In the world FC Bayern Munich has a reputation and is a household name in Germany, the way Heinz Ketchup is in the United States, Iberia airlines is in Spain, Ferrari is in Italy or IKEA is in Sweden. However in Germany when uttering the word FC Bayern Munich, it is Soccer and one usually affiliates the 22 German meisterschaften, 15 cup wins, the world class players that have graced the red and white jersey like Franz Beckenbauer, Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Gerd Mueller, Oliver Kahn, Lothar Matthus, the sometime minor scandals that has given the club FC Hollywood status or the famous Uli Hoeness Wutrede at the 2007-2008 stock holders meeting where his head was as red as a bolied lobster. FC Bayern Munich and basketball in the same breath in the past was about as distant as Heidi Klum and Seal are now. However since this season, Basketball is back in the first division since their last visit in 1986-1987 and with the expertise coaching from Dirk Bauermann and ultimate Bayern fan Uli Hoeness giving the needed financial support, the organization is looking to become an FC Barcelona in the Beko BBL sometime down the road. However the route in the direction of a FC Barcelona seems to have taken a severe wrong turn and landed in Sitges (Beach resort near Barcelona) and at the moment the basketball team led by ex German national head coach Dirk Bauermann is about as far away from FC Barcelona as British tennis ace Andy Murray is from winning a Grand Slam event. The FC Bayern Munich bosses never predicted a title in their first season, but were expecting to belong to the top teams and be a force in the Beko BBL playoffs. FC Bayern Munich has been up and down in the last months and if they keep it up, may get gobbled up by the competiton and be in the Munich beer gardens in May instead of the Beko BBL arenas. One cant say that FC Bayern Munich is only playing bad. They had good efforts against Oldenburg and BG Goettingen. A team like Munich just cant become a title team from today to tomorrow. This takes a lot of development, something that Bamberg has behind them. I am sure that we will see a totally different team when the playoffs start. They just have to continue to find themselves something which has taken longer due to injuries. Every player has the ability to score 20 points or more. The team just cant mislead themselves. I still see FC Bayern Munich as a serious title candidate, stressed Walter Tiger Tuebingen forward Ruben Spoden.
For all those that were born after the first man stepped on the moon, a memory of FC Bayern Munich playing in the first German basketball league will be absent. The last time FC Bayern Munich won a German first division basketball title, the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl 2, Martin Luther King was assassinated, famous American TV show 60 minutes made its debut on CBS and is still on today, Led Zeppelin make their first Live performance in England and famous Croatian basketball player Toni Kukoc was born as was lovable American actor who you talking about Willis Gary Coleman. The year was 1968 as Bayern Munich won their last title which was a cup. They were also Bundesliga champion in 1954 and 1955. Since the Bundesliga cup win, basketball has been in the shadow of the soccer team moving down and back up in 1974 and then going back to the second Bundesliga in 1982. They were back in the top division in 1987, but returned back down in 1989. Then in 1993, the team was in the Regionaliga. In 1995, 1999 and 2004, the team found itself back in the second Bundesliga, but they never were able to get back into the first Bundesliga as money and quality players were missing. In 2009-2010, 23,000 members from the club Bayern Munich voted and agreed that the basketball department had to be financially supported so that they could return back to the BEKO BBL. In the 2010-2011 PRO A season Bayern Munich plowed through the competition with new head coach Dirk Bauermann, German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene and locker room motivation magnate Darius Hall.
