Louis Darby is a 32 year old 196cm guard from Pacoima, California that recently completed his ninth professional season and first with German Beko BBL team Mitteldeutscher BC where he played 14 games averaging 7.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 64.0%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 87.9%. He played most of his professional career in Romania with CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu winning the Romanian cup in 2015 and played a total of 181 league games and last season helped the team march to the Eurochallenge final four playing 14 games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 86.1%. In the Romanian division A last season he played 28 games: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 86.2%. He also had experience early in his professional career playing for Al Wahda Damascus (Syria-D1)and the Carlsbad Beach Dawgs (WCBL). He started his basketball career in 2003 with Long Beach St. (NCAA) until 2007 playing a total of 99 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3Pts: 34.8%, FT: 69.5%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Louis thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Right now I am in California. Working /working out staying in shape.
We are deep in the dog days of summer and your still unsigned. Do you feel like it gets harder now finding that right new situation as you get older?
I still have not found a team yet. My agent is in talks with teams but still nothing concrete right now.
The glory days of Steiner Bayreuth and Michael Koch hoisting the Beko BBL title are a distant memory for the hardcore fans as well as breathing playoff air as the last time it was able to do that the walk man and listening to a Michael Jackson Bad cassette in the mall while doing some people gazing and seeing how many Madonna look a liikes one could count on your fingers was the game, a slew of German soccer legends like Lothar Matthaus, Rudi Voller or Jurgen Kinsmann were still looking but close to their first and only world cup title and the music trend acid was making its rounds following by the dance emergence in Europe and the grunge scene was only a few years away and already preparing for take off as the late 80´s were ending as was the high point of Bayreuth basketball. A long lull and dry spell followed as the club went through bankruptcy and falling into lower leagues until the reemergence of returning to the first German basketball league in 2010. In it´s first three years back in the top German basketball address, the club had some solid teams, but were unable to make noise in the playoffs due to a minimal budget and a continued heightening of the level of play in the Beko BBL. The club wants to change all that and after more than 20 years of feeling like wily coyote with their mouth foaming and foaming with hunger for being able to play in May, the club hopes to make that step this season. With a new name, a complete Predrag Krunic who is able to select his own roster this season unlike last season where he arrived as a fire fighter to douse the fire like he did in his Oldenburg tenure where he led the team to a title in 2009 and a stronger roster than in recent years, this could be the year where the club reaches the promised land for the first time. A new name could be that good luck charm and the name, resume and the intense eyes of sheer focus and desire to achieve success of Predrag Krunic could give Bayreuth fans this season something to forget their misery of certain departed players from last season and to pass their time before the Wagner games commence.