This summer the Global Squad added an important piece to the program in D’Ondre Stockman. D’Ondre came to the Global Squad from Italy, where he spent the first 3-years of high school. Throughout the summer, D’Ondre was a leader in practice and deadly scorer during games.
His best performances seemed to come against the toughest competition. In the match-up vs Team Takeover, D’Ondre led the Dragons in scoring with 14. Against Georgetown Prep, D’Ondre scored 25 points (3rd all-time). He dropped 23 against CP Ballers when he hit six 3-pointers (tied for 1st all-time). Lastly, D’Ondre scored 19 points to help orchestrate a 27 point come from behind victory over Cuse Select.
D’Ondre shot an incredible 52% from 3-point ranged (1st all-time). He also finished with a 1.8 assist/turnover ratio (3rd all-time). In only one summer, D’Ondre really put his mark in the Global Squad history books.
D’Ondre now attends St. Vincent Pallotti High School, located in Laurel, Maryland. He took the time to speak with us about the move from Italy and what he expects this coming season. Enjoy!
|ABA:||How are you enjoying yourself at Pallotti?|
| I am definitely enjoying Pallotti. It’s a new environment for me, but as a military kid, I’m used to moving around and making the adjustment to new places. It’s been great playing under a new head coach who has good experience and a great coaching staff along side of him. My teammates are great as well, playing with a lot of heart and intensity. I just love it!
|ABA:||Is there anything you miss about your basketball situation in Italy?|
|I am very glad I made the decision to come back (to the states for school). However, I do miss playing basketball in Italy and being able to walk to the gym on the military base I lived on and play basketball for hours. I had plenty of time to go to gym whenever and work on my game and perfect my craft. I especially miss all of my friends and the relationships I built with people outside of school.
|ABA:||Can you describe a typical day at school and practice?|
|Typical day for me is just the usual; getting up early, catching a bus to school. The school day is from 7:45-2:30, then there is practice at either 3:30-5:30 or 5:30 to 7:30. Therefore, my day is pretty busy. It is sometimes difficult trying to manage my time and do homework and dedicate time to my studies, but I do make it work.|
|ABA:||Have you had any difficulties balancing your basketball commitments with your academics?|
|As I said before, it is somewhat difficult. It’s just a matter of being committed and actually sitting down and doing work in the classroom. That’s just something that all student athletes have to go through. I know that if I want to play basketball, my academics have to be above par so that I am eligible.|
|ABA:||What stands out as different between American vs International basketball?|
|The differences I see between basketball in America and in Italy was that there is definitely tougher competition here in the United States. The players are bigger, faster, stronger and more athletic, which I didn’t really see in Italy. Don’t get me wrong, Italy had very nice players all over and the game they play is very fundamental, but when I definitely see a difference in the play style and the talent that players posses.|
|ABA:||How did the Global Squad prepare you for this?|
|First off, I want to thank everyone from the coaching staff and trainers to my teammates for making my Global Squad experience one I will never forget. Global Squad prepared me for these differences by putting me in situations where I had to make clutch plays, whether it be on the offensive or defensive end of the court. It also helped me become stronger mentally and physically. Everything about Global Squad just helped me become better prepared for the tough competition that awaits me here in America.
|ABA:||What are your team’s goals for this season?|
|Our team’s goal is definitely to win the championship in our division. Last year’s team won, so we are looking to repeat this year. We have a new coach, who has good experience as I’ve said before, good, young talented players and good chemistry. I believe with these things all put together, we have a championship caliber team.
|ABA:||What will your role be to help the team meet these goals?|
|My role to help this team meet these goals will simply be providing leadership and encouraging my teammates both on and off the court to set the example. I play with a lot of heart and intensity on both ends of the court, and I’m hungry coming into this season. I’m just going to do everything I can to help my team be successful and win a championship. I know we can do it.
|D’Ondre, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. Like so many of our Global Squad alums, we’re expecting big things out of you. Good luck this season as you continue to work and make that college basketball dream a reality.|