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.
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90, college: Drury) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with German team ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 78.9%. He played at Drury (NCAA2) from 2009-2013 and as a senior played 35 games averaging 12.5ppg, 3.... [read more]
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90, college: Drury) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with German team ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 78.9%. He played at Drury (NCAA2) from 2009-2013 and as a senior played 35 games averaging 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 77.1%. Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-ProB) playing 29 game averaging 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1%He spoke to eurobasket after the tight 95-92 victory against his ex team Nordlingen..
Brandon congrats on the 95-92 win against your ex team Nordlingen. Did this game have any meaning for you since most guys were gone from last season?
Danke Miles! It was a special game since I played for the Giants last season. Since most of the guys from last year are also playing for new teams, I was able to approach it like it was just another team in the league.
This game was tight all throughout. When you compare this year's team with last seasons team, do you feel like you and last seasons team would have won?
That is tough to say because last year in Nordlingen at this point we were just really starting to find our groove. So I don't know what would happen if the two teams matched up.
Elchlingen isn't far away from Nordlingen, but how is it different for you living there and enjoying life in your second season in Germany?
Since it's my second season in Germany, adjusting to life here was not difficult. Being in the same area pretty much also helped to make things easier. Life is good.
The game continued to be tight, but Nordlingen gained a 6 point lead half way through the fourth quarter, but the ScanPlus Baskets came back. You were the deciding factor at the end getting a bucket for the lead and sealing the win with free throws. Was it one of those games where you really picked your spots very well on offense?
I always just try and help my team in whatever way possible. Other players were playing well so it made it easier for me to pick my spots to attack because they were more focused on them.
The ScanPlus Baskets have many scoring options, but did you feel the need to have to take over in the last minute?
With the high number of scoring options we have, I don't think any of us ever feel the need to. In the next game that is close, someone else could be the one to close the game for us. It makes it tougher on the opponent when they have to try and key in on everyone on the court.
Do you feel at times more comfortable in crunch-time with the ScanPlus Baskets, because you have more options to run the offense than last season with Nordlingen?
I love close games! So my level of comfort here is the same as it was last season in Nordlingen.
You currently have a 4 game winning streak and sitting a top the Pro B south with PS Karlsruhe with a 9-2 record. Are you content with the start of the team?
Of course 11-0 would be better, but 9-2 is not a bad place to be with the second half of the season starting this weekend.
One of the two losses came at the hands of PS Karlsruhe 90-64. How excited are you for the rematch in the second half of the season and do you feel that you will be able to heighten your game as a team?
Hopefully the rematch will be a better played game for us. I believe we will be able to put forth a good effort when they visit Elchingen. They protected their home court and now we must do the same.
The team is ranked first in points at 90, but 22nd in defense letting up 96 on average. That is a risky way to live on the basketball court. Why can't the team defend better for 40 minutes? It is extremely risky to give up such a high number of points nightly. That puts a ton of pressure on ourselves to be great on offense nightly. I believe we can defend better, we just have too many mental breakdowns throughout the game.
How much of a pleasure has it been playing with American Taevaunn Prince who put up monster stats at Misouri SO where your ex teammate Jordan Talbert played. Is Prince still getting warmed up in the Pro B?
Playing with Prince has been good so far. He has the ability to get a bucket whenever your team needs one. So it's always nice to have someone like that on your team.
You're having a very solid season averaging seven assists a game. Are you happy with that with the many scoring options or do you feel like you could get it up to 8-9 assists per game?
It would be nice to get it closer to 10 with the number of scorers I have around me. Maybe that can happen in the second half of the season. But the most important thing is that we continue to grow as a team and win games.
Do you feel like you could get your TO rate below three this season. How much do you hate those hands in passing lanes when you create?
I believe I can. Averaging 3+ turnovers is too much and not acceptable.
The talk is usually about Lebron or Steph Curry, but one has to mention that Russell Westbrook is averaging triple double stats with points, rebounds and assists. Where do you rate him at the moment just with sheer stats and how he is doing it form the point guard position?
I believe Russ is a top 5 player in the world! The argument can be made for him being the top PG in the league also. He definitely has the numbers to back it up.
What do you feel will be the journey of the Golden State Warriors this season? Will they be able to win the title again and with 65 plus games?
I believe they have a greater chance at winning 65+ games than winning another title. Getting out of the west during the playoffs is no easy task.
