It only seems like yesterday that a boyish, tall, inexperienced lanky 17 year old RRobin Benzing (209-SF-89) played his first season with second Bundesliga club TV Langen. The year was 2006 as he was already displaying his talent with American teammate Ty Shaw who now coaches that team or Igor Starcevic who know coaches PRO B team Licher Basket Baeren. Benzing developed nicely in Langen the first two seasons and then really exploded in his third year 2008-2009 where put up 18,7ppg, 4,4rpg, 1,1apg, 1,0spg and 1,1bpg and was also playing with the big boys with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners 15 kilometers north in Frankfurt and was dreaming of the Beko BBL. He had a game that looked like that of German national player Jan Jagla, but in appearance looked totally different with his short cut army type haircut and looked like the friendly kid next door. He had the height of a power forward, but could play like a small forward that would create numerous mismatches during games. He could already hurt you with his shot at a young age and penetrate like a mal nourished bear as he demonstrated during the 2009 European championships in Poland putting up sweet stats without ever having played a game in the Beko BBL. Many Frankfurt fans had hoped that he might make the jump to the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but instead went south to ratiopharm Ulm where D league head coach Mike Taylor of the Maine Red Claws gave him freedom and sufficient playing time and was able to develop further. Benzing was top German scorer in the 2010-2011 season with 15,1ppg. After that potent season, it was only obvious that he would make the next step and did moving to famous German name team FC Bayern Munich. In his first season, his production slipped dramatically, but he was packed into a stronger and deeper roster. However he seemed to have received some fortune with the move bringing legendary head coach Svetislav Pesic to the Isar as he has improved and been in the starting lineup and there is no more talk about his development stalling, but he now seems headed into becoming a leading player in a club staked with top American players. His potential is unending and talk of getting to the NBA is present again. Benzing returned back to Frankfurt with Bayern Munich after losing last season there with FC Bayern Munich for a fourth time and led the most famous German team in Germany to a 73-59 victory. That Benzing is a much liked player there is no surprise. I coached Robin in the Hessen team when he was 15 and in the A-2 German national team. I said many years ago that he has much potential and was a bit surprised that he wasnt drafted. What I like about his game that he is never afraid and has that killer instinct. I see him making the NBA. In Treviso where top players play for a chance for the NBA, he was over motivated. In Treviso, it can be tough for a player to get noticed since the play is so crazy as it is difficult to observe the strength of a player. He didnt shoot so well in Treviso which hurt his rating. Robin shoots so well for his height at the position three. He really has the right head on his shoulder. His summer program helped him a lot get more self confidence and I think that he has made a big step in the last months. The arrival of Pesic has helped him as he has more confidence and gets the green light. Pesic is perfect coach for him as he will improve and gain more experience, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss. Benzing finished the game with a team high 21 points and eight rebounds on six for nine shooting in 30 minutes. After the win Benzing was humble and taking his performance in stride like a real professional. I really looked forward to this game since I am from here and my family was here, but I was concentrated on my work and the win was most important. My teammates found me and I hit my shots. But this was a team win, stressed RRobin Benzing. Fraport Skyliner Ted Scott was impressed with the German national player. I liked the game of Benzing. He played a heck of a game made his shots and could also put it to the floor. I am sure if he could find the right system that he could bring it in the NBA, stressed Ted Scott. It is no secret that Benzing is a new player under head coach Svetislav Pesic. I am playing a lot better under Pesic. I think my game suits his system. But I think as a whole, the whole team is playing better under Pesic not only me, added RRobin Benzing,
