When examining the 1993 NCAA champion Henrik Roedl on the sidelines during games , he often has that stoic mimic as if he is just being read his rights or if someone has just surprised him with the statement that winning that illustrious title 19 years against Michigan was only a fluke. Despite his 43 years of age, his facial expression sometimes could fall for an unhappy young boy who was just told that his NBA 2K12 X box 360 had accidently been crushed by the movers. However one topic where he would put his hand into a fire to support is developing young Germans. Since the arrival of Rodl in 2010, the club TBB Trier has been a kind of figure head for the design of making young German players better. It would be a major injustice if one would not hold Rodl not accountable for shaping Germans like Maik Zirbes, Philipp Zwiener or Andreas Seiferth into better and experienced players. Zwiener had retreated from Alba Berlin in 2010 and quickly became a Beko BBL force with the German Mosel team. Zirbes went from a little known hulking basketball project into a bigger and stronger player with NBA Draft potential and now is playing for a Euroleague team with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. We have never had a kind of team like we had when I was there. We have had good people the last two years that have known how to play with each other. It is very important that each player can play with each other. We didnt have that before Rodel came. Coach Rodl has done a great job giving young German players playing time which I profited from. I think that every coach in the Beko BBL should work like that. I have learned so much from him. He gave me the chance to play and let my self confidence grow. I like how he talked with me and treated me, added ex TBB Trier center Maik Zirbes. Andreas Seiferth is another young German from the Alba Berlin stable who in three years on the Spree never played more than 8 Beko BBL games, but immediately last season was flung into the Beko BBL zoo being able to play 34 Beko BBL games. This season, he is the starting center averaging 26 minutes per game. This season, Rodl has another new batch of German players and most interesting with Bastian Doreth and Mathis Monninghoff. Both are hungry and want those desirable minutes and that important role on the team. Doreth had to fight injuries the last two season with FC Bayern Munich and was never able to really break through the deep roster there. This past summer German national coach Svetislav Pesic gave him trust and gave him many minutes averaging 12,5. Doreth has the grit and dedication to become one of the big German surprises this season. Monninghoff is another talented player that has gained experience in the NCAA with Gonzaga and recently with the German national team as they continue to go more young. He is also a player that will get his minutes and is burning to prove doubters wrong for his decision to depart Gonzaga early and head back to Germany. It will be interesting once again to see how the German cracks buckle down and perform under the watchful eye of 1993 European champion Henrik Roedl . Rodl is a type of mastermind who has success making young Germans better especially when you look at Maik Zirbes and the other Germans that have played for TBB Trier. He gives young Germans opportunites and works with them at getting better which a lot of coaches in the Beko BBL dont do. Doreth and Monninghoff will get a chance to play and learn as they go and it is up to them what to do with their pour nifty. They will learn the game and get experience., warned BV Chemnitz guard John Bynum.
In 2010-2011 TBB Trier were on course for a playoff spot, but had some misfortune in the latter part of the season finishing in 10th place with a 17-17 record. The club lost five of their last seven games which was vital for them not reaching the promised land. Their biggest win of the season was against Oldenburg and Braunschweig and they were able to sweep The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Their biggest strength was their defense as they were able to keep the opponent to 70 points or less in 17 games. The team didnt have the most talent or have the deepest roster, but they played with a lot of heart and never wanted to leave the court as the loser. The big strength of head coach Henrik Roedl was that he was able to utilize the most out of each player to give to the success of the team.
