#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 Philadelphia 76ers (13-15) 107-100 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game.
Kaman recorded 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court.
The Dallas Mavericks have 12-16 record this season.
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: 13.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 52.2% and FT: 77.4% in the 26 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 Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (6-8) crushing them 93-71 in the Spanish ACB last Wednesday.
Pleiss recorded 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (11-3) is placed second in the ACB.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 88.9%.
He is in the roster of the German senior national team.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Chris Kaman. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention.
Nowitzki, who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (12-16) to beat the San Antonio Spurs (21-8).
Nowitzki scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Dallas Mavericks this season.
The Dallas Mavericks were crushed 129-91 on the road by the Spurs.
It's Nowitzki's 15th year with the team.
He played for the German national team one years ago.
#4. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to help Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (3-21) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Klette's very good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo was defeated 76-66 in Tokyo by the higher-ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (#4).
He recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 13 rebounds.
Klette has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg and 6.6rpg.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
back in 1999.
#5. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Elon (1-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Elon (#14) was crushed 76-54 in Durham, NC by the Duke University.
Koch scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Koch has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg and 6.4rpg in the 17 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
three years ago.
#6. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently studies in the States) led Hawaii to an easy victory against the East Tennessee State University crushing them 84-61 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game.
Standhardinger had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds in 23 minutes.
The University of Hawaii has conference record this season.
This year Standhardinger has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 12 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team three years ago.
#7. International forward Elias Harris (203-89, is currently at the American university) led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the Campbell University crushing them 74-52 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game.
Harris scored 11 points and added 6 assists.
The Gonzaga University has conference record this season.
Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster.
He has reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg.
Harris is also German national team player.
#8. Forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Tenn Tech in their game against the Auburn University (0-0) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Tuesday.
He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes.
But the Tenn Tech (#40) was badly defeated 81-62 in Auburn, AL by the Auburn University.
Ogbe's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg in the 10 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
#9. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Boston Coll.'s victory against the Providence College 71-68 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Heckmann scored 7 points.
The Boston College has conference record this season.
Heckmann averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg.
He is also in the roster of the German national team.
#10. Point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the USC Upstate in their game against the Tennessee State University (0-0) in the NCAA.
Blessing recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes.
The USC Upstate was edged 67-64 in Nashville, TN by the Tennessee State University.
Blessing averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg in the 10 games.
He is U20 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.
#11. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Vanderbilt in their game against the Middle Tennessee State University in the NCAA.
Bright recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
His team was defeated 56-52.
Bright averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg.
He plays currently for the German U20 national team.
#12. U20 international guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Columbia in their game against the Elon University in the NCAA.
Lo scored 5 points in 30 minutes.
His team was edged 70-69.
Lo averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg in the 10 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
#13. U20 international forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the San Diego in their game against the Oregon State University in the NCAA.
Kramer scored 5 points.
His team was defeated 86-79.
Kramer averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#14. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the E.Washington in their game against the Weber State University in the NCAA.
Reuter scored 5 points.
His team was crushed by 21 points 74-53.
Reuter averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2010.
#15. Former U16 international guard Alexander Blessig (188-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Florida Gulf Coast University in a victory against the Southeastern University crushing them 86-60 in the NCAA last Tuesday.
Blessig recorded only 2 points in 20 minutes.
Blessig averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg in the 10 games.
He used to play for the German U16 national team
three years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1. Experienced Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) led Timisoara to a victory over the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (5-10) 79-68 in the Romanian Division A on Tuesday night.
Sarovic was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes.
BC Timisoara (11-3) is placed third in the Division A.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Sarovic's first season with the team.
Sarovic has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6apg in the 14 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and German.
#2.Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the 13th-ranked Union Progresista (9-17) 79-67 in the Argentinian LigaA in Wednesday night's game.
Kammerichs recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Regatas Corrientes (19-7) is placed first in the LigaA.
Kammerichs is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders.
He has very reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.7apg.
Kammerichs is another player who holds two passports: German and Argentinian.
#3.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) was the major contributor in a Base Oostende's victory against the closely-ranked Spirou Charleroi (5-4) 69-60 in the Belgian Ethias League in Sunday night's game.
