#1. This week's number one is an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Houston Rockets (9-11) 116-109 in the NBA in Saturday night's game.
Kaman scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes on the court.
The Dallas Mavericks have 11-10 record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Kaman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 14.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 54.1% and FT: 81.4% in the 19 games he played so far.
Kaman is a naturalized American.
He played for the German senior national team one years ago.
Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Anadolu Efes (5-4) 91-76 in the Euroleague on Friday night.
Pleiss scored 8 points in only 13 minutes.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (3-6) is placed fourth in group C.
His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This year Pleiss' overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 43.8% in the six games.
He is in the roster of the German senior national team.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Gonzaga to a 2-point victory against the Washington State University 71-69 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
Harris scored 23 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 37 minutes.
The Gonzaga University has conference record this season.
It's Harris' fourth year with the team.
This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 46.7%(14-30) and FT: 74.3% in the 11 games.
Harris is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently studies in the States) led Boston Coll. to a victory against the St.Francis College (NY) 72-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored 18 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
The Boston College has conference record this season.
Heckmann has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg.
He is also German national team player.
#5. Former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) managed to help CAI Zaragoza in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Assignia Manresa (1-10) 82-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes.
CAI Zaragoza (7-4) is placed sixth in the ACB.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
Toppert has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.5rpg in the 11 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Toppert used to play for the German national team
two years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#6. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, is currently at the American university) contributed to an overtime Vanderbilt's surprising victory against the Xavier University (1-0) 66-64 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game.
Bright had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 42 minutes.
The Vanderbilt University has conference record this season.
It's Bright's first year with the team.
He has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 15 games.
Bright is U20 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Hawaii in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Hawaii was defeated 63-56 at home by the Pepperdine University.
Standhardinger recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds.
This season Standhardinger has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg.
Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team
three years ago.
#8. Guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the E.Washington in their game against the University of Idaho (0-0) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game Reuter recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
It's Reuter's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg.
Reuter used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2010.
#9. An experienced former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Levanga Hokkaido (3-17) in their game against Tochigi Brex (5-15) in the Japanese JBL, despite his very good performance last Saturday.
He recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes.
But the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido lost 77-89 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#7) Tochigi Brex.
This year Klette has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
thirteen years ago.
#10. Forward Michael Kessens (206-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Longwood in their game against the Georgetown University (0-0) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance on Monday night Kessens scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Kessens has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg.
He is U20 international player as one years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. Former U20 international guard T.J. DiLeo (190-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Temple in their game against the Duke University in the NCAA.
He scored 7 points in 19 minutes.
His team was crushed by 23 points 90-67.
DiLeo's stats this year are: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He is a naturalized American.
DiLeo used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
Interesting that he has never played in Germany.
#12. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Elon's shocking victory against the Dartmouth College crushing them 71-49 in the NCAA on Tuesday night.
Koch scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Koch averaged so far 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2009.
#13. U20 international guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a USC Upstate's victory against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio 88-77 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Blessing scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes.
Blessing averaged so far 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He is also German U20 national team player.
#14. 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 Gardner-Webb University in the NCAA.
Ogbe scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes.
His team was badly defeated by 20 points 61-41.
Ogbe averaged so far 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
#15. Former U16 international center Alexander Machowski (205-91, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Polonia in their game against MKS DG in the Polish 1Liga (second division).
Machowski recorded 5 points.
His team was defeated 82-69.
Machowski has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.3rpg.
He used to play for the German U16 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 Liga SudAmericana) was the major contributor in a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the fourth-ranked Penarol (0-3) 65-58 in the Liga Sudamericana last Wednesday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. Kammerichs also added 2 blocks (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line).
Regatas Corrientes (2-1) is placed first in group G.
It's Kammerichs' first season with the team.
Kammerichs is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place).
His overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7bpg.
Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.
#2. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) led Timisoara to a victory against the eighth-ranked Gaz Metan (7-5) 77-69 in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game.
Sarovic scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
BC Timisoara (8-3) is placed third in the Division A.
It's Sarovic's first season with the team.
His total stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg.
Sarovic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and German.
#3.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) led Melilla Baloncesto to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Ourense (0-4) 76-75 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game.
Wachsmann was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 37 minutes.
Melilla Baloncesto (2-8) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the LEB Gold.
It was Melilla Baloncesto's first victory after eight consecutive loses.
Wachsmann is currently second on the list of best rebounders with 7.9rpg.
He also averaged so far 9.5ppg and 1.2apg in the 10 games he played so far.
#4.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a Energa Czarni's victory against the eighth-ranked Kotwica (3-8) 80-76 in the Polish TBL last Sunday.
Tomaszek scored 6 points.
Energa Czarni Slupsk (8-4) is placed third in the TBL.
Tomaszek has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
He has both German and Polish nationalities.
#5.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help Base Oostende (4-4) to beat VOO Verviers-Pepinster (2-6).
Stojic scored 9 points in 35 minutes.
