Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, college: Holy Cross) is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last summer, he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) averaging 10,6ppg, 4,4rpg and 8,0apg. He spoke to Eurobasket about his season with BBC Bayreuth recently.
Kevin you have been injured for a long time. Have you ever had such a bad injury like this in your career?
No this had been my most major injury in my career and it is very rough.
What have you missed the most about basketball during your injury?
That is tough to answer since I have missed so much, but I have missed when the lights go off before a game right before the game is going to start. I miss also being on the court and competiting.
How do you help your teammates the most during your injury? Are you like an extra assistant coach?
You could say that I am like that. I just try to help the young players and help the players wth things that I see on the court. I just try to be a good teammate and help cheer on the team.
BBC Bayreuth lost the first four games. What were the reasons for the slow start?
You cant make excuses, you have to be prepared for every game in the Beko BBL: Many players came right before the start of the season and it ha staken time with chemistry.
Andreas Wagner was let go early as coach. Didnt it fit well between the coach and the players? Stefan Schmidt said an interview that it felt like for him after a two hour practice that he didnt get better.
I dont think that the bad start had to do with his coaching philosophy. We just didnt start well and this is a business and the club felt that it needed to make a change. Of course that isnt good if a player feels that, but every player is different and I cant speak for Stefan Schmidt.
Since new coach Marc Van Den Berg has come in the team is playing excellent basketball. What have been the reasons for this?
The new coach has a new system and each player has followed his system. The addition of Danny Gibson has helped as he is a true floor general and many guys have stepped up in my absence.
What is the strength of Marco van den Berg?
He is a very intelligent man and that is something I picked up on in my first conversation with him. He is really well informed with basketball. He is sort of like Gordon Herbert in that he knows how to get the best out of each player. He has a personal relationship with each player and you really feel that he wants to make you better.
BBC Bayreuth also has defended a lot better. It has knocked down the points per game from 83 to 66. What has changed with the new coach?
Our defensive intensity is a lot better and each guy knows where to be on the court. No matter what the situation is on the court, each player always puts in the effort.
You played against Bobby Brown early in the season. What do you like most about his game?
I like his confidence and also his shooting and scoring ability. His great confidence really helps his game.
Since Danny Gibson came on board the team is playing very well. What is his biggest strength?
He is always putting so much pressure on the defense with his quickness getting to the hole, he is agreat passer and just makes the big plays. He is also a pest on defense and great ball defender.
How is the development of Simon Schmitz coming along? How do you help his game?
He is a good young player that really is talented and knows the game. He is a good shooter and intelligent on the court. If he can get his confidence up then he could become one of the best German point guards.
What is the most incredible thing that you have seen Corey Stokes do on the court?
I have seen him hit the most amazing shots. I have seen him hit end one three pointers and buzzer beaters. I have him hit shots that many players wouldnt even try to attempt. He is very mature for his age and will be a great pro player.
Which BBC Bayreuth player has improved the most so far?
I think that Stefan Schmidt has improved the most. The game in artland was his breakout game. He is still lacking a bit in confidence, but he has all the tools to become avery good center.
Back in the day Michael Jordan didnt even live in the team hotel of the Chicago Bulls. Would Kevin Durant have lived in a castle in Bayreuth?
Hahaha. If Durant would have wanted to live in a castle, I am sure that wish would have been granted to him. But I would have hoped that he would have wanted to be near the team more if he would have been signed.
How do you like Bayreuth?
I like Bayreuth. It is smaller than Braunschweig, but it is very scenic and the people have been nice to me and my family. My little daughter likes the parks with the live animals.
What is your favorite food in Bavaria?
I like this Italian restaurant, but my wife cooks often and that is the best.
Your ex teammate Brandon Thomas recently signed with the Artland Dragons. How happy are you to see him back in the Beko BBL?
I am very happy for him. Italy didnt work out for him. Artland is a good fit as he is one of the best small forwards in the league and he will help the team much.
What is your nicest memory with ex Holy Cross teammate Torey Thomas? He told me his nicest memory with you was beating Notre Dame at the 2005 NIT tournament.
Every game was a nice memory with Torey. He is one of my favorite teammates that I have ever played with. I would also say the nicest memory was beating Notre Dame as nobody thought we could win the game. Torey had a good game and we won.
What is your nicest memory with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons?
The Notre Dame win. He is a great athletic player.
