In the last two years, the Brose Baskets Bamberg were able to keep a good portion of their roster supplementing them with key Americans like Kyle Hines, Reyshawn Terry, PJ Tucker and Marcus Slaughter. These players turned out to be the perfect fit as they did their role on the team leading the club to four further titles and were as perfect for the Freak city team like as Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Smith is slowly becoming for the southern team, Mario Mandzukic has been for Bayern Munich scoring seven goals in the first eight Bundesliga games, or the Los Angeles Lakers bulking up this season with guys like Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. This season the Brose Baskets Bamberg lost a good portion of their team adding talented experienced Americans like ex Paderborn guard Teddy Gipson who had great years in Holland and France and Mr double double Sharod Ford who played three games for the Phoenix Suns, but their biggest signing was ex NBA player Bostjan Nachbar (207-F-80) who wheeled and dealed in 309 NBA games. Former Bamberg players like Kyle Hines and Marcus Slaughter were able to make the next step playing for Greek Euroleague power house Olympiakos Pireus or Real Madrid. Bamberg didnt take a risk on these players, but on the same token didnt really know how well they could produce for the Bavarian team, but knew what they were getting in them. Nachtbar played in the NBA form 2002-2008. He showed with the New Jersey Nets that he could be an important role player for the Eastern conference power team. This season, the Brose Baskets Bamberg have a bit more different and interesting constellation with duo Casey Jacobsen and Bostjan Nachbar that have combined 595 NBA games. Thw combination of their diverse basketball skills, vast experience and basketball IQ, it could help carry the team to a fourth consecutive league title and cup title. The question is how well will the other indians follow these two chiefs? I saw Bostjan Nachbar play as a youth. Already there he had an unbelievable basketball IQ at a young age. He is a player that makes the right decisions. He cant only shoot, but is simply an allrounder. He makes Bamberger a lot more versatile and dangerous and can play inside out and is a stretch four. He is more a four, but can play the position three. Players lose their quickness at 30. He makes his team slower at the position three and faster at the position four. It is great that Jacobsen and Nachtbar are on the same team and they are used to playing at ahigh level. Both are always calm in tough situations, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.
In 2010-2011, the Brose Baskets Bamberg the team swept through the regular season with a record of 32-2 and outscored their opponents by a huge margin of 2786-2213 points. They swept the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 3-0 in the quarterfinals, but looked more human in the semi finals needing five games to dispose of the Artland Dragons where they showed their stamp winning game 5 83-55. In the finals, they also needed 5 games to dispose of pesky Alba Berlin , who still had a shot with two minutes remaining, but succumbed to little mistakes and gigantic John Goldsberry shots to win the title again. Bamberg seemed to get better with every game that they played and the Euroleague competition also helped them, stressed ex TBB Trier guard John Bynum.
One thing that Brose Baskets Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming has learned twice the last two off seasons is that one should not change a winning team and if dollars get in the way then try to keep as much as possible to keep that winning chemistry in tact. Last season, the team kept 11 players, losing Americans Kyle Hines that reached the big time with Top Euroleague team Olympiakos Piraeus and Reyshawn Terry. The team added sufficient strength for these two positions with ex Bremerhaven brat wurst eater Marcus Slaughter who left the Beko BBL in 2008 averaging 18ppg and 10rpg after 8 games and athletic forward Pj Tucker. The team got added offensive firepower with ex Alba Berlin guard Julius Jenkins that has won titles and may be still be one of the most dangerous crunch time players in the Beko BBL where teams would rather see him on the bench fouled out then on the floor when the going gets tough. . I think they were deeper than in 2010-2011 and the pieces they lost they replaced them in a great way, warned John Bynum. Last season the Brose Baskets Bamberg finished with a staggering 30-4 record. They started the season with a seven game winning streak and then surprisingly losing in Berlin and Giessen. They then stormed out on a 15 game winning streak before falling on their faces in Frankfurt losing. They then finished the regular season with a 8-1 record losing in a 107-103 shoot out against FC Bayern Munich. Last season, it was their deepness that helped them be so successful. They are just stacked in each position and they dont have let downs at any point during a game. You can't make too many mistakes and if you do they make you pay for it. On offense they had so many guys they can go to and anyone can put the ball in the basket. As far as defense they take you out of sets and make you play further then you are used to playing by ball pressure and by playing physical, warned John Bynum.
