Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, 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 before the game against the Fraport Skyliners February 25th.
A big 86-83 win last weekend against the LTi Giessen 46ers. What was the teams biggest strength in this game besides getting 63 points in the second half?
Just staying together throughout the game and never giving up. We overcame a huge deficit so it felt great coming out of there with a victory.
What has been your impression of Rain Veideman who had 32 minutes in Giessen. What does he bring to the table differently than Corey Stokes?
Rain is a great complete player. He can shoot, handle the ball, defend, read the game, and just do everything that is needed to win on the court. He is already a very good player and I expect him to have a great career.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners. What is your memory of the 79-71 win in Frankfurt earlier in the season?
I remember it being an exciting game. I also remember Ekene having a bunch of dunks.
How much do you miss playing with a guy like Danny Gibson?
Well I haven't had the opportunity to play with Danny yet but I look forward to it. He is a very skilled guard who can score and put tremendous pressure on the defense. I think we bring different things to the table and look forward to the opportunity to suit up with him.
The Fraport Skyliners will be without Justin Gray and Jon Leuer, but have a strong Jermareo Davidson and Tim Ohlbrecht who had 27 points against you. What will be key in getting the win?
I think we have to control the boards and make it a tough night for their shooters through our defense.
Have you jumped on the Linsanity train yet? What has been your take on all of this?
.I think aside from the hype Lin is really a good player. A lot of my teammates are not on the train yet but I hope he keeps doing what he is doing for New York.
Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) of the San Antonio Spurs, John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) of the Washington Wizards, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) of the New Jersey Nets will be competiting in the NBA Allstar day skills competition. Who will win it?
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.
The Fraport Skyliners have reacted to their injury woes at the big man positions and have landed Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (208-C-85, college: Maryland) giving him a two month contract. Ibekwe is a 31 year old 208cm center from Carson City, California that also has the Nigerian citenship. He is going into his ninth professional season and is long, lean dynamic post player with unlimited athletic potential. A talented shooter for his size who can take the ball to the basket and score in the post... [read more]
The Fraport Skyliners have reacted to their injury woes at the big man positions and have landed Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (208-C-85, college: Maryland) giving him a two month contract. Ibekwe is a 31 year old 208cm center from Carson City, California that also has the Nigerian citenship. He is going into his ninth professional season and is long, lean dynamic post player with unlimited athletic potential. A talented shooter for his size who can take the ball to the basket and score in the post and a high-flying finisher and shot blocker. He has unending experience having played in countries like Israel, France, Germany (Bayreuth and Artland), Puerto Rico, Turkey, Spain, Australia and Lebanon. He started the season with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL) playing seven games averaging 6,3ppg, 3,7rpg and 1,3apg. "We are happy to have gotten an experienced and athletic player that is fit and knows the league. We await that he gives us a defensive presence and a further option on offense. He is a good shot blocker and has agood mid distance shot", stressed Klaus Perwas.
Ibekwe started his basketball career in 2003 with Maryland (NCAA) where he played a total of 127 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games: 10.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0spg, BlocksACC-1 (2.7bpg), FGP: 49.4%, FT: 63.6%. He started his professional career in 2007 with Gilboa/Afula/Migdal Haemek (Israel-Premier League), left in Feb.'08: 11games: 11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2Pts 61.1%, FGP 77%, next month moved to Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 8 games: 10.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4spg, Blocks-2 (1.6bpg), 2FGP: 50%, FT: 69.7%. In the 2008-2009 season he played for Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya (Turkey-TBL) playing 28 games: 18.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, Blocks-5 (1.8bpg), FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 57.0%. In the 2009-2010 season he played for Kepez Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL) in Jan.'10 signed at Genc Banvitliler (Turkey-TB2L) playing 10 games: 21.2ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2.2spg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 59.2%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing German League: 14 games: 8.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2spg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 50.0%; EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg, in Dec.'10 moved to Ironi Ashkelon (Israel-Premier League): 6 games: 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 42.9%, FT: 37.5%; in Feb.'11 signed at BBC Bayreuth (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 15 games: 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 54.7%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for BBC Bayreuth (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.4%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (Spain-Liga Endesa): 32 games: 7.3ppg, 4.5rpg, Blocks-1 (1.5bpg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 65.7%. He returned back to playing in 2014-2015 for New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL, starting five): 32 games: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, Blocks-3 (1.8bpg), FGP-2 (60.0%), 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 64.2%. Last season he played for 2015-2016: Melbourne United (Australia-NBL), in pre-season joined Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL): 8 games: 14.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4bpg,
2FGP: 58.8%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT: 73.0%, in Jan.'16 moved to Krasny Oktyabr
Volgograd (Russia-VTB) VTB United League: 16 games: 17.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 59.8%, 3FGP: 32.1%, FT: 66.0% 2016:
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Lebanon-Pepsi LBL) 1 game:
17pts, 15rbs, 1ast, 1stl, 3blck, in May moved to Byblos Sporting Club
(Lebanon-Pepsi LBL, starting five), later that month signed at Sagesse -
Al Hekmeh Beirut (Lebanon-Pepsi LBL) 12 games: 15.1ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5spg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 72.0%. "I am happy to return back to Germany. I have family here. I want to help the team with my experience and energy at the position four and five. I will use my quickness on offense and I can shoot well. They say I can block shots and i have good length. Now I need to learn the plays and my teammates", stressed Ekene Ibekwe.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been ACC Tournament Champion -04, NIT Semifinals -05, Nigerian National Team -05-06, 09, 12, 16, African Championships in Algeria -05 (Bronze), World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 8.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, FT: 33.3%, All-ACC Honorable Mention -07, ACC All-Defensive Team -07 Africabasket.com All-NCAA African 1st Team -07, Israeli Cup Semifinals -08, French ProB Champion -08, Turkish League All-Star Game -09, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Forward of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team -09, Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Imports Team -09, Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Defensive Team -09 Puerto Rican BSN Semifinals -09, Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) -12: 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg, Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) -12: 2 games: 1.5ppg, Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 2nd Team -15, Australiabasket.com Australian NBL All-Imports Team -15, Australian NBL Regular Season Runner-Up -15 Australian NBL Champion -15, Puerto Rican Manuel Zeno Gandia Cup Finalist -15, Lebanese League Finalist -16, and Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -16: 5 games: 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg, Blocks-1 (2.4bpg).
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 forbringing the game to our Soldiers, Families and civilians here at USAGWiesbaden. It was a great game, and we really appreciate both teams comingout 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.
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