One of Dennis Schroder’s primary reasons for his enduring commitment to the national team is his aspiration to elevate Germany’s presence on the basketball scene and cultivate a genuine passion for the sport in a country traditionally dominated by football.

“I hope that basketball gets to be little bit more attractive and gets more attention,” Schroder said. “Because I’ve been here 10 years now, and from that point to this point, it’s a huge difference. And I’m glad that I can be a part of it.

“And try to put Germany, our country, on the map. And that’s the reason why I play a national team. I try to help others, like little guys coming up, same as me, 15 years ago. That they can make a difference take care of their families and play on big stages.”