FC Bayern Munich not only have brought in experienced basketball players, but with head coach Dirk Bauermann as the Beko BBL version of Phil Jackson who has won 9 Beko BBL titles, seven with Bayer Leverkusen and two with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. And one should not forget his experience that he brings with his coaching duty as German national coach from 2003-2011 leading Germany to a Silver medal at the 2005 European championships. With a budget of seven million Euro, Bauermann has that kid feeling of being able to go into Fao Schwartz in New York city and shop until he drops for the right players. Bauermann knows that he will have a new kind of pressure that he never felt before. There is nothing less accepted than success with FC Bayern Munich. We want to be in the top four teams. We want to play our best basketball when it counts. Titles arent won in October, warned Dirk Bauermann. The club did a good job not doing a total house cleaning, but keeping a core of guys from the 2011 PRO A championship team. German national players Steffen Hamann and Demond Greene were kept. They may not be the youngest, but still possess special Beko BBL quality. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is 35, but with four Beko BBL titles wants to add some more with Munich, Darius Hall can still give that big smile and sneer to dazzle you and can give valuable minutes from the bench and young German Bastian Doreth who is being groomed to take over for Steffen Hamann down the road. The club added six top players with three German national players. Jan Jagla returns back to the Beko BBL after playing shortly for the Artland Dragons in 2005, Phillip Schwethelm continues to develop and shines with his defense and shooting and German wunder kind Robin Benzing who is looking to make a further step in the Beko BBL in his third season after not being drafted by the NBA. The team also added Je Kel Foster who is their best one on one player and can be explosive and is a very consistent and reliable player. Ben Hansborough is a Beko BBL rookie and should have some stories about his NBA brother Tyler Hansborough, but was let go at the end of 2011. FC Bayern Munich already suffered some growing pains as ex NBA player Ruben Boumtje Boumtje declared his retirement on account of heart disease and Sharod Ford left the team because of personal reasons. However the team hauled in Chevon Mr chevy Troutman who didnt need much time to adjust as he belongs to the top centers in the league after only 8 games. The team also brought in strong big man Jared Homan who last played in Italy. We have a roster that can beat any team in Germany. Key will to form a team out of good individual players, warned FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic.
Despite basketball critics blasting FC Bayern Munich for getting big names not necessarily meaning that it will play team basketball, the Bavarian club has a 12-10 record and rest in 7th place and would have a playoff date with ratiopharm Ulm if the playoffs started tomorrow. The club started off with a tough 80-76 loss in Bonn, but then found their rhythm winning four games in a row against some lesser teams, but were able to beat Braunschweig. The team lost two of the last three games against playoff aspiring teams Oldenburg and Artland Dragons before their game against Frankfurt last November. Since their last meeting, FC Bayern Munich has been up and down at 6-7 and not playing anything like their soccer team is. In this span. There biggest wins were against Oldenburg 102-71 and a big win at home against ratiopharm Ulm where they took revenge for their loss in Ulm earlier this season where American Keaton Nankivil sent them home without their leather pants. They continue to be strong at home at 11-1, but very vulnerable on the road at 1-9. They average 78 points a game and give up 75 points. They have improved their defense from the first nine games where they gave up an average 80 points per game. Their strength is shooting the ball. They have so many guys that can fill it up with Greene, Wallace, Schwethelm and Foster. Their defense is ok, but the best bet for a team is too run on them, because they have bigs that dont come back quick enough. They had problems with their pick and roll defense, but we played them before Chevon Troutman came, warned Josh Young. Even though Foster was out done in Overtime by David Holston in the loss at Artland, Foster belongs to the top players in the Beko BBL and will lead FC Bayern Munich in tough times. Foster impressed me the most on that team. He isa smart and great shooter and solid on defense. He is just as tough as nails. You have to put Foster in the same trio of Brown, Wood and Holston, warned Josh Young.
The Fraport Skyliners will be looking to get revenge for the bitter 58-57 loss in Munich, where a timely Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, college: Ohio St.) three pointer and offensive rebounds on missed free throws sealed the win for Dirk Bauermann and his gang. We have to play defense, play aggressive and execute better on offense and get back on transition defense, warned Quantez Robertson. Frankfurt will have to forget those last few minutes in the fourth quarter and stay focused mentally for 40 minutes too. Key will be shutting off any mental lapses that may occur, warned Michael Thompson. If there is one guy who wants to win as badly as Brose Baskets Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder does than it is Skyliner captain Marius Nolte We have to play concentrated for 40 minutes. We have to play good team defense and give up no easy baskets, warned Marius Nolte. will need to be awake again in Munich to stop the athletic Chevy. We have to do a very good job defending the paint. Chevon Troutman is a good player. We have to control the back boards, warned Justin Gray. Frankfurt should also follow the 3 quick step to success from Tigers guard Josh Young. Frankfurt has to keep the Munich shooters in check, control the boards and score in transition to have a chance to win, warned Josh Young. We have to stay together, move the ball and play good defense, warned Michael Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners host FC Bayern Munich February 18th.
