#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.
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90, college: Drury) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Pro B) playing 29 games averaging 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1% As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-... [read more]
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90, college: Drury) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Pro B) playing 29 games averaging 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1% As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 78.9%. He played at Drury (NCAA2) from 2009-2013 and as a senior played 35 games averaging 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to eurobasket after the season opening 105-74 win against Wurzburg.
Brandon congrats on the overpowering 105-74 win against Wurzburg. After the preseason and all the hard work did you expect to come out with such a good result before the game started? Danke Miles! Starting the season with a win is all we really had in mind. I do not think any of us believed the game would have a result as such.
Wurzburg had the narrow 22-19 lead after one quarter, but in the second quarter the ScanPlus baskets got their offense going with 33 points and gave up only 8 points to have the overwhelming 52-30 lead at the break. What did head coach Dario Jerkic want the team do change up in the second frame?
We were lacking focus on the defensive side of the ball and allowed them a bunch of second chances. So in the 2nd quarter, we wanted to make it harder for them to score and really focus on grabbing rebounds when they missed.
The Elchingen offense kept scoring,scoring and scoring adding 31 points in the third quarter. What makes the squad so dangerous on the offensive end? We have a good number of players that can score the ball in a variety of ways. Therefore the defense cannot just lock in on 1 or 2 players. They have to be worried about all 5 players on the court because anyone can score at any time.
But it isn't just the offensive end, but on the defensive end you had 14 team steals and forced Wurzburg to 23 turnovers. What has been key for getting so many on the same page so early on the defensive end?
We still have a long way to go but it's something we work on daily at practice. We really want the defensive side of the ball to carry us because we know there will be games when shots are not going in.
Would the score have been closer if Wurzburg had had some Americans. They played with only one import last season and this season recently added a new American, but he didn't play. Wurzburg is a good team that has talent so I believe the score would be closer if we played the same roster today or tomorrow. Lucky for us, we were clicking on both sides of the ball which contributed to the score being as such.
The ScanPlus baskets had five guys in double figures. Does this team make your job a bit easier than last season where Nordlingen needed you to score much every game with it's non deep scoring roster?
I don't know if it makes my job easier, but it does change it some. I might not have to score as much, but I still have to go out each game and give it my all. So my approach to the game is still the same.
What has been your early impression of rookie Taevaunn Prince. Is this a guy that will be able to make a consistent impact week in and week out? I would characterize Taevaunn as a "walking bucket" because he can get you a basket however you want it whenever you need it. He led all of NCAA DII last year in scoring and that just doesn't happen easily. I hope and believe that he will put up big numbers for us this season.
How important is the fact that the ScanPlus Baskets have a nice mix of imports and not only Americans. Has this reality had an early impact on the healthy growing team chemistry?
It's still early in the season and chemistry on/off the court is still developing. We are at a good point for this part of the season and I hope positive chemistry continues to happen within the club!
You had a very solid game with 14 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three steals. How is your role different this season to last? As the point guard, I feel my role is still the same no matter my stat lines. I still have to lead vocally and by example.
What is your main goal as a player this season besides winning. You obviously are not depended to score as much as last season. Could this be a season where your playmaking goes to a new dimension? With the amount of players we have this season that can score, having high assist totals are definitely in reach. I've always been a fan of passing more than scoring, so it should be a really fun year!
Defense is also a big part of your game. In a team that has many athletes, how is your defensive game able to grow this season which it might not have been last season? Haha coaches are not really a fan unless I get it, but it allows me to take a few more chances on defense. But it also allows me to pressure the ball more, which coaches like, without the fear of getting beat because help side can arrive quicker.
Jordan Talbert is in Karlsruhe and Janek Schmidtkunz in Gotha. How much do you miss these guys and how sure are you that both guys will be checking your box score each weekend to see how well you are doing?
I definitely miss those guys! They are like brothers to me. The three of us had a tremendous connection on/off the court. We are all in contact a couple times a week and have already told each other we will be keeping up with games and even try to catch a couple in person.
What does a football fan do in St Louis now without the Rams during the winter? Do you still follow them now even though they are home in Los Angeles now? Luckily for me, I was never really attached to the Rams. It would hurt more if the Cardinals were to leave the StL. So I'm not sure what a Rams' fan does during football season.
The great Kevin Garnett has retired. Where is his legacy now with the alltime great that have played in the NBA?