Stojic recorded 11 points in 28 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Telenet Oostende (6-4) is placed third in the Ethias League.
It's Stojic's first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6apg in the nine games.
Stojic has both Croatian and German nationalities.
#4.Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help one of league's weakest teams Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Hapoel Tel-Aviv was defeated 68-61 on the road by the higher-ranked GreenTops Netanya (#4).
Timor recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Timor is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers.
His overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg.
Timor also holds two passports: Israeli and German.
#5.Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) was not able to help Alaska Aces (8-6) in their game against Talk N Text (12-2) in the Filipino PBA, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night.
He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds in 40 minutes.
But the fourth-placed Alaska Aces lost 79-93 in a derby game to the leading Talk N Text in the Philippine Cup group.
Thoss is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.0bpg.
This year his other stats are: 9.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.1apg in the 15 games.
Thoss has German and Filipino nationalities.
#6.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for LF Basket in their game against Sundsvall Dragons in the Swedish Basketligan. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. Igbavboa also added 2 blocks.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Igbavboa averages: 15.8ppg and 6.4rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#7.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) helped Melilla Baloncesto win their game against the eighth-ranked Planasa NV 88-73 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night.
Wachsmann recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 16 rebounds.
Wachsmann is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league.
He has very reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.2apg.
#8.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) helped Dongbu Promy win their game against the league outsider KCC Egis 77-71 in the South Korean KBL last Sunday.
Sensley scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists.
Sensley has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 3.0apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Apparently Sensley has never played in Germany.
#9.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) helped Bnei Hasharon win their game against the second-ranked Hapoel Eilat 83-77 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night.
He recorded 7 points in 26 minutes.
Rice has reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg in the 10 games.
He has Israeli and German nationalities.
#10.Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Maine win their game against the Florida Gulf Coast University 84-78 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Mesghna scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Mesghna averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.8apg.
He has German and Eritrean nationalities.
Over the last years, the Fraport Skyliners have celebrated homecomings from ex players rather more laid back when guys like Robert Garett, Dashaun Wood, Anthony King or Jimmy Mckinney returned back to their old stomping grounds. Granted Garett did help win the 2004 BBL league title and was an important member for Frankfurt, but somewhat in the shadow of the Bermuda triangle with Pascal Roeller, Chris Williams and Tyrone Ellis and the rest didn't win a title, but left somewhat of an imprin... [read more]
Over the last years, the Fraport Skyliners have celebrated homecomings from ex players rather more laid back when guys like Robert Garett, Dashaun Wood, Anthony King or Jimmy Mckinney returned back to their old stomping grounds. Granted Garett did help win the 2004 BBL league title and was an important member for Frankfurt, but somewhat in the shadow of the Bermuda triangle with Pascal Roeller, Chris Williams and Tyrone Ellis and the rest didn't win a title, but left somewhat of an imprint to their stays in Frankfurt. However no homecoming in the last years was as anticipated, talked about and emotional as the return of Jordan 'I believe' Theodore who returned back to the Fraport arena on October 26th almost five months to the day where he played his last home game in a Skyliners jersey. In his one season in Frankfurt, if Theodore was smart, he could of snatched himself a good ghost writer to help him write a book, because his season was simply brilliant and almost cinderella like as the always hard luck player who had never won anything in Turkey or France before Frankfurt, but with the Fraport Skyliners he did like the Romans doing his best Englewood, New Jersey impersonation of Veni, Vidi, Vici of coming, seeing and conquering leading the organization to it's third ever title with the Fiba Europe Cup, to the top 4 of the cup and semi-finals of the playoffs. His stellar play, stats and accomplishments easily rank him in the top three best point guards of all-time with