TBB Trier built some positive team chemistry in 2010-2011 and Henrik Rodel did a smart thing by keeping seven players from that season with top scorer Phillipp Zwiener, Lebron James friend Dru Joyce, the heart and soul of the team John Bynum, Serb inside out terror Dragan Dojcin, German beats Maik Zirbes, Oskar Fassler and Luxemburg product Samy Picard for the 2011-2012 season. With a few vital components missing, TBB Trier added American forward Nate Linhart, three point snipper EJ Gallup who will play his last game against the Fraport Skyliners as he heads back to the States to go into coaching and young German talents Andreas Seiferth and Joshiko Saibou. TBB Trier had an overall good team. Zirbes was a beast on the offensive glass and seemed to get his hands on every ball. He is a stud that could be an NBA player. Joyce controlled the tempo of the game and was good on ball screens and Gallup really can shoot the ball and spreads the floor well with Joyce penetrating and Zirbes down low, warned ex s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg guard Chris Kramer. With a less stocked line up last season, TBB Trier was careful about not making any defined predictions. Our goal was to equal the success of last season, stressed TBB Trier board of directors Ralph Moog. The question was could TBB Trier match their success from 2010-2011? However the 2011-2012 Beko BBL season of TBB Trier turned out to be a very difficult one in which they had to gnaw their nails until the end, but stayed in the league finishing in 14th place with a record of 11-23. TBB Trier got off to a slow start at 3-6 and were resting in 15th place when they met Frankfurt at the end of November 2011. They had beaten Bremerhaven, Bayreuth and BG Goettingen. They let two games get away as the lost In Hagen and gave Giessen an early Christmas present by seemingly handing them a win in their own living room. After their win against Frankfurt, they suffered a five game losing streak losing some close games against Alba Berlin, Bamberg and FC Bayern Munich losing by only a combined total of 15 points. In 2012, they had been playing like a team stuck in the middle of the standings and even for a time were near the bottom, but the team got some big wins against playoff teams FC Bayern Munich and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Positive continued to be that they defended for a passion and continued to give up little points, but often had problems finding ways to put points on the boards. I think our biggest problem was putting points on the board. We were able to score on a consistent basis, because our defense had been solid but if you can't score somewhat than your not going to win games, warned ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Our strength was our defense. We knew each other so well on the court and everyone wanted to defend well. If you dont play defense then you sit on the bench. Nobody wants to disappoint coach, because we knew how important defense was for him. That is why we gave so much effort on defense, warned Maik Zirbes. Even with their slow start, TBB Trier had a strong will to win and was a thorn in the side of most teams on any given night last season. Our goal was like last season, just taking it one game at a time and giving all we have to win each game, warned Maik Zirbes.
In the last years it hasnt only often been a fight to get success on the court, but also finding sponsors to help fatten the TBB Trier budget which has been extreme low. Trier which is very lonely in the western part of Germany has its problems to find the sponsors. However in an attempt to help find them, the club decided to start a marketing company in cooperation with some local professional soccer teams to help garner more interest from sponsors. Since the budget of the club is around only two million, the team continues to lose their top players to richer clubs as was seen with the departure of German national players Maik Zirbes and Philipp Zwiener. Rodl shapes them and they get richer elsewhere. Losing classic point guard Dru Joyce also will hurt. The question will be if Jarrett Howell can replace him? These were the three most notable players that they lost. They were able to hold Dragan Dojcin, Nate Linhart, Andreas Seiferth and Joshiko Saibou. Henrik Roedl had a long summer building a new team and constructing a massive facelift. He brought in seven new players, but with Barry Stewart got a player back who he coached in 2010-2011 on the Mosel. Stewart could be the Zwiener for this season in which he leads the team. Getting Barry back was the biggest offseason move for them. We missed his intangibles from a year ago and he can score with the best of them in the Beko BBL. As for his role, he will be the team identification this season, because he is that good, added ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum. The team brought in the young Germans Bastian Doreth and Mathis Monninghoff who will be put into the cold water at once to perform. Rodl also picked up Americans Brian Harper who built a solid basketball career in Japan the last years and Jarrett Howell who has extensive experience in Europe. Rodl also picked up a rare diamond in Vitalis Chicoko who impressed at the end of last season with BG Goettingen which rarely anyone noticed. Pedro Lopes is a young German that first will be groomed by Rodl. They recently picked up Jermaine Bucknor for insurance after the injury to Dojcin. The strength of TBB Trier this will season will be like any other season their fighting mentality and never die attitude until the end. Rodl has been known for the construction of good defensive teams, but with this new facelift is back at the start and will need to incorporate that into the new team again. Any team that plays TBB Trier will have to be ready for a hard fought game. The weakness of the team will be making a new team chemistry and sticking with the other Beko BBL teams under the glass as Maik Zirbes was their stability factor down low. Ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum is positive about the new TBB Trier team. They got off to a great start with their road win and it will be important to see if the young players can stay consistent. I think that they are better than last season. They are more athletic, actually run, have a lot of versatility and play together, warned John Bynum.
