Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86) is a 25 year old 211cm center that is playing his first seasin for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He spent a year in the States and went to Northwestern high school in Washington D.C. He came back to Germany and played for Oldenburger TB before going to SG FT/MTV Braunschweig where he played from 2005-2007. In 2007-2008, he played for Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB) playing 26 games averaging 11.5ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 63.9%, and played also at New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (1.Bundesliga): 6 games: 0.5ppg. He played for the Lti Giessen 46ers from 2008-2011. In 2008-2009, he played 15 games for The Giessen 46ers averaging 2.4ppg, 2.3rpg; and also played at LTi Lich (ProA) playing 15 games and averaging 17.1ppg, 8.5rpg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 67.4%. In 2009-2010, he averaged 4,3ppg and 3,0rpg in 30 games. Last season, he averaged 4,1ppg and 2,7rpg in 31 matches. Eurobasket had a chat with the German before the game against the Fraport Skyliners April 7th.
Congrats on the 87-64 win. Is it still special going back to the Osthalle or is it now become like a normal game for you?
Thanks, well it was a special game for the team and me. First we had to get a tough road win to stay in the race for the last couple playoff seeds and second I was in Giessen for the last 3 seasons, the fans are great and the Osthalle might be old but still has a very good atmosphere. I am happy we got a win there on my first trip back.
How big was this win in Giessen after the three game losing streak?
Well like I said it was very big for us, Giessen needed the win to fight off relegation and we needed it to make sure we still compete for a playoff spot.
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners pitting the 9th against the 10th in the standings. Is this the first match point of the season for both teams?
We started the season very good and Frankfurt started pretty badly, while Frankfurt worked their way out of the hole and is playing pretty good basketball, our season was an up and down. But we are making the right moves an improvements lately, so we are definitly on another upwards trend going into this last month of the regular season, therefore I see us having the upper hand in this game. Every game that is won from now on is a match point.
The Fraport Skyliners will have a lot of revenge after the embarrassing 72-53 loss in Frankfurt. What kind of game can we expect?
Frankfurt will come out focused from the start, and I am sure coach Katzurin has his guys well prepared.
Will the key matchup be Bobby Brown-Quantez Robertson?
Its will be a team effort and we all know Bobby can score against anybody but we have a whole team full of threats so I wouldnt just call it the key matchup
What will be key in getting the win?
Home crowd, energy and focus
What is your fondest Easter memory as a kid?
We used to go to my Grandmothers house and throw easter eggs in a sock. Whoever threw it the furthest won of course.
If the EWE Baskets Oldenburg had an Easter egg hunt which player would find the most egsgs and why? Lol
Kenny Hasbrouk because he is just out sprints everybody.
The EN Baskets Schwelm have added Julian Jasinski(200-C/F-96). Julian Jasinski(200-C/F-96) is a 200 year old 200cm center that last season played for VfL AstroStars Bochum (ProB): 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg, played also at Phoenix Hagen (BBL): 11 games: 1.7ppg. He will also have a double license to play for BBL team Phoenix Hagen. He had a seven point three rebound game in 15 minutes against BG Goettingen last season. He started his basketball career in 2012 with SVD 49 Dortmund (2.Regionall... [read more]
The EN Baskets Schwelm have added Julian Jasinski (200-C/F-96). Julian Jasinski (200-C/F-96) is a 200 year old 200cm center that last season played for VfL AstroStars Bochum (ProB): 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg, played also at Phoenix Hagen (BBL): 11 games: 1.7ppg. He will also have a double license to play for BBL team Phoenix Hagen. He had a seven point three rebound game in 15 minutes against BG Goettingen last season. He started his basketball career in 2012 with SVD 49 Dortmund (2.Regionalliga), played also at Phoenix Hagen Juniors (NBBL). In the 2013-2014 season he played with Phoenix Hagen juniors (NBBL). In the 2014-2015 season he moved to the VfL AstroStars Bochum (ProB): 19 games: 2.6ppg, 1.6rpg, played also at Phoenix Hagen U19 team (NBBL).
Timajh Parker Rivera is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut that will be starting his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball. Thanks Timajh for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? I have been in Washingt... [read more]
Timajh Parker Rivera is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut that will be starting his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Thanks Timajh for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I have been in Washington DC all summer working out with Jerelle Benimon who played in China last season and is on the radar of multiple NBA teams . We have been working out every day along with enjoying concerts and other events on weekends.
Congrats on signing with German team SSV Lok Bernau. How excited are you to be able to call yourself a professional basketball player now?
I mean it just hit me yesterday when I was looking in the mirror in the morning that I am a professional basketball player and it is truly a blessing something I have worked toward my whole life.
Was becoming a professional basketball player always a dream of your's or was there even a time at Towson where you might have considered doing something different with your life? Being a professional basketball player has always been my dream , however I did have a plan B . I always wanted to be a pharmacist however, the basketball schedule did not allow me to pursue that dream because I would not be able to fulfill the onsite hours for certification
How was you first signing process this summer for you? Did you have any expectations coming from Towson and tackling the professional waters? I actually didn't have any expectations I knew whatever the situation was I was going to go give it my all and that's what I will do .
What sold you on signing with SSV Lok Bernau. What was the main reason for choosing this ambitious team?
The coaching staff and I formed a good relationship via phone calls. The program is in a great place right now especially after a spectacular season last year and it definitely seems like a good place to start my career I am very excited
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball?
