Adonte Parker (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) is a 23 year old 183cm point guard from Harvey, Illinois that is playing his rookie season in Germany for PRO B team Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He played at Drake from 2007-2009 and then played for Dayton (NCAA) from 2010-1012. He played a total of 130 NCAA games. Currently he is tearing up the German PRO B. He spoke to eurobasket about his rookie season.
Josh welcome to Germany. On the court you have had no adjusting to do, but how have you adjusted to the German way of life?
Thank you I am so glad to be here! I have been adjusting to the German way of life pretty good. Germany is really Americanized and easy to adjust most of the people here speak English so it has been a smooth transition for me.
The team currently has a record of 3-4. What has been the main reasons for the 3-4 start? Its been some ups and downs through the season like every team and with our team we lost some very close games that could have easily went our way that was unfortunate. With a team it always take some time to get familiar with everyone and now I feel like we are getting a pretty good feel for one another and starting to play well together.
In the first seven games you are averaging 30,1ppg, 7,1apg and 3,7rpg. Have you been surprised by your total domination in the German PRO B? I have been blessed to be able to play the way I have been playing just worked hard as I can over the Summer to improve my game and just constantly trying to get better. I really give all the credit to my team and coach. They have given me a great opportunity to play the game the way I know how to play it and it has really helped me improve through the course of my time here. So I really give them most of the credit for this start!
Does it feel like you are a man playing with little kids? (Haha) Not at all!!! There is some great competition at this level. Players and teams come to win every night so its been great to be able to compete with guys that want to win and get better. Im just like one of them trying to improve and get better each game.
How would you describe the PRO B compared to the NCAA? Is your experience in the NCAA paying dividends being able to play so well in the German PRO B? There are some comparisons with Pro B and NCAA. Some of them include the way coaches prepare for games with the scouting reports, and practices they want to win just like the players. Also the way teams compete every night they want to win and have a chance to make the playoffs similarly to NCAA where your record reflects where you are positioned in the post season whether its NCAA, NIT, or any other post season tourneys. So there are many more comparisons but those are the main one I have. Yes playing in the NCAA has really helped me prepare myself for the Pro B. Playing against some of the top competition in the NCAA every night, practices, workouts, film etc. has really prepared for this level and I wouldnt trade that experience for nothing.
You can light up the scoreboard, but also have a sense for setting up your teammates. Are you more a scoring point guard or more the classical point guard? I am more of a scoring point guard that has the ability to create for my team! Growing up in Chicago a point guard always had to have the ability to score while also making his teammates better, and I feel like my game is a reflection of that.
What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away? The strength of my game that doesnt get noticed right away is my passing ability. People say I can shoot, handle the ball or score but doesnt notice my passing right away. I take pride in passing the ball as I continue to grow as a player I would like for that to be noticed more also.
Bayer Giants Leverkusen head coach Achim Kuczmann has lauded you that you are one of the three best players that he has ever coached and he has coached top players. How proud does that make you to get lauded like that after such a short time in Germany?
Thats an honor to be a part of that group and to have a coach that has coached many great players, and for him to say that about me words cant even describe the feeling it means a lot to me!
What is your relationship like to Achim Kuczmann? How has he helped you adjust to the style in Germany and your game?
Our relationship is very close! Just the short time I have been here he have really been an intricate part in my success, helping me adjust to the style of play, telling me what I need to do to get better every day, and just being there for me not only on the court but off the court as well and Im just really blessed to have a coach like him!
There is an interesting parallel between you and ex teammate Josh Young of Drake. He played in Leverkusen two season ago and had great stats and made the jump to the Beko BBL. Is it too early to think about making a jump like this?
Playing in the BBL is definitely a goal that I have for myself but right now Im just focused on getting better, making my team better, and reaching the goals we have as a team.
On what things do you still need to improve on your game?
I feel like I still need to improve on my decision making at times and I always want to improve on the defensive side of the ball. I feel like these two areas will really help improve my game.