In the last Six years, The Skyliners have a record of 8-6 against TBB Trier with 5-2 at home and 3-4 on the road. Frankfurt lost the last two games in Trier 74-64 in 2008 on the last day of the season where teams were jockeying for playoff places and Frankfurt ended up getting The Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the quarterfinals. In 2009-2010, TBB Trier played a very energetic and spirited game winning 78-70 despite a monster game by American Derrick Allen who registered 29 points and 10 boards. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game of the season in Trier 71-67 as Jimmy Mckinney and Qarraan Calhoun were missing due to injury. It was your typical season opening game as both teams were nervous and missing way too many shots. The game was tied at halftime 26 all. Frankfurt had fire power in the third quarter, but went down in the fourth quarter scoring only nine points as Frankfurt had no nerves in crunch time to win. Derrick Allen had 19 points and eight rebounds and despite TBB Trier was without top scorer Chrs Copeland, the team got needed production form Jamal Shuler, Brian Brown and George Evans to conserve the win. In 2009-2010, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game ion Trier 71-67 as Ex Skyliner Derrick Allen contributed 19 points and eight rebounds and Frankfurt won at home 71-69 winning the game with Pascal Roller free throws. Derrick Allen led Frankfurt with 17 points. In 2010-2011, Frankfurt swept the season series. They won at home 72-55 as Pascal Roller led the home team with 17 points. The return date in Trier was an exciting battle as Frankfurt clawed out a 69-61 win as they came from behind going on a 10-0 run in crunch time to prevail. Dashaun Wood led the charge with 18 points and Jimmy Mckinney added 11 points. In their first meeting last season, TBB Trier came out with a 64-54 victory as defense played a key role. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jon Leuer and Jimmy Mckinney with 14 points a piece. In their second meeting last season, the Fraport Skyliners were riding the wave of a very strong second half of the season where they had beat top teams like FC Bayern Munich, ratiopharm Ulm, Bamberg, Artland Dragons and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and came to Trier with a lot of self confidence winning 72-52 displaying another trademark top defensive performance as ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson steered 19 points to the win and Jimmy Mckinney added 18 points. This was also the game where Eisbaeren Bremerhaven forward Jacob Burtschi was on the floor as much as Boris Becker had dived on the hallowed lawn at Wimbeldon in his career. The Fraport Skyliners head into the TBB Trier game with a record of 1-2 and are seeking their second road victory of the season. The Fraport Skyliners are recovering from a bitter 71-68 loss in their home opener against the Mitteldeutscher BC. The Fraport Skyliners didnt do a good job playing inside out and gave up 17 offensive rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners continue to do a good job keeping the turnovers down. Winning in Trier wont be a cake walk and the Fraport Skyliners will have to play more consistent offense and give a top defensive effort. We have to find a better balance inside and out. We have to keep the ball moving and get Dowell and Wright more involved. Once we get our shooters going than it is easier for our inside penetration, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Johnathan Jones. TBB Trier have a record of 1-1 and will have more than a week rest and will be ready for the Fraport Skyliners. They lost their first home game and will be gunning for their first home win. Trier has to use their versatility and speed up the game to their advantage. They have to control the tempo and control the boards, stressed ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum.