FC Bayern Munich is led by Chevon Troutman is a 29 year old 202cm forward from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He is a tough, talented rebounder, athletic defender, tough offensive player and fierce competitor who plays with much passion. He has contributed primarily in the low-post but also can play on the perimeter. His high school coach also coached NBA star Allen Iverson. Troutman played at Pittsburgh (NCAA) from 2001-2005 where he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 three years in a row from 2002-2004. As a professional basketball player he has played three years in Italy and three years in France for Adecco ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne (France-ProA). He was a French All Star twice and won the cup in 2008 and was French PRO A champion in 2009. Last season, he played for Air Avellino (Italy-SerieA, starting five), injured in Jan.'11 and was off for 4 months: 16 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-3 (8.3rpg), Steals-3 (2.7spg), FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 69.0%. Currently he is averaging 17,8ppg, 9,0rpg and 1,8apg. Je Kel Foster returns back to the Beko BBL after playing in Italy last season. Foster is a 28 year old 191cm guard from Mississippi that is a natural born leader. Runs the show as a point guard that can score. He thinks to run the offensive first. His long arms and his quickness allows for him to cover the entire floor defensively while also giving him to length to finish over taller players. Excellent 3 point shooter. He played at Ohio State and started his professional basketball career in Germany for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 42 games: 13.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 34.0%, FT: 75.3%. He then played a season in France for Paris-Levallois (France-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 14.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), 2FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. He then played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2008-2010 leading the team to the Beko BBL championship in 2009. Last season, he played for Vanoli-Braga Cremona (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 29 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 71.8%. Currently, he is averaging 16,3ppg, 3,5rpg and 2,1apg. He is hooting 54% from the field and 48% from the parking lot.
Robin Benzing is playing his first season in Bavaria and is a 22 year old 208cm forward from Seeheim-Jugenheim south of Frankfurt, Germany. He is a big forward who can play in both positions (if he works on the physical department) as he has the size and the shooting skills too. His game looks like his country-mate Jan Jagla, he is a bit lighter than the German international, and is playing mostly within the wing. He is amazingly good ball handler for his size and he can attack the basket going both ways. He started his basketball career for TV Langen in 2004 and played there until 2009. He played for ratiopharm Ulm the last two seasons playing a total of 66 Beko BBL games. Last season, he was the top scoring German in the Beko BBL averaging 15.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 77.2%. he also has been a member of the German national team since 2009 and this past summer played at the European Championships in Lithuania -11: 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 52.6%, FT: 78.6%. Currently, he is averaging 9,8ppg and 3,2rpg. Aleksandar Nadjfeji is playing his 10th season in the Beko BBL and second with FC Bayern Munich and is a 35 year old 203cm forward from Serbia that is has excellent athletic skills. Can run and jump. Very impressive dunker. Can shot. Also good defender. He played for The Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2001-2005 where he never averaged less than 13,8ppg a season in the German league. He then played for RheinEnergie Koln from 2005-2008 where he helped win the Beko BBL title in 2006 and helped win a cup. As Cologne was having problems financially, he went to Alba Berlin in the middle of the 2007-2008 season helping them win the championship in 2008 and cup in 2009. He then played for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen and last season with FC Bayern Munich played 30 games: 12.