To what NBA player would you describe your game too? I would describe my game to Derrick Rose. I watch him all the time we play the same type of style and both are from Chicago of course. I just love the way he can score while also getting his teammates involved, and how he keep defenses honest. He is a great player.
You played at Drake. What are your fondest memories of Josh Young? What did you respect most about him?
I have a lot of fond memories of Josh good and bad (haha) Im just kidding. Josh is great guy that works hard no matter what the day is. He is always trying to improve and thats what really brought us close. One of my favorite memories of him was it was one game I dont remember against who but me and Josh was going back and forth scoring it was crazy. The announcer would stumble over his words because he kept saying Josh Young for three then next Adonte Parker and it kept going back and forth so he just started saying the Joshs are going to work (haha) it was funny but great! So I just respected how he handles himself on and off the court he is one of a kind.
Who wins a three point shooting contest in practice if you were to have one, you or sharp shooting German Mathias Goddek?
I would say me of course but Matthias would say that same thing (haha) its funny because every time we are in practice and we are doing shooting drills him and I always compete against each other to see who makes the most every time so its good. Matthias can really shoot its amazing Im glad I have him on my team!!
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
The best player that I played against was Derrick Rose I didnt play him in the NCAA but I played him multiple times in high school so I have to say him.
You played the last two seasons at Dayton. Brian Roberts who plays for the Hornets played there some years ago. What stories do you remember hearing about him at Dayton? There were a lot of stories that I heard about B Rob he can really play!! I heard that there was barely anyone that could stop him in college. I played against him in pick up games in the summers he would always come back and play with us so I know him really well. He is a great guy and player.
What have been the most free throws that you have made in a row without missing in practice? I have made 80 free throws in a row before in practice at Dayton.
What has been your most crazy shot that you have made in your career? The craziest shot I have ever made was a one handed throw from the opposite free throw line of my basket at the buzzer it was crazy I couldnt believe I had made it.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw? The last DVD I saw was the Ultimate Micheal Jordan film watched it with some of my teammates.
Alex Foster(202-F-92, college: Emory) is a 24 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Portland, Oregon and also has the German citizenship and is playing his second professional season with the RheinStars (Germany-ProA). Last season as a rookie with the RheinStars he played 29 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 78.4%He played at Emory (NCAA3) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 108 NCAA3 games and as a senior played 20.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 3... [read more]
Alex Foster (202-F-92, college: Emory) is a 24 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Portland, Oregon and also has the German citizenship and is playing his second professional season with the RheinStars (Germany-ProA). Last season as a rookie with the RheinStars he played 29 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 78.4%He played at Emory (NCAA3) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 108 NCAA3 games and as a senior played 20.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 39.9%, FT: 79.8%. He was able to improve his scoring and rebounding average each season. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.
Thanks Alex for talking to eurobasket.com. How did you get into 2017 and did you have any new years resolutions or are you more a guy that doesn't believe in that hype? I brought in the New Year with friends here in Cologne, but didn't make any big new years resolutions. I still have some goals from 2016 that I'm working towards.
This season the RheinStars didn't have a long holiday break as you had a game on the 23rd of December against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets and on the seventh of January against Baunach. Do you feel this was more beneficial in keeping the team sharp or could a few more days rest helped the club?
Last season we only got two days off, so this year's holiday break felt much longer. Unfortunately, we went into the break after a bitter loss. It was tough having to wait so long to play again, but once I put that loss behind me, I enjoyed the holidays with my family. As for the team, I think everyone came back from the break with some extra motivation for the second half of the season.
How important was the win against Baunach to start 2017 after the bitter loss to Essen before Christmas in having the team have the right focus going into the Hanau game? It was important for us to get back to winning. There aren't that many games left in the regular season so very win comes at a premium.
Just like last season, winning is Hanau didn't happen, but the club came out with a lot better effort at home against them. What in your opinion is always most difficult when playing Hanau? They always come in with energy and confidence, which makes them a tough team to beat, but we kept their offence in check and made enough plays ourselves to get the win. The game was no easy matter as it was tight going into the fourth quarter.
