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.
Vaughn Duggins (190-SG-87, college: Wright St.) is a 29 year old 190cm guard from Pendleton, Indiana that is playing his sixth professional season, fourth in Germany and second with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Last season with Oldenburg he played 36 games: 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.5%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Wright St. (NCAA) where he played until 2011 paying... [read more]
Vaughn Duggins (190-SG-87, college: Wright St.) is a 29 year old 190cm guard from Pendleton, Indiana that is playing his sixth professional season, fourth in Germany and second with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Last season with Oldenburg he played 36 games: 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.5%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. He started his basketball career in 2006 with Wright St. (NCAA) where he played until 2011 paying a total of 130 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2%. In 2011, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen where he played until 2013 and in his second season played 33 games averaging 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 82.0%. He then played two seasons in France with Le Mans Sarthe Basket (France-ProA): 31 games: 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 85.9%; Eurocup: 10 games: 10.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 79.2% and Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA, starting five): 32 games: 14.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 79.3%; Eurocup: 12 games: 11.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 78.6%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball recently during holiday time..
Vaughn thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you and how have you enjoyed the Christmas time in Germany this season?
I'm currently at my apartment in Oldenburg. The Holiday season in Germany is always amazing. Now that I'm able to share it with my wife and son, it makes it even more special. My mom, Paula, came to visit as well so I have gotten to spend a lot of time with all of them.
You have experienced some Christmas markets over the years in Germany, but where did the Christmas market rank in my all-time favorite city of Hamburg?
The Hamburg Christmas market is high level, and it is always great to experience what each city does differently. It is definitely in my top 3, but Tuebingen's Christmas market has always had a special place in my heart and, together with Oldenburg's, is my favorite.
You had surgery on your ankle recently. How did that go and how has it been the last weeks not being able to play?
Surgery went amazingly well. I was in great hands with foot/ankle specialist Dr. Preis in Wiesbaden. I am feeling better every day and God-willing, I will be on the court faster than anticipated. The last few weeks not playing has not been fun. I am very competitive and not being able to be on the court with my teammates hurts.
You have been pretty injury free your whole career except your junior career with Wright State. With time and experience does a player gain the ability to know how to play wiser knowing how to get around sustaining dumb injuries that could have been avoided on the court?
Haha I wish that were the case. The longer you play, you get to know the 'dirtier' players and you try not to get caught in a situation where a dumb injury can occur. Injuries are going to happen regardless of how wise you become, and sometimes, if you actively try to avoid injuries, the more likely they happen.
Up until your last game in Frankfurt, you were playing very consistently averaging 13,0ppg,3,3rpg and 3,0apg. How much of a pain was it physically playing on a bad ankle?
I have been in pain almost all season and it has definitely affected my play, and it even affected my mentality at times. I wasn't as aggressive and did not have the explosiveness and power that my game commands. I could not help the team like I was used to and It was very frustrating at times.
Last season you averaged 14.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.5%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 83.7%. Your scoring is down this season. Has your role changed a bit this season with more scoring options?
No, my role has
not changed at all. Up to my last game at the end of November, I have not
played to the level I played at last season. I do believe I can play a lot
better and will try to prove that when I get back on the court.
How much fun is it playing possibly with the best small forward Rickey Paulding and best center Brian Qvale in the BBL? How much easier do they make your job on the court?
I love playing with Rickey and Brian. I have gotten to know them over the last year and a half of being teammates and as good a players as they are, they are even better people off the court. They do so much for the team. Rickey is our leader and and sets a great example for everyone. Brian is an unstoppable force on the block and our defensive anchor.
The EWE Baskets Oldenburg have been up and down with a 8-8 record. How confident are you that the club will have a big turn around in the second half of the season?
I am 100% confident that we will turn up the heat and start playing how we did the second half of last year. We have too many good players and our team chemistry is too good for us not to make a second half push and a deep playoff run.
The club had some good defensive games against Braunschweig, Tuebingen and BG Goettingen earlier in the season. But overall the team has been allowing too many points. What area on the defensive end does the team need to make improvements in the second half of the season?
