Now In His Thirties Darrin Dorsey(Neptunas Klaipeda) Is Working On Being As Efficient As Possible

Darrin Dorsey is a 32 year old 188cm point guard from Glendale, Arizona playing his ninth professional season and first with Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL). Last season he split time with Holargos B.C. (Greece-A1) playing 6 games averaging 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 29.2%, 3FGP: 16.0%, in Dec.’18 moved to U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Romania-Liga Nationala) playing 22 games averaging 10.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 78.6%. He also got additional basketball experience playing in countries like Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Israel, France and Turkey. He began his basketball career at Glendale High School and then played at Bakersfield CC (NJCAA) and Dakota Wesleyan (NAIA). He spoke to before a Basketball Champions League game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn in Bonn.

Darrin thanks for talking to Welcome back to Germany. You played against Ludwigsburg in the Basketball Champions League a few years ago losing both games. What do you remember from those experiences?

I remember they were a real tough and defensive minded team! They would cause chaos and then capitalize from it!

Your playing in your 9th professional season and have played in 9 countries and for 13 organizations. Do you sometimes feel like a basketball globetrotter?

Yeah at many times. I feel like that but I actually enjoy the experience of being able to travel travel to all the places I’ve been.

There aren’t many guys that can say they had such a long career coming from the NAIA. How thankful are you to have had such a long career and what have you cherished the most about being a professional player?

I’m very thankful for having such a long career over here. I Cherish all the relationships I’ve made with various teammates and coaches and also fans through out the years!

Your playing your first season with Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL). You have played in many countries and seen a lot, but what kind of experience has it been playing in the basketball crazed country of Lithuania?

Lithuania has been great since the day I got here! Neptunas is a very professional club and it shows with all the success they have had in previous years.

Your sharing the back court with experienced Lithuanian guard Zygimantas Janavicius. What kind of experience ha sit been playing along side him and coming from the bench’?

I enjoy sharing the point guard position with him, he’s a very good player and teammate! We are a bit different in play style so I think it works well to have different options to put out there on the floor.

What kind of experience has it been playing with Lithuanian Thomas Delininkaitis who has won 15 professional titles and a silver at the European championships and a silver at the world championships. Is he a guy you enjoy getting title advice from?

Tom has a lot of knowledge of the game, you tie that together with his shooting ability, there’s no wonder he has had so much success and continues to have it! He’s definitely one of our leaders!

Your 32 years old and never won a title in Europe. How hungry are you win that chip and what part of your game are you working on most now?

Yeah unfortunately I haven’t won a title in Europe but I really am motivated to do so! Now I’m working on picking my shots and trying to be as efficient as possible.

Last season you split time with Holargos B.C. (Greece-A1) playing 6 games averaging 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 29.2%, 3FGP: 16.0%, in Dec.’18 moved to U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Romania-Liga Nationala) playing 22 games averaging 10.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 78.6%. You were teammates with American Jovontae Hawkins who is tearing up the German BBL league.Do you still keep tabs on him?

Yeah of course! Hawk is extremely talented and has a very long and big future ahead of him! I’m always checking up to see how he’s doing.

In Romania you scored 22 points in a narrow 106-104 win against Pitesti. Was this one of your fondest memories there?

Although basketball in Romania went well and I enjoyed playing for cluj. I’d have to say my fondest memories were more to do with the guys I had around me and I mean that genuinely! Great group of guys from the trainers to players to coaches!

In 2017-2018 you split time with Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (Turkey-BSL) playing 2 games averaging 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.5apg, 1.0spg, in Oct.’17 moved to ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) playing 25 games averaging 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 38.4%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 66.7%;and played 11 BCL: games averaging 8.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 26.1%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 73.7%. Despite not making the playoffs with Chalon how do you remember this season? You had some very good BCL games.

The season in Chalon was a difficult one for me, due to many different reasons. I don’t dwell on it at all really. But I do remember some great champions league moments for sure!

In 2016-2017 you played with ESSM Le Portel Cote d’Opale (France-ProA) playing 35 games averaging 14.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 81.1%. This was without a doubt your best season stat wise. What do you remember most from this season?

Haha man Le Portel!!! A place I’ll always have ties to! First off the fans there are like no other I have experienced! Yes it was my most successful year, but that was due to my teammates and coaches believing 100% in my abilities and trusting me to lead the team!

In 2015-2016 you had your first tour of duty in Europe with Union Poitiers Basket 86 (France-ProB) playing 37 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 4.0rpg, 4.5apg, Steals-1 (2.1spg), FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 75.4%. How vital was veteran Jeff Greer for your first full season and just getting familiar with the whole situation of being a pro baller in Europe?

Jeff Greer is a brother and I don’t say that lightly! From day 1 he invited me to his house and helped acclimate me. From his wife to his children the love they showed me will never be forgotten! Till this day we remain in touch and they all have become family to me!

After playing three seasons in South America you got your first taste of Europe in 2015 finishing the season with to Hapoel Kfar Saba/Kohav Yair (Israel-National League) playing 11 games averaging 20.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.5apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 88.6%. Americans always rave about the whole Israeli basketball experience. What did you like most about living and playing in Israel?

Israel was great for me as well! The food is what I miss most about it haha!

You played in Mexico and two seasons in Columbia before making the jump to Europe. Would you have been satisfied of having a career in South America had you not gotten an opportunity in Europe?

South America was also a good experience for me, but I don’t think that for me it would have been enough. The level of basketball being played in Europe is higher and I wanted to be a part of it!

As a rookie you played with the Halifax Rainmen (Canada-NBL) playing 28 games averaging 5.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Canada where you knew that you were very far away from home?

In Canada my job was to defend, pick up full length of the court and cause havoc. Aside from that I was there learning from the veteran players we had on the roster. It was great for me!

You played at two JUCO schools and finished at Dakota Wesleyan (NAIA) You never got the chance to play NCAA basketball. How big was your chip on your shoulder then and how has the chip survived over the years?

t was only one Juco actually, and the chip was pretty big actually lol. I felt I was good enough to play at that level. So every night I went out and tried to prove it.

How did your game develop further in your two years at Dakota Wesleyan (NAIA). How did your head coach groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

It was one year at Dakota Wesleyan and one at Berea college and both were under Head Coach John Hemenway. But he has impacted me more than he knows I’m sure! He taught me how to hold myself accountable and be a man. Along with basketball development also! But I feel the first things I mentioned were more important.

