#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.
Alex Foster(202-F-92, college: Emory) is a 24 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Portland, Oregon and also has the German citizenship and is playing his second professional season with the RheinStars (Germany-ProA). Last season as a rookie with the RheinStars he played 29 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 78.4%He played at Emory (NCAA3) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 108 NCAA3 games and as a senior played 20.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 3... [read more]
Alex Foster (202-F-92, college: Emory) is a 24 year old 203cm forward that grew up in Portland, Oregon and also has the German citizenship and is playing his second professional season with the RheinStars (Germany-ProA). Last season as a rookie with the RheinStars he played 29 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 78.4%He played at Emory (NCAA3) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 108 NCAA3 games and as a senior played 20.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 39.9%, FT: 79.8%. He was able to improve his scoring and rebounding average each season. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.
Thanks Alex for talking to eurobasket.com. How did you get into 2017 and did you have any new years resolutions or are you more a guy that doesn't believe in that hype? I brought in the New Year with friends here in Cologne, but didn't make any big new years resolutions. I still have some goals from 2016 that I'm working towards.
This season the RheinStars didn't have a long holiday break as you had a game on the 23rd of December against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets and on the seventh of January against Baunach. Do you feel this was more beneficial in keeping the team sharp or could a few more days rest helped the club?
Last season we only got two days off, so this year's holiday break felt much longer. Unfortunately, we went into the break after a bitter loss. It was tough having to wait so long to play again, but once I put that loss behind me, I enjoyed the holidays with my family. As for the team, I think everyone came back from the break with some extra motivation for the second half of the season.
How important was the win against Baunach to start 2017 after the bitter loss to Essen before Christmas in having the team have the right focus going into the Hanau game? It was important for us to get back to winning. There aren't that many games left in the regular season so very win comes at a premium.
Just like last season, winning is Hanau didn't happen, but the club came out with a lot better effort at home against them. What in your opinion is always most difficult when playing Hanau? They always come in with energy and confidence, which makes them a tough team to beat, but we kept their offence in check and made enough plays ourselves to get the win. The game was no easy matter as it was tight going into the fourth quarter.
What do you feel was key in the fourth quarter for pulling out the win and getting your second win in a row in 2017?
We tightened up our defense in the second half and played together offensively. We're starting to develop a win-at-all-costs identity and I think that showed against both Baunach and Hanau.
Kruize Pinkins had another typical strong game with 23 points and 10 rebounds. You have faced him 4 times now. Why in your opinion is he such a tough guy to stop? He's great around the rim and his teammates do a good job of finding him in scoring areas. Defending him, you have to stay engaged on defense at all times.
The RheinStars are in eighth place with a record of 9-9. What was your first half summary of the season?
We dug ourselves a deep hole, but are climbing out.
How much potential is in this season's team? The team is eighth best in points scored and points let up? In what area does the team have the most potential to do harm? I think we have the potential to go all the way. Ultimately, we want to hold down our home court for the rest of the season and start knocking off teams on the road.
How valuable was the pick up of former BBL player Anthony King? What does he give the team most besides experience at that low post presence? AK brings a calm sense of confidence to our team. He's a player you want with the ball when the game is on the line. Plus, he helps bring out the best in his teammates.
It seems like Richard Williams has been playing a bit under his expectations, but he hasn't been totally fit. How soothing is it knowing that when he breaks out, the club will be even more dangerous? I think Richie's done a great job learning and running the offense in such a short time. I was amazed by how fast he picked up all of our sets. He's made winning plays since he first got here, which I'm sure will continue throughout the season.
How content have you been with your game? You pretty much have the same stats as last season, but your playing 10 minutes less. Do you feel like you have become more of an efficient player this season?
Our roster is stacked with talent, so I didn't expect as many minutes as last season, but I know that for our team to be great, I need to play my role well. I've also gotten a better feel for European game since I got here, which helps my game.
