Henry Dugat (183-PG-87, college: Baylor) is a 34 year old 183cm point guard that has 12 years of professional basketball under his belt. He played the last two seasons with BK Dnipro (Ukraine-Superleague). His professional career also has brought him to teams like Oros Nuevo Laredo (Mexico-LNBP), Marinos de Anzoategui (Venezuela-LPB), Halcones UV Xalapa (Mexico-LNBP), Fuerza Regia Monterrey (Mexico-LNBP), Frayles de Guasave (Mexico), LF Basket (Sweden-Basketligan), Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL), Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary-A Division), STB Le Havre (France-ProA), and Budivelnyk Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague). He played at Baylor (NCAA) form 2005-2009 playing a total of 97 NCAA games reaching the nCAA tournament and was a NIT finalist in 2009. He spoke to eurobasket about his Baylor days and about the special basketball magic there.
Henry thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You last played for BK Dnipro (Ukraine-Superleague) and won the 2020 cup Talk a little about your experiences with COVID-19 in the last year. What were your biggest challenges and how did you get stronger as a man with everything you saw?
I think life was different for everyone during COVID dealing with so much uncertainty. One thing I noticed that was difficult for me was not knowing what to expect but within that I believe I became stronger in focusing on what matters most to me in life
Your 34 years old now. Will you return next year or have you contemplated retirement?
I still have the fire inside and a lot to give to the game I will continue my career
You played with German club Phoenix Hagen in 2013-2014. What memories do you have of Germany and with what teammate did you have the biggest connection with then?
I really enjoyed my time in Germany. I have a lot of memories from my time in Hagen. One of the memories is how great the fans were in almost every arena.
You reached the NCAA tournament in 2008 with Baylor. What made this team so special?
In 2008 what made that team special was we had a lot of talent and the same goal.
You played four years with Curtis Jerrell and three years with Tweety Carter. What memories do you have of your fellow guards and how did they grow as players?
Curtis and Tweety are two guys that I consider family to this day.
Let’s talk about your alma mater Baylor. They won the 2021 NCAA title. How did you feel the day after the win?
I was proud for Baylor winning the NCAA TItle, Happy for the players, the coaching staff and the whole university. They made history and this team will be written forever
Baylor had a simple game plan. Make some shots. If you miss get the rebounds and then make some more shots. Can basketball sometimes be that simple?
They came out focused early in the game and was able to control the momentum early and maintain it throughout the game.
How key was it for Baylor players Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, Flo Thamba and Mark Vital limiting Drew Timme to 12 points?. The star Jalen Suggs had 22 points, but Gonzaga didn’t have scoring support behind him.
Tchatchoua, Thamba, and Vital were key to controlling the game with rebounding and limiting Timme. I think they accepted the challenge.
Davion Mitchell is seen as a #1 Draft pick and Jared Butler as a possible second round pick. How have you followed their careers and how do you seem them doing in the NBA? Where do you see the journey of Macio Teague going? He seemed a bit in the shadow of Butler and Mitchell. Could he make the NBA and do you see his game being suited to becoming an impact player overseas?
After watching this season I believe Mitchell, Butler, and Teague are all NBA level professional players.
Ex Baylor player Ishmail Wainright said this about head coach Scott Drew ‘He treated us like professionals since day one. Talked to us like one. Worked us like one. He used to tell us, ‘ You guys want to be professionals someday, you have to walk, talk, eat, work, and take care of your bodies like professionals do!’ How proud are you of your ex coach and how did he groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
I’m very proud for coach Drew coach Jerome Tang and his coaching staff and being able to be a part of the journey and to see the growth along the way.
How do you see the future of Baylor (NCAA) basketball. Two guys seem to be heading to the NBA and Macio Teague and Mark Vital are also done as seniors.
I believe the future is bright for Baylor University and I believe they will continue to take steps forward.
Have you seen Coming To America 2 yet? The reviews have been mixed. Shouldn’t they just have left the original classic untouched?
I don’t have a take, I haven’t watched Coming to America 2
Thanks Henry for the chat.