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP-3 (66.4%), 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 58.0%. Currently, he is averaging 9,6ppg, 5,1rpg and 2,5apg. Jan Jagla also returns back to the Beko BBL after playing in other countries for six years. Jagla is a 30 year old 213cm forward from Berlin Germany. A seven-foot power forward with the skill set of a guard. Can post up and score inside and is a great three point shooter as well. Was compared too much times to Dirk Nowitzki at his teenage days, and this limited his maturation. He started his basketball career at Lichterfelde and then went to the States to play NCAA ball at Penn St. He then played for Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): 3 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg: released in Nov.'04 and joined Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (1.Bundesliga): 26 games: 6.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 30.2%. In 2005-2006, he had a taste of the NBA playing with the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), waived in Oct.'05, then signed at Drac Inca Mallorca (Spain-LEB, starting five): 28 games: 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (7.8rpg), 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 77.1%. From 2006-2011, he played for top tams in Europe including Turk Telekom Ankara, DKV Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB,) from 2007-2009 where he played with Demond Mallet and Ricky Rubio and helped win the ULEB Cup in 2008. The last two years, he played for Polish Euroleague team Asseco Prokom Gdynia . He has played 40 Euroleague games and has been part of the German national team since 2006. Last season he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-PLK, starting five): Polish League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 5.0rpg; Polish League: Euroleague: 10 games: 5.6ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 66.7%; VTB League: 4 games: 11.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): 16 games: 4.5ppg, 2.4rpg. Currently, he is averaging 8,4ppg and 4,5rpg.
Jonathan Wallace is playing his second season with FC Bayern Munich and is a 25 year old 187cm guard from Alabama that is playing his second season with FC Bayern Munich. He played at Georgetown from 2004-2008 reaching the NCAA Final 4 in 2007. In 2008-2009, he played for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-1A), Adriatic League: 8 games: 4.4ppg, 1.3rpg; Euroleague: 4 games: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg; left in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 18 games: 1.7ppg; EuroChallenge: 2 games: 0.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0apg. In 2009-2010, he played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) becoming D-league champion playing 58 games: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 88.1%. Last season for FC Bayern Munich he played 30 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 83.8%. Currently he is averaging 7,6ppg and 1,8rpg. German national player Steffen Hamann returns for a second season to Munich. Hamann is a 30 year old 194cm guard from Bamberg. He started his career at Bamberg in 1997 and played there until 2008. He was Beko BBL champion twice with Bamberg. He played for Alba Berlin from 2008-2010 winning the Beko BBL cup in 2009. Last season for FC Bayern Munich, he played 20 games: 10.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 85.9%. Before coming to Munich, he has played 88 FIBA international club games. He has been a member of the German national team since 2003 winning the silver at the 2005 European championships. Currently he is averaging 7,4ppg, 1,8rpg and 4,6apg. Phillip Schwethelm is a 22 year old 201cm forward that is playing his first season in Munich. He started his basketball career with Cologne in 2004, where he played until 2009. He played Euroleague at the age of 17. He helped Cologne win the Beko BBL title in 2006. He played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven from 2009-2011 and last year played 36 games: 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 72.9%. He has been a member of the German national team since 2010. Currently he is averaging 5,3ppg and 3,9rpg.