How was the toughest player that you ever battled in a game or gym or playground that made it to the NBA?

It would have to be Mike Bibby back when he was paying for the kings.

If you had to choose your very own personal NBA Rushmore which 4 heads past or present would you pick?

Kobe, Jordan, Shaq, Lebron

What is your personal opinion about the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?

Wait where is Kobe? Lol

What was the last movie that you saw? 

Oman J. Israel Esquire’ starring Denzel Washington! Real good movie!

Thanks Darrin for the chat.

Ron Howard Has inspired Max Montag To Want To Help Young Players After His Career One Day

Ron Howard is an ex player that spent many years overseas and since retiring has focused his energy on helping unknown players get exposure by organizing games and in many cases helping them find professional jobs. He founded Howard Hoops in 2013 where he brought numerous players overseas to help them find jobs and since 2018 has started the Howard Hoops academy where he helps train unknown players and help find basketball jobs. He also has started the Howard Hoops Academy and recently had some German kids there for a month working on their games. One of those was Max Montag. spoke with the young

German about basketball recently. 

Max thanks for talking to germanhoopscom. Where are you at the moment and how is life going at the moment? 

Hey Miles thank you for the opportunity to finally talk to you. I’m still in Minnesota right now for a few days before I go back to Germany. Life is great at the Moment, big opportunities are opening up for me. 

You have been in Minnesota for some weeks and training with Howard Hoops CEO Ronald Howard. Talk a little about yourself and your background and how you got involved with basketball? 

I’m Max, 19 years old. I am living next to the Basketball city Hagen in Germany with my sister, mum and dad. The first time really getting involved with Basketball must’ve been the 2011 season of the Miami Heat. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade made me fall in Love with the game.

I remember seeing you at various Howard Hoops summer tours in the last years helping give support. How did the contact come to Ron? 

That’s right and that’s how the contact started with Ron. I’ve known him since forever now and I reached out to him to come to a practice in Offenbach. He is not only a great coach but he’s like family for me now! 

What made the Howard Hoops summer tour so fascinating to you that made you want to get involved with Ronald Howard and his basketball?

First of all the fact that he is giving guys an opportunity to have a better life. I know a lot of guys from the USA/Europe who never got an opportunity like this. People like Ron, who take this serious and want to help you are a true blessing for the game of basketball. After the first workout with him and while talking to him I know he was serious so I took the chance. 

You have been training with Ronald Howard in Minnesota. What is your goal in this program and as a basketball player? 

My Goal is to get better in this time and improve my weaknesses. There is a big difference week 1 to now. To be able to live of doing what I love and make it to the League.

I have heard that when you train with Ronald Howard, it’s not the normal kind of training many guys would experience. Ronald Howard is a very special trainer. Talk a little about what kind of training you do and how he isn’t like other trainers, but very much different? 

We do a lot of individual work like Ballhandling, Shooting, Footwork but also Strength and Conditioning. The biggest difference to other coaches is that he cares about the smallest details, which have the most impact in the game later.

How vital has Ron been with his training for your basketball game? What do you feel has been the most important thing that he has given you that has helped your game the most?

In 2016 I was in California for 2 weeks to train with him and in this little time it developed my game to another level. In this month Ron really helped me with my skill and getting faster, stronger but also with my mentality and adapting to the play style in the USA. 

What has impressed you most about the person Ronald Howard? How important is his character and insane motivation for the game that allows for guys to buy into his philosophy? 

Most impressive is definitely his work ethic and loving the game of basketball. He is training kids every day to give them an opportunity to play professional basketball in their life. The fact that he played professional for more than 10 years makes guys really listen to him because he knows what he is talking about and what it takes to play at a high level. 

Talk a little about your game. To what NBA player would you compare your game to and what are you biggest strengths on the court?

I would compare my Game a little bit to Damian Lillard mixed with Klay Thompson. My biggest strength is definitely my basketball IQ, my flexibility to play and defend all positions, and my 3pt shooting. Plus I love to play defense and I look up to Rodney McGruder, Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley for their defense. 

What area’s of your game have you been working most on with Ronald Howard to help improve you game? 

It’s a mix of everything. If I have to pick I would say Ballhandling, Midrange game, Strength and Conditioning 

What is your general opinion of what is the route for young German players. 10 years ago there were more going through the NCAA and now it seems like the way is developing in Germany. Are you a guy that would rather get established in Germany, or go to school in the states play ball and get an education? 

Germany is establishing a solid youth program and is creating more opportunities for players to play at a high level with a young age. I’m undecided right now but going to college here to adapt to the playing style would help a lot to get to that next level. Being able to and reverse that trend back to going to college would be incredible. And being able to graduate is definitely one thing I will be talking about with my family when I come back.

What is your long term goal with basketball? Are you prepared to invest all in becoming a professional player or do you have other goals? 

I’m all in to become a professional player! It doesn’t matter if it takes the route through college or Europe. I want to earn money with doing what I love. Ronald Howard inspired me to help young players after my career like he does. Having my own Basketball-training-academy would be great.

If you had to pick your own personal NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick? 

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Dirk Nowitzki 

What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?

Let us end the debate: LeBron James is the greatest of all-time ! 

What was the last movie that you saw? 


Thanks Max for the chat.

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Explode In The Third Quarter Shocking The Ebbecke White Wings Hanau 90-76

