Adonte Parker (183-PG-89, college: Dayton) is a 23 year old 183cm point guard from Harvey, Illinois that is playing his rookie season in Germany for PRO B team Bayer Giants Leverkusen. He played at Drake from 2007-2009 and then played for Dayton (NCAA) from 2010-1012. He played a total of 130 NCAA games. Currently he is tearing up the German PRO B. He spoke to eurobasket about his rookie season.
Josh welcome to Germany. On the court you have had no adjusting to do, but how have you adjusted to the German way of life?
Thank you I am so glad to be here! I have been adjusting to the German way of life pretty good. Germany is really Americanized and easy to adjust most of the people here speak English so it has been a smooth transition for me.
The team currently has a record of 3-4. What has been the main reasons for the 3-4 start?
Its been some ups and downs through the season like every team and with our team we lost some very close games that could have easily went our way that was unfortunate. With a team it always take some time to get familiar with everyone and now I feel like we are getting a pretty good feel for one another and starting to play well together.
In the first seven games you are averaging 30,1ppg, 7,1apg and 3,7rpg. Have you been surprised by your total domination in the German PRO B?
I have been blessed to be able to play the way I have been playing just worked hard as I can over the Summer to improve my game and just constantly trying to get better. I really give all the credit to my team and coach. They have given me a great opportunity to play the game the way I know how to play it and it has really helped me improve through the course of my time here. So I really give them most of the credit for this start!
Does it feel like you are a man playing with little kids?
(Haha) Not at all!!! There is some great competition at this level. Players and teams come to win every night so its been great to be able to compete with guys that want to win and get better. Im just like one of them trying to improve and get better each game.
How would you describe the PRO B compared to the NCAA? Is your experience in the NCAA paying dividends being able to play so well in the German PRO B? There are some comparisons with Pro B and NCAA. Some of them include the way coaches prepare for games with the scouting reports, and practices they want to win just like the players. Also the way teams compete every night they want to win and have a chance to make the playoffs similarly to NCAA where your record reflects where you are positioned in the post season whether its NCAA, NIT, or any other post season tourneys. So there are many more comparisons but those are the main one I have. Yes playing in the NCAA has really helped me prepare myself for the Pro B. Playing against some of the top competition in the NCAA every night, practices, workouts, film etc. has really prepared for this level and I wouldnt trade that experience for nothing.
You can light up the scoreboard, but also have a sense for setting up your teammates. Are you more a scoring point guard or more the classical point guard?
I am more of a scoring point guard that has the ability to create for my team! Growing up in Chicago a point guard always had to have the ability to score while also making his teammates better, and I feel like my game is a reflection of that.
What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away? The strength of my game that doesnt get noticed right away is my passing ability. People say I can shoot, handle the ball or score but doesnt notice my passing right away. I take pride in passing the ball as I continue to grow as a player I would like for that to be noticed more also.
Bayer Giants Leverkusen head coach Achim Kuczmann has lauded you that you are one of the three best players that he has ever coached and he has coached top players. How proud does that make you to get lauded like that after such a short time in Germany?
Thats an honor to be a part of that group and to have a coach that has coached many great players, and for him to say that about me words cant even describe the feeling it means a lot to me!
What is your relationship like to Achim Kuczmann? How has he helped you adjust to the style in Germany and your game?
Our relationship is very close! Just the short time I have been here he have really been an intricate part in my success, helping me adjust to the style of play, telling me what I need to do to get better every day, and just being there for me not only on the court but off the court as well and Im just really blessed to have a coach like him!
There is an interesting parallel between you and ex teammate Josh Young of Drake. He played in Leverkusen two season ago and had great stats and made the jump to the Beko BBL. Is it too early to think about making a jump like this? Playing in the BBL is definitely a goal that I have for myself but right now Im just focused on getting better, making my team better, and reaching the goals we have as a team.
On what things do you still need to improve on your game?
I feel like I still need to improve on my decision making at times and I always want to improve on the defensive side of the ball. I feel like these two areas will really help improve my game.
