#1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Washington Wizards (0-9) 107-101 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game.
Kaman recorded 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court.
The Dallas Mavericks have 6-6 record this season.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Kaman's first year with the team.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Kaman averages: 15.0ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(62-108) and FT: 81.3% in the 10 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Kaman played for the German senior national team one years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Caja Laboral (5-3) to beat Blusens Monbus (5-3).
Pleiss scored 5 points and blocked 2 shots.
Caja Laboral was defeated 77-68 at home by the higher-ranked Blusens Monbus (#9).
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Pleiss' first year with the team.
Pleiss is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers.
His overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(14-25).
Pleiss is in the roster of the German senior national team.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Harris led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the University of South Dakota crushing them 96-58 in the NCAA last Sunday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 18 rebounds.
The Gonzaga University has conference record this season.
Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster.
Harris' overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 68.6%(24-35).
He is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza in a victory against the 16th-ranked Cajasol (1-7) crushing them 86-55 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night.
Toppert scored 5 points in 15 minutes.
CAI Zaragoza (5-3) is placed fifth in the ACB.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Toppert's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg in the eight games.
He is a naturalized American.
Toppert used to play for the German national team
back in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#5. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Boston Coll. in their last game on Sunday. Despite Heckmann's very good performance the Boston Coll. was defeated 71-67 on the road by the College of Charleston.
He recorded 18 points.
Heckmann's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#6. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) led Elon to an easy victory against the Bridgewater College crushing them 95-51 in the NCAA on Tuesday night.
He scored 18 points.
The Elon University has conference record this season.
Koch's total stats this year are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg.
He is a former U18 international player as he played for the German team three years ago.
#7. U20 international forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led San Diego to a victory against the Northern Kentucky University 65-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
Kramer scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
The University of San Diego has conference record this season.
This year Kramer's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg in the eight games.
He is a naturalized American.
Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team
Interesting that he has never played in Germany.
#8. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Hawaii's victory against the University of North Dakota 71-66 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game.
He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The University of Hawaii has conference record this season.
Standhardinger has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2009.
#9. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Temple's victory against the Kent State University 80-66 in the NCAA last Tuesday.
DiLeo scored 9 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes.
The Temple University has conference record this season.
DiLeo has been at the team for five years.
He has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg in the eight games.
DiLeo is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
However DiLeo has never played in Germany.
#10. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido (1-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido was defeated 82-70 in Fuchu by the leading Toyota Alvark.
Klette recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Klette has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg and 7.0rpg.
He is a former U22 international player as thirteen years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. Former U18 international center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel, currently plays in Denmark) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Aarhus BC crushing them 80-48 in a derby game in the Danish Ligaen in Tuesday night's game.
Dejworek recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 21 minutes.
Dejworek has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
seven years ago.
#12. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Vanderbilt in their game against the University of Oregon in the NCAA.
Bright scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
His team was crushed by 26 points 74-48.
Bright has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.5rpg.
He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.
#13. U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Tenn Tech in their game against the University of Evansville in the NCAA, despite his good performance on Tuesday night.
Ogbe scored 10 points in 25 minutes.
But his team lost 50-62.
Ogbe has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.5rpg in the two games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
#14. Former U16 international guard Alexander Blessig (188-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Florida Gulf Coast's surprising victory against the Ave Maria University crushing them 86-54 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
He recorded 8 points.
Blessig has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg.
He used to play for the German U16 national team
back in 2009.
#15. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the E.Washington in their game against the Saint Mary's College of California in the NCAA. Reuter cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points.
His team was badly defeated by 19 points 85-66.
Reuter has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
two years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1.Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the closely-ranked Penarol (11-5) 75-57 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday.
Kammerichs scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regatas Corrientes (12-5) is placed second in the LigaA.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place).
He has very reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.4apg.
Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.
#2.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) led Energa Czarni to a victory against the league outsider Rosa Radom (2-7) 83-74 in the Polish TBL on Tuesday night.
He scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes.
Energa Czarni Slupsk (7-2) is placed first in the TBL.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
This year Tomaszek's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in the nine games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish.
#3.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help one of league's weakest teams Base Oostende (4-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Stojic's good performance Base Oostende was defeated 95-89 on the road by the leading Okapi Aalstar.
He recorded 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Stojic has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg.
He has both Croatian and German nationalities.
#4. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked CSU Sibiu (3-5) 85-66 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday.
Sarovic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes.
BC Timisoara (6-2) is placed second in the Division A.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Sarovic's first season with the team.
This year his overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5apg in the eight games.
Sarovic also holds two passports: Serbian and German.
#5.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Melilla Baloncesto (1-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Melilla Baloncesto lost 57-64 in Lugo to the much higher-ranked (#6) Leche Rio Breogan.
Wachsmann had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 40 minutes.
It was Melilla Baloncesto's sixth consecutive loss in a row.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Wachsmann is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.6rpg.
He also averaged so far 8.4ppg and 1.3apg in the seven games.
#6.Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington in their last game. Despite Seiferth's good performance the E.Washington was edged 86-83 at home by the Utah Valley University.
He scored 14 points, had 9 rebounds and made 6 blocks in 34 minutes.
This year Seiferth's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.4rpg in the eight games.
#7.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a 2-point LF Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Solna Vikings 89-87 in the Swedish Basketligan last Monday.
Igbavboa scored 16 points.
Igbavboa is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Igbavboa averages: 17.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg.
He is a naturalized American.
Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#8.Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines), who plays in the Filipino PBA couldn't help Alaska Aces (5-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Alaska Aces were edged 96-93 on their home court in Makati by the higher-ranked (#5) Barangay Ginebra in the Philippine Cup group.
Thoss recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes.
Thoss is currently fourth on the league's list of best blockers with 1.0bpg.
This year his other stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.6apg in the eight games.
Thoss has German and Filipino nationalities.
#9.Kostas Kotoulas (200-F-79, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Irakleio in their game against Koroivos in the Greek A2 (second division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Kotoulas was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds.
Kotoulas has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg.
He has dual citizenship: German and Greek.
#10.Till Gloger (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Maine in their game against the Brown University in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Saturday.
Gloger scored 10 points in 22 minutes.
But his team was edged 70-68.
Gloger has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.6rpg in the five games.
The last time that fans could depart the always loud Dragons Dome with a smile on their faces and still enough time to spare to get home and watch the ZDF Sportschau to catch the football scores was Janaury 2nd, 2016 as Rhondorf had smacked around Rent4Office 83-65 which was only one of two wins in a season to forget as the club stunk up the Pro A and crawled back to the Pro B with their heads in bags as the embarrassment was difficult to hide. The last home game was a little more than si... [read more]
