#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (13-22) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 94-100 on the road to the Utah Jazz.
He was the top scorer with 20 points. Nowitzki also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes on the court.
It was Mavericks' third consecutive loss in a row.
It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 12.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 43.5% in the eight games he played so far.
He played for the German senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dirk Nowitzki. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention.
Kaman, who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (13-22) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kaman's good performance the Dallas Mavericks were defeated in an overtime 119-109 in Miami by the Heat.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kaman also added 3 blocks.
This season Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 13.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.3% and FT: 79.7%.
Kaman is a naturalized American.
He played for the German national team in 2011.
Strangely Kaman has never played in Germany.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain). He led CAI Zaragoza to a victory over the 16th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (4-12) 79-74 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night.
Toppert was MVP of the game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes.
CAI Zaragoza (10-6) is placed fifth in the ACB.
This year Toppert's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 84.6% in the 16 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Toppert played for the German national team three years ago.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#4. Center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Caja Laboral Vitoria to win against the eighth-ranked Maccabi T-A (0-2) 71-70 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game.
Pleiss scored only 2 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Caja Laboral Vitoria (2-0) is placed third in group F.
It's Pleiss' first season with the team.
His total stats this year are: 3.8ppg and 4.0rpg.
Pleiss is also German national team player.
#5. International forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Pepperdine University (1-1) 78-62 in the NCAA last Thursday.
He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes.
The Gonzaga University has 2-0 conference record this season.
Harris has been at the team for four years.
This year Harris' total stats are: 3.8ppg and 4.0rpg in the nine games.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#6. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point Hawaii's victory against the California State University, Fullerton (2-1) 90-88 in the NCAA last Thursday.
Standhardinger scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
The University of Hawaii has 2-0 conference record this season.
Standhardinger has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team four years ago.
#7. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the David Lipscomb University (1-4) crushing them 98-61 in the NCAA last Monday.
Blessing recorded 16 points in a mere 19 minutes.
The South Carolina Upstate has 2-0 conference record this season.
Blessing has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg in the 12 games.
He is also German U20 national team player.
#8. Guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the E.Washington (1-3) in their last game. Despite Reuter's good performance the E.Washington lost 66-81 in Missoula, MT to the University of Montana.
He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes.
This year Reuter has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 12 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2010.
#9. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Tenn Tech (1-2) in their last game. Despite Ogbe's good performance the Tenn Tech (#5) was crushed 83-52 at home by the Belmont University.
He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Ogbe has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 13 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
#10. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Elon (1-1) in their game against the Princeton University (0-0) in the NCAA.
Koch scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The Elon (#3) was defeated 74-64 on their home court in Elon, NC by the Princeton University.
Koch has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.
He is a former U18 international player as four years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. Former U20 international guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Columbia's victory against the U.S.Military Academy 64-52 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Lo scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes.
Lo has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 13 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
#12. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Vanderbilt's victory against the College of William & Mary 64-50 in the NCAA on Wednesday night.
Bright scored 7 points and blocked 2 blocks.
Bright has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.
He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.
#13. Former U16 international center Alexander Machowski (205-91, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Polonia's victory against one of league's weakest teams UMKS Kielce 77-73 in the Polish 1Liga (second division) last Wednesday.
Machowski scored 9 points.
Machowski has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg.
He used to play for the German U16 national team
six years ago.
#14. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Boston Coll. in their game against the North Carolina State University in the NCAA.
Heckmann scored 5 points in 31 minutes.
His team lost 73-78.
Heckmann has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg in the 12 games.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#15. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Monmouth in their game against the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD in the NCAA. Dileo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points and had 3 steals.
His team was defeated 71-59.
Dileo has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 1.1rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team
four years ago.
Interesting that he has never played in Germany.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1. Experienced Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Leuven Bears (3-8) 84-73 in the Belgian Ethias League on Saturday night.
Stojic scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Telenet Oostende (7-4) is placed third in the Ethias League.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Stojic has relatively good stats this season: 12.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.