FC Bayern Munich came into the game riding on a four game winning streak and had impressively averaged 109 points in those four wins. With only having scored 36 points at halftime, it was rather apparent that the team wouldnt be able to reach that whopping average, but in the end trends are to be broken and a win is a win no matter if you score 123 points or only 73 points. We arent Bamberg that can come in here and all are afraid and they depart with a 20 point win. After the win FC Bayern Munich sport director Marko Pesic didnt smile, but had a serious demeanour and one could sense that he was relieved that they won. We didnt go into the game with the right intensity. Frankfurt never gave up and didnt make it easy for us. We played good defense and that is why we won. In the past we would have lost games like this, so this was a very important win for us, warned FC Bayern sport director Marko Pesic. Lasts eason, FC Bayern Munich stunk up the Fraport arena losing and fleeing from the arena wanting to forget the embarrassment as quickly as possible. For the players that remained from last season, there was a huge revenge factor on their minds. That was a tough loss last season. We didnt want to lose here again like that. It was important to remember that loss, but not too much, added Marko Pesic. This season is different than last season. I didnt have that revenge factor on my mind. A win is a win and it is important to keep the confidence on the road, stressed Iowa native Jared Homan. After averaging giving up 86 points in the last five games, but averaging scoring 109 points in the last four games, FC Bayern Munich did a role reversal with their offense and defense and made an important experience that will help them for the future. This was a good win. It was good not too win by 30 points or make more than a 100 points. We werent hitting our shots so we had to rely on defense. We learned today that if we defend well and play average offense that we can still win, warned Iowa native Jared Homan.
The Fraport Skyliners entered the game with a lot of momentum after their big win 72 hours earlier against BBC Bayreuth. With the Fraport Skyliners resting in 16th place and every win as necessary as it is for the LTi Giessen 46ers for the fight to stay in the league, the team had a tough opponent with FC Bayern Munich and played well, but just couldnt keep the level of the opponent for 40 minutes or match their talent level. We had a good first half sticking with them, but they came out with even more intensity in the second half and just wore us down using their size and we couldnt keep up. It wasnt like they had one big man like BBC Bayreuth did, but they had four big men. They just knew how to use their size and it took a toll on us. It gets tring going against a Homan or Troutman who goes so hard on every play. We also didnt have some plays go in our favor" stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Dawan Robinson. Even if the Fraport Skyliners seemed to get tired in the second half, they continued to give their all one trait that has never eluded the team this season. We fought fought and fought, but in the end were unable to make the little plays. They capitalized on it on offense and defense. They defended very well and took us out of our rhythm, added Fraport Skyliner guard Devin Gibson.
It isnt only in soccer that wherever FC Bayern Munich is that there is a full house, but also in the Beko BBL. 5,002 people wanted to see the game and didnt see a quick run by FC Bayern Munich, but a very exciting and pretty even game in the first half. Ted Scott got the Fraport Sklyiners on the board first with his patent quick release from his holster and burying a three pointer. FC Bayern Munich center Jared Homan responded with a dunk after freeing himself from Zach Peacock and getting a nifty pass from Tyrese Rice. Peacock then got going hitting a mid distance shot and getting down the floor like a 100 meter sprinter and catching the opponent napping getting an easy lay up as FC Bayern Munich trailed 7-4. The Fraport Skyliners continued to be in a special basketball offense trance as they were hitting on a consistent rate. Quantez Robertson split the defense making a reverse lay up and Devin Gibson then found Ted Scott running the floor and f ed him for the dunk as the Fraport Skyliners led 11-6. The Fraport Skyliners were playing very intelligent knowing when to make the game fast and playing hard nosed defense as Munich was still looking for their rhythm. RRobin Benzing kept FC Bayern Munich in the game with an open jumper, but Ted Scott connected with a three pointer over Benzing as the Fraport Skyliners led 14-9. RRobin Benzing continued to have the soft touch as he drilled another three pointer this time over Dion Dowell as FC Bayern Munich trailed 14-13. Dowell then connected for a three pointer, but it was Benzing again hitting his third three pointer of the game as FC Bayern Munich led 18-17 after one quarter. Frankfurt was playing good defense, rebounding well and eliminating second chances. Frankfurt also did a good job getting out on the fast break. They also tried to get Zach Peacock going early which worked, stressed ex Bradley forward Taylor Brown. FC Bayern Munich was shooting 33% from the field and 50% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 37% from the field and 30% from outside. FC Bayern Munich led the rebound duel 12-9, but had three turnovers while Frankfurt had one turnover.