Pascal Roeller and Dashaun Wood. Theodore took his stellar game to Turkey and so far has a perfect record of 4-0 and a surprising 3-0 record in the Turkish league considering nobody expected the team to start off so rapidly beating top clubs Darussafaka and Galatasaray, but Theodore like in Frankfurt has been the center of attention bringing his ace playmaking capabilities to every game and not disappointing. Now he was pumped to return back to an old stomping ground where he stated, 'The Fraport Skyliners helped me get to where I am today' and rack in his his fifth consecutive win of the season. He entered the Fraport arena averaging an amazing 27,0ppg and 9,0apg through the first three Turkish league games where he was the mastermind and was back in a special lab that helped him achieve greatness last season and he wanted to relive some of that magic again against his ex team Fraport Skyliners. Theodore has been unstoppable all season long and he wasn't about to give his ex team any presents, but showed his A game which is simply automatic done unconsciously or from force of habit as he dropped 25 points and dished out six assists as he put on the Banvit show defeating his ex team 86-70. With a few minutes left in the game, Theodore was on the bench and his night was over, the first Banit fans rushed over to the bench to congratulate him and he coolly just signaled to wait until the end of the game and then it would be their time. About 30 minutes after the game and still drenched in sweat he finally had time for me. 'It was very exciting to be back in Frankfurt. I wish there would have been more fans, but I understand it was a Wed game with people having to work the next day. It was just great seeing my ex teammates, organization, you, the fans and simply everybody', stated Englewood native Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall). Theodore and good friend and ex teammate Quantez Robertson were having some friendly ribbing concerning their Uno games and the Skyliner was happy to see his ex teammate even if he took them to school. 'It was fun to play against Jordan. We had been talking about this game all season long. He had a very good game. He was able to get to the rim very much and got them going in the second half', added Quantez Robertson. Frankfurt's point guards Max Merz and Kwame Vaughn had their hands full with the ex Skyliner. 'It is always nice playing against an ex teammate. He played a good game. We did a better job on him in the first half. You can't ever totally stop a guy like him, but we should of still done a better job on him in the second half', added Fraport Skyliner Max Merz.
Turkish team Banvit didn't waste anytime getting going in the first quarter as they blew open the game quickly taking the quick 6-0 lead as their offense was flowing quickly inside and out as 199cm swingman form Lithuania Gediminas Orelik drilled home a trey and then it was dej vu for many Skyliner fans as it was that well know finger tip lay in from Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) that got Frankfurt thinking more and more on the defensive end. Frankfurt then was benefited with some loose balls that went their way as rookie Shavon Shields connected on a floater and Florida native Mike Morrison made a tip to cut the Banvit lead to 6-4. The difference in the game at that points was that Banvit had a healthy offensive rhythm while Frankfurt didn't, but continued to get timely loose balls that led to easy buckets as Morrison got another dunk while Theodore again showed how automatic his drive is getting by Morrison. Even though Banvit had the better rhythm, Frankfurt hung in and stayed on the Turks heal as Mahir Agva gave his all battling against the big men and was successful making a turn around hook shot to cut the Banvit lead to 12-10. 'It was difficult playing against their bigs. I just tried my best to box out as best as I could and just learn as much as possible. I know that I still have to get bigger in hopes that one day I can move bodies out of the way as easily as they did', said Mahir Agva. After a Robertson coast to coast drive for two, it was Banvit again getting easy buckets as Polish national player Damian Kulig made a hook shot and Theodore beat Frankfurt again on a drive laying the ball extra high of the glass for the 16-10 Banvit lead. However Frankfurt stormed back closing out the first quarter on a 7-2 run to trail only 18-17. In the run, Frankfurt was fortified by their inside game and sparked by Robertson scoring on a lay in, Agva executed on a hook shot and new Skyliner Ekene Ibekwe made a lay in as Morison served up a sweet dime. Banvit had one play left and it was no surprise that Theodore got the call finishing high off the glass again as their continued to be no remedy on how to shut down his drive. 'The first quarter was a bit rough on both teams as it was back and forth. I liked the pace of Theodore and how he controlled the game. He had a great knack of getting his guys involved, but also getting to the rim', stressed Hebeisen White Wing guard Eugene Harris. Banvit was shooting 54% from the field and 20% from outside while Frankfurt was shooting 57% from the field and 0% form outside. Banvit had the 8-5 rebound edge, but three turnovers while Frankfurt had two turnovers.
