Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before game one against ratiopharm Ulm.
Congrats on kicking out Alba Berlin 3-1 and reaching the Beko BBL semi finals. If someone had told you before the season started that Alba Berlin would go empty handed this season without a title what would you have said?
Alba has a rich history and always seems to be in contention for a title, but far too often, it comes down to how teams are playing at that point in the season. Preseason predictions don't mean anything and I would have told that person that they just have to wait and see.
I think a big key in the Wurzburg-Alba Berlin series was that Wurzburg simply got a better team performance than Alba Berlin did and had more guys stepping up. Does this prove once again that one doesnt always need the most talent to be able to overcome the odds?
The only thing it proves is that 'hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard.' It was clear throughout the course of the series that we were the team that wanted it more. I would go to battle with this group of guys before anyone else.
Long after game 4 had ended, you went into the lobby of the s.Oliver arena to celebrate with fans. How is celebrating Wurzburg style different than Goettingen style?
Both sets of fans are great. The Wurzburg fans are just so used to winning. It's a great culture here and I'm just happy that they opened up the clubs on a Tuesday for us to celebrate a little.
The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg now face ratiopharm Ulm in a best of five series. What can we expect from this series?
Ulm is the hottest team in the league right now, they have the MVP and the Coach of the Year. They have to feel like this is their year to win a championship. I don't think they'll make the mistake of underestimating us, and it should be a tough physical series.
I dont see you play as much as Wurzburg fans, but I was shocked to hear some say that Ulm should win the series because John Bryant will hurt Wurzburg down low. How much extra motivation will this give you on the court?
How 'many' people said that? If the motivation isn't already there in the semifinals of the playoffs than something is wrong. Granted, anytime you get to match up against the most valuable player in the league it's exciting, but I plan on doing my job, having my teammates do theirs and seeing what happens.
The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg won a nail bitter at home, but got killed in Ulm. This series could come down to the team stealing one on the road. Both arenas have an amazing atmosphere. What else will be key for getting to the final?
Ulm is such a high-powered offense and we really rely on our defense, but over the course of the series I think it may actually come down to us putting the ball in the basket vs. them coming up with key stops.
If you and Robert Tomazek had to survive in the wilderness, what would each guy do to survive and help each other survive? Skyliner Joe Herber would build the hut while Jacob Burtschi would hunt and get the food. Lol
Just when I thought your questions couldn't get any worse...you go and out due yourself. Haha. Umm since I'm the brain and he's the brawn, I'd devise a plan to have us found while he was responsible for doing all the manual labor. I spent four years in the Boy Scouts of America earning numerous badges from Orienteering to Fire Safety. We'd be good.
What is your prediction for the Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers series?
Ben was trying to convince me that without Bosh, the Heat couldn't beat them. I wasn't so quick to agree until I actually watched Game 3. LeBron and Wade have to carry too much of the load and as we've seen in the BBL, sometimes hard work gets you further than talent.
What is your prediction for the Spurs-Clippers series. Will the Spurs sweep?
Hard to say at this point. They are the hottest team in the NBA but I don't think they'll sweep them. I like San Antonio in 5
Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90, college: Glenville St.) is a 198cm forward from Dayton, Ohio that will play his second season in Germany with the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB). Before coming to Germany, he started his professional career with the Albury Wodonga Bandits (Australia-SEABL) playing 5 games: 17.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 57.9%. He played at Glenville St. (NCAA2) and as a senior played 25 games: 18.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: NCAA2-2 (68.1%). Last se... [read more]
Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90, college: Glenville St.) is a 198cm forward from Dayton, Ohio that will play his second season in Germany with the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB). Before coming to Germany, he started his professional career with the Albury Wodonga Bandits (Australia-SEABL) playing 5 games: 17.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 57.9%. He played at Glenville St. (NCAA2) and as a senior played 25 games: 18.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: NCAA2-2 (68.1%). Last season with the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB) he played 21 games averaging 17.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 67.5%. He scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games and had monster games against Speyer with 29 and 28 points and had a 28 point explosion against Wurzburg. He spoke to eurobasket before the start of the 2016-2017 season.
Lamar thanks for talking to eurobasket. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
No problem guys, I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. I am in Germany, I stayed here over the summer. My summer has been great, a lot of off season workouts, individually and with groups. Its good.
What was your summer highlight this year? Were you mostly in Dayton this summer or were you able to venture to other parts of the States that you hadn't been too before? Actually I wasn't in Dayton at all this summer, unfortunately. I say that because I do miss my family and friends. I stayed in Germany over the summer which was good because staying here also allowed me to stay seriously focused. So its good.
Have you been moonlighting this summer working on expanding your model portfolio or were those pics that you did in Germany a one time thing? For now, I would say it was a one time thing. Lol Im no model man, I just wanted to take some nice pictures.
The Licher Basket Baeren survived and stayed in the league. What was your general impression of the Pro B structure in that you either make the playoffs or you have to qualify to stay in the league?
