The 2008-2009 Beko BBl season was very unforgettable for the Paderborn Baskets as the team reached the playoffs almost kicking out Alba Berlin in the playoffs, Chris Ensminger made a miraculous comeback after he left Bamberg and no Beko BBl teams really wanted him except for Doug Spradley, Nino Garris returned home after three seasons in Frankfurt, Nathan Peavy was developing into a top power forward in the league, the team had to cope with the detah of American Lavelle Felton in the off season and a very small side note to these happenings were that current Fraport Skyliner captain Marius Nolte and Walter Tiger Tuebingen center Robert Ohle were teammates. They played together from the 2007-2009 seasons in Paderborn as Ohle was an inspiring U-20 national player and the two only played together in nine games, but Nolte was always able to witness his development and help him fine tune his game in practice. In the last years they played against each other not often, but Nolte usually getting the better end with wins. Ohle has started some games this season with Tuebingen, but came from the bench in the 87-75 win against the Fraport Skyliners as American Kenny Frease (213-C-89, college: Xavier) got hot early and never got cold. It is always a treat when the two Germans go head to head As Ohle won the game, but Nolte had six points, while Ohle had five points and six rebounds and the two have a big similarity in their game. Ohle was a U-20 player and came late to the game. Like many young players, he wasnt happy with his limited minutes in Paderborn and switched teams playing in Kaiserslautern and Giessen before coming to Tuebingen. He has more of a chance to play in Tuebingen. He is a physical big man that can rebound. He doesnt really have the one on one skills, but he makes up for that playing with much energy and heart just like Marius Nolte. Nolte is quicker, but Ohle more big in the zone, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. After the big win, Walter Tigers Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel strolled across the court enjoying the sweetness of victory and had big eyes when confronted with the name Robert Ohle. He needs to improve on offense, but he is a very good defender and it is a plus having a player of his defensive skills coming from the bench.. He will get better on offense. Not many teams have a 209cm 120 kilo guy. We are happy to have him, stressed Robert Wintermantal.
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen came into the game coming off a very bitter loss against 8 time Beko BBl champion Alba Belrin after making a big 15-0 run with 3.19 to play and come back from 14 points down to lead 77-76 with 13 second to play, but then see German national player Heiko Schaffartzik end the game with a game winning bucket. The Walter TIgers Tuebingen came into the game with a lot of focus and motivation and were able to up their game in the second quarter to completely plow over the Fraport Skyliners for the win. I was afraid that we were too tired after the Alba Berlin game that cost a lot of energy. We were very motivated after that loss and did a better job to make our free throws. We increased our intensity in the second half and hit more shots. Kenny Frease gave Frankfurt a lot of problems. Every guy helped today which helped us get this win, added Robert Wintermantel. In the first half, the Skyliners got all the 50/50 balls. Otherwise we could have been up 10 points. We rebounded better in the second half. After we got the ten point lead in the second half, it seemed like they threw in the towel. They played hard defense with their trap ball screen, but as soon as we started to hit our shots, they got in a panic mode, commented ex teammate of Dashaun Wood at Wright State Vaughn Duggins. The Fraport Skyliners were coming off a huge 107-102 loss at home against Phoenix Hagen were their defense had been as hidden as a chameleon in the grass and were riding a three game losing streak coming into the Tiger jungle in Tuebingen. Just like against Phoenix Hagen, the Fraport Skyliners allowed the opponent score too many points and they were able to increase their intensity on offense in the second half. We made a few mistakes on offense and defense in the first half and I though that we clicked as a team. However in the second half, we let them get on a run and they just did enough to get us out of our game. We were never able to recover and when we made a push, they made a big play of shot to keep the lead, added Fraport Skyliners guard Devin Gibson.
