Dominic Green(Baskets Swans Gemunden) Is On A Mission In Europe Wanting To Show All Teams That Passed Him Up That It Was A Mistake

Dominic Green (198-F-1997, college: Washington) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Washington playing his fourth professional season and first with the Basket Swans Gmunden (Austria-BSL) currently averaging 13,5ppg, 3,4rpg, 1,9apg and 1,4spg. He is fighting in the semi-finals of the playoffs against Wels. Last season he played with the VfL SparkassenStars Bochum (Germany-ProA) averaging 19.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 60.9%, 3FGP: 35.4%, FT: 83.0%. Two seasons ago he played with Iskra Svit (Slovakia-SBL) averaging (17.6ppg), 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 79.2%. He split his rookie season with the Erie BayHawks (NBA G League) and Santa Cruz Warriors (NBA G League). He began his basketball career with Hazen High School and then played at the University of Washington (NCAA) from 2015-2019 paying a total of 127 NCAA games. Last summer he got experience with the Montreal Alliance (CEBL). He spoke to about basketball.

Thanks Dominic for the chat. Congrats on signing with BCL team Basket Swans Gmunden (Austria-BSL). After a tough rookie season in the G-League, you came into your own in Slovakia and Germany. How are you a different player today then in 2019?

Since 2019 as a player I would say I have become a player who continues to get better and improve, it’s something that I have tried to focus on since I have started playing pro. I personally believe that to be able to play at a high level and get better every year you have to set seasonal goals and work towards them every day.

Austria is a very respected league and a place that guys use as stepping stone to get to higher places like Stanley Whittaker and Richaud Pack did. How big was the opportunity to play in the Basketball Champions League a reason for you to sign?

You know I saw this as an opportunity to go to a place that is well respected and has people who want to win like they do in Gmunden and that’s where I want to be. I see playing in the Champions league as a challenge and something that can help me get to where I want to be in my career.

What strides do you want to make with your game in year 4? You had 2 very good back to back seasons, but topping them will not be easy.

I just want to improve and continue trending upwards and get better this year than I was last year. From a team aspect I want to win.

Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 198cm guard/forward. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?

Well as a 6’7 player who plays the 2-3 positions I feel like I can bring a lot on both ends of the floor at all times. I personally don’t know who I’d compare myself too but I have been told I have a bit of a Khris Middleton type of style.

Scoring is what stands out at first when one watches you play, but what other attributes does your game have?

I feel as though I have focused a lot more on rebounding from the guard position to help our bigs when they need it, it’s been one of my focuses over the past 2 seasons and it’s still going to be something I focus on. Defensively I bring a lot being able to guard multiple positions as well as being a player that can play the passing lanes well to get easy steals.

How much of a priority does your facilitating and defense play. Talk a little about how these parts of your game are now and to what level you want to bring them to?

From a facilitating stand point I try my best to find those players that are hot, I have been a player who has been brought into places to score but I know that when a team focuses in on me I have to be able to find the open man. On the defensive end I bring a lot as well by being able to guard more than one position. I want to just keep improving game after game, year after year.

You have been a solid outside shooter the last 2 seasons. How confident are you that you can bring it to 40% in Austria?

I feel as if I’ve gotten a good understanding of how basketball is played in Europe even though I’m only going into my 3rd season I feel as if I know what to do in order to get to 40%.

On what other area’s of your game are you working on so you can continue to improve your game?

I have been looking to improve my post up game when I have a mismatch, I love to post up so I believe it’s something that is very important especially when I have small guards matched up
 on me.

Last summer you played in the rising CEBL league in Canada with Montreal. What kind of experience was that and how do you feel did your game grow in Canada? You had a different kind of role than in Germany.

It was a good experience! Much more physical than the past two leagues I’ve played in and the refs let players get away with a lot of fouls so I feel as if it helped me improve with playing thru contact. My role there was the same in Germany I personally think we had so many good players so it wasn’t as loud as it was in Germany but it’s something you look at and learn from moving forward, Montreal Alliance welcomed me and made it an experience to remember especially for a league that is played in the summer!

Last season you played for VfL SparkassenStars Bochum (Germany-ProA) averaging 19.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 60.9%, 3FGP: 35.4%, FT: 83.0%. How tough was it playing for a losing team?

Our season was an interesting one for sure, we had a much better team than our record shows but there were a lot of things that affected our roster throughout the season such as injuries, covid, players leaving etc. so I think even though we were losing we were always playing with not a full team but we still gave a lot of the other teams problems when we got on the court with them.

You had so many good games, but mostly in losing causes. But you had some good games in January helping beat Artland, Schwenningen and Ehingen. What was your fondest game?