But Base Oostende was edged 63-61 on the road by the league outsider (#8) VOO Verviers-Pepinster.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Stojic's first year with the team.
He has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.4apg in the seven games.
Stojic also holds two passports: Croatian and German.
#6.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) helped Dongbu Promy win their game against the closely-ranked Sonic Boom KT 72-62 in the South Korean KBL in Wednesday night's game.
He scored 14 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists.
Sensley has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 3.6apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Sensley has never played in Germany.
#7.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (7-8) in their last game on Wednesday. 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.
Igbavboa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg.
Igbavboa is a naturalized American.
He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#8.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) helped Bnei Hasharon win their game against one of league's weakest teams Galil Gilboa 84-81 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night.
He scored 8 points in 25 minutes.
Rice has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg in the eight games.
He has Israeli and German nationalities.
#9.Till Gloger (203-F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Maine win their game against the Fisher College crushing them 97-42 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game.
Gloger recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes.
Gloger's stats this year are: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg in the 19 games.
#10.Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the E.Washington was edged in an overtime 81-79 on their home court in Cheney, WA by the University of Idaho.
Seiferth recorded 10 points.
Seiferth's stats this season are: 12.6ppg and 6.5rpg.
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 German team ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) 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.... [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 German team ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) 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%. Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-ProB) playing 29 game averaging 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1%He spoke to eurobasket after the tight 95-92 victory against his ex team Nordlingen..
Brandon congrats on the 95-92 win against your ex team Nordlingen. Did this game have any meaning for you since most guys were gone from last season?
Danke Miles! It was a special game since I played for the Giants last season. Since most of the guys from last year are also playing for new teams, I was able to approach it like it was just another team in the league.
This game was tight all throughout. When you compare this year's team with last seasons team, do you feel like you and last seasons team would have won?
That is tough to say because last year in Nordlingen at this point we were just really starting to find our groove. So I don't know what would happen if the two teams matched up.
Elchlingen isn't far away from Nordlingen, but how is it different for you living there and enjoying life in your second season in Germany?
Since it's my second season in Germany, adjusting to life here was not difficult. Being in the same area pretty much also helped to make things easier. Life is good.
The game continued to be tight, but Nordlingen gained a 6 point lead half way through the fourth quarter, but the ScanPlus Baskets came back. You were the deciding factor at the end getting a bucket for the lead and sealing the win with free throws. Was it one of those games where you really picked your spots very well on offense?
I always just try and help my team in whatever way possible. Other players were playing well so it made it easier for me to pick my spots to attack because they were more focused on them.
The ScanPlus Baskets have many scoring options, but did you feel the need to have to take over in the last minute?
With the high number of scoring options we have, I don't think any of us ever feel the need to. In the next game that is close, someone else could be the one to close the game for us. It makes it tougher on the opponent when they have to try and key in on everyone on the court.
Do you feel at times more comfortable in crunch-time with the ScanPlus Baskets, because you have more options to run the offense than last season with Nordlingen?
I love close games! So my level of comfort here is the same as it was last season in Nordlingen.
You currently have a 4 game winning streak and sitting a top the Pro B south with PS Karlsruhe with a 9-2 record. Are you content with the start of the team?
Of course 11-0 would be better, but 9-2 is not a bad place to be with the second half of the season starting this weekend.
One of the two losses came at the hands of PS Karlsruhe 90-64. How excited are you for the rematch in the second half of the season and do you feel that you will be able to heighten your game as a team?
Hopefully the rematch will be a better played game for us. I believe we will be able to put forth a good effort when they visit Elchingen. They protected their home court and now we must do the same.
The team is ranked first in points at 90, but 22nd in defense letting up 96 on average. That is a risky way to live on the basketball court. Why can't the team defend better for 40 minutes? It is extremely risky to give up such a high number of points nightly. That puts a ton of pressure on ourselves to be great on offense nightly. I believe we can defend better, we just have too many mental breakdowns throughout the game.
How much of a pleasure has it been playing with American Taevaunn Prince who put up monster stats at Misouri SO where your ex teammate Jordan Talbert played. Is Prince still getting warmed up in the Pro B?
Playing with Prince has been good so far. He has the ability to get a bucket whenever your team needs one. So it's always nice to have someone like that on your team.
You're having a very solid season averaging seven assists a game. Are you happy with that with the many scoring options or do you feel like you could get it up to 8-9 assists per game?
It would be nice to get it closer to 10 with the number of scorers I have around me. Maybe that can happen in the second half of the season. But the most important thing is that we continue to grow as a team and win games.
Do you feel like you could get your TO rate below three this season. How much do you hate those hands in passing lanes when you create?
I believe I can. Averaging 3+ turnovers is too much and not acceptable.
The talk is usually about Lebron or Steph Curry, but one has to mention that Russell Westbrook is averaging triple double stats with points, rebounds and assists. Where do you rate him at the moment just with sheer stats and how he is doing it form the point guard position?
I believe Russ is a top 5 player in the world! The argument can be made for him being the top PG in the league also. He definitely has the numbers to back it up.