Head coach Simon Cote celebrated his biggest coaching success with the Opel Skyliners in 2004 winning the league title and got some valuable experience soaking up as much knowledge from Gordon Herbert early in his coaching career. After Frankfurt he was a scout with the Denver Nuggets, coached BBL team Giessen 46ers, coached in China and now has been in charge on the sidelines with the Ebbecke White Wings Hanau who he coached the last 4 years in the Pro A. After more than 10 years away, he returned back to an old stomping ground in Frankfurt facing his old team, but not in the BBL, but in the Pro B. He brought his club Hanau with a 4-3 record to Frankfurt and could have had an even better record had they not lost nail bitters against Baunach and Giessen. His foe the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had an identical 4-3 record and won last weekend in Munich against Oberhaching and won the last three road games in a row. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were looking to get back on the winning side at home having a 1-2 record while Simon Cote wanted to celebrate a successful experience against his ex team. Not only Cote had a special home coming, but also his player Benedikt Nicolay who played in the Skyliners organization from 2009-2012 playing a total of 5 BBL games and 143 Pro B games. On a cold autumn Saturday afternoon two teams met to keep their record over 500, but as the buzzer sounded after 40 minutes, the stoic face of Simon Cote told the whole story as he looked like he had just seen the basketball God turn into a basketball ghost after the disgraceful third quarter as his team relinquished 33 points which sealed the win for Frankfurt. Less than 24 hours earlier the BBL team Fraport Skyliners had done the same masterpiece, but only in the fourth quarter scoring 33 points to secure a great come from behind win. After the victory new Skyliner Junior Nigel Pruitt reflected on the win. “It was a roller coaster of a game. We were all excited because it was a derby game. We were too passive on defense in the first half, weren´t boxing out and they were more physical. In the second half we rebounded better, had better ball movement and shot better. We were also more aggressive on defense taking their stuff away. We got all involved on offense in the second half which wasn´t the case in the first half”, stressed Tennessee native Nigel Pruitt. Ebbecke White Wings Hanau forward Ryan Beisty played a solid game and was disappointed that the team couldn´t put it together for 40 minutes. ”We gave up way too many offensive rebounds and couldn´t score when they went on runs. We didn´t show the effort to want to win. We had too many defensive breakdowns”, stated Ryan Beisty.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Hanau forward Ryan Beisty who added 12 points in the loss

            The Ebbecke White Wings jumped all over the Fraport Skyliners Juniors in the first few minutes, but Frankfurt struck back making it a close game after 10 minutes. Hanau got a quick 11-2 lead as they stifled Frankfurt with their aggressive defense and on offense got three trey´s from ex Fraport Skyliner Junior guard Felix Hecker, ex Nordlingen big man Josef Eichler and Ryan Beisty. Hanau also got a lay in from ex ratiopharm guard Til Joscher Joenke. Frankfurt got a fade away jumper from Nigel Pruitt. The Ebbecke White Wings Hanau were hitting the three early while Frankfurt couldn´t find a rhythm on offense while Bruno Vrcic got off to a slow start going 0/5 from the field. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors didn´t let the quick Hanau start blind their game as they slowly started chipping away on offense and executing as they made a 14-5 run to dead lock the contest at 16-16. In the run Bruno Vrcic finally executed with a reverse lay up and big man Aaron Kayser also got into the action with back to back buckets. Frankfurt wanted to get the ex Chemnitz center more touches and shots as he had only attempted 9 in the last three games while before that he had shot 27 in three games. Pruitt also dropped a three pointer and 6 year Skyliner German Konstantin Schubert scored inside getting a shovel pass from Jazz Bains. But Hanau halted Frankfurt´s momentum as Joenke hit a trey as Frankfurt trailed 19-16 after one quarter. “Frankfurt didn´t take care of the ball well or rebound well. Frankfurt couldn´t control the defensive rebound as Hanau got second and third chances”, stressed ex Aubrun(NCAA) forward Quantez Robertson. The Ebbecke White Wings Hanau shot 47% from the field and 57% from outside and had 11 rebounds and 2 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 33% from the field and 25% from outside and had 11 rebounds and 2 turnovers.

            In the second quarter the fans saw a game of runs as the Ebbecke White Wings Hanau were able to break away and this time keep the Fraport Skyliners Juniors at bay. Just like in the first quarter the Ebbecke White Wings Hanau started firing away right away going on a 7-1 run to extend their lead to 26-17. In the run German guard Jonathan Mesghna hit a jumper and Ryan Beisty nailed a trey and a lay in showing that in no way is he a one dimensional offensive player. The guests poured on their defense and forced Frankfurt to two turnovers which Hanau took advantage of. Frankfurt´s perimeter defense wasn´t working. But the Fraport Skyliners Juniors demonstrated that they could match the Hanau long range shooters getting back to back trey´s from Vrcic and German captain Cosmo Gruehn as suddenly the Hanau lead was only 26-23. Then it was time again for the Ebbecke White Wings Hanau to escape on a run netting 5 points as Mesghna hit another trey and Beisty made a tip in showing that he can be aggressive on the offensive paint as Frankfurt trailed 33-23. Then it was time for Frankfurt to go on a run again as Pruitt took it into his own hands scoring 6 points cutting the Hanau lead to 33-29. In the last minutes Hanau got two baskets from Beisty and ex Skyliner Benedikt Nicolay who played 5 BBL games with Frankurt. Frankfurt got a lay in from Schubert as Pruitt displayed his fine playmaking skills which doesn´t always get noticed, but trailed 39-32 at the break. “Frankfurt had no communication on the pick and roll and there was no help. Hanau got easy baskets inside. Frankfurt continued not to take good care of the ball and secure defensive rebounds”, stressed Quantez Robertson. The Ebbecke White Wings Hanau shot 44% from the field and 35% from the three point line and had 20 rebounds and 3 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 32% from the field and 27% from the three point line and had 24 rebounds and 6 turnovers.

            The turning point of the game came in the third quarter as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors exploded for 33 points while holding Hanau to 9 points. Eichler began the third quarter with a lay in, but then it was almost all Fraport Skyliners Juniors. They exploded for an amazing 33-7 run to extend their lead to 65-48. In the run, they got some serious scoring in bunches from 17 year old Len Schoormann who dropped two trey´s and continued to be a reliable shooter and also produced two lay ins. Frankfurt finally got production from other faces besides a Pruitt and Vrcic who only scored once in the third quarter. Gruehn contributed a trey, Jordan Samare scored twice in the paint and Jaz Bains was also reborn. After a tough first half, he finally found a groove on offense. He scored twice and would finish with 17 points on 5/11 shooting and would continue to execute in the fourth quarter. “Jaz is my import brother. He plays with a lot of confidence. I told him to remain aggressive. He calmed down and took easier shots. He is a special player that will always continue to keep attacking”, stated Nigel Pruitt. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were executing and everything was working while for the Ebbecke White Wings Hanau, they couldn´t hit the ocean. After 30 minutes Frankfurt led 65-48. “Schoormann was a big part of the success in the third quarter. He took responsibility at both ends of the court. With a two man show everybody zones out, but when you play team ball, it gets a lot easier and it prevails”, stated Nigel Pruitt. ““We let them get going in the third quarter. We couldn´t get anything going on offense. We had no energy and just didn´t step up”, stressed ex Regis(NCAA) forward Ryan Beisty. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 44% from the field and 33% from the parking lot and had 37 rebounds and 8 turnovers while the Ebbecke White Wings Hanau shot 39% from the field and 28% from the parking lot and had 23 rebounds and 5 turnovers.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber conducting a post game interview with Fraport Skyliner Junior Nigel Pruitt who produced 17 points, 7 boards and 4 dimes in the win