To what NBA player would you describe your game too? I would describe my game to Derrick Rose. I watch him all the time we play the same type of style and both are from Chicago of course. I just love the way he can score while also getting his teammates involved, and how he keep defenses honest. He is a great player.
You played at Drake. What are your fondest memories of Josh Young? What did you respect most about him?
I have a lot of fond memories of Josh good and bad (haha) Im just kidding. Josh is great guy that works hard no matter what the day is. He is always trying to improve and thats what really brought us close. One of my favorite memories of him was it was one game I dont remember against who but me and Josh was going back and forth scoring it was crazy. The announcer would stumble over his words because he kept saying Josh Young for three then next Adonte Parker and it kept going back and forth so he just started saying the Joshs are going to work (haha) it was funny but great! So I just respected how he handles himself on and off the court he is one of a kind.
Who wins a three point shooting contest in practice if you were to have one, you or sharp shooting German Mathias Goddek?
I would say me of course but Matthias would say that same thing (haha) its funny because every time we are in practice and we are doing shooting drills him and I always compete against each other to see who makes the most every time so its good. Matthias can really shoot its amazing Im glad I have him on my team!!
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
The best player that I played against was Derrick Rose I didnt play him in the NCAA but I played him multiple times in high school so I have to say him.
You played the last two seasons at Dayton. Brian Roberts who plays for the Hornets played there some years ago. What stories do you remember hearing about him at Dayton?
There were a lot of stories that I heard about B Rob he can really play!! I heard that there was barely anyone that could stop him in college. I played against him in pick up games in the summers he would always come back and play with us so I know him really well. He is a great guy and player.
What have been the most free throws that you have made in a row without missing in practice?
I have made 80 free throws in a row before in practice at Dayton.
What has been your most crazy shot that you have made in your career? The craziest shot I have ever made was a one handed throw from the opposite free throw line of my basket at the buzzer it was crazy I couldnt believe I had made it.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw? The last DVD I saw was the Ultimate Micheal Jordan film watched it with some of my teammates.
If Alex Ruoff (198-G/F-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) were a contestant on "Who wants to be a millionare" and the show wanted to come up with the perfect million dollar question that would stump him, the question would be as follows with "Where is your favorite home A.Spring Hill, Florida, B. Morgantown, Virgina, C.Aalst, Belgium or D. Goettingen?. These are all places that the American has been able to call home in his lifetime and he probably would have problems answ... [read more]
If Alex Ruoff (198-G/F-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) were a contestant on "Who wants to be a millionare" and the show wanted to come up with the perfect million dollar question that would stump him, the question would be as follows with "Where is your favorite home A.Spring Hill, Florida, B. Morgantown, Virgina, C.Aalst, Belgium or D. Goettingen?. These are all places that the American has been able to call home in his lifetime and he probably would have problems answering the question since he has cherished memories in all four. In order to please fans and management now, he might answer D simply becuase he is returning back to an old stomping ground with BG Goettingen where he played from 2013-2015 helping the team return back to the BBL in 2015. The club gane him a contract until the end of the season. Ruoff is a 30 year old 198cm forward that is playing his eighth professional season and started with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) where he played 5 BBL games averaging 11,2ppg, 3,2rpg and 3,2apg. He and the club decided to terminate the contract last week. BG Goettingen is more than pleased to get one of the top BBL players back. "It says a lot for the club that after Khalid El Amin and Harper Kamp also Alex Ruoff returned.He play many positions and will be involved like he was two years ago", stressed head coach Johan Roijakkers.