One can discuss all day long about how strong Bamberg was last season or ask ex Bamberg guard Michael Hakim Jordan how many quick smiles he can produce that equal the number of strenghes that the team have, but relentless aggressive defense, immaculate speedy ball movement or maybe the most important of all total unselfishness and that has to do with having the right characters players mesh together in the right system. So often finding the right players for a certain system isnt easy, but Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming has the right New Jersey twist to haul in the right players. Chris is a great coach and has a great system and each player he has brought in fits the system to perfection. He has taken Bamberg to a very high level with their talent and his coaching ability. Bamberg has gotten stronger each season and if that continues, one shouldnt have to shy away from soon making dynasty comparisons to the Alba Berlin teams from 1997-2003. Bamberg is going in the right direction for it to be called a dynasty but a lot has to fall into their favor. If they are able to sustain their level of play and not have any key injuries then they can continue their high level of play, warned John Bynum. An important question also remains if the team can stay hungry to keep winning and have nonstop motivaton? I dont think that coach will have a hard time motivating anyone. We play to win. We practiced hard and the new players brought a lot of excitement and we knew what is in front of us. The old players wanted to create history and the new players wanted to become part of history. Everyone was highly motivated to win, warned ex Bamberg forward Marcus Slaughter.
The question remains, can the long time Bamberg players still carry that same motivation, while the many new players should be able to have the eagerness to perform at a high level to extend that dynasty to a four peat. Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder had to swallow hard losing Brian Roberts and PJ Tucker to the NBA, German national player and Marcus Slaughter to the ACB league, Julius Jenkins to title candidate Oldenburg and Predrag Suput. Bamberg was able to keep importantbasketball figure heads Casey Jacobsen, 2012 top European qualifying top scorer Anton Gavel, John Goldsberry and Germans Karsten Tadda and Philipp Neumann. The question will remain how quickly Chris Fleming can construct ateam chemistry with the old and new players. The club brought in Sharod Ford who has NBA experience and was top center in Italy the last seasons. Sergerio Gipson will give scoring input at the guard position. Bostjan Nachtbar will help all over the court and could be the top star in the Beko BBL this season. Maik Zirbes was brought in to bolster the boards and hopes to develop as well as Tibor Pleiss has the last year. Talented Australian AJ Ogilvy also will give strength under the boards. The biggest strength of the Brose Baskets Bamberg this season will be their experience and deepness at every position. Fleming will also have to be able to tame his players with their playing minutes. The team will be a force on defense as always especially at the guard position where Anton Gavel is heralded as the best in the Beko BBL. Fleming also will have a strong front court with Ford, Ogilvy and Zirbes. On account of their strength inside, Bamberg will most likely be more unpredictable and move the ball inside more than other seasons instead of over the wing. The only real serious problem that this team could have is if the team chemistry doesnt develop as well during the season. The club isnt a well oiled team like the last seasons and will need time to find each other. Bamberg is a great team. They dont have the continuity of the last years, but they got quality players to replace them. Chris Fleming has the experience of knowing which players to get. Bamberg will play for the title, stressed Steven Clauss. The Brose Baskets Bambegr return home to the Stechert arena looking for their third home win. They are returning after a convincing win in Giessen despite having problems in the first half as Giessen kept it close, but in the end, Bamberg did what they do best by overpowering the opponent and easily winning. The Fraport Skyliners go to Bamberg with a lot of confidence after the convincing 78-53 win at home against Bonn. The Fraport Skyliners continue to have problems rebounding and will need a team effort from everyone not too look old in Bamberg. Frankfurt is slowly finding that team chemistry on defense and also here will need to play their best game. We will need to bring the same high intensity like against Bonn, warned Fraport Skyliners captain Marius Nolte.