In the second quarter, the game continued to be dominated by defense as scoring presented a problem especially for FC Bayern Munich who had been scoring so at ease in the last four games averaging 109 points per game. After only coughing up the ball one time in the first quarter, The Fraport Skyliners registered eight turnovers in the second quarter as FC Bayern Munich upped their defense. Chevon Troutman who reached three NCAA Sweet 16 games with Pittsburgh open the scoring with a lay in as FC Bayern Munich led 20-17. Quantez Robertson then tested his 29% three point shooting percentage dropping a big three pointer dead locking the game at 20-20. Troutman then scored again inside and Peacock made a beautiful spin move on the base line around Benzing as the Fraport Skyliners got the lead back 23-22. FC Bayern Munich then went on a mini 4-0 run continuing to power the ball inside as Troutman got his third lay in and Homan battled for the offensive rebound and registered a put back as FC Bayern Munich led 26-23. Peacock continued to be in the zone scoring inside getting fed perfectly from Robinson as the game was tied again at 26-26. Scott then beat Yotam Halperin one on one giving Frankfurt the 29-28 advantage. It didnt take the veteran of 140 Euroleague games make good of his mistake on Scott as he connected on a three pointer as FC Bayern led 31-29. Peacock then hit two free throws as the game was knotted 31-31. With a minute to go, FC Bayern capitalized on a Dowell miss and Gibson turnover as 2008 ULEB cup winner Jan Jagla nailed a three pointer and Benzing made a tip in as FC Bayern Munich led 36-31. Munich started to hit three pointers and got more second chances. We missed more shots and didnt get as many shots up. We needed to get out quicker on the shooters and know where they were, but Frankfurt wasnt doing that, stressed Taylor Brown. FC Bayern Munich was shooting 35% from the field and 42% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 44% from the field and 36% from the three point line. Frankfurt still trailed on the boards 22-14 and had nine turnovers while FC Bayern Munich had six turnovers.
In the third quarter FC Bayern Munich came out with more intensity than the Fraport Skyliners and were rewarded with a 7-2 run as they led 43-33. The positive thing about FC Bayern Munich is that even if a RRobin Benzing is hot and their inside players Homan and Troutman are scalding, then there are still other guys that will produce as did Brandon Thomas who played at Umass with ex Bonn forward Tony Gaffney. Thomas was very active on offense scoring inside and hitting a three pointer. Jared Homan also scored as he battled for position got the ball and threw the ball hard into the basket like an angry farmer throwing a spoiled corn on the cob into a barrel after a down pour. Scott interrupted the run with a pretty runner of the glass. Despite the Munich run and momentary momentum, it didnt hinder Frankfurt from sneaking on a 5-0 run to cut the Munich lead to 43-38. Frankfurt played aggressive defense in this run forcing FC Bayern Munich to three consecutive turnovers and Robertson and captain Marius Nolte scoring. However, FC Bayern Munich was able to halt this run and close out the third quarter with a 13-5 run to lead comfortably 56-43 after three quarters. In the run, FC Bayern Munich got good production from many players as Brandon Thomas dunked furiously over Dowell, Benzing and Halperin nailed three pointers and Steffan Hamann made free throws FC Bayern Munich led 56-43. We didnt have the same intensity on defense as in the first half. We had break downs in our execution on offense. We let them get too many transition buckets and second chances, stressed Ted Scott. FC Bayern Munich was shooting 48% from the two point area and 25% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting34% from the two point area and 50% from the parking lot. Munich still had the rebound edge 31-23 and 12 turnovers while Frankfurt had 13 turnovers.
