I started playing basketball in 2009 at the age of nine. Before that, I played soccer for five years. My parents played basketball, so it was only a matter of time before I started playing.
I used to play for Black Eagles. But for the last two years I have been playing for the New Heroes, a national division team, and that seemed like the better choice.
Most of the time we practiced two or three times a week. When I joined the academy, it went all the way up to every day. It was easy to combine with school because they go hand in hand. We train in the morning, then we go to school, and after we head back to the gym to train some more.
Some games are more exciting than others. Games like in the Final Four when it matters. There are a lot of people making noise and trying to get you out of the game. You feel that tension in your stomach. Those are the games I like the most.
It felt great. When I shot the ball, all kind of things went through my mind. When I hit it, just all the adrenaline came out. It was a really exciting game. You could feel the tension throughout the whole game. The fact that it came down to a final shot means we were evenly matched.
I really like the buzzer beater, but I have to go with the contract I signed with Den Bosch New Heroes.
The physicality wasn't a problem. The teams always train together. So I was already used to playing those big guys. The only tough transition, in the beginning, was the speed of the game. I got used to that eventually.
First I thought that it was nice. Then I started thinking about the other options. It was a big step for me. Eventually, I liked it. In Europe, you can develop your skills as a basketball player much better. The sport is becoming more popular everyday here.
Shooting guard and Small forward.
Not the first year. I will be training a lot with the team. I think my second and third year will be more exciting. Then I will probably have a bigger impact then in my rookie season.
I want to train on every aspect of the game. Three, four hours a day. In the weekends, I am training with the Dutch National U18 team.
I have a goal with the Dutch League team that at the end of the year I play around five minutes a game. It is going to be tough, but it is reachable.
I think we will make the finals. Last year we reached the semi-finals, and the team is stronger than last year. They will make it tough for Donar Groningen.
Not quite, I want to play outside of the Netherlands. Euroleague is something I want to play. I signed for three years, so after that, I want to look for options abroad.
Not a particular country or team. If I had to choose, then I would go with Real Madrid. Maybe if I have to take a long shot, I would play for the San Antonio Spurs. Particularly because of the way they play the game and make everybody on the team better.
Michael Jordan's Bulls. The 96-97 team with Rodman.
It was really cool. Dino Bergens asked me to join. The experience was just amazing.
It will probably be Golden State again. I hope they won't be. The team I am rooting for is the Houston Rockets. I'm a big fan of them.
Yes, I played in a team with Kenyuoe Ondaan, Keye van der Vuurst and Maik Bouwer. It was like a training internship to get 3X3 to a higher level. 3X3 is fun because it has a lot of one on one actions. I like it, but I am more of a five on five guy.
It probably will be. I think we won't be competing for medals on the long term. We are ranked so high right now, which means the popularity will grow. Most of the world will probably focus more on five versus five.
I would like to play for the national 3x3 team, only if it doesn't interfere with playing on the Dutch National team. If I had to choose, I would take five on five a 100% of the time.
You should enjoy playing basketball. If you don't like it, you are never going to be a great player. Even if you have the skill set, without the passion for the game, it's still nothing.
Playing in the NBA or the Euroleague.