            In the fourth quarter the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were able to keep the lead despite the Ebbecke White Wings playing better and cutting down the Frankfurt lead to 10 and 9 points on two occasions, but they couldn´t get over the hump and steal back the lead. Jaz Bains got Frankfurt on the board first in the fourth quarter finding his spots on the way to hole tip toeing like a Kemba Walker for the basket. Vrcic added a free throw as Frankfurt had the very comfortable 68-48 advantage. But the Ebbecke White Wings didn´t want to sneak home unnoticed with a blow out loss in their baggage and came together and went own a 15-5 run to cut the Frankfurt advantage to only 73-63. Hanau did a good job sharing the ball as many players contributed to the come back. Calfornia native and rookie Preston Beverly scored with a tap in while ex Spanish ACB player Miguel Servera who was held to only 4 points on 2/10 shooting scored inside as did Eichler. Hanau did a super job getting to the free throw line as Joenke, Eichler and Beisty produced free throws. After scoring 33 points in the third quarter, Frankfurt let up a bit not executing on offense and losing their defensive aggressive. Hanau got easy points at the free throw line and inside. But the Fraport Skyliners Juniors did a good job stopping the Hanau momentum and executing in key moments to up their lead again as Jaz Bains scored 5 points giving Frankfurt the 78-63 advantage. Hanau made one more push led by Joenke who scored 7 points cutting the Frankfurt lead to 83-74 with 1,29 minutes to play. But Hanau would not score again as Frankfurt went on a 6-0 run to close out the game with points all from Len Schoormann. “It was back and forth in the fourth quarter. Hanau is a tough team and we knew that it wouldn´t be a cake walk. We hit the big shots when we needed them, but we have to learn to close out games better”, warned Nigel Pruitt. “We had to be smarter to be able to stop their tendencies. We couldn´t lock them down”, stressed Ryan Beisty. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Len Schoormann and Bruno Vrcic with 18 points a piece. Nigel Pruitt and Jaz Bains added 17 points a piece. The Ebbecke White Wings Hanau were led by Till Joscha Joenke with 24 points. Ryan Beisty added 12 points and Josef Eichler added 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 45% from the field and 37% from outside and had 46 rebounds and 13 turnovers while the Ebbecke White Wings Hanau shot 40% from the field and 26% from outside and had 35 rebounds and 9 turnovers.

The Miles Basketball Minute With Curtis Hollis Volume 7

Curtis Hollis is a 21 year old 198cm forward from Arlington, Texas that is playing his first season overseas and first in Germany with the Dragons Rhondorf currently averaging 20,4ppg,7,7rpg,3,5apg and 3,2spg. He began his career at Mansfield Summit High School. In 2017-2018 he played with Hutchinson CC (JUCO) playing 34 games averaging 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 66.3%. In 2018 he played in Lavar Ball’s new league with the Houston Ballers (JBL) playing 7 games: Score-5 (29.3ppg), 11.3rpg, 5.3apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 46.0%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 71.8%. He and I will team up every week to talk basketball in the Miles basketball minute.

Congrats Curtis on another win the fourth in a row for the Dragons Rhondorf over BG Hagen 104-96. Is waking up Sunday any different for you when you win or lose or are they all the same?

They are all the same! I usually watch the film Sunday and see what I could have done better then try to focus on the next game.

In German basketball when a team scores 100 or more points, the player that scored the 100 point has to buy a round of drinks. 17 year old kid Simas Lukosius scored the 100 point. Was any of that talked about in the dressing room after the game and did he come through during the week?

Yes our team does donuts though. But it’s crazy because nobody has got them yet haha.

Everyone knew that BG Hagen was depleted with injuries. I remember telling a kid we will win by 25 points. Boy was I wrong. After one quarter they had scored 32 points. What disappointed you most letting up 32 points in the first 10 minutes?

Yes it was. We weren’t disciplined at all! But we really settled down and focused on it so we can become better.

What words of wisdom did head coach Yassin Idbihi give the guys after the first quarter that allowed you to score an explosive 34 points in the second quarter?

Just be patient and defend. We all know we have talent and can score but our defense would help us get good looks offensively.

BG Hagen forward Salathiel Ligons exploded with 34 points. How deadly was his mid range game and was he another guy where you tried to soak up some of that mid range game?

Man he played really good. His mid range was pretty much automatic and he really got to his spots. It’s always good talking with him too because he’s a vet and I really try to soak up as much as I can from him.

The Dragons Rhondorf did a great job managing the game in the second half and like you told me after the game weathering the storm. It seems like being able to do this is becoming more and more of a strength for the team.

Yeah it has. As crazy as it is we’ve been through a lot of adversity early this season so we have been through a lot of situations. So with that we know what to do and how to figure it out because we’ve been through it before.

After the win Yasin Idbihi stated in the press conference that the defense was a catastrophe. What new measures did the team work on this week to be able to come on the floor in Essen and shrink the points allowed?

Just like I always say all around defense. Being in the right spots, staying in front of your man, all different things.

The club keeps working on defense every week, but little improvement is seen on the court. Do you feel that the problem could be more the mental side getting in the way of defensive execution?

No I just think we have to really focus and know every situation and where to be defensively.

The teammate spotlight this week is on Mark Kotieno. He had his best game of the season scoring 25 points and adding 7 boards. He seemed like reborn. How motivating was it for him starting the game and could this performance heighten his game in the next games?

Man he played really good and showed his talent. He was motivated because we didn’t have Gabriel so he felt the opportunity was there to have a big game & he was right. We needed that from him against Hagen.

You had another normal day at the office with 23 points and 13 boards and 6 assists. Only Anish Sharda had more with 7. How pleased have you been with your playmaking this season?