Guard Leon Friederici (190-PG-95) has left Crailsheim to join Pro B side Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen. Friederici most recently played for the Merlins second team in the Regionalliga and spent the season before in 2.Regionalliga for Braunschweig's second team, but will now jump up to Pro B in a consistent role for the injury-ravaged Giants. New Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen coach Daniel Nelson hasn't had the start he wanted, but the short-handed Giants have remained extremely competitive... [read more]
Friederici most recently played for the Merlins second team in the Regionalliga and spent the season before in 2.Regionalliga for Braunschweig's second team, but will now jump up to Pro B in a consistent role for the injury-ravaged Giants.
New Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen coach Daniel Nelson hasn't had the start he wanted, but the short-handed Giants have remained extremely competitive in losing six games by an astounding five points or less. Four of the team's games have been decided by three or less points.
Friederici played seven games of Pro B basketball in 2014-15 for Braunschweig and also appeared in a BBL game for the Merlins last season. He had appeared in just one Pro A game for the Merlins this season.
Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that is playing his first season with Gotha in the Pro A. Ke played the last two seasons for Lich and last season played 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg [read more]
Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that is playing his first season with Gotha in the Pro A. Ke played the last two seasons for Lich and last season played 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.1%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2012 and played his first two seasons for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Germany-Regionalliga) and in the 2013-2014 season played 26 games averaging 20.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2014-2015 season for the Licher Basket Baeren he played 28 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 72.2% He spoke to Eurobasket after the big 64-56 win against Heidelberg last weekend.
Elijah congrats on the 64-56 win in Heidelberg. How good did it feel to win on the road again after 4 straight loses on the road?
Thanks a lot. It was a good feeling. We must continue to build off this.
Despite being down 17-14 after 10 minutes, both teams did execute on offense, but did you think that the game would be a grind out game for 40 minutes?
Heidelberg did a good job offensive rebounding in the first half. We gave up way to many. They have a good team and have been playing well this season so we knew coming in that it would be a challenge.
There was a stretch where Gotha almost went 10 whole minutes midway through the third to the fourth without having a single field goal, but still had the 49-43 lead. How pleased were you that the defense became the back bone of the team in this phase?
I was very pleased. Defense is something we take pride in and it paid off last night when our shots were not falling. We need to keep bringing focus and energy on the defensive end to be successful.
Samuel Parker was hot in crunch-time connecting for 9 points and you added 4 points. What have you learned to appreciate most about the game of Parker this season.
Just being consistent. Every game you know exactly what you will get from him which is a great quality to have.
You only played 11 minutes, but contributed four points, one assists and a steal. How much of a challenge is it for you in general to be as efficient as possible in the minutes that you get? I don't feel like its much of a challenge- I know what I do well and I try to stick to that so that I can help my team in the best way.
Gotha currently is in seventh place with a record of 7-6 after 13 games. Is this a position that head coach Chris Ensminger and the team is happy with at this juncture of season?
We are not happy at all with our record but feel we are making the right steps to improve.
The season has been up and down as it has lost two games in a row twice and now has a two game winning streak. Why has the team not been able to have a big winning streak yet?
We gave away too many games. We have to be focused and ready every night we take the floor.
The team has such a good balance of many talented and versatile players. How well is the team coming along at the moment in their development in team chemistry?
We are coming along step by step. We just need to continue believing in each other.
How valuable has the addition of Dane Watts been. Obviously he is skilled, but what do you feel is his biggest asset in the offensive system of Gotha?
Experience. He has played at a high level and knows exactly what it takes to be successful. I think the team feels off that energy.
Your averaging 17 minutes per game and averaging 6,8ppg and 2,3rpg while shooting 45% before the Heidelberg game. Do you feel like you could be doing more in the minutes you are getting?
My minutes per game have been up and down so far this season- One game 20minutes and next maybe 10. My goal is to just be aggressive in the time that I get and find ways to help my team win.
You are averaging less minutes than with Lich. Have you been able to incorporate other parts of your game more with Gotha than you did with Lich?
I think defensively and basketball IQ I have made a huge step but offensively I feel I had a more all around game with Lich.
The next game is against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. They are coming off a tough loss against Chemnitz, but are playing better basketball in the last weeks. What do you feel will be key to getting the win?
We must be prepared for Essen. I think the key will be for us to concentrate defensively for 40 miutes.
The talk is usually about Lebron or Steph Curry, but one has to mention that Russell Westbrook is averaging triple double stats with points, rebounds and assists. Where do you rate him at the moment just with sheer stats and how he is doing it from the point guard position?
Westbrook is on a mission. As of now he is the MVP in my book.
What do you feel will be the journey of the Golden State Warriors this season? Will they be able to win the title again and with 65 plus games?
I can't see them winning 65 games again or winning the title. It will be interesting to watch!
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