Jhonathan Dunn (193-G-98, college: S.Nazarene) is a 23 year old 193cm guard from San Antonio, Texas playing his second professional season and first with Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-DBL). Last season as arookie he played with Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-DBL) averaging 16.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 84.5%. He began his basketball career at Alamo Heights High School an dthen played at Southern Nazarene University (NCAA2) from 2016-2020 playing a total of 122 games. He spoke to germanhoops.com before a Fiba Europe Cup game against medi Bayreuth.
Thanks Jhonathan for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
Thank you germanhoops.com I’m in the Netherlands right now in my room and life is good can’t complain to be honest.
You were in the States and then Holland during the Pandemic. How have you experienced COVID and what were the most challenging things you had to cope with?
Yeah when I was in the states I would say during that time adjusting to online classes will probably be the hardest part waking up and knowing that we have class but not physically going to class was weird to me then when I came to Holland for the first couple weeks I had to quarantine in my room and then during the quarantine the Netherlands decided to add rules to Covid then going on to the season during a time the Second official game and DBL they canceled the season for about two months. We didn’t play we weren’t allowed in to the gyms we were in total lockdown so being able to work out from home and being able to preoccupied my time with different things was probably the most challenging aspect of it because I went from having school to being in my room playing video games all day talking to my family or cooking to be honest
With everything that you witnessed during COVID off the court how do you feel did you get stronger as a man?
Everything off the court with Covid just made me become more aware about who I am become more invested in my time to understand that I’m not goning be playing basketball forever and there are things that I need to set aside myself for the future so I can be safe when basketball is done.
Your playing your second season in Holland and first with Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-DBL). Would it be fair to say that you have found a special home in Holland?
The Netherlands will always have a special place for me this is the place where I started my professional career where it gave me the opportunity to learn and to grow
How exciting has it been playing in the new league DBL? What clubs have you found being tougher to play the ones in Holland or from Belgium?
With playing in the BNXT League I see that the competition in Belgium is tough and they have great teams all throughout and I’m extremely excited to be a part of it and to be able to play against those clubs
Leiden has played well in the country league and Fiba Europe Cup. How realistic is it for this team to win a title this season? What is the team’s biggest strength?
I feel like with Leiden it is realistic for us to win a title. Our biggest strength it’s how well we play together we move the ball and try to find the open man
How big is your desire to win that first pro chip after losing the playoffs last season to Leiden?
It is a big desire for me to win a title with Leiden this year after last year I think we have the ability and the team camaraderie to do it.
What has it been like being the sole American on the squad. Do you feel like your basketball IQ has been raised another notch this season?
I do feel like my IQ and that’s why I made a couple matches especially with the team Asa Asa route myself and teached me and helping me grow with each game.
What has it been like being teammates with top Dutch player Worthy De Jong. How would you like to say has he been an enrichment for your game?
Being on the same team as Worthy De Jong has been great everyone knows what he does and how he plays. He has a great basketball IQ and being around that has really helped me learn more about the game.
Let’s talk a bit about your game. You’re a 193cm guard. You were an explosive scorer in the NCAA2 and are a very good scorer as a pro as well. You also fill the stat sheet well. What other assets does your game have besides the scoring?
Some other things I can do without scoring is passing, defending, and rebounding Im trying to always grow some of those aspects but still those are some of the other things I can do my game.
You have shot the ball incredibly well from three as a professional carrying it over from school. How challenging is it to continue to become a better shooter despite already shooting over 40%?
The thing is to keep up the repetition making sure I get the shots up in practice and games. My father has always told me to shoot above 40% and that’s what I try to aim for.
How much of a priority is it for you to become even more of a facilitator? You have raised your assist stats this season in 2 competitions.
It’s a big priority for me I know I can get my teammates open and I know I can create for them if I’m shooting well so being able to see them when they’re open and giving them the ball is something I want to get better
How much pride do you take on the defensive end? Is this still an area where you feel sky is the limit for you?
I take a lot of pride on a defensive end. It’s something I’m trying to get better in the pros in something with the carryover playing at a higher level
Last season you played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-DBL) averaging 16.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 84.5%. What do you remember being your wakeup call to being overseas where you felt far away from home?
My wake up call was the first practice seeing how I thought it would be different but with the players here they had experience and a different kind of IQ
How vital was American teammate Kayel Locke last season as a rookie? Was he like a mentor for you?
Kayel Locke was a big help last year. Helping me get used to playing overseas and with him being from Zwolle two years before getting me used to being in the Netherlands
You played at Southern Nazarene University (NCAA2) from 2016-2020. Do you remember hearing stories about legend Tyrone Ellis?. How vital is a guy’s legacy like this for future guys coming out of there?
Hearing stories about Tyrone Ellis was something I think every basketball player at SNU hears about. I heard about how much work he put in and the type of person and player he was. I’ve met him a couple of times and being able to hear how he coaches his team and what they look for in players helped out a lot and I’m growing my game as a pro
You won 2 GAC titles. Which one was sweeter?
Winning Both GAC titles were great. It’s kind of hard to pick one because it was something the school has never done and being a part of the accomplishment were great in their own right.
In your last 3 seasons you scored in double figures in 93 of 96 games. Your consistency was unmatched. How do you feel did your game grow in the last 3 years?
In the last three years there, I’ve learned a lot more about timing, spacing and being able to read plays and how to put and get my teammates open and picking my times to attack better
You had so many explosive games like your 42 points against east central. Which game was your most memorable there?
My most memorable game was senior night. Where my grandfather from Mexico was able to come and watch the game with the rest of my family members
How did head coach Adam Bohac groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Bohac helped a lot with telling me how they play in the pros and getting me in touch with pro players and coaches.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Tyler Williams?
When it came down to playing one on one with Tyler I think we only did it during practice but the battles were close. He would win some and so would I.
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
I can’t really put on a list of my top teammates in my mind each of my teammates played a great role in helping me become or helping me grow my game.
Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads.
My NBA rush more is definitely Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
My personal opinion is that Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time but Lebron James is a great player to but Jordan over James
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they have left it alone?
I did see Coming to America 2 I think it was a ok movie. I’m just glad we got to see what happens and how they lived after.
Thanks Jhonathan for the chat.