Pretty good. I feel like it’s getting better everyday I’ve been really learning and trying to slow the game down. Read every option so it’s been good. I’m only going to continue to keep getting better.

If the Dragons Rhondorf allowed you to play point guard for a day and gave you 32-33 minutes, how would your stats look like?

I honestly don’t know. I’m sure I’d play pretty well, but I know one thing I know we would win though!

At the start of the fourth quarter you attempted a long jumper, felt it wouldn’t fall and got your rebound for the put back. When was the last time that you made a play like that? It isn’t so common for a player to execute that?

Haha it’s crazy because it’s just knowing where the ball is going to go and the basketball gods on my side. I usually just try to attack the ball because I know I’m going to miss and find it from there.

The other day Lebron James and Luka Doncic put on a show making triple doubles. How long will it take until people start saying that those are the two best players in the NBA at the moment?

Man it might already be able to be said. We all know LeBron is crazy but Luka is special. Really special I’m glad he’s in Dallas because he’s putting on for the city!

What was the last Basketball video of a player that you watched? 

I’m not sure I watch so many videos of players and stuff so I don’t remember exactly which one.

Thanks Curtis for the chat.

The Miles Basketball Minute: The Dragons Rhondorf Have To Learn To Love To Play Defense

With a few minutes left in the Dragons Rhondorf-BG Hagen game, young German Simas Lukosius made a bucket hitting the magical 100 points. In Germany it is normal in the basketball sport that the player that makes the 100 points has to buy a full round for the whole team. Usually this is connected as a very joyous moment, but at that moment the game was still tight as the Dragons Rhondorf were inching their way to a victory. Despite the Dragons Rhondorf pulling out another win 104-96 over BG Hagen under new head coach Yassin Idbihi, Lukosius probably was spared the stress of buying enough drinks as the team had other worries. The Dragons Keep winning games despite presenting an unstable defense. Even if the style of the Dragons Rhondorf isn´t run and gun a style that was made famous in Germany by Phoenix Hagen under head coach Ingo Freyer more than 10 years ago, the scores sure look similar to what Phoenix Hagen was putting up then. The Dragons Rhondorf have a perfect 4-0 record under new head coach Yassin Idbhi and have been able to score as easily as the Crailsheim Merlins have been able to have the surprising success early in the BBL season, but they also let up a lot of points. For Yassin Idbi way too many points. In the four game winning streak the Dragons Rhondorf have averaged scoring 102 points and given up n average of 83 points per game. Teams always get into slumps or get injuries, these are all obstacles that could affect the Dragons at any time. What happens if they have a few off shooting nights and don´t come ready to defend? Then the start of a losing streak could happen quicker that Enric Garrido Foz can sprint to the hole with the ball. Scoring  a lot of points and giving up a lot of points is very risky and something that Yassin Idbihi wants to avoid.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Curtis Hollis after the win over BG Hagen in Rhondorf

                The offense is no problem and have been great this season. They have scored 80 points or more nine times and learned early on that sharing the ball leads to success. They already had that unselfishness and extra pass mentality instilled under ex ehad coach Markus Rowenstrunk. They have many many scoring options. Curtis Hollis led the way at the start and guys have been following his lead ever since. Hollis now doesn´t have to score right away, but can let other guys get into a groove and then gradually along the way gest his offense going and makes it a habit to react to what the defense gives him instead of forcing to much. Hollis in fact is way to good for the Regionalliga West. He can score at anytime if he wanted to, but this league is also a great opportunity to tweak his playmaking skills as he continues to build his game for higher leagues and opportunities. Killian Binapl became a prolific scorer under Idbihi averaging 24,0ppg in the first 3 games under the new coach. His self confidence has risen dramatically. A sore spot in the last years was having that strong German big man. This season they have one in Gariel De Olveira who is his own wrecking crew in the paint. While young Mark Kotieno profited from De Olveria last weekend playing a BBL game in Vechta, was inserted into the starting lineup and delivered a career high 25 points. De Olveria and Kotieno could be the best 1-2 German big man duo this season. With Slovenian Jure Besedic the club has a very versatile big man who won´t put up big stats in his minutes, but if he had to play 25-30 minutes would probably achieve double double stats. The back court duo of Anish Sharda and Enric Garrido Foz total 74 years and 34 years of basketball experience and no team in the Regionalliga can boast such a talented and experienced back court. Sharda gives you that reliable three pointer, but at the same time is an unselfish player that has the perfect knowledge of knowing when to finish and when to create for others. Foz gives you that controlled playmaking and at any time lay up that he can generate with his speedy Gonzalez quickness. German Jeffery Martin started the season slow, but has had some good games in the last weeks and can give much needed scoring punch at anytime. Bearing no unfortunate injuries, this club will continue to score at ease and fans will see many more 100 point games this season.

                But what about the defensive end? Will the instability ever turn into stable defense? After the fourth win in a row, head coach Yassin Idbihi didn´t shy away during the press conference to speak his mind. He stated that the Dragons defense was a catastrophe. I mean why should he lie, he was totally right. 10 minutes after the press conference, I bumped into him after he had exited the VIP room and had come back to strength with some delicious food after the win and I congratulated him on the win. I then didn´t hesitate to mention that the club needs to improve their defense. He just glared at me and agreed. It was the kind of look where one could interpret quickly that he might have some short nights examining video in the next days. An old adage about defense is that you don´t necessarily have to be talented. On offense if you can´t shoot, then you have a problem. But on defense, it is a lot less about skill, but more about effort, passion and will. You have to want to play defense to be successful. If you don´t have the right mind set then you can pack it in and go home. Why was the Fraport Skyliners teams of the past under Gordon Herbert always so successful? Because he didn´t have good defenders, but great defenders who gave it their all like a Quantez Robertson or John Little. At the moment the passion isn´t there. There are spurts where the club defends very well, but then again they lose aggressiveness and fall into bad habits. In the game against BG Hagen, they had absolutely no cure how to slow down Salathiel Ligons who hurt them time in and time out with his mid range game ending the night with 34 points. Communication, rotations and 1-1 defense have been the Dragons Achilles heel so far this season. Curtis Hollis is a very talented player that knows how to defend. Because of that he should be the defensive leader and really be vocal and help get his teammates motivated. He leads by example with his steals, deflections and tips every night. If he could be that serious vocal defensive leader, then it would propel his game again to another level. Head coach Idbihi has showed early on that he is a coach that won´t accept mediocracy and if you make mistakes, will sit while the next guy on the bench  gets his chance. Idbihi has the capabilities to make this team good on the defensive end. That will work if he can get the team believing and wanting to defend every night. Once the team has that first real defensive success, they will build off that and be all right. That could happen this weekend as they travel to Essen to battle the weakest team in the Regionalliga West. The key for defensive success will be Curtis Hollis and Yassin Idbihi. Playing good defense is all in the mind set and showing 100% effort. The improved defense might not be there right away, but you can be sure that Yassin Idbihi will get the guys thinking defense. The guys love to play offense and have success. Now they have to love to play defense. Yassin Idbihi will transport that love to the players.

