#1. This week's number one is former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (13-19) in their last game. Despite Kaman's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost in an overtime 105-111 on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Kaman also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 30 minutes on the court.
It was Mavericks' sixth consecutive loss in a row.
Kaman has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 2FGP: 51.7% and FT: 77.6% in the 30 games he played so far.
Kaman is a naturalized American.
He played for the German senior national team two years ago.
Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.
#2. Second place goes to an experienced former 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. He was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (13-19) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (25-8).
Nowitzki scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks.
The Dallas Mavericks were crushed 111-86 in San Antonio by the Spurs.
It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 8.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 83.3%.
Nowitzki played for the German national team in 2011.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Pleiss managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the eighth-ranked Olympiacos (0-1) 82-74 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
He recorded 5 points.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (1-0) is placed second in group F.
Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 42.9% and FT: 91.7%.
He is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Boston Coll. to a victory against the College of Holy Cross 70-60 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Heckmann recorded 19 points and had 5 steals in 36 minutes.
The Boston College has conference record this season.
This year Heckmann's overall stats are: 4.0ppg and 3.1rpg in the eight games.
He is also German national team player.
#5. International forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to Gonzaga's victory against the Baylor University 94-87 in the NCAA last Friday.
Harris scored 17 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
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.
This season he has very high stats. Harris averages: 15.9ppg and 6.4rpg.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#6. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, is currently at the American university) contributed to a 3-point Hawaii's victory against the Cal State - Northridge 74-71 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Standhardinger recorded 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 30 minutes.
The University of Hawaii has conference record this season.
Standhardinger has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg and 6.4rpg in the 18 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team four years ago.
#7. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Elon's surprising victory against the Manchester College crushing them 84-49 in the NCAA in Monday night's game.
Koch scored 13 points.
The Elon University has 1-1 conference record this season.
This year Koch has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 6.4rpg.
Koch used to play for the German U18 national team
four years ago.
#8. Forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Tenn Tech (1-0) in their game against the Jacksonville State University (1-1) in the NCAA.
Ogbe recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.
But the Tenn Tech was crushed 83-62 in Jacksonville, AL by the Jacksonville State University.
This year Ogbe has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.7apg in the 11 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011.
#9. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Coastal Georgia CC (8-2) crushing them 85-55 in the NCAA last Sunday.
Blessing scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 22 minutes.
The South Carolina Upstate has conference record this season.
This year Blessing's total stats are: 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games.
He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.
#10. Swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Vanderbilt in their game against the Butler University (0-1) in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Bright recorded only 3 points in 28 minutes.
The Vanderbilt was badly defeated 68-49 at home by the Butler University.
Bright has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games.
He is U20 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.
#11. Former U20 international forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point San Diego's victory against the Morgan State University 66-63 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Kramer recorded only 2 points.
Kramer has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#12. Former U20 international guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Columbia's shocking victory against the Manhattan College 69-58 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Lo recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court.
Lo has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011.
#13. Former U18 international forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Siena in their game against the La Salle University in the NCAA. Martens cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points.
His team was crushed by 28 points 80-52.
Martens has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
six years ago.
#14. International swingman Niels Giffey (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Connecticut in their game against the Marquette University in the NCAA.
He recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
His team was defeated in an overtime 82-76.
Giffey has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#15. Former U16 international center Enosch Wolf (216-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Niels Giffey and both played together in the last NCAA game.
Wolf couldn't help the Connecticut in their game against the Marquette University.
He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes.
His team lost in an overtime 76-82.
Wolf has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games.
He used to play for the German U16 national team
seven years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) led Dongbu Promy to a victory over the closely-ranked Samsung Thunders (12-15) 71-63 in the South Korean KBL on Sunday night.
He was MVP of the game. Sensley scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Dongbu Promy (9-18) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the KBL.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Sensley's first season with the team.
This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.7apg in the 15 games he played so far.
Sensley is a naturalized American.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#2.Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines), who plays in the Filipino PBA could not help Alaska Aces (8-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Thoss' very good performance the fourth-placed Alaska Aces were defeated 93-79 in a derby game by the leading Talk N Text in the Philippine Cup group.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds.
Thoss is currently fifth on the list of best blockers.
His total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1bpg.
Thoss has a dual citizenship: German and Filipino.
#3.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (8-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance LF Basket lost 91-106 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Boras Basket.
Igbavboa was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 27 minutes.
Igbavboa has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 6.4rpg in the 18 games.
Igbavboa is a naturalized American.
He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#4.Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-6) in their game against Maccabi Ashdod (3-8) in the Israeli Winner League.
He scored 7 points in 24 minutes.
Hapoel Tel-Aviv lost 67-72 on the road to the league outsider (#12) Maccabi Ashdod.
It was Hapoel Tel-Aviv's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Timor's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg in the 11 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and German.
#5.Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Maine's victory against the Quinnipiac College 76-71 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Mesghna recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
The University of Maine has conference record this season.
Mesghna's total stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.2spg.
He has both German and Eritrean nationalities.
#6.Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-16) in their last game. Despite Lockett's very good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was crushed 96-65 in Manchester by the higher-ranked (#10) Giants.
He was the top scorer with 15 points. Lockett also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes.
This year Lockett has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg and 5.3rpg in the seven games.
He is a naturalized American.
#7.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Bnei Hasharon in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Israeli Winner League.
Rice scored 5 points.
His team was crushed by 28 points 113-85.
This season Rice has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.7apg.
He also holds two passports: Israeli and German.
#8.Christopher Razis (194-PG-89, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A couldn't help ENAD (2-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Razis' good performance ENAD was defeated 69-62 on their home court in Nicosia by the second-ranked Keravnos.
He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Razis' total stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.
He has dual citizenship: German and Cypriot.
#9.Till Gloger (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Mesghna and both played together in the last NCAA game.
Gloger managed to help University of Maine to win against the Quinnipiac College 76-71.
He recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Gloger has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg.
#10.Malte Kramer (198-F-89, is currently at the American university) contributed to a 1-point Pepperdine's victory against the Fresno Pacific University 60-59 in the NCAA last Friday.
Kramer scored only 1 points in 13 minutes.
Kramer has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in the nine games.
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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