The team is led by Dragan Dojcin who is a 36 year old 205cm power forward from Serbia. He is playing his third season with TBB Trier and his sixth season in the BEKO BBL. He is a Left handed power forward that is very quick. He has a very good shoot from the distance and can play under the basket. He played in Slovenia and Serbia before going to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): EuroCup Challenge: 10 games: 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 50%, 3PT: 40%, FT: 82.1%; Ukrainian League: 30 games: 9.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 76.7%. In 2006-2007, he played for Panionios Forthnet Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): FIBA EuroCup: 15 games: 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 37.8%, FT: 64.3%; Greek League: 26 games: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.0%, 3FGP: 46.0%, FT: 56.0%. He played for Alba Berlin from 2007-2010. His best season was 2009-2010 where he played EuroCup: 14 games: 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg; German League: 36 games: 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 67.6%. He won the Slovenian cup in 2004, BEKO BBL title in 2008, BEKO BBL cup in 2009 and reached the Eurocup final in 2010 with Alba Berlin. In 2010-2011 with TBB Trier, he played 34 games: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 56.9%. Last season, he for TBB Trier he played 32 games: 5.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 73.0%.. Nate Linhart is a 26 year old 201cm forward from Gahanna, Ohio that is playing his fourth professional basketball season and second with TBB Trier. He played at Akron (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and played with ex TBB Trier teammate Dru Joyce. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3Pts: 32.8%, FT: 81.3%. In 2009-2010, he played for BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 44 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 76.1%. In 2010-2011, he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. Last season for TBB Trier he played 33 games: 9.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg, Steals-1 (1.7spg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 69.7%.
Barry Stewart is a 24 year old 191cm guard from Tennessee that is playing his third professional basketball season and third in Germany. He played at Mississippi St. (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 141 NCAA games. In 2010-2011, he turned professional playing for TBB Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 35 games: 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 35.8%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 78.4%. Last season, he played for the LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 13.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 80.7%. Jarrett Howell is a 28 year old 180cm guard that is playing his seventh professional basketball season. He started his basketball career at Niagra (NCAA) in 2002. He then played at Texas Arlington (NCAA) from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 14.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg, 2.0spg, FG: 45.9%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 86.4%. In 2006-2007, he played for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-DBL), left in Dec.'06: 9 games: 6.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 77.1%. In 2007-2008, he played for Svendborg (Denmark-Basketliga, starting five): 24 games: Score-5 (21.6ppg), 3.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.9apg), Steals-1 (3.1spg), 2FGP: 52.3%, 3PT-1 (47.0%), FT: 88.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (Ukraine-UBL, starting five): 52 games: 14.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-4 (1.8spg), FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 85.0%. In the last three seasons, he played for CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A). He never averaged less than 14,2ppg and 5,2apg showing his scoring and playmaking. Last season, he played for CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A, starting five): 14 games: 15.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.3apg, Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT-3 (46.8%), FT-2 (88.5%); in Jan.'12 moved to Levski Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL): Bulgarian League: 24 games: 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT-2 (45.5%), FT: 83.3%; Balkan League: 6 games: 9.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 87.5%. He won the cup in Rumania and Denmark where he was MVP and won the league title in the Ukraine.
Brian Harper is a 28 year old 206cm swingman. He is an explosive guard at 6'10". He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. He is a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". He is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. As a rookie in 2007-2008, he played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. Harper played in Japan the last three seasons for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season he played 9 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. Jermaine Bucknor is a 28 year old 199cm forward from Edmonton, Canada. He got the Jamacian citizenship in 2007. He played at Richmond (NCAA) from 2001-2006. He played a total of 100 NCAA games. He played in France from 2006-2010 before coming to Germany. In his rookie season, he played for Limoges CSP Elite (France-ProB): 12 games: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 79.3%; left in Dec.'06, in Jan.'07 tested by Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL): 16 games: 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 57.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (France-ProB): French League: 24 games: 12.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 76.1%; 24 games: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 75.0%;. In 2008-2009, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 10 games: 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 81.8%, in Feb.'09 moved to Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (France-ProB): 12 games: 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 93.