#1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (8-9) in their last game. Despite Kaman's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 100-98 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Kaman also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court.
It was Mavericks' third consecutive loss in a row.
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: 13.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 81.1% in the 15 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 former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He was not able to help the Hawaii in their last game on Saturday. Despite Standhardinger's very good performance the Hawaii was defeated 77-63 in Las Vegas, NV by the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds. Standhardinger also added and 3 steals.
Standhardinger has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 66.7%.
He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German.
Standhardinger played for the German U20 national team in 2009.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to a 2-point Caja Laboral's victory against the league outsider Lagun Aro GBC (1-9) 71-69 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game.
Pleiss recorded 6 points in only 7 minutes.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (7-3) is placed fourth in the ACB.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Pleiss' first year with the team.
This season his overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(20-34) and FT: 83.3% in the seven games.
Pleiss is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Vanderbilt in their last game. Despite Bright's good performance the Vanderbilt lost 52-62 at home to the Villanova University.
He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Bright also added 4 assists in 37 minutes.
This year Bright's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg in the 10 games.
He is also German U20 national team player.
#5. An experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL couldn't help Levanga Hokkaido (2-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Klette's very good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido was defeated 92-77 in Osaka by the higher-ranked Panasonic Trians (#3).
He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Klette also added 7 rebounds.
This season Klette has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg and 6.9rpg.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
thirteen years ago.
#6. Forward Michael Kessens (206-91, is currently at the American university) led Longwood to a victory against the Central Pennsylvania College (11-4) 88-75 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Kessens recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks and 3 steals.
The Longwood College has conference record this season.
It's Kessens' first year with the team.
Kessens has averaged so far, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg.
He is U20 international player as he played for the German team one years ago.
#7. International forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Pacific 85-67 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Harris scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.
The Gonzaga University has conference record this season.
Harris has been at the team for four years.
He has averaged so far, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games.
Harris is also German national team player.
#8. Guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to E.Washington's surprising victory against the California State University, Fullerton 79-75 in the NCAA last Friday.
He recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The Eastern Washington University has conference record this season.
It's Reuter's first year with the team.
Reuter has averaged so far, 6.4rpg and 1.2spg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2010.
#9. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Boston Coll.'s shocking victory against the The Pennsylvania State University 73-61 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 6 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots.
The Boston College has conference record this season.
Heckmann has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg.
He is also in the roster of the German national team.
#10. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (6-4) in their game against Real Madrid (10-0) in the Spanish ACB. Toppert cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points in 11 minutes.
CAI Zaragoza lost 79-94 in Madrid to the leading Real.
They ended the series of four consecutive victories.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
Toppert has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.1rpg in the 10 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Toppert is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the German senior national team.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#11. Former U18 international center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Bakken Bears to win against the closely-ranked Vaerlose crushing them 82-62 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night.
Dejworek recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Dejworek has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 3.0rpg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
seven years ago.
#12. 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 David Lipscomb University in the NCAA.
Ogbe recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes.
His team was badly defeated by 16 points 80-64.
Ogbe has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0spg in the three games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
#13. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Temple win their game against the The University of Buffalo 54-39 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
DiLeo scored 5 points and added 3 passes.
He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg.
DiLeo is a naturalized American.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
Interesting that DiLeo has never played in Germany.
#14. U20 international forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the San Diego in their game against the Stephen F. Austin State University in the NCAA.
He scored 6 points in 17 minutes.
His team lost 51-56.
Kramer has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games.
He is a naturalized American.
Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team
However he has never played in Germany.
#15. Former U18 international forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Siena in their game against the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA.
Martens scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes.
His team was edged 64-63.
He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games.
Martens used to play for the German U18 national team
five 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) led Regatas Corrientes to a victory over the closely-ranked Lanus (14-6) 75-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday.
Kammerichs was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Regatas Corrientes (15-5) is placed first in the LigaA.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders.
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.6apg.
Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.
#2.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Bnei Hasharon (2-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Bnei Hasharon lost 86-91 on the road to the second-ranked Maccabi Haifa.
Rice was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 38 minutes.
It was Bnei Hasharon's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Rice is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Bnei Hasharon's roster.
Rice has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg in the seven games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and German.
#3.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Belgium was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Base Oostende (2-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Stojic's very good performance Base Oostende was crushed 85-61 in Zielona Gora by the second-ranked Stelmet ZG.