The last time that fans could depart the always loud Dragons Dome with a smile on their faces and still enough time to spare to get home and watch the ZDF Sportschau to catch the football scores was Janaury 2nd, 2016 as Rhondorf had smacked around Rent4Office 83-65 which was only one of two wins in a season to forget as the club stunk up the Pro A and crawled back to the Pro B with their heads in bags as the embarrassment was difficult to hide. The last home game was a little more than six months ago where the Dragons lost a nail bitter to the RheinStars Cologne 78-76, but except for a tournament three weeks ago where they faced off against Pro B team AstroStars Bochum and BBL team Telekom Baskets Bonn, basketball had been missed in the Dragons Dome as the long summer seemed to drag on and on like a caterpillar does going through life. The 2016-2017 season finally started again as the Dragons Rhondorf hosted last season's best regular season team BG Karlsruhe who totally underachieved in the playoffs getting spanked and got swept by the Dresden Titans. The club lost some serious fire power in Rouven Roessler and double double input with Marcus Smallwood and all-rounder Hayden Lescault, but kept American routine veteran Jeremy Black and added the top scorer Ricky Easterling of the Pro B the last two seasons. It was already evident that Rhondorf head coach Matthias Sonnenschein had done his homework in the off season as his trio of imports Aaron the beast Nelson, Canadian Mike Lucier and American William Trawick had found a healthy chemistry already in pre-season, something that was lacking last season with their American imports. It was the battle of the top Pro B team of last season BG Karlsruhe against ex Pro A team Dragons Rhondorf and the home team was able to finally win a home game again after waiting almost 9 months after their last win destroying BG Karlsruhe 87-70. After the game two thirds of the import trio of Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana), Mike Lucier and Will Trawick were stretching as they combined for 54 of the team 87 points, but Canadian Mike Lucier quickly noted that the victory could be chalked up to a total team effort. 'We played well together and you can see we have team chemistry. The secret to this early working team chemistry is that we have character guys that all get along and want to succeed. We all moved well off the ball, had strong cuts and guys got open and we hit our shots. We did a pretty good job on defense, but it could have been better. We played with good intensity and everyone knows when to switch and we communicated well', added Dragons Rhondorf forward Mike Luicer. BG Karlsruhe had a tough time finding a healthy team rhythm and had to play catch up basketball all night long and just had no remedy how to slow down the Rhondorf offense. After the game, Baltimore native Ricky Easterling was reserved and low key about the loss, but knew that there is more to a season than just one game. 'We came in here wanting to win, but faced a tough Rhondorf team. We were too hesitant on defense and had bad rotations and no communication. The season is long. We have to look at this game again and correct our mistakes', stressed BG Karlsruhe guard Ricky Easterling. 'It was a team effort and we played well at all times during our highs and lows. Our chemistry is working well and everyone knows their roles and how they work', warned Dragons Rhondorf forward Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana).
The story of the game was Aaron 'BIG Dog' Nelson who came in and just destroyed BG Karlsruhe putting up incredible numbers of 26 points and 18 rebounds. His stellar play in the pre season also warned the league that Nelson is for real and should be a dominant player this season and he proved that in his first game doing absolutely everything on the court. The Illinois native scored inside at leisure against the one on one, double team or triple team and hauled down rebounds as if it was second nature. He played outstanding defense blocking Kwame Duku twice getting a steal as he snuck into a passing lane and picked off a ball and also proved why a hidden strength in his game is his passing as he dished out three assists including two touchdown passes that led to easy buckets on the transition. After the game the big man from Bloom Township, Illinois who had double double stats as a senior at S.Indiana and as a rookie in Chile was all smiles as he always is when he gets a double double, because only that way he is at peace in mind when he has helped his team best with his biggest strength scoring and rebounding. He was as humble as could be crediting the win less about his play, but more to his teammates finding him. 'It was another normal day at the office for me, but I always compete at a high level no matter what. I have to credit my team to getting me in good position to score so many times. The opponent made me work hard to get points, but I have always been a good finisher with contact', stressed Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana). BG Karlsruhe guard Ricky Easterling definitely will remember the big dog Nelson and surely will be checking his stats every weekend as he could have a real battle this season for the scoring crown with Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana). 'We see Aaron play like this every night. He is so big, skilled and can just do it all on the court. Teams will have a hard time this season, because nobody can stop him', stressed Mike Lucier.
