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 20,4ppg,7,7rpg,3,5apg and 3,2spg. 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.
Congrats Curtis on another win the fourth in a row for the Dragons Rhondorf over BG Hagen 104-96. Is waking up Sunday any different for you when you win or lose or are they all the same?
They are all the same! I usually watch the film Sunday and see what I could have done better then try to focus on the next game.
In German basketball when a team scores 100 or more points, the player that scored the 100 point has to buy a round of drinks. 17 year old kid Simas Lukosius scored the 100 point. Was any of that talked about in the dressing room after the game and did he come through during the week?
Yes our team does donuts though. But it’s crazy because nobody has got them yet haha.
Everyone knew that BG Hagen was depleted with injuries. I remember telling a kid we will win by 25 points. Boy was I wrong. After one quarter they had scored 32 points. What disappointed you most letting up 32 points in the first 10 minutes?
Yes it was. We weren’t disciplined at all! But we really settled down and focused on it so we can become better.
What words of wisdom did head coach Yassin Idbihi give the guys after the first quarter that allowed you to score an explosive 34 points in the second quarter?
Just be patient and defend. We all know we have talent and can score but our defense would help us get good looks offensively.
BG Hagen forward Salathiel Ligons exploded with 34 points. How deadly was his mid range game and was he another guy where you tried to soak up some of that mid range game?
Man he played really good. His mid range was pretty much automatic and he really got to his spots. It’s always good talking with him too because he’s a vet and I really try to soak up as much as I can from him.
The Dragons Rhondorf did a great job managing the game in the second half and like you told me after the game weathering the storm. It seems like being able to do this is becoming more and more of a strength for the team.
Yeah it has. As crazy as it is we’ve been through a lot of adversity early this season so we have been through a lot of situations. So with that we know what to do and how to figure it out because we’ve been through it before.
After the win Yasin Idbihi stated in the press conference that the defense was a catastrophe. What new measures did the team work on this week to be able to come on the floor in Essen and shrink the points allowed?
Just like I always say all around defense. Being in the right spots, staying in front of your man, all different things.
The club keeps working on defense every week, but little improvement is seen on the court. Do you feel that the problem could be more the mental side getting in the way of defensive execution?
No I just think we have to really focus and know every situation and where to be defensively.
The teammate spotlight this week is on Mark Kotieno. He had his best game of the season scoring 25 points and adding 7 boards. He seemed like reborn. How motivating was it for him starting the game and could this performance heighten his game in the next games?
Man he played really good and showed his talent. He was motivated because we didn’t have Gabriel so he felt the opportunity was there to have a big game & he was right. We needed that from him against Hagen.
You had another normal day at the office with 23 points and 13 boards and 6 assists. Only Anish Sharda had more with 7. How pleased have you been with your playmaking this season?
Pretty good. I feel like it’s getting better everyday I’ve been really learning and trying to slow the game down. Read every option so it’s been good. I’m only going to continue to keep getting better.
If the Dragons Rhondorf allowed you to play point guard for a day and gave you 32-33 minutes, how would your stats look like?
I honestly don’t know. I’m sure I’d play pretty well, but I know one thing I know we would win though!
At the start of the fourth quarter you attempted a long jumper, felt it wouldn’t fall and got your rebound for the put back. When was the last time that you made a play like that? It isn’t so common for a player to execute that?
Haha it’s crazy because it’s just knowing where the ball is going to go and the basketball gods on my side. I usually just try to attack the ball because I know I’m going to miss and find it from there.
The other day Lebron James and Luka Doncic put on a show making triple doubles. How long will it take until people start saying that those are the two best players in the NBA at the moment?
Man it might already be able to be said. We all know LeBron is crazy but Luka is special. Really special I’m glad he’s in Dallas because he’s putting on for the city!
What was the last Basketball video of a player that you watched?
I’m not sure I watch so many videos of players and stuff so I don’t remember exactly which one.
Thanks Curtis for the chat.