Around this time of year most BBL coaches are in their offices already scoping together new plays and contemplating which roles each player will perform except for Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert who is still looking for a few players to complete the new roster. Even tougher this season is that the Canadian isn't even at the practices as he has taken a leave of absence recovering from back surgery and given the coaching reigns to assistant coach Klaus Perwass. In the last year... [read more]
Around this time of year most BBL coaches are in their offices already scoping together new plays and contemplating which roles each player will perform except for Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert who is still looking for a few players to complete the new roster. Even tougher this season is that the Canadian isn't even at the practices as he has taken a leave of absence recovering from back surgery and given the coaching reigns to assistant coach Klaus Perwass. In the last years the Fraport Skyliners haven't been complete as their preseason schedule has started and it was no different this season as like last season the club faced German pro A team RheinStars Cologne in a neutral area Koblenz and this season in another unusual spot in Wiesbaden, Germany. Eight year BBL veteran and identity figure of the Fraport Skyliners Quantez Robertson has had his share of photo shoots and checking out runways with a basketball at Frankfurt international airport, but for a change he would also be stepping foot on another airbase in Wiesbaden only 26 kilometers away from Frankfurt international airport as the Fraport Skyliners met the RheinStars in an out of the ordinary place. As part of the Basketball Aid international tour, both teams were taking part in a very good cause to help kids stricken with the horrible disease cancer as all proceeds were going to this charity. The Basketball Aid international Tour had received a blow recently as previously invited touring team Northeastern (NCAA) cancelled their 10 day trip on account of the terrorism in Germany, but Basketball Aid organizer Hans Beth and his crew had done a fine job in a very short period of time finding replacement teams for the Huskies from Boston. It is typical that in the past American players tend to visit American airbases to get that extra special US feeling as well as cleaning out the food markets where they can buy and munch on Pop tarts, Oreo's or Twizzlers candy and much more, things they would never get in a normal German supermarket. In the past ex Skyliners and two thirds of the then Bermuda triangle Tyrone Ellis and Chris Williams minus Pascal Roller would venture out to Wiesbaden to take in the flair of American culture or a Jimmy Mckinney would make the trip to Heidelberg to visit the army heliport. On a very hot day that had temperatures in the 90's everyone was relieved to be in the gym at Clay Kaserne as it was air conditioned nicely and after 40 minutes of hard fought pre season basketball, it was no surprise that BBL club Fraport Skyliners had been victorious gliding by the Pro A RheinStars Cologne 77-59. Basketball Aid international tour chairman Hans Beth was pleased with how the first event of the tour went. 'It was a good atmosphere and a good game. It was a good start for the tour. The fans saw many young players competing and both general managers of the teams were present. It was obvious that the fans enjoyed the game. I hope to see them at Fraport Skyliner games', stressed Hans Beth.
For both teams, this exhibition game was just another test for the rigorous upcoming season that both clubs will experience in their respective leagues, but the game also had a deeper meaning as it was in support of the organization Basketball Aid that support children with cancer and the game also gave the American players time to reflect on this cause as well as playing a game on an American army base. 'Playing in Wiesbaden was like having a piece of home. I have a German mother and American father and to be able to see the American and German flags side by side reminds me of the partnership of both countries coming together as one. This was a very nice gym. Any enjoyment that I can provide while playing for military families is great. I can imagine that their life is stressful at times, but it is nice if they could enjoy a Thursday afternoon relaxing and watching basketball. Win or lose, we did a good thing today and we could leave with a good taste', stressed RheinStars forward Alex Foster. Fraport Skyliners center Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) was as usual his laid back self after the win, but when asked about his thoughts about the game and deeper meaning behind the cause of Basketball aid, the Florida native became sentimental. 'This was almost like being on American soli. It was cool seeing so many American families in the stands. Being able to help the basketball aid cause is very important. Everybody was a winner today and it was a great day', stressed Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances).