The top player of the game was American Kenny Frease who is a Beko BBL rookie and played at Xavier with NBA player Jordan Crawford. Frease has played very well the last weeks and seems to now have got used to the style of the Beko BBL. At first glance, the American from Ohio looks like the brother of ratopharm Ulm center John Bryant as they both are wide and have curly hair, with Frease being a bit more blonde. Frease also had a habit of chewing gum like an expert as he gave the definition of chewing with his mouth open a new meaning. He finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks and was very humble about his own performance. I dont know if this was my best game, but I felt very good out there. I have to give my teammates a lot of credit for putting me in good position to score. I am just happy that we got the win, explained Kenny Frease. The American also showed that he isnt a one dimensional big guy, but a guy who has a craft of many tools. Frease has a tool box in the low post. If he gets the ball there in the one on one then there will be a very good chance that he wills core or draw the foul. Many big guys dont know when the double team comes or the cutter is there, but he sees these things very well. He is very good at passing out of the low post and finding the open man. I have seen many guys chew gum the way he has like a Michael Jordan or FC Bayern Munich head coach Svetislav Pesic, but Frease chews gum at a pace that even cows on the pasture would be envious off, joked basketball expert Steven Clauss. Frease and Bryant are similar. Frease may be a bit more mobile. To be honest, I didnt notice him chewing game, said Fraport Skyliner guard Devin Gibson.
With one day before Christmas, the mild temperatures outside made it feel more like the beginning of April then the time of year where snow and cold air rule . The Fraport Skyliners let the warm temperature fuel their offensive engine as they jumped out quick on the Walter Tigers Tuebingen leading 7-2. American Zack Peacock hit a jumper over Kenny Frease while Ted Scott returned from his injury showing that he was as sharp as could be nailing two jumpers with his quick cowboy and holster release. Duggins then scored a lay up and end one to cut the Frankfurt lead to 7-5. The Fraport Skyliners continued to play at a higher level of intensity as they went on a mini 4-0 run as their defense sparked their offense as Devin Gibson made a perfect ally op pass to Danilo Barthel, Quantez Robertson then made a steal and fed Peacock for the dunk on the fast break and the 11-5 Skyliner advantage. Then it was time for Tuebingen to go on a 6-0 run to knot the game at 11-11. Frease and Reggie reading got to the free throw line and Tyrone Nash scored inside after a nice extra pass from Frease. Frankfurt then led 17-13 as Marius Nolte scored insde as Devin Gibson found the cutting German and then scored with a pull up jumper. Duggins then scored as the Fraport Skyliners held the 17-16 lead after one quarter. It was a very tight game. Frankfurt was shooting well from the field, but not form outside while the Tigers hadnt found their rhythm yet, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 17% from outside while the Walter Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 33% from the field and 0% from outside. Tuebingen had the 10-6 rebound edge, but seven turnovers while Frankfurt had only four turnovers.
The second quarter remained very tight as the Fraport Skyliners had the lead early, but the Walter Tigers Tuebingen took the lead and could hold it until near the end, but Frankfurt continued to keep the game close as no team was able to break away. Fraport Skyliner Dion Dowell was extremely strong in the first few minutes nailing a three pointer and then drawing a foul behind the three point line as Frankfurt led 23-21. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen the erupted for a timely 7-0 run to lead 28-23. Josh Young and Cameron wells scored on hard penetration runs to the basket and Robert Ohle hit free throws. Frankfurt stayed on the heels of Tuebingen getting two huge three pointers from Dowell and Konstantin Klein to cut the Tuebingen lead to 30-29. Frankfurt was spreading the floor with their three point shooting while Tuebingen was going inside. Both teams were still finding their offensive game, added Steven Clauss. Tuebingen got a great effort form the bench and getting timely production like form German Johannes Lischka who scored on the penetration to give Tuebingen the 33-29 lead. Quantez Robertson then showed his explosiveness scoring twice in a row inside to tie the game at 33-33. After a Peacock jumper over Frease, Frease showed that he can score in bunches as well as he dunked and totally took apart the mismatch against Dowells coring with ease inside as Frankfurt trailed 38-35. Tuebingen held the lead until the last minute at 43-38, but then were met with a lightening 5-0 Frankfurt run as Ted Scott nailed a three pointer and Robertson made a steal and went coast to coast for the 43-43 tie. Then came a big play in which American Ted Scott got an unsportsmanlike conduct tearing Josh Young down from behind as he was on a breakaway. I think that was the turning point of the game. The intention of Scott was good, but just a bit hard. I think that he should have been disqualified, but Josh said that Ted didnt mean to do it. The fans were on Ted at every play and I think that effected him mentally, added Vaughn Duggins. I dont think that was the turning point of the game. We were playing well at that time. It was the second half where they made stops and we couldnt get plays executed on offense that was key, stated Fraport Skyliner guard Johnathan Jones. The score was knotted 44-44 at the intermission. Frankfurt was shooting well, but having problems controlling Frease and the offensive rebounds. Tuebingen was playing their typical game with having six guys being able to score somewhere between 10-20 points, commented Steven Clauss. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 45% from the three point line while Tuebingen was shooting 52% from the field and 25% from the three point line. Tuebingen had the 17-12 rebound edge and 11 turnovers and Frankfurt only six turnovers.