In the second quarter, the game remained tight as no teams could clearly break away from the other. However the Fraport Skyliners did get off to the better start in the second quarter going on a strong 6-0 run to grab the lead back and lead 23-18. In the run, Frankfurt got offensive aid from Morrison who once again was the beneficiary of a loose ball that came his way getting an easy lay in, Agva scored inside as Ibekwe made the extra pass and then it was Robertson making the perfect alley-oop pass for the Morrison throw down. Banvit then took a time out and came back out upping their defensive intensity and going on an important 7-0 run to retake the lead at 25-23. In the run, Banvit halted five consecutive Frankfurt possessions and got a 20 footer from Kulig, and four points from 211cm Slovenian beast Gasper Vidmar who played at numerous European tournaments for his country and won two league titles with Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey-TB). Now the game went back and forth until the break with four lead changes. Cincinnati natives Robertson and Chappell traded baskets and then it was Shields knotting the score at 28-28 with a runner. Vaughn gave Frankfurt the lead back with free throws, but Turkish national player and 2013 Eurochallenge finalist Can Mutaf drilled home a trey for the Banvut 33-30 advantage. But Frankfurt fought back and Shields after another lucky second chance nailed a three pointer to tie the game at 35-35 at the break. 'It was a game of runs. Frankfurt got off to the better start playing better defense, getting to the free throw line and getting a Morrison dunk. After a Banvit time out they came back better and defended better packing the paint and forcing Frankfurt to shoot more from outside', stressed Eugene Harris. Banvit was shooting 50% from the field and 33% from the three point line while Frankfurt was shooting 53% from the field and 25% from the three point line. Banvit had the 15-11 rebound edge, but six turnovers while Frankfurt had five turnovers.
The turning point of the game came in the third quarter as Banvit went on to win the frame 27-8 and led 62-43 after 30 minutes. The Fraport Skyliners got an early trey from Robertson to take their last lead of the game at 38-37, but then it was all Banvit as they silenced the Fraport arena rapidly going on a brutal 15-1 run to lead 52-39. In the run, Banvit got vital support from Chappell who nailed two three pointers with the latter getting a beautiful no look kick pass from Theodore. Theodore also scored on his usual coast to coast lay in and the team also got buckets from 2011 Eurochallenege winner with Krka Novo Mesto Edo Muric who connected on a 20 footer and Orelik made a step back trey. The Banvit fine tuned machine continued to run smoothly as they closed out the third quarter on a 10-4 run. They got more heavy support from their two Americans as Chappell nailed a three and made a tip in while Theodore as always created havoc in the paint with a lay in. Frankfurt couldn't get anything really going on offense. They did do a good job drawing fouls, but Morrison had difficulty connecting at a consistent rate. 'Key in the third quarter was defense. We were able to put up consecutive stops and we moved the ball well and outscored Frankfurt by 19 points. We didn't give Frankfurt any more easy lay ups, because they like to drive so we let them shoot from farther away', stressed ex Seton Hall guard Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall). 'Banvit had more energy than we did. We had too many turnovers as well. Theodore took over the game. We got down so much that it was difficult coming back', stressed ex Ehingen forward Mahir Agva. 'We didn't rotate well and had little communication on defense. We need to have fun on the court and come together more. We are a great club, but it's still taking time', warned Kwame Vaughn. Banvit was shooting 56% from the field and 41% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 30% from the parking lot. Banvit had the 21-18 rebound edge and only seven turnovers while Frankfurt had 11 turnovers.