The Dragons Rhondorf got off to a quick 4-0 lead as point guard Viktor Frankel-Maus scored on the alley-oop tap in as Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana) lofted up the perfect pass as fans saw a more untypical forward to guard combination, but one they have been doing in the preseason and Canadian Mike Lucier scored on transition as Frankl-Maus got his first of nine assists on the night. BG Karlsruhe struck back with a lightening 5-0 run as German ex BV Chemnitz guard Kenny Fluellen scored in bunches with a lay in and trey as BG Karlsruhe led 5-4. Both teams continued to exchange runs as now it was Rhondorf who jumped out on a 13-2 run to lead 17-7 as Nelson hit an uncharachteristic three, scored inside as hit over Jeremy Black. Rhondorf also got big production from German forward Bastian Winterhalder and Frankl-Maus scored again. BG Karlsruhe got production from Ricky Paulding who attempted a rare three as he only took 77 three's in the last two Pro B seasons. However Rhondorf played consistent offensive basketball and just kept pouring it on and got production from Bedford, New York native Will Trawick who nailed a three and Lucier remained hot hitting a 25 footer as the Dragons Rhondorf led 24-15 after one quarter. 'It was fun to watch Rhondorf and the fans were thankful for this good start. We played good defense, but it could have been a bit more aggressive. The help defense was always there', stressed Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 65% from the field and 33% from outside while BG Karlsruhe was shooting 3% and 33% from outside. Rhondorf had the 12-7 rebound edge and two turnovers while BG Karlsruhe had one turnover.
In the second quarter halfway through, the Dragons Rhondorf had a small lull, but head coach Matthias Sonnenschein called a smart time out and his team came out and started to get their offense going again and extended their lead and went into halftime with a comfortable lead. Will Trawick got Rhondorf on the board first with a bucket, but then it was Russian Anton Kazarnonski who won the 2004 Euroleague as a kid with Maccabi Tel Aviv and would play 10 years in Israel and two in Germany with Giessen and FC Bayern Munich and a few others led BG Karlsruhe on a 5-0 run with free throws and a bucket inside cutting the Rhondorf lead to 27-20. However Rhondorf came out of the timeout refocused and had to face a BG Karlsruhe zone and beat it easily going on a 9-3 run to extend their lead to 36-23. In the run, it was ex Lambton standout Lucier who scored twice with a two handed dunk as Frankl-Maus found him back door and then hit a trey. 17 year old Anton Geretzki snuck inside for two points and Frankl-Maus completed free throws. Fluellen then hit a jumper, but Rhondorf kept the offensive pressure on as Trawick connected on another trey and Bastian Winterhalder made free throws as the Dragons Rhondorf went into halftime with the comfortable 41-28 lead. 'They went to zone after the time out and we got an easy basket and then a three pointer which opened up the game again. I was extremely happy with our three import players who were playing exactly how I had wanted', stated Dragons Rhondorf CEO Boris Kaminski. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 50% from the field and 27% from the three point line while BG Karlsruhe was shooting 29% from the field and 36% from the three point line. Rhondorf had the 23-18 rebound edge and both teams had five turnovers a piece.
In the third quarter, the Dragons Rhondorf were able to extend their lead to 20 points as they continued to wear down BG Karlsruhe as their comeback attempts continued to get squashed and their energy level also went down more. Both teams best players Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana) and Ricky Easterling went to work scoring four buckets. Nelson scored inside and continued to show his divine versatility as he knocked home a three and Easterling made his bread and butter 20 footer mid distance shot something he learned from his high school coach Kevin Peiser and continued to develop through his college and professional career and then scored coast to coast finishing with his left hand as Rhondorf led 46-32. Rhondorf then made a statement as to how the game would continue to develop going on a back breaking 13-4 run to extend their lead to 59-36. In the run, Rhondorf got all around good production from many components as Lucier hit a trey, Frankel-Maus scored twice as did Thomas Michel who also dropped a three. However BG Karlsruhe never gave up and quietly clawed their way back going on a 15-3 run to cut the Dragons Rhondorf lead to 62-51. In the run, it was the BG Karlsruhe big men duo of Black and Kazarnovski who combined for all 15 points and for 3-4 minutes were unstoppable getting easy buckets inside and to the free throw line. BG Karlsruhe had stopped the Dragons Rhondorf momentum, but then as is so often the case in basketball the opponent struck a basketball like dagger in their back racing out on a lightening 5-0 run killing their momentum which they had gained back. Rhondorf ended the third quarter with a 5-0 run as Lucier continued to hurt BG Karlsruhe with his hot hand draining a trey and Michel scored inside as the Dragons Rhondorf led 67-51. 'They had a little run, but we kept our head up. We could of gotten frustrated or pointed fingers, but we stayed in the flow of the game and knocked down shots', stressed Mike Lucier. The Dragons Rhondorf were shooting 55% from the field and 38% from the parking lot while BG Karlsruhe was shooting 33% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Rhondorf had the 32-26 rebound advantage, but 10 turnovers while BG Karlsruhe had seven turnovers.
