After the successful summer where the German national team had a spotless 8-0 record in 2013 European championships qualifying, it was hoped that head coach would Svetislav Pesic would continue, but as soon as FC Bayern Munich let go Yannis Christopolous, there was quick speculation that the Serb would be appointed there and was. The German basketball federation didnt waste anytime finding a replacement by naming Frank Menz new German national coach. Menz is an experienced coach that has been an important coach the last years for the German youth program. His last duty was head coach of the U-20 German team. "Frank Menz has taken a great development at the DBB and is suited for this job. He has experience as head coach in the BBL and was coach of the year. He then did great work in our youth programs from the U-16 to the German national team. He also achieved two fifth place finishes at the European championships. He has been occupied with the German national team for years and knows the players and has personally coached the players. We knew the next German national coach would be Frank Menz. We stayed our concept loyal- He is the right man for this not easy job, but we have full confidence in him", stressed German basketball federation president Ingo Weiss.
Menz started his head coaching job in 1997 for Weissenfels where he coached until 2001. He then got further coaching experience coaching TuS Jena from 2002-2006.In 2006-2007 he was with BBV Leipzig (2. Regionalliga) - did not coach (help to cretae new professional structures in mens basketball. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Head Coach: German A2 National Team -05-07, Coach Assistant: German University National Team -05, World University Games in Izmir -05, German 2.Bundesliga (Group South) Runner-Up -06, World University Championships in Bangkok -07, Head Coach: German University National Team -07, 11, Head Coach: German U16 National Team -09, Coach Assistant: German A2 National Team -09, European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) -09, Head Coach: German U17 National Team -09-10, Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10, World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) -10, Head Coach: German U20 National Team -11-12, European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11, Coach Assistant: German National Team -12, and European Championships U20 in Slovenia -12. "I am happy about getting the trust. I know this is no easy job, but I am excited to make the most of it. Now I will quickly find the contact to the players that I already know. It is also importnat in the next weeks to find the fitting summer program that we can go well suited into the European championships", stressed Frank Menz.
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that will be playing his third professional season this season with the Hamburg Towers. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP:... [read more]
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that will be playing his third professional season this season with the Hamburg Towers. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 50.7%. He then gained his first professional experience with Pioneros de Delicias (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive) before continuing career in Germany. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Deandre thanks for talking to eurobasket.com.Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Right now I am in Albuquerque ,New Mexico. Summer has been good so far, just working on my game, and running a kids camp.
Your season ended on April 30 with Herten as you lost against Schwelm. How disappointing was not being able to keep the club in the Pro B? It was a big disappoint. Nobody wants to move down a league, especially when we were in the playoff race around the Christmas break.
You obviously did the most you could averaging 22,9ppg and weaseling into the paint to snatch rebound after rebound to help the team, but what do you feel was missing from the club staying in the league? I think we just didn't have a deep enough bench. In the play downs we played 6-7 guys, while other teams played 9-12 guys.
How important was it for you personally getting your feet wet as a professional in Mexico before making the jump to Germany where you tore up the Pro B?
Mexico was a great opportunity, I was given an opportunity to do what I love, and things worked out great after to get me to Europe. But the game in Mexico was completely different to Germany. I'm just happy I'm playing in Europe, where I've always wanted to play.
When you came to Herten last summer and practiced with the team and played the first exhibition games, how sure were you then that you might not only have a good individual season but a great one? I honestly had no idea. In preseason we were getting all on the same page, and figuring out roles and what not, so I didn't think I was going to have that kind of a season. I just wanted to do what was best for the team.
You scored in double figures in 26 of 27 games and only Stahnsdorf had your number once limiting you to three points in 30 minutes. Overall if you're your was strict critic how would you rate your season? Overall it was a good season. Nothing less of what I expect, nothing more of what I believe I can do. The most important was that my team didn't do well, and that's the most important factor to having a good or bad season in my mind.
Despite the overpowering numbers, how did you mentally come to terms with the season and all it's loses? How difficult was it getting prepared for every new game knowing that you had to perform well and put up big numbers for the team to win? It was mentally challenging, but also a great learning experience for me. I have always been part of a successful team throughout my whole career, so I had to stay mentally focused and strong. Every game was a challenge and had to find new way to get my teammates going and involved as well as trying to score and rebound at a high percentage. But in the end I think it made me a better player, especially mentally, also a better teammate and leader.
Besides your own amazing season, what other positives can you take with the season? As I said early, it challenged me mentally, and challenged my leadership skills. Also no matter the outcome, every day you have to continue working hard as a team and as an individual.
How do you feel were you able to develop your game further with Herten that you will take with you now to the Hamburg Towers in the Pro A?
I am a better leader, and I got to see the game how a lot of German coaches see it. I am going into the same situation. Don't know exactly how or where I'll fit in, or my role to make this team successful.
Congrats on signing with the Hamburg Towers. When did this contact come about? Did you go to Hamburg after the season was over with Herten for the try-out? After the season finished I went down to Hamburg for a short workout and to meet with the coach.
How do you feel were you able to convince Hamburg Towers head coach Hamed Attarbashi best from your basketball abilities on the court? I just showed how hard I work, and that every day I step on court I want to get better. I think playing pretty consistent all year around showed the type of player I am as well.
After spending some time with Hamed Attarbashi do you two guys speak the same basketball language? How is your relationship? I think we do