Derrick Parker (198-F, college: LSU-Shreveport) is playing his first season for TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (Germany-Pro B). He is a 198cm forward from Louisiana that played at LSU-Shreveport (NAIA) from 2008-2012. In his senior year he played 35 games: 19.2ppg, 11.5rpg, 3.1bpg, FGP: 49.5%, FT: 63.9%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 71-49 loss.
A tough 71-49 loss to the Fraport Skyliners juniors. What was the main reason for the loss?
They played well for 40 minutes and we did for 30 minutes and we just couldnt come back.
How did if feel blocking a Taylor Brown dunk?
It is part of the game. I have had blocks like that before.
You came late to TSV Troester Breitengussbach. How difficult was the player market for you?
It was a tough time waiting. My agent just told me to stay ready and then I got this offer in January.
Do you think coming from NAIA that professional teams shy away from giving those players a fair chance?
Yes I think it is that way, but it is understandable. There are many talented players in division one and teams look for them first.
You had 19,2ppg and 11,5rpg as a senior. Do you think that 25ppg and 14rpg would have made getting a job easier?
Yes of course. Better stats always help you more.
You are from Louisiana and now play in Breitengussbach. What are the biggest geographical differences?
The area is similar to home. My town in the States is German made. The weather is a lot colder here. It is 75 degrees now at home.
How happy are you with your current stats in the PRO B of 12,4ppg and ,7rpg?
I am not happy, because I know that I can give more. It is a work in progress. I just came to the team recently and still need to come together with them.
On what areas of your game do you still need to work on?
I need to work on everything. Shooting, dribbling and post moves.
What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right way? My leadership abilities.
When you see the Brose Baskets Bamberg play, do you dream of being on the court?
Yes I do, but I still need to improve my game a lot to be able to play at that level.
You were on the court with Casey Jacobson once. What kind of experience was that for you? It was great, but I dont think he knew who I was. He is a great player that plays with real poise and he is a real professional. I like his calmness on the court.
You play with German talent Daniel Schmidt. What is your impression of him? He is a very talented player. I played with him once before and he was the reason we won the game.
How does Ivan Pavic make you laugh?
He is an old school dude. He is a smooth guy. He is a leader and will talk to you about things when you need advice.
What was the most important thing that Chad Mcdowell taught you? He taught me too have passion for the game and and always compete and go as hard as I can in every game.
Pro B team Artland Dragosn continue to build an extremely strong team as they have hauled in Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87, college: UAB) Cooper is a 28 year old 205cm center from Monroe, Louisiana that will be playing his seventh professional season. He not only brings expereince having played in Germany, but also from countries like Portugal, Canada, Finland, Venezuela, Canada, Estonia and Kosovo. Last season he played for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (Germany-Pro B) playing 26 games and averagi... [read more]
Pro B team Artland Dragosn continue to build an extremely strong team as they have hauled in Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87, college: UAB) Cooper is a 28 year old 205cm center from Monroe, Louisiana that will be playing his seventh professional season. He not only brings expereince having played in Germany, but also from countries like Portugal, Canada, Finland, Venezuela, Canada, Estonia and Kosovo. Last season he played for RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (Germany-Pro B) playing 26 games and averaging 14.2ppg, Reb-4 (9.8rpg), FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 56.6%. "Last season we were missing a strong center that not only could withstand other big men, but also fight against them. Last season he impressed us leading up to our first game against Stahnsdorf.He dominated his opponents in the low post. After that we kept an eye on him", stressed Artland Dragons head coach Dragan Dojcin. Last season the American scored in double figures in 16 games and had six double doubles. His best games were against Oldenburg with 28 points and 12 rebounds, Wedel with 26 points and 10 boards and Schwelm with 24 points and 17 rebounds.
Cooper started his basketball career in 2005 with Oklahoma St. (NCAA) where he played two seasons playing 67 NCAA games. He then played a season with Louisiana Tech (NCAA) playing16 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 42.3%, FT: 61.6%. He played his senior season with UAB (NCAA) playing 34 games averaging 5.6ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 44.1%, FT: 54.3%. He started his professional career in 2010 with Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial (Portugal-LPB) playing 10 games: 7.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 48.3%. In the 2011-2012 season he played with Halifax Rainmen (Canada-PBL) playing 3 games: 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg and Saynatsalon Riento (Finland-1st Division): 17 games: 19.2ppg, Reb-1 (13.9rpg), 1.3apg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 58.3%, FT: 60.0%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Tiburones de Vargas (Venezuela-LNB) Li