Both teams were missing key ingredients to their teams as the Fraport Skyliners were without Mr Canada Philip Scrubb and new player Shavon Shields who had arrived that morning and was battling jet lag while the RheinStars were without the services of big men Amric Fields and 217cm monster Dennis Heinzmann as their inside game suffered without them. The Fraport Skyliners started with their heart and soul with Americans Quantez Robertson and Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) and Germans Max Merz, Stefan Ilzhoefer and Niklas Kiel. The RheinsTars started with David Downs, Robin Christen, Andreas Wenzl, Alex Foster and Hugh Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners dominated from the get go getting their offensive sets going while getting their staple defense established early as their aggressiveness was a few gears too much for the RheinStars as they trailed 15-3 after six minutes. Frankfurt got their inside out game going quickly as their big men Morrison and Kiel got easy buckets inside while their shooting didn't lack any fine tuning early on either as Max Merz and Stefan Ilzhoefer connected from downtown. The Frankfurt aggressive defense also led to easy transition baskets as well. At the 4.15 minute mark, huge German talent Isaac Bonga made his professional debut, but before he could make any waves on the court, Cologne got a quick mini 4-0 run with baskets from Lennart Steffen and Tim Van De Velde to cut the Frankfurt lead to 15-7. Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with a Robertson dunk and Garai Zeeb three pointer as the Fraport Skyliners led 22-9 after one quarter. Isaac Bonga was controlling the boards in the first few minutes when he was on the floor. 'Frankfurt hit us hard in the first quarter. We weren't prepared well and need to be mentally focused better. We were unable to meet their aggressiveness on defense with offensive intensity', stressed Alex Foster.
In the second quarter, both teams continued to sub their players in and out giving everyone their opportunity to work on their game as well as further team chemistry and harmony being developed. The Fraport Skyliners continued to have many more options on offense, worked on their inside out game and didn't allow the RheinStars much opportunity to get anything going inside. Frankfurt Got a three pointer form Max Merz and a hook shot from Mahir Agva while the RheinStars got trey's from Downs and Bendict Van Laack. Cologne then got their first solid bucket inside from Steffen who snuck inside finishing with his left hand as Frankfurt led only 27-17. Bonga was back in the game and the 16 year old who measures in at 205cm continued to help on the boards, but his athleticism and quickness was impressive as he showed it on both ends of the court making a quick block from behind on Hugh Robertson and then strolled into traffic and in midair made a no look pass to a streaking Morrison in the lane who finished with a routine lay in as Frankfurt led 31-17. Every once in a while Frankfurt would get careless and the RheinStars capitalized with buckets from a Downs who snuck inside, but overall Frankfurt always came back and had an answer on offense. After the Downs basket, Frankfurt went on a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 41-22. In the run, the Fraport Skyliners got production from Ilzhoefer who had a totally new stroke of confidence and really had the green light in this game as he had that go to guy mentality brewing and connected on another trey, Merz scored inside, Tez Robertson made a steal and dunk on transition and Morrison finished inside for an easy two. In the last two minutes, Cologne got some needed offensive aid form Downs who dropped two trey's and Robertson scored inside, but the Fraport Skyliners led at the break 44-30. 'We were missing Fields and Heinzmann in the low post. It was the first game for Wenzl in 3 years. We have 100% belief that he can become the best center in the Pro A. He was a bit rusty today, but he will be a great player', added Alex Foster. After 20 minutes the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 59% from the field and 41% from outside while the RheinStars were shooting 39% from the field and 36% from outside. Frankfurt had the 17-12 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while Cologne had 10 turnovers.
The Fraport Skyliners started the third quarter with a few turnovers and the RheinStars capitalized on it getting a Robertson bucket and Wenzl lay up playing pick and roll with Downs to cut the Frankfurt lead to 45-34, but the RheinStars would never be able to cut the lead under 10 points. However it didn't take the Fraport Skyliners long to get out of their offensive mini rut as they went on a 9-3 run as the German kids executed nicely with Agva and Bonga to extend the Frankfurt lead to 54-36. Agva was working on becoming that Skyliner beast inside as he scored twice and Bonga connected on a three displaying a smooth stroke in progress. After 30 minutes the Fraport Skyliners led comfortably 54-38. 'We stepped up our defense in the third quarter, because we didn't want to fold. I think that the game was pretty even for three quarters. It was just that first quarter that hurt us. We had more open looks and came together better as a team. Hugh Robertson also hit some big shots', explained Alex Foster. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 32% from the three point line while the RheinStars were shooting 38% from the field and 24% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 29-20 rebound edge and both teams had 14 turnovers a piece.
