Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 32 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Gadsen Alabama that is playing his first season in Belgium for Belgacom Spirou. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker that can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He started his career at Southern Union State from 1998-2000. He then transferred to Mississippi and played there from 2000-2003. He then started his professional basketball career in Iceland playing for Keflavikur ripping up the FIBA Europe Cup playing 8 games and averaging 26.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg and playing 22 games in the Iceland league averaging 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg. He won the Icelandic league and cup title in his rookie season. In 2004, he ventured to Germany and has played there ever since with two years in Karlsruhe, one year in Leverkusen and played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2007-2010. In 2006-2007, he led Leverksuen into the playoffs and led the BBL in scoring playing 38 games and averaging 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 32.3%, FT: 72.2%. In 2007-2008, he was second best scorer in the BBL for Frankfurt playing 43 games and averaging 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.6%; and playing 10 ULEB Cup games finishing as the third best scorer averaging 19.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.9%. In 2010-2011 for Alba Berlin, he played EuroCup: 11 games: 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 80.6%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 5 games: 15.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 64.7%, FT: 56.3%; German Bundesliga: 49 games: 13.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP-3 (61.0%), FT: 78.7%. Last season for Alba Berlin, he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 15.5ppg, 6.0rpg; EuroCup: 12 games: 10.0ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 47.3%, FT: 70.8%; German League: 37 games: 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP: 54.2%, FT: 73.6% He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.
You are playing your first season in Belgium for Belgacom Spirou. Was it strange leaving the Beko BBL after 8 years? Yes it was tough leaving the Beko BBL. I thought it was ok to go. I had a good opportunity in Belgium. Spirou has wanted me the last years and now it finally worked out. I will miss Germany.
You had a double double in your first game with 15 points and 10 rebounds. This league seems to be compatible with your game. Yes I think it is. The league is competitive, but it the level suits my game. Many guys that have played in the Beko BBL like Demond Mallet, Chris Copeland or Caleb Green have played here and been successful.
Is it easier to get used to the Belgium league when there are eight Americans in the team?
Yes it is a lot easier to adapt to the league when there are so many Americans in the team. There are less teams, but the rules are still the same.
You are 32 years old now. Do you have to work even harder now than when you were younger?
I have to work a lot harder. When you get older you have to take more care of your body. You have to rest more and also come into camp in better shape. You have to work even harder in practice and games. I do feel different as I get older each day.
What are the chances that Belgacom can win the title this season?
Winning the title is one of our goals. The team lost to Ostende last season in game 5 and are hungry to win this season.
It is always a pleasure to watch you play in the zone. Who will be dizzy first you or the energizer bunny? I think that the energizer bunny will be dizzy first.
How difficult is it playing every day against ex Beko BBL player Mike Scott who played 5 games for the Washington Wizzards in the 2012 NBA Summer League. Mike Scott is still developing. He plays the three for us. He always works hard in practice and brings much energy on the court. He is a slasher and good defender that does all the little things. I think that he will have a very good career.
What NBA stories has Jiri Welsch told the team this season.
He isnt on the team now. He is still working out his contract with management.
You played against Je Kel Foster in the Beko BBL and practice with him every day. What is the most amazing thing that you have seen him do in practice? I had played against many times, but to be honest I had never realized how good of a shooter he is. He plays a lot of point guard for us, but I continue to be impressed how well he shoots the three pointer. I have seen him make seven or eight three pointers in a row in practice.
Andre Riddick is playing his 11th season for Belgacom Spirou. Did he help you as tourist guide and showing you the places to eat?
He showed me much as did Justin Hamilton. Riddick is a good guy and our captain. He is the leader of the team and he always does everything to help make the team be better.
You played two seasons for Alba Berlin, but couldnt win a title. Were the teams put together wrong? No I dont think that they were put together wrong. My first year, we had a better all around team than last year. We underachieved last season.
There were rumors that you might return to Frankfurt. Do you think you might come back at the end of your career?
I dont know. We did talk a little, but there was nothing serious. It depends where the Skyliners will be in two years. If the right chance comes, I would love to come back. Frankfurt has a special place in my heart.
