American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Duesseldorf, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 11. The 32-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Finke Baskets (#10, 5-6) 87-78. It allowed Duesseldorf to consolidate first place in the German ProA. Duesseldorf have a solid 9-2 record. It's Flomo's second year at Duesseldorf and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Patrick Flomo averages this season 13.0ppg and 5.4rpg.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Chris Gadley (207-C-87) of Leipzig. Gadley had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. It was enough for Leipzig to edge the higher-ranked Kirchheim (#13, 4-7) in overtime 96-94. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Leipzig is still at the dead bottom 16th position. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Leipzig managed to get this year. Gadley is a newcomer at Leipzig, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was British guard Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Jena (#7). Jeka showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, eight rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Jena, leading his team to a 101-93 win against the lower-ranked Crailsheim (#14, 3-8). Jena needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Jeka has a great season in Germany. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (7th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Evan Harris (206-F/C-86) of Cuxhaven - 21 points and 11 rebounds 5. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82) of Kirchheim - 16 points and 13 rebounds 6. Andre Calvin (196-F-85) of Ehingen - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Richard Williams (178-PG-87) of Vechta - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Virgil Matthews (188-G-83) of Ehingen - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 9. Nikita Khartchenkov (200-F-87) of Leipzig - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Chris Alexander (186-PG-83) of Kirchheim - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
Elijah Allen(195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that recently completed his fourth professional season in Germany and second with Lich playing 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.... [read more]
Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that recently completed his fourth professional season in Germany and second with Lich playing 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.1%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2012 and played his first two seasons for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Germany-Regionalliga) and in the 2013-2014 season played 26 games averaging 20.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2014-2015 season for the Licher Basket Baeren he played 28 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 72.2% He spoke to Eurobasket after signing with Pro A team Gotha.
Elijah thanks for talking to eurobasket. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Thanks for the interview Miles, I am currently in Lollar,Germany. The summer has been great for me. I have been staying fairly busy. I have been training and spending time with my family and I also just took part in the Scorers1st Showcase in Dusseldorf this past weekend.
There is nothing wrong with staying in Germany and enjoying the lifestyle, but isn't your extended family in Ohio as well as friends sad that you are still in Germany when you could be at home? Yes, I miss my family and friends very much. It has been about 3 years since I have been back in the United States. I just haven't had much time to make it back due to other priorities.
You obviously have your own family now here in Germany, but besides that what have you grown to cherish the most about being able to live in Germany? I think the fact of just realizing why I have been here so long is what I will cherish the most. I made a goal and stuck to it. I have been taking classes at a local school and also working a normal job the past few years in order to obtain a German passport. It took a lot of hard work and sacrifice but it was all worth it.
Congrats on signing with Gotha in the German Pro A. How thrilled are you to be able to make the next step in your professional career? I am very excited for this opportunity. I have worked hard for this. I am hungry and eager to help the program in continued success.
For some reason I always figured you were happy playing with the Licher Basket Baeren. How carefully did you plan this move? Leaving Lich and the Giessen area was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. It ideally was the perfect situation for me because it gave me the opportunity to play as well as being close to my wifes side of the family. Lich is like a second home to me and I am really thankful for all that they have done for me.
You made considerable steps in your second Pro B season. Do you feel that you really needed that second