I guess I would say, its interesting because with that being the situation, you have to play hard until the very last game. The Pro B is good competition, I think its a good start for players to build and possibly move up.
You got a contract extension for the Licher Basket Baeren being rewarded for your exceptional rookie season in Europe by averaging 21 games: 17.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 67.5%. What were the main reasons for coming back to Lich this season? My reason for coming back was for the challenge. From what I understand Lich didnt have a very successful 2014-2015 season, and last season (2015-2016) wasn't very successful, in my opinion. So basically I just want to help try to overcome that burden.
What do you feel did you learn from your first season in Germany that will make your second season even more productive? I have learned a lot, but the most important thing I have learned was the European style of basketball, which is very charismatic, very focused, there is not a lot of reckless play.
This season you will have to do without teammate Elijah Allen. How much will you miss his play and character on the team? I will say this, it will be tough playing without Elijah, for the simple fact that he brings a lot to the table. I will definitely miss my bro, his character period would make you want to play hard and enjoy the game. He's a natural born leader.
How proud are of Elijah Allen making the jump to the Pro A to team Gotha? Do you see him making an impact in the Pro A? I am super proud of Elijah, I think he definitely deserves this opportunity. I think he will definitely make an impact because He's an all-around player, He can do it inside and out, and that is what is going to make him hard to guard.
You had a longer summer then many other players around the world simply because the Pro B season ends a lot sooner than other leagues. How hungry and excited are you about starting your second professional season in Germany?
Very excited, with all the changes, new talent coming in, and the guys that we have returning. I am excited, I am definitely looking forward to this season.
What things have you been working on this summer to help improve certain areas's of your game? Did you put up more three pointers than usual? I worked on my 3pointer as much as I could, considering that I had limited access to a gymnasium. But I've really I have been working on my footwork, ball handling, quickness, upper body strength. Basically some things that I might not get a chance to really focus on while in the season.
Do you feel some pressure this season in that you want to expand on your very strong first season in the Pro B with Lich? I would say slightly not, I don't feel the pressure necessarily , but I do feel that there is a bar that I've set for myself, so I think there is an expectation of me from the fans and Licher. But I don't look at the expectations as pressure, because that was me, just playing basketball, and enjoying the game.
This season's roster looks like one of the better one's in recent years. You have two very talented guards coming in Jeffery Martin who has BBL and Pro A experience as well as rookie K.K Simmons who can shoot out the lights and experienced German Patrick Horstmann who played in the UK. How much does this team have on paper? I think that is great. Plain and simple, we need talented and experienced players to add to the puzzle.
Last season you were a kind of go to guy which could change this season as there is more talent. Would you be ok with a change in your role? What kind of role could you imagine having this season? Honestly, I don't feel like I was the "go-to guy", You understand. So when you talk about my role, I think it's the other way around. If I became the go-to guy based off my performance from last season then I would definitely take on the challenge and try to lead the team to as many victories as possible. But other than that I think my role would be the same, which is to be aggressive offensively and defensively and produce as much as I can.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick? My best 4, I would have to say Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, and Dewayne Wade or Paul George. Or take both of the last two selections and just have a substitute.
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs where does this further NBA title put him against the best that ever played the game? I think that championship solidified his greatness and Kyrie Irving's greatness as well. Lebron is significantly one of the best players in basketball history. He led both teams in every statistical category during the finals except for turnovers, thats incredible. Give him credit. He's a legend, and still playing in the league.
What was the last movie that you saw? The last movie I seen was Law Abiding Citizen. Great movie.
AS Apollon Patras (A1) inked 25-year old American guard Nick Russell (193-95kg-91, college: SMU). He played most recently at Walter Tigers in German BBL league. In 26 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg last season. The previous (14-15) season Russell played at Etha in Division A where in 23 games he had 12.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-C... [read more]
AS Apollon Patras (A1) inked 25-year old American guard Nick Russell (193-95kg-91, college: SMU). He played most recently at Walter Tigers in German BBL league. In 26 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg last season. The previous (14-15) season Russell played at Etha in Division A where in 23 games he had 12.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Small Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Russell graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Kendall Gray (ex Bayreuth) signs at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza - 11 hours ago
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MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (TBL) landed 24-year old American center Kendall Gray (208-109kg-92, college: Delaware State). He played most recently at medi Bayreuth in German BBL league, but left the team in Jan.'16. In four games he averaged 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg last season. Gray has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements he played in the final of MEAC Tournament in 2015. Gray received also All-MEAC Player of the Year aw... [read more]
MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (TBL) landed 24-year old American center Kendall Gray (208-109kg-92, college: Delaware State). He played most recently at medi Bayreuth in German BBL league, but left the team in Jan.'16. In four games he averaged 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg last season. Gray has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements he played in the final of MEAC Tournament in 2015. Gray received also All-MEAC Player of the Year award and All-MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time. Gray graduated from Delaware State in 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
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