Both teams found their scoring touch again better in the fourth quarter, but Cologne couldn't make any ground as they were still outscored by Frankfurt 23-21. The fans also got to see some Tez/Morrison show time as they connected on the alley-oop twice with Robertson being the perfect flicker while Morrison was as tame as a Florida kitten tapping home the ball twice and saving the hard throw downs for the regular season. Hugh Robertson who played last season with Helios Suns Domzale (Slovenia-Telemach League) and can decide a game by himself did his best hitting big shot after big shot cutting the lead down to 60-47, but the Frankfurt bench was too much for Cologne as they stepped up and executed as well. The difference was that in this phase, the RheinStars only had a Robertson who was hitting shots while Frankfurt went on a 7-0 run as Pro B player German Konstantin Schubert hit a 20 footer and a lay it and Quantez Robertson made a three pointer as Frankfurt led 67-50. The game was decided and in the last few minutes Alex Foster did some work for his stat line hitting a three and then making a beautiful off balance shot high off the glass. Frankfurt got last baskets from Agva and Ilzhoefer to secure the win. 'We were a bit tired in the fourth, but not physically. It was more mental. The two alley-opp's were mental break downs. Frankfurt played very physical. We have to emphasis to play harder defense in practice so we can be ready for teams like Frankfurt. Frankfurt played their defensive concept the whole game and we shied away from it. We couldn't stretch and challenge their defense. This game was part of the process to get ready for the season. I feel we made a good step in the right direction', stressed Alex Foster. '. 'The game went ok. We still need to correct many mistakes on defense. We found our rhythm on offense today. I feel that we have picked up on many things in two weeks. Coach Perwas has done a good job making things clear to each player what he has to do', added Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances). The Fraport Skyliners were led by Stefan Illzhoefer with 15 points. Mike Morrison (205-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points while Max Merz had 10 points and eight assists and Quantez Robertson supplied 10 points, four rebounds and four steals. 16 year old Isaac Bonga played 23 minutes scoring six points, hauling down six rebounds, dishing out three assists and getting one steal The RheinStars were led by Hugh Robertson with 19 points while David Downs had 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 52% from the field and 31% from outside while the RheinStars shot 43% from the field and 37% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound battle 33-24 and had 18 turnovers while Cologne had 21 turnovers.
Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) landed 24-year old American forward Anthony Gill (203-105kg-92, college: Virginia). He was about to sign at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. Gill just graduated from University of Virginia and it is his first season in pro basketball. He played in the final of ACC Tournament. Gill received All-ACC 3rd Team award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time. Yesilgiresun Belediye roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Okben Ulubay Ricky Ledo Forward: Anthony Gill... [read more]
Yesilgiresun Belediye (BSL) landed 24-year old American forward Anthony Gill (203-105kg-92, college: Virginia). He was about to sign at MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg in German BBL league. Gill just graduated from University of Virginia and it is his first season in pro basketball. He played in the final of ACC Tournament. Gill received All-ACC 3rd Team award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Moses Ehambe (ex Kyoto Hannar.) is a newcomer at Vechta - 16 hours ago
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Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Moses Ehambe (198-98kg-86, college: ORU). He has a double citizenship as he also holds DR Congolese passport. Ehambe played most recently at Kyoto Hannaryz in Japanese B League. In 36 games he recorded 10.0ppg and 3.1rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. The previous (14-15) season Ehambe played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven where in 34 BBL... [read more]
Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Moses Ehambe (198-98kg-86, college: ORU). He has a double citizenship as he also holds DR Congolese passport. Ehambe played most recently at Kyoto Hannaryz in Japanese B League. In 36 games he recorded 10.0ppg and 3.1rpg last season. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. The previous (14-15) season Ehambe played at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven where in 34 BBL games he averaged 13.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. In 2008 Ehambe was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in second round (32nd overall). He attended Oral Roberts University and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball. Ehambe has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012. He won D-League championship title in 2011. Ehambe also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) five years ago. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Ehambe has played previously professionally in Spain (Joventut and Ourense), Venezuela (Guaiqueries) and D-League (Austin Spurs, Oklahoma City Blue and Iowa Energy). The scouts decsribe him following way:
Ehambe is an outstanding long-range shooter; considered by some as one of the best shooters in the world. His quick release and footwork are at a very high level. At 6'6' 215 pounds he possesses great size, strength, and athleticism. He is very aggressive 1on1 and will help any team with his passion. Has extensive knowledge for the game and shows potential of being a great defender through his quickness, speed, and tired-less work ethic.
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