It is always a special pleasure when Fans are able to see former teammates battling against their ex team again. This season the EWE Baskets Oldenburg have two ex Frankfurt Skyliners on their roster with Germans Konrad Wysocki and Dominic Bahinese De Mello who combined played seven seasons and 260 games. De Mello played from 2005-2011 and was primarly known as a shooter and didnt always have an easy time under head coach Murat Didin, but seemed to forever escape his basketball shell in Frankfurt under Gordon Herbert. Konrad Wysocki played at Ivy league school Princeton getting Ivy league rookie of the year in 2001 and when wearing spectacles could be seen as a young Russell Crowe from the movie A Beautiful Mind and could always hold his own in a conversation about architecture. In his only season in Frankfurt in 2008-2009, he played under Murat Didin who wanted him to play more the position four even though he has his advantages at the position three. That season was nt the best experience for him as he averaged only 6,0ppg, 4,3rpg, 1,4apg and shot only 29,3% from downtown. The nicest memory of the ex ratiopharm Ulm player was prior to him coming to Frankfurt when he was allowed to guard NBA superstar Lebron James at the 2008 Olympic games in Bejing. Wysocki then departed Frankfurt in 2009 and went a bit further east to Poland where he played three seasons for PGE Turow and played Eurocup and hit very prosperous the lats two seasons at 41% from the parking lot. Wysocki wasnt able to play, because he was suffering from a charley horse injury, but spent some time before the game saying hello to friends that had made the trip form Frankfurt. De Mello was looking to break the 1-1 record form last season where he helped crush Frankfurt in the home opener on the road, but then lost at home near the end of the season. De Mello was as focused to beta his old team as OJ Mayo of the Dallas Mavericks has been being on of the better players so far, Rick Adelman of the Timberwolves keeping a competitive team there despite nagging in juries or Damien Lillard showing he has been a solid rookie for the Portland Trailblazers so far and the young German was able to help the EWE Baskets Oldenburg grind out a tough 63-61 win. I was excited to play against my former team and see many friends especially seeing Klaus Perwass and Quantez Robertson was nice. It is always special to play against Frankfurt stressed Dominic Bahiense De Mello. De Mello also is thrilled to be reacquainted again with Wysocki. He is a good friend of mine. We understand each other very much. He plays the kind of style I play. He does so much for the team and has become such a good player and developed in his time in Poland, added Dominic Bahiense De Mello. Wysocki learned very well at Princeton. I always know that I can find him cutting to the basket. He is a leader and always fights until falling down, said EWE Baskets Oldenburg center Jannik Freese. Purdue almunist Chris Kramer that got the deciding steal and hoop to win the game just uttered a huge smile when talking about the German boys. De Mello is a clown and always joking around. He was struggling a bit rushing his shot this season, but when he is open and has his feet set, then he is one of the best shooters that I have ever been around. Fis hilarious. He is a Princeton boy and sometimes he makes comments that you would never expect from him. He is a huge asset to the team and very versatile. He is one of the bets offensive rebounders that I have ever seen. He is like a magnate getting those rebounds, warned ex s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg guard Chris Kramer (191-G-88, college: Purdue)
The Fraport Skyliners came into the game in 14th place coming off a bitter 59-55 home loss against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and once again were not rewarded with their strong defense losing a 63-61 heartbreaker where they had the game in their hands, but lost it at the end with two crucial mistakes. The Fraport Skyliners fall to 17th place and seem to be a lot better 17th ranked team then their record shows, but a loss is a loss no matter how well you play. We are a bit mad and down at the end of this game. We knew that we could of won the game. We simply didnt execute at the end of the game, stressed Fraport Skyliner American Quantez Robertson. Despite losing there continues to be bright spots with the team play. The Skyliners held Oldenburg to 63 points which is a huge accomplishment. They can build on this and need to continue to play aggressive, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg came into the game reeling off a 69-62 loss in Trier and wanted to continue to put an end to their up and down play in the Beko BBL after their continued strong play in the Eurochallenge where they are perfect at 5-0. It doesnt really get any more exciting than this. This was a very intense game on defense and you have to respect Frankfurt for their performance. They put so much pressure in the passing lanes and we were never able to get rolling and get away, because we didnt hit our shots. At the end it was small things that decided this game and I am happy that we were able to pull out the win, stressed ex Sklyiner Dominic bahiense De Mello.