He is definitely one of the best to ever do it! I think basketball people could sit around for days and debate whether or not he is a top 5 PF of all time. But no debate about whether or not he will end up in the Hall of Fame!
Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Sacramento, California that completed his second professional season and first with the Uni Riesen Leipzig playing 23 games: Score-5 (20.4ppg), Reb-2 (10.5rpg), 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. He picked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports... [read more]
Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Sacramento, California that completed his second professional season and first with the Uni Riesen Leipzig playing 23 games: Score-5 (20.4ppg), Reb-2 (10.5rpg), 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. He picked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -16. As a rookie, he played for TSV Quakenbrueck (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 16 games averaging 29.7ppg. He started his basketball career at Yuba junior college and then played two years at S.Utah (NCAA). He finished at Adams St. (NCAA2) playing 27 games: 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.2%. He spoke to eurobasket about the departure From Pro A team Ehingen.
Julian thanks for talking to eurobasket. Com. Where are you at the moment and what are momentarily most in your thoughts now? Hey Miles I'm currently in Ehingen looking for a new situation to come up. My thoughts are more reflecting on everything that's happened up to now.
Recently this summer we talked about your future season Ehingen and you were very motivated about the new opportunity. You must of never thought in your wildest dreams that your stay would be so short? Not at all but it was a mutual understanding with the manager as well as the coach.
You had been in pre-season with Pro A team Ehingen. How would you summarize your stay there?
Definitely took dedication and focus to come in and work so hard every single day and wake up sore as hell and get right back to work. I definitely can say my body benefited from the process.
Would you agree that it was more a problem with getting used to the system of head coach Domenik Reiboth then it was a matter of adjusting to the level of the Pro A? Yes definitely and that's what it came down to and in the end a decision had to be made so you live and you learn
What did 't fit with the system of Reinboth and combining the strength's of your game? I can't really sit here and complain about his structure they won the Pro B championship with that structure. I just wasn't able to adapt in the time frame he needed me to.
Was their possibly less room at the big positions with Danny Berger and Tobias Jahn and you became the odd man out? Not at all I was their starting 4/5 man Danny and Tobias just knew his system and were very comfortable with it. I was still learning but it wasn't quick enough for the coach to trust in me to be his leader in that system and position.
How comfortable did you feel playing in the Pro A? How confident are you still that you can be a productive player in this league? I was completely comfortable. I have no doubt in my mind I can do well in Pro A it just depends on the next club who is willing to give me the opportunity.
I guess you have left with no hard feelings? What kind of farewell did you get from coach? Yeah no hard feelings it's nothing personal and sometimes you got to remember this is a business I'm doing what I love but it is also my job and I didn't do it well enough for them to have confidence in me. Nothing special just good luck on a new situation for me and that's was it.
What have you learned from this experience that will help you in the future in this kind of situation. I would say just remember this is your job as well so meaning I need to be professional as well as being 100% every practice.
What is the next step for Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.)? Will you stay in Germany and wait for a new opportunity? The next step for me will be to find a new club quickly to put this all behind me. I will stay in Europe yes in order to stay prepared for the next possible opportunity.
If a Pro B team opened their door tomorrow and the situation was good, would you go that route? I would speak with my agent and we would make a decision together if that's a route were interested in taking.
Your ex teammate Brandon Shingles is also without a team. How weird is it for both of you to be without a team despite your success from last season?
Not weird to me at all its a business and there are millions of athletes competing for jobs everyday so we're just trying to get in where we fit in and try to move up from there.
What is one thing that you would like to see happen in the NBA this season? See the Sacramento Kings be playoff contenders.
What was the last movie that you saw? Above the rim is the last movie I saw.
Seth Hinrichs (202-SF-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) is a 23 year old 203cm guard from Clara City, Minnesota that is playing his second professional season in the German Pro A with the Kirchheim Knights. Last season as a rookie he played for FC Porto (Portugal-LPB): 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%. He played at Lafayette (NCAA) from 2011-2015 graduating fr... [read more]
Seth Hinrichs (202-SF-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) is a 23 year old 203cm guard from Clara City, Minnesota that is playing his second professional season in the German Pro A with the Kirchheim Knights. Last season as a rookie he played for FC Porto (Portugal-LPB): 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%. He played at Lafayette (NCAA) from 2011-2015 graduating from Lafayette as the all-time leader in 3PG % in Patriot League history. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 83.1%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 92-90 road victory in Dresden.
