Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He will be playing his second season for ratiopharm Ulm. Last season for ratiopharm Ulm, he played 38 games averaging 9.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 24.6%, FT: 58.1%He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. In 2010-2011 for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners November 25th.
Congrats last weekend on the big 96-66 win against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.It was the least number of points that the team has given up. What was the secret to keep a good scoring team like them to 66 points? It was a good win for us to get the stops early and put together a solid all-around game.
A tough 89-71 loss in Eurocup against Spartak. What was key for the Russian team in getting the win?
They executed their game plan well. They were able to hit big shots at key moments and really controlled the lead for most of the game. Our turnovers did not allow us to make a run to get back in the game.
You played against Josh Carter in the Beko BBL years ago. He was top scorer in the game with 24 points. How has he developed in the last years? You played against him when he was a rookie?
It seems like he is more confident now, he hit a lot of 3s against us and I dont remember him being that aggressive in Oldenburg.
Was there anything that surprised you about Russia that you didnt know before your short time there? I found out that part of St. Petersburg is an island. When they built the city they wanted it to be like Venice with the canals through the city and water for streets but they soon found out that it was too cold for that and it would freeze.
ratiopharm Ulm is the huge favorite against the Fraport Skyliners this weekend, but you do remember what happened last season in Frankfurt. feeding John Bryant inside should be a goal of the team since frankfurt isnt that big inside. What else will be key in getting the win.
Yes we do remember the game last year. We must be ready for an intense game and be able to match the energy of the Skyliners for 40 mins.
Jack Taylor scored 138 points in a college game. What is your take on it. Some find it amazing and others sickening because he showed ball hog qualities? That is an incredible game. He was hitting shots off the dribble and over a defender's hand. I heard that his teammates wanted to see how much he could get because he had 60 or so at half. That is what that school is known for so I dont think it was ball hogging. They want to shoot in the first 3 secs of the clock anyway.
Is there any Ulm player that can challenge John Bryant at the thanksgiving table?
I saw Allan Ray make a plate for 3 at the team dinner.
Second Regionaliga team BSV Wulfen have snatched Connell Crossland (201-F-91, college: TCU) for the upcoming season who won't have far to go to reach his new basketball home as he comes from Herten which is only 15 kilometers away. Connell Crossland (201-F-91, college: TCU) is a 25 year old 201cm forward from St Louis that is a athletic wing player who brings athleticism and a hard-nosed attitude. He jumps well towards the board and is quick footed, can play both forward positions. He wil... [read more]
Second Regionaliga team BSV Wulfen have snatched Connell Crossland (201-F-91, college: TCU) for the upcoming season who won't have far to go to reach his new basketball home as he comes from Herten which is only 15 kilometers away. Connell Crossland (201-F-91, college: TCU) is a 25 year old 201cm forward from St Louis that is a athletic wing player who brings athleticism and a hard-nosed attitude. He jumps well towards the board and is quick footed, can play both forward positions. He will be playing his second professional season and last year as a rookie played with the Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-ProB) playing 24 games averaging 9.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 47.1%. The talented American will also give his basketball knowledge to the BSV U-12 and U-16 teams as a coach. "He is an athletic good rebounding forward that played at a high level in Germany. He is a guy that fits well to the other qualities of the our players. We got good feed back from other coaches", stressed head coach Marsha Owusu-Gyamfi.
Last season he socred in double figures in seven games and his best scoring games were against Leipzig with 28 points and 13 rebounds and against Braunschweig with 22 points and 15 rebounds. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Highland CC (JUCO): 14 games: 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 50%, 3PT: 8%, FT: 53%. He then played a season with John A. Logan CC (JUCO): 23 games: 17.0ppg, 12.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 58%, 3PT: 21%, FT: 72%. He finished his college basketball career at TCU (MCAA) in 2013 where he played a total of 60 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 6.3ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 49.0%, FT: 52.4%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been