The game stayed close in the first few minutes before the Walter Tigers Tuebingen were able to go on a run and would never look back. Reggie Redding scored consecutive buckets in the first two Tiger possessions as they led 48-44. However the Fraport Skyliners stayed strong withstanding the Tuebingen pressure on defense and going on a 6-0 run to lead 50-48. Peacock connected twice on the fast break and Scott hit free throws. However the Tigers responded going on a 13-2 run to open up the game and lead 61-52. Frease led the charge getting to the free throw line, dunking over Barthel and setting up Tyrone Nash for an easy bucket making the perfect pass out of the double team. Tuebingen was able to keep the lead as they got key baskets from Frease and Lischka while Frankfurt got support with a Dion Dowell three pointer and Peacock layup. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had found their groove on offense and defense while the Fraport Skyliners were looking for it somewhere in the tiger jungle. Tuebingen won the third quarter 24-13 and deserved to lead at that time. Tuebingen was playing very intelligent and were hurting Frankfurt with their switching defenses. Frankfurt had big problems trying to score against the Tuebingen zone defense, stressed Steven Clauss. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen were shooting 55% from the field and 14% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. Tuebingen had the 25-23 rebound led and both teams had 12 turnovers as Frankfurt had six that quarter and Tuebingen none.
In the fourth quarter the question was how ell could the Walter Tigers Tuebingen conserve their lead and did the Fraport Skyliners have enough energy to stage a late rally. Tuebingen conserved their energy and Frankfurt was unable to make a push on offense or up their defense in the last quarter. Despite a three pointer form Super Tez, it was still a very difficult to contain Frease as he scored twice inside as no matter who was put to guard him no body could stop him even the young German Johannes Voigtmann. Frease continued to be in his own world as he made a hook shot getting the ball and quickly turning for the hoop. Scott then made a three pointer cutting the Tuebingen lead to 76-64. However the Walter Tigers Tuebingen then decided the game with a quick sweep of three pointers showing what they can do in little time going on a quick 9-0 run to lead 85-66 as Duggins connected for two three pointers and Lischka for one. American Johnathan Jones who didnt play in the first half, but played 14 minutes in the second half and hit two shots at the end looked down after the game and seemed to understand that his days could be numbered in Frankfurt as he has a short term contract until January. I understand that it is a business and at the end of the day the team will do what is best for the team, stressed Johnathan Jones. The Fraport Skyliners lost their fourth game in a row and reside in 18th place now. Tuebingen was able to do what they wanted to on offense getting much support as six guys scored in double figures. Frankfurt had no real plan how to stop them on defense and never found their rhythm on offense. You never really felt a sif they were in control of game at halftime, stressed Steven Clauss. Our defense wasnt as good in the first half as Peacock and Scott hit shots, but in the second half we became more aggressive, got steals and got easy points, added Vaughn Duggins.
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen were led by Kenny Frease with 18 points. Vaughn Duggins added 17 points. Reggie Redding and Tyrone Nash contributed 12 points a piece and Josh Young and Johannes Lischka produced 10 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 18 points. Ted Scott added 13 points and Dion Dowell 12 points. It is almost like a mystery that Frankfurt shot well at 48% from the field and 45% from downtown, but had immense problems against the Tuebingen zone. I think that we had problems recognizing their zone since it was disguised, but after a while we were able to run our plays against it, stressed Johnathan Jones. We didnt do a good job against their zone. I take responsibility, said Devin Gibson. The Fraport Skyliners let up 87 points which compared to the Phoenix Hagen game is an improvement, but far form their average 60 points that they let up at home prior to the Hagen game. We are known as a defensive team and still arent doing what we should do. We were getting Scott back into the routine and the new guy comfortable and didnt focus too much on defense, explained Johnathan Jones. Frankfurt did do a good job getting 14 fast break points. The Fraport Skyliners welcome BBC Bayreuth on December 26th.