In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners rushed back cutting the Banvit lead to 13, but Banvit quickly pounched back on Frankfurt going on a 12-4 run to extend their lead back to 79-58 which soon then gave starters like Theodore their end to another normal day at the office as they took a seat on the bench to watch the last few minutes. Frankfurt started off the fourth quarter scoring 11 points to cut the Banvit lead to 67-54. In the run, Frankfurt was led by Kwame Vaughn that got aggressive and got to the free throw line twice, a 20 footer by Shields, massive Morrison dunk and an Antonio Graves trey. Frankfurt was doing a great job playing inside out basketball while Banvit missed some easy shots. However then it was time for Banvit to step back on the gas pedal sparked by the instant Theodore offense as he broke the back of Frankfurt with a trey and lay in as he stole the ball form center court from Agva and went coast to coast and all of a sudden Banvit was up by 19 points again. 'I was talking trash with Tez and Morrison all week long and didn't really know what to expect. I knew I was the focal point in their defensive set up, but I just took what the defense gave me. I opened up the game in the third and fourth quarters and I hit shots better. It all seems automatic now. I am playing at a high level and I feel like no one can guard me. I know that my team relies much on me so I just try to bring my game each night', warned Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall). Jordan hit his last three pointer of the game giving Banvit the 84-62 advantage and then his night was over. 16 year old German wunderkind Isaac Bonga came in at the 3.33 minute and helped Frankfurt close out the game on a 8-2 run. Ibekwe got to the free throw line three times nailing all six shots and Bonga closed out the game with a beautiful athletic steal where his long arms were in full force as he went coast to coast for the easy lay up. If any Banvit players will remember who Bonga is in 5 years when he possibly is flying in the NBA is unknown, but there is time in the return game for them to make a note of the German. 'We always preach team basketball. We continued to move the ball well and hit shots', added Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall). 'We came back with that Graves three, but Banvit continued to get offensive rebounds and hit shots and had momentum back and it was hard coming back', stressed Mahir Agva. 'We didn't fight anymore. We need to learn to step on the gas', stressed Kwame Vaughn. Banvit was led by Jordan Theodore (182-PG-89, college: Seton Hall) with 25 points and Gediminas Orelik added 16 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Kwame Vaughn, Mike Morrison and Ekene Ibekwe with 13 points a piece. Banvit shot 56% from the field and 41% from outside while Frankfurt shot 48% from the field and 36% from the three point line. Banvit won the rebounding duel 26-22 and had 12 turnovers while Frankfurt coughed up the ball 13 times.
Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, college: Robert Morris) is a 191cm guard from Cincinnati, Ohio playing his eighth professional season and first with Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-BSL). He started his basketball career with Robert Morris (NCAA) in 2005 and played there until 2009 playing a total of 124 NCAA games and as a senior played 35 games averaging.16.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 84.3%. he started his professional career in 2009 with Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-... [read more]
Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, college: Robert Morris) is a 191cm guard from Cincinnati, Ohio playing his eighth professional season and first with Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-BSL). He started his basketball career with Robert Morris (NCAA) in 2005 and played there until 2009 playing a total of 124 NCAA games and as a senior played 35 games averaging.16.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 84.3%. he started his professional career in 2009 with Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-PLK) playing 28 games: Score-4 (18.3ppg), Reb-2 (8.2rpg), 3.5apg, Steals-1 (2.9spg), FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 86.3%. In the 2010-2011 season he moved to Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague) and then played two seasons with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague). In the 2013-2014 season he played with Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia-VTB). He then played two seasons with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague) and last season played 32 games: 13.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 75.9%; Eurocup: 16 games: 15.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 83.9%. He spoke to eurobasket after the huge 86-70 Champions League win against the Fraport Skyliners.
Jeremy thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome back to Germany. This is your second time back to Frankfurt. Two seasons ago you played Eurochallenge with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague). What memories do you have of the 71-68 win in Frankfurt?
I remember that game well. We were down by three points late and Courtney Fortson made a clutch three to send the game into OT. It was a very hard fought game where everyone battled until the end. If Fortson hadn't made that shot, we surely wouldn't have won the game
Do you have a better idea about the Fraport Skyliners this time around in talks with Jordan Theodore who played there last season winning a title? Yes I did and it really helped. Jordan gave us information about the players that he had played with last season concerning their tendencies. He picked our brains and it definitely helped us on the defensive end.
Congrats on the big 86-70 victory against the Fraport Skyliners. What was key in getting the win?
Key for the win was that third quarter. We actually played some defense in the third quarter. We were a little soft on the ball in the first half. They played too much pick and roll and got easy baskets. They also seemed to get way too many tips on balls. We communicated better on defense in the second half and played our game which is play defense and finish off possessions.
Where would the team this season so far without Jordan Theodore?
It would be tough without Jordan. He is a great one on one player and just gets the team going. Banvit wouldn't be where we are now without Jordan Theodore.
You come from the same city as Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson. He is three years older than you. What dealings have you had with him over the years in Cincinnati? Tez is older than me. When I was a freshman, he was a senior. We never played against each other until two seasons ago in the Eurochallenge. Befoe I played against him, I had heard about him. I never saw him in the off season either, because I was never at home, but in Pittsburgh where my wife comes from.
