Mark Gordon (196-F, college: Keiser)n is a 196cm forward from Mount Dora, Florida played his rookie season for BG Dorsten (Germany-Regionalliga) averaging an incredible 31,7ppg, 9,0rpg, 3,7apg, 2,4spg and shot 45% from outside. He scored 41 points against Herten and 40 points against the Lowen. He began his basketball career with Mount Dora Christian Academy and then played 2 seasons with Daytona State College (JUCO) averaging 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 66.4% as a freshman and as a sophomore averaged 15.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.6%. In his junior year he got added experience at Bethune-Cookman University (NCAA) playing 27 games averaging 9.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 62.2%. He made one more change moving to Keiser University (NAIA) as a senior playing 27 games averaging 27.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 78.2%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball during the 20-21 season.
Thanks Mark for talking to germanhoops.com. After coming from Florida, and playing there for many schools, has basketball continued to be your best outlet the last days as gloom and a lack of sun has covered your new German home Dorsten?
Basketball will always be my best outlet no matter what
You played your last NAIA game on March 11, 2020 scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds in a loss to San Marian, Id. How tough was it for you personally being away from competitive basketball for 6 months. How challenging was this and what did you miss most from basketball?
Well I think the most challenging part is not playing I miss not playing it’s the biggest challenge for me
How much of a challenge was keeping in shape and working on your basketball skills during COVID-19 in 2020? Did you have an easy time with this or like other players have to find ways to do it that you normally wouldn’t have had to?
Well the coronavirus did not stop me since high school I never needed a gym to get better or to stay in shape outside courts was a big jump start to my career
How do you feel did COVID-19 make you stronger as a man?
How do I feel yes If did make me stronger realizing that it can take the game that you love away yes
What were the main reasons to begin your professional basketball career in the German Regionalliga? I am sure this is just a station before heading up the basketball ladder?
The reasoning I came conversations me and coach had were awesome he was straight up about the things he wanted me to do I have family in Germany so that would be a great start of my career and most definitely looking forward to go up that ladder
How tough is it scoring a lot and losing? In your first professional game you scored 40 points and added 10 rebounds and lost. Was it so easy or was it one of those games where your teammates did a great job finding you?
Scoring is something that I always could do I could say easy but I rather say that’s a natural thing for me and it was more of me taking over the game when we were in trouble I wouldn’t be surprised if I go for more of those kind of games that’s the type of player I am and we won that game
Usually in the Regionalliga there is one import an American and the rest Germans. Have you felt that special respect from the younger Germans? What have you learned to appreciate most form your teammates so far?
Yes the younger Germans have lots of respect for me and what I respect the good shooting my teammates have to keep all the attention off me
Let’s talk a bout your game. You’re a 196cm forward. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would bets fit the bill?
I compare my game to Lebron James with scoring passing and rebounding but most people when they see me play say Kevin Durant I also have a 7 foot 1 wingspan
You are a very good scorer, rebounder and three point shooter. What do you feel is your absolute biggest asset on the court?
Well for me the biggest I would say scoring passing rebounding like lebron James I watch him and only him for years before I watched anyone else
You have always been a consistent three point shooter. You have found that way not to overshoot but pick your spots well. How do you feel will you be able to make the next step as a shooter at the pro ranks?
I feel I can shoot the way I do on any level there is I will always take the best shot for me if I shoot it it will always be the best shot for me don’t matter if it’s a step back fade away or however I release it still will be the best shot for me I could also create my own shot as well
Obviously your offense is a big strength, but how much pride do you take on the defensive end? Is defense something that can at times propel your game when your offense isn’t on?
I take pride and defense as well I like to block shots. I rather check the best player on the opponents team I have great help defense and will stunt and get back also love turning defense to offense
On what things did you work on most this summer that will help you most in your rookie season in Germany?
One thing that I worked on the most this summer was my pull up from mid range I will be looking forward to continue to knock that down
Before turning professional, you played at 3 schools in JUCO, NCAA and NAIA. How big is the chip on your shoulder after paying your dues in JUCO, then playing a solid NCAA season and then playing NAIA? Now your in the German 4th division.
I have a huge chip on my shoulder I feel I have been overlooked and overlooked. I’m here to take on any challenge and to prove that I can play on any level there is
How big is your hunger of continuing to move up the basketball ladder? Is your feeling of never being fully appreciated on the court something you will take with you until you retire?
I have always been preparing myself for the big moment never giving up but it is hard to know your talents and being over looked. It’s either give up or keep that killer mentality that’s something a lot of players go through I’m just not the one to give up I will take that killer mentality with me until I retire never a time to relax
In the NCAA you beat Boston University and saw Max Mahoney put up 17/13 stats. He signed in the German Pro A. Does seeing this up your motivation to grind harder each day to fullfill your goals as a player?
Yes it does. It tells me to work harder.
You played 2 seasons with Daytona State College (JUCO). I often hear from JUCO players that the league was real tough, but one of the best times of their lives. How did you experience 2 years of JUCO and how do you feel did your game mature as a young player?
Those two years there were good seasons I feel I could of did much better and still believe I could of did it at any level at that time I feel I was held back and didn’t get to show much of my talents there
You then made your break through to the NCAA playing with Bethune-Cookman University (NCAA) playing 27 games averaging 9.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 62.2%. Do you feel like your game was finally respected in the NCAA?
Well I got some type of respect but at the school I was used as a catch and shoot type of player
You proved in the NCAA that you could play with anyone. What did you enjoy most about being able to play at the NCAA level?
What I enjoyed the most was the traveling
You finished your school career at Keiser University (NAIA) playing 27 games averaging 27.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 78.2%. How did you experience coming from the NCAA to the NAIA? How do you feel did your game grow in the NCAA?
My three point shoot grew more I. The NCAA my role was to catch a shoot
You had many incredible games, but where do the 2 exciting wins over Florida National and Warner stack up? Which one is more memorable?
Definitely Florida National
How did head coach Tae Norwood give you that last little push and help to groom and prepare you for a professional career?
Coach Tae Norwood helped me improve the mid range shoot He repeatedly told me to use the pull up jumper before practice games bus rides not only that he believed in me and let me play and use all my strengths plus he didn’t limit my options
Who won a one on one in practice you or Malcolm Mabry?
I most definitely won lol
Who was the best player that you battled in the NCAA that reached the NBA?
Not sure if he went to the NBA but I would say Markus Howard from Marquette university.
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
Dondre Duffus Isaiah Bailey Leon Redd Cletrell Pope Jeff COULANGES
Please construct your personal own NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present players?
Lebron James Kevin Durant Giannas James Harden. Lebron has the biggest impact and is the greatest player of all times Kd is a unstoppable 7 foot guard and is one of the best shooters and has the best mid range of all time. Giannas is another unstoppable player that will dunk almost anything in the paint. James Harden is the one of the most hardest players to guard 3 level scoring only player that can have a bad game and still have 30
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
Most definitely Lebron greatest
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Mark for the chat.