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 31 games: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 82.4%. In 2010-2011, he played for the : Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 12 games: 7.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 78.6%; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg; EuroCup Qualifying Round: 1 game: 14pts, 4reb, 2ast, 3steals, 1block, in Feb.'11 moved to Club 9 de Julio Rio Tercero (Argentina-LigaA, starting five): 18 games: 14.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.4%. Last season, he played for Libertad Sunchales (Argentina-LigaA, starting five): 19 games: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 60.8%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 75.9%, in Jan.'12 moved to s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-BBL): 13 games: 5.4ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 81.3%. This past summer, he played for the Edmonton Energy (IBL): 6 games: 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 58.3%. He played at the World ChampiD Bastian Doreth is a 23 year old 183cm guard that was born in Nurnberg and is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga). In 2007-2008, he played for : SELLBYTEL Baskets Nuernberg (ProA, starting five): 27 games: 5.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 57.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for Franken Hexer (ProB, starting five): 27 games: 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 79.1%. In 2009-2010, he got experience playing for Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): EuroCup: 1 game: 0pts, had also license to play at Nuernberger Basketball Club (ProB): 28 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-4 (5.8apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 74.5%. He played for FC Bayern Munich the last two seasons. Last season, he played 17 games: 2.2ppg. He played at the recent Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 3.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg. Mathis Monninghoff is a 20 year old 199cm forward that was born in Ibbenburen. He is playing his first season for TBB Trier. He started his basketball career in 2007 for Bayer Giants Leverkusen U16 team. He played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Pro B) in 2009-2010 playing 23 games: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 57.6%. He played at Gonzaga from 2010-2012 playing a total of 52 NCAA games. He played at the recent European Championships U20 in Slovenia -12: 6 games: 6.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 18.2%, 3PT: 35.5%. The club brought in Vitalis Chicoko who is a 21 year old 207cm power forward/center from Zimbabwe, Africa. He is a talented, lanky forward/center who has a huge upside. Even standing almost 6-10, he can spend yet time at the PF position, thanks to enormous athletic skills, versatility, and good feel for the game. He played last season for BG Goettingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 17 games: 6.9ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 57.5%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 54.2%; played also at ASC 46 Goettingen (Germany-Regionalliga): 18 games: 14.1ppg, 10.6rpg, 2.8bpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 52.9%. Big German talent Andreas Seiferth who comes from the Alba Berlin schoolis playing his second season with TBB Trier. Seiferth is a 23year old 206cm power forward/center. In 2010-2011 he played for : ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): German League: 5 games: 0.6ppg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 5 games: 1.0ppg, 1.4rpg, had also a license to play at ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga): 20 games: 15.4ppg, Reb-2 (10.7rpg), 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 67.4%. Last season for TBB Trier, he played 34 games: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg. Joshiko Saibou is a 22 year old 188cm point guard from Berlin that is playing his second season for TBB TRier. He also started his basketball career at the Alba Berlin school in 2008. In 2010-2011, he played for ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): German League: 2 games: 0pts; EuroCup: 2 games: 1.0ppg, 1.5rpg, had also license to play for ALBA Berlin II (ProB, starting five): 23 games: 10.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.1%, 3PT: 20.5%, FT: 72.0%. Last season, for TBB Trier he played 23 games: 0.4ppg, 1.0rpg, played also at DJK MJC Trier (Regionalliga): 6 games: 18.5ppg. TBB Trier host the Fraport Skyliners October 14th at 17:00.
Brendan Lane(206-C-90, college: Pepperdine) is a 25 year old 206cm center from Rocklin, California playing his third professional season and second in Germany in the Beko BBL with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. As a rookie he played with Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins (Japan-NBL): 52 games: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 73.4%. He started his basketball career in 2009 with UCLA (NCAA) where he played until 2012 playing a total of 79 NCAA games. He finished his college b... [read more]
Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine) is a 25 year old 206cm center from Rocklin, California playing his third professional season and second in Germany in the Beko BBL with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. As a rookie he played with Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins (Japan-NBL): 52 games: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 73.4%. He started his basketball career in 2009 with UCLA (NCAA) where he played until 2012 playing a total of 79 NCAA games. He finished his college basketball career at : Pepperdine (NCAA, starting five) playing 29 games averaging 13.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 62.4%. Last season with Wurzburg he played 37 games averaging 13.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 14.8%, FT: 73.6%. He belongs to the top centers in the Beko BBL He spoke to eurobasket after the big 73-64 win against the Fraport Skyliners.
