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.
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senio... [read more]
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about his new adventure with PS Karlsruhe.
Jordan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
No problem, my summer was great and fulfilling. I really enjoyed my time back in the states with family and friends. At the moment I'm in Karlsruhe preparing for the upcoming season.
Congrats on signing with PS Karlsruhe. How was the summer transfer period for you? You signed rather late. Did you have a good share of offers that made your decision making tougher? No the decision was fairly easy for me. And to my knowledge I didn't have many offers to choose from but I'm happy that PS Karlsruhe had enough interest in me to bring me in.
There were some of your colleagues from last season like Elijah Allen and Julian Scott that made thr jump to the Pro A. I would have thought that you would be a sure shot. Did you have Pro A offers that just didn't fit your situation?
No I didn't have any pro A offers. I guess I wasn't what any of the teams were looking for or they found better options than me which is understandable. I'm very happy for those guys that were able to make the transition and wish them much success.
Last season with Nordlingen you averaged 17,5ppg and led the league with 11rpg. Is Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) a Pro A caliber player playing in the Pro B at this point?
I really don't know what caliber player I am. I know that I'm a competitor that's going to give 100% each game and at each practice to be the best player I can be. Anything other than that is out of my control, and anything that's out of my control are things that I don't worry about.
What were the main reasons for joining PS Karlsruhe? What sold you on their program most? The club is up and coming, and very hungry from what I can tell. Me already being a very motivated and driven player it's like adding fuel to a fire when everyone else around you is just as ambitious and prepared to put in the necessary work. I've felt right at home from the first day.
After two seasons with the Giants Nordlingen what is your personal goal this season? Perhaps the most logical helping PS Karlsruhe move up to the Pro A? My personal goal is to win as many games as possible. I like to not have any expectations going in but we have a lot potential and I plan on doing everything in my power to make sure we maximize it.
The club just moved up from the Regionaliga and are very focused to keep their winning ways alive. The club has hauled in many German players. Do you see having the same type of role as last season in Nordlingen were you were the main scoring option? It's still very early to determine each players role from game to game. I think that's apart of team chemistry building. My intent is to come in and do whatever is needed for us to win rebounding, defense, or scoring.
The club has talented forwards with German Bill Borekambi and Croatian Dino Jakolis. Will not necessarily having to carry that' scoring load like in Karlsruhe like you did in Nordlingen be welcoming to you?
We definitely have talented guys here that are able to do a lot of things. In Nordlingen much of the season and for most of the playoffs we only had a 7 or 8 man rotation. So playing 35+ minutes a night and doing all the things I had to last season for us to have a chance won't be necessary. But if coach asks that of me I will be prepared to deliver at any moments notice.
How excited are you to be playing in a city that has another team with BG Karlsruhe? In New York they call the Yankees-Mets series the subway series and in Karlsruhe they could call it the cross town series. Being from another country I was definitely unfamiliar with the rivalry but just in week I think everyone has caught me up on the history. Personally I'm looking forward to it. Those games are always the best games because it means just a little bit more to everyone which raises the competition level. The energy for that game is building day by day and I know that we're going to come prepared to battle that day.
You had a very strong season last season in Nordlingen. How did you keep the hunger alive this summer and keep working on parts of your game that you aren't happy with? Motivation has never been a problem for me. My ambitions and work ethic are the only reasons I'm still playing right now. I wasn't happy at all with my shooting percentages last season and with how my body felt towards the end of the season. So I really focused on things I could do to improve in those areas.
My day would start at 4AM with a good healthy breakfast and meditation. I would make it to gym at 5 and stay until 8 with some weight lifting and shooting. Then from 6PM to 830PM I was strictly on the court working on my craft. Off the court I had a strict diet. Cut out chocolate in particular which has always been an Achilles heel of mine. I would do this 5 times a week which now has me in the best shape of my life I believe.