Timajh Parker-Rivera (203-F-94, college: Towson) is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut that will be starting his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball. Thanks Timajh for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer be... [read more]
Timajh Parker-Rivera (203-F-94, college: Towson) is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut that will be starting his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Thanks Timajh for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I have been in Washington DC all summer working out with Jerelle Benimon who played in China last season and is on the radar of multiple NBA teams . We have been working out every day along with enjoying concerts and other events on weekends.
Congrats on signing with German team SSV Lok Bernau. How excited are you to be able to call yourself a professional basketball player now?
I mean it just hit me yesterday when I was looking in the mirror in the morning that I am a professional basketball player and it is truly a blessing something I have worked toward my whole life.
Was becoming a professional basketball player always a dream of your's or was there even a time at Towson where you might have considered doing something different with your life?
Being a professional basketball player has always been my dream , however I did have a plan B . I always wanted to be a pharmacist however, the basketball schedule did not allow me to pursue that dream because I would not be able to fulfill the onsite hours for certification
How was you first signing process this summer for you? Did you have any expectations coming from Towson and tackling the professional waters? I actually didn't have any expectations I knew whatever the situation was I was going to go give it my all and that's what I will do .
What sold you on signing with SSV Lok Bernau. What was the main reason for choosing this ambitious team? The coaching staff and I formed a good relationship via phone calls. The program is in a great place right now especially after a spectacular season last year and it definitely seems like a good place to start my career I am very excited
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball?
Not much but I do know the game is different and I am ready to get there and be coachable so I can learn quickly and help my team win games
You come from Bridgeport which isn't far away to New York city and Bernau is even closer to German capital Berlin. Has being near that big city played a factor in your life growing up and beyond? I mean the city has definitely been a big part of my upbringing . However, with major cities comes other distractions and I like that I'll be starting off in a slower pace environment where I can easily go in and out of the city if I want
What was your first impression of SSV Lok Bernau head coach Rene Schilling? Have you noticed that you speak the same basketball language?
Yes he is a great guy and will be very helpful
What is your biggest goal as a rookie besides helping SSV Lok Bernau win games?
To develop my game so that I can be effective at multiple positions
Let's talk a little about your game. Rene Schilling said what impressed him most about your game was your intensity and work ethic. If you had to to what NBA player would you compare your game too? Maybe a Thaddeus Young on the Pacers just energy athleticism undersized for the 4 5. Position but can hold his own verse anyone
What would you consider is your biggest strength on the court? You don't score too much, but you pretty fill up the stats sheet everywhere else. I would say leadership by example . I like to make plays that boost the team and crowds energy . Blocks steals and dunks
What do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court? My ability to handle the ball in the half court
You played four seasons at Towson (NCAA) What are you most proud of in your career there? Possibly your school record 70 wins in four seasons? Being named the winningest player of all time at Towson on senior night and winning the game was definitely the most special moment for me
You had many career highlights like your 13 point 13 rebound effort against Gallaudet or blocking a shot with five second remaining against Elon to secure the win. What was your best highlight as a player at Towson? I would have to say my dunk verse Hofstra over a defender who was trying to take a charge
You played a season with 203cm Jerrelle Benimon. How intense were the battles in practice and what could you learn from his game? .Very intense obviously he's a great player and practice is where he would work on his game so it was definitely a challenge for me which I accepted every day and I learned a lot from him
Benimon has been so close to the NBA, but been in China the last two seasons. Do you see him making the NBA soon? I feel like this year is his year . Obviously there is a lot that goes into NBA franchises picking players however , he has more than proven himself at every stage and there is only one left the NBA.
How did Towson (NCAA) head coach Pat Skerry prepare and groom you best for a professional career? Just by giving me great advice on what to look out for and continuing to be the guy I am now.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Walter Foster? Me.
If you could chose to have dinner with ex NBA veterans John Bagley or Wes Matthews who come from your town which would you pick? Well I know Wes very well and he's a close family friend so I would have to say John Bagley because I would like to know more about his career
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 NBA heads would you chose Jordan , Magic , Larry, Kobe.
