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.
Amin Stevens (ex Braunschweig) joins Keflavik - 6 hours ago
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Keflavik (Dominos League) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Amin Stevens (203-104kg-90, college: Florida A&M). He played last season at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig in German BBL league. In 34 games he had 7.8ppg and 4.2rpg. The previous (14-15) season Stevens played at Vienna in A Bundesliga where in 46 games he was third best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and averaged 9.1rpg (#3 in the league), 1.0apg and 1.7spg (in top 5). Stevens helped them to win the regular seas... [read more]
Keflavik (Dominos League) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Amin Stevens (203-104kg-90, college: Florida A&M). He played last season at Basketball Loewen Braunschweig in German BBL league. In 34 games he had 7.8ppg and 4.2rpg. The previous (14-15) season Stevens played at Vienna in A Bundesliga where in 46 games he was third best scorer with impressive 18.2ppg and averaged 9.1rpg (#3 in the league), 1.0apg and 1.7spg (in top 5). Stevens helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. He has played previously professionally in Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno) and Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers). Stevens attended Florida A&M University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.
Marcellus Barksdale(196-G-93, college: IUPUI) is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Lexington, Kentucky that is playing his first professional season in Germany with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB) and will start his professional career against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. He played at IUPUI (NCAA) form 2011-2016 playing a total of 131 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 8.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 73.1%. He spoke to eurobasket before th... [read more]
Marcellus Barksdale (196-G-93, college: IUPUI) is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Lexington, Kentucky that is playing his first professional season in Germany with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB) and will start his professional career against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. He played at IUPUI (NCAA) form 2011-2016 playing a total of 131 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 8.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 73.1%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Frankfurt contest.
Marcellus thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You are playing your first season with TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB). You signed very late in the summer. How was your first experience with looking for clubs and finding that right situation?
It was a nerve wrecking process to say the least! It really tested my patience. It was a situation that was out of my control. All I could do was continually improve and work on my game so that when my moment came, I would be ready.
You finally found a team with the TG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB). What were then main reasons for joining the club and what was really sold you on making your professional start in Germany? Honestly, I believed Germany would be a great place for me to start my career. All of the pros I talked to, both former and current, listed Germany as one of their top places to live and play basketball. My agent, Gerrit Kersten-Thiele, is also from Germany so it was an easy decision for me when he told me they were interested in signing me.
Just like last season the club has relied on one American. What has been your experience playing with only German players?
It has been a very easy transition. Although my teammates are all German, they each speak English very well and have done a great job of including me in the team's chemistry. Practicing the last couple of weeks and watching the season opener have allowed me to understand each of my teammates strengths and capabilities. I'm excited to finally get on the court with them.
Have you noticed early on that the team looks up to you or do sense it is trust in the making? I feel the team really looks up to me and is looking for me to help lead. We have a lot of talent but we are a young team. As one of the older guys, it is my responsibility to lead by example and bring energy and intensity to every practice and game.
How excited are you to be making your professional debut in Frankfurt. Can you remember your NCAA debut in 2011 against Anderson? I'm pumped up for my professional debut! It's finally starting to feel real. All of the countless hours in the gym have begun to pay off and I have a great opportunity in front of me. And yes, I still remember my first college game as well. I had so much energy and adrenaline that it was hard to be nervous!
The name might not say anything now, but you will be making your debut against 16 year 203cm point guard Isaac Bonga who is the biggest German prospect since NBA player Dennis Schroeder. Is this something that will add to your adrenaline for your first professional game? I've watched a little bit of film on him. I think he has a very bright future ahead but for now, he's my opponent and I'm treating him no differently than any other player on the Frankfurt roster. He has no effect on my adrenaline or excitement for my first game as a pro. I did not even know who he was until this week.
Besides winning what are your main goals as a rookie on the court?
