Davonte Lacy is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Tacoma, Washington that finished his third professional season and first with German Pro A team PS Karlsruhe averaging 16,8ppg, 3,4rpg and 4,1apg. Last season he played with Ehingen averaging 18,5ppg, 2,8rpg,5,2apg and 1,5spg. In his a rookie he played with UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 11 FIBA Europe Cupgames averaging 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 37.8%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT: 80.6%; and 21 Austrian A Bundesliga games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 32.9%, FT: 80.2%, left in Feb.’16, later that month moved to BC Hallmann Vienna (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 15 games averaging 5.9ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 66.7%. He started his basketball career with Washington St. (NCAA) in 2011 playing a total of 110 NCAA games. His best season was his junior season where he played 23 games: averaging 19.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 39%, FT: 83.5%. In his senior year he played 31 games averaging 16.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 77.0%. He spoke to germanhoops.com after the end of the 2018-2019 season.
Thanks Davonte for talking to germanhops.com Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?
Thanks for talking to me again, I am currently in Karlsrhue still. Going to head home in the next couple of days. Basketball has been treating me well these last couple months.
It’s been a year since our last interview. Has basketball time flown by in this time for you as you are approaching your third professional season?
Yea the time always seems to fly by when preparing for a season. Was excited to come back to Germany and compete.
It was another special season for PS Karlsruhe. When you came in last summer, did you sense that special basketball culture that has grown in the past few years as the club has moved from the Regionalliga up to the Pro A?
Yes of course, I had came once the season already started but upon my arrival you can understand why they moved up over the last couple years. The fans and the front office are very knowledgeable and professional.
Last season the club reached the Pro A semi-finals playing a hard fought 4 game series against eventual Pro A champion Rasta Vechta, but this season the club reached only the quarterfinals. Considering the expectations that the club had did the team underachieve?
I don’t think we underachieved, we battled through some tough injuries and a lot of changes. I think we made the best out of some unfortunate circumstances.
This season PS Karlsruhe was swept by top Pro A team Chemnitz. What is your summary to the Chemnitz series? Do you feel like you could have done more as a team to have had more of a chance?
Chemnitz is a great team, they share the ball well and have a high overall team IQ. We could have learned from our mistakes better. The effort was there we just had to be more cerebral to make an upset.
It came to down to defense. In the regular season the club allowed 79 points per game, but in the playoffs against Chemnitz 87 points. What made it so tough playing them in this series?
They ran their sets and executed at a very high level. They had players make the right plays/ reads correctly over and over again. There is a reason they are the favorite to win the league.
How tough was it the game to game scouting? You never really could key in on 1-3 players, because they were a club that really had 7-8 guys that could light up the score board in any given game?
Very tough to scout a team that has so many weapons offensively and are very unselfish so anyone could have a breakout game on any given night.
There was a great stretch in November, December and January where the team won 10 of 11 games. This was the best time of the season where the club was playing it’s best basketball. Did the team instill that ‘We are invincible feeling’?
We were pretty confident around that time then dealing with two key injuries at the end of that time who were both unfortunately German as well hurt us in terms of not only lack of players but rotation guys with the 2 Germans on the court rule.
Please sum up the team season for the club. What were the team highlights of the season and what made it special playing for this team? Was the win against Heidelberg at the end of the season one of the biggest wins of the season?
One key highlight was what you just referenced the winning 10/11 games at one point 8 in a row. We had things going good and everyone was playing well. Heidelberg was a key win because it ultimately clinched the playoffs for us.
Let’s talk about your teammates. How special was it playing with American Orlando Parker? He is one of those great stories of a guy coming up the basketball ladder from the bottom. What did you appreciate most about him on the court?
It was Great to play with OP, he’s one of those guys that plays the right way and you can count on him to bring his energy and effort every night. He’s going to continue to climb that basketball ladder and prove himself against better and better competition.
How did you see the development of Kahron Ross? He had an up and down rookie season. How did his game improve form the first day of training camp to game three against Chemnitz?
I didn’t get the chance to see him his first day of training camp but as I got here to the end of the season he has grown so much in terms of leading a team and learning how to be a pro. He always loved to work and compete if he continues that I believe he has a bright future in this game.
German Filmore Beck is a bonafide veteran that can when he wants to shoot out the lights. Is there anything that you could soak up from his game that was able to help you in parts of your game?
One thing I can for sure take away from Fil was his resounding confidence and the idea that you should always believe in yourself and you can compete with anybody.
You had many German players on the team like Pluskota, Nyama and Johnson. Of these three which player do you feel made the biggest stride?
