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 currently averaging 20,5ppg,7,6rpg,31apg and 2,9spg. 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.
Thanks Curtis for talking to germanhoops.com Congrats on the big 90-77 win against the Hertener Lowen. Killian Binapfel wore a specially made jersey as his real one got lost. Should he keep wearing that jersey instead of the real one for luck?
Haha nah it was funny he wore that jersey something happend with his. But I think he’s going to keep playing good regardless!
The Dragons Rhondorf started on fire leading 18-0. Was that the most you ever led from the start of a game or have you seen higher leads in your young basketball life?
I’m not sure. I’ve beaten some teams pretty bad before but it was cool we started out hot like that.
You guys practiced a lot of transition defense the week before the game. Was this one of the biggest positives from the win?
One of them yes. We just locked in this week and really worked and tried to get better and work on our mistakes and it paid off for us.
You have a two game winning streak. How are the Dragons Rhondorf a different team now under Yassin Idbihi then when they had Marcus Rowenstrunk as head coach?
We’re more discipled. We run different sets, practice runs different it’s just a different vibe now. Yassin is a great guy and everybody respects him so we just go to work.
You told me after the Herten victory that Yassin Idbihi is a no excuses guy. Is it less demanding to play for him than the others simply because you seem to have a very special relationship?
I wouldn’t say that because honestly Yassin stays on me and is extremely hard on me everyday even though we have a great relationship. I respect it though because it just shows how much he cares and how much he wants me to be successful.
What has improved on the defensive end since the arrival of Idbihi? What area has been tweaked the best so far?
Just the whole defense. The pressure, off the ball defense, playing the passing lanes just all aspects had to improve and they have so far.
The teammate spotlight today is on Killian Binapfel who scored 29 points against Hagen Haspe and 20 points against Herten. You agreed with me that he could become that sort of glue guy for the team. Please elaborate a bit how key this kid is for the team?
He’s huge for us. Obviously he’s athletic, can score and can really defend but when he’s on his game he opens up another aspect for us and can really help us win games.
You had another normal day at the office pouring in 18 points, but had a slow start. How difficult is it being patient on the court? You’re a guy that is used to having the ball a lot and scoring. Does the anxiousness sometimes to want to perform in a span where nothing is going for you difficult to combat?
I think I’m learning more and more and understanding how I have to score. I have to realize I can’t go back to the bad habits sometimes of forcing and stuff like that when I’m not getting as many touches. But it’s not difficult for me I know me scoring is going to come for me and I’m always going to score the ball so it’s all about being patient and picking and choosing when I need to score the ball.
You had a span in the second half where you scored four buckets in a row. Is scoring in bunches something you feel you can always do at this level or will it get harder once teams see you more and can figure you out?
Yes it’s something I can do at this level for sure. I just know how to score and when my spots are there I’m going to be aggressive so it’s for sure something I’ll always be able to do.
Your were teammates with Lamello Ball in 2018 in a USA select squad. He averaged 40 points in the JBL league. I read somewhere recently that some basketball expert compared him with his game to Luka Doncic. Is that an accurate assessment?
I wouldn’t say that. I think they have different games but I can see why they say that because they both were extremely young and both have unreal passing and scoring abilities but I wouldn’t say Luka.
You come from Texas. Are you a big football fan? Are the Dallas Cowboys your team or are you a secret Patriots fan?
I’m absolutely a football fan and a Cowboys fan. I love the cowboys! It’s funny because my best friend is a Patriots fan and I love Tom Brady so I’m a lowkey Patriots fan but it’s Cowboys nation always!
Thanks Curtis for the chat.