Logan Stutz (205-F-88, college: Washburn) is a 24 year old 205cm forward from Kanas City, Missouri and playing his first season for the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA). He started his basketball career at Washburn (NCAA2). Last season he was a rookie and played for BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 11 games: 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 68.1%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 76.8%, left in Dec.'11, in Jan.'12 moved to WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga): 16 games: 4.2ppg, 2.3rpg. He spoke to eurobasket after his monster game of 44points and 17 rebounds against Leipzig.
Congrats on the the 89-83 win against Leipzig. Of course it was a team win, but honestly would Essen have won without your monster game of 44 points and 17 boards.
It was a team win that we needed. My shots were going in that night and the team did a great job supporting me and getting me the ball. Many other guys stepped up big too at big times in the game. I am confident that if I didn't have my 44 then we still would have won because other guys would have stepped up for sure.
Was this the most points that you have ever scored in college or in the pros? The most points I scored in college was 38 points and last year was my first year in the Europe and my game high was 28, so 44 is a new record.
Could you say that you were in the zone? When did you know in the course of the game that you might have a very good individual game?
I was in the zone. I felt it from the start of the game. I felt it in shoot around and told my point guard too. Before the game I pray for a lot of things to go right and for some reason the number 50 keep coming up in my mind during my prayer. So after my prayer I just felt that was sign to go try to put up 50 tonight, and after I banked in my first 3 pointer at the start of the game I just smiled and new the Lord was with me and after that it was game on.
Leipzig kept in very close in the fourth quarter. You then scored three buckets in a row which helped get Essen away for Leipzig and the win. When a game is going well, does one as a player slowly seem invincible? You mad the big shots when the team needed it.
I knew the game was getting close and I knew that every point mattered. I knew that defense and rebounds mattered too. I don't know if I felt invincible, I just kept thinking we have to win this game. I like hitting the big shots too. We practice hard all week and prepare for these chances and feels good to capitalize on the opportunity. and win the game
You scored half of the teams points against Leipzig which is mind boggling. Will you treat team to a team meal or might your teammates hook you up after that impressive performance?
We had a good time after the game, we went to a restaurant that sponsors the team and celebrated our win there, and ate there so I didn't have to buy the guys any food or drinks hahaha, but I do owe them for sure, I couldn't have done it with out them
After a stellar game like that does it make it easier to foget your five turnovers?
It makes it a little easier to forget them, but they still happened and I need to control that part of my game better. There's always that needs improvement and I need to limit my turnovers next game.
You are listed a power forward, but are playing center. How well have you made the transition?
Yea, I am power forward, but do have to play center. Offensively it is no big problem because there are my opportunities for me to face up and play my outside game, or post up if I have a mismatch. Defensively is a struggle at times, guarding a center is more of a challenge for me then guarding a power forward but since the beginning of the year I have improved my defense with the help of my coaches.
How is it playing with American Joey Henley? You guys seem to harmonize nicely at the big positions.
I like playing with Joey. I think we both contribute a lot on the court. We both have different styles of play that work well for ourselves and to help each other out. We both work hard and I know teams have their hands full when we are both on the court scoring, rebounding, and playing hard. We definitely have fun
You are having a monster season in the PRO A. You already played well last season with BG Leitershofen. Are you surprised how well the transition has been this season?If you keep up this play, I am sure that Beko BBL teams might be calling you. Do you have the game for the Beko BBL?
I would love to have the chance to play in the BBL. I know I can bring a lot of positive energy to any team in the BBL. I feel confident that my skills and hard work can help out any team looking for power forward. I hope to have the chance to prove myself to a club at that level, and I know if someone takes a chance on me they wont regret it.
Last season you played for Wels in Austria in the second half of the season. What was the most amazing thing that you saw American Quentin Pryor do on the court?
Quentin Pryor is a great player and did many things well. I have seen him hit big shots in a 5 over time game, I have seen him catch alley hoops, and lock up some great scorers, but the best thing I have seen him do was in practice. I will admit it, it was my second or third practice and he drove base line, took off, and dunked on me hahaha he got me. I know you remember that Q
What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?
I think my strength that doesn't get noticed so much would be my shooting. I and shooting well from 2 point range, but my outside shot has really improved and will help take my game to the next level.
Who has been your toughest player that you have played against in the PRO A so far?
I think the toughest guy I have played in the pro A was actually last year in my first game of the season. We played Crailshiem, and Buck destroyed me. I knew then I had to play better quick if I wanted to stay in this business. So in a weird way I can thank him too for making me realize I had to step my game up.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw? The last movie I saw was Wreck-It-Ralph I love my Disney Animated movies.
Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90, college: Glenville St.) is a 198cm forward from Dayton, Ohio that will play his second season in Germany with the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB). Before coming to Germany, he started his professional career with the Albury Wodonga Bandits (Australia-SEABL) playing 5 games: 17.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 57.9%. He played at Glenville St. (NCAA2) and as a senior played 25 games: 18.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: NCAA2-2 (68.1%). Last se... [read more]
Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90, college: Glenville St.) is a 198cm forward from Dayton, Ohio that will play his second season in Germany with the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB). Before coming to Germany, he started his professional career with the Albury Wodonga Bandits (Australia-SEABL) playing 5 games: 17.8ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 57.9%. He played at Glenville St. (NCAA2) and as a senior played 25 games: 18.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: NCAA2-2 (68.1%). Last season with the Licher Basket Baeren (Germany-ProB) he played 21 games averaging 17.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 67.5%. He scored in double figures in 19 of 21 games and had monster games against Speyer with 29 and 28 points and had a 28 point explosion against Wurzburg. He spoke to eurobasket before the start of the 2016-2017 season.