After three seasons in Russia, did you feel the need to get to a nice and warm place like Turkey?
Yes you could say that I am finally in a warm place and it has it's advantages now. I always felt bad for my wife the last years when we were in cold Russia when her friends were saying how great life was and that they were wearing shorts. When October came in Russia, we were wearing coats already. I have two little boys and now in Turkey they can be outside more and run around. That wasn't possible as much in Russia where they were mostly indoors. Turkey is great for the family and we can live the good life.
After two seasons with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague), you made the jump to Banvit. It seems like you have always been a very consistent player wherever you have played, but what step do you see yourself in moving to Banvit at age 29? I am at a stage in my career where I just want to make my team better. In the Ukraine, I reached the semi-finals all three years and in Russia the final of the Eurochallenge and was never able to get over the hump. I got three Bronze medals in the Ukraine and now I just want to help my team get over the hump. Many may think it's all about the stats for me, but it isn't. Now I just want to make the right decisions on the court and make the game as easy as possible for my team.
The club is special because it has a good mix of players from various countries and many guys that have won titles and know how to win games. Is that a secret to the early success of the team?
Yes I think it is. The guys know the game and the coach also understands the game well which makes it a lot easier for us. The players don't need to do too much or things that they aren't accustomed too. We are able to put more energy on defense, because everyone knows what to do on offense.
Jordan Theodore said recently a big strength of the team is defense. How has the team been able to get on the same page so early in the season?
Coach told us from day one that if we don't play defense then we won't play. We have to play team defense, good 1-1 defense, help on rotation and close outs. Each player knows that they can give extra on pressuring the ball, because if they get beat, they know someone will be there to help. In Russia, Avtodor was an offensive minded team and I knew on defense that if I got beat there probably wouldn't be anyone there to help.
Banvit is a very special team that started off well. It only has two true Americans on the team with you and Jordan Theodore. What kind of bond have you built up over the first two months? We have a special bond. We are roommates and hang out a lot also. It's always nice to talk to someone when your away from family.
You have always been that kind of player that can do it all on the court and really fill up the stat sheet. How would you classify your role this season with Banvit?
My #1 thing is defense. I take a lot of pride on defense and get mad when I get beat. I am a vocal leader this season. In the past there were always older guys on the team, but this season I am the oldest. I give the team advice and make sure everyone knows what they have to do.
You played the last two seasons for Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague) reaching the VTB quarterfinals and Eurochallenge final. How important were these two seasons in the development of your game?
When I came to Russia, I made the jump from the Ukraine and started to play against top teams like CSKA that were smart. In the Ukraine there was a lot of 1-1, but in Russia every club was team orientated. Just having this team concept and playing against elite teams helped my game very much.
You played three seasons in the Ukraine from 2010-2013. How was this time for you living in a war zone area? Did you ever feel the need to pack up and go home?
I got out just before it got bad. It got bad two months after I left. I actually had a few offers from Ukrainian teams, but it was a blessing that Triumph came and signed me. I am glad I got out, because I had wife and kids and the situation in the Ukraine would have been stressful.
How important was ex NBA player Derrick Zimmerman in your first season in the Ukraine with Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague). He had had some years in the Ukraine. Did he take you a bit under his wing in the early going?
Derrick took me under his wing. I still talk to him today. He is retired from basketball and is a teacher in Texas now. He is a very good guy. He just helped me understand the game better in terms of when to shoot and when to pass. I came from college where I was a number one scoring option to a team that suddenly had many scoring options like me. It wasn't easy, but he helped me understand the European game better and just tell me what I did right and wrong.
You won your first professional title in 2013 with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague) winning the cup. What made this team so special? We had resigned many guys form the year before and there was a lot of chemistry with guys like Randy Culpepper and Cameron Moore who recently passed away. Every player knew exactly what was expected of them. We had the type of team that could of won the whole thing, but we just couldn't get over the hump.
Your teammate was Randy Culpepper who led the Ukrainian league in scoring in back to back seasons and then did it in the competitive VTB league. Was there any way on offense how this guy couldn't score?
He was one of those players that when he got hot, there was no stopping him. You had to pick your poison. If you let him shoot, he scored and if you got too close, he drove by you and scored. He also was strong on the fast break.