What was the most amazing thing that you saw Dashaun Wood do on the court in practice? I like how he uses his speed. He can run down the court and beat 8 guys. His speed and scoring is second to none.
How is your your meter time of 10,7 doing?
I have no idea. That time was from training camp 2009. I havent ran it since. But I am sure it is not quite the same.
What is your favorite German saying? I have some that I cant be said in an interview. I always think it is funny when people that dont think I know German hear me say Alles Gute.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw? Bad boys 2 with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senio... [read more]
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about his new adventure with PS Karlsruhe.
Jordan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
No problem, my summer was great and fulfilling. I really enjoyed my time back in the states with family and friends. At the moment I'm in Karlsruhe preparing for the upcoming season.
Congrats on signing with PS Karlsruhe. How was the summer transfer period for you? You signed rather late. Did you have a good share of offers that made your decision making tougher? No the decision was fairly easy for me. And to my knowledge I didn't have many offers to choose from but I'm happy that PS Karlsruhe had enough interest in me to bring me in.
There were some of your colleagues from last season like Elijah Allen and Julian Scott that made thr jump to the Pro A. I would have thought that you would be a sure shot. Did you have Pro A offers that just didn't fit your situation?
No I didn't have any pro A offers. I guess I wasn't what any of the teams were looking for or they found better options than me which is understandable. I'm very happy for those guys that were able to make the transition and wish them much success.
Last season with Nordlingen you averaged 17,5ppg and led the league with 11rpg. Is Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) a Pro A caliber player playing in the Pro B at this point?
I really don't know what caliber player I am. I know that I'm a competitor that's going to give 100% each game and at each practice to be the best player I can be. Anything other than that is out of my control, and anything that's out of my control are things that I don't worry about.
What were the main reasons for joining PS Karlsruhe? What sold you on their program most? The club is up and coming, and very hungry from what I can tell. Me already being a very motivated and driven player it's like adding fuel to a fire when everyone else around you is just as ambitious and prepared to put in the necessary work. I've felt right at home from the first day.
After two seasons with the Giants Nordlingen what is your personal goal this season? Perhaps the most logical helping PS Karlsruhe move up to the Pro A? My personal goal is to win as many games as possible. I like to not have any expectations going in but we have a lot potential and I plan on doing everything in my power to make sure we maximize it.
The club just moved up from the Regionaliga and are very focused to keep their winning ways alive. The club has hauled in many German players. Do you see having the same type of role as last season in Nordlingen were you were the main scoring option? It's still very early to determine each players role from game to game. I think that's apart of team chemistry building. My intent is to come in and do whatever is needed for us to win rebounding, defense, or scoring.
The club has talented forwards with German Bill Borekambi and Croatian Dino Jakolis. Will not necessarily having to carry that' scoring load like in Karlsruhe like you did in Nordlingen be welcoming to you?
We definitely have talented guys here that are able to do a lot of things. In Nordlingen much of the season and for most of the playoffs we only had a 7 or 8 man rotation. So playing 35+ minutes a night and doing all the things I had to last season for us to have a chance won't be necessary. But if coach asks that of me I will be prepared to deliver at any moments notice.
How excited are you to be playing in a city that has another team with BG Karlsruhe? In New York they call the Yankees-Mets series the subway series and in Karlsruhe they could call it the cross town series. Being from another country I was definitely unfamiliar with the rivalry but just in week I think everyone has caught me up on the history. Personally I'm looking forward to it. Those games are always the best games because it means just a little bit more to everyone which raises the competition level. The energy for that game is building day by day and I know that we're going to come prepared to battle that day.
You had a very strong season last season in Nordlingen. How did you keep the hunger alive this summer and keep working on parts of your game that you aren't happy with? Motivation has never been a problem for me. My ambitions and work ethic are the only reasons I'm still playing right now. I wasn't happy at all with my shooting percentages last season and with how my body felt towards the end of the season. So I really focused on things I could do to improve in those areas.
My day would start at 4AM with a good healthy breakfast and meditation. I would make it to gym at 5 and stay until 8 with some weight lifting and shooting. Then from 6PM to 830PM I was strictly on the court working on my craft. Off the court I had a strict diet. Cut out chocolate in particular which has always been an Achilles heel of mine. I would do this 5 times a week which now has me in the best shape of my life I believe.
