Grant Dressler is a 201cm guard that is playing his second professional season and first with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProA) after getting his first professional experience with the Franklin Bulls (New Zealand-NBL). Currently he is averaging 9,9ppg, 2,1rpg and 2,4apg. He began his basketball career at Palo Verde High School and then began his NCAA career at Sacramento State playing 32 games form 2015-2017. He finished at Chaminade University (NCAA2) playing 28 games as a junior averaging 10.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 67.6% and played 31 games as a senior averaging 19.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 80.6%. He spoke to germanhoops.com last summer about basketball.
Grant thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I am now in Germany. Summer was weird to say the least but I tried to make the most of it.
Your last college game was on March 15th, 2019. You had the opportunity to play in New Zealand but COVID-19 whipped it out. How itching are you to finally play again, but possibly with fans? Has your mental approach to the game changed any with so much that has happened in the last 8 months?
I’m really looking forward to playing again, especially with a possibility of some fans that would be awesome. My mental approach hasn’t changed much in the last 8 months, I’ve just had more time to work on somethings and get better.
How did you experience the last 6 months during COVID-19? Did you find any good opportunities to stay fit and actually practice basketball skills with the ball?
The last 6 months were kind of rough in regards to finding places to play basketball or work out. Due to COVID-19 all of the gyms were closed so I just tried to get in wherever I could or outside whenever it wasn’t too hot.
Your from Las Vegas. What kind of a place did Las Vegas become during COVID-19? How did you experience life in Las Vegas during COVID-19?
Las Vegas was weird to see during the last 6 months, it’s a major tourist destination but there was a time when everything shut down: casinos, hotels, etc. It was crazy to see the strip empty.
How do you feel did you become stronger a s a man during the whole COVID-19 crisis?
As a man I just grew up more, dealt with how some things are now and others on off the court.
Congrats on signing with German team Bayer Giants Leverkusen. Was signing with this team a no brainer considering your ex NCAA teammate Nick Hornsby had been so successful there? What was the deciding factor that allowed you to sign there?
My agent brought the opportunity to me and I did talk to Nick before signing and he really enjoyed his time here and was very successful so it did play a role in me signing here. I think it is a great spot for me and a great opportunity.
How excited are you to play for head coach Hansi Gnad who is a German basketball legend. He helped Germany upset Russia at the 1993 European Championships winning the Gold Medal and was drafted by the 76ers in the 80’s. Are you aware of his history?
I didn’t know about coach Hansi’s accomplishments but I am excited to play for him and have enjoyed my time so far!
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a versatile 201cm guard. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the bill?
As a bigger guard I’d compare myself to other versatile players, but I don’t have an exact comparison in mind.
Talk a little about your strengths. You can do a lot on the court. What kind of player will Germany see this season?
As far as my strengths go, I’m a solid shooter, ball handler, and passer so I think that is the type of player that will be seen just a little bit of everything.
You made huge strides in your stats in your senior year especially in assists. How do you explain your rapid rise as a player in just one year?
I was just given a lot more freedom to be myself on the court and it worked out for me, I had great coaches and players around me that helped me succeed
You also showed in school that you can be an impact player on the defensive end. In what areas defensively do you need to keep tweaking so you can make the next step as a professional?
.Defensively I’m always working to get better, the biggest thing for me right now is just putting on weight and maintaining so I can guard most positions. Lateral quickness, being strong, things like that you can always work on.
You played at Sacramento State from 2015-2017 playing 32 NCAA games. Why was this school not the right fit for you as a player?
I really enjoyed my time in Sacramento, it just wasn’t the right fit for my playing style which I would say is a little more crafty and flashy, confident.
What memories do you have with Nick Hornsby at Sacrament State? Did he have an influence on you despite the tough situation of not getting sufficient minutes?
Nick was one of the first people to help us freshman learn the ropes and was the captain of the team so he was a big influence there. He’s still one of my great friends.
You then played at Chaminade University (NCAA2) from 2017-2019 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 19.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 80.6%. How do you feel did your game grow there?
My game kind of just blossomed when I was given a lot of freedom, freedom to make mistakes, take shots that aren’t necessarily the best, it just sparked my confidence as a player.
You scored 34 points in the thrilling 79-76 victory over Concordia Irvine. Is this one of your games that you won’t forget so easily?
That was a great game for us, helped us get momentum for the great season we had.
You were teammates with Eric Scheive who played his rookie season in Germany with Ehingen (Pro A). What will you never forget about how he fought on the court?
Erik is one of the best big men I’ve played with he can really shoot the ball and move well for his size.
How did head coach Eric Boviard groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Bovaird played professionally for many years so he knows what it takes to get to that level. He prepared us with skill work and playing good basketball just things like that, developing basketball IQ along the way.
Last year you had the opportunity to work out with the Los Angeles Clippers G-League team Agua Caliente. What kind of experience was that from you and can a competitor like you be honest with yourself and say that you aren’t close to the NBA or did you feel like those other guys weren’t that much better than you?
That was a great experience for me being able to be around that. Personally I’ve never really felt like I can’t play with anybody on the court so I have great confidence in myself to play anywhere.
Who was the best player that you ever battled on the court that is in the NBA?
Being from Vegas there’s a lot of NBA guys that are either from there or workout there. Guys like Troy brown, Stephen Zimmerman, Shabazz Mohammed, Pierre Jackson, etc. the toughest one in my opinion is probably Pierre Jackson, he just can flat out score.
Please list your 5 best teammates of all-time?
I’m not sure who the five best players would be I’ve played with a lot of great talent over the years!
Please construct your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads.
My all time Mount Rushmore is LeBron, Michael Jordan, Kobe, Kevin Durant
What is your opinion of the neverending debate of who is the best of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James and how worth is Kobe Bryant in this debate?
You can’t really go wrong with any of them they’re all sensational players. People have different preferences due to eras, bias, or whatever the reason but they’re all worthy!
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was The Equilizer 2. Very good movie.
Thanks Grant for the chat.