Ruoff started his basketball career in 2005 with W.Virginia (NCAA) where he played until 2009 playing a total of 127 NCAA games. He started his professional career in 2009 with Belgacom Liege Basket (Belgium-D1) EuroChallenge: 12 games: 10.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 75.0%; Belgian League: 37 games: 6.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 78.4%. In the 2010-2011 season he remained with Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1) playing 37 games: 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 83.9%. In the 2011-201 season he played a third season there with
Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1) playing EuroChallenge: 3 games: 12.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.3apg; Belgian League: 9 games: 9.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 90.9%. In the 2012-2013 season he got expereince in the D-league with the Canton Charge (D-League): 24 games: 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 84.0%, in Mar.'13 signed at Iowa Energy (D-League): 11 games: 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg,
FGP: 67.6%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 72.2%, in Apr.'13 moved to Generali Okapi
Aalstar (Belgium-Ethias League) 10 games: 9.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 85.7%. In 2013-2014 he came to Germany to BG Goettingen (Germany-ProA) playing 38 games: 17.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 82.2%. In the 2014-2015 season he played a second with BG Goettingen (Germany-BBL) playing 28 games: Score-5 (14.8ppg), 4.1rpg, 5.1apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 83.0%. Last season he played with Dominion Bilbao Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa): 32 games: 6.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 90.5%; Eurocup: 16 games: 9.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 76.0%.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been NCAA Sweet 16 -06, 08, William Jones Cup Tournament -07, Academic All-America 3rd Team -08, Big East Tournament Semifinals -08, 09, NIT Champion -07, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America 1st Team (University Division) -09, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II Team (University Division) -09, All-Big East Honorable Mention -09, Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year -09, Big East Sportsmanship Award -09, NCAA DI All-Star Game -09, Belgian Supercup Winner -09, Belgian League Regular Season Champion -10, Belgian League Finalist -10, 11, Belgian League Regular Season Runner-Up -11, Belgian League Semifinals -13, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -14, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -14, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -14, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 3rd Team -15, and Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) Semifinals -16.
The Fraport Skyliners have reacted to their injury woes at the big man positions and have landed Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (208-C-85, college: Maryland) giving him a two month contract. Ibekwe is a 31 year old 208cm center from Carson City, California that also has the Nigerian citenship. He is going into his ninth professional season and is long, lean dynamic post player with unlimited athletic potential. A talented shooter for his size who can take the ball to the basket and score in the post... [read more]
The Fraport Skyliners have reacted to their injury woes at the big man positions and have landed Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (208-C-85, college: Maryland) giving him a two month contract. Ibekwe is a 31 year old 208cm center from Carson City, California that also has the Nigerian citenship. He is going into his ninth professional season and is long, lean dynamic post player with unlimited athletic potential. A talented shooter for his size who can take the ball to the basket and score in the post and a high-flying finisher and shot blocker. He has unending experience having played in countries like Israel, France, Germany (Bayreuth and Artland), Puerto Rico, Turkey, Spain, Australia and Lebanon. He started the season with CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL) playing seven games averaging 6,3ppg, 3,7rpg and 1,3apg. "We are happy to have gotten an experienced and athletic player that is fit and knows the league. We await that he gives us a defensive presence and a further option on offense. He is a good shot blocker and has agood mid distance shot", stressed Klaus Perwas.
Ibekwe started his basketball career in 2003 with Maryland (NCAA) where he played a total of 127 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games: 10.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0spg, BlocksACC-1 (2.7bpg), FGP: 49.4%, FT: 63.6%. He started his professional career in 2007 with Gilboa/Afula/Migdal Haemek (Israel-Premier League), left in Feb.'08: 11games: 11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2Pts 61.1%, FGP 77%, next month moved to Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB, starting five): 8 games: 10.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4spg, Blocks-2 (1.6bpg), 2FGP: 50%, FT: 69.7%. In the 2008-2009 season he played for Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya (Turkey-TBL) playing 28 games: 18.