DaShaun Wood (Alba Berlin) I Am At The Stage In My Career Where I don´t Want To Be Like Allen Iverson And Just Score, But Want To Win Titles

Dashaun Wood is a 27 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his third season in Germany and second for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5(16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4(3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2(42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.’08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. In 2010-2011, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1(19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2(5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. Last season for Alba Berlin, he played  German League: 37 games: Score-5(15.0ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-4(4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg; EuroCup: 12 games: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-1(5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.2%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

This is your second season away from the Fraport Skyliners.Do you still feel at home when you play there?

I guess I do since I hit most of my shots in the loss this season. 24 points was the most I made this season. I just felt real confident on that day and had much confidence. I felt very relaxed and that arena is my home away from home.

Does your teammate Deon Thompson have a chance at the MVP award?

I think he has a good chance to win it. If you look at what he has done in the Euroleague. He has been very important in that competition and in the Beko BBL, he has carried us. You have to give him credit in that he has dominated both competitions.

Can you leave the floor with a smile when you can keep Jared Jordan to four assists?

Jordan is one of the best point guards in Europe and no matter where I have gone against him in an NBA predraft camp or in Europe, you have to be at the top of your game. By getting only four assists, he wasn´t able to make his teammates better and that was one of the reasons why we won.

Robert Vaden can shoot out the lights. To what deadly shooter would you compare his game to?

I would compare his game to JR Smith. Vaden is the type of player that can change a game at a heart beat. It doesn´t matter if he has an open shot, guarded by two guys or getting that tough shot, he is always able to hit them and fill up the stat sheet.

How happy have you been with the season of Alba Berlin after starting 2-2, then having an 8 game winning streak and since winning five of eight games?

We could be doing a bit better I think. We have lost some games that we could of won. We really want to be in the top four in the standings at the end of the season. Even if we have had some tight loses in the Euroleague, we know that the experience that we have gained will help us in games in the playoffs.

Alba Berlin has beat the Brose Baskets Bamberg twice this season. Why do they seem easier to beat this season then the last years?

I don´t think that they are easier to beat, but we just took care of the home court advantage. We still have to play them two more times in Bamberg. We hope to be able to steal one. The season doesn´t start until the playoffs and that is when you have to be able to win on the road.

You beat FC Bayern Munich this season. How dangerous will they be in playoffs?

They will be very dangerous. They have a good rhythm, momentum and have been playing very well together. They have had some big wins against Bamberg and us. They will go to the cup with a lot of confidence. I do think that any of the top 6 teams in the Beko BBL can win the title this season.

How much of a challenge was it playing against Milos Teodosic?

It was a great experience playing against him. Many  say that he is the best point guard in Europe. Tobe able to go on his home court and be able to compete against him and put up good stats made me happy. We also had a good effort as a team against one of the best teams in Europe.

What has been your impression of French man Ali Traore?

He is very experienced, athletic, plays good defense and just knows the game. He now just has to continue to get into game shape and then he can be one of the best big men in the league.

Who wins a flight to the basket Quantez Robertson or Derrick Byars?

That is tough, but Byars isn´t in his prime, but three years ago I would have flipped a coin. I have seen Tez do some amazing things as I have Byars. I guess the best thing would be to get Magic Johnson to put up a million to see who can fly better.

You were on the same page with head coach Sasa Obradovic early. You want to win titles, but you are a different player than two seasons ago in Frankfurt. Who is Dashaun Wood the player this season?

We have a great game plan this season. We really want to win titles. Each player has made that sacrifice to do what is best for the team. I just try to do the things that will make the team better like playing good defense, showing leadership and things in practice. I do what coach tells me to do.

I call Davin White mini Wood, because he is dominating the Beko BBL like you were two seasons ago. Do you miss being able to play like that?

I do miss being able to play like that. We had a great team with Frankfurt that finished in second place. Playing at this level and at this stage of my career it is not so much trying to be like an Allen Iverson and just score, but trying to win titles and competiting at the Euroleague level. If you look at Real Madrid, they have so many talented players, but no one averages 20 points. They are trying to get their team to the promised like I am and not worrying about scoring.

When you look back at your season with Frankfurt what memory comes to mind first?

The fans and the organization and how much support they gave me. That is the main reason why were so successful because of the support.

What play on the court do you remember most?

I had three or four game winners and the two I had against Braunschweig were almost the exact same with a pick and role and lay up to win the game.

I remember Tez starting from the baseline and getting your back door pass for easy dunks.

I think that Tez doesn´t have those spectacular dunks like two years ago. He really should call me and thank me for all those back door passes that I gave him.

Who is more unlucky your Detroit Lions for not winning the Superbowl or Jimmy Mckinney with his injury woes?

The Lions keep destroying themselves each season. They just can´t seem to do anything right. Mckinney has had a great career and was having a good season until he injured himself. I think that the Lions have far worse luck than Jimmy.

Can Derk Fischer make Russell Westbrook into an even better point guard?

I would have to say no. Both are very much different type of point guards, Westbrook is still young and always getting better.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Hit men.

Thanks Dashaun For the chat

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