What do you feel was key in the fourth quarter for pulling out the win and getting your second win in a row in 2017?
We tightened up our defense in the second half and played together offensively. We're starting to develop a win-at-all-costs identity and I think that showed against both Baunach and Hanau.
Kruize Pinkins had another typical strong game with 23 points and 10 rebounds. You have faced him 4 times now. Why in your opinion is he such a tough guy to stop? He's great around the rim and his teammates do a good job of finding him in scoring areas. Defending him, you have to stay engaged on defense at all times.
The RheinStars are in eighth place with a record of 9-9. What was your first half summary of the season?
We dug ourselves a deep hole, but are climbing out.
How much potential is in this season's team? The team is eighth best in points scored and points let up? In what area does the team have the most potential to do harm? I think we have the potential to go all the way. Ultimately, we want to hold down our home court for the rest of the season and start knocking off teams on the road.
How valuable was the pick up of former BBL player Anthony King? What does he give the team most besides experience at that low post presence? AK brings a calm sense of confidence to our team. He's a player you want with the ball when the game is on the line. Plus, he helps bring out the best in his teammates.
It seems like Richard Williams has been playing a bit under his expectations, but he hasn't been totally fit. How soothing is it knowing that when he breaks out, the club will be even more dangerous? I think Richie's done a great job learning and running the offense in such a short time. I was amazed by how fast he picked up all of our sets. He's made winning plays since he first got here, which I'm sure will continue throughout the season.
How content have you been with your game? You pretty much have the same stats as last season, but your playing 10 minutes less. Do you feel like you have become more of an efficient player this season?
Our roster is stacked with talent, so I didn't expect as many minutes as last season, but I know that for our team to be great, I need to play my role well. I've also gotten a better feel for European game since I got here, which helps my game.
Your right near the 40% mark from outside. How content are you that you can make that plateau in the second half of the season?
I expect that of myself.
What are your personal continued goals for this season as a player? On what things are you working on on the defensive end to become a better player? Right now, my focus is on helping my team get to the playoffs. On defense, I want to be able to stop my man one-on-one and help my teammates within the concept.
In December you watched a game of your friend Will Trawick in Rhondorf. How much do you miss playing with him? At Emory (NCAA3) you played three years together. He's carved out a good spot for himself in Rhondorf and it was fun to watch help play live. I'm sure we'll have a chance to play together this summer back at Emory.
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you? It as good as any player has every ran the floor and shot the ball.
One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now? Lebron and Curry are NBA Champions, so Russ still has some work to do.
EasyCredit BBL team S.Oliver Wurzburg have reeled in ex NBA player Mustafa Shakur (192-PG-84, college: Arizona) Mustafa Shakur is a 32 year old 192cm guard from Arizona that brings 8 seasons of European experience, 25 NBA games and knows the BBL as last season he played for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL): 15 games: 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 77.1%; Eurocup: 11 games: 14.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 82.8%. He started this sea... [read more]
EasyCredit BBL team S.Oliver Wurzburg have reeled in ex NBA player Mustafa Shakur (192-PG-84, college: Arizona) Mustafa Shakur is a 32 year old 192cm guard from Arizona that brings 8 seasons of European experience, 25 NBA games and knows the BBL as last season he played for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL): 15 games: 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 77.1%; Eurocup: 11 games: 14.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 82.8%. He started this season with Afyonkarahisar Belediye (Turkey-TBL) where he played 10 games averaging 10,8ppg, 2,8rpg and 5,3apg. "He is a very experienced guard that will give us stability at both ends of the court. We will have a strong trio at both guard positions with Jake Odum, Maurice Stuckey and him", stated head coach Dirk Bauerman. The American got a one year deal.
