“Home court advantage will be important” Daulton Hommes and Baskonia ready for Maccabi Tel Aviv

Nov 3, 2022 | Holyland Hoops

Maccabi Tel Aviv visit Baskonia for a Euroleague Round 5 matchup on Thursday night as the Yellow & Blue will look to win their first game of the season on the road and bump their record up to 5-1. The Spaniards enter the contest with a 3-2 record but have lost two in a row as they will look to get back into the winning column.

Joan Penarroya, who is in his first year in charge of the Basque squad has almost totally remade the roster bringing in a number of new players who are also making their ACB League debut this season as well.

One of those players is power forward Daulton Hommes. The 26-year old spent last year in Italy with Cremona after having played his first season of professional basketball in the G-League with the Austin Spurs. This season H

Daulton Hommes – Photo Credit: Euroleague

The Bellingham, Washington native attended Division II Western Washington University for his first two years of college and then moved to Point Loma Nazarene University for his junior year before turning pro.

Just ahead of the game, The Sports Rabbi was in touch with Hommes to understand his goals, how he worked his way up to the top European competition, his dreams and how his first season with Baskonia has been going so far.

Daulton Hommes – Photo Credit: Euroleague

“It’s been good and it’s been a lot of fun. I’m really enjoying the team comradery and team chemistry that we have and the support that we have been getting from the fans this season.”

So far the team is 3-2 but you have lost 2 games in a row. How will you guys get back onto onto the winning track?
“Just stick to what we have been successful at. Staying with the game plan, practicing hard and staying together as a team.”

How did you begin playing basketball?
“I began playing basketball since I was a baby. My parents gave me a ball since I was a kid and I fell in love with it when I was a really young kid and have been playing ever since.”

While you were the NABC DII Player of the Year were you worried that not playing in DI would hurt your chances of making your way to the top levels of the sport?
“I wasn’t worried and I just knew that if I am good enough, then the top levels of basketball would come and find me. So far it’s worked out for me.”

What did you gain from the season you played in the G-League?
“I think playing in the G-League was a good experience for me to grow and get used to sports in the professional realm and just be around the Spurs organization my rookie year was a huge and blessing to be around coach Pop. I learned a lot from them and their program.”

The season in Italy saw you begin to make a name for yourself in Europe despite the team’s poor results. What did you learn from that season and how did that help you make the jump to not only the ACB but also to the Euroleague?
“I think playing in Italy was an awesome experience for me. I didn’t have any overseas experience to that point, but I don’t think it was that poor a year for the team as we almost made the playoffs with one of the smallest budgets. I definitely gained a lot of experience from that year.”

What are you personal goals and dreams and where does the NBA fit into that?
“For me my dream is to take it one day at a time. I think that this season I really want to make an impact on our team’s success and I think my NBA goals will follow if I stick to the plan and have success with the team.”

What will be the keys to stopping Maccabi Tel Aviv?
“They have a really high powered offense so we will need to play team defense and staying together will be a key for us as well as having home court advantage which will be important.”

Daulton Hommes – Photo Credit: Euroleague

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