Curtis Hollis is a 21 year old 198cm forward from Arlington, Texas that is playing his first season overseas and first in Germany with the Dragons Rhondorf. He began his career at Mansfield Summit High School. In 2017-2018 he played with Hutchinson CC (JUCO) playing 34 games averaging 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 66.3%. In 2018 he played in Lavar Ball’s new league with the Houston Ballers (JBL) playing 7 games: Score-5 (29.3ppg), 11.3rpg, 5.3apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 71.8%. Currently he is averaging 20,3ppg, 8,5rpg, 3,3apg and 3,8spg. In the overwhelming 87-65 win over Leverkusen he notched a massive triple double scoring 26 points, getting 11 rebounds and 10 steals. He and I will team up every week to talk basketball in the Miles basketball minute.
Congrats on the 87-65 win over the Bayer Giants Leverkusen 2 team. Would it be fair to say that this was up to now the club’s best win of the season? The only flaw was the 16 turnovers, but other than that a very well played game with 24 team assists.
I guess you could say that yes. But as we always say it was just 1 game for us. We played well, defended hard for sure, cut down on the turnovers as you said but we try to move past every game win or lose and focus on the next. Can’t get too up or down over 1 game. We have a bigger goal.
The defense allowed 65 points. How well has the defense continued to develop in the last two weeks. It seemed like there was absolutely no lack of aggressiveness as the team got 16 steals.
It’s been going pretty well! We focus on defense and go hard at it every day. Coach says there’s no days off and he’s trying to get us into that mode at all times. We have a culture we’re trying to build here so it’s been getting better every day and we’re going to continue to get better and play hard defensively as much as we can.
Do you feel like your exceptional day of 10 steals pushed the other guys on the defensive end? Do you feel like you could have an influx of steals the more you get adjusted to the Regionalliga?
I wouldn’t say that. I think everybody was just trying to defend very hard. I just played on the ball defense hard and was being very aggressive in the passing lanes! I think this could for sure be a nightly thing going on with the season and getting adjusted yes. I just have to stay out of foul trouble.
You, Gabriel De Olveira and Killian Binapfel combined for 65 of the 87 points. Last week it was Anisch Sharda that had the hot hand with 28 points. Is the team on a good way of establishing of having the capability to have 1-2 different scorers each game?
Yes. We try to share the ball and find the open guy always! We have talent on our team so it could be anybody’s night each game! We’re just trying to make sure we all play as a team so everybody will have a chance.
What is your history of triple doubles in your career. The usual triple double is usually points, rebounds and assists, but you had 10 steals. Did you even know near the end of the game that you were on course of achieving a triple double?
Yes I had an idea. After every quarter I try to look at the stat sheet to see where I’m lacking and where I need to pick up on things and how the team is doing as well. So I noticed that and just kept doing what I was doing and ended up with 10 steals.
Despite getting a massive triple double, how much do the five turnovers bother you? Will you go back and watch film and closely dissect the mistakes you made this week?
Didn’t really bother me much. A couple little mistakes but I was being aggressive as well and coach really emphasizes that with me be aggressive so it was okay. I’ll definitely watch the film this week and fix it.
After taking six three’s in the first three games, you attempted five in the fourth game. Are you starting to feel more comfortable shooting the three?
Yes I am 100% I’ve been putting in a lot of work with my assistant coach Julius he’s been doing a great job so far so I’ve definitely been getting more comfortable shooting the three.
Next weekend comes the big showdown between you and Herford 196cm American Derylton Hill who like yourself is tearing up the Regionalliga averaging 24,8ppg and 13,3rpg and like you has a 3-1 record. Will you take some time to watch some extra film on him this week to be fully prepared?
Yes I always want to take time and watch film not necessarily on him but on the team they have. It’s a team game so his team has to try to be better than ours but I’m competitive so it’ll be fun matching up against him.
You live in a very beautiful area of Germany. Have you had some opportunity to explore the country with cities Bonn and cologne near you? What have you learned to appreciate the most about Germany?
I’ve visited Bonn , and Cologne yes! Germany is just really pretty! I appreciate the energy! It’s a calm, nice, really good energy place it’s really peaceful
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Thanks Curtis for the chat.