The Fraport Skyliners didnt throw in the towel yet as they struck back with a huge 8-2 run to cut the FC Bayern Munich lead to 58-51 as there still seemed to be hope in the Fraport arena for the 2004 Beko BBL champion. Devin Gibson hit a pull up jumper, Dowell from downtown and Robertson from the parking lot. However instead of keeping the run going and getting consistent stops on defense, they allowed FC Bayern Munich to go on a 6-0 run to up their lead to 64-51. Benzing who had hurt Frankfurt all night long with his outside shooting open up his trick basket and pull out his other strength the penetration as he scored with his quick first step with his left hand. Rice also showed how quick he can find the open space in the lane scoring. If Benzing and Homan had hit their free throws better than they would have led by more. After Robertson scored inside to cut the FC Bayern Munich lead to 64-53 it was Rice again drawing a foul and hitting free thorws for the 66-53 lead. Dawan Robinson gave the Fraport Skyliners one last gasp of hope nailing consecutive three pointers as Frankfurt trailed 67-59, but time was running out and Tyrese Rice closed out the game with a own 6-0 run making two shots and free throws as FC Bayern Munich won their fifth in a row 73-59. We did too little too late in the fourth quarter. Despite our run, they controlled the pace. We played with desperation, added Dawan Robinson.
FC Bayern Munich was led by RRobin Benzing with 21 points. Tyrese Rice added 14 points and five assists. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 15 points. Quantez Robertson added 14 points and Ted Scott 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot only 39% from the field and 31% from outside while FC Bayern Munich was solid at 40% from the field and 42% from outside. FC Bayern Munich dominated the boards 43-28. It wasnt a finesse game, but a physical game. We got tired and just didnt bring the intensity that we should have on the rebound, added Ted Scott. There was one positive aspect to the loss for the Fraport Skyliners. We fought and never gave up. We really showed a lot of desire to win, stressed Dawan Robinson. For FC Bayern Munich it was the fifth win in a row and it is clear that head coach Svetislav Pesic has been a big reason for the stellar play of the club. The atmosphere is a lot different with Pesic. He knows when to be serious and when to laugh. We know what to do on the court so we just do it and it has worked, warned Jared Homan. My dad has found the roles for all the players. The players have understood that and transformed it into the plays on the court, stressed Marko Pesic.
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90, college: Drury) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Pro B) playing 29 games averaging 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1% As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-... [read more]
Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90, college: Drury) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Pro B) playing 29 games averaging 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1% As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5 (16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 78.9%. He played at Drury (NCAA2) from 2009-2013 and as a senior played 35 games averaging 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to eurobasket after the season opening 105-74 win against Wurzburg.
Brandon congrats on the overpowering 105-74 win against Wurzburg. After the preseason and all the hard work did you expect to come out with such a good result before the game started? Danke Miles! Starting the season with a win is all we really had in mind. I do not think any of us believed the game would have a result as such.
Wurzburg had the narrow 22-19 lead after one quarter, but in the second quarter the ScanPlus baskets got their offense going with 33 points and gave up only 8 points to have the overwhelming 52-30 lead at the break. What did head coach Dario Jerkic want the team do change up in the second frame?
We were lacking focus on the defensive side of the ball and allowed them a bunch of second chances. So in the 2nd quarter, we wanted to make it harder for them to score and really focus on grabbing rebounds when they missed.
The Elchingen offense kept scoring,scoring and scoring adding 31 points in the third quarter. What makes the squad so dangerous on the offensive end? We have a good number of players that can score the ball in a variety of ways. Therefore the defense cannot just lock in on 1 or 2 players. They have to be worried about all 5 players on the court because anyone can score at any time.
But it isn't just the offensive end, but on the defensive end you had 14 team steals and forced Wurzburg to 23 turnovers. What has been key for getting so many on the same page so early on the defensive end?
We still have a long way to go but it's something we work on daily at practice. We really want the defensive side of the ball to carry us because we know there will be games when shots are not going in.