Demond Greene is playing his second season for FC Bayern Munich and is a 32 year old 185cm guard that was born in Fort Hood Texas. He is spectacular point guard or shooting guard, great athlete, not very tall but he can jump and dunk, good shooter and is a former long-jumper. He started his career at TuS Aschaffenburg in 1996. He then played together with Dirk Nowirzki,Robert Garrett and Marvin Willoughby at DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg. Greene played for DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg from 1997 to 2002. He then played for Bayer 04 Giants Leverkusen from 2002-2005. He then played for ALBA Berlin from 2005-2007. He then played for the Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas (Greece-A2). Last season, for FC Bayern Munich, he played 5 games: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 80.0%. Greene is a four time Beko BBL All Star, won the Beko BBL cup in 2006 with Alba Berlin and has been a member of the German national team in 2000-2001 and from 2004 until present winning the Silver at the 2005 European championships. Currently he is averaging 4,4ppg and 1,3rpg. Darius Hall is a 38 year old 201cm center from Detroit, Michigan. He is playing his eighth season in Germany and second with FC Bayern Munich. He is a is a player who loves to make the show. His dunks make the crowd explode. He is a fantastic player who is always at 200%. His athleticism ability are unbelievable, he can dunk on anybody. Great finisher in the paint. A great scorer when the game begin to be HOT. He played at W.Kentucky (NCAA) from 1991-1995. From 1995-2004 before he came to Germany, he played four years in France, three years in Belgium and two seasons in Spain. He played for the Artland Dragons from 2004-2010 winning the Beko BBL cup in 2008 and playing a total of 237 games. Last season for FC Bayern Munich, he played 29 games: 9.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-2 (66.9%), FT: 44.1%. Currently he is averaging 3,2ppg and 1,5rpg. Bogdan Radosavljevic is a 18 year old 211cm German/Serb that is playing hiss econd season for FC Bayern Munich. Last season he played 7 PRO A games: 3.0ppg, 2.0rpg, also a license to play at FC Bayern Muenchen II (Germany-2.Regionalliga): 12 games: 9.0ppg. Recently he played at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 13.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 67.7%, FT: 54.8%.
Brandon Jefferson(175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) is a 25 year old 175cm point guard from Flower Mound, Texas that is playing his third professional season and first with Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga Nova KBM). As a rookie he played for KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 48 games: Score-4 (18.5ppg), 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 88.0%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 88.5%. He starte... [read more]
Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) is a 25 year old 175cm point guard from Flower Mound, Texas that is playing his third professional season and first with Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga Nova KBM). As a rookie he played for KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 48 games: Score-4 (18.5ppg), 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 88.0%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 88.5%. He started his basketball career in 2010 for Metro State (NCAA2) where he played a total of 129 NCAA games. In college he was able to improve his scoring and rebounding average each season. As a senior he played 34 games averaging 21.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 92.3%. Last season he played for Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL) playing 34 games averaging 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 34.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 83.2%He spoke to eurobasket after the tough Eurocup loss to ratiopharm Ulm in Ulm.
Brandon thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. How did it feel to be back in Germany again with your new team Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga Nova KBM) playing Eurocup in Ulm? It felt great being back in Germany. Was very excited when I saw that Ulm was in our group for EuroCup because it meant I had the chance to go back to Germany.
Last season, you lost both games to ratiopharm Ulm with Phoenix Hagen by a combined score of 48 points and you scored combined only 11 points. Tonight you lost again, but it was a lot closer game 87-82. What was your opinion of the play of ratiopharm Ulm this season? They have many guys back and have good chemistry. Is the team better than last season? Yes I remember the result last year very well. Ulm embarrassed us last season twice. They are obviously a great team. They will a force to reckon with this year again in the BBL and EuroCup. I've been keeping up with their scores. They have added some really good players so I do believe they are better than their team last season.
Despite the loss, you had a great game scoring 28 points with eight three's. Last season in both games against ratiopharm Ulm, you shot only 1/12. Were you really motivated for this Eurocup game? I was very motivated for this game against Ulm. Like I said earlier, they embarrassed us last season, including me. Any competitor would be up for the challenge after someone has embarrassed them in the past.
The game was very tight in the first quarter, but Ulm was able to break away a bit in the second quarter to lead by 11 points, but Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga Nova KBM) fought back and trailed only 45-41 at the break. What was giving Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga Nova KBM) the biggest problems in the second quarter? We had a lot of turnovers and it starts with me. I've been really careless with the ball. Need to control the tempo better and get the all where it needs to be.
Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga Nova KBM) was down by as much as by 13 in the fourth quarter, but you staged a massive comeback ending the game on a 11-3 run sparked by your two three pointers, but time ran out. Did all the come-back runs that you made really weaken the team energy? We have a team of fighters. We will never give up during a game. It's all mental when it comes to being tired.