#2.Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to Timisoara's victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (12-4) 103-91 in the Romanian Division A in Monday night's game.
Sarovic recorded 15 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Timisoara (12-3) is placed second in the Division A.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Sarovic has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and German.
#3.Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County 81-66 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Mesghna scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes.
The University of Maine has 2-0 conference record this season.
This year Mesghna has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 15 games.
He has both German and Eritrean nationalities.
#4.Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League could not help Hapoel Tel-Aviv (5-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Timor's good performance Hapoel Tel-Aviv was defeated 94-88 on the road by the lower-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#9).
He scored 14 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
Timor has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg.
He also holds two passports: Israeli and German.
#5.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) was the major contributor in a Dongbu Promy's victory against the closely-ranked Sonic Boom KT (13-16) 76-71 in the South Korean KBL on Sunday night.
Sensley recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Dongbu Promy (12-18) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the KBL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This season Sensley has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.8apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Interesting that Sensley has never played in Germany.
#6.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (8-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance LF Basket was edged 94-93 in Jamtland by the lower-ranked (#9) KFUM.
Igbavboa had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Igbavboa has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg and 7.0rpg in the 20 games.
Igbavboa is a naturalized American.
He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#7.Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Golden Hawks crushing them 93-73 in the Canadian university league CIS last Thursday.
Seferagic scored 14 points.
Seferagic has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
He holds both German and Canadian passports.
#8.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto (3-10) in their last game. Despite Wachsmann's good performance Melilla Baloncesto lost 73-82 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#4) Palencia_Baloncesto.
He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Wachsmann is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.8rpg.
This year his other stats are: 10.5ppg and 1.2apg in the 13 games.
#9.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) faced previously mentioned Bar Timor in the Israeli Winner League last game.
Rice contributed to a Bnei Hasharon's victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv 94-88.
He scored 9 points.
This season Rice has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg.
He has dual citizenship: Israeli and German.
#10.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni in their game against Polpharma in the Polish TBL.
Tomaszek scored 6 points.
His team was defeated 85-81.
Tomaszek has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg.
He has German and Polish nationalities.
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Newly promoted AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) inked 24-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He was about to sign at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. The last season Basabe played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Basabe also played 9 games in FIBA Euro... [read more]
Newly promoted AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) inked 24-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He was about to sign at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. The last season Basabe played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Basabe also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Basabe played in the final of NIT in 2013. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Stabill). Basabe attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
On the court, professional basketball players take the game very seriously because it's the game they love and it's also what pays some Las Vegas weekends, but off the court, the majority of players are able to take a step back from their hardnosed focus and can also be more relaxed and in more of a joking manner to help kick the time away. Ex Fraport Skyliner Anthony King played many times in the Telekom Dome and even as a BBL allstar in 2014 probably could of come up with a funny line f... [read more]