Brendan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on the two game winning streak. Is this years team finally figuring out how to win games? Yeah I think we finally got that confidence back after that tough start. Getting that first win was big for us and hopefully we can keep it going now.
s.Wurzburg assistant coach Stephan Voelkl had a busy weekend last week scouting both Frankfurt games against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and ratiopharm Ulm. Nevertheless, the Fraport Skyliners crushed you and was leading 40-22 at halftime. Did Frankfurt do anything out of the ordinary that Wurzburg didn't know going into the game which made it so difficult to keep them in check? No they weren't doing anything that we didn't prepare for, we just didn't show up to play that first half and we really struggled.
The 0/12 three point woes of the s.oliver Wurzburg didn't help either. How frustrating were the first 20 minutes and was it at that point just one of those days where nothing was falling? Yeah that was tough, but I think it was more of just settling for threes and not attacking. We were being passive and just shooting rather than attacking and setting up good shots.
I can imagine that the atmosphere was tense at halftime in the locker room. What magic words of wisdom did head coach Doug Spradley find to help get the team back on track?
At halftime he basically just said we were playing soft and not fighting at all. He just challenged us to come out in the second half and fight and do anything we could to get back into the game.
The s.Oliver Wurzburg finally got on track in the third quarter going on a 16-2 run. What adjustments did the club make to get back into the game?
I think we just started being more aggressive on defense and we were able to get some steals or rebounds and speed up the tempo of the game.
You really got going in the third quarter getting your share of buckets. Did you feel the need to have to step up? Yeah we weren't creating much offensively, especially inside, so it was important that we started rolling harder to the basket and being more aggressive and my teammates did a great job finding me when I was open.
The s.Oliver Wurzburg continued to play masterful basketball going on a 22-5 run to decide the game. What was key for keeping up the defensive consistency in the last frame? We just kept up the pressure. We knew they had played a lot of games in the past week so they probably had tired legs at the end so we had to keep being the aggressor and not let up.
So far no BBL teams have had any clue how to slow down rookie Shavon Shields who scored 18 points. Why is this guy so dominant at the moment?
He is a very versatile 4 man who can create his own shots which can be very difficult for teams to guard and he's playing with a lot of confidence.
Do you believe as time goes on that teams will figure out Shavon Shields or will he continue to hurt opponents with his quickness and pretty moves?
I think he's going to be dangerous all season. Teams will definitely focus on him more as he continues to produce, but he's still a very good player that will cause a lot of problems for teams.
The s.Oliver Wurzburg have had a slow start losing it's first four games, but have a two game winning streak now. What assets does the tam have this season they didn't have last season that will enable the club to have a another good season?
I think we are much deeper this season, but right now we are just learning how to play with each other. Last year we had great chemistry from the start and that showed with our start last year. But this year it's taken us a little longer and we had to face some adversity with the 0-4 start. Hopefully this will help us in the long term and we can get back to where we think we can finish in this league.
Jake Odum might be one of the most underrated point guards in the BBL. How is his game different from Dru Joyce and how fierce is his killer instinct?
Jake and Dru are both great point guards. Jake brings a little more size to the point guard position which will help against teams with bigger guards. But both guys are fierce competitors who want to win. Jake is still early in his career and his really hungry to prove himself in Europe and to win at every level and that is great to have in a teammate.
You battled against German national player Johannes Voigtmann last season and now you have his little brother Georg as a teammate. How have you been helping him in practice most and does he have the game to become a solid BBL player. For his size he is one of the most skilled big men I've seen. The one big key for him is just the physicality at the BBL level. It's great for him to battle every day in practice especially against a veteran like Kreso who challenges him physically. I think he will definitely be a solid BBL player at some point.
This was with the game against FC Bayern Munich your best game of the season as you gave the word efficient a new meaning once again. Do you feel any pressure at all when you know the three isn't6 falling for the team that you have to produce well quickly at a consistent rate?
I don't really feel any extra pressure when that happens, but I do look to be more aggressive and put some pressure on the other team inside.
After having a very good first season in the BBL, you are looking to take the next step as a player this season. What do you believe helped your game last season that will enable you to take it to the next level this season?
