After 5 years in Berlin, Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) wanted to have a rapid taste of champagne Bavarian style and got it served twice in the locker room with the two titles Bamberg won last season, but apparnetly now he wants to try his luck with 2009 Beko BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced the signing of Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia South) today giving him a one year deal with an option. Appartently the taste of champion champagne has miffed Oldenburg CEO Hermann Schuller somewhat and so far one could say that he has really done a good job getting his club ready for a good season as the team has already picked up all their missing pieces for the new season making them a sure playoff candidate. Jenkins is a 31 year old 187cm combo guard from Florida that is a Explosive scorer from the point guard or the shooting guard position;
Possesses the ability to score and create his own shot at anytime; Has
very long arms and great leaping ability; Unlimited range on jump shot
allows him to stretch the defense. Last season for Bamberg, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 10.4ppg, 1.4apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT:
95.0%; German League: 37 games: 9.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT:
35.8%, FT: 63.9%. "We have one of the most successful BBL players from the last years with Julius where our young players will profit form his experience. In our talks, it was obvious that he was hot for the new situation and challenge. Such a combination of experience and ambition is positive", stated Oldenburg head coach Sebastian Machowski.
Jenkins started his basketball career in 1999 for Georgia Southern (NCAA) where he played until 2003 playing a total of 109 NCAA games. Finished as the Eagles' all-time leading scorer in the modern era, scoring 1,870 points during his four-year career. In 2003-2004, he started his professional basketball career for t RCE Falke Nuernberg (Germany-2.Bundesliga), then signed for the rest of season: 26 games: 22.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.1apg. In 2004-2005, he was te top player in the German Bundesliga for rce Falke Nuernberg (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 27 games:Score-3 ( 27.1ppg),
3.9rpg, 2.9apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 56.2%, 3FGP: 47.5%, FT: 84.7%. It is here that Bree got interested in his talent and signed him where he played Belgian League: 33 games: Score-1 (18.4ppg), 2.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg,
2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 56.0%; ULEB Cup: 12 games:
Score-4 (17.8ppg), 3.9rpg, 1.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT:
79.7%. Alba Berlin was alerted by his talent and signed him where he played until 2011. In this time, he played a total of 193 Beko BBL games. "Coming to Oldenburg is a good decision. We can achieve much with the new players and old ones. I will stay fit until the start of training camp. Now I will enjoy some time with my family", added Julius Jenkins. Awards/Achievements in is basketball career have been Southern Conf. South Division Regular Season Runner-Up -01,02
All-Southern Conf. 2nd Team -01, Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team -03, All-Southern Conf. 1st Team -03, German 2.Bundesliga South MVP -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Player of the Year -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Guard of the Year -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -05, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga 1st Team -05, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga All-Imports Team -05, Belgian League Semifinals -06, German Bundesliga Regular Season Champion -07, 08, 09, 12, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -08 (MVP), 09, 11, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Player of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Guard of the Year -08, 10, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -08, 09, 10, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -08, 09, 10, German Bundesliga Champion -08 (Finals MVP), 12
German Bundesliga Cup Winner -09 (FinalFour MVP), 12, German Bundesliga Semifinals -09, EuroCup Finalist -10, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Guard of the Year -10
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup 1st Team -10, Eurobasket.com EuroCup All-Imports Team -10, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -11, nGerman Bundesliga Finalist -11, and Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -11
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that will be playing his third professional season this season with the Hamburg Towers. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP:... [read more]
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that will be playing his third professional season this season with the Hamburg Towers. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 50.7%. He then gained his first professional experience with Pioneros de Delicias (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive) before continuing career in Germany. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Deandre thanks for talking to eurobasket.com.Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Right now I am in Albuquerque ,New Mexico. Summer has been good so far, just working on my game, and running a kids camp.
Your season ended on April 30 with Herten as you lost against Schwelm. How disappointing was not being able to keep the club in the Pro B? It was a big disappoint. Nobody wants to move down a league, especially when we were in the playoff race around the Christmas break.
You obviously did the most you could averaging 22,9ppg and weaseling into the paint to snatch rebound after rebound to help the team, but what do you feel was missing from the club staying in the league? I think we just didn't have a deep enough bench. In the play downs we played 6-7 guys, while other teams played 9-12 guys.
How important was it for you personally getting your feet wet as a professional in Mexico before making the jump to Germany where you tore up the Pro B?
Mexico was a great opportunity, I was given an opportunity to do what I love, and things worked out great after to get me to Europe. But the game in Mexico was completely different to Germany. I'm just happy I'm playing in Europe, where I've always wanted to play.
When you came to Herten last summer and practiced with the team and played the first exhibition games, how sure were you then that you might not only have a good individual season but a great one? I honestly had no idea. In preseason we were getting all on the same page, and figuring out roles and what not, so I didn't think I was going to have that kind of a season. I just wanted to do what was best for the team.
You scored in double figures in 26 of 27 games and only Stahnsdorf had your number once limiting you to three points in 30 minutes. Overall if you're your was strict critic how would you rate your season? Overall it was a good season. Nothing less of what I expect, nothing more of what I believe I can do. The most important was that my team didn't do well, and that's the most important factor to having a good or bad season in my mind.
Despite the overpowering numbers, how did you mentally come to terms with the season and all it's loses? How difficult was it getting prepared for every new game knowing that you had to perform well and put up big numbers for the team to win?