The Skyliners have a massive negative record on the road in Bamberg going six years without a win until the Beko BBL playoffs 2010 where the club of Gordon Herbert won in game one 65-63. In the Ballsporthalle, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a 3-7 record since the 2005-2006 season. Who could forget the embarrassing 81-48 loss in 2007 which was the last game for Skyliner coach Charles Barton. In 2009-2010 the club won twice winning in the regular season 84-80 as the team was led by American point guard Aubrey Reese with 18 points. They won a second time last season in game four with a 69-56 win sending the 2010 BEKO BBL finals back to Bamberg as Alba Berlin American Derrick Allen led the charge with 19 points and seven rebounds. In the first meeting in 2010-2011, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were able to pull out a hard fought 71-62 win as they rallied from being down 60-55 and ended the game with a 16-2 run. Anton Gavel led all scorers with 19 points and Reyshawn Terry added 15 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 15 points, but he steered only two assists. Brad Buckman and Jimmy Mckinney chipped in with 10 points a piece. Bamberg was able to shoot over 40% from the field and outside while Frankfurt didnt have the touch from the three point line at only 29%. In the second game at home, Bamberg won easily 81-63. Since the 2005-2006 season, the Skyliners have a miserable 4-16 record against the three time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. Lin 2010-2011 they lost four times in Bamberg, in the Champions Cup, against Bamberg and twice in Cup play against Braunschweig and the Artland Dragons. Last season, the Fraport Skyliners stunk up the Stechert arena with a degrading 97-63 loss. Julius Jenkins led Bamberg with 20 points while Jon Leuer produced 17 points and 14 rebounds. In the return game, the Fraport Skyliners gave a spirited effort winning in sensational style 76-68. Frankfurt had a strong 16-7 third quarter leading the team to the win. Jimmy Mckinney had 19 points while Marcus Slaughter had 15 points.
The Brose Baskets Bamberg are led by Bostjan Nachbar is a 32 year old 207cm forward from Slovenia that is playing his first season in the Beko BBL. He is a is an athletic all-around player with a great outside shooting touch and high basketball IQ. He possesses all the skills and the size needed to excel on forward position and to be a serious mismatch threat for opponent. His shooting instinct allows him to knock down jumpers from behind the arc and mid-range distance. He can create shots for himself or pass the ball to his open teammates because of his good shot selection. With his athletic body Bostjan can penetrate to the rim and finish with the basket. Reading the game and making off-ball cuts with layups are among his strong sides. When it comes to fast breaks and transition game he attacks defense aggressively and draws fouls from opponents. This takes him to the line where he scores with high accuracy. His good size and smarts allow him to be always present for offensive and defensive rebounds. He began his basketball career in 1995 for Maribor Ovni. He then got two years experience for Benetton Trevisio already playing 20 Euroleague games at age 20. He was drafted by the NBA Houston Rockets in 2002 in the first round at #15. He played in the NBA from 2002-2008 playing a total of 309 NBA games for the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets and New Jersey Nets. He was an Atlantic Division champion in 2006. He returned back to Europe in 2008 and has played for Dynamo Moscow, Efes Pilsen and last season for Unics Kazan (Russia-PBL): VTB League: 4 games: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg; Euroleague: 7 games: 4.0ppg, 2.4rpg; Russian League: 10 games: 3.1ppg, 2.1rpg. He played at the European chmapions in 2003, 2005 and 2009 and World Championships in 2006 and 2010.