The Dragons Rhondorf had a nice big lead and got a little tired in the fourth quarter, but the last little push by Ricky Easterling couldn't change much as the home team would sail into their Saturday night happy and ready for an enjoyable Sunday. Nelson continued to tighten up his stats as he nailed the first three buckets for Rhondorf while Kazarnovski also scored twice, but Rhondorf still had the comfortable 73-55 advantage. After a Duku lay in came a curious play as BG Karlsruhe scored on the inbound play as Easterling found Kazarnovski, but Rhondorf didn't move on defense as they seemed not to have heard the whistle which led to a big boo concert in the Dragon Dome, but Rhondorf still led 73-59. Nelson kept getting to the free throw line and feeding his points stats as he made free throw after free throw extending the Rhondorf lead to 82-61. Rhondorf was a little fatigued now and BG Karlsruhe closed out the game with a 9-3 run as Easterling as usual finished strong netting three baskets and getting his 20 plus points. He scored 25 and 15 footers and a beautiful finger tip roll, but it wasn't enough as the Dragons Rhondorf won 87-70 as Winterhalder closed out the scoring with a lay in with two seconds remaining to play. 'We got a bit tired at the end. If guys are tired then they should go out. We need to be able to bring it better for 40 minutes. We need guys always giving 100%', warned Mike Lucier. The Dragons Rhondorf were led by Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana) with 26 points and 18 rebounds. Mike Lucier had 18 points while Viktor Frankl-Maus and Bastian Winterhalder combined for 11 points a piece. Will Trawick added 10 points. BG Karlsruhe was led by Anton Kazarnovski with 23 points while Ricky Easterling added 231 points. The Dragons Rhondorf shot 50% from the field and 36% from outside while BG Karlsruhe shot 37% from the field and 24% from outside. Rhondorf won the rebound battle 41-36, but had 13 turnovers while BG Karlsruhe had 12 turnovers. The Dragons Rhondorf got off to a good start, but know it's a long season. 'We are taking it one game at a time. We don't want to get big headed, but keep improving. We want to keep sticking together at all times and just leave it on the floor in every game', warned Aaron Nelson (203-F-91, college: S.Indiana).
B.Muenchen to sign Amar Gegic, ex Spars Sarajevo - 3 hours ago
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FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) agreed on terms of contract with 18-year old Bosnian international shooting guard Amar Gegic (198-98). He has played for the last four seasons at Spars Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 23 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg last season. Gegic helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. He has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Gegic played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior... [read more]
FC Bayern Muenchen (BBL) agreed on terms of contract with 18-year old Bosnian international shooting guard Amar Gegic (198-98). He has played for the last four seasons at Spars Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 23 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg last season. Gegic helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals. He has been also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Gegic played for Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team this year and for U22 National Team last year. He represented Bosnia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 this year. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts.