We just have to execute the defensive plan a little bit better. Our defense could be a lot worse, but if we want to challenge the Top 4, we need to have the same focus every defensive possession and to have constant communication. Just a little bit of talking on that end would fix a lot mistakes we make by having each other's backs.
The club is 6-4 in Champions League play and holding it's own, but it could be 8-2 having lost some close games. What has been the biggest challenge the team has had being successful in this competition?
The Champions league has proved to be a very competitive league in only its first year in existence. The challenge has been in bringing the focus and motivation to every game. We don't have as many fans attending the games home or away as in the BBL and the travel is much more intense also. It is important that we control only what we can control and that is our effort, focus, and mentality every night.
Last season Olden burg had an unwanted departure in the quarterfinals against a very nasty but potent Ulm team. Do the EWE Baskets Oldenburg have the character to be a championship team or just be a strong team that will make the playoffs, but not do damage?
Ulm has not looked back since that series. They are showing their class with their amazing start this year. Of course we believe we have the character, talent, and team chemistry to win a BBL championship. Why else do we play the game? We can beat anyone at any given time, but we have to take it one practice and one game at a time if we want to make it to that level.
I was impressed by the 16 point game by Belgium national player Maxime Zeeuw in Frankfurt. Has he been the solid role player from the bench that you envisioned when he was picked up?
I played against Maxime in Eurocup when I was in Nancy and he was in Rome, so I knew him as a player and his athletic ability and intensity still surprised me. He has high work ethic and can affect the game in many different ways on the court.
Chris Kramer once scored a bucket sitting on the floor at Purdue. You have seen him now everyday for the second season. What has been the most amazing thing you have seen him do on the court in a game or practice?
Chris is the definition of 'machine'. He is a work-horse that is always making amazing plays on both ends of the court. As many tomahawk dunks as he's had in his career, the most incredible things I've seen from him are his chase down blocks. He comes flying out of nowhere when you least expect it.
You are 29 years old and in your sixth season. Would you say that you are in your prime now? Do you see yourself heightening your game in the next few seasons?
Yes, I believe I am in my prime physically, but I always feel there is room to improve, especially from a mental perspective. I have no idea what God's plans are for me and my game, but I am always striving to get better and I want to play the best basketball I can for as long as possible. I will control what I can, but I am just along for the ride.
You played two seasons with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen.and Reggie Redding. Did you know then that he would become a Euroleague player with Alba Berlin and Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Turkey-BSL)?
I knew Reggie was incredibly talented and could play at a very high level, but you never know what is going to happen. He definitely belongs at that level and proves that day-in and day-out. He is a great guy and I want nothing but the best for him.
You also played a season with American point guard Cameron Wells. How refreshing is it for you to have seen his development with the Giessen 46ers into a very fine BBL player?
It is awesome to see the way Cam is playing. The situation in Tuebingen was a tough one for him. He has reinvented himself in Giessen as a leader and a go-to guy and he has really thrived in that role. He has a bright future.
As a rookie, you told me this about Dashaun Wood. '! Dashaun beat me 9 out of 10 times on one on one. I was a young puppy out of high school and he was the horizon league player of the year. I don't remember him having any weaknesses other than he was smaller than me so I could post him up. How would that older puppy do against him today?
Haha well Dashaun will for sure disagree with me,, but I think I could take him now. He is one of those guys that is best in a competitive trash talk situation. He raises his level and can play with ANYONE, but I think my strength and athleticism would outlast him. It would be interesting to see that go down. We might have to schedule a closed 1 on 1 game soon.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?
Michael, Magic, Larry and Wilt. And there is no debate!
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?
That is a great question and I'm sure many fist fights have been started by it. I could argue that the last Championship was his greatest of the 3 and it puts him into the top 5 all-time greats. His resume needs a lot more work to crack the top 3, but he is definitely capable of that.
Where do you rank Kevin Garnett with the best power forwards that ever played the game? He is number 4 in my personal opinion. Tim Duncan is #1, Karl Malone, is 2, James Worthy is 3 and then KG, but that sure is debatable too.