One could say that Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga Nova KBM) have had some serious misfortune so far as you have lost three of four games by one point. How have you handled this mentally in the early part of the season?
It's been tough losing these games by 1. Mistakes we need to clean up coming down the stretch of games have cost us. We are working every day to improve in those areas. We take the positive out of it though. We can't pout or feel sorry for ourselves. That's why it's good having all of these games. No time for any of that, have move forward and get ready for next opponent.
There are only two Americans on the team with you and Devin Oliver who also is in his third professional season. Do you have a special bond to him and do you miss somewhat that very experienced American that you could go to for advice?
Devin and I do have a bond. We are the same age trying to move forward in our careers. We are experienced in our short three year careers. We aren't rookies anymore, we need to figure things out and help one another.
Is your role overall a lot different this season than last season with Phoenix Hagen? Do you have to be more of a scoring point guard this season?
I just do whatever the team and the coaches ask me to do. I play my game.
How cool is it playing in three leagues this season with the Eurocup, ABA and Slovenian league? How important do you feel is this format for your development as a player in your third professional season? It's fun playing in 3 different leagues this season. A lot of exposure comes out of these leagues. It's a challenge every night. The BBL taught me a lot though. Last season was a huge learning experience for me that has helped me coming into this season.
Last season with Phoenix Hagen you averaged 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 34.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 83.2% in one of the top leagues in Europe. What do you feel did your game best playing in the BBL last season?
It showed me everything I needed to improve on. It exposed me in many ways that helped me moving forward. I'm forever grateful for the experience I got last season in BBL.
Your shooting 52% combined in the Eurocup and ABA leagues from downtown. Did you work extra hard and long last summer on your shooting or is your current hot streak due more to a current good run and shot selection?
I think it has a little bit to do with both. I know I was very inconsistent last season with my shot. I was taking a lot of bad shots which took my percentage down. Being smarter with my shot selection is something I learned playing in the BBL. Looking back on last season, I missed a lot of clean looks at the basket as well, so it was about knocking down shots at the end of the day.
Phoenix Hagen is having serious financial problems at the moment and their season could be cut short. How thankful are you that you are currently in a very good situation with Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Liga Nova KBM)?
I'm saddened by the news of my former team! Still close to David Bell and I know he will bounce back! I'm very thankful for this organization and situation with Union Olympija. Give all glory to God!
Kevin Garnett has retired. Where do you see his legacy and where he ranks with the all-time best to have ever played in the NBA? Never really been a big Kevin Garnett guy, but I do know what he has done for the game! He will go down as one of the greats.
What was the last movie that you saw? Captain America.
Sometimes a sudden cancellation can result in massive panic and disappointment, but when Northeastern decided not to participate on account of the summer terror attacks in Germany at the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour, the German basketball community didn't turn their head in another direction and pretend not to notice, but rather stuck together and helped keep the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour going and made it a huge success with entertaining basketball and continuing t... [read more]
Sometimes a sudden cancellation can result in massive panic and disappointment, but when Northeastern decided not to participate on account of the summer terror attacks in Germany at the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour, the German basketball community didn't turn their head in another direction and pretend not to notice, but rather stuck together and helped keep the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour going and made it a huge success with entertaining basketball and continuing to spread cancer awareness. Basketball Aid chairman Hans Beth had sympathy for the tough decision that Northeastern made for not coming and had total respect for their decision. Many German professional teams from the EasyCredit BBL, Pro A and Pro B leaped at the occasion of helping a great cause and jumped in taking the place of absent Northeastern and kept the games alive. Even the Luxemburg national team helped spread the sizzling international flair by playing one game in Luxemburg and a second in Hanau, Germany. With all the proceeds made from the 5 exhibition games and the four games at the Gezeiten Cup in Rhondorf going to aid stricken children with cancer, Basketball Aid chairman Hans Beth was able to confirm the proud amount of 30,000 euro.