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand now in the debate as the best ever to play the game? In the conversation . Different era of basketball so not close in my eyes
German Pro B team Scan Plus Baskets unleashed a major press release recently where five new players were brought in and three players wer kept and continue to work hard on shaping their roster and have reeled in another player. According to eurobasket sources the club will sign American rookie Arlon Harper (188-G-93) fresh from the NCAA. Harper is a 23 year old 188cm guard from Atlanta, Georgia. He played the last four years at Charleston So. (NCAA): What stands out most in his game is hi... [read more]
German Pro B team Scan Plus Baskets unleashed a major press release recently where five new players were brought in and three players wer kept and continue to work hard on shaping their roster and have reeled in another player. According to eurobasket sources the club will sign American rookie Arlon Harper (188-G-93) fresh from the NCAA. Harper is a 23 year old 188cm guard from Atlanta, Georgia. He played the last four years at Charleston So. (NCAA): What stands out most in his game is his scoring consistency and top notch defense.
He came to Charleston So. (NCAA) in 2011 after having a stellar career at Woodward Academy where he was selected to the All-Region 1st Team, 2nd team All-State, 1st team All-Area, named team MVP, averaged 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, and four steals and started all four years. In his first season at Charleston So. (NCAA) he played 31 games averaging 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 77.6%. Big highlights in his freshman year was being named to the Big South All-Freshman team following the season, and being named Big South Freshman of the Week three times (Dec. 19, Jan. 23 and Feb. 26). He also had 5 steals in his college debut game against power house school Kansas State and finished season second in most steals in the Big South. He poured in 28 points against UNC Asheville and had a massive 20 point and six assist game against VMI.
In his second season at Charleston So he played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 74.6%. Highlight in this season was being named Big South Second-Team All-Conference following the regular season. He was ranked among the Big South's top-10 in steals (4th), scoring (8th) and field goal percentage (8th) He scored in double-figures 27 times and topped the 20-point plateau on eight occassions. Had 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in the Bucs' Big South title clinching win over CCU, 75-64. He also had a career-high 33 points and nine rebounds to lift CSU to a 71-65 win over VMI in the Big South semi-final clash.
In his junior season, Harper played 28 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.8%. Highlights this season were becoming the 20th player in CSU history to record 1,000 career points with a free throw in a win over St Andrews. Scored a team-high 20 points in CSU's come-from-behind win over Campbell in the first round of the Big South Tournament as he helped his team erase a 15-point first half deficit. He also scored 19 of a game-high 21 points after halftime in the team's double overtime loss to Coastal Carolina in the Big South Tournament Quarterfinals.
In his senior year he played 30 games averaging 13.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 67.7%. He scored in double figures 21 times and had six games with 20 points or more. Some of his bests coring games that season was a 27 point effort against NC Asheville, 24 points against Wright State, and 22 points against Gardner-Webb. AWards and achievements in his college career were Big South Conf. All-Freshman Team -12, Big South Conf. Tournament Semifinals -12, All-Big South Conf. 2nd Team -13, Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team -13, Big South Conf. South Division Regular Season Champion -13, Big South Conf. Tournament Finalist -13, Big South Conf. Regular Season Co-Champion -15, and All-Big South Conf. Honorable Mention -15
Yannick Anzuluni (204-F-87, college: Houghton) is a 28 year old 205cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that also has the Congo citizenship. He signed back in Germany with BBL team Phoenix Hagen and recently finished his sixth professional season with Umea BSKT (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 32 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 84.5%. He played at Houghton (NAIA) from 2006-2010. He played his first two seasons as a professiona... [read more]
Yannick Anzuluni (204-F-87, college: Houghton) is a 28 year old 205cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that also has the Congo citizenship. He signed back in Germany with BBL team Phoenix Hagen and recently finished his sixth professional season with Umea BSKT (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 32 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 84.5%. He played at Houghton (NAIA) from 2006-2010. He played his first two seasons as a professional with Quebec Kebs (Canada-PBL). In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Solarto Eagles Magdeburg (Germany-Regionalliga)21 games: 17.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.2apg, 3.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 27.4%, FT: 80.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for Pyrinto Tampere (Finland-Korisliiga): 1 game: 15pts, 5reb, 1ast, 5steals; Baltic League: 20 games: 8.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 63.2%, played mostly at Pyrinto Tampere II (Finland-1st Division): 28 games: Score-1 (24.4ppg), Reb-3 (13.9rpg), Assists-5 (3.4apg), Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.9%. Two seasons ago he played with the Rostock Seawolves playing 32 games: Score-3 (21.0ppg), 8.1rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-1 (3.2spg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 80.0%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Yannick thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Hey Miles I'm doing well thank you, I am currently in Toronto,Canada and my summer has been great catching up with family and just training every day and enjoying the Euros.