He was the top scorer with 16 points (made all of his six free throws).
Stojic's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
It's Stojic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg and 2.8rpg.
Stojic has both Croatian and German nationalities.
#4. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Romania was not able to secure a victory for Timisoara (1-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fourth-placed Timisoara lost 86-97 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Kormend in the group F of EuroChallenge.
Sarovic was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes.
It was Timisoara's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Sarovic's team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial.
It's Sarovic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the five games.
Sarovic also holds two passports: Serbian and German.
#5.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni (7-4) in their game against AZS Koszalin (7-3) in the Polish TBL.
He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Energa Czarni was badly defeated 83-67 in Koszalin by the second-ranked AZS Koszalin.
It's Tomaszek's first season with the team.
Tomaszek's total stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg.
He holds both German and Polish passports.
#6.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan couldn't help LF Basket (6-8) in their last game. Despite Igbavboa's very good performance LF Basket was edged 84-83 at home by the second-ranked Uppsala Basket.
He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Igbavboa also added 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.
Igbavboa is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 16.7ppg.
This year he also averages: 6.4rpg and 1.2spg in the 14 games.
Igbavboa is a naturalized American.
He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#7.Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to a 3-point Alaska Aces' victory against the fifth-ranked Meralco Bolts 88-85 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night.
Thoss scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes.
Thoss is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.0bpg.
This year his other stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg in the 10 games.
Thoss has German and Filipino nationalities.
#8.Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-12) in their last game. Despite Lockett's good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 92-65 in Chester by the higher-ranked (#8) Cheshire Jets.
He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Lockett also added 8 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Lockett has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0spg in the three games.
He is a naturalized American.
#9.Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Maine's surprising victory against the Northeastern University 76-73 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
Mesghna scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Mesghna has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0spg.
He holds both German and Eritrean passports.
#10.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division).
Wachsmann scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
His team was badly defeated by 17 points 87-70.
Wachsmann belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4.
He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg.
Surrey Scorchers (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Gabe McCray (201-91kg-94, college: South Carolina State). He supposed to play at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league. McCray played in the final of MEAC Tournament. He received All-MDJUCO 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time. McCray graduated from South Carolina State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List... [read more]
Surrey Scorchers (BBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American forward Gabe McCray (201-91kg-94, college: South Carolina State). He supposed to play at SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL league. McCray played in the final of MEAC Tournament. He received All-MDJUCO 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time. McCray graduated from South Carolina State in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Will Cummings (188-G-92, college: Temple) is a 24 year old 188cm point guard from Jacksonville, Florida playing his second professional season and first with Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1) averaging 15,2ppg, 3,6rpg and 3,7apg in Champions League play. He played at Temple (NCAA) from 2011-2015 amassing a total of 111 NCAA games and as a senior played 36 games averaging 14.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.2apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 80.8%. As a rookie last season he played for the Houston Rocke... [read more]
Will Cummings (188-G-92, college: Temple) is a 24 year old 188cm point guard from Jacksonville, Florida playing his second professional season and first with Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1) averaging 15,2ppg, 3,6rpg and 3,7apg in Champions League play. He played at Temple (NCAA) from 2011-2015 amassing a total of 111 NCAA games and as a senior played 36 games averaging 14.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.2apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 80.8%. As a rookie last season he played for the Houston Rockets (NBA), released in Oct.'15, then moved to Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 52 games: 20.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 37.7%, FT: 78.5%, in Apr.'16 signed at Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy-Serie A): 4 games: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg. he spoke to eurobasket recently after Aris had beat the Fraport Skyliners in Germany in Champions League action.
Welcome to Germany Will. Is this your first time in Germany? What do you know about the country and it's basketball?
Yes that was my first time in Germany. I don't really know too much about their basketball since this is really my first year playing basketball overseas. I just know Germany has great cities to live in and visit.
Do you have any other friends currently playing in Germany besides TJ DiLeo? I think another former temple player Ryan Brooks might currently be playing in Germany. I know he has in the past.
Your playing your first complete season in Europe after being a rookie in the D-league last season and then played briefly with Dolomiti Energia Trento (Italy-Serie A): 4 games: 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg. What was your wake up call to being in Europe for the first time and playing professional ball?
I would say my wake up call was playing against Milan in the first round of the Italian playoffs. Jumping right into an important and high level situation for your first experience forces you to learn quickly.