Sharod Ford is a 30 year old 206cm power forward/center from Washington D.C. He is a A great intimador inside, thanks to great timing and leaping ability. His great athletic skills allow him to be good rebounder and a spectacular slasher, but he showed to be very good even in all the other parts of the game, like passing and ball-handling. He started his basketball career at Clemson in 2001 playing there until 2005. AS a rookie, he played three NBA games for the Phoenix Suns. He finished the season with Alba Berlin helping them win the Beko BBL title. He played a second season for Alba Berlin before moving to Italy. From 2008-2012, he played in Italy with a small four game career in Russia for St Petersburg. In Italy Ford established himself as the top rebounding player leading the league each year in rebounds. Last season, he returned back to the States to play for Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 6 games: 9.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 66.7%. Sergerio Gipson is a 32 year old 193 cm guard from Farmersville, Louisiana that returns back to the Beko BBL after playing in Paderborn in the 2006-2007 season. He started his basketball career in 1998 for Arkansas (NCAA) where he played until 2002. In his nine year carrer, he played five seasons in Holland and three years in France and one season in Germany. In Holland, he won three league titles and two cups and was a five time allstar. Last season, he played for Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA, starting five): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 80.0%; French League: 28 games: Score-3 (17.1ppg), 3.9rpg, 4.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 78.6%.
AJ Ogily is a 24 year old 211cm center from Australia that also has the Irsh citizenship. His strong point is his defence, with a number of blocked shots in (nearly) every game he plays, has very good synchronization in the air and at the same time very nice positioning which helps him out in the rebounding area in both the defence and offence. Andrew has also an excellent control of his efforts, so he rarely risks his defensive position. He is very aggressive in the court which helps him to "hide" some of his disadvantages. He is an average shooter from the mid-range area, has quite good basketball IQ.He started his basketball career at the Australian Institute Sport (ABA). He then went to the States and played at Vanderbilt until 2010 playing a total of 96 NCAA games. In 2010-2011, he started his basketball career for Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): EuroCup: 8 games: 10.9ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 57.9%, FT: 75.0%; Turkish League: 30 games: 12.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 60.6%, FT: 76.2%. Last season, he played for Valencia Basket (Spain-ACB): EuroCup: 8 games: 9.5ppg, 3.3rpg, FGP: 53.6%, FT: 69.6%; Spanish League: 26 games: 4.8ppg, 2.3rpg. The team also brought in Latavious Williams who is a 23 year old 202cm forward that hails form Starkville, Mississippi and never played an NCAA game. He is a very athletic forwad who can play on the wing or down low. Williams attacks the offensive glass and finishes offensive rebounds above the rim with tip-dunks. Also, he is expected to could grew up a little more. Despite an immense talent and upside, he hasn' t yet a true position and is very green. He played at Christian Life Center High School, Humble, Texas. In 2009-2010, he turned professional and played in the D-league for the Tulsa 66ers until 2011. Last season, he came to Europe and played for FIATC Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB): 34 games: 9.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 59.7%, FT: 70.0%. This past summer, he played 2012 July: AirTran Orlando Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder): 2 games: 6.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg.
Anton Gavel is a 28 year old 189cm combo guard from Slovakia that has experience and can score quickly and in bunches when needed. He is playing his fourth season with Bamberg and started his basketball career for BG Karlsruhe and then played for Giessen from 2004-2006. In 2004-2005, he was a big factor in almost kicking out Bamberg out of the playoffs. That season he played 39 games: 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 35.7%. The next season, he was even better as he played 30 games: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 52.4%. he then got valuable experience playing in Spain in the ACB for PolarWorld Murcia from 2006-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). Last season he played for Svit (Extraliga, starting five), Slovakian League: 2 games: 22.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg; in Nov.'09 moved to Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 36 games: 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 71.7%; EuroCup: 12 games: 6.8ppg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 84.0%. In 2010-2011, he played 10 Euroleague games: 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 92.7%; German League: 45 games: 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 84.5%. Last season, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 8.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 73.1%; German League: 42 games: 10.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 42.8%, FT: 75.9%. The name Maik Zirbes has always been seen as a guy that could develop into one of the top German centers and currently can keep doing it with Bamberg after getting the chance with TBB Trier under Henrik Rodl. He was born in Traben-Trarbach is a huge talent and has been able to increase his playing time each season in Trier. He started his basketball career in the TBB Trier youth programs and in 2008-2009 he played 12 games averaging 1.3ppg and in the summer of 2009 played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) playing 6 games averaging 5.5ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 64.7%. In 2010-2011, he averaged 7.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 60.9%, FT: 73.3% He is a big body with soft hands and will help them under the boards. He is very talented, warned ex TBB Trier forward Chris Copeland. Last season, he played 34 games: 10.6ppg, Reb-5 (7.1rpg), FGP: 57.3%, FT: 69.9%.