Your back in Germany. Congrats on signing with Beko BBL team Phoenix Hagen. You played two seasons in Canada, one in Finland, one in Sweden and two in Germany. You will be starting your third season in Germany. Do you see Germany as slowly becoming a second home for you? I think its a little more than a second home now, I'm living there every other year so if Canada is 1A then Germany is 1B.
After playing in lower leagues your whole professional career, you now have made the jump to the Beko BBL. I am sure that making the choice was an easy one as who wouldn't take this opportunity. What sold you best on joining Phoenix Hagen?
Yeh it was a very easy choice but I heard so many great things about Phoenix Hagen from one of my former assistant coaches who grew up in Hagen and some of the current players in the BBL like Jermaine Anderson.
Have you had any talks with head coach Ingo Freyer? If yes did you notice that you both speak the same basketball language?
No I have not had the chance to personally speak with coach Freyer yet but from what I have heard from the people who know him and spoke to him him and I definitely have similar basketball minds and speak the same basketball language.
You paid your dues for 6 years playing in lower leagues. How excited are to be able to play against the best in the Beko BBL?
I have never been so excited to start a season in my life and I am always excited to start new seasons, it just feels great to see all the years of hard work paying off and finally getting to play against the best competition in Germany.
How confident are you that you can make an impact in the Beko BBL?
I'm very confident that I can come in and help my new team in any way possible and help them achieve as much success as possible.
When you look back at your last season with Rostock two seasons ago, does that seem like a long time ago? How confident have you always been about being able to one day play in the beko BBL?
It doesn't feel so long ago because I kept in touch with Coach Basti and some of the players all of last season. Like we talked about in previous years my ultimate goal as a basketball player was to play against the top competition possible so I've been working hard all those years for this opportunity and it has finally come so yes I was always confident that one day it would happen.
It doesn't happen often in German basketball that a player goes from the Regionaliga to the Beko BBL, but it does happen from time to time. You will be teammates with one of the best point guards in the pro A last season with Richard Williams who also made the jump from the Regionaliga to the BBL with Vechta and Frankfurt before coming to Hagen. What got you this far besides just a lot of hard work and dedication? My faith has always been my driving force, always believing that by working hard and being dedicated God would put me in the right situation. Also having some good people around me who have given me great advices throughout the years.
What do you feel will be your best quality that you will be able to give Phoenix Hagen on the court this season? I think my versatility is my biggest strength being able to play and guard multiple positions will be a good asset for the team.
Last season you played with Umea BSKT (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 32 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 84.5%. You had very strong seasons the last three years prior to Sweden in Magdeburg, Finland and Rostock. How do you feel has your game developed since your season with Rostock?
I feel like physically I am a lot bigger and stronger than I was in Rostock and my understanding of the game has also improved and I'm able to combine my physical skills with some good basketaball IQ
Do you feel like your leadership qualities rose last season because you were the oldest on the team. Was that a strange experience for you? It was definitley a shock because I never been in a situation like that before but it was great because I had no choice but to learn on the go which really helped me understand what a good leader should be.
Was your 39 point and 17 rebound effort against Eco Orebro your best personal game last season or did you have a better one? It was my best game not just because of the stats but also because it was the last game of the season which we had to win to stay in the league.
On what things are you working on most now so you will be 100% ready to be able to battle against the best big men in the Beko BBL? I'm pretty much working on everything, my ball handling, shooting, finishing, getting stronger and so on.
How does a normal work out day look like for Yannick Anzuluni (204-F-87, college: Houghton) on and off the court in the summer of 2016? I wake up at 6am grab something to eat then I go to the gym, I start with 30 minutes of biking then its on court training for about 1:30 then some good stretching, then back home grab some food, relax and conditioning workout in the afternoon. Couple times a week I have pick up games with other pros.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick? Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant
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? Well now he is definitely in the discussion with the Larry Birds and Kobe Bryant's but he is still nowhere near Jordan
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