Would the score have been closer if Wurzburg had had some Americans. They played with only one import last season and this season recently added a new American, but he didn't play. Wurzburg is a good team that has talent so I believe the score would be closer if we played the same roster today or tomorrow. Lucky for us, we were clicking on both sides of the ball which contributed to the score being as such.
The ScanPlus baskets had five guys in double figures. Does this team make your job a bit easier than last season where Nordlingen needed you to score much every game with it's non deep scoring roster?
I don't know if it makes my job easier, but it does change it some. I might not have to score as much, but I still have to go out each game and give it my all. So my approach to the game is still the same.
What has been your early impression of rookie Taevaunn Prince. Is this a guy that will be able to make a consistent impact week in and week out? I would characterize Taevaunn as a "walking bucket" because he can get you a basket however you want it whenever you need it. He led all of NCAA DII last year in scoring and that just doesn't happen easily. I hope and believe that he will put up big numbers for us this season.
How important is the fact that the ScanPlus Baskets have a nice mix of imports and not only Americans. Has this reality had an early impact on the healthy growing team chemistry?
It's still early in the season and chemistry on/off the court is still developing. We are at a good point for this part of the season and I hope positive chemistry continues to happen within the club!
You had a very solid game with 14 points, six rebounds, nine assists and three steals. How is your role different this season to last? As the point guard, I feel my role is still the same no matter my stat lines. I still have to lead vocally and by example.
What is your main goal as a player this season besides winning. You obviously are not depended to score as much as last season. Could this be a season where your playmaking goes to a new dimension? With the amount of players we have this season that can score, having high assist totals are definitely in reach. I've always been a fan of passing more than scoring, so it should be a really fun year!
Defense is also a big part of your game. In a team that has many athletes, how is your defensive game able to grow this season which it might not have been last season? Haha coaches are not really a fan unless I get it, but it allows me to take a few more chances on defense. But it also allows me to pressure the ball more, which coaches like, without the fear of getting beat because help side can arrive quicker.
Jordan Talbert is in Karlsruhe and Janek Schmidtkunz in Gotha. How much do you miss these guys and how sure are you that both guys will be checking your box score each weekend to see how well you are doing?
I definitely miss those guys! They are like brothers to me. The three of us had a tremendous connection on/off the court. We are all in contact a couple times a week and have already told each other we will be keeping up with games and even try to catch a couple in person.
What does a football fan do in St Louis now without the Rams during the winter? Do you still follow them now even though they are home in Los Angeles now? Luckily for me, I was never really attached to the Rams. It would hurt more if the Cardinals were to leave the StL. So I'm not sure what a Rams' fan does during football season.
The great Kevin Garnett has retired. Where is his legacy now with the alltime great that have played in the NBA?
He is definitely one of the best to ever do it! I think basketball people could sit around for days and debate whether or not he is a top 5 PF of all time. But no debate about whether or not he will end up in the Hall of Fame!
Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Sacramento, California that completed his second professional season and first with the Uni Riesen Leipzig playing 23 games: Score-5 (20.4ppg), Reb-2 (10.5rpg), 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. He picked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports... [read more]
Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Sacramento, California that completed his second professional season and first with the Uni Riesen Leipzig playing 23 games: Score-5 (20.4ppg), Reb-2 (10.5rpg), 1.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 17.9%, FT: 66.7%. He picked up Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -16, and Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -16. As a rookie, he played for TSV Quakenbrueck (Germany-2.Regionalliga) playing 16 games averaging 29.7ppg. He started his basketball career at Yuba junior college and then played two years at S.Utah (NCAA). He finished at Adams St. (NCAA2) playing 27 games: 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 70.2%. He spoke to eurobasket about the departure From Pro A team Ehingen.
Julian thanks for talking to eurobasket. Com. Where are you at the moment and what are momentarily most in your thoughts now? Hey Miles I'm currently in Ehingen looking for a new situation to come up. My thoughts are more reflecting on everything that's happened up to now.