Dmitri Thompson(Cytavision Apoel Nicosia) I Usually Don´t Get Nervous But When Coach K Came Out I Was In Shock

Dmitri Thompson is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Orlando, Florida playing his second professional season and first with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-OPAP Basket League. Last season as a rookie he played with Atlas Ferzol (Lebanon-LBL) playing 7 games averaging 12.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 82.6%. He began his basketball career with Orlando Christian Prep and then played at Elon (NCAA) from 2014-2018 playing a total of 129 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 31 games averaging 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.0%. He spoke to before the Fiba Europe Cup game against medi Bayreuth in Bayreuth.

Dimitri thanks for talking to Welcome to Germany. Before we start with your basketball career how did you receive the nickname Meech?

That is actually a funny story. My family called me that as a baby. I hated it. In high school my coach called me Big Meech. Later Rick Ross made a song called Big Meech. But it had nothing to do with me. 

This this your first time to Germany? What has been your impression of the country from what you have seen so far?

I love Germany. It has a homey feeling. I feel like I’m in the states. It’s so Americanized. I had been to Germany before. My college did a tour here some years ago.

What do you know in general about the country and it’s basketball? You have friends that are playing here at the moment with Sheldon Eberhardt, Jackson Trapp and Michael Gilmore. Have there been other guys that you have followed make their way through Germany like an Orlando Parker?

I know that Germany is one of the better places to play in. All my friends who have played here have said excellent things about Germany. I played together with Orlando Parker in high school. He loves Germany and always kept coming back. Hearing that is a great thing. Maybe one day I can play in Germany. Germany is really a lovely place. 

Your playing your second professional season with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-OPAP Basket League) What kind of experience has it been playing with a club so rich in tradition?

It has been amazing. Last season I played for a team that was the complete opposite. It had no tradition. Now I’m in a very good situation. The club has treated me well and I love the country. We are just getting started now.

As a guy coming from Orlando, you probably have had nothing against the climate, but what is like been living in Cyprus? What have you learned to appreciate most about the culture so far?

The climate is beautiful. It is a vacation place. The people have been welcoming and have made it very comfortable to live there. It jumped out at me with the people being so friendly.

The team last won the league title in 2014 and the cup in 2016. How much do you feel the need to win a title again? How high are the expectations this season?

We talk about it as a team. Our time is now. Last season’s team played with a high budget, but fell below expectations. We need to bring that winning tradition back. We feel that we can do it. We need to click and put things together. Our goal is to compete for the title. 

How valuable has it been for your second professional season to have an abundance of Americans on the team? How has the chemistry developed further with the guys?

I really enjoy the fact that we have more than 2 Americans on the club. I don’t feel so much pressure to have to do so much. I feel very comfortable. We are just starting to find our rhythm and getting a flow and figuring each other out.

How vital has Michael Cufee not only been for the success of the team, but for your you? Is he a guy that you see that mentor in? He is a guy that could tell you unending stories about the European game?

When I found out that Mike was on the team, I was very ecstatic. He has seen so much and played for top teams. Where he has been is where I want to be. He has seen everything and knows everything. Whenever he decides to teach me, I will always follow his lead.

How has it been playing with point guard Jarvis Garrett? He like you is a second year man that had a superb rookie season in Cyprus. What have you learned to appreciate most about his game in the early going?

Jarvis has a great feel for the game. He knows where his spots are and where our spots are. I appreciate his game. He tries to do all that he can on offense and defense to make the team successful.

Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 193cm shooting guard. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?

I would say Bradley Beal. I’m a combo guard that can score, make plays and play defense.

You have shot the ball well the last two years, but started slowly this season in the Cyprus league. What kind of strategy have you taken to improve your shot? Do you watch videos of other players to add to your shot?

Right now my favorite player is CJ Mccollum. I watched all his highlight film from last season. I did that to get a better feel of the game. I try not to put pressure on me. I think that the more you think about your shot during a slump the harder it is. I let the game come to me naturally and take less shots.

You’re a guy that can fill the stat sheet with ease, but what is a hidden strength in our game that doesn’t get noticed right away on the court?

A hidden strength of my game are the little things on defense. If I have to guard the other’s team best player than I want to take him out of his rhythm and make it hard for him. I do the little things not seen on the stat sheet.

As a rookie you played with Atlas Ferzol (Lebanon-LBL) playing 7 games averaging 12.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 82.6%. How challenging was it playing here as a rookie?

Playing in Lebanon as a rookie was a huge challenge. It kind of broke me down. There were high expectations put upon me. You could only have one American. I felt like all was hanging on my shoulder. The league was very competitive and it was a struggle for me. I started the season strong, but then a new guy came in taking my minutes. Then it all got weird. It was difficult having a load on my shoulders. 

What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Lebanon where you knew that you were very far away from home in Florida?

It happened quickly. I was pushed over the edge. We were in the mountains and a huge snow storm came. Our game was at Beirut city. We were supposed to have a bus, but there was none. I had to drive there. It was a mess. 

You had 22 points in your first game against Beirut club in a win. What memories do you have of that game?

That was a good game. It was my first professional game. I made a fast break dunk over a Lebanon national player. I saw it in all the faces of the people in the arena and how crazy they all went. It was an unbelievable moment.

You were teammates with Taylor Brown who I covered when he was a rookie in Germany. The guy has played for big time European teams in Turkey and Lithuania. What do you remember about the day to day interaction with him? What kind of things did you soak up from him?

