What was your last team and what were your achievements there?
Last year I played with the Austrian Bundesliga champion Oberwart Gunners. We finished 4th in the regular season, before taking the crown by defeating the previous champion Gmunden Swans. I finished as the teams leader in steals, assists and FT%. Also was second in scoring. I finished in the top 10 in assists, steals and 3pt % as well as top 3 in FT%.
What have you been doing since then basketballwise?
Since being home from this summer i have done some travelling with my family and taken them out and around the country to see and enjoy the summer as well as worked with some of the future stars from around Kansas City on the basketball court in individual workout situations. Since the fall i have continued to workout a few kids there but most have left for college. I have played on a exhibition team that has played against some of the colleges in the midwest to help stay in shape. I have been working out at a local university and been very fortunate to have some great facilities to work out in.
Tell us about your basketball experience overseas...
My experiences is that i have been to a few different countries (Norway, Germany, Austria) and all i have felt is safe and welcomed by my home fans. With last year topping it off by winning and bringing the first championship to the city of Oberwart. I think the funniest time I had was when my mother came to visit last year with some of my other relatives and my father and close family friends coming to visit me in Munich. To see the pure joy in their eyes and the relaxation of their hearts to see their son at work and to see these beautiful countries was an overjoying experience for a son to take in. As well as when we had my sons 3rd birthday party at an indoor swim park in the middle of the winter. Some of the silliest exp include being in the spas for the first time where there were NO CLOTHES ALLOWED, then telling the stories to friends and family and seeing the looks of disbelief on their face only to later find out differently once they visit europe.
Where would you like to play ball this season?
I would love to play in a new country just to add to my experience as a player. I think each country will give you a different taste and experience in life. Not to take away from the previous places i have played in because they were all great. I would just like the mental challenge of taking on a new country and trying to create a name and positive vibes in that area. Some of my top countries include that of France, Italy, Spain As those are considered to be top European basketball countries that offer great fan experience as well as a beautifiul architecural design. I have heard some good things about a lot of places but those would definitely be my top 3 choices at this time.
Tell us about your strenghts on court?
Some of the strengths of my game would include my natural leadership skills, followed by my passing and court vision. I love to fool people by making a good pass that they didnt see coming. I love to set people up to get dunked on by a teammate thats a play that gets the team going. I am able to score, and that is something i am constantly looking to improve on wether its a different one on one move every offseason or adding some range to my shot. I just love passing because it includes others. When you are passing the ball well and you start scoring it can give your game balance which is something i love to have at the end of the night. Consistency is also an attribute I have had over the years. This is something that I feel is a big asset. As a point guard the game plan changes but when you are playing with a high basketball I.Q. then you are one step ahead of your opponent. And yes i would consider myself as a High IQ basketball player.
Are there any weaknesses you got to work on?
A weakness in my game i would say is sometimes finishing in traffic going right. My right hand is pretty good as i am a lefty so growing up you are always told and taught you have to be able to use your right but at times when you see a big guy coming over to help you take that glance and then you dont always trust your work that you have put in to master that shot or putting the right spin on a lay- up. I have been spending a lot of time on that to improve that aspect of my game.
What is the ball player Kelvin Parker all about?
At the end of the day Kelvin Parker the player is about winning. I know that every game wont be my best scoring performance or have my best assist to turnover ratio but if i have led my team to one more point more than the opponent then i did the job for that night. Records will come and go, rise and fall. But winning a championship will stand forever. To make my case in proving that Ill give you some proof. I am the all time winningest player from my school Northwest Missouri State's history with 100+ wins. I helped bring a championship to the Vermont Frost Heaves in its inaugural season. And I contributed in a big way to bring the city and great fans of Oberwart its first championship in its 5th try. When youre winning everyone is having fun and your boss is happier about cutting that check.
Where are you right now and are you ready to go anytime?
As far as my availability I am ready and I am hungry. I stay in shape and I take good care of my body. I have been so blessed thus far to not have any major injuries and Im ready to go as of YESTERMONTH!!! When the call comes im ready!
Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - 2 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Austrian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83). He contributed to an easy Umana Venezia's victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Austrian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy). He contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO (12-12) 89-70 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game.
Ortner scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court.
Umana Reyer Venezia (16-8) is placed second in the Serie A.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Ortner averages: 3.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 54.2% in 23 games he played so far.
He played for the Austrian senior national team four years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). Poeltl led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the Indiana Pacers (37-36) crushing them 116-91 in the NBA last Sunday.
He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
The Toronto Raptors have a solid 44-29 record this season.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Poeltl's first year with the team.
Poeltl's overall stats this season are: 2.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.7% and FT: 57.1%.
He played for the Austrian national team in 2015.
#3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Sevilla (8-16) to beat Joventut (8-17).
Mahalbasic scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Sevilla was defeated 71-57 at home by the lower-ranked Joventut (#14).
It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 60.6%(63-104) and FT: 75.6%.
Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian.
Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.
#4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra in their game against FC Barcelona (17-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
He scored 6 points in 21 minutes.
Andorra was crushed 102-65 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona.
Schreiner has been at the team for five years.
This season Schreiner's overall stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.2apg in 24 games.
