Corey Raley-Ross is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Charlotte, North Carolina that has three professional seasons under his belt. Last season he played with C.B. Aridane (Spain-EBA) playing 30 games averaging 15.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 71.1% In the 2017-2018 season he played with CB Virgen de la Concha Innova Chef (Spain-EBA) playing 28 games averaging 18.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 41.4%,FT: 64.8%. As a rookie he played for TTU Korvpalliklubi Tallinn (Estonia-Alexela KML) playing 28 games averaging 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 30.4%,FT: 63.6%; and played 9 Baltic League games averaging 8.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 76.0%. He played at Buffalo (NCAA) from 2010-2014 playing 59 games. He had another chat with germanhoops.com about his basketball career.
Corey thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Thanks Miles for the opportunity. Currently, I’m in my hometown Charlotte, North Carolina visiting family and friends. My summer has been great! I’ve been doing a lot of preparing for this upcoming season.
The summer is winding down and your still unsigned. After playing in Estonia and in Spain for two seasons, you are a veteran in terms of the summer transfer market. How have you experienced this summer? Have the offers been meager or enough, but just not satisfying?
The transfer market has been moving favorable for me. I’ve been speaking with different clubs just about every week since August, I anticipate things picking up.
Also, the offers thus far have been satisfying. They’re all grand opportunities. However, unlike previous years I want to be more mindful when choosing my next destination.
Did you take a different kind of approach in finding the right fit this summer or has it been the same old formula just with less success so far this time?
I’ve definitely taken a different approach. I’ve been very patient with deciding this time around. This gives me the chance to watch the transfer market a bit closer. It also gives me additional time to continue preparing mentally and physically.
After Eintracht Stahnsdorf wasn’t a fit last season, how big is your urge to give it a shot in Germany? Do you have the need like you would like to prove something in the German basketball market?
Germany is a great country for sure, a country with strong professional leagues. Stahnsdorf is a great club and while they weren’t the right fit for me I’m certain that there are many other clubs in Germany that are. Do I have something to prove? Of course in every market, in time I believe that opportunity will present itself.
This summer you received some added experience with the Winston-Salem Wolves (ECBL). How was this time for you and talk a little about the quality of this league and it’s players?
This was great for me to stay in optimal shape for the season. The level of the players was solidthe league had some active professionals who kept the level high. I was able to play alongside my brother Brandis and with a coach (David Soloman) who has over 30 years of experience. This wasn’t just a great experience but a learning experience as well.
Let’s talk about last season. After starting the season with RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (Germany-Regionalliga) you then signed at C.B. Aridane (Spain-EBA) The team was up and down and lost more than it won. What was your summary of the season from a team standpoint?
My situation the last year was a major learning experience. Before signing with Aridane, I didn’t expect to play for three different coaches nor did I expect our roster to change so frequently. This greatly affected our team’s chemistry. Personally, these ups and downs challenged me to be resilient to changeand because of this I’m a better person and player.
How much fun was it playing with American Billy Mcodnald. He had had experience in Germany with Regionalliga teams Baskets Vilsbiburg and MTSV Friendsfactory Schwabing. Did you guys share stories about the Germany experience?
It was great playing alongside Billy. He’s one of the best athletes I know. We spoke a little about our experiences in Germany as we were in La Palma trying to create new ones.
You played 30 games averaging 15.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 71.1%. After playing your second season in the EBA, how do you feel did your game grow?
My game has grown considerably playing in EBA. Getting playing experience is always a plus. I really valued practice time since we would only play once per week. I would often fit in workouts before and after practices. Playing in Spain alone allowed me to growI was able to see a few ACB games live and also watch them as much as possible.
You had a superb game in the 112-94 victory against Zentro Basket scoring 22 points on 6/7 shooting from the two point range and 3/3 from outside), grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 9 dimes and had 5 steals. Is this one of those games where you showed the whole spectrum of your basketball abilities?
Yes I believe so! I was able to make an instant impact on the game with my defense and getting my teammates involved. Of course when doing those things I receive easy opportunities for myself.
Your stats were solid, but dipped slightly in the scoring, rebounding and three point scoring. How would you personally rate your season there in comparison to your season with CB Virgen de la Concha Innova Chef (Spain-EBA) the season before where you averaged 18.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 64.8%?
My situation the previous was much different. I was asked to play more on the ball as opposed to this season. It was essentially a role reversal.
Your three pointing was solid at 38.6%. In our last interview you stated that your mechanics are the same and shot selection and reps remain very important. Did you change anything up this summer when you continued to work on your shot?
This summer I really put an emphasis on extending my shooting range. I believe that this will open up the other dynamics of my game.
On what other area’s of your game did you work on in the lab to continue to improve your game as you continue to move up the basketball ladder?
Firstly, my basketball intelligence! I’m constantly watching as much basketball as I can. I’ve paid lots of attention to the actions/sets of the teams in the World Cup. I’ve worked to improve my skill: shooting, footwork, ball-handling, touch. Lastly, I’ve worked to improve my strength and conditioning. Running hills can be very therapeutic.
Please describe briefly why you could help any team in the world now with your basketball skills and help lead the team to success?
I believe I can help any team with my knowledge of the game, positive energy, athletic ability, defensive prowess; guarding 94 feet, defending multiple positions, play-making ability, shot-making ability, being accountable and by leading by example.
How did you witness the amazing summer transfer period in the NBA. Teams like the Lakers, Clippers and Nets suddenly got very strong. Which of these three teams will have the biggest impact and success in the NBA best?
The NBA transfer market was very suspenseful. The dynamic of the NBA has once again changed with a lot of teams having once again two star players. I believe the Clippers will be the biggest problem for teams this upcoming season. They not only have stars but they have depth and a very versatile roster.
You have experienced first hand how the game is played in Europe. How well will Team USA do at the World Cup despite having lost so many super stars?
Team USA will do great! They don’t have NBA superstars but they still have the best collective group of players. I’m mostly curious to see what other teams will separate themselves from the rest
Can a guy like Kemba Walker as it’s best player elevate his game to a new level?
I believe so. Kemba is dynamic and has led a franchise his whole career. I think as a player he’s up for any task.
What was the last movie that you saw?
You know this answer Miles Space Jam!!!
Thanks Corey for the chat.