Jeremy Black(203-C-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) is a 30 year old 203cm forward from Tampa, Florida that is playing his sixth season for BG Karlsruhe. He played at Tampa (NCAA2) from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 30 games: 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 1.5spg, FG: 49.3%, 3Pts: 30.8%, FT: 72.1%. He turned professional in 2008 and since then has always played in Germany except two seasons ago where he played for AB Contern (Luxembourg-Total League) 4 games: 12.8ppg,... [read more]
Jeremy Black (203-C-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) is a 30 year old 203cm forward from Tampa, Florida that is playing his sixth season for BG Karlsruhe. He played at Tampa (NCAA2) from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 30 games: 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 1.5spg, FG: 49.3%, 3Pts: 30.8%, FT: 72.1%. He turned professional in 2008 and since then has always played in Germany except two seasons ago where he played for AB Contern (Luxembourg-Total League) 4 games: 12.8ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.8apg, in Nov.'14 moved to BCKE Wallabies (Switzerland-LNB). He also played two seasons for Science City Jena. Last season with BG Karlsruhe he played 21 games averaging 11.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 61.5%. He spoke to eurobasket before the season opener in Rhondorf against the Dragons.
Thanks Jeremy for talking to eurobasket.com. You are playing your sixth season for BG Karlsruhe. What is missing most in Karlsruhe that could almost substitute it with Tampa as home? Karlsruhe is my new home base. I can always go back home but what I miss most is my family and the food!
Except for a short stay in Luxemburg two seasons ago, you seem to always come back to Karlsruhe. What is most appealing about the organization and city that makes you want to return? Yeah, Karlsruhe is and always will be special to me. I came here not expecting much but I got way more than I can bargain for. The city is awesome besides the never ending construction. The people who I've came in contact with while being here have been nothing short of amazing.
When looking back at this season's roster, for me BG Karlsruhe seems just a tad weaker than last season. How do you summarize this seasons roster in comparison to last season? I think last year's team we had more veterans who led the team, while this year's team we have a few vets and will rely more on our younger German players.
BG Karlsruhe lost key guys like Marcus Smallwood, Rouven Roessler and Hayden Lescault, but gained top Pro B player Ricky Easterling, center Anton Kvarnoski and Kenny Fluellen. How will this season's team be different in playing style in comparison to last season?
I don't think it would be much of a difference! We will still let our defense dictate our offense! We will push the tempo for quick easy baskets, when we can and when we can't, we will run our plays.
How much will you miss big man Marcus Smallwood and how is the game of Anton Kavarnoski different than of Smallwood?
Marcus was a great teammate and a competitor. He was one of the key reasons why we were successful last year and we played really well together. Anton is more than capable of replacing him. Anton I think is the best shooting big man in the league and he is capable of posting up and putting the ball on the floor and attacking the basket.
What do you see as being BG Karlsruhe's biggest strength on the court this season? I think our defense will be our focus and let that dictate our offense and how we control the game.
What BG Karlsruhe German do you see as having the biggest chance of having his breakthrough season? Aaron Schmitz or Andrej Schmidt
Ricky Easterling is considered the best Pro B player. How thrilled are you to have him on your side and will he continue to be as dominating or perhaps become more of a playmaker?
How can you not be excited to have a player like Ricky join your team? I think you will see him doing both. He knows the game and our team well. He has the experience to know what our team needs him to be at a given time.
Have you ever seen a more deadly mid distance shot than his? Will the day come when he can blindly hit that shot? Haha in this league honestly not; I think its no different than having multiple defenders contesting his shot and him being capable of consistently knocking it down.
You have had very consistent stats throughout your career. Now at 30 where do you see your game going as you get older?
I think I'm still improving. At this point in my career, everybody knows what I can and can't do. I strive each day to get better. I have the experience to know how best I can help my team achieve success.
The next opponent are the Dragons Rhondorf. They are back in the Pro B after a horrible Pro A season where they only mustered two wins. What kind of game can we await in the season opener? The first game of the season is always tough to measure. Rhondorf and my team both want to start the season on the right track. I think both teams have a lot to prove so I think it will be a defensive battle.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick? Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs where does this further NBA title put him against the best that ever played the game?
LeBron is definitely a top five player in the history of the game. Players and game itself has changed a lot over the years. LeBron still has years to play and I think his point in history should be judged when he is done playing the game or he gets three rings in a row just make his case while still playing
What was the last movie that you saw? The Good Neighbor.
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