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 20,7ppg,7,9rpg,3,6apg and 3,5spg. 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 the huge 104-76 win over BG Dorsten. The Dragons Rhondorf are on a 7 game winning streak. How does this winning streak feel at the moment and how does it compare to other winning streaks in your young career?
It feels good. It’s good to see our hard work pay off. I take most win streaks the same. Just always good to always win!
Your teammate Simonas Lukosius hit the 100 point mark for the second time this season and had to treat the team to Donuts. Are you a Donut lover and what is your favorite Donut flavor
Yes I enjoy donuts a lot! My favorite is glazed for sure.
The win against BG Dorsten was a typical one where the offense was hot and the defense was ok. But giving up 76 points is an accomplishment. Why do the rotations keep giving the team problems?
We’re just still learning trying to perfect them. Knowing when to help off players and where to help from is key for us.
You stepped in to take on the quick and very good ball handler Adam Pickett who contributed 27 points in the loss. How challenging is it keeping a guy in front of you and where do you rank his play with guards you have faced this season?
It’s not too challenging because I’m fast and athletic and know how to keep somebody in front when I need too. But he’s a good player so it definitely isn’t easy. He was one of the better ones for sure.
Giving up offensive rebounds was a problem again. Obviously the injury to Gabriel de Olveria hurts. What has been missing the most for the team to be more successful in this area?
Just boxing out. Hitting a guy and going to the boards. We rely too much on just going instead of boxing out.
Sharing the ball continues to be a huge strength of the team. Do you feel like the unselfishness of this team continues to grow? Can being too unselfish sometimes hurt a team or can one never give enough extra passes?
Yes. We know we’re all talented and we’re getting closer and closer by the day so we just make sure to find the open man always. I think it can hurt a team but with us none of us are shy when it comes to shooting so we don’t usually have that problem!
The next game is against BSV Wulfen. This is another team that is low in the standings. What can we await from the game and what will be key to winning the game?
They beat us so it’s a big game in my eyes. We just have to do what we always do. Defend, play together on offense, and rebound and we will be fine.
How have you seen the growth of head coach Yassin Idbihi? How has he been digesting this long winning streak?
He grows everyday just like we do! He’s a great coach he was made for this for sure. He always watches a lot of film and him and Julius make adjustments daily. Yassin is doing a great job like he always does.
The teammate spotlight this week is on 17 year Simonas Lukosius. Would you agree that he plays a lot older than his age and what other attributes do you like besides his shooting and non stop energy?
Yes he does. He’s really good for his age. I like his passing ability when he slows down. He can see the game and knows how to make the right play when he’s not too sped up
You had another super game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. You started off slowly on offense. Is getting into each game with your defense the goal each game or does it change?
That’s always a goal. But I honestly just go with the flow of the game and score and get to my spots when I can. I don’t worry too much about scoring I know that will always be there for me.
You and Killian Binapl combined for 8 turnovers. How much do turnovers disgust you and how confident are you that in the next game you guys will have those shaved down?
They don’t do too much to us. We’re just being aggressive turnovers are going to happen. We will get better.
What is something you will be working on most this week in the gym? Do you take one spectacular area each week that you didn´t like form the last game or are you working on other things at the moment?
Just catch and shoot 3s I work on a lot and guarding and studying in front of my man on defense. I really try and have that at a high level. Other than that just the basics work everywhere on my game.
Luka Doncic is near triple double stats this season. How crazy is that? Could this guy seriously put up stats in 3-5 years that nobody has ever seen? I mean a game only has 48 minutes.
Yeah Luka is unreal. It’s just so exciting that he’s in Dallas where I’m from so he’s putting on for the city.
Portland Waived Pau Gasol. Do you see him coming back to Europe now? It would be nice to see him make a farewell tour of some sort in Europe.
I’m not sure. He’s so wealthy and he’s had a great career he might want to hang it up!
Thanks Curtis for the chat.