As a rookie you played for Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-PLK) playing 28 games: Score-4 (18.3ppg), Reb-2 (8.2rpg), 3.5apg, Steals-1 (2.9spg), FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 86.3%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home? The first few months were tough. I remember in my first few preseason games, I was hit with 3-4 turnovers each game with the traveling call. It took me some time to get used to it. I played in a small city and roomed with Keddric Mays who had a son at home while I had a wife who was pregnant. The only thing we had was Skype and the time difference was tough. My wife was still in school and I saw her for a week during the season and was home for 3 days during Christmas.
You played at Robert Morris (NCAA) from 2005-2009. What benefit did your development as a young player have having two coaches with Mark Schmidt and Mike Rice? It was perfect having both. In my first two years I had Schmidt who was offense minded and I learned what I needed on the offensive end. In my last two seasons, I had Rice who was a defensive minded coach. He told me that defense wins titles and it was just the perfect combo having them. It really got me ready for the professional level.
In the 2009 NEC tournament you scored 15 points in the final, earning tournament MVP honors and sending Robert Morris to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years. Was this your biggest accomplishment in college?
It was my biggest accomplishment in school. The year before we had made some major upsets on the road, but lost in the semi-finals of the NEC and missed the NCAA tournament. It was tough going into my senior year not knowing if we would ever reach the NCAA tournament. Making the steal and basket to get to the tournament in the final of the NEC my senior year was great. I still get goose bumps thinking about it today.
What memory do you still have today of the 77-62 loss against Michigan State in the NCAA tournament? Would you have seen Draymond Green in the NBA one day over Raymar Morgan?
Not at all. They weren't really on our scouting report going into the game. Green was more of a role player coming from the bench. He wasn't a big key for them, but then he came off the bench and totally changed the game. I played against Raymar Morgan in high school and thought that he was the best in the country. I never expected that Green would make such an impact in the NBA. Injuries slowed Morgan down. Once you get that injury tag on resume, it's hard to break that barrier.
Who was the toughest player you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
That a tough one. There were so many. I will have to get back to you on that one.
Who wins a one on one on a playground court in Cincinnati, you or Quantez Robertson? It will be a long game. We are both defensive minded. We play like bull dogs and do so much that isn't seen on the stat sheet. We wouldn't want the other to ever score on each other. I think the game would take 3-4 hours with many fouls happening.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you choose? Jordan, Shaq, Lebron, Garnett (favorite of all time)
Lebron finally won the NBA title for the Cavs. Where does he stand right now in the debate with the best of all-time?
I used to be a huge critic of Lebron because the way he left the Cavs for Miami. He could of done it differently. But the way he came back last season down 3-1 to win it all was amazing against a 73-9 team. Lebron is #2 behind Jordan. Jordan won 6 rings. If Lebron can win a few more rings, then he may slide into #1.
Where does the legacy of Kevin Garnett stand right now with the best of all-time? Many players say he is behind Tim Duncan.
He is the best of all-time. They both played different type of games. Garnett poured out his heart every night. He didn't want to lose more than he won. He hated to lose. You could see it in his eyes. He played hard every possession and never played for the stats. He guarded 1-5 and I simply feel like he brought more to the table offensively and defensively than Tim Duncan. Duncan did win more rings and played for a great team that won 50 plus games each season, but for me Garnett was the overall better player.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Jason Bourne. I saw it shortly before the Frankfurt game. I enjoyed it.
Jalen Jaspers (ex Westfalen M.) is a newcomer at Burgos - 4 hours ago
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Grupo de Santiago Automocion Burgos (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Jalen Jaspers (190-91kg-92, college: Mary). He played most recently at Westfalen Mustangs in German ProA. Jaspers' team was regular season runner-up in NSIC in 2011. He graduated from University of Mary in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player. By Eurobasket Data Center Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain [read more]
Grupo de Santiago Automocion Burgos (EBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Jalen Jaspers (190-91kg-92, college: Mary). He played most recently at Westfalen Mustangs in German ProA. Jaspers' team was regular season runner-up in NSIC in 2011. He graduated from University of Mary in 2014 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season as a professional player.
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