He started his basketball career in 2003 at Arizona)NCAA) where he played a total of 130 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3Pts: 32.5%, FT: 78.8%. He started his professional basketball career in 2007 with the Sacramento Kings (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'07 moved to Prokom Trefl Sopot (Poland-DBE): Polish League: 26 games: 7.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 66.7%; Euroleague: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 66.7%. In the 2008-2009 season he moved to Tau Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB): 14 games: 3.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.2apg; Euroleague: 10 games: 5.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 76.0%; in Jan.'09 moved to Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): Eurocup: 6 games: 6.3ppg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg. He started the 2009-2010 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), in Apr.'10 assigned to Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 51 games: 19.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.7apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 74.9%. In the 2010-2011 season he went to the New Orleans Hornets (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) playing 23 games: 16.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 71.1%, in Jan.'11 signed with Washington Wizards (NBA): 22 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.1apg. In the 2011-2012 season he played for the Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA) playing French League: 6 games: 9.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 7.1%, FT: 88.2%; EuroChallenge: 1 game: 0pts, 2reb, left in Nov.'11, later that month moved to Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 21 games: 16.0ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 79.6%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Sidigas Avellino (Italy-SerieA): 17 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 23.3%, FT: 72.0%, in Mar.'13 moved to Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 7 games: 17.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.6apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 80.0%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 23 games: 18.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.8apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 30.0%, FT: 84.0%, in Mar.'14 signed at Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA): 3 games: 0.3ppg, 1.3apg, later that month signed at Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five): 23 games: 18.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.8apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 84.0%, in Apr.'14 moved to Tadamon Zouk (Lebanon-Division A): 2 games: 20.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2.5spg. IN the 2014-2015 season he played for Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL) playing 45 games: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 82.2%; Eurocup: 6 games: 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.2%; Euroleague: 10 games: 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 87.5%.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been US U18 National Team -03, International Tournament U18 in Dallas -03, World Championships U18 in Greece -03, USA Today High School Boys all-USA first team -03, HS EA Sports All-America, an ABCD Camp All-Star and first-team all-state -03
Pac-10 Conf. Tournament Semifinals -04, 06, Pac-10 All-Freshman Team -04, USA U21 National Team -04, Tournament of the Americas U21 in Halifax -04 Pac-10 Regular Season Champion -05, Pac-10 Tournament Finalist -05, NCAA Tournament Elite Eight -05, Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Honorable Mention -15, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team -15, and Lithuanian League Semifinals -15.
Roderick Trice (185-SG-84, college: S.Carolina) or simply Rocky as he is known to the basketball world has left a medium stomping ground Poland and returned to an even bigger stomping ground Germany coming back to the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Trice is a 32 year old 185cm shooting guard from Swainsboro, Georgia playing his 10th professional season having played three in Poland and now playing his seventh in Germany. Trice who can still get up over the rim with the best of them started this... [read more]
Roderick Trice (185-SG-84, college: S.Carolina) or simply Rocky as he is known to the basketball world has left a medium stomping ground Poland and returned to an even bigger stomping ground Germany coming back to the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. Trice is a 32 year old 185cm shooting guard from Swainsboro, Georgia playing his 10th professional season having played three in Poland and now playing his seventh in Germany. Trice who can still get up over the rim with the best of them started this season with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL) where he saw action in only three games averaging 7,7ppg, 1,0rpg and 2,7apg. Last season he played with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 29 games: 11.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 79.3%; Eurocup: 15 games: 8.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 84.0%
Trice started his basketball career with S.Carolina (NCAA) and as a senior played 37 games: 6.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 73.3%. He started He started his professional basketball career in 2007 with the Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA) playing 26 games: 14.9ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.9spg), 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.3%, 3FGP: 34.4%, FT: 84.7%. In the 2008-2011 season he moved to the MEG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 34 games: 11.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 69.6%. He then played with ratiopharm Ulm from 2009-2012 playing a total of 85 games. His most productive season stat wise was his first where he played 33 games averaging 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 75.0%. He then got furtehr experience in Poland where he played two years for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-TBL) where his most productive was his second season where he played 34 games: 12.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 70.0%. Two seasons ago he played for WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland-TBL) playing 32 games: 13.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 80.4%.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been NIT Winner -05, 06, SEC Tournament Finalist -06, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Player of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Guard of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Import Player of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Defensive Player of the Year -08,