The injury woes continued for the Fraport Skyliners as they were without top scoorer Ted Scott once again as well as captain Marius Nolte. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg jumped on the Fraport Skyliners quickly taking a 6-1 lead as De Mello scored on a lay up with his left hand, Adam Chubb got that extra pass from Ronald Burrell and Rickey Paulding hit a pull up jumper. The Fraport Skyliners didnt let this quick explosion rattle their feathers as they stormed back on a 6-2 run and trailed only 8-7. Young German Danilo Barthel got some early self confidence making in an ally-op pass from Johnathan Jones and then scored inside again as did Quantez Robertson. This back and fourth offense was about as much as the fans would get until the fourth quarter as defense would play the major role in this game. Oldenburg stayed in front despite the Fraport Skyliners tying the game at 9-9 through Zack Peacock and at 11-11 through a Johannes Vogtman lay in. 2008 Beko BBL champion with Alba Berlin Julius Jenkins hit a floater which he would do again in crunch time and Quantez Robertson replied with a three pointer, but the Fraport Skyliners still were behind 17-16 after one quarter. The game was very open. Both teams were defending very aggressive leading with the Fraport Skyliners shooting very weak, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 50% from the field and 0% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 33% from the field and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the 10-8 rebound edge and both teams had two turnovers a piece.
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg got off to a quick start despite Dion Dowell making a block on the first play and then forcing 2007 Beko BBL cup winner with Cologne Ronald Burrell to a turnover. Oldenburg went on a 8-2 run to lead 25-18. Chubb used his height advantage over Zach peacock nailing a fade away and hit free throws. Julius Jenkins nailed the teams only three pointer of the game. This was a very strong phase of Oldenburg defending as the Fraport Skyliners continued to struggle in their offensive sets as the shot clock was down in many plays forcing low percentage shots. However the Fraport Skyliners knew that in order to stay in the game they would have to put up their defense a few notches and they did letting their defense spark their offense. After a Dowell catch and pop, Devin Gibson made a steal which led to a Zach Peacock fade away jumper and mini 4-0 run as Oldenburg led only 26-22. After Kramer and Peacock traded free throws, it was time for another mini 4-0 run by the Fraport Skyliners as Quantez Robertson made a tip in and then on the very next play, a fierce full court press forced another turnover as Barthel came up with the steal and Konstantin Klein made the lay in as all of a sudden a Skyliner 25-18 disadvantage turned into a 28-28 ball game. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were able to close out the second quarter with free throws from Robin Smeulders and Ronald Burrell to lead 31-28. The game continued to a defensive battle. Frankfurt increased their aggressive play in the second quarter, but still had problems on offense. Oldenburg pressured so well and the kick wasnt there, because the shooters were covered keeping the shooting percentage down, expressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 42% from the field and 20% from the tree point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 31% from the field and 17% from the three point line. Oldenburg had the rebound advantage at 19-14, but 11 turnovers while Frankfurt only ahd six turnovers.
The third quarter continued to have little scoring output from both teams as defense was continuing to rule the game. The Fraport Skyliners continued to stay on the heel of Oldenburg as Zach Peacock made a lay in to cut the Oldenburg lead to 33-32, but Ronaly Burrell hit a mid distance jumper to put the Oldenburg lead at 35-32. Ronald Burrell was doing a super job keeping Dowell away from the taking the three point line so somebody else had to step up and it was Robertson testing his 27% three point percentage hitting the three pointer knotting the game at 35-35. Jones then gave Frankfurt their first lead of the game dropping an open three pointer for the 38-35 lead. Frankfurt was finally rewarded for their stellar defense. However Oldenburg roared back going on a mini 4-0 run to retake the lead 39-38. Rickey Paulding caught Frankfurt napping scoring on the fast break and Adam Chubb hit two free throws. Peacock tied the score at 39-39 with a free throw, but Jannik Freese then made two free throws for the 41-39 lead. Peacock then tied the score again with a lay in 41-41. DE Mello closed out the third quarter with a bucket as Oldenburg led 43-41. The Skyliners won the third quarter. They dictated the game as they gave Oldenburg no chance to get away. Both teams continued to defend very hard as neither team had any rhythm on offense, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 37% from the field and 14% from the parking lot and the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 31% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Oldenburg had the rebound edge 30-21, but 17 turnovers while Frankfurt had only eight turnovers.