What do you feel will be the journey of the Golden State Warriors this season? Will they be able to win the title again and with 65 plus games?
I believe they have a greater chance at winning 65+ games than winning another title. Getting out of the west during the playoffs is no easy task.
Guard Leon Friederici (190-PG-95) has left Crailsheim to join Pro B side Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen. Friederici most recently played for the Merlins second team in the Regionalliga and spent the season before in 2.Regionalliga for Braunschweig's second team, but will now jump up to Pro B in a consistent role for the injury-ravaged Giants. New Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen coach Daniel Nelson hasn't had the start he wanted, but the short-handed Giants have remained extremely competitive... [read more]
Friederici most recently played for the Merlins second team in the Regionalliga and spent the season before in 2.Regionalliga for Braunschweig's second team, but will now jump up to Pro B in a consistent role for the injury-ravaged Giants.
New Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen coach Daniel Nelson hasn't had the start he wanted, but the short-handed Giants have remained extremely competitive in losing six games by an astounding five points or less. Four of the team's games have been decided by three or less points.
Friederici played seven games of Pro B basketball in 2014-15 for Braunschweig and also appeared in a BBL game for the Merlins last season. He had appeared in just one Pro A game for the Merlins this season.
Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that is playing his first season with Gotha in the Pro A. Ke played the last two seasons for Lich and last season played 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg [read more]
Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that is playing his first season with Gotha in the Pro A. Ke played the last two seasons for Lich and last season played 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.1%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2012 and played his first two seasons for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Germany-Regionalliga) and in the 2013-2014 season played 26 games averaging 20.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2014-2015 season for the Licher Basket Baeren he played 28 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 72.2% He spoke to Eurobasket after the big 64-56 win against Heidelberg last weekend.
Elijah congrats on the 64-56 win in Heidelberg. How good did it feel to win on the road again after 4 straight loses on the road?
Thanks a lot. It was a good feeling. We must continue to build off this.
Despite being down 17-14 after 10 minutes, both teams did execute on offense, but did you think that the game would be a grind out game for 40 minutes?
Heidelberg did a good job offensive rebounding in the first half. We gave up way to many. They have a good team and have been playing well this season so we knew coming in that it would be a challenge.
There was a stretch where Gotha almost went 10 whole minutes midway through the third to the fourth without having a single field goal, but still had the 49-43 lead. How pleased were you that the defense became the back bone of the team in this phase?
I was very pleased. Defense is something we take pride in and it paid off last night when our shots were not falling. We need to keep bringing focus and energy on the defensive end to be successful.
Samuel Parker was hot in crunch-time connecting for 9 points and you added 4 points. What have you learned to appreciate most about the game of Parker this season.
Just being consistent. Every game you know exactly what you will get from him which is a great quality to have.
You only played 11 minutes, but contributed four points, one assists and a steal. How much of a challenge is it for you in general to be as efficient as possible in the minutes that you get? I don't feel like its much of a challenge- I know what I do well and I try to stick to that so that I can help my team in the best way.
Gotha currently is in seventh place with a record of 7-6 after 13 games. Is this a position that head coach Chris Ensminger and the team is happy with at this juncture of season?
We are not happy at all with our record but feel we are making the right steps to improve.
The season has been up and down as it has lost two games in a row twice and now has a two game winning streak. Why has the team not been able to have a big winning streak yet?
We gave away too many games. We have to be focused and ready every night we take the floor.
The team has such a good balance of many talented and versatile players. How well is the team coming along at the moment in their development in team chemistry?
We are coming along step by step. We just need to continue believing in each other.
How valuable has the addition of Dane Watts been. Obviously he is skilled, but what do you feel is his biggest asset in the offensive system of Gotha?
Experience. He has played at a high level and knows exactly what it takes to be successful. I think the team feels off that energy.
Your averaging 17 minutes per game and averaging 6,8ppg and 2,3rpg while shooting 45% before the Heidelberg game. Do you feel like you could be doing more in the minutes you are getting?
My minutes per game have been up and down so far this season- One game 20minutes and next maybe 10. My goal is to just be aggressive in the time that I get and find ways to help my team win.
You are averaging less minutes than with Lich. Have you been able to incorporate other parts of your game more with Gotha than you did with Lich?
I think defensively and basketball IQ I have made a huge step but offensively I feel I had a more all around game with Lich.
The next game is against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen. They are coming off a tough loss against Chemnitz, but are playing better basketball in the last weeks. What do you feel will be key to getting the win?
We must be prepared for Essen. I think the key will be for us to concentrate defensively for 40 miutes.
The talk is usually about Lebron or Steph Curry, but one has to mention that Russell Westbrook is averaging triple double stats with points, rebounds and assists. Where do you rate him at the moment just with sheer stats and how he is doing it from the point guard position?
Westbrook is on a mission. As of now he is the MVP in my book.
What do you feel will be the journey of the Golden State Warriors this season? Will they be able to win the title again and with 65 plus games?
I can't see them winning 65 games again or winning the title. It will be interesting to watch!
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