Casey Jacobsen is a31 year old 198cm shooting guard/small forward is playing his fifth season with Bamberg after winning the BEKO BBL title with the team in 2007 and 2010 and Cup in 2010. The American from Glendora California is an outstanding player, a great competitor, both a scorer and a shooter. He can defend, take the charge, and he'll get a rebound in a crowd because he's tough. A complete player who plays hard, and plays smart. He played 287 NBA games for The Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies. He played at Stanford from 1998-2002 and in his senior year averaged 21.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 77.6%; Finished career ranked 3rd in all time points (1723), 6th in points per game (18.1), 2nd in three point field goals (22) and 4th in three point percentage (.427). Left Stanford as the sole or co-owner of 49 school records. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns (from Boston) (NBA,1rd (22). He played In France for in 2005-2006 for Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB): Euroleague: 25 games: 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 44.5%, FT: 76.7%; Spanish League: 44 games: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%, FT: 77.0%. In 2008-2009 he played for Alba Berlin winning the BEKO BBL cup playing Euroleague: 16 games: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 68.4%; German League: 43 games: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 44.6%, FT: 76.8%. In 2010-2011 for Bamberg, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 68.2%; German Bundesliga: 48 games: 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 84.9%. Last season, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 9.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 85.0%; German League: 44 games: 10.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 86.4%.
The team is also filled with talented young Germans led by Kartsen Tadda who is a 24 year old 189cm guard. He has been with Bamberg since 2007. He started his basketball career at Troester Breitenguessbach in 2005. In 2009-2010 for Bamberg he played Eurocup 14 games: 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg; German League: 45 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg. In 2010-2011, he played German League: 47 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg; Euroleague: 10 games: 0.8ppg; played also at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB, starting five): 2 games: 16.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg. He is known as an aggressive and relentless defender. Last season, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 2.4ppg; German League: 44 games: 3.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.5apg. Phillip Neumann is a 20 year old 210cm center that was born in Cologne Germany. He started his basketball career for SSKC Aschaffenburg / TV Langen U16 team in 2007. In 2008 he played for Franken Hexer (ProB): 21 games: 4.5ppg, 4.1rpg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg). In 2009-2010, he played for Baskets Bamberg junior team: 21.0ppg, 12.8rpg, had also license to play at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 8.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 61.0%. In 2010, he played at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 12.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 62.9%. In 2010-2011 he played German League: 18 games: 1.2ppg; German League: Euroleague: 1 game: 0pts. Last season, he played 25 games: 2.6ppg, 1.9rpg; Euroleague: 3 games: 0.7ppg; had also a license to play at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 19 games: 12.1ppg, 8.4rpg, Blocks-3 (1.9bpg), FGP: 54.2%, FT: 60.3%. John Goldsberry also returns after a long injury. Goldsberry is a 30 year old 191cm guard from Ohio. He is playing his fifth season for Bamberg. He started his basketball career for NC-Wilmington (NCAA) from 2002-2006. As a rookie, he played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-1.Bundesliga), injured in Oct.'06 and was sidelined for 8 weeks: 32 games: 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-1 (2.6spg), 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 40.2%, FT: 73.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for the Artland Dragons helping them win the German cup in Hamburg against EnBW Ludwigsburg.
Taevaunn Prince(191-G/F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Toronto, Canada playing his rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2011 with S.Dakota St. (NCAA) where he played two seasons playing 59 NCAA games. He then moved to Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2014 and as a junior played 16 games averaging 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.8%. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 26.4p... [read more]
Taevaunn Prince (191-G/F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Toronto, Canada playing his rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2011 with S.Dakota St. (NCAA) where he played two seasons playing 59 NCAA games. He then moved to Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2014 and as a junior played 16 games averaging 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.8%. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 26.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 84.8%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball recently.