Recently this summer we talked about your future season Ehingen and you were very motivated about the new opportunity. You must of never thought in your wildest dreams that your stay would be so short? Not at all but it was a mutual understanding with the manager as well as the coach.
You had been in pre-season with Pro A team Ehingen. How would you summarize your stay there?
Definitely took dedication and focus to come in and work so hard every single day and wake up sore as hell and get right back to work. I definitely can say my body benefited from the process.
Would you agree that it was more a problem with getting used to the system of head coach Domenik Reiboth then it was a matter of adjusting to the level of the Pro A? Yes definitely and that's what it came down to and in the end a decision had to be made so you live and you learn
What did 't fit with the system of Reinboth and combining the strength's of your game? I can't really sit here and complain about his structure they won the Pro B championship with that structure. I just wasn't able to adapt in the time frame he needed me to.
Was their possibly less room at the big positions with Danny Berger and Tobias Jahn and you became the odd man out? Not at all I was their starting 4/5 man Danny and Tobias just knew his system and were very comfortable with it. I was still learning but it wasn't quick enough for the coach to trust in me to be his leader in that system and position.
How comfortable did you feel playing in the Pro A? How confident are you still that you can be a productive player in this league? I was completely comfortable. I have no doubt in my mind I can do well in Pro A it just depends on the next club who is willing to give me the opportunity.
I guess you have left with no hard feelings? What kind of farewell did you get from coach? Yeah no hard feelings it's nothing personal and sometimes you got to remember this is a business I'm doing what I love but it is also my job and I didn't do it well enough for them to have confidence in me. Nothing special just good luck on a new situation for me and that's was it.
What have you learned from this experience that will help you in the future in this kind of situation. I would say just remember this is your job as well so meaning I need to be professional as well as being 100% every practice.
What is the next step for Julian Scott (203-F/C-90, college: Adams St.)? Will you stay in Germany and wait for a new opportunity? The next step for me will be to find a new club quickly to put this all behind me. I will stay in Europe yes in order to stay prepared for the next possible opportunity.
If a Pro B team opened their door tomorrow and the situation was good, would you go that route? I would speak with my agent and we would make a decision together if that's a route were interested in taking.
Your ex teammate Brandon Shingles is also without a team. How weird is it for both of you to be without a team despite your success from last season?
Not weird to me at all its a business and there are millions of athletes competing for jobs everyday so we're just trying to get in where we fit in and try to move up from there.
What is one thing that you would like to see happen in the NBA this season? See the Sacramento Kings be playoff contenders.
What was the last movie that you saw? Above the rim is the last movie I saw.
Seth Hinrichs (202-SF-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) is a 23 year old 203cm guard from Clara City, Minnesota that is playing his second professional season in the German Pro A with the Kirchheim Knights. Last season as a rookie he played for FC Porto (Portugal-LPB): 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%. He played at Lafayette (NCAA) from 2011-2015 graduating fr... [read more]
Seth Hinrichs (202-SF-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) is a 23 year old 203cm guard from Clara City, Minnesota that is playing his second professional season in the German Pro A with the Kirchheim Knights. Last season as a rookie he played for FC Porto (Portugal-LPB): 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%. He played at Lafayette (NCAA) from 2011-2015 graduating from Lafayette as the all-time leader in 3PG % in Patriot League history. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 83.1%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 92-90 road victory in Dresden.
Seth thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome to Germany. You had a try-out with BBL team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, but landed with Kirchheim. What has been most appealing to you about the club since you joined? I really like the coaches and my teammates. We have a good, talented group of guys and have the potential to do really well this year.
Was it difficult for you to accept the fact that the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg didn't need you? Your now in a league lower. How do you as a professional player handle this kind of rejection? I was definitely disappointed but I realize it is a part of playing basketball professionally. I am very appreciative for the opportunity that Coach Patrick gave me and for the people I was able to meet at Ludwigsburg. I think playing in the Pro A is a great opportunity and now my focus is to improve as a player so that one day I can reach the BBL level or higher.