Last season I was very successful in getting good position inside and creating easy shots for myself. I think having the experience in this league now will only make me better at finding those openings in the defense.
Besides having a successful season, what is your main goal to achieve on the court this season in your game that will help you make the next step in your grooming as a player?
My main goal is to be consistent the whole season. Last year we tapered off at the end of the season and this year I want to continue playing well all the way through the end of the season.
Kevin Garnett has retired. Where do you believe does his legacy stand when comparing him to the greatest power forwards of all-time?
He is definitely one of the greatest power forwards. He was dominant for so long and was always a winner. One of the fiercest competitors ever.
What was the last movie that you saw? The last movie I saw was Secret in their eyes.
Eugene Harris (185-PG-86, college: High Point) is a 29 year old 193cm point guard from Pittsburgh and is playing his sixth professional season and first in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. Last season he played for Siarka Tarnobrzeg (Poland-TBL): 13 games: 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 32.6%, 3FGP: 25.4%, left in Jan.'16, later that month moved to KTE-Duna Aszfalt (Hungary-A Division): 11 games: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.0%. He started his basketba... [read more]
Eugene Harris (185-PG-86, college: High Point) is a 29 year old 193cm point guard from Pittsburgh and is playing his sixth professional season and first in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. Last season he played for Siarka Tarnobrzeg (Poland-TBL): 13 games: 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 32.6%, 3FGP: 25.4%, left in Jan.'16, later that month moved to KTE-Duna Aszfalt (Hungary-A Division): 11 games: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.0%. He started his basketball career in 2006 with High Point (NCAA) where he played until 2010 playing a total of 121 NCAA games. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 87.5%.In his first five professional seasons, he has gained vast experience having played in countries like Lithuania, Georgia, Cyprus, Macedonia, and Ukraine. He spoke to eurobasket shortly after signing with Hanau last summer.
Eugene thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome to Germany. Congrats on signing with Pro A team Hebeisen White Wings. You have played in many countries in Europe, but this will be your first season in Germany. What ties do you to Germany in general and what do you know about the country and it's basketball? I actually know a couple of guys that played in this country so I'm pretty familiar with what to expect here
You are going to play your fifth professional country and Germany is your eighth country. Do you at times feel like a basketball globetrotter? Yes sometimes I do feel that way but it has its advantages I've had great experiences and met great people along the way on and off the court!
How did the contact come about to the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau? You stated that I am glad to be around dynamic people that are working for a goal and seeking success. How vital was the professionalism of the club for you signing on the dotted line?
My agent and Head coach of Hanau being in contact with each other in which interest was shown in me It was extremely vital one of the most important components in having a successful season, this team has a very motivated head coach and coaching staff that emphasizes the importance of improving my overall skills to the smallest details which was important to me.
You have played for seven professional teams in seven different countries, but what do the Hebeisen White Wings have as an organization that you haven't experienced yet as a professional? I think a coaching staff that loves the game of basketball along with a player development coach that really is committed to getting the individual better
What do you respect most about head coach Simon Cote in the short time that you have been with the club? His willingness to maximize the potential of the group of guys he signed this year. That is the biggest aspect I've notice so far along with the communication that he requires with every player on and off the court "small details matter"
You have belonged to the top import players in many countries where you have played, but that first professional title has still eluded you. Does that desire to win that chip grow with every passing year? Yes it does because of the opportunity it creates for my teammates and organization so winning that 'chip' this year is vital
In the past with other professional teams you often were the main offensive force, but with Hanau there will be more scoring weapons. Do you see yourself being more of a playmaker this season than in the past and do you see yourself becoming more of an assist man this season? Yes I see myself playing a bigger role doing both and finding that balance between finding my guys and scoring.
Let's talk a little about your game. You're an All around guard, who can do everything on the court- handle the ball, assist to his teammates, run the fast break, penetrate inside, shoot from the perimeter or off the dribble and are a good defender. What do you consider your biggest asset on the court? I think it varies based of situation being able to shoot the ball and read the game pick n roll etc.