Are you catching the 2016 Summer Olympics. What events besides Basketball do you enjoy watching? Yes I'm definitely keeping up with the Olympics. I enjoy track and field, swimming, gymnastics, and women's soccer. I just love watching people compete. As an athlete I know how much this moment means to them and what's not to love about watching someone put their heart and soul on the line for any event. It's inspiring.
Is Australia a dark horse for a medal? They beat France by 21 points in the opening game and have a pretty motivated team with 4 NBA players? When it comes to basketball I'm not sure nor do I care who the silver and bronze go to as long as USA brings home the gold.
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go int... [read more]
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go into his ninth season in Germany after playing one season in Turkey.In Ludwigsburg, The Suguar Loaf, New York native is a fan favorite and even in Frankfurt last season, he was known as being that sixth man in the stands supporting his friend John Little on many occassions last season, but if he will make the trip to Frankfurt in street clothes this season is more than unlikely as his friend left, but on the court he will as usual create havoc in the paint area. Last season for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL), he played 33 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (71.6%), FT: 51.9%; Eurocup: 16 games: 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 56.1%. "It is always a good feeling to return. I feel at home here and am ready for the new season. It is still early in the preseason, but we are playing together at the moment. That will be important in the next weeks. The guys are working hard. I feel I can take the role in as a veteran and guy that gives experience", stated Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports).
UA-Monticello's Dayton Mickens (203-F-91, college: Ark.-Monticello) scored the first 7 points of the game for Eurobasket helping them defeat Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven 79-68. Mickens ended the game with a double-double finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first action of the tour. He sat out the win against VfL AstroStars Bochum on Friday night. Eurobasket Select had a much more balanced attack on the offensive end led by Ozarks's Ethan Murray (188-G-93, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) 14... [read more]
Friday's win got off to a slow start but that was not the case on Saturday as Eurobasket took the lead early and never let Cuxhaven take another lead after the eight minute mark of the 1st quarter. Mickens, Dunnings, Paine's Don Quarles (193-F/G-92, college: Paine) (6 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl), Brown's Josh Biber (196-G/F-91, college: Brown) (8 pts, 7 reb), and Dominican's William Wise (206-F) started the game off. Eurobasket's opened the lead to 8 mid way through the first following a put back by Biber and an easy transition layup by Dunnings.
The second unit pushed the lead out all the way to 15 points led by Montague, Murray, Ham, and North Dakota's Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota). The home team would fight back to cut the lead to eight by halftime with strong play from Croatian Center Dragan Sekelja (213-C-91, college: Florida Atlantic) and Serbian/Croatian Forward Sinisa Cvetanovic (201-SF-94). 'Every time we would extend the lead to double figures, Cuxhaven would respond. Sekelja and Cvetanovic were both very difficult matchups for us but I'm glad our guys were able to stay composed and finish the game strong," Eurobasket Select Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said.
Midway through the 3rd quarter Cuxhaven came out of a timeout in a 2-3 zone to try and slow down the pace. That is when Murray came in to break the zone. Within 2 minutes of entering the game he was able to knock down two 3 point field goals and get to the foul line for two more points. Dunnings followed Murray's run with one of his own as he got 3 pointer from the top of the key and a very spiritual 4 point play a few moments later. 'We had a 4-5 minute stretch where Ethan and Jeremiah really opened the game up for us. When a team tries to go zone against us we need our shooters to come through, and they did tonight', ESL Tour Manager Dustin Simcox said. 'What wont show up in the box score is the excellent defensive play of Ajani Santos (201-F/C-94) on Sekelja. During that stretch they tried to slow the game down with him and Ajani made everything difficult for him.'
Notes: Dunnings and Montague have scored double figures in both games...Mickens first double-double of tour for any player...Biber five offensive rebounds is a team high and tour high...Eurobasket Select plays Weser Baskets Bremen/BTS Neustadt this afternoon at 4 pm German time/10 AM EST/7 AM PST.
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