Davonte Lacy is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Tacoma, Washington that finished his fourth professional season and first with German Pro A team MLP Academics Heidelberg averaging 18,7ppg, 3,8rpg, 2,9apg and 1,1spg. Last season he played with PS Karlsruhe averaging 16,8ppg, 3,4rpg and 4,1apg. Two seasons ago he played with Ehingen averaging 18,5ppg, 2,8rpg,5,2apg and 1,5spg. In his a rookie he played with UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 11 FIBA Europe Cupgames averaging 7.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 37.8%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT: 80.6%; and 21 Austrian A Bundesliga games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 32.9%, FT: 80.2%, left in Feb.’16, later that month moved to BC Hallmann Davonte Vienna (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 15 games averaging 5.9ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 66.7%. He started his basketball career with Washington St. (NCAA) in 2011 playing a total of 110 NCAA games.tis best season was his junior season where he played 23 games: averaging 19.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 39%, FT: 83.5%. In his senior year he played 31 games averaging 16.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 77.0%. He spoke to germanhoops.com during the Coronavirus crisis.
Hi Davonte Where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus?
I’m doing rather well despite the pandemic around the world. Me and my fiance been in self quarantine Currently back home in the states
When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?
Of course not I’m usually really cautious when it comes to illness so I noticed it was cold and flu season but never thought it would evolve to self quarantine and government mandated shutdowns.
How did you experience the day to day life in Heidelberg during the Corona Virus outbreak? Did you see that corona effect on the culture there or was it not so much different happening in your day to day dealings?
Day to day life didn’t change people were still out and about. But the day I left is when I heard gyms etc were being shut down. So life could have changed since I left
Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing
Yes I’m always very cautious in public about germs and even on game day never try to touch hands because I have became very ill a couple years ago so I try to avoid it as much as possible.
Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe including the Pro A. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to finish the season?
It was very disappointing especially because we seemed to hit a great stride in February and felt good going intothe playoffs and we felt we were as good as any team during this stretch.
Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. What is your overall opinion of playing a game without fans?
When I saw this game I knew the season was in jeopardy. It had the feel of a Preseason game in September.
You returned back to the States with some of your Heidelberg teammates. How have you experienced the coronavirus outbreak at home compared to Germany?
Home is much more in a state of panic. The streets are rather bare and slit of businesses have shut down due to the state shutdown it just has a different feel.
What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?
Uh though it’s been crazy on the outside me and my finance just been enjoying time together and watching basketball (NBA league pass us free). I just check in my family and loved ones and make sure they are safe.
Will it be a big adjustment having to start 3 months earlier with workouts and basketball skill development? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of this?
No it won’t be as much of adjustment just have to balance recovery and pushing yourself. Just probably need to play a little more to get live action reps but still maintaining body health and recovery.
Congrats on a very good team season with the MLP Academics Heidelberg. Was it tough coming home and having to contemplate where the journey of the team would have ended. How much potential did this team have to challenge for the title?
Thank you! Yea it was tough but at least we knew the potential we were playing as good as anyone in the league. We were just getting ready to ride the wave into the playoffs then anything could have happened and we were as dangerous as anyone.
You came for the stretch run and helped keep the team a playoff team. How would summarize the team season in the time where you were there?
It was a great season we let a couple games go early when I came that were some tough losses. But once we started getting comfortable playing with each other more and trusting our roles we started playing really well and it’s unfortunate we can’t see how it was going to end.
How key was the team unselfishness? The club had 8 guys that averaged 8 points or more per game. How refreshing was it having so much scoring versatility something you didn’t see in Ehingen or Karlsruhe.
It was great we had guys that were ready to step up anytime. Everyone was capable of making a play for the team at any given moment. Being one of the main scoring options it always nice when I can trust others to make plays.
Let’s talk about your teammates. What was your impression of German big man Armin Trtovac? What strides did you see him make and can he make another step into a top Pro A center?
Armin was very skilled for his size. Has the athleticism and touch to play at a very high level. He showed up early and took his body health really serious and I think he has a great foundation to build a great career
You have played with quite a number of strong point guards, but what did you enjoy most about Zamal Nixon. How vital was his experience even for a guy like you?
Zamal was a great teammate to play with especially when we moved him to more PG, because he make the correct passes and chose the right times to be aggressive. He played on high levels before and still is a high level player.
German Niklas Wuerzner has been the Heidelberg identity figure for years. Everybody is waiting for him to break out. He seems to have the full package. Could his break out come next season?
Yea Niki has the body and ability to be better than he already is. He can defend multiple positions and he’s a 6’7′ ball handling guard he will show his full potential soon.
If you had to choose one player that improved the most in your time there who would it be?
I wouldn’t say improved most I would say that I was most impressed would be our rookie Grant. He had a tough role not getting the minutes he thought he should but that didn’t stop him from playing his role and being ready every game. That’s hard to not only do but to know how he helps a team as a whole is impressive for a rookie.
Let’s talk about your season. You began the season with Merkezefendi Belediyesi Denizli Basket (Turkey-TBL) playing 4 games averaging 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg. After playing the last two seasons with one club, you played with two this season. What kind of experience was Turkey and why didn’t it work out?
I had a great time in Turkey everything was professional and they treated me great. I just wasn’t a good fit in the system and wasn’t what the team needed at that moment.
You returned back to Germany to Heidelberg and averaged 18,7ppg, 3,8rpg and 2,9apg while shooting a potent 39% from outside. You were on your way to possibly having your best season in Germany. How content were you with your game with the MLP Academics?
My time with MLP was ok like I said I think we were just finding our groove and was playing really well. I think with two high level guards like myself and Zamal Nixon I think we had a chance against anyone when the playoffs came.
How tough is not knowing if you would have stepped it up in the playoffs?
Very tough. I was really looking forward towards making a statement with my play in the playoffs
You stated in our last interview that being efficient is an important part of your game. You weren’t quite as efficient as with Ehingen or PS Karlsruhe, but do you feel like you were on your way had you been able to play a whole season with Heidelberg?
Yea I think I was trending towards more efficient numbers and I think they would have evened out towards the end of the season.
You shot 41% from outside with PS Karlsruhe changing up some mechanics and were a bit under that this year. Do you feel despite the coronavirus being a thorn for all that the extra time will benefit you to tweak things with your shot and just have so much repetition that you could be a totally new kind and dominant shooter when that next opportunity presents it’s self?
Of course the key now is just to be more consistent and repetitions brings consistency. I will work more on my shot like always but just have a little more time this off season for adjustments.
Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. What kind of influence did he have on you during adolescence?
It was right after the Chemnitz game and before I could get home I heard about it. His influence was on many generations and can’t really be put into words how he affected me thorough my playing years.
How bitter is it that the NCAA March Madness has been canceled? This tournament for some kids is the greatest time of their lives. What advice would you give that senior who worked hard for 4 years and would have had his one and only chance now?
Honestly I know it sucks but life happens and it’s not always fair. You have to understand what happened and move forward.
What was the last movie that you saw?
I think one of the Rush Hour Movies.
Thanks Davonte for the chat.