Both teams really saved their best for last as there would be 10 lead changes and the game was decided in the last minute. The Fraport Skyliners raced out on a 5-0 run to retake the lead 46-43 as Quantez Robertson made a spectacular reverse lay up and Johnathan Jones connected on a bomb form downtown. Julius Jenkins then was fouled in the corner behind the three point line and connected on two of three free throws. Burrell then hit a free throw as Oldenburg led 47-46. Peacock then reacted like a beast hauling down an offensive rebound and registering the put back and 48-47 Frankfurt lead. It continued to go back and forth as Burrell snuck inside and got a lay in as Oldenburg led 49-48. Frankfurt then tied the score at 52-52 with a heads up play by Dowell who gobbled up the Voigtmann air ball and lay it in. Gibson who had had drawn fouls all night long, but not hit on a regular basis on the penetration snuck into the zone made a hesitation step and turn around shot as Frankfurt led 55-52. Now it was Oldenburgs turn again to retake the lead going on a mini 4-0 run to lead 56-55. Kramer scored in traffic and Dru Joyce who had been quiet all night long in the scoring department made his only bucket of the game finding a hole as no one picked him up. Gibson then made free throws giving Frankfurt the lead back 57-56, which was quickly erased by Mr money ball Jenkins who quickly found the open space and got inside and made the floater as Oldenburg led again 58-57. Frankfurt then retook the lead 61-58 as Gibson showed no nerves at the free throw line making four free throws in crunch time after having problems recently and Dowell made a huge bucket as Frankfurt led 61-58 with less than a minute to play. Oldenburg countered with two quick points with Robin Smeulders cutting the Frankfurt lead to 61-60. With time running out and eight seconds to go, the Fraport Skyliners had their destiny in their own hands as Oldenburg had to foul, but the unexpected came as Chris Kramer came between a Tez inbounds pass to Gibson scoring an easy break away hoop and Oldenburg 62-61 lead as Oldenburg would never trail again. That was my fault. I have to make a better inbounds pass, stated Quantez Robertson. It was my mistake. I should of came quicker to the ball, added Devin Gibson. Chris Kramer who was named to the defensive team three years in a row in his conference at Purdue showed why he is a big time defensive player even if his steal wasnt as spectacular as his shot from his knees against Arizona in 2007. That steal wasnt as spectacular as that, but is was big. We needed a big play and the pass wasnt strong and I got in the passing lane and got the basket, added Chris Kramer Kramer never gives up. He plays until he falls down, stressed Jannik Freese. Frankfurt had one more chance with 4 seconds to play on an inbounds play, but Oldenburg denied well as Frankfurt got the ball to young German Johannes Voigtman that lost the ball in the corner and turned the ball over. It was obvious that I wasnt the first option, but Oldenburg did a good job on our players and I was unlucky losing the ball on the dribble off my foot, expressed Johannes Voigtmann. Jenkins made one more free throw sealing the win for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg 63-61. We had good looks at end and executed ok. I think that if we would have made more of our open shots then we would of won, added Quantez Robertson. This was one of those games where one play can decide it. This was a huge win for us and this is what can capitulate a team and keep us moving forward, warned Chris Kramer
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were led by Adam Chubb with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ronald Burrell added 11 points and six boards and Julius Jenkins 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach peacock with 17 points, five rebounds and two assists. Quantez Robertson added 14 points. The FRaport Skyliners continue to struggle on offense as they cant find a rhythm and shot only 34% from the field and 24% from outside. Their defense continues to be their bright spot as they limited Oldenburg to only one three pointer and forced them to 21 turnovers. Our defense was very aggressive tonight. We did a good job not letting them get into their plays and limiting their hot players Jenkins and Paulding and not letting them get a rhythm early, stressed Quantez Robertson. Frankfurt defended very aggressive hedge hard on ball screens and making us make the extra pass. We missed many shots. We can work on many things. We have to get back to scoring 75-80 points, added Chris Kramer Frankfurt scrambled very much and it wasnt easy against their baseline trap, warned Jannik Freese. The Fraport Skyliners will be back at the office next weekend against Phoenix Hagen and will need to defend hard again as Phoenix Hagen can put points up on the board as fast as Julius Jenkins can get hot and stop their run and gun game.
