheim and Hamburg. Did you experience some fatigue during the long season?
Just couldn’t find a rhythm in those games, not fatigue just didn’t show up to play at a high level
You have always been a very fierce defender and in our last interview you stated ‘Disrupting teams offensive schemes are what I take most pride in on defense’. How tough was it defending this season when the team wasn’t on the same page?
Kind of tough but nothing I couldn’t adjust to, just knowing mentally when to try to disrupt teams schemes
You shot 38% from outside after shooting 42% your senior year. How did you witness the transition shooting from school to the pro’s? What was the toughest aspect to being able to continue to be a good shooter at the next level?
Stay confident in your shot, I work on it every day just about building a high level of confidence about making shots
What was your personal season highlight? Possibly your 21/12 game in the win over Heidelberg?
Yeah that or my defensive effort against Hagen at Hagen
What is the next step for you? I can imagine you getting some offers from the German BBL. Would staying in Germany and playing in the BBL a high priority for you?
Yes definitely the BBL is on my list of leagues I’d like to play in
You have a long summer ahead of you. On what things will you be working on most in the basketball lab as you get ready for that next opportunity?
Ball handling, becoming more athletic, shooting, more flexibility, and take some time to reflect on everything that I need to improve on in mental and physical aspects
Please name your five all-time best teammates in college and pro’s
It’s still so early, but when all is said and done could Luka Doncic be one of the greatest Europeans that ever played in the NBA?
He has the potential
What was your reaction when you heard that Lebron James named himself the greatest of all-time?
He has the right to say that, he has earned it
Charles Barkley recently proclaimed that Tom Brady Is more of a GOAT than Michael Jordan. Do you share his opinion?
That’s debatable many people will agree some won’t
Tom Brady won sixth Super Bowl. Where will he be if he wins a seventh next season?
New England next 2 or 3 years
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Dorian for the chat.