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?
It is one of the most amazing scoring displays of all-time. It is close behind Wilt's 100 and Kobe's 81. I was very surprised that he didn't demand to stay in the game. He was 'en fuego' and who knows how many times that type of feeling will happen throughout his career.
One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?
Yes, he absolutely is. The numbers he puts up on a nightly bases are out of this world. He is responsible for almost every creative decision on that team and its crazy that he has that high of efficiency with the speed and intensity he plays with.
What was your most memorable Christmas experience in Indiana when you were a kid?
Our family had a long tradition of driving to Fort Wayne, Indiana and going to (what we thought) was the best Mexican restaurant in the U.S. We would eat there Christmas Eve with my Grandparents and then drive to their house, which was 30 minutes away, to stay and open of presents Christmas morning. We did that for 15+ straight years and it always puts a smile on my face when I think of those times.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Disney's Moana with my wife, Maria, and my 18 month old son, Gianni.
Giesen 46ers head coach Denis Wucherer is battling week by week in presenting the best prepared team for every new EasyCredit BBL opponent, but he does have some space in his basketball mind concerning next season and upholding the potent team chemistry and has kept the German boys Benjamin Lischka (204-F-89) and Marco Voeller together as they have agreed to contract extenstions. Lischka will stay until 2019 and Voeller until 2018. Lischka is a 27 year old 204cm forward that is currently... [read more]
Giesen 46ers head coach Denis Wucherer is battling week by week in presenting the best prepared team for every new EasyCredit BBL opponent, but he does have some space in his basketball mind concerning next season and upholding the potent team chemistry and has kept the German boys Benjamin Lischka (204-F-89) and Marco Voeller together as they have agreed to contract extenstions. Lischka will stay until 2019 and Voeller until 2018. Lischka is a 27 year old 204cm forward that is currently playing his fourth season with the Hessen team and made a fine debut in the BBL last season playing 31 games: 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 78.7%. This season he has played 18 games averaging 3,6ppg, and 2,1rpg while shooting 38,9% from outside. He recently had a 14 point game in 15 minutes in a win against SC Rasta Vechta. The German who also gained experience with Crailsheim and Kirchheim in the Pro A is elated about staying in Giessen. "I am looking forward to the next years. It is a great feeling that I can play in my home. I want to thank Heiko Schelberg that allowed this to happen", stressed Benjamin Lischka.
Marco Voeller is a 28 year old 199cm forward that celebrated his birthdayrecently and is playing his first season in Giessen. It took him a while in his career until he was able to make his debut in the EasyCredit BBL as he was 27 years old with Giessen. The German who is the son of German football legend Rudi Voeller played in locations like TV Langen, Hanau and Gotha where he developed slowly, but also stuck to his trade and now is playing in the best league in Germany. This season Voeller has seen action in 17 games averaging 3,2ppg, and 1,4rpg. The German is also content about remaining in Giessen. "I am looking forward to playing anotehr season in Giessen. I feel comfortable here and it is fun to play in this environment, so making this decision was easy", added Marco Voeller.
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes(198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories.Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi H... [read more]
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes (198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories. Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi Hod Hasharon (Israel-National League) playing 25 games: 19.9ppg, Reb-2 (14.3rpg), 4.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 34.5%.
Skyes started his basketball career in 2010 with Cent.Florida (NCAA) playing 32 games: 4.0ppg, 3.2rpg. In his second season he played 32 games: 12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 54.3%. As a junior he played 31 games: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.7%. As a senior in 2013-2014 he played 30 games: 17.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 54.0%. He started his professional career in 2014 with U.S. Basket Recanati (Italy-A2 Silver) playing 28 games: 17.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 55.2%; A2 Gold Playoffs: 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been C-USA Tournament Semifinals -12, All-C-USA 1st Team -13
C-USA All-Defensive Team -13, NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team -13, All-AAC 2nd Team -14, AAC All-Tournament Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver 2nd Team -15, and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention -16.