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
Chris Carter claims German ProA weekly honour - 17 minutes ago
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American Chris Carter (195-G-92, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Chemnitz and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 13. The 24-year old guard got a double-double of 17 points and ten assists, while his team edged out ETB Wohnbau (#15, 3-10) 83-79. Chemnitz is placed at 4th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chemnitz will... [read more]
American Chris Carter (195-G-92, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Chemnitz and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 13. The 24-year old guard got a double-double of 17 points and ten assists, while his team edged out ETB Wohnbau (#15, 3-10) 83-79. Chemnitz is placed at 4th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chemnitz will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. Carter turned to be Chemnitz's top player in his first season with the team. Florida Institute of Technology graduate has very impressive stats this year. Carter is in league's top in assists (7th best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 2.2spg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American guard Kameron Taylor (198-G-94) of Ehingen. Taylor impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 2 assists. Of course he led Ehingen to another comfortable win 77-61 over Baunach (4-9) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Ehingen managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-9 record. Taylor is a newcomer at Ehingen and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was American Jacob Parker (198-F-93) of Oettinger R. (#7). Parker scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Oettinger R., leading his team to a 64-56 win against slightly higher-ranked Heidelberg (#5, 8-5). Oettinger R. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Parker has a very solid season. In 13 games in Germany he scored 13.0ppg. He also has FGP: 66.1% and 3PT: 60.0%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Brandon Spearman (196-G/F-91) of Trier - 20 points and 3 rebounds 5. Eric Thompson (204-F-93) of ETB Wohnbau - 15 points and 9 rebounds 6. Ryan Nicholas (201-F-91) of Trier - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists 7. DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89) of Hamburg - 18 points and 4 rebounds 8. Dennis Heinzmann (216-C-91) of Koeln Rh.Stars - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Sebastian Herrera (193-SF-97) of Trier - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Marcus Hatten (185-PG-80) of MBC - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Willie Deane (188-PG-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) is a 36 year old 188cm point guard that is playing his 14th professional season and second with BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL). He has played in 11 countries in Greece, Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, France and Latvia. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Boston College (NCAA) and then moved to Purdue where he played from 2000-2003 playing a total of 91 NCAA games and as a senio... [read more]
Willie Deane (188-PG-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) is a 36 year old 188cm point guard that is playing his 14th professional season and second with BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL). He has played in 11 countries in Greece, Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Spain, Italy, France and Latvia. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Boston College (NCAA) and then moved to Purdue where he played from 2000-2003 playing a total of 91 NCAA games and as a senior played 30 games averaging 17.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 78.2%. Last season he played for STB Le Havre (France-ProA) playing FIBA Europe Cup: 9 games: 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 58.7%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 84.6%; French ProA: 15 games: 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 12.5%, FT: 87.0%, in Mar.'16 moved to BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL) playing 18 games: Score-2 (15.9ppg), 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.1apg), Steals-3 (1.8spg), FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 81.3%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Champions League game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Oldenburg.
Willie thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome back to Oldenburg. You don't have the fondest memories losing a Eurochallenge quarterfinal best of 3 to the EWE baskets in March 2013 with Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague). What memories do you have of this series? I remember that we were in the game, but Rickey Paulding had a big game that got them through it.
Who was more annoying on the court Julius Jenkins or Ricky Paulding? Jenkins had big games in game one and three and Paulding steered 24 points in game three.
The most important game was game three where Paulding showed up. We had done a good job keeping him quiet for the first two games, but his contribution in game three allowed them to advance.
What memory do you have of ex teammate big man Miro Todic from that team? Miro was a real good dude. I remember him as being very versatile and he could play the positions three and four and stretch the floor. He was a very good physical player.
You started your professional career in 2003. Have you seen any other places in Germany or has Oldenburg been the only place you have spent time with? I played against the Artland Dragons when I was with Bulgarian team Lukoil.
You are 36 years old and still putting up stats as if you were 28. What motivates you to keep going and going?
I love to play the game of basketball. There is this misconception in Europe that once a player turns 30 that he can't play anymore. I am living proof that that isn't the case.
Besides keeping your body in shape why do you believe that you have been able to have such a long career?
I think that part of it is luck. Nobody can predict injuries and basketball is just an unknown thing. You go to play each day hoping for the best and too always come out after each game without a serious injury.
Often a player's game goes down with age. What has been your secret to having the fountain of consistency in you? I noticed that the older I got, the more that I had to do in the summers in terms of fitness. When I was younger, I could take off longer periods of time. When your older you have less time to be able to come back. You are more susceptible to injury as your body isn't used to getting back to that high intensity.
You won four titles in Bulgaria and one in France and Italy. What drives you on to keep playing? Does winning titles increase a bit more with age?
Basketball is a team game. The teams success is measured by how much you can accomplish. I believe that individual awards don't belong in basketball. Basketball isn't an individual sport, but a team sport. I never understood why they give individual awards to players in a game that is a team sport.
You have played in 11 countries for 14 teams. Do you at times feel like a basketball globetrotter? What do you say to critics who might suggest that you change too much during seasons from one team to another that might be on account of your character? I guess you could say it hasn't hindered teams from various countries to offer me jobs.
Every team that I ever played for wanted me to stay. The reasons for me not staying with teams over my career had nothing to do with my character. In many cases, they weren't able to afford me further at that moment. It was nothing against me, but just part of the business.
You are playing for a team with a rich basketball tradition. What kind of experience has it been for you playing for this team and does one feel the tradition in and around the city?
