Blake Poole is a 24 year old 195cm center that is playing his first season with RheinLand Versicherungen Hertener Lions (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2007 with St.Martin’s (NCAA2) where he played until 2011. In his senior year he played 29 games: 19.3ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 54.7%, 3Pts: 28.9%, FT: 73.5%. In 2011, he started his professional basketball career with Bellingham Slam (IBL) left during the season: 17 games: 12.5ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.3% and then played for BG Dorsten (Germany-ProB) playing 26 games: 14.9ppg, Reb-1(12.9rpg), 2.8apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season he played for Bellingham Slam (IBL): 20 games: 18.7ppg, 13.2rpg, 4.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 80.4%and for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProB), injured in pre-seaon, in Oct.’12 moved to BG Dorsten (Germany-ProB): 10 games: 14.7ppg, 14.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 79.4%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Herten have started the season off at 1-2. Last weekend the club celebrated a 74-70 win against Braunschweig. What was giving the team the biggest problems in the first two games?
Our problems have just been getting used to playing together and understanding our roles on the team.
You only scored four points in the win against Braunschweig. How fortunate was the team for having big games from Americans Matt Reid and Jeremy Robinson?
It’s great to have players like them. It takes a lot of pressure off knowing that even if I don’t have a good game they will carry their part of the load and we can still come out on top.
Was the 34 point effort by Martin Bogdanov one of the best guard performances that you have seen in Pro B, or have you seen nights like that before?
I think there are a lot of players that can go off for big numbers. I wouldn’t say it was the best I’ve seen, but he played a good game.
The next two games are against Recklingshausen and Oldenburg that have started off slow into the season. How important are these games for getting the club up in the standings?
Every game is important, but our focus is fixing what we need as a team and the wins will come.
Currently you are averaging 12,7ppg and 12,orpg. Do you have to check your stats or even need to think about what you did in your games to know that you are averaging double double stats? You have been doing it since 2008.
Stats don’t play a big role for me. I just play my best on the court and whatever I end up with at the end is just a result. The only thing I like to check is our total points and our opponents.
You not only had a big game against Rist Wedel with 24 points and 18 rebounds, but also helped out on the defensive end with four steals and two blocks. Do you see yourself being a even bigger factor on defense this season?
I would definitely like to be a factor on defense. I think once I get going on defense, my offense will follow.
The three Americans will produce most of the points this season, but the German role players will have to step up. Which German player do you see making a big development this season on the team?
I feel like we have a few Germans that could step up not just one. With yannick, David, and Carsten they could all be double digit scorers for us.
What has been your impression of Jeremy Robinson so far? He is a rookie and has stepped up right away and been an important scoring and rebounding contributer.
I think Jeremy is a great player. He adds athleticism and is an offensive/defensive threat. With him on the court, we can do great things.
Where will the NBA journey of the Portland Trailblazers end this season?
As a northwest native I always want to see the trailblazers do well. I think they have some good talent and if they can put it together they could have a good season.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was two guns.
Thanks Blake for the chat.