Taevaunn thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You are taking in your first Christmas season in Germany. What have you learned about the German Christmas tradition this season? Yes this is my First Christmas in Germany and everything is pretty much the same I have not been exposed to any differences from North America, I'm sure there are some difference though.
You are playing your rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) and have a record at 10-3 at the moment. How happy have you been with the team's play in the first three months?
I think overall we have played well for the first 3 months, but we are not content or satisfied with 10-3, our goal is to improve and fix all the little mistakes and have a better second half to the season.
The ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB are first in points in the pro B with 89, but 22nd in points given up with 86. That is a pretty risky way to play. Why is the defense such a big work in progress? We need to play better defensively, and that is a goal of ours for the second half of the season. if we can improve our defense and remain effective on offense the sky will be the limit for us.
The ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) have been a very good crunch time team this season except against PS Karlsruhe. What was key in the last minutes for losing this game?
Just execution for the most part, PS Karlsruhe is a good team and so are we so in the crunch it could of went either way.
Is it the overall experience that has made the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) such a good crunch time team this season or does it rely also on other factors?
I think we have some big time players in Filmore Beck as he is one of the best shooters in Germany that people don't know about, we have Brian Bulter a monster in the paint, Brandon Lockhart a great lead guard and Experience with Marin Petric, so we have all the tools to play well in the crunch time.
What does the club have to do most on the defensive end to carve down some of those opponents points most?
We need to play better team defense and help each other as all the great championship teams play great team defense. Communication will also be important for us to grow as a better defensive team.
You averaged 25,7ppg as a senior at Missouri Southern and this year your on a club stacked with a lot of scoring power, but your still averaging 17,2ppg. Are you a bit surprised that you are averaging so much?
No I am not surprised to be averaging so much because of all the hard work I put into my game throughout the summer, I am confident that I can score efficiently at the highest level on anybody because of my work ethic and consistent work on my craft
You have had some big games, but then some games where the opponent closed you out better limiting your shots and you lost two of those games. How well have you been learning to deal with patience as a rookie? I wouldn't say my opponents closed me out I more closed myself out mentally, As a first year player in those games I was still figuring myself out as a pro. As a rookie I'm absorbing everything I can learn and adding into my game, patience is apart of the process so I ask God to help me at all times.
How strange is it having Brian Butler as a teammate who is 4 months younger than you but already playing his 7th season in the German second division. How has he helped you get adjusted to the professional life in Germany on and off the court?
It's great because he can help me with it being my first and he has been there when I have questions about anything about German basketball or Germany in general, I am thankful to have him as my teammate.
How easy is basketball life for you when you have a guy like point guard Brandon Lockhart finding you all night long? What do you appreciate most about his game?
Brandon is a great point guard and I am happy to be playing with him on the court, he's always looking for others and making the best play possible for our team. I appreciate his vision the most , he see's everything on the court which is huge for our team.
How happy have you been on your game so far in the German Pro B? On what things will you be working on in the second part of the season to help your game get to the next level in your maturity?
I feel I have played ok , still have plenty more in the tank I think I'm just showing flashes of what I can do but haven't displayed it all, I will be working on every aspect of my game because I am not perfect and I can always improve.
You can really fill up the stats sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away?
I think I'm a good passer, my natural position is point guard so I think my court vision and passing is my hidden strength.
If you had to to what NBA player would you compare your game to?
I would say my game compares to James Harden, Deron Williams and for todays NBA and Baron Davis who is a former NBA player, we are big guards who don't mind contact and physical play
You played your first two college years at S.Dakota St. (NCAA) playing 59 NCAA games. In your second game as a freshman you scored 13 points and hauled down 10 rebounds against powerhouse Minnesota in a 71-55 loss. You held your own against a guy like Trevor Mbakwe who played at top Euroleague team Maccabi Tel Aviv. Do you sometimes ask yourself why your playing in the German Pro B?