Not much but I do know the game is different and I am ready to get there and be coachable so I can learn quickly and help my team win games
You come from Bridgeport which isn't far away to New York city and Bernau is even closer to German capital Berlin. Has being near that big city played a factor in your life growing up and beyond? I mean the city has definitely been a big part of my upbringing . However, with major cities comes other distractions and I like that I'll be starting off in a slower pace environment where I can easily go in and out of the city if I want
What was your first impression of SSV Lok Bernau head coach Rene Schilling? Have you noticed that you speak the same basketball language? Yes he is a great guy and will be very helpful
What is your biggest goal as a rookie besides helping SSV Lok Bernau win games?
To develop my game so that I can be effective at multiple positions
Let's talk a little about your game. Rene Schilling said what impressed him most about your game was your intensity and work ethic. If you had to to what NBA player would you compare your game too? Maybe a Thaddeus Young on the Pacers just energy athleticism undersized for the 4 5. Position but can hold his own verse anyone
What would you consider is your biggest strength on the court? You don't score too much, but you pretty fill up the stats sheet everywhere else. I would say leadership by example . I like to make plays that boost the team and crowds energy . Blocks steals and dunks
What do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?
My ability to handle the ball in the half court
You played four seasons at Towson (NCAA) What are you most proud of in your career there? Possibly your school record 70 wins in four seasons? Being named the winningest player of all time at Towson on senior night and winning the game was definitely the most special moment for me
You had many career highlights like your 13 point 13 rebound effort against Gallaudet or blocking a shot with five second remaining against Elon to secure the win. What was your best highlight as a player at Towson? I would have to say my dunk verse Hofstra over a defender who was trying to take a charge
You played a season with 203cm Jerrelle Benimon. How intense were the battles in practice and what could you learn from his game?
.Very intense obviously he's a great player and practice is where he would work on his game so it was definitely a challenge for me which I accepted every day and I learned a lot from him
Benimon has been so close to the NBA, but been in China the last two seasons. Do you see him making the NBA soon?
I feel like this year is his year . Obviously there is a lot that goes into NBA franchises picking players however , he has more than proven himself at every stage and there is only one left the NBA.
How did Towson (NCAA) head coach Pat Skerry prepare and groom you best for a professional career? Just by giving me great advice on what to look out for and continuing to be the guy I am now.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Walter Foster?
If you could chose to have dinner with ex NBA veterans John Bagley or Wes Matthews who come from your town which would you pick? Well I know Wes very well and he's a close family friend so I would have to say John Bagley because I would like to know more about his career
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 NBA heads would you chose
Jordan , Magic , Larry, Kobe.
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand now in the debate as the best ever to play the game? In the conversation . Different era of basketball so not close in my eyes
After toiling in the German pro A for three seasons with Crailsheim, Wurzburg and Vechta, Carlos Medlock (183-PG-87, college: E.Michigan) has finally been rewarded with a ticket to the big show the BBL as the Basketball Lowen Braunschweih have required his services for the upcoming season giving him a one year deal. He showed his amazing leadership abilities the last three seasons leading three different teams up to the BBL. Medlock is a 29 year old 183cm guard from Detroit, Michigan that... [read more]
After toiling in the German pro A for three seasons with Crailsheim, Wurzburg and Vechta, Carlos Medlock (183-PG-87, college: E.Michigan) has finally been rewarded with a ticket to the big show the BBL as the Basketball Lowen Braunschweih have required his services for the upcoming season giving him a one year deal. He showed his amazing leadership abilities the last three seasons leading three different teams up to the BBL. Medlock is a 29 year old 183cm guard from Detroit, Michigan that is going into his sixth professional season and fourth in Germany. Last season, statwise he had his best playmaking season since coming to Germany as he played with SC Rasta vechta playing 36 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-3 (6.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 78.5%. Last season he was Mr consistent scoring in double figures in 29 games and having two double doubles. His best scoring games were against Nurnberg with 32 points and 25 points against Jena. "He has gathered much experience in Germany and helped three different teams to reach the BBL. He has proved he can lead teams and can score and create for his team. He now will get the hcnace to prove himself in the BBL and steer our game at the position one", stressed head coach Frank Menz.
Medlock started his basketball career in 2005 with E.Michigan (NCAA) where he played until 2010 playinga total of 110 NCAA games. Asa senior he played 32 games averaging 16.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 80.5%. He was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League,6rd (9) in 2010. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with the Utah Flash (D-League): 3 games: 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg, left in Nov.'10, in Feb.'11 moved to Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 17 games: 14.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-4 (4.6apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 64.1%. In the 2012-2013 season he moved to U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Iceland-Dominos League), then moved to Club Deportes Las Animas (Chile-Liga Nacional), then signed at U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Iceland-Dominos League) playing 24 games: Score-2 (27.2ppg), 4.4rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-5 (2.3spg), FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 78.9%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for the Crailsheim Merlins (Germany-ProA) playing 37 games: 17.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 82.2%. In the 2014-2015 season he gained furtehr experience with the s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA) playing 39 games: 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 75.4%."I thank the club for giving me the chance to play for them. I have heard many positive things about the club an dmy family and I are looking forward to being a part of the Lowen family. I am looking forward to playing in the BBL and having a successful season", stressed Carlos Medlock.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team -06, MAC Freshman of the Year by FOXSports.com -06, All-MAC Honorable Mention -08, MAC West Division Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10, All-MAC 2nd Team -10, NABC Division I All-District 14 2nd Team -10, British BBL Trophy Finalist -11 Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 2nd Team -13, Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Honorable Mention -13, Icelandic League All-Star Game -13, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Runner-Up -14, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Finalist -14, 15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -14, 16, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -15, 16, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -15.
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