On the court, professional basketball players take the game very seriously because it's the game they love and it's also what pays some Las Vegas weekends, but off the court, the majority of players are able to take a step back from their hardnosed focus and can also be more relaxed and in more of a joking manner to help kick the time away. Ex Fraport Skyliner Anthony King played many times in the Telekom Dome and even as a BBL allstar in 2014 probably could of come up with a funny line for his ex teammate Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL) from Miami (NCAA) after he had heard that he had signed with Bonn. Back in the 2007-2008 season, King was a senior and the Durham, North Carolina native didn't play his freshman year until the next season, but gained incredible valuable experience being able to practice with the squad. King who always seemed like a quiet fellow, but in reality knew exactly when and how to crack hilarious jokes, could have prepared Gamble for his new stomping ground as follows. 'Hey Julian, the next time your sitting on the bench during a break from a game day shoot around, attempt to count how many magenta seats are in the arena, I came up with 1,349'. Of course, one could always have that option if one was totally overcome by boredom, but a guy like Gamble would rather have the game in his thoughts and how he would help his team gain the next victory. Gamble does have fond memories of King. 'King was a mentor to me when I first stepped on campus. We also graduated from the same high school, so he knows what it was to make it out of where we came from. He definitely is a funny guy once you get to know him but very laid back at the same time', stressed Gamble. He had a solid career at Miami where he reached a NCAA Sweet 16 and NIT Sweet 16 and Elite eight, but as a player was groomed for a certain role where he was unable to show what he really had until he became a professional. 'Playing on a team where I had to play a role that wasn't to score was difficult at times. It was hard because I always knew I had the ability and I worked on my game constantly. I just continued to work and prayed that God would allow me the opportunity to show what I can truly do and I think it was a surprise to most people', warned Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL). However that all changed when he became a professional and tore up the French Pro B with Saint Vallier Basket Drome and in Belgium with Basic-Fit Brussels. He was a top scorer each season and was third in rebounding twice and second once and was the top shot blocker each season. 'At Miami, my senior year especially, I was a good player on a great team. I took great pride in being whatever my team needed that night. That didn't always mean big numbers but I always knew I had the ability to be a big time player given the opportunity. Once I was given that chance, I never looked back', added Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL). Now the American who compares his game to Blake Griffin and lists Harrison Barnes as his toughest opponent in college is ready to make the next step in the competitive and highest league that he will have played in the EasyCredit BBL. With Bonn, he has a very talented supporting cast and has his feet on the ground and mentality keen on winning first before worrying about that double double. 'My goal production wise will not change, but ultimately I want to win. Whatever it takes to win is what I will do, but my personal ambition as a player is to be the best I can be', warned Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL). Gamble had a strong pre-season and is developing well and is on a good way of making the next step and so are the Telekom Baskets Bonn who want to wash away last season which was one to forget which was only their third time in 20 years where they failed to make the playoffs. He will be ready to erase his meager 4 point effort against Alba Berlin and get back on track against Frankfurt.
After finishing in 4th and 5th place in the regular season in 2014 and 2015, last season the Telekom Baskets Bonn slipped to 12th place and had an early summer vacation in early May getting an early jump on the summer cafe's and sun tanning along the Rhein river. The season actually started off with a bang as they won five of their first six games including huge wins against FC Bayern Munich and ratiopharm Ulm where they demonstrated just how lethal an offense they had averaging 94 points in the two games, but then everything just fell apart as if it was night and day. They then lost a combined 12 games in a row of BBL and Eurocup games and saved their Christmas by winning a shootout against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen on the day before Christmas. However no turn around occurred as the team lost seven of it's next nine games. One could see that consistency was a word absent from their vocabulary that one never knew what to expect from the club after despite winning two in a row against Tuebingen (twice 100 plus points) and Phoenix Hagen with 100 plus points, on the next weekend they had their biggest low point getting smacked around 78-48 in Frankfurt. During all of this head coach Matthias Fischer was dismissed as fans were as frustrated as a cat is when it outsmarted by a quicker mouse. Bonn knew how to put points on the board, but couldn't defend if their life depended on it. They gave up 80 points or more 26 times and if one examines their results closely would have come to the conclusion that they could really have struggled more and had issues concerning lower standings positions if they had not won the majority of their offensive shoot outs.