Your right near the 40% mark from outside. How content are you that you can make that plateau in the second half of the season?
I expect that of myself.
What are your personal continued goals for this season as a player? On what things are you working on on the defensive end to become a better player? Right now, my focus is on helping my team get to the playoffs. On defense, I want to be able to stop my man one-on-one and help my teammates within the concept.
In December you watched a game of your friend Will Trawick in Rhondorf. How much do you miss playing with him? At Emory (NCAA3) you played three years together. He's carved out a good spot for himself in Rhondorf and it was fun to watch help play live. I'm sure we'll have a chance to play together this summer back at Emory.
Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you? It as good as any player has every ran the floor and shot the ball.
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? Lebron and Curry are NBA Champions, so Russ still has some work to do.
EasyCredit BBL team S.Oliver Wurzburg have reeled in ex NBA player Mustafa Shakur (192-PG-84, college: Arizona) Mustafa Shakur is a 32 year old 192cm guard from Arizona that brings 8 seasons of European experience, 25 NBA games and knows the BBL as last season he played for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL): 15 games: 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 77.1%; Eurocup: 11 games: 14.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 82.8%. He started this sea... [read more]
EasyCredit BBL team S.Oliver Wurzburg have reeled in ex NBA player Mustafa Shakur (192-PG-84, college: Arizona) Mustafa Shakur is a 32 year old 192cm guard from Arizona that brings 8 seasons of European experience, 25 NBA games and knows the BBL as last season he played for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL): 15 games: 14.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 26.4%, FT: 77.1%; Eurocup: 11 games: 14.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 82.8%. He started this season with Afyonkarahisar Belediye (Turkey-TBL) where he played 10 games averaging 10,8ppg, 2,8rpg and 5,3apg. "He is a very experienced guard that will give us stability at both ends of the court. We will have a strong trio at both guard positions with Jake Odum, Maurice Stuckey and him", stated head coach Dirk Bauerman. The American got a one year deal.
He started his basketball career in 2003 at Arizona)NCAA) where he played a total of 130 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging11.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3Pts: 32.5%, FT: 78.8%. He started his professional basketball career in 2007 with the Sacramento Kings (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'07 moved to Prokom Trefl Sopot (Poland-DBE): Polish League: 26 games: 7.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 66.7%; Euroleague: 7 games: 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 66.7%. In the 2008-2009 season he moved to Tau Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB): 14 games: 3.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.2apg; Euroleague: 10 games: 5.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 76.0%; in Jan.'09 moved to Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1): Eurocup: 6 games: 6.3ppg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg. He started the 2009-2010 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), in Apr.'10 assigned to Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 51 games: 19.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.7apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 74.9%. In the 2010-2011 season he went to the New Orleans Hornets (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) playing 23 games: 16.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 71.1%, in Jan.'11 signed with Washington Wizards (NBA): 22 games: 2.3ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.1apg. In the 2011-2012 season he played for the Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA) playing French League: 6 games: 9.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 7.1%, FT: 88.2%; EuroChallenge: 1 game: 0pts, 2reb, left in Nov.'11, later that month moved to Novipiu Casale Monferrato (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 21 games: 16.0ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 79.6%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Sidigas Avellino (Italy-SerieA): 17 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-5 (1.9spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 23.3%, FT: 72.0%, in Mar.'13 moved to Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 7 games: 17.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 5.6apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 80.0%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 23 games: 18.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.8apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 30.0%, FT: 84.0%, in Mar.'14 signed at Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA): 3 games: 0.3ppg, 1.3apg, later that month signed at Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five): 23 games: 18.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.8apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 84.0%, in Apr.'14 moved to Tadamon Zouk (Lebanon-Division A): 2 games: 20.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2.5spg. IN the 2014-2015 season he played for Neptunas Klaipeda (Lithuania-LKL) playing 45 games: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 82.2%; Eurocup: 6 games: 8.7ppg, 3.3rpg