Yes I have had some big games against some great completion in my college career, it is God's plan for me to be where I'm playing at currently so I can never question it , I'm confident that I will be playing at the highest level because of the hard work I am willing to put in and Prayers .It's not how you start it's how you finish.
At S.Dakota St. (NCAA) you played with top point guard Nate Wolters. What do you remember him doing on the court in a game that will always remain in your memory bank?
Everything, he was the best guard I have seen in the college ranks and watching him work in the gym and seeing all his success carved out the blueprint in my memory bank that hard work really pays off.
After having a decline in your stats in your second season at S.Dakota St. (NCAA) you moved to Missouri Southern State. Do you believe that taking a step back will help you as a player as you continue to climb the professional basketball ladder?
Making the move From SDSU was the best decision for my playing career, SDSU just wasn't the right fit for me, I went on to do great things at MSSU. To me basketball is basketball put me up against anybody and I'm going to fight and be the last one standing so I wouldn't say I step back more of a change of scenery and a better situation where I could display my talent and show what I can really do/
You recently played against Jordan Talbert of PS Karlsruhe who had an illustrious career at Missouri Southern State. What stories do you remember hearing about him when you were there?
Yes me and Jordan come from the same school, remember those times Jordan was just that smooth individual and always a had worker who took the game of basketball serious.
How did head coach Jeff Boschee groom and prepare you best for a professional career?
Coach Boschee is the best coach in the world, he's a players coach and I respect him for his work on and off the court, He helped prepare my game for the next level because he pushed me to my limits and held me accountable all the time.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Austin Wright?
One on one is my thing and I am scorer so I had to beat Austin in that category but he is the best shooter I have ever played with
Who was the best player that you played in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?
Micheal Jordan , Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James
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's definitely up there when it comes down to it he will be top5 or even top 3 of all time
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?
For sure KG is Top 5 of all time out of all power forwards
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?
Klay Thompson's performance ranks very high because of how efficient he did it and with the amount time he had the ball that hard to do.
One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?
Stat wise yes Russell is a monster and he is in the race for MVP, stat wise yes he is the best player in the NBA right now
What was your most memorable Christmas experience in Canada when you were a kid?
Best memories are always being with my family and cousins, just hanging out and being together is always a good time
What was the last movie that you saw? Last Movie I saw was Belly and the last show I been watching is Power.
Gaffney's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - 8 hours ago
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32-year old power forward Tony Gaffney (206-PF-84, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for ALBA and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Braunschweig (#15, 4-14) 84-76. ALBA is placed at 4th position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. It wa... [read more]
32-year old power forward Tony Gaffney (206-PF-84, agency: Octagon Europe) had a great game in the last round for ALBA and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. He had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Braunschweig (#15, 4-14) 84-76. ALBA is placed at 4th position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. ALBA will need more victories to improve their 14-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Gaffney as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Tony Gaffney averages this season 7.3ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Skyler Bowlin (191-G-89) of Giessen 46ers. He is American guard in his first season at Giessen 46ers. In the last game Bowlin recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 assists. Of course Giessen 46ers cruised to an 82-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vechta (#17, 2-17). Giessen 46ers' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bowlin is a newcomer at Giessen 46ers and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third place about best performers goes to forward Jamal Boykin (203-F/C-87) of Braunschweig (#15). Boykin scored 25 points. Despite Boykin's great performance Braunschweig lost 76-84 to the higher-ranked ALBA (#4, 14-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Braunschweig can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 4-14 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Boykin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Boykin has a very solid season. In 4 games in Germany he scored 13.5ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Shaquille Goodwin (206-F-94) of Jena - 20 points and 10 rebounds 5. De'Mon Brooks (201-F-92) of Bayreuth - 19 points and 6 rebounds 6. Anton Gavel (189-PG-84) of B.Muenchen - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) of Giessen 46ers - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Quantez Robertson (188-G-84) of Fraport SKY - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists 9. Frantz Massenat (193-G-92) of EWE Baskets - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Joshiko Saibou (188-PG-90) of Giessen 46ers - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 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)