When you want a good podcast, there can be so many to choose from. For some good, inspirational sports stories “D&K in the lab” is your best bet. For Basketball fans, there is a plethora of good feelings and fun stats. All of that coupled with some entertaining conversation, co-hosts Dex G and Kurt Lee dive into Division 1 basketball players and stories, some of which are personally experienced by Dex G.
Dex was always a huge fan of basketball; he played despite not having the support as a D1 college basketball player. “We really dive into what it takes to play at that level, it’s really high and there is a lot of pressure. So we take the audience through the process of getting into that mindset,” he says.
Even though this podcast is about basketball, the hosts say that anyone can really relate to the stores. “Most of us know what it’s like to hear we won’t succeed and many of us keep going to prove them wrong. It’s a good underdog kind of story that we can all relate to in one way or another.”
After graduating from Marist College and continuing his education at Montclair State, Dex found success with MSU’s basketball club. “I helped them go undefeated at 7-0 during that first semester,” he remembers. “What made this so satisfying was that MSU competed in the NCBBA. This gave me so much confidence that I kept playing even while I was taking classes at different schools to become a medical records professional.”
Dex feels he really reached a higher level when he became a member of the team at SUNY Ulster Community College, a division 2 NJCAA. “I felt proud to be one of the four players who made it to the next level. I actually committed to playing at County College of Morris after Montclair, but after a month and a half of being on the team, I transferred to SUNY Ulster and walked on the team later on in the season. I also played semi-pro for the East Carolina Cardinals.”
When the pandemic hit, Kurt had the idea of creating a podcast about basketball. “No one could play because of the quarantine,” Dex says, “so we were really wanting something to do. Kurt suggested the podcast, and we ran with it. We decided to really get into what it takes to become a D1 player and how difficult the road to success can be.” Kurt is not a basketball player but knows every statistic about the players, so he was a great partner to collaborate with.
“To understand our podcast, you have to get how difficult it is for high school players to make it onto a Division 1 team in college,” Dex says. “It’s not easy to do. At that level, it’s all about winning – losing isn’t acceptable. Yet, so many high schoolers are aiming for that dream. That’s one reason they’ll like this podcast, as will anyone interested in inspirational stories.”
Dex interviewed Ahmad Clark, who plays for Albany University, and Chris Galbreath, who plays for Sam Houston State, for his podcast. “They get real about how hard you must work to make it to that level, how you have to eat, and how brutal the training really is.” That’s one of the messages Dex would like to get across to high school players: the importance of changing their mentalities so that they can play at the Division 1 level.
“Life is always going to be a struggle, but we have so many stories of winning despite the hardship. We like that we can give back in that sense during the pandemic with a little humor, some inspiration, and good sports talk,” Dex says, smiling. Listen to Dex and Kurt’s podcast here on a number of platforms.