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, Blocks-5 (1.8bpg), FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 57.0%. In the 2009-2010 season he played for Kepez Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL) in Jan.'10 signed at Genc Banvitliler (Turkey-TB2L) playing 10 games: 21.2ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2.2spg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 59.2%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing German League: 14 games: 8.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.2spg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 50.0%; EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg, in Dec.'10 moved to Ironi Ashkelon (Israel-Premier League): 6 games: 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 42.9%, FT: 37.5%; in Feb.'11 signed at BBC Bayreuth (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 15 games: 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 54.7%. In the 2011-2012 season he played for BBC Bayreuth (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.4%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (Spain-Liga Endesa): 32 games: 7.3ppg, 4.5rpg, Blocks-1 (1.5bpg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 65.7%. He returned back to playing in 2014-2015 for New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL, starting five): 32 games: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, Blocks-3 (1.8bpg), FGP-2 (60.0%), 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 64.2%. Last season he played for 2015-2016: Melbourne United (Australia-NBL), in pre-season joined Giessen 46ers (Germany-BBL): 8 games: 14.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4bpg,
2FGP: 58.8%, 3FGP: 20.0%, FT: 73.0%, in Jan.'16 moved to Krasny Oktyabr
Volgograd (Russia-VTB) VTB United League: 16 games: 17.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 59.8%, 3FGP: 32.1%, FT: 66.0% 2016:
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut (Lebanon-Pepsi LBL) 1 game:
17pts, 15rbs, 1ast, 1stl, 3blck, in May moved to Byblos Sporting Club
(Lebanon-Pepsi LBL, starting five), later that month signed at Sagesse -
Al Hekmeh Beirut (Lebanon-Pepsi LBL) 12 games: 15.1ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5spg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 72.0%. "I am happy to return back to Germany. I have family here. I want to help the team with my experience and energy at the position four and five. I will use my quickness on offense and I can shoot well. They say I can block shots and i have good length. Now I need to learn the plays and my teammates", stressed Ekene Ibekwe.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been ACC Tournament Champion -04, NIT Semifinals -05, Nigerian National Team -05-06, 09, 12, 16, African Championships in Algeria -05 (Bronze), World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 8.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, FT: 33.3%, All-ACC Honorable Mention -07, ACC All-Defensive Team -07 Africabasket.com All-NCAA African 1st Team -07, Israeli Cup Semifinals -08, French ProB Champion -08, Turkish League All-Star Game -09, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Forward of the Year -09, Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League 1st Team -09, Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Imports Team -09, Eurobasket.com Turkish League All-Defensive Team -09 Puerto Rican BSN Semifinals -09, Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) -12: 5 games: 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg, Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) -12: 2 games: 1.5ppg, Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 2nd Team -15, Australiabasket.com Australian NBL All-Imports Team -15, Australian NBL Regular Season Runner-Up -15 Australian NBL Champion -15, Puerto Rican Manuel Zeno Gandia Cup Finalist -15, Lebanese League Finalist -16, and Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -16: 5 games: 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg, Blocks-1 (2.4bpg).
Sometimes a sudden cancellation can result in massive panic and disappointment, but when Northeastern decided not to participate on account of the summer terror attacks in Germany at the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour, the German basketball community didn't turn their head in another direction and pretend not to notice, but rather stuck together and helped keep the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour going and made it a huge success with entertaining basketball and continuing t... [read more]
Sometimes a sudden cancellation can result in massive panic and disappointment, but when Northeastern decided not to participate on account of the summer terror attacks in Germany at the 2016 Basketball Aid international tour, the German basketball community didn't turn their head in another direction and pretend not to notice, but rather stuck together and helped keep the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour going and made it a huge success with entertaining basketball and continuing to spread cancer awareness. Basketball Aid chairman Hans Beth had sympathy for the tough decision that Northeastern made for not coming and had total respect for their decision. Many German professional teams from the EasyCredit BBL, Pro A and Pro B leaped at the occasion of helping a great cause and jumped in taking the place of absent Northeastern and kept the games alive. Even the Luxemburg national team helped spread the sizzling international flair by playing one game in Luxemburg and a second in Hanau, Germany. With all the proceeds made from the 5 exhibition games and the four games at the Gezeiten Cup in Rhondorf going to aid stricken children with cancer, Basketball Aid chairman Hans Beth was able to confirm the proud amount of 30,000 euro.