With the arrival of new head coach Silvano Poropat, the club hopes to bring some fresh new wind to the team. Poropat has displayed in the past that he knows how to put together teams and lead them to success. He did that unexpectedly with Ludwigsburg in the 2006-2007 season and led them to the top two teams in the BBL and a semi-final berth of the playoffs and also helped bring the Mitteldeutscher BC back to the BBL. The Croatian coach did a great job bringing in new basketball blood and the team showed in pre-season that a healthy team chemistry was in the starting block and prepared to grow. 'My first impression of Coach is that he very badly wants to win. I feel he knows the game well, in the ways he described to me things he liked I did. I also feel that family is important to him, which is important to me, because chemistry both on and off the court is what will make our time together something to remember', stressed Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL). The club made a complete house cleaning keeping only Florian Koch. They were hoping that point guard Eugene Lawrence would remain, but didn't. This season the Telekom Baskets Bonn have put together a very versatile team that is stronger at each position than it was last season. After the disastrous defensive season last year, a big focus this season will be on reducing the number of points they give up. Offensively Bonn have the capability to light up the scoreboard again, but it will be their defensive performance with the combination of athleticism and hunger of showing effort that will determine between a playoff spot or not. The club should also be capable of making their transition game a strength as good defense should get them more easy points than in the past. A few days before the start of the EasyCredit season, the club released some very upsetting news that head coach Silvano Poropat had a bad sickness and will have to miss some months. The club did a good job reacting and getting ex coach Predrag Krunic who was surprisingly available. Krunic had his first coaching stint with Bonn from 2001-2005 and was then the youngest coach in the BBL. He won a BBL title with the EWE baskets Oldenburg in 2009 and then coached in Poland, Bayreuth and Weissenfels. Krunic is a great coach, but how well will the team perform now with all this new coaching drama bestowed upon them?
The team held on to German Florian Koch who is a 24 year old 197cm forward who is the absolute identity having been with the club since 2010 and has played a total of 113 BBL games and last season had his breakthrough playing 34 games averaging 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 81.4%; Eurocup: 10 games: 4.8ppg, 2.7rpg. His athleticism and outside shooting will continue to garner him minutes. The club hauled in nine new players including Josh Mayo. Mayo is a 29 year old 181cm point guard that looks closer to 176cm, but is lightening quick and can drain the three. He has valuable experience in Europe having played in France, Latvia, Ukraine, Italy and Spain. Last season he played for Givova Scafati Basket (Italy-Serie A2) playing 41 games averaging 15.7ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-3 (5.2apg), FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 85.2%. Konstantin Klein is a 25 year old 187cm point guard from Berlin that was Pro B champion with Gotha in 2012 and that last played for the Fraport Skyliners from 2012-2016. He developed soundly with the club, but was hampered with injuries the last two seasons. Last season he played 33 games averaging6.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 82.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 17 games: 6.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 81.5%.He shot an overwhelming 52% from outside in the 2014-2015 Eurochallenge season. His self-confidence as a German is as typical as that of an American and his aggressive play and motivation is a big strength of his. Klein was demoted badly by Skyliner head coach Gordon Herbert in the playoffs against ratiopharm Ulm where he played only 48 minutes in four games. Klein is burning with basketball desire to show everyone he belongs to the top 5 best German guards. The club also reeled in TJ Di Leo who is a 26 year old 190cm guard that will be playing his fourth professional season after playing his first three seasons with the Giessen 46ers and helped them reach the BBL in 2015.. He is the son of Tony Di Leo who coached in Germany and was also the GM of the Philadelphia 76ers. Last season the guard suffered injury woes and played only 19 games averaging 5.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.3%. Theex Temple (NCAA) guard has the heart of gold, is an aggressive defender and when left open will hurt you with his shot. He will bring energy from the bench and at times help with the playmaking. The club brought in another ex Giessen player with Yormon Polas who is a Cuban/German that has lived the basketball cinderella story playing his first six seasons in Cuba and then coming to Germany and going from the Regionaliga with FC Bayern Munich via the Pro A with Crailsheim and Giessen to the BBL to Bonn. Last season with Giessen he played 32 games averaging 9.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 60.0%. He has unending athleticism, will make waves with his defense and is difficult to control in the paint with his quickness and on transition.
The club also hauled in Ryan Thompson who is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Mount Laurel, New Jersey and is the younger brother of NBA player Jason Thompson is playing his seventh professional season and has won 2 titles in Belguim and one in Germany with Bamberg. The ex Rider (NCAA) standout has European basketball experience in Italy, Belgium and Turkey. Last season was a season to forget as he split time with Trabzonspor Basketbol (Turkey-BSL): 5 games: 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.7%; Eurocup: 6 games: 6.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 6.7%, FT: 62.5%. His role will be too find his scoring touch again and lead the team in crunch time and amaze the home fans with unforgettable dunks. The team also added Ken Horton who is a