If you had to compare your style of game to a NBA player which player would you pick? I like to study the game and different players from NBA to Europe I will let you guys make the comparisons
You can fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court? Interesting question I think being a vocal leader getting players in the right spot
Last season you played in Poland and Hungary and it was kind of a season to forget. Your stats were down and you had to change clubs. What did you learn from last season that will help you with future decisions?
No I will always remember it. I want to remember it. I learned a lot from last year the main thing is learning how to adapt to any situation regardless of circumstances is the main thing!
As a rookie you played with Naglis-Adakris Palangos (Lithuania-LKL) and Sokhumi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague). What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home Pittsburgh?
Being a professional in all aspects eating the right things, watching film, stretching just a few things you have to do all by yourself unlike in college where you had coaches making you do it.
You had possibly your best offensive season two years ago with SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk (Ukraine-Superleague) playing 29 games: Score-3 (16.8ppg), 3.0rpg, 5.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 77.0%. Did this season give you the satisfaction that you could be a top player in probably the strongest league that you had played in as a professional? I played well but my focus was winning games and continuing to prove myself in the years ahead was my main focus honestly
You had a great college career at High Point finishing career ranked 13th in all-time scoring at HPU, with 1,411 points in 121 career games, an average of 11.7 ... HPU's all-time leader in three-pointers made (283) and attempted (777), ranked second all-time in career games (121) and starts (93), fifth in career assists (263) and steals (129). What is your most cherished moment that you had in your four year career there? Hitting Game winners on the road in hostile environments and also winning! at the time we were the all time winningest team and that was big for the university!
How did head coach Bart Lundy groom and prepare you best for a professional career at High Point? Very tough nose coach who gave me a lot of responsibility as soon as I stepped on campus as a freshmen and that motivated me every day to not let only him down but my teammates also, which helped me grow into a leader on the floor.
Your ex teammate Arizona Reid is still going strong and is more of a globetrotter than you as he has played in 10 countries throughout his professional career. When you look at his career do you ever wonder how strange the basketball business can be. He was one of the top players in the Big South with 23/11 stats as a senior, but never played for top level teams in Europe. Knowing Arizona Personally I have a better understanding of the direction he wants to take and how he views Europe etc He is one of the best players I've ever played with and He's been extremely successful everywhere he's played producing relatively close to the same stats you mentioned above. It will happen in due time for him! In the mean time he's having a lot of financial success in other markets as well!
Who was the toughest player that you battled against in the NCAA that went to the NBA?
Ty Lawson played well against us
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick? Mike Jordan, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlin , Hakeem Olajuwon
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? Right now maybe top 10
What was the last movie that you saw? Purge "Election Year.
After Herten swiped up two players from Grevenbroich, they have done the same taking Jan Petrovcic (202-C-90, college: SE Louisiana) who comes from Herten. Petrovcic is a 26 yera old 202cm center from Slovenia with much expereince in Germany as he will be going into his thrid season here. With the Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Regionalliga) he played 5 games: 2.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2spg. He played two seasons with Nordlingen for head coach Mario Matic from 2014-2016 and in his first seas... [read more]
After Herten swiped up two players from Grevenbroich, they have done the same taking Jan Petrovcic (202-C-90, college: SE Louisiana) who comes from Herten. Petrovcic is a 26 yera old 202cm center from Slovenia with much expereince in Germany as he will be going into his thrid season here. With the Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Regionalliga) he played 5 games: 2.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2spg. He played two seasons with Nordlingen for head coach Mario Matic from 2014-2016 and in his first season played 26 Regionaliga games games: 9.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 61.9%, FT: 55.1%. Last season he played Pro B with Nordlingen playing 24 games: 3.4ppg, 3.8rpg. Before coming to Germany he played four years in the States with SE Louisiana (NCAA) amassing 43 NCAA games and two years with Vincennes Univ. (JUCO) playing 60 games. He also had had experience in Slovenia. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Slovenian 1B Runner-Up -07, Eurobasket.com Slovenian 1B All-Newcomers Team -08, Slovenian U18 National Team -08, Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Newcomers Team -09, Southland Conf. Tournament Semifinals -13, German Regionalliga (South-East Group) Champion -15, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -16.
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