Mark Dorris Likes To Get Started On Defense Before Getting His Offense Going
Mark Dorris is a 188 cm guard playing his rookie season in Germany in the PRO A for Cuxhaven. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and visited Princeton high school. He then attended St. Catharine College for a year before transfering to Marshall where he played from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%. Currently he is averaging 18,8ppg, 4,4rpg and 3,8apg for Cuxhaven.
He took some time to talk to German Hoops about his rookie season.
Mark you are playing your first season in Germany with Cuxhaven. How do you like Germany?
Germany has been a great Experience. I have enjoyed it thus far and winning games makes it easier.
How has the transition been from the NCAA to PRO A this season?
The transition from College to Pro A has been long awaited since I sat a year out so I was hungry to play ball again.
Cuxhaven is currently in second place with a record of 18-6. Why has the team been so successful this season?
At this level you normaly dont have time for teams to grow together due to changes every year.. But we all meshed together real well and early in the season I believe that is a key to our success.
Is there still a possibility to catch BBC Bayreuth and get first place and win the PRO A title?
Yes I believe there is still a chance for us to win Pro A we are 1point away from 1st place. And in the Pro A any given day any one can win or loose. All we have to do is take care of us and see where the Chips fall.
If Cuxhaven moves up to the BEKO BBL, would you consider staying in Cuxhaven or would you like to move on?
I have enjoyed my time in Cuxhaven and the Fans are great and the town is peacefull so I would not mind coming back so we will have to see what the Future holds.
How is your relationship with coach Vilmantas Matkevicious? Do you have 100% freedom on the court?
My relationship with Coach Vilmantas Matkevicious is very good. He is a great Coach. He used to play the game at a high level so he is a players Coach and understands the emotions of a player. I dont have 100% freedom, but he has trust in my game and that is enough.
You are averaging 18,9ppg, 4,3rpg and 3,6apg. Is your first role to score or do you have other roles as well?
I try to start on defense. It is one of the aspects of the Game that can be consistant. Its a matter of will and on offense or defense I try to give my team what we need to win that night.
What is a strength in your game that nobody knows about?
A strength of my game that nobody knows or doesnt show on a stat sheet is my will to win.Its the only thing that maters at the end of the night.
Who wins a one on one game in practice you or Lee Jeka?
Who would win between me and Lee-Jeka hmm well I am just going to say I am Happy he is on my team lol.
There are three Americans in the team and then mostly Germans. Do the Americans just hang out with each other or do you find time to hang out with the Germans?
We all hang together and that is important there is no diffrence between us we are team-mates before we are German and American and that is a key to our success.
You are from Ohio. What was your childhood like?
Growing up In Cincinnati Ohio was great. I wear my City on my Badge gladly. Growing up there makes you feel as if you can make it there you can make it any where. I have the same thought process on the court. I love my city.
Why is there so much basketball talent in Ohio?
Ohio has a lot of talent and I think its in the water lol. I believe its because in my city its no days off from high-school ball to rec ball you lace up the shoes you better bring it or you will be exposed.
Who were your basketball idols as you were growing up?
My Basketball idols were Michael Jordan,Penny Hardaway and Allen Iverson.
To what NBA player would you compare your game too?
Hmm I dont really think and I play like any NBA players and I think my style is unique in its own way. Lol I could be wrong.
You played at Marshall before turning professional. What was your nicest memory from playing ball there?
My best memory at Marshall was Beating in State rival West Virgina when they were ranked 9in the Nation.
What was the most crazy shot that you ever took in a game or practice that went in?
Oh Man the most Crazy shot I shoot HORSE shots every day lol. But in a Game my Senior year probably the game winner fade-away 3 against SMU.
Do you know other guys from the States playing in Germany?
Yea I know a few other Guys playing in Germany my guy Quantez Robertson from the great city of Cincinnati as well. Brian Roberts also is from Ohio and we played against each other and with each other in Cincinnati Summer Leauges. Also a good Talent my Guy De’Andre Byrd who is having a good season over here.
What would you like to do after your professional basketball career?
I have not gotten that far in my life plan and I just enjoy the game I love until I can no longer compete at a high level.
What was the last DVD(movie) that you saw?
The last DVD I watched was He Got Game and its my Favorite movie and motivates me to chase my dream.
Thanks Mark for the chat.