Taylor was one of my fastest growing friends. Lebanon was a hard experience, but he eased it. When things weren’t going well for me, he would always reassure me that things would get better. He always told me to keep playing and I will end up in a better place. He helped me very much with my self-confidence.

You played at Elon (NCAA) from 2014-2018.You played a lot of games, but the team didn’t have much success. Besides not winning as much what did you cherish most about the experience?

I cherished growing as a player at Elon and also going through the hard times. I loved Elon. Coming from high school where I won titles to not winning any at Elon wasn’t the best experience. Having hard times brings more out of you. When your on the brink, so much goes through your head. The whole experience helped me grow as a player.

A player can call themselves lucky to have played against a top team like Duke once in their career, but you played against them each season. Explain how your mentality was on game day? I can imagine it was your favorite game of the season?

Playing Duke was my favorite game of the season. I was nervous in my first game as a freshman. I was an 18 year old out of high school and suddenly I was playing on the biggest stage. After that first game, it wasn’t so bad anymore. I felt bad my sophomore year as we were beat badly. In my junior season we had a really good team and were up at half-time, but ended up losing by 10 points. By my senior year having played them three times, my confidence had really grown.

Elon played Duke tough your junior season, but you scored 13 points in your senior year. Was one of these games the most memorable in your battles against Duke?

We lost badly at Duke. The Duke crowd is a real game changer. I battled Grayson Allen in that game. That is what I will always remember.

You battled against NBA player Grayson Allen. When you look at a guy like that, does his exceptional shooting motivate you to grind harder every new day in the lab?

Yes for sure. Playing against a talented guy and seeing his success like that, you have to believe that you can get to the next level. You feel like if he can do it, so can I. If I put in the work maybe I can get to where he is. Maybe my efforts will be recognized. 

As a freshman you lost to Duke 75-62 scoring 8 points and getting 5 rebounds in 9 minutes. What memories do you have of that game. Were you in serious awe before the game?

Yes I was in serious awe. I usually don’t get nervous, but I was shocked in that game. Just seeing Duke’s pre game ritual was shocking. It was a special night as many ex NBA alumni were there. Then when Coach K came out, I was really shocked. 

That team had 8 future NBA players on the roster. Do remember who stuck out the most to you as a young kid from high school?

The one guy that really stood out form the others with his skill set was Justine Winslow. After that game I knew that he would have an amazing NBA career. His frame and skill set and everything he did on the court was special.

You played three seasons with German Sheldon Eberhardt who is a professional rookie in Germany with MBC. He developed nicely as a senior. What part of his game will prosper most as a rookie this season?

I believe his ability to control the game will prosper. He is one of the best fluent scorers that I ever played with. He never really was able to show that in school. His ability to play point guard will help him develop and become more polished. His scoring ability will shine and he will have an amazing career.

You had Northeastern’s number scoring 17 points in a win and 23 in an exciting 105-104 victory. Was the latter one of your nicest memories? But then again you beat S Florida 79-78 with 23 points. It must be hard to choose?

My best game was my last game against Delaware. That was an amazing game. My favorite games were those two wins over Northeastern.

How did head coach Matt Matheny groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

He groomed me best by helping me polish up the little things in my game. Without polishing up the little things in my game, I wouldn’t have gotten away with as a professional. He also helped me with my shooting.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Dainan Swoope?

I wish we would of played more. He is a great competitor. I would take myself. But I will say playing against Sheldon Eberhardt would have been difficult to beat.

Who was the toughest player you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA?

The toughest player that I played against was Caris Levert. When he was at Michigan, he was a top 5 player in the country. He didn’t score much, but when I was defending him, every little things that he did was so polished. Even times when I thought that I had him, he still made plays. He played very hard on offense and defense. 

Where will the journey of the Golden State Warriors go now with the injury to Steph Curry? Is the Dynasty now over?

The Warriors aren’t over yet. I think that even if they have a sub par season, they could get a top 5 NBA Draft Pick. Then they will start over. Trade a Deangello Russell. Then Klay and Steph will return. Then they can start again.

What is your choice of your own personal NBA Rushmore? Which 4 heads would you pick?

Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Steph Curry

What is your personal opinion of who is the best of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?

That is tough. All that I know about Michael Jordan is what I have seen on the highlight films. I have just seen the good side of Jordan. I haven’t seen if there was any bad side. It is just hard to go against Lebron. I will go with Lebron.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The Joker. I loved it. It is one of my favorite movies. 

Thanks Dmitri for the chat.

Jarvis Garrett(Cytavision Apoel Nicosia) Continues To Grind Making A Name In Cyprus Looking To Reach The Next Level

Jarvis Garrett is a 24 year old 182cm point guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that is playing his second professional season and first with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (Cyprus-OPAP Basket League) after starting the season with the Rethymno Cretan Kings (Greece-A1). Last season as a rookie he played with Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) playing 21 games: Score-2 (18.0ppg), 4.4rpg, Assists-2 (6.0apg), Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT-3 (84.8%). He began his basketball career at Notre Dame Prep School and then played at the University of Rhode Island (NCAA) from 2014-2018 amassing a total of 123 NCAA games. His best season was his sophomore campaign where he played 30 games averaging 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 69.2%. He spoke to before a Fiba Europe Cup game against medi Bayreuth

in Bayreuth.

Jarvis thanks for talking Halloween has come and gone. You once played with a Hannibal Lector mask in the NCAA with Rhode Island. What was your favorite Halloween costumes as a kid that you wore?

I never really had a favorite, but I liked going as Batman.

Welcome to Germany. Is this your first time here? What do you know in general about the country and it’s basketball? Have you had any friends balling here besides Jarelle Reischel?

I have had friends that have played in Germany in the past like Carrington Love and Hassan Martin who played with medi Bayreuth last season. I don’t know much about the country Germany, but what I do know is that no matter who I talk to, I am always told it is a great place to play. The basketball fans in Germany are very loyal and supportive. Germany is a place where I would like to play in.

What memories do you have of Jarelle Reischel who played with you at Rhode Island? He went on to explode at Eastern Kentucky.

I have great memories of him. We talked a lot when we were at Rhode Island and we worked out together a lot and hung out as well. He is a very good player and friend of mine. I still talk to him today and check up on him. The best memory of him that I have was just the constant battles that we had in practice on a daily basis. We would always talk trash. It was very competitive between us. 