The first game took place on the US Army base in Wiesbaden as one was dazzled by the beautiful state of the art gym that showcased every flag of the 52 States and the game between the Fraport Skyliners and RheinStars showed a symbol of the always positive German-American relations. Frankfurt won the game 77-59 as some saw a future possible NBA player in 16 year Isaac Bonga and tour chairman Hans Beth was awarded a medal of honor from Colonel Todd J. Fish for his support of German-American relations and volunteer work he does. "I wanted to present a token of our appreciation to Chairman Beth for bringing the game to our Soldiers, Families and civilians here at USAG Wiesbaden. It was a great game, and we really appreciate both teams coming out and putting on a wonderful event for our community."stated Colonel Todd J.Fish.In the second game, the term international was center stage as the tour went over the boarder to Luxemburg as their national team welcomed the Dresden Titans and head coach Steven Clauss who is a cosmopolitan himself as he grew up in New York, but has lived in Germany for over 20 years. German Pro A team Dresden won the contest 90-80 and the 1,400 kilometers traveling distance wasn't too much for the team as it was glad to help the basketball Aid cause. Only 48 hours later in game three, it was time for the Luxemburg national team to travel over the boarder to Hanau, a city 25 kilometers west of Frankfurt as they faced off against Pro A team the Hebeisen White Wings. The Hebeisen White Wings came to terms easier with the unbearable sauna like temperatures destroying Luxemburg 109-66 as ex Davidson (NCAA) guard Brian Sullivan scored 22 points as the only thing missing in his new living room were the Sulliiiiiiiiiiiii chants that he was used to in the Belk arena.
The fourth game took place in historic Mainz where BBL team Giessen 46ers took on Pro A team Gotha as the game was as much of a duel between the two teams as well as the two coaches of ex German national player Denis Wucherer and BBL legend Chris Ensminger. Both guys are fairly young coaches with this unbelievable will to win just like when they were lacing up their sneakers back in the day. Giessen came out on top after 40 minutes beating the ambitious Pro A team Gotha 86-70. Some interesting side notes to the day was that during the morning, there was a lecture by chairman Hans Beth about Basketball Aid and following that a round table at the Johannes Gutenberg university that had engrossing discussions between German and Chinese students. During halftime of the game, a golden basketball with all autographes of the German national basketball team was auctioned off that went for 800 euro. Game five took place in Paderborn as Pro A team Uni Baskets welcomed BBL team Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. Braunschweig had little difficulty of disposing of Paderborn 70-41. A second golden ball was auctioned off this time for 500 euro displaying autographes of the German national basketball team.
The climax of the Basketball Aid 2016 international tour took place in Rhondorf the sight of the Gezeiten Cup. A total of 5 teams took place with BBL teams ratiopharm Ulm, Telekom Baskets Bonn, Pro A team Hebeisen White Wings and Pro B teams Dragons Rhondorf and the Astrostars Bochum. Fans saw very interesting games during the weekend as the Saturday boasted the two most exciting games as in game one home team Dragons Rhondorf slipped by the AstroStars 70-68 and in game two in front of a sold out crowd of 1,400 fans, the Telekom Baskets Bonn who only had a 20 minute ride from Bonn and were seen as sort of a second home team defeated 2016 BBL finalist ratiopharm Ulm with 78-74. On the Sunday, fans witnessed two blow outs as in game one, the Telekom Baskets Bonn whipped out their farm team Dragons Rhondorf 79-54 and in game two ratiopharm Ulm had a field day with the Hebesien White Wings ousting them 82-46. Also during the weekend, the Basketball Aid tour put together a coaches clinic at castle Hagerhof that had 100 participants. The Basketball Aid international tour also had tour shirts for sale at each venue and sold 300 with it's proceeds also going to benefit children with cancer. Shirts are now still available online at www.forthree.com
All in all the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour was a big success spreading entertaining basketball and Cancer awareness. The biggest goal was to raise as much money as possible for children stricken with cancer and to continue to spread more awareness about cancer. It was refreshing to see how the German basketball community was able to stick together when the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour seemed stranded in no man's land and come together as quickly as a lightning bolt strikes and make the whole event continue. 30,000 euro was raised for Basketball Aid this summer and with the 2016 Basketball tour spreading basketball and cancer awareness so positively, one can only anticipate that Hans Beth and co will continue to keep this event alive and continue to let it grow. It will be interesting to see what the 2017 Basketball Aid international tour will offer. The game of basketball doesn't only reach the hearts of fans, but also the children effected by cancer as the community stands together in the fight against cancer.