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Walter Tigers Tuebingen (BBL) inked 24-year old American guard Dezmine Wells (196-98kg-92, college: Maryland). He played most recently at Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in the U.S.. In 25 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg last season. Wells was called during the season by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Among other achievements Wells' team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2015. He received a... [read more]
Walter Tigers Tuebingen (BBL) inked 24-year old American guard Dezmine Wells (196-98kg-92, college: Maryland). He played most recently at Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) in the U.S.. In 25 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.9apg last season. Wells was called during the season by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Among other achievements Wells' team was regular season runner-up in Big Ten in 2015. He received also All-Big Ten 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time. Wells graduated from University of Maryland in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Freddie Jackson(193-G-91, college: NC-Wilmington) is a 24 year old 193cm guard from Wilmington, North Carolina with one season of professional basketball under his belt as he played with AS Soleuvre (Luxembourg-Total League) and BZD Ikh-Aravtuud Bulls (Mongolia-Superliga) last season. He started his basketball career in 2011 with NC-Wilmington (NCAA) where he played until 2015 playing a total of 121 NCAA games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP:... [read more]
Freddie Jackson (193-G-91, college: NC-Wilmington) is a 24 year old 193cm guard from Wilmington, North Carolina with one season of professional basketball under his belt as he played with AS Soleuvre (Luxembourg-Total League) and BZD Ikh-Aravtuud Bulls (Mongolia-Superliga) last season. He started his basketball career in 2011 with NC-Wilmington (NCAA) where he played until 2015 playing a total of 121 NCAA games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 63.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Freddie, please introduce yourself and your style of play to the Eurobasket Germany readers. What makes your game special in your opinion? You can fill up the stat sheet, but what would you say is a hidden strength in your game that gets overlooked time after time?
I'm Freddie Jackson (193-G-91, college: NC-Wilmington) from Wilmington NC. I'm a typical big guard who is supposed to do everything on the court. My playing style is very versatile, I can score on all 3 levels effectively. I'm a two way player with good size at 6'4 and also well conditioned. I really can fill up the stat sheet, but it is also important for me to get my teammates involved. I think most coaches that I have played for or against in the past will say that I'm a great leader who leads by example and is vocal. What some teams don't have on their scouting sheet is that I can guard positions 1 through 3. I take pride in being a great defender.
You were born in Wilmington North Carolina, went to high school in Wilmington then proceeded to play in the NCAA D1 for the UNC Wilmington. Having spent your entire life in one town, why did you decide to pursue a professional career in overseas basketball? How did head coach Buzz Peterson groom and shape your game to the professional ranks? Describe your first impressions coming to Europe.
I spent the majority of my life in Wilmington playing basketball. I travelled all over the US playing also. I always wanted to play professionally. Basketball is my passion. I'm looking forward to playing in Europe again, this will be a fun challenge to play in another country. Coach Buzz did a great job preparing me for overseas. He was a great mentor and really helped me get ready for pro basketball. Many other players from my school are playing abroad so our coach truly knows what he is doing. My first impression in Europe was different but good. Basketball was still the same. The game is what connects us all. My first
experience was great and I'll never forget it.
You started the season at AS Soleuvre (Luxembourg-Total League) and didn't last through preseason. How disappointing was your first European adventure and why couldn't you stay there? My first team in Luxembourg did not work out for two different reasons. One being I had an ankle injury towards the end of training camp and the other being that the team decided to bring in a small forward instead who was a couple inches taller at 6'6. Sure I was disappointed. But it didn't discourage me from further pursuing my dream.
You finished the 2016 season in Mongolia, a country we don't know much about in terms of basketball. Please give as a first hand report about the league, the players and the overall situation. In a retrospective, do you think it would have been possible finding another team in Europe instead, given how well your game is suited especially for teams in a country like Germany? Mongolia was a small country in terms of basketball, unrecognized by most because of their choice of how to run their own league. They make their own game rules. Games sometimes would simply get cancelled for no apparent reason 30 minutes before the tip-off. This was the only downfall of the league, the competition most places was good, many guys from power 6 conferences played there along with me. There was even some former pros who loved their league and are still active there. For me personally, I really think I could have found a better option than Mongolia, but my agent at the time was trying to place me anywhere, which turned out to be a mistake.
After a very strong senior season at NC-Wilmington (NCAA) where you played 32 games averaging 13.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 63.6%, you went into your professional season with high expectations. Did you ever think in your wildest dreams that your rookie season would be such a roller coaster ride?
After such a strong senior season I was hoping to possibly workout for some NBA teams but later decided to pursue overseas basketball. Never thought my career would get off to such a shakey start. But I understand that how you start is not how you finish. I just want to play and show everyone what I'm capable of doing. I have abilities that I want to put to good use on a team in Europe.
