Dennis Mavin is a 30 year old 190cm guard form Gainsville, Florida that is playing his fifth professional season and first with ART Giants Duesseldorf (Germany-ProB) currently averaging 19,5ppg, 5,0rpg, 5,0apg and 1,6spg. He has scored 20 points or more 13 times this season. In 2018-2019 he split time with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) playing 7 games averaging 10.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 16.7%, FT: 50.0%, in Dec.’18 moved to the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt 2nd team (Germany-ProB) playing 13 games averaging 14.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 64.8%. In the 2017-2018 season he played two BBL games with the Giessen 46ers and also 9 games for their farm team in the Pro B averaging 18,4ppg,3,6rpg and 2,6apg while shooting 36% from outside. He played his first two professional seasons in Morocco winning 2 titles. He played a total of 123 NCAA games for two schools with Florida Atlantic (NCAA) and FIU (NCAA). In his senior year at FIU (NCAA) he played 33 games averaging 17.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 64.3%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball earlier this season.
Thanks Dennis for taking some time to talk to germanhoops.com. Talk a little how tough the last 13 months were. COVID-19 hit in March 2020 and changed the world forever. How did experience the day to day back home ?
Yeah Covid changed the world. it really changed my perspective on life and how anything can happen at any moment! My day to day was just trying to stay safe and keep everybody around me safe but still trying to find a way to get my work in.
What was the most challenging thing about life and finding ways to work on your fitness and game?
It was really a tough time for a while I ended up doing a lot of home workouts plus shooting in my backyard on my goal.
How do you feel did you benefit from COVID-19 and how did it make you stronger as a man in general?
I think Covid made me really focus on myself and tap into different passions that I didn’t know I had.
After playing last with the Fraport Skyliners, you sat out last season. Talk a little about the last year before COVID-19 hit. Did you just stay in shape, work on your game and stand by the phone or did you also have a part time job?
I pretty much just stayed in shape! basketball is my life and my true passion I just waited until I got a call.
After not playing a professional season, do you feel like you improved in your game with the work you put in in the last year?
Yes I definitely improved my game I had a lot of time to watch film and study the game more.
Congrats on signing with Art Duesseldorf. How thankful are you that your agent Gerrit has such a good connection to the organization Art Duesseldorf?
Thank you ! Gerrit is my guy we have always been in touch since the start. I am very grateful to have him in my corner.
With what kind of feelings are you going into this Pro B season after sitting out last season. You had a good season with Frankfurt but does your competitive nature prompt you to feel like you have something to prove again?
I will always have a competitive edge whenever I step on the court no matter what situation I’m in. My focus this year is to build something special with my team and try for a championship run.
You’re a player that has proven time in and time out in Germany that you can play at the Pro B level. What kind of player will we see with Dennis Mavin this season?
The same hungry player that just want to get better everyday and win.
On what area´s of your game did you work on most this summer so you will be best prepared for your Pro B season in Germany?
Just having a total game not just scoring but rebounding ,assist and steals.
You played 2 games in the easyCredit BBL for Giessen back in the 2017-2018 season. Do you still feel like your on a good path to getting there despite having another year of Pro B?
I just have to keep working hard. Everybody´s path is different I’m just enjoying my journey at the moment.
How excited are you to be battling against former teammate Marco Porcher-Jimenz this season in the Pro B. In an interview we did years ago you said you would beat him every time in a one on one. Do you feel like you would still have his number today?
Marco is my guy and was also my roommate and college I’m definitely exciting to be battling him this year !
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
Greg Gantt , Okaro White , Scottie Wilbekin , Dante Anderson .
What is your personal own NBA Mount Rushmore of players of today and yesterday?
Kevin Durant , King James , Kobe .
Where were you when you heard of the death of Kobe Bryant? How much did he influence you as a basketball player?
Kobe was everything for me growing up. I was home with my family and devastated like the rest of the world such a terrible accident.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Dennis for the chat.