If Alex Ruoff (198-G/F-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) were a contestant on "Who wants to be a millionare" and the show wanted to come up with the perfect million dollar question that would stump him, the question would be as follows with "Where is your favorite home A.Spring Hill, Florida, B. Morgantown, Virgina, C.Aalst, Belgium or D. Goettingen?. These are all places that the American has been able to call home in his lifetime and he probably would have problems answ... [read more]
If Alex Ruoff (198-G/F-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) were a contestant on "Who wants to be a millionare" and the show wanted to come up with the perfect million dollar question that would stump him, the question would be as follows with "Where is your favorite home A.Spring Hill, Florida, B. Morgantown, Virgina, C.Aalst, Belgium or D. Goettingen?. These are all places that the American has been able to call home in his lifetime and he probably would have problems answering the question since he has cherished memories in all four. In order to please fans and management now, he might answer D simply becuase he is returning back to an old stomping ground with BG Goettingen where he played from 2013-2015 helping the team return back to the BBL in 2015. The club gane him a contract until the end of the season. Ruoff is a 30 year old 198cm forward that is playing his eighth professional season and started with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) where he played 5 BBL games averaging 11,2ppg, 3,2rpg and 3,2apg. He and the club decided to terminate the contract last week. BG Goettingen is more than pleased to get one of the top BBL players back. "It says a lot for the club that after Khalid El Amin and Harper Kamp also Alex Ruoff returned.He play many positions and will be involved like he was two years ago", stressed head coach Johan Roijakkers.
Ruoff started his basketball career in 2005 with W.Virginia (NCAA) where he played until 2009 playing a total of 127 NCAA games. He started his professional career in 2009 with Belgacom Liege Basket (Belgium-D1) EuroChallenge: 12 games: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 75.0%; Belgian League: 37 games: 6.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 78.4%. In the 2010-2011 season he remained with Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1) playing 37 games: 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 83.9%. In the 2011-201 season he played a third season there with
Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1) playing EuroChallenge: 3 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg; Belgian League: 9 games: 9.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 90.9%. In the 2012-2013 season he got expereince in the D-league with the Canton Charge (D-League): 24 games: 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 84.0%, in Mar.'13 signed at Iowa Energy (D-League): 11 games: 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg,
FGP: 67.6%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 72.2%, in Apr.'13 moved to Generali Okapi
Aalstar (Belgium-Ethias League) 10 games: 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 85.7%. In 2013-2014 he came to Germany to BG Goettingen (Germany-ProA) playing 38 games: 17.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 82.2%. In the 2014-2015 season he played a second with BG Goettingen (Germany-BBL) playing 28 games: Score-5 (14.8ppg), 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 83.0%. Last season he played with Dominion Bilbao Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa): 32 games: 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 90.5%; Eurocup: 16 games: 9.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 76.0%.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been NCAA Sweet 16 -06, 08, William Jones Cup Tournament -07, Academic All-America 3rd Team -08, Big East Tournament Semifinals -08, 09, NIT Champion -07, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America 1st Team (University Division) -09, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II Team (University Division) -09, All-Big East Honorable Mention -09, Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year -09, Big East Sportsmanship Award -09, NCAA DI All-Star Game -09, Belgian Supercup Winner -09, Belgian League Regular Season Champion -10, Belgian League Finalist -10, 11, Belgian League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Belgian League Semifinals -13, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -14, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -14, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -14, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team -15, and Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals -16.
Copyright (c) 1998-2016 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.