He is also Austrian national team player.
#5. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Naestved (13-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite Lanegger's very good performance Naestved was defeated 72-67 on their home court in Naestved by the lower-ranked Svendborg (#5).
He was the top scorer with 15 points. Lanegger also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Lanegger's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg.
He plays currently for the Austrian national team.
#6. Point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Braunschweig (5-17) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (22-3) in the German BBL.
He scored only 4 points.
Braunschweig was crushed 80-58 on their home court in Braunschweig by the much higher-ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3).
Klepeisz's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.
#7. Former U18 international center Jakob Seifert (200-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) managed to help Slavoj BK Litomerice to win against the sixth-ranked Olomouc SK (1-8) crushing them 97-65 in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division) in Sunday night's game.
He scored only 3 points.
Slavoj BK Litomerice (7-2) is placed second in Places 1-6 group.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
This season Seifert averages just 0.5ppg.
He used to play for the Austrian U18 national team
four years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Austrian passport but never been selected to any of Austrian national teams:
#1.Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory over the sixth-ranked Sampaense (4-21) 87-78 in the Portuguese LPB on Sunday night.
Douvier was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Douvier's third season in pro basketball. Ovarense Dolce Vita (14-12) is placed first in Places 7-12 group.
It's Douvier's first year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Douvier averages: 15.8ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.2apg in 26 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Douvier has never played in Austria.
#2.Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a Lille Metropole's victory against the closely-ranked Provence Basket (16-8) 62-48 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game.
Asceric scored 10 points in 25 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lille Metropole Basket (15-9) is placed third in the ProB.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
This year Asceric's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games.
#3. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) could not help Herzogenaurach (4-20) in their last game. Despite Kaiser's very good performance the 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (4-20) lost 88-99 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Bad Aibling in the South-East group.
He was the top scorer with 24 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 34 minutes.
It was Herzogenaurach's sixth consecutive loss in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster.
This season Kaiser has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in 24 games.
Kapfenberg roll past Oberwart for Cup title - 3 days ago
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Kapfenberg - Oberwart 77:60 Kapfenberg celebrated the Austrian Cup title. They fired past Oberwart for the trophy. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 18 points and was trumped the MVP. The Gunners jumped to a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Kapfenberg slowed their opponents in the second term. The Bulls pulled in front to take a 31:28 halftime advantage. Kapfenberg unloaded 24 points in the third quarter to gain a 9-point lead. They maintained the l... [read more]
Kapfenberg - Oberwart 77:60
Kapfenberg celebrated the Austrian Cup title. They fired past Oberwart for the trophy. Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92, agency: Octagon Europe) delivered 18 points and was trumped the MVP. The Gunners jumped to a 19:16 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Kapfenberg slowed their opponents in the second term. The Bulls pulled in front to take a 31:28 halftime advantage. Kapfenberg unloaded 24 points in the third quarter to gain a 9-point lead. They maintained the lead throughout the fourth stanza and marched to the victory. Filip Kramer (202-SF-92) netted 17 points, while Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) added 10 points for the winners. Derek Jackson (185-PG-91, college: Kent St.) responded with 23 points for the Gunners. Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) tossed in 11 points in the defeat.
Stjepan Stazic claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - 3 days ago
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Experienced Former international Guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) had a great game in the last round for Vienna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29. The 38-year old guard had the game-high 48 points adding two rebounds and five assists for Vienna in his team's victory, helping them to outclass UBSC Graz (#8, 6-21) with 46-point margin 108-62. Vienna is placed at 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Vienna is a typical solid league team placed... [read more]
Experienced Former international Guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) had a great game in the last round for Vienna and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29. The 38-year old guard had the game-high 48 points adding two rebounds and five assists for Vienna in his team's victory, helping them to outclass UBSC Graz (#8, 6-21) with 46-point margin 108-62. Vienna is placed at 4th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Vienna is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-13 record. In the team's last game Stazic had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 15 attempts. He has many years of experience at Vienna, through which he has constantly improved. Stazic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.2ppg) and assists (6th best: 4.6apg).
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Vienna's star - 32-year old Serbian shooting guard Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84). Miletic impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Stazic he helped Vienna with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 6-21) 108-62. This victory allowed Vienna to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 14-13 record is not bad at all. Miletic is one of the most experienced players at Vienna and similarly like Stjepan Stazic has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#2). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.
The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95, agency: Interperformances) of Arkadia (#5). Draskovic scored 14 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Arkadia, leading his team to a 85-64 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Furstenfeld (#7, 12-15). Arkadia needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 13 lost games. Draskovic has a great season in Austria. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.7rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 60.5%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Chris McNealy (194-G-92) of Oberwart - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists 5. Sebastian Koch (202-F-88) of Vienna - 11 points and 12 rebounds 6. Jamari Traylor (203-F-92) of Oberwart - 17 points and 11 rebounds 7. Austin Steed (203-F-88) of Gmunden - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Benedikt Guettl (190-G-94) of Arkadia - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Benedikt Danek (176-PG-86) of Arkadia - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists 10. Marck Coffin (193-G-91) of Kapfenberg - 12 points and 10 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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