You began the season with Rethymno Cretan Kings (Greece-A1). What kind of experience was that for you playing in a strong league?

I was on one of the best islands in Greece. It was an eye opening and great experience for me. It was a good start to seeing how the basketball works in Greece. I was able to play some games and get a feel of the league. It was a very physical league and the fans supported the teams well.

As a rookie you played for Omonia Nicosia a club that has no titles in the A-League and is only playing it’s second season in that league. Now you have joined Cytavision Apoel Nicosia a club rich in tradition and has 32 club titles. Has the new experience been like night and day going from a lesser known club to a famous one?

The goals are really the same everywhere. Your always playing to win a championship. We want to make the playoffs this season and win the league title. Important is to play hard every day.

An interesting fact is that Milwaukee native Lavelle Felton also played with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia back in the day. He was murdered in 2009 in Milwaukee. Since your from Milwaukee had you known about this sad tragedy? 

I have heard about this. It was back in the news recently But when it happened I was very young.

Cytavision Apoel Nicosia hasn’t won the league title since 2014. The club has a strong roster. How big are the expectations to get the job done this season?

The expectations are very big. We know that we have a chance to win the title. We have to continue to get better each day and continue to gain more chemistry as the season goes on. I feel that by the end of the season, that we will be in the right position to do that.

How much easier has the whole new integration been for you with 4 other Americans on board? How vital has 36 year Michael Cuffee been in the early going for you?

It has been great being teammates with Mike. We always talk on and off the court. I try to pick his brain as much as possible. He has taken me under his wing and I try to soak in as much information as possible. He is teaching me to be a leader and to do the right things on and off the court and what the wrong things are.

How much fun ha sit been playing in the Fiba Europe cup where you averaging 17,0ppg and 7,0apg. How has this competition helped your game most that you haven’t been able to get in the league in Cyprus?

It has been a great experience playing in the Fiba Europe Cup. The competition has helped me most in that you always have to be ready to play. You play against many different teams and you have to always be able to adjust to what the defense gives you. I have to be ready what the defense gives me and then be able to put my teammates in the best positions to be successful.

Your favorite player is Chris Paul. Would you say that you try to model your game after him?

Chris Paul was actually my favorite player when I came out of high school. My two favorite players now are Kemba Walker and Damian Lillard. I try to watch both of them at least twice a day. I try to watch as much as possible how they are able to control the pace and read the defense. The way Walker is able to change the speed and pace is how I like to play. 

You played at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg that had groomed many NBA players like Steven Adams, Will Blalock and Michael Beasley. Was there one player that once went there that really stood out to you? A player that you began to follow more after knowing that he played there?

That didn’t really matter to me. I knew of the players that played there before me. I watched them a little bit.

You have been a very solid three point shooter since playing at Rhode Island, but never reached the 40% clip. How do you describe the development of your shot now in your second professional season? Are you confident that you can become a 40% plus shooter from outside?

Yes I do. I work day in and ay out putting up a lot of shots. I practice the catch and shoot and shooting off the dribble. I watch a lot of film on myself to see if I’m getting off balance or how my foot work is. I feel that being able to be a good shooter is all about putting up repetitions and muscle memory. 

What do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn’t always get noticed right away?

Playing defense, rebounding and help side.

Last season as a rookie you played with Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A) playing 21 games: Score-2 (18.0ppg), 4.4rpg, Assists-2 (6.0apg), Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT-3 (84.8%). What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home?

I never had a wake up call. I was always a person that didn’t mind being away from home. I went to prep school at age 17 and was away from home. I was used to it. Being in Europe now is just another journey in my life.

Last season as a rookie you helped beat AEL 88-84 with a 20 point, 7 rebounds and 12 assists game. Was that one of your most memorable games and do you feel like you could achieve that triple double sometime?

A big goal of mine is to achieve a triple double. I have never had one before. I feel that I’m getting close to achieving one.

You played at Rhode Island (NCAA) from 2014-2018. Was winning the Atlantic tournament in 2017 one of your biggest achievements there or was it reaching the NCAA tournament? What memories do you have of that weekend?

Winning the conference title was my biggest achievement there. I went through a lot of ups and downs that season. Winning the title despite what I was going through was special. I was sick and had a disease called Ulcerative Colidis. It deals with your stomach and colon. I still have the disease, but it isn’t as effective as before. 

Talk a little about your NCAA career. You averaged 34 minutes as a sophomore, but every other season 22 minutes twice and once 25 minutes. How do you feel was your game able to develop there having had different roles and having to always adjust to new situations?

My first two years were pretty good, but my last two years weren’t that good because of the stomach illness. My last two years I had to play a different role. It wasn’t about me. I simply did whatever the team wanted me to do. I had to bring energy off the bench and I was ok with that. 

Your last NCAA game was against Duke at the big dance where you lost 87-62. What memories do you have of that game? Did a guy like Marvin Bagley impress you the most?

Marvin Bagley was a very good player. It was good to see just how good he was in person. My memory of that game was that our shots weren’t falling like they normally would.

You were teammates with Kuran Iverson that is related to Allen Iverson and Marcus Camby. What was it like having a guy like him on the team and did he have family stories?

Kuran is a very good friend of mine. We are very close and still talk to this day. He would tell stories what it was like being around Allen Iverson. But there weren’t any real major stories. 

How did head coach Danny Hurley groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Hurley showed me how to work as a pro. He didn’t prepare us how to be a college player, but already what it took to play at the next level. He helped us with our diet, meditating, reading books and just life things.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Jared Terrell?

We had our battles. He won more than I did.

Players usually always take themselves.

I’m a fair person.

Who is the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that then reached the NBA?

In high school the two toughest players that I faced were Fred Van Vleet and Yogi Ferrell.

If you had to construct your own personal NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you pick that bets fits your taste?

Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Lebron James. 

Where will the journey of the Golden State Warriors go now with the injury to Steph Curry? Is the Dynasty now over?

I don’t think that the dynasty is over yet. Young guys have to step up now. They will step up, because it is their time now. They will show that they belong in the league. 

What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?

I feel that both are great in their own right. I think that because they played different positions, you can’t make this best of all-time debate. They also played in different era’s. But if I had to pick one then I would take Jordan. He reached 6 finals and won each one. At the end of the day all that matters are the titles.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The Joker. It was a really good movie.

Thanks Jarvis for the chat.