Lamar thanks for talking to eurobasket. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
No problem guys, I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. I am in Germany, I stayed here over the summer. My summer has been great, a lot of off season workouts, individually and with groups. Its good.
What was your summer highlight this year? Were you mostly in Dayton this summer or were you able to venture to other parts of the States that you hadn't been too before? Actually I wasn't in Dayton at all this summer, unfortunately. I say that because I do miss my family and friends. I stayed in Germany over the summer which was good because staying here also allowed me to stay seriously focused. So its good.
Have you been moonlighting this summer working on expanding your model portfolio or were those pics that you did in Germany a one time thing? For now, I would say it was a one time thing. Lol Im no model man, I just wanted to take some nice pictures.
The Licher Basket Baeren survived and stayed in the league. What was your general impression of the Pro B structure in that you either make the playoffs or you have to qualify to stay in the league?
I guess I would say, its interesting because with that being the situation, you have to play hard until the very last game. The Pro B is good competition, I think its a good start for players to build and possibly move up.
You got a contract extension for the Licher Basket Baeren being rewarded for your exceptional rookie season in Europe by averaging 21 games: 17.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 67.5%. What were the main reasons for coming back to Lich this season? My reason for coming back was for the challenge. From what I understand Lich didnt have a very successful 2014-2015 season, and last season (2015-2016) wasn't very successful, in my opinion. So basically I just want to help try to overcome that burden.
What do you feel did you learn from your first season in Germany that will make your second season even more productive? I have learned a lot, but the most important thing I have learned was the European style of basketball, which is very charismatic, very focused, there is not a lot of reckless play.
This season you will have to do without teammate Elijah Allen. How much will you miss his play and character on the team? I will say this, it will be tough playing without Elijah, for the simple fact that he brings a lot to the table. I will definitely miss my bro, his character period would make you want to play hard and enjoy the game. He's a natural born leader.
How proud are of Elijah Allen making the jump to the Pro A to team Gotha? Do you see him making an impact in the Pro A? I am super proud of Elijah, I think he definitely deserves this opportunity. I think he will definitely make an impact because He's an all-around player, He can do it inside and out, and that is what is going to make him hard to guard.
You had a longer summer then many other players around the world simply because the Pro B season ends a lot sooner than other leagues. How hungry and excited are you about starting your second professional season in Germany?
Very excited, with all the changes, new talent coming in, and the guys that we have returning. I am excited, I am definitely looking forward to this season.
What things have you been working on this summer to help improve certain areas's of your game? Did you put up more three pointers than usual? I worked on my 3pointer as much as I could, considering that I had limited access to a gymnasium. But I've really I have been working on my footwork, ball handling, quickness, upper body strength. Basically some things that I might not get a chance to really focus on while in the season.
Do you feel some pressure this season in that you want to expand on your very strong first season in the Pro B with Lich? I would say slightly not, I don't feel the pressure necessarily , but I do feel that there is a bar that I've set for myself, so I think there is an expectation of me from the fans and Licher. But I don't look at the expectations as pressure, because that was me, just playing basketball, and enjoying the game.
This season's roster looks like one of the better one's in recent years. You have two very talented guards coming in Jeffery Martin who has BBL and Pro A experience as well as rookie K.K Simmons who can shoot out the lights and experienced German Patrick Horstmann who played in the UK. How much does this team have on paper? I think that is great. Plain and simple, we need talented and experienced players to add to the puzzle.
Last season you were a kind of go to guy which could change this season as there is more talent. Would you be ok with a change in your role? What kind of role could you imagine having this season? Honestly, I don't feel like I was the "go-to guy", You understand. So when you talk about my role, I think it's the other way around. If I became the go-to guy based off my performance from last season then I would definitely take on the challenge and try to lead the team to as many victories as possible. But other than that I think my role would be the same, which is to be aggressive offensively and defensively and produce as much as I can.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick? My best 4, I would have to say Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, and Dewayne Wade or Paul George. Or take both of the last two selections and just have a substitute.
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs where does this further NBA title put him against the best that ever played the game? I think that championship solidified his greatness and Kyrie Irving's greatness as well. Lebron is significantly one of the best players in basketball history. He led both teams in every statistical category during the finals except for turnovers, thats incredible. Give him credit. He's a legend, and still playing in the league.
What was the last movie that you saw? The last movie I seen was Law Abiding Citizen. Great movie.
AS Apollon Patras (A1) inked 25-year old American guard Nick Russell (193-95kg-91, college: SMU). He played most recently at Walter Tigers in German BBL league. In 26 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg last season. The previous (14-15) season Russell played at Etha in Division A where in 23 games he had 12.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-C... [read more]
AS Apollon Patras (A1) inked 25-year old American guard Nick Russell (193-95kg-91, college: SMU). He played most recently at Walter Tigers in German BBL league. In 26 games he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.2apg last season. The previous (14-15) season Russell played at Etha in Division A where in 23 games he had 12.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg (in top 4). He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Small Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Russell graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Kendall Gray (ex Bayreuth) signs at MKS Dabrowa Gornicza - 11 hours ago
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MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (TBL) landed 24-year old American center Kendall Gray (208-109kg-92, college: Delaware State). He played most recently at medi Bayreuth in German BBL league, but left the team in Jan.'16. In four games he averaged 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg last season. Gray has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements he played in the final of MEAC Tournament in 2015. Gray received also All-MEAC Player of the Year aw... [read more]
MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (TBL) landed 24-year old American center Kendall Gray (208-109kg-92, college: Delaware State). He played most recently at medi Bayreuth in German BBL league, but left the team in Jan.'16. In four games he averaged 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg last season. Gray has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. Among other achievements he played in the final of MEAC Tournament in 2015. Gray received also All-MEAC Player of the Year award and All-MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2015 at his college time. Gray graduated from Delaware State in 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.
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