Marquis Cooper is an American basketball player from from Marianna, Arkansas He has a huge chip on his shoulder and plays both sides of the court and is a team player. He recently took part at the Howard Hoops Tour in Germany. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his basketball dream.
Hi Marquis, thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Hey thanks for having me. I am in Frankfurt, Germany right now getting ready for the Ronald Howards Tournament. My summer has been wonderful. I graduated college last weekend so this summer has been awesome.
There are guys with meager basketball resume’s and then there are guys like you that are battling to build a resume. How hungry are you to finally get a chance to showcase your basketball skills with a professional team?
I am very hungry. Coming from a small city all we ever did was work hard so that stuck with me.
You come from a small town in Arkansas and now are in Germany. Has it been a type of culture shock or did you notice quickly how Americanized Frankfurt is?
It hasn’t been a culture shock because I’ve been to other countries that were Americanized just like Germany. The food is different but that’s about it.
You played high school ball, but because you lived in the country and didn’t live in a bigger city, that kind of held you back. How was your high school basketball experience? How were you able to make the best situation out of it?
My high school basketball career was pretty good. In high school I played all (5) positions. Sounds a little crazy huh? But I did. I loved being in the country because it taught me to never give up. Working hard in 100 degree weather was the best.
Your chip must be so large on your shoulder. What keeps your basketball dream alive on a daily basis knowing that you have as good as no real experience?
I’ve been playing basketball since I was small, but even though I didn’t play in college I knew that I could not quit so I had to keep working.
How difficult is it having a day job and working on your basketball craft at night. Talk about the day to day grind that you have in your life?
It was very hard when I was in School. I had tons of homework, but I tried to get something in everyday which was very difficult.
Let’s talk a bit about your game. Just so one can get a feel as to what type of player you are, if you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I would have to say Russel Westbrook. I love the aggression when it comes to basketball. I don’t talk crap on the court like him unless I have to. I am usually very quiet but you will know that I am on the court.
What are your biggest strengths on the court and what do you like to display most on the court?
I am a defensive player and a team player. I am not the best shooter but I will work hard to get to that point. I also like to keep my team on track. I am usually playing point guard because of my leadership.
A big plus in your game is that you are a team player. You have a decent shot, but it needs work. Has shooting been something that you have been focusing on most in the basketball lab?
I’ve been focused on everything, but shooting is something I worked on more than other skills. I am more of a point guard so me facilitating and getting to the basketball or even dishing a pass to a teammate will always get the job done.
You are taking part at the 2019 Howard Hoops tour in Germany. How excited are you to be able to be in Europe? With what kind of expectations are you going to Germany with?
I am very excited. I was nervous at first, but I’m okay now. I just want to land a good job and help a team win games.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? What are you looking forward to most with this experience?
I really don’t know much about Germany, but I know that Dirk was from there and he played and went to the league. I am very humble and looking to further my basketball career.
How thankful are you of getting this experience from tour CEO Ronald Howard (181-PG-84, college: Mayville St.). How did the whole contact come about and what do you believed impressed him most from your game to invite you?
I am very thankful. I actually got in touch with him on social media and it went from there.
Ronald Howard has an amazing track record of helping guys like yourself land on a team. How confident are you that through his guidance you would be able to find a team?
I think I would have great success. I an very humble. I don’t do a lot of talking and bragging I just leave it all on the court.
Ronald Howard is an amazing around the clock basketball junkie. What has impressed you most about his presence and just how much influence does he have in being able to get the best out of a player?
He is very passionate about helping and coaching which influenced me to do good on and off the court.
Is your basketball dream big enough to earn somewhere between 300-500 euro to start?. That is a tough lifestyle and some guys can’t cope with it while others can. Are you aware how tough it will be once you get a shot?
Yes it is. I am a hard worker so $300 or $500 Euros for a start is okay.
Please explain in a few sentences as to why you could help any team despite the kind of resume that you have?
I can help any team because of my passion for the game whether that is starting or coming off of the bench. Coach called me an ‘Energizer Bunny’ so that means I rarely get tired on the court. I will do whatever I have to do.
Please name your personal NBA Mount Rushmore. Which 4 heads old or present would you pick?
Jordan, Westbrook, John Wall, and Patrick Beverly. I would pick these people because of their dog mentatlity. Each unique player has or had heart and that’s what I like.
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
Jordan is the best. Lebron is a cry baby haahaa! Jordan did a lot more than Lebron and Jordan played in a different Era than Lebron and I don’t think Lebron would have been as good.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Bug’s Life. I really don’t watch T.V other than ESPN. I have never been big on movies because I was always outside enjoying the country life. I was always in the gym playing basketball or either outside playing on my goal.
Thanks Marquis for the chat