From my effort and defensive intensity, to my communication and aggressiveness, my main goal on the court is to be the hardest worker on the floor and to set an example for my teammates at all times. All of these goals are completely intangible and things I have control over every game. I feel if I'm able to do these to the best of my ability every night, wins will follow.
Do you see yourself as having to carry the team and being the main scoring option?
I see myself as having to do whatever is necessary for my team to win each game. One game it may be scoring, one game it may be defending, another game it may be both. Either way, I'm going to do what is needed to get a win for my team.
If you had to describe your game to an NBA player who would you describe your game too?
Tough question! But if there was one NBA player who I feel my game mimics most I would have to say Andre Miller in his younger years. Miller was a very versatile and strong combo guard who was a heck of a leader. He could play on the wing or PG and was very effective at both. I also liked how he had the strength to take smaller guards to the block and go to work. He was also a pest on the defensive end and had a great basketball IQ.
How proud were you to be part of the success and breakout season of Darell Combs?
Watching Darell grow for the past two-and-a-half years was great. He's one of the best guards I've ever played with and really began to mature on and off the court last season. He's been working hard all summer and I really feel he will have a breakout season this year.
How far can he still go and develop in his last two years of school? Darell has always been a talented scorer but his ball handling and passing ability have allowed him to take his game to the next level. Add that with his new leadership role at IUPUI and he has a chance to lead this team to a conference championship and NCAA tournament.
You are a very energetic and active forward with your biggest strength at rebounding. What other assets would you add to your player profile? I'm very versatile. I feel there is nothing on the court that I can't particularly do. I feel passing is one of my best assets. I have very good court vision and an understanding of when and where to get my teammates the ball.
You are a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what would you say is a hidden strength in your game? A hidden strength in my game is my scoring ability. My last season of college, the dynamics of the team changed and my scoring was not needed as much. I've worked hard all summer to improve my outside shooting and midrange game. This season I plan to utilize these strengths much more.
You had many good games at IUPUI, but would you say that your back to back games of 21 points against South Dakota and 25 points against Western Illinois were your two best games? I played a lot of games at IUPUI. It's hard to single out any one performance as my best. Those were great games for me scoring the ball but I do not think I would count that as my best game.
How did Jason Gardner groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career in your senior year? Coach Gardner challenged me. He challenged my leadership and also gave me a clearer reality of what to expect playing professional basketball in Europe. He also continually helps me in whatever way he can, and it's always good knowing somebody like that is in your corner.
Gardner had his successful years in Germany with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Do you remember him telling any stories about his time in Germany? When I found out that Coach Gardner was going to be my head coach I immediately began watching all of his pro highlights on YouTube. He's told me a few stories but I know he had a great career in Germany and was loved and hated by many fans!
Who was the toughest player you battled in the NBA that is in the NBA now?
The toughest player that I've played in college that is in the NBA now is Nate Wolters. I've played against many NBA talents but Wolters was always tough at South Dakota St. His game was always solid and he played at his own pace. I've always respected his game.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Mason Archie?
Me and Mase had many battles. We would go back and forth many practices and open gyms. We always had an unspoken battle. We never talked about it much but we both were trying to beat each other at everything--sprints, weights, one-on-one drills, defending Darell, grades. It really pushed us to become better both on and off the court.
If you had to construct your NBA Rushmore with the 4 best heads ever who would you choose? I would go with MJ, Kareem, Kobe, and LeBron (I have to give him his proper respect.)
Lebron finally won an NBA title with the Cavs. Where does he stand now with the all-time greatest that ever played? After his most recent championship, I believe LeBron solidified himself as a top-5 all-time great NBA player.
Melsahn Basabe (ex Goettingen) agreed terms with Doxa Lefkadas - 1 day ago
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Newly promoted AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) inked 24-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He was about to sign at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. The last season Basabe played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Basabe also played 9 games in FIBA Euro... [read more]
Newly promoted AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) inked 24-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He was about to sign at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. The last season Basabe played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Basabe also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Basabe played in the final of NIT in 2013. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Stabill). Basabe attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
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