The first game took place on the US Army base in Wiesbaden as one was dazzled by the beautiful state of the art gym that showcased every flag of the 52 States and the game between the Fraport Skyliners and RheinStars showed a symbol of the always positive German-American relations. Frankfurt won the game 77-59 as some saw a future possible NBA player in 16 year Isaac Bonga and tour chairman Hans Beth was awarded a medal of honor from Colonel Todd J. Fish for his support of German-American relations and volunteer work he does. "I wanted to present a token of our appreciation to Chairman Beth forbringing the game to our Soldiers, Families and civilians here at USAGWiesbaden. It was a great game, and we really appreciate both teams comingout and putting on a wonderful event for our community."stated Colonel Todd J.Fish.In the second game, the term international was center stage as the tour went over the boarder to Luxemburg as their national team welcomed the Dresden Titans and head coach Steven Clauss who is a cosmopolitan himself as he grew up in New York, but has lived in Germany for over 20 years. German Pro A team Dresden won the contest 90-80 and the 1,400 kilometers traveling distance wasn't too much for the team as it was glad to help the basketball Aid cause. Only 48 hours later in game three, it was time for the Luxemburg national team to travel over the boarder to Hanau, a city 25 kilometers west of Frankfurt as they faced off against Pro A team the Hebeisen White Wings. The Hebeisen White Wings came to terms easier with the unbearable sauna like temperatures destroying Luxemburg 109-66 as ex Davidson (NCAA) guard Brian Sullivan scored 22 points as the only thing missing in his new living room were the Sulliiiiiiiiiiiii chants that he was used to in the Belk arena.
The fourth game took place in historic Mainz where BBL team Giessen 46ers took on Pro A team Gotha as the game was as much of a duel between the two teams as well as the two coaches of ex German national player Denis Wucherer and BBL legend Chris Ensminger. Both guys are fairly young coaches with this unbelievable will to win just like when they were lacing up their sneakers back in the day. Giessen came out on top after 40 minutes beating the ambitious Pro A team Gotha 86-70. Some interesting side notes to the day was that during the morning, there was a lecture by chairman Hans Beth about Basketball Aid and following that a round table at the Johannes Gutenberg university that had engrossing discussions between German and Chinese students. During halftime of the game, a golden basketball with all autographes of the German national basketball team was auctioned off that went for 800 euro. Game five took place in Paderborn as Pro A team Uni Baskets welcomed BBL team Basketball Lowen Braunschweig. Braunschweig had little difficulty of disposing of Paderborn 70-41. A second golden ball was auctioned off this time for 500 euro displaying autographes of the German national basketball team.
The climax of the Basketball Aid 2016 international tour took place in Rhondorf the sight of the Gezeiten Cup. A total of 5 teams took place with BBL teams ratiopharm Ulm, Telekom Baskets Bonn, Pro A team Hebeisen White Wings and Pro B teams Dragons Rhondorf and the Astrostars Bochum. Fans saw very interesting games during the weekend as the Saturday boasted the two most exciting games as in game one home team Dragons Rhondorf slipped by the AstroStars 70-68 and in game two in front of a sold out crowd of 1,400 fans, the Telekom Baskets Bonn who only had a 20 minute ride from Bonn and were seen as sort of a second home team defeated 2016 BBL finalist ratiopharm Ulm with 78-74. On the Sunday, fans witnessed two blow outs as in game one, the Telekom Baskets Bonn whipped out their farm team Dragons Rhondorf 79-54 and in game two ratiopharm Ulm had a field day with the Hebesien White Wings ousting them 82-46. Also during the weekend, the Basketball Aid tour put together a coaches clinic at castle Hagerhof that had 100 participants. The Basketball Aid international tour also had tour shirts for sale at each venue and sold 300 with it's proceeds also going to benefit children with cancer. Shirts are now still available online at www.forthree.com
All in all the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour was a big success spreading entertaining basketball and Cancer awareness. The biggest goal was to raise as much money as possible for children stricken with cancer and to continue to spread more awareness about cancer. It was refreshing to see how the German basketball community was able to stick together when the 2016 Basketball Aid International tour seemed stranded in no man's land and come together as quickly as a lightning bolt strikes and make the whole event continue. 30,000 euro was raised for Basketball Aid this summer and with the 2016 Basketball tour spreading basketball and cancer awareness so positively, one can only anticipate that Hans Beth and co will continue to keep this event alive and continue to let it grow. It will be interesting to see what the 2017 Basketball Aid international tour will offer. The game of basketball doesn't only reach the hearts of fans, but also the children effected by cancer as the community stands together in the fight against cancer.
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