One game I’m fond of more than the others was the game against itzehoe. We only had 7 players and 2 were from the junior team, everyone on our team had caught covid and the league still made us play and we went on the road with 7 players and won. That was a great memory.

You played your first season overseas with Iskra Svit (Slovakia-SBL) averaging 17.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 79.2%. What do you remember being your wake up call to being overseas where you knew that you were very far away from home?

I wouldn’t say I particularly had a wake up call in a negative way. I would say it came when we had been picked last in our league and finished 3rd in the semi finals so it was more of an underdog feeling and we made the most out of it! We didn’t have the best team but we definitely played hard.

You lost a tough playoff series against Nova Vez. Why couldn’t your team get over the hump?

I think we just had a weaker roster we all played with a lot of heart but they overpowered us because they had a good roster.

In your rookie season you were with the Erie BayHawks (NBA G League) and played 2 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors (NBA G League. How tough was this season and what did you learn from the season and yourself?

I don’t consider this a season for me I only played 2 games, before that I was at home working out trying to find a team that wanted me, I felt like I was overlooked and not taken serious so now that I’m playing in Europe I’m in a mission to show that all of these teams that have passed me up made a mistake. I feel like I’m an underdog and will always have that feeling on my shoulders.

How difficult was it playing in the G-League? How tough is it I general for many guys who seem to only be a body to fill the roster? Would you play in the G-League again if given the chance?

I don’t remember much about the games in the G-League. I one day want to play in the NBA. My sights are set high so I want to keep getting better and better every year.

You weren’t teammates long, but how vital was seeing a guy like ex Kentucky (NCAA) player Andrew Harrison show his abilities? Could you get anything out of his presence?

I didn’t know him much and rarely talked with him, I didn’t learn much from him and I also wasn’t with the team long.

What was the best example that you saw in the G-League where the NBA is always a business first?

Well I could use myself as an example I had sent out a tweet one day just saying I was ready to play for a team and the next day I got a call that Santa Cruz wanted me to come down and play a game that day. I flew there played two games and got cut, I was with the team for about 5 days and didn’t get much of a chance to really play but in the long run I’m grateful for that organization for giving me an opportunity because it helped me get my foot in the door in order to get to where I am today. It just shows that the exposure or the NBA and even G-League is big and can help someone struggling to get a job and then two years later play in the champions league.

You played at the University of Washington (NCAA) from 2015-2019. Was your fondest moment reaching the big dance in 2019?

I didn’t play much in the tournament but I’d say the whole experience was a great one it’s one the craziest events in college sports and I think if you’ve ever experienced it your grateful for those memories.

How tough was it battling for playing time? You had really good competition especially early on from guys like Murray and Fultz

It was tough but at the same time you get to watch two great players so you have to have a mindset that you want to be up there with them from a friendly competition kind of standpoint.

You had your moments like scoring 10 points in a narrow 86-84 win against UCLA as a freshman. What do you remember from that game?

I don’t remember it much that was such a long time ago, but I know I had a great time that season with my teammates.

Another big win was the exciting win over Arizona your junior year where you contributed 14 points against guys like Trier, Ayton, Alkins and Jackson-Cartwright who was the BBL’s MVP last season. Do games like that where you shine give you added confidence even now knowing you can play with anyone?

Those kind of games will give anyone confidence. I had made the game winning shot that game and it definitely gave me a boost mentally during a time when I didn’t know if I wanted to continue playing there so it allowed me to move forward into my senior year to continue to play for more my teammates.

Who won a 1-1 in practice you or Matisse Thybulle?

Tisse wasn’t much of a 1-1 type of dude after practice so we didn’t play 1-1 often.

Who was the toughest guy besides your brother that you have faced on the court that reached the NBA?

Well my brother is going into his first pro season this year. But I would say Dejounte Murray was one of my teammates in college who I saw as an extremely hard worker and competitor and he made me want to work just as hard because his love for the game was one that I hadn’t seen in a long time.

Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?

That’s a difficult one I’ve had so many good teammates. David Crisp Noah Dickerson Matisse Thybulle Marquese Chriss Jaylen Nowell Markelle Fultz Dejounte Murray Andrew Andrews

Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore?

Kobe Bryant my favorite player Steph Curry Lebron James Michael Jordan Kevin Durant

Where do you rank Steph Curry now in the best point guards of all-time?

He’s definitely number on point guard all time! He changed the game.

What is your opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Jordan or Lebron?

I think they both played in different times, I think what Lebron is doing is unreal but I also think if Michael Jordan wouldn’t have retired in his prime he would dominated the 90s much more than he already did. I’m picking Michael Jordan and Lebron.

Thanks Dominic for the chat.


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