You really have had little integration problems as you came very late to the team. What do you believe has helped you most in getting the transition stage going in the right direction? I think Coach Mai has helped in terms of going through things slowly and being patient. It's hard to join a team that has already played together and has chemistry but the guys have been great in this transition period as well.
You are on a team that has substantial talent and you are programmed to have a big role on the team. What is your goal this season and how is it different than last season with FC Porto? My goal is to win the Pro A and contribute to a championship in whatever ways possible. I think with the talent we have here we would be selling ourselves short with anything less.
Last season for FC Porto you played 20 games: 8.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.7%, FT: 79.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 6.7ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 83.3%,. Do you feel like you can be a consistent scorer in the Pro A and more than you were with FC Porto? Like you said I'll have an expanded role compared to last year so I'll be playing more minutes and be called on to score, rebound, and assist more offensively. I have high expectations for myself this year and I am looking forward to playing for Coach Mai and Kirchheim.
Congrats on the big 92-90 road victory in Dresden. How did it feel playing your first professional game for a German team and did you remember having such an intense atmosphere last season in games in Portugal? Thank you! It felt great having not played in an actual game since February. The atmosphere and energy was great up in Dresden. It was comparable to some games in Portugal. I was just happy to be back on the court.
It was a wild game and scoring really took center stage in the first quarter. Did defense take a back step at first or was this just two explosive offensive teams in the making? I think both teams have potent offensive attacks but I don't think there was a lot of defense being played in the first quarter. It was the first game of the season, players have jitters, the crowd was into it, so I think both teams we're just getting acclimated to playing.
The game really remained close in the first three quarters and Dresden kept the lead until the midway point of the fourth until Kirchheim got the lead back. What was the most difficult thing about having to keep up with this offensive minded team on defense? I think they jumped ahead early and we had to keep battling. They are a great transition team and kept pushing the ball up the court early and often. As the game progressed we were able to keep chipping away and eventually close their lead in the fourth.
Randall Holt was a real thorn in the Kirchheim side as he nailed huge three pointers in crunch time, but Justin Hedley won the game at the end with a shot. Take me through that last play and was it the perfect script? Hedley surely wasn't the first option
Holt is a good player and hit some tough shots but Justin came up huge for us. We had run a pick and roll with Carrington Love and myself and he tried to create. Justin was open in the corner and dribbled past the close out and sank the 10 footer. I was excited that we won and excited for Justin! He's one of the young guys on the team and puts in a lot of work so it was great to see that shot go in.
You had a very solid game with 18 points, three assists, six rebounds and two steals. Do you have a good feeling that the German Pro A style fits your game well? I think the Pro A style fits my game and I think Coach Mai's overall scheme fits my game. I'm excited to play in the Pro A this year against some good competition.
You harmonized very well with German veteran Tim Koch. How much fun is it playing with him and learning from his game on the floor? Tim is a phenomenal shooter and basketball player. He makes shots at such a high rate that teams have to stay attached at all times or he'll hurt them with threes. Its great playing with him because when teams stay glued to him there are more open lanes.
You take a lot of pride on defense. Do you see the Kirchheim Knights being a team that can make an impact on a consistent basis on the defensive end this season? I definitely see potential for us to be a great defensive team. We have the tools to be great, but consistency is our problem. We'll put together five great minutes of defense and follow that up with five terrible minutes. But I think as the season goes on we'll improve and become a more cohesive unit.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 NBA heads would you choose? This is tough.. It's hard to pick just four but I'll go with MJ, Bill Russell, Kareem, and Kobe
Now that Lebron finally won a NBA title with the Cavs where does this title put him in the debate as the all-time best player in the world? He's in the top 10 of all-time and probably the best active player but it's close.
What was the last movie that you saw? Jason Bourne.
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