I think DJ made the biggest stride in my eyes because he was in a shooting slump once I got here but overcame that and had some great games down the stretch and hitting some huge shots along the way.
Let’s talk about your game. You had a prosperous third professional season averaging 16,8ppg, 3,4rpg and 4,1apg. Your scoring and assists were down a bit, but you also played three les minutes, but upped your three point shooting from 37% to 41%. How content were you in general with your season?
I’m ok with how the season went for me personally, I still feel I can improve on many things this summer that will help me a lot down the road. But winning and staying healthy doing so are always the main goals.
In our last interview you stated that ‘Well ever since I became a professional I have focused on being more of a playmaker, making my teammates better, and setting them up to succeed’. How was your role different with PS Karlsruhe in comparison to Ehingen or were they similar?
I think my roles were similar coach Rudez trusted me and put me in positions to not only score but to make plays for my teammates similar to how my coach last year did.
In our last interview you also stated this about your defense. ‘I think I can make majors strides. I believe this is the weakest part of my game and I think to make the jump to a higher level my defense will have to improve’. PS Karlsruhe defended better than Ehingen did when you were there. How do you feel did your defense improve this season?
I do think I improved in this aspect and showed that I can be a great defending at times both on the ball and off, but still needs improvement and will be a main focus this summer.
You have always been a scorer and in Ehingen made major strides taking what the defense gave you. On what other things did you focus on this season to keep that scorer mentality strong and be successful?
This year I wanted to just be more efficient, I wanted to be a part of the 50-40-90 during the regular season but unfortunately I came short on the Free Throw Percentage.
How good did it feel like shooting over 40% from downtown something you never did leading back to your time at Washington State. How do you approach the future with your three point shooting? Now you have to follow this season up keeping consistency. How much of a challenge will that be for you?
I changed some little mechanics dating back to my coach last year in Ehingen and had a lot more focus on some finer details along with just overall shot selection. The challenge will just be continuing to do the changes that made me a better shooter over a longer period of time.
You had many great games this season including the 33 point explosion against Rostock or the 35 point explosion against Tuebingen. Was one of these games your personal best? Possibly the Tuebingen game since you really filled the stat sheet.
Those were both fun, but the Tuebingen game was my favorite because we had to win if we wanted to make the playoffs, they had a great atmosphere, and they played really well as well. It was high level basketball and those are the best games to be apart of.
After two very strong seasons in the Pro A and seeing BBL games, you must have thoughts every now and then about what it would feel like competing against players of that level. What do you feel is still missing from your game or is it just a matter of getting lucky and getting an opportunity?
I know I can not only compete at the level but be successful at it. I will put myself up against any import in Germany regardless of the league, I just believe in myself and the work I put into the game. I do still have some deficiencies in my game but I’m working and limiting those this summer. I think it’s about situation and having a coaching staff and General Manger that believe in you as much as you believe in yourself then the opportunity will come.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the Pro A this season?
Shy Ely was really good this year at being efficient and really active with out the ball.
What is the next step for you? PS Karlsruhe fans want to keep you, but I’m sure top Pro A teams or BBL teams will be calling or could you imagine giving another country and culture a shot?
I will give anywhere another shot that is the right situation for growth in my career I want to play and compete against the best and will be looking for an opportunity to do so.
On what things will you be continuing to work on in the lab this summer as you continue to improve your game?
Every aspect needs to get better and more fine tuned but my main focus will be strengthening my hips and quicker feet for defensive purposes, working on a tighter handle, and just being in great overall shape.
How did you follow your ex team Ehingen this season? I can imagine that you are proud of how their season went?
Of Course they had a really good team and season this year. They played hard and earned everything they got, the city and the fans deserved to have a season like that.
If you had to pick your personal favorite starting five of teammates over the years which players would you chose?
PG – Kahron Ross
SG – Bradford Burgess
SF – Jason Dietrich
PF – Orlando Parker
C – Cyrus Tate
(Big Lineup lol)
What is your personal opinion about the never ending debate of who is the greatest between Michael Jordan and Lebron James?
-There’s never going to be a definitive answer I think we should stop comparing and just start appreciating their games and how they influenced their respective generations.
What is your early opinion where Luka Doncic will end one day in the NBA? Could he be one of the greatest Europeans that ever played in the NBA when all is said and done?
He has a chance to be, it is all set up for him to succeed it’s all about what he does now if he can win and stay healthy in the NBA.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Us… Great Movie.
Thanks Davonte for the chat