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%. He and I will team up every week to talk basketball in the Miles basketball minute on germanhoops.com
Curtis thanks for talking to germanhoops.com The team has suffered it’s first two game losing streak of the season. Was this loss against BBG Herford tougher to swallow then the loss in Ibbenburen three days earlier.
I wouldn’t say tougher to swallow because every loss is tough to swallow but it did sting a little bit because were trying to build on every day and get better but when we play like that we take steps back.
The Dragons Rhondorf lost 96-91 against BBG Herford. How annoying is it executing very well on offense, but then just not giving the effort on defense
It’s frustrating for everybody. We just have to do a better job. No excuses.
It seemed like the team allowed 20 easy back door baskets. Is this aspect of the defense one of the team’s biggest worries or can one actually correct this quickly?
Yes we just have to be in the help side when somebody gets back door cut. We just let them get a open lay up when there’s no help from the backside.
At times you had to cover that beast Derylton Hill who had to step aside at half-time due to an injury. Is defending the beasts at times more challenging than the long athletic guys?
Not necessarily. It’s just about keeping your man in front of you. That’s just how I look at regardless or size or length.
The club now has two games within 24 hours. On Friday a cup game and on Saturday a league game. With a deep roster and most healthy how confident are you of the team rebounding for a perfect weekend?
I’m confident because we have no other choice. We have to win and we have to fix our mistakes so I’m extremely confident.
Killian Binapfel continues to be one of the top performers on the club. Does his energy infect the club at times and what have you appreciated most about his game.
Yes it does. Killian is extremely talented. I appreciate his defensive ability & athleticism. He’s a young guy he’s still learning but the potential is all there for sure.
You had another solid game scoring 24 points. As you slowly continue to adjust better to the Regionalliga what still is difficult getting used to at this level?
Driving into lanes and not getting fouls. I have to realize I’m playing in the Regionalliga and the refs aren’t the best. So I have to adjust to knowing when to drive to the basket and when to drive and kick out.
You had a massive block in the first quarter. Do you feel like you can continue to grow in this area and how important is your athleticism to helping you become a good blocker?
Yes I feel like I have great timing and know when somebody is going up or trying to score. Lord willing god gave me this great athleticism so I try to put it to use as much as I can. I feel like it will for sure helped me as a blocker but more importantly as a defender.
Brandon Frazier of the Telekom Baskets Bonn was at the game today. Have you watched any Bonn games yet and what has been your overall impression of the style of how they play at that level?
Yes I have. I love Bonn & the energy and intensity of the Bonn Games. My overall impression has been that’s the level I want to be at. That’s the level I want to play at so it’s been a great impression for me. I appreciate Brandon & TJ coming out to watch us. That’s always good to see to have that support from the top guys not just for me but for the whole team.
Thanks Curtis for the chat