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CHAT WITH SUGEIRY MONSAC part 1 - Aug 28, 2010

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Latinbasket had the chance to sit with Dominican Republic national team international star Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81).
EU: Sugiery its a pleasure to be able tp speak with you, its been a long time coming. How have you found your experience here in Puerile Rico
SM: It's been great. Because now we have a good team, very complete at every position and always competitive. We are having our ups and downs,
EU: You said ups and downs within the team, what kind of ups and downs are you talking about?
SM: The 1st down was losing to a team like Mexico by 1 point, then beating in islands by 30 something and then to lose to Jamaica by 3, in a game we needed to classify to win a medal.
EU: After the loss to Jamaica by 3, you then turned around and beat someone by 1236points, who was that?
SM: That was St Vincent & Grenadines and like Coach Memi (Radhames Paulino) wanted us to prove that we are the best team here. We felt that if a team didn't want to lose bu that big a margin, they should not have played at all.
EU: Now to look at your bio, you have a very extensive history of playing basketball at the highest levels. You played NCAA Division 1 basketball at Robert Morris, not many Dominicans have the opportunity to do that. You were selected all conference there, then you have been able to go internationally and play professionally. Tell us about your experiences overseas.
SM: Well it has been good, I played in Israel, Bosnia and Poland. In Israel I had a great time, but I didn't have the chance to win a title. I had that chance in Bosnia in 2008, and in 2009 I went to Poland and the team finished in 5th place, which made history for them because they had never done it before. Overall it has been good and I have enjoyed it. I just hope to go back to a good experience again.
EU: Are you looking to go back to Israel, Bosnia or Poland?
SM: Well, I would care to go anyplace other than Bosnia, as I didn't have that great of an experience there?
EU: What are your thoughts on the fact that as a Dominican player can play in Europe as a Cotonou player or a Bosman C player? Meaning that you would be more or less, a local player alongside 2 other local player, Bosman A, and with 1 or 2 American players as well.
SM: Well, I just found out about this rule and would love to look into that. I wouldn't mind being on a team like that and having said that... I AM AVAILABLE!
EU: Has any been in contact with you lately about the upcoming season?
SM: I have gotten a few offers of interest from my agent, but we have decided to wait for better offers as they weren't anything tempting. We are waiting on other offers.
EU: Having said that, would u be looking to anything at home? Like starting a basketball school or a recreational center...something for the kids or something for the community.
SM: If I am there, and if I have the time, I would love to get involved with something. Right now the biggest thing for me when I get home is to work out and prepare to go back overseas.
EU: Tell us about your experience at Robert Morris. Do you feel that I prepared you for life overseas?
SM: Well, it did and it didn't. I mean there is a difference from playing university and playing pro overseas. For example, at Robert Morris I was the tallest player on my team and in the games sometimes I was the tallest player on the floor. This meant that the teams would double team me or triple team me. I remember once being quadruple teamed and it was always easy for me to score. Nowadays, I have to try to find ways to score, since all of the players are so much bigger than me.
EU: You were playing in Israel, which is arguably the best league in Europe. They have Euroleague contenders each and every year. You are actually playing very well at that level. Now how long do you foresee yourself playing at that high level and doing as well as you have been?
SM: I was planning on playing maybe one or two more years.
EU: ONE or TWO YEARS? What are you looking at doing in two years? Are you going to be in the United States, home in Dominican Republic? Are you going to have kids, get married, coach the National Team or what do you have in mind?
SM: I don't really know, we all live day by day. Right now, am focused on right now and on my health.
When say I will retire, that is from playing overseas. I will still play at home, on the National Team and in the summer leagues when I am available.

EU: Wow. You had me scared for a minute there. Right now, you are at the top of your game, you are playing well not just on the National Team and overseas as well.... part 2 coming soon   

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