Are you catching the 2016 Summer Olympics. What events besides Basketball do you enjoy watching? Yes I'm definitely keeping up with the Olympics. I enjoy track and field, swimming, gymnastics, and women's soccer. I just love watching people compete. As an athlete I know how much this moment means to them and what's not to love about watching someone put their heart and soul on the line for any event. It's inspiring.
Is Australia a dark horse for a medal? They beat France by 21 points in the opening game and have a pretty motivated team with 4 NBA players? When it comes to basketball I'm not sure nor do I care who the silver and bronze go to as long as USA brings home the gold.
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go int... [read more]
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go into his ninth season in Germany after playing one season in Turkey.In Ludwigsburg, The Suguar Loaf, New York native is a fan favorite and even in Frankfurt last season, he was known as being that sixth man in the stands supporting his friend John Little on many occassions last season, but if he will make the trip to Frankfurt in street clothes this season is more than unlikely as his friend left, but on the court he will as usual create havoc in the paint area. Last season for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL), he played 33 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (71.6%), FT: 51.9%; Eurocup: 16 games: 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 56.1%. "It is always a good feeling to return. I feel at home here and am ready for the new season. It is still early in the preseason, but we are playing together at the moment. That will be important in the next weeks. The guys are working hard. I feel I can take the role in as a veteran and guy that gives experience", stated Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports).
UA-Monticello's Dayton Mickens (203-F-91, college: Ark.-Monticello) scored the first 7 points of the game for Eurobasket helping them defeat Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven 79-68. Mickens ended the game with a double-double finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first action of the tour. He sat out the win against VfL AstroStars Bochum on Friday night. Eurobasket Select had a much more balanced attack on the offensive end led by Ozarks's Ethan Murray (188-G-93, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) 14... [read more]
Friday's win got off to a slow start but that was not the case on Saturday as Eurobasket took the lead early and never let Cuxhaven take another lead after the eight minute mark of the 1st quarter. Mickens, Dunnings, Paine's Don Quarles (193-F/G-92, college: Paine) (6 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl), Brown's Josh Biber (196-G/F-91, college: Brown) (8 pts, 7 reb), and Dominican's William Wise (206-F) started the game off. Eurobasket's opened the lead to 8 mid way through the first following a put back by Biber and an easy transition layup by Dunnings.
The second unit pushed the lead out all the way to 15 points led by Montague, Murray, Ham, and North Dakota's Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota). The home team would fight back to cut the lead to eight by halftime with strong play from Croatian Center Dragan Sekelja (213-C-91, college: Florida Atlantic) and Serbian/Croatian Forward Sinisa Cvetanovic (201-SF-94). 'Every time we would extend the lead to double figures, Cuxhaven would respond. Sekelja and Cvetanovic were both very difficult matchups for us but I'm glad our guys were able to stay composed and finish the game strong," Eurobasket Select Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said.
Midway through the 3rd quarter Cuxhaven came out of a timeout in a 2-3 zone to try and slow down the pace. That is when Murray came in to break the zone. Within 2 minutes of entering the game he was able to knock down two 3 point field goals and get to the foul line for two more points. Dunnings followed Murray's run with one of his own as he got 3 pointer from the top of the key and a very spiritual 4 point play a few moments later. 'We had a 4-5 minute stretch where Ethan and Jeremiah really opened the game up for us. When a team tries to go zone against us we need our shooters to come through, and they did tonight', ESL Tour Manager Dustin Simcox said. 'What wont show up in the box score is the excellent defensive play of Ajani Santos (201-F/C-94) on Sekelja. During that stretch they tried to slow the game down with him and Ajani made everything difficult for him.'
Notes: Dunnings and Montague have scored double figures in both games...Mickens first double-double of tour for any player...Biber five offensive rebounds is a team high and tour high...Eurobasket Select plays Weser Baskets Bremen/BTS Neustadt this afternoon at 4 pm German time/10 AM EST/7 AM PST.
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