Graduating college in 2015 as a highly decorated senior, you more or less fell under the radar after returning home from Mongolia. You are now looking to come back to Europe and prove that you can play here on a high level. Please let a possible soon-to-be coach know what it is that you think you can contribute to the team that picks you up. The two main things a coach needs to know are that I'm the kind of player that will do anything to help a team win. I spend most of my free time in the gym. Off the court, I am an easy going person who mostly just stays home. I've never really been a party guy or somebody who would get in trouble. I'm very team orientated people friendly.
How has the transfer market been for you this summer? Do you feel that your unfortunate rookie season has had an effect in interest from teams? What did you learn from your experience in Mongolia that will help you make the right decisions in the future?
The transfer market has been hard so far because of my playing history. I think most teams look at Mongolia and it affects my chances. There are no stats available online, all I have is screenshots of the scouting sheets that were handed to me. I am hoping teams will look at my senior year college and realize that this is the player they'd be getting, except for the fact that now I have further matured and learned more about overseas basketball.
Please describe your typical day during off-season and the things you do to stay in shape and ready for your next overseas assignment. North Carolina has a lot to offer when it comes to Pro Ams and high level tournaments. Did you participate in anything so far this summer? My day normally starts around 7:30 when I wake for breakfast. After breakfast I head to the gym for my first of two basketball workouts which last for about 1 hour each. They usually are filled with many high level quick passing drills. After the first workout is finished, I follow up with a 30 minutes weight sesson which includes stretching and lifting weights. Normally I eat a big lunch followed by some rest. I'm finish my day with shooting toward the late afternoon at around 6.
People say there is a special breed of the North Carolina Guard' and would usually describe these guards as tough, hard-nosed and pesky on defense. Having made the CAA All-Defensive team, would you say this overall description fits you? Who won a one on one in practice, you or Addison Spruill? I think this overall description fits me perfectly. I love defense just as much as I love offense. Both are very important to becoming a complete player, which I like to think I am . Playing basketball in North Carolina growing up is very hard. It's plenty competition and plenty people to measure up to in every age group, from AAU all the way into the pros. I was very successful in high school making the ESPN top 100 shooting guards of my class in 2011 with an overall rating of 85 and 3 stars out of 5. Me and Addison Spruill are good friends. I've been playing against him since high school. When we play one on one games it would be a split between us two, a mutual respect back and forth kind of match up. I feel like we are similar when it comes to our offensive skills, but I will go ahead and say I consider myself a slightly better defender.
After three and a half years as head coach of FC Bayern Munich, Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) won't be patrolling the sidelines in arenas in Europe this season on account of health issues. The 66 year old has undergone knee surgery and won't be able to perform his job as head coach as the rehabilitation will prevent hm from doing his job that is fit. Alexsander Djordjevic will take over as head coach, but Pesic will still have a close function with the team as an advisor."T... [read more]
After three and a half years as head coach of FC Bayern Munich, Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) won't be patrolling the sidelines in arenas in Europe this season on account of health issues. The 66 year old has undergone knee surgery and won't be able to perform his job as head coach as the rehabilitation will prevent hm from doing his job that is fit. Alexsander Djordjevic will take over as head coach, but Pesic will still have a close function with the team as an advisor."Two things are important. One has to make decisions and take reponsibility and develop the players. I feel that I not only made a proper decision concerning my health, but also in the further development of the team. A later decsion might have been too big a risk for the club in the hopes of getting better sooner. I wanted to prevent that and for the first time in my life I thought first about my health", added Svetislav Pesic.
Svetislav Pesic son Marko is also sure that the decison of his father was the correct one and also adds that the influence of Pesic senior has enriched the organization. "In the name of the club, we can give him a big thank you for the work load and effort that he has made. He brought this project forward that is out of the ordinary. Much what he does as enthusiastic ambassador for the game isn't always seen. The development of our youth bears his name. Without his personality, this club wouldn't be where it is now. It was planned that he wouldn't coach next season. We will use his great experience in the next weeks and months. But now his health comes first", stated Marko Pesic. Pesic has won just about everything there is to win in european basketball and his players know exactly how valuable the coach has been to the success of the team that won the 2014 BBL title. "Coach Pesic is a special coach and person. He taught me many things like discipline, intensity and having the right attitude for basketball. I have learned what priorities to have in life. Nobody can take away his unbelievable work attitude. and his love and passion for the game. I wish him only the best for his helath and know he will return at 100%", stressed American Bryce Taylor.
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