Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) is a 24 year old 199cm forward from Virginia Beach, Virginia that will start his third professional season and first in Germany in the Beko BBL for the Mitteldeutscher BC. He played at Mt.St.Marys (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 119 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 10.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 74.1% . In 2010-2011, he was a rookie playing for : IR Reykjavik (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 24 games: Score-4 (21.7ppg), Reb-2 (12.4rpg), 3.8apg, Steals-5 (2.5spg), Blocks-3 (2.0bpg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 72.9%. Last season, he played for Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 44 games: Score-4 (19.2ppg), Reb-5 (9.8rpg), 1.4apg, Steals-1 (2.3spg), Blocks-1 (1.9bpg), FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 70.8%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
You are playing your first season in the Beko BBL after stops in Iceland and Finland. How do you like the Beko BBL? I like this league very much. I took a big jump and took advantage of this opportunity. I hope that I am able to show my talent in this league.
The Beko BBL is a tougher league than what you saw in Iceland and Finland. You have had agood start, but what still gives you problems on the court in the Beko BBL? The level is very high in Germany. You have to play hard every game and have to respect every player. If you strat to slack then you will pay for that.
What is your role on the team? I have to be active and bring energy. I also focus on defense and try to make the big defensive plays get steals that lead to easy baskets. I also am there to defend the best players and make them work for their points. My offense will come from that.
Who could be the key MBC player this season?
I think that it could be Devon Uskowski. He does a great job spreading the floor. When he is on hitting his three pointer than he spreads the floor and makes it easier for our guards to penetrate.
Your former head coach Milian Brown at Mount saint Marys told you that in order to reach the top, you have had to had lows. What meaningful thing has MBC head coach Silvano Poropat told you?
He has told me that players form strong teams are just like us. They do the same thing that we do. What he means by this is that we have to go into each game believing that we can win. I think that we can upset good teams, because we can play as a team for 40 minutes.
You had eight offensive rebounds against the Fraport Skyliners. Besides your long arms, what is your secret to dominating the offensive boards?
Just being active and never quitting on the play. I always want to make something happen on the glass. I always try to act on the bounce off the rim. I use my athletic ability to my advantage from the three position.
On what things do you still need to work on on your game? Being patient and letting the game come to me instead of going out to the game.
How much does the play of Sharoud Curry impress you?
He impresses me in every practice. He has complete control of the team. He demands so much from the offense and is a great leader.
You are from Virginia beach, Virgina. Were you a beach bum as a kid? Yes I was always at the beach and am still today when I am home.
Who were your NBA idols?
Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson and today it is Lebron James.
To what NBA player would you compare your game too?
I would compare my game to Scottie Pippen. He was known for his defense. On offense he could shoot the three and always made things happen. My goal is to play like him.
What was your sweetest memory winning the 2008 NEC tournament? Just winning that whole season and battling with my teammates to be successful.
When you came to play in Iceland, why did you have concern of not being to play in Europe?
I always have confidence in my basketball abilities, but what I meant was that I came to Europe not knowing anything and didnt know what to expect
You like to read book about athletes. What books have you liked the most?
I read the book about the Fab 5 from Michigan. I also read a book about head coach Phil Jackson. I like to read books where people havent had an easy road and had to work hard to achieve something. What they have done is something I can relate to.
Who wins a one on one you or Devin Uskowski? I have to say me. I would win with my speed and athletic ability. We have never played though.
What were the most free throws that you made in a row?
23 or 24 in a row.
What was your most crazy shot that went in? In high school I made a360 lay up to win the game at the buzzer.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
I usually sleep on the buss, but it was the Avengers.
The EN Baskets Schwelm have brought in Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown). Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown) is a 28 year old 194cm guard from Silale, Lithuania that has experience in the United States and played the last two seasons in the German Regionaliga. Last season he played for FC Schalke 04 (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 25 games averaging 11.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 76.9%."We have recieved exactly the player that fits our p... [read more]
The EN Baskets Schwelm have brought in Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown). Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown) is a 28 year old 194cm guard from Silale, Lithuania that has experience in the United States and played the last two seasons in the German Regionaliga. Last season he played for FC Schalke 04 (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 25 games averaging 11.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 76.9%."We have recieved exactly the player that fits our profile.He is a athletic player with a good shot that also has his strength on defense. He also has had experience in the Regionaliga and can be an important part of our team", stressed EN Baskets Schwelm he