This season you are playing for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). You are playing in a very strong league with many talented imports from around the world. As a point guard what do you believe has been the biggest adjustment for you getting accustomed to the European game? As a point guard I believe the biggest adjustment is learning the defenses that are being played in Europe. I played in the D league for a full season so you get accustomed to the amount of space on the court. In Europe everything is more compact so you have to find ways to still be affective with less space.
Currently the team is in sixth place in Greece and have a 8-4 record in the Champions League. What is the biggest difference for you in style and talent between the two leagues? I would say the biggest difference is the refs from European games and Greece games.
Your rocking in both competitions in the Greek league as well as in the Champions League. Just from the stats would it be fair to say that you a scoring point guard first and playmaker second?
I don't like to label myself. I leave that for other people evaluating my game. I just try to be affective and make plays in each game to help my team win.
When you were growing up who were your NBA role models and to what NBA player would you say does your game now resemble most?
Growing up my NBA role models were Allen Iverson and Chris Paul. I feel like I have a mixture of different players I resemble at different times. I feel like I have my own identity.
How valuable has your teammate Michael Jenkins been for in the first few months in terms of you getting accustomed to the league and life? Has he taken you a bit under your wing?
Mike has helped me a lot getting adjusted to life in Europe. Showing me the in and outs of just living on your own for a long period of time out of America.
How tough has it been with pronouncing the names of your teammates? Do you invent short nicknames for a guy like Vasilis Xanthopolous? But this name isn't even that difficult because many of the Greek names have that Thopolous on the end?
The names haven't been that difficult to pronounce but I have developed nicknames for all of them to eliminate me having to pronounce them.
How do you feel is your game improving on a daily basis when you go head to head each day with Xanthopolous in practice? Do you feel like your basketball IQ is at a different level than what it was before you came to Europe?
Going against Xanthopolous in practice has helped me because he has such a great feel for the game. He makes you figure out ways to try and out smart him. I do feel that I'm learning more.
As a rookie in 2015 you played NBA Summer League with the Houston Rockets and then was signed and played six pre season games before getting waived. Every player I talk with that has been in a NBA training camp has had their story, but how was it with you. How did you learn in this month experience that at the end of the day basketball will always be a business no matter how talented you are? NBA training camp was definitely and eye opener and showed me this basketball is business so it made me a lot stronger and mentally tougher to deal with my new lifestyle.
You were playing against a guy like Patrick Beverly who had played 5 years in Europe before making the jump to the NBA. When you compare your game to a guy like that what do you believe is still missing in your game to reach the NBA?
I don't believe anything is really missing from my game to be in the NBA. I would like to be a more consistent pull up shooter but opportunity just has to be given.
Last season as a rookie you had a very strong season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 52 games: 20.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 37.7%, FT: 78.5%. For a talented guy like you not scoring in double figures in 35 minutes per game is hard, but you still showed immense consistency doing it in all 52 games. Did you feel like you had deserved an NBA call up?
I definitely believe I deserved an NBA call up.
Last summer you played NBA Summer League with the San Antonio Spurs. Is Europe a stepping stone for you to develop your game and continue to try for the NBA in the future? Yes Europe is a stepping stone to still try and make the NBA.
You played at Temple (NCAA) from 2011-2015. How did head coach Fran Dunphy groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career? Fran Dunphy was the best thing that happened to my basketball career. He groomed me into a man and the tough player that I am today. I thank him for that.
You played two seasons with TJ DiLeo who is playing his 4th season in Germany. How annoying was his aggressive defense in practice every day and how do you believe did you profit from his presence on the floor?
I honestly can't really remember practices back. So much time has passed.
You surely had many memorable games at temple8NCAA), but where do the back to back wins against Uconn and Memphis rank towards the end of your senior season?
Those back to back wins get thought about a lot. They are high on my list because I thought those two wins secured us into the NCAA tournament but we were robbed. Also, beating UCONN was on senior night. Having my whole family there was memorable.
You played against many great players in the NCAA, but what player was your toughest opponent that is in the NBA now?
I didn't have any.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Devin Coleman?
Great question. I can't remember but I'm sure I did haha.
Jacksonville seems to be a city that grooms future NFL players with very few basketball people as the most notable are Otis Smith and Dee Brown. If you could have a dinner with Dee Brown what would you want to most about his basketball experience he had?
I would want to know most about his workout habits and what he did to take himself to another leve
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose? Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Kobe, Kareem
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?
MJ is the GOAT.
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game?
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