Darrin Dorsey is a 32 year old 188cm point guard from Glendale, Arizona playing his ninth professional season and first with Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL). Last season he split time with Holargos B.C. (Greece-A1) playing 6 games averaging 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 29.2%, 3FGP: 16.0%, in Dec.’18 moved to U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Romania-Liga Nationala) playing 22 games averaging 10.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 78.6%. He also got additional basketball experience playing in countries like Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Israel, France and Turkey. He began his basketball career at Glendale High School and then played at Bakersfield CC (NJCAA) and Dakota Wesleyan (NAIA). He spoke to germanhoops.com before a Basketball Champions League game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn in Bonn.
Darrin thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Welcome back to Germany. You played against Ludwigsburg in the Basketball Champions League a few years ago losing both games. What do you remember from those experiences?
I remember they were a real tough and defensive minded team! They would cause chaos and then capitalize from it!
Your playing in your 9th professional season and have played in 9 countries and for 13 organizations. Do you sometimes feel like a basketball globetrotter?
Yeah at many times. I feel like that but I actually enjoy the experience of being able to travel travel to all the places I’ve been.
There aren’t many guys that can say they had such a long career coming from the NAIA. How thankful are you to have had such a long career and what have you cherished the most about being a professional player?
I’m very thankful for having such a long career over here. I Cherish all the relationships I’ve made with various teammates and coaches and also fans through out the years!
Your playing your first season with Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL). You have played in many countries and seen a lot, but what kind of experience has it been playing in the basketball crazed country of Lithuania?
Lithuania has been great since the day I got here! Neptunas is a very professional club and it shows with all the success they have had in previous years.
Your sharing the back court with experienced Lithuanian guard Zygimantas Janavicius. What kind of experience ha sit been playing along side him and coming from the bench’?
I enjoy sharing the point guard position with him, he’s a very good player and teammate! We are a bit different in play style so I think it works well to have different options to put out there on the floor.
What kind of experience has it been playing with Lithuanian Thomas Delininkaitis who has won 15 professional titles and a silver at the European championships and a silver at the world championships. Is he a guy you enjoy getting title advice from?
Tom has a lot of knowledge of the game, you tie that together with his shooting ability, there’s no wonder he has had so much success and continues to have it! He’s definitely one of our leaders!
Your 32 years old and never won a title in Europe. How hungry are you win that chip and what part of your game are you working on most now?
Yeah unfortunately I haven’t won a title in Europe but I really am motivated to do so! Now I’m working on picking my shots and trying to be as efficient as possible.
Last season you split time with Holargos B.C. (Greece-A1) playing 6 games averaging 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 29.2%, 3FGP: 16.0%, in Dec.’18 moved to U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Romania-Liga Nationala) playing 22 games averaging 10.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 78.6%. You were teammates with American Jovontae Hawkins who is tearing up the German BBL league.Do you still keep tabs on him?
Yeah of course! Hawk is extremely talented and has a very long and big future ahead of him! I’m always checking up to see how he’s doing.
In Romania you scored 22 points in a narrow 106-104 win against Pitesti. Was this one of your fondest memories there?
Although basketball in Romania went well and I enjoyed playing for cluj. I’d have to say my fondest memories were more to do with the guys I had around me and I mean that genuinely! Great group of guys from the trainers to players to coaches!
In 2017-2018 you split time with Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (Turkey-BSL) playing 2 games averaging 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.0spg, in Oct.’17 moved to ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) playing 25 games averaging 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 38.4%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 66.7%;and played 11 BCL: games averaging 8.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 26.1%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 73.7%. Despite not making the playoffs with Chalon how do you remember this season? You had some very good BCL games.
The season in Chalon was a difficult one for me, due to many different reasons. I don’t dwell on it at all really. But I do remember some great champions league moments for sure!
In 2016-2017 you played with ESSM Le Portel Cote d’Opale (France-ProA) playing 35 games averaging 14.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 81.1%. This was without a doubt your best season stat wise. What do you remember most from this season?
Haha man Le Portel!!! A place I’ll always have ties to! First off the fans there are like no other I have experienced! Yes it was my most successful year, but that was due to my teammates and coaches believing 100% in my abilities and trusting me to lead the team!
In 2015-2016 you had your first tour of duty in Europe with Union Poitiers Basket 86 (France-ProB) playing 37 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 4.0rpg, 4.5apg, Steals-1 (2.1spg), FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 75.4%. How vital was veteran Jeff Greer for your first full season and just getting familiar with the whole situation of being a pro baller in Europe?
Jeff Greer is a brother and I don’t say that lightly! From day 1 he invited me to his house and helped acclimate me. From his wife to his children the love they showed me will never be forgotten! Till this day we remain in touch and they all have become family to me!
After playing three seasons in South America you got your first taste of Europe in 2015 finishing the season with to Hapoel Kfar Saba/Kohav Yair (Israel-National League) playing 11 games averaging 20.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 88.6%. Americans always rave about the whole Israeli basketball experience. What did you like most about living and playing in Israel?
Israel was great for me as well! The food is what I miss most about it haha!
You played in Mexico and two seasons in Columbia before making the jump to Europe. Would you have been satisfied of having a career in South America had you not gotten an opportunity in Europe?
South America was also a good experience for me, but I don’t think that for me it would have been enough. The level of basketball being played in Europe is higher and I wanted to be a part of it!
As a rookie you played with the Halifax Rainmen (Canada-NBL) playing 28 games averaging 5.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Canada where you knew that you were very far away from home?
In Canada my job was to defend, pick up full length of the court and cause havoc. Aside from that I was there learning from the veteran players we had on the roster. It was great for me!
You played at two JUCO schools and finished at Dakota Wesleyan (NAIA) You never got the chance to play NCAA basketball. How big was your chip on your shoulder then and how has the chip survived over the years?
t was only one Juco actually, and the chip was pretty big actually lol. I felt I was good enough to play at that level. So every night I went out and tried to prove it.
How did your game develop further in your two years at Dakota Wesleyan (NAIA). How did your head coach groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
It was one year at Dakota Wesleyan and one at Berea college and both were under Head Coach John Hemenway. But he has impacted me more than he knows I’m sure! He taught me how to hold myself accountable and be a man. Along with basketball development also! But I feel the first things I mentioned were more important.
How was the toughest player that you ever battled in a game or gym or playground that made it to the NBA?
It would have to be Mike Bibby back when he was paying for the kings.
If you had to choose your very own personal NBA Rushmore which 4 heads past or present would you pick?
Kobe, Jordan, Shaq, Lebron
What is your personal opinion about the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
Wait where is Kobe? Lol
What was the last movie that you saw?
Oman J. Israel Esquire’ starring Denzel Washington! Real good movie!
Thanks Darrin for the chat.