David Sturner is a 206cm power forward/center playing his first season in Germany for pro B team Dresden Titans and currently is averaging 11,4ppg and 6,4rpg. He started his basketball career with Orgeon State playing 13 NCAA games and then moved to S.Oregon (NAIA) and as a senior played 31 games: 14.6ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 56.2%. He started his professional basketball career recently with the West Adelaide Bearcats (Australia-Central ABL) before coming to Germany. He spoke to German Hoops after sweeping top team BG Karlsruhe.
Congrats David on the huge 93-80 victory against BG Karlsruhe and sweep reaching the Pro B semi-finals. How much of an urgency did the team have going into game two to end the series at home?
Thank you Miles! We knew that it was a crucial game for us. Playing in Karlsruhe is difficult and we knew if we had to go back there for a game three we would lose our momentum.
It´s been a few days since the sweep, but has the feeling sunk in that you defeated the best Pro B south team in the regular season?
Yeah it’s for sure a great feeling to beat the one seed and know we are one of the top four teams in the Pro B. We just want to continue to perform at this level and leave it all on the court.
Have you felt extra energy within the city of Dresden or will that first happen when you are Pro B champs?
We have felt a lot more energy from the fans and the city over the last month or so. The atmosphere at our home games have been unmatched as well. Basketball is definitely growing in Dresden.
How proud are you of the team that they were able to really control the game from the start and carry it until the final buzzer?
I am very proud of the team for how they performed and didn’t let up all game. We came in confident, determined, and prepared. Each player contributed in our win.
When you look back at the short series against BG Karlsruhe, what do you feel was key for the sweep?
I think the key was being aggressive, and forcing their bigs to have to work for each rebound and possession. We had to be the aggressors and not allow them to slow us down.
Do you feel that if Marcus Smallwood had been able to play in game two that there could have been a significant change in the outcome or would the team had been able to solve that adequately?
I know we would have been able to adjust accordingly. Smallwood is a great player and a force on the inside, but as we showed in game one, we can beat them with all of their players healthy. I hope the best for Marcus and a quick recovery from his injury.
The playoffs continue and this has been a real ride for you and the team How confident are you that this fairytale story will continue through Frankfurt?
I know we as a team are confident going into this series that we can continue to win and advance into the finals. Frankfurt has a great young team, and are a tough matchup for anyone in our league, so it should be a great series.
You had 12 and 11 points in the two close loses against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. How much are you looking forward to battling the baby twin towers Johannes Richter and Niklas Kiel again?
I’m really looking forward to the battle with their bigs. They are very skilled and athletic, so it will be a lot different matchup for us compared to Karlsruhe’s bigs.
You are a very humble guy, but honestly don´t you feel that your game has taken another step in the BG Karlsruhe series?
Thank you. I think I’ve just been getting more comfortable with the style of play in Germany and my role as the season has gone on. Coach Clauss instills confidence in each of our players and that helps everyone perform to their best. We have so many great players that it forces our opponents to pick and choose what they’re going to take away from our offense, leaving us a lot of good looks.
The Dresden Titans have scored 80 points or more in the last 17 games stating back to the loss against BG Karlsruhe. How do you explain this amazing consistency?
Well since coach Clauss and Randal Holt arrived in Dresden our teams philosophy has changed and we have a very aggressive and fast paced offense. Coach recognized that we have so many players that can score and built our offense into an efficient scoring machine.
Now the Dresden Titans face the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. What kind of a series can we await?
It’s going to be an exciting and tight series. Our first two games with Fraport were very close, and the way we match up looks like we can expect more close games with them.
The Dresden Titans lost both games by a total of eight points. Are the Titans a better crunch time team now?
I feel that our last five games have really helped us to mature in crunch time situations. We blew our first game at Rostock. We closed out the next two but not before letting them get back into things. Then against Karlsruhe we showed a lot more confidence and toughness to close out each game.
The Fraport Skyliners Juniors have a very potent offense, but so does Dresden, but would you agree whichever teams wants it more on the defensive end will win the series?
Yes. I think both teams have great offensive players but it will be the defense that decides who comes out on top.
Who would win a game today the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls or the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors?
The Bulls. I love Golden State, but the toughness of the Bulls back then and obviously MJ, they would handle the Warriors.
What was the last movie that you saw?
I haven’t watched any movies lately. I’ve been watching plenty of YouTube food videos though. Missing American food right now!
Thank you Miles!