It's a very small town so everybody knows about the team. There is a lot of pressure on the team to hold down the tradition, but we are up to the challenge and we work very hard together each day to keep the tradition up.
BK Ventspils have a 10-1 record in the LBL league. What has been the secret to being at the top? Does the competition level suffer a bit to really give the team tough opponents on a regular basis?
You would think so, but that isn't the case. When you have the best record, everyone is out to get you and prove you wrong. Many teams find that extra energy to compete against us which is something you wouldn't have thought possible when looking at their roster.
BK Ventspils is 3-4 in the Champions League and playing better than their record shows. What has been the biggest difference in this competition in comparison to the LBL league? The biggest difference is the budget of the teams. In Germany teams might be able to afford 6 Americans while in the LBL league maybe 2-3 Americans. The teams are also deeper in the Champions league.
In the 2013-2014 season you played the majority of the season with Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (Russia-VTB, starting five): 20 games: Score-5 (18.4ppg), 4.8rpg, Assists-4 (7.0apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 83.9%, in May'14 moved to EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Italy-SerieA): 1 game: 2pts, 1ast. You came and won. In the short time you were there what did you feel was so special about that constellation of players?
The special thing about the Milan team was their depth. We had very good Italian players like Melli who is with Bamberg now and we had American keith Langford. He was pretty dominant then and still playing well today. We also had a very good coach.
In the 2010-2011 season you won the France Pro A with Sluc Nancy. How much fun was it playing with diminutive point guard John Linehan? Where do you rank him in all-time best guard teammates as a professional? He is probably the best full court defender I have ever seen. He made guys not want to dribble the ball at him. Guys would be resistant to bringing the ball up the court.
You were with the Washington Wizards (NBA) in preseason in 2007. What kind of experience was that for you and did you feel you realistically had a chance of making the team?
I know that basketball wise I should have made it. It was just the wrong time for me. It was a time when Gilbert Arenas was about to enter free agency and the club wanted to open up as much cap space as possible. They didn't keep anyone. Not even guys from the previous season. For me it was a great experience learning from guys like Antwan Jamison, Caron Butler, Gilbert Arenas and Brandon Hayward.
You won the Bulgarian title from 2008-2010 with Lukoil Academik Sofia. Which title was most difficult to win?
The first one was the most special. We had accomplished two things that season that had never been done before in Bulgaria. We had an undefeated season and reached the last 16 in ULEB Cup.
You put up huge stats in this time. Was this your strongest phase as a professional in terms of your game?
I think my strongest season was with Volgograd where I led the VTB in efficiency was first in assists and second in scoring.
What was your wake up call to being a rookie in 2003 in Europe with Ilysiakos Athens (Greece-A) where you knew that you were very far away from home?
My wake up call was not getting paid all the time. That was one of the reasons that I never went back to play. But loved Athens and it was the most fun I had in Europe. The Greek league don't have their finances in order.
You played three and a half years in Russia. What was the craziest experience that you ever had there with weather? We went to play in Siberia and it was -40C
You started your college basketball career in 1998 at Boston College and then transferred to Purdue where you played from 2000-2003. How did head coach Gene Keady groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
Coach Keady preached discipline and details. He enforced it and made you aware of it. He helped me develop further as a player at Purdue.
What memories do you have of then freshman David Teague? He won the scoring title in Germany in 2010 and once lit up Alba Berlin for 35 points. Did you already notice then that he had a scoring gene growing in him?
Yes he always had that' scoring instinct from the first day that he came. I saw him as a recruit. He was a great scorer and was pretty tall for a two guard which allowed him to shoot over smaller defenders.
Who was the toughest player that you faced in the NCAA that made the NBA?
The best guy I ever saw, I didn't play against. I was red shirted and saw Jamal Crawford put on a show at Michigan. I knew form that game that he would be going to the NBA.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose? I like big men. My top three would be Kareem, Hakeem Olajuwon and Jordan.
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?
He and Magic are the top two most versatile of all-time for me.
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?
I see him at the top with Tim Duncan, Karl Malone and Kevin Mchale.
What was the last movie that you saw? I saw two documentaries Vaxxed and 13th.
Champions League: Monaco roll past Fraport Skyliners - 13 hours ago
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Fraport Skyliners - Monaco 64:70 Monaco claimed the seventh victory in Champions League regular season. They upset Fraport Skyliners in Frankfurt to stay on top of Group A. Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Monaco grabbed an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Fraport Skyliners erased the deficit in the second frame. The hosts pulled ahead for a 34:33 halftime advantage. Monaco stiffened defensively in the third quar... [read more]
Fraport Skyliners - Monaco 64:70
Monaco claimed the seventh victory in Champions League regular season. They upset Fraport Skyliners in Frankfurt to stay on top of Group A. Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed 19 points to lead the winners. Monaco grabbed an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Fraport Skyliners erased the deficit in the second frame. The hosts pulled ahead for a 34:33 halftime advantage. Monaco stiffened defensively in the third quarter. The French side limited to just 13 points in the quarter to regain a 3-point lead at the final break. Monaco dropped 20 points in the fourth quarter and iced the winning outcome. Zack Wright (191-G-85, college: Central Mo.) provided 16 points, while Amara Sy (202-F-81, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the victory. Shavon Shields (201-G-94, college: Nebraska) responded with 24 points for Fraport Skyliners. Quantez Robertson (188-G-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points in the loss.
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