Seth thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome to Germany. You had a try-out with BBL team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, but landed with Kirchheim. What has been most appealing to you about the club since you joined? I really like the coaches and my teammates. We have a good, talented group of guys and have the potential to do really well this year.
Was it difficult for you to accept the fact that the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg didn't need you? Your now in a league lower. How do you as a professional player handle this kind of rejection? I was definitely disappointed but I realize it is a part of playing basketball professionally. I am very appreciative for the opportunity that Coach Patrick gave me and for the people I was able to meet at Ludwigsburg. I think playing in the Pro A is a great opportunity and now my focus is to improve as a player so that one day I can reach the BBL level or higher.
You really have had little integration problems as you came very late to the team. What do you believe has helped you most in getting the transition stage going in the right direction? I think Coach Mai has helped in terms of going through things slowly and being patient. It's hard to join a team that has already played together and has chemistry but the guys have been great in this transition period as well.
You are on a team that has substantial talent and you are programmed to have a big role on the team. What is your goal this season and how is it different than last season with FC Porto? My goal is to win the Pro A and contribute to a championship in whatever ways possible. I think with the talent we have here we would be selling ourselves short with anything less.
Last season for FC Porto you played 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%,. Do you feel like you can be a consistent scorer in the Pro A and more than you were with FC Porto? Like you said I'll have an expanded role compared to last year so I'll be playing more minutes and be called on to score, rebound, and assist more offensively. I have high expectations for myself this year and I am looking forward to playing for Coach Mai and Kirchheim.
Congrats on the big 92-90 road victory in Dresden. How did it feel playing your first professional game for a German team and did you remember having such an intense atmosphere last season in games in Portugal? Thank you! It felt great having not played in an actual game since February. The atmosphere and energy was great up in Dresden. It was comparable to some games in Portugal. I was just happy to be back on the court.
It was a wild game and scoring really took center stage in the first quarter. Did defense take a back step at first or was this just two explosive offensive teams in the making? I think both teams have potent offensive attacks but I don't think there was a lot of defense being played in the first quarter. It was the first game of the season, players have jitters, the crowd was into it, so I think both teams we're just getting acclimated to playing.
The game really remained close in the first three quarters and Dresden kept the lead until the midway point of the fourth until Kirchheim got the lead back. What was the most difficult thing about having to keep up with this offensive minded team on defense? I think they jumped ahead early and we had to keep battling. They are a great transition team and kept pushing the ball up the court early and often. As the game progressed we were able to keep chipping away and eventually close their lead in the fourth.
Randall Holt was a real thorn in the Kirchheim side as he nailed huge three pointers in crunch time, but Justin Hedley won the game at the end with a shot. Take me through that last play and was it the perfect script? Hedley surely wasn't the first option
Holt is a good player and hit some tough shots but Justin came up huge for us. We had run a pick and roll with Carrington Love and myself and he tried to create. Justin was open in the corner and dribbled past the close out and sank the 10 footer. I was excited that we won and excited for Justin! He's one of the young guys on the team and puts in a lot of work so it was great to see that shot go in.
You had a very solid game with 18 points, three assists, six rebounds and two steals. Do you have a good feeling that the German Pro A style fits your game well? I think the Pro A style fits my game and I think Coach Mai's overall scheme fits my game. I'm excited to play in the Pro A this year against some good competition.
You harmonized very well with German veteran Tim Koch. How much fun is it playing with him and learning from his game on the floor? Tim is a phenomenal shooter and basketball player. He makes shots at such a high rate that teams have to stay attached at all times or he'll hurt them with threes. Its great playing with him because when teams stay glued to him there are more open lanes.
You take a lot of pride on defense. Do you see the Kirchheim Knights being a team that can make an impact on a consistent basis on the defensive end this season? I definitely see potential for us to be a great defensive team. We have the tools to be great, but consistency is our problem. We'll put together five great minutes of defense and follow that up with five terrible minutes. But I think as the season goes on we'll improve and become a more cohesive unit.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 NBA heads would you choose? This is tough.. It's hard to pick just four but I'll go with MJ, Bill Russell, Kareem, and Kobe
Now that Lebron finally won a NBA title with the Cavs where does this title put him in the debate as the all-time best player in the world? He's in the top 10 of all-time and probably the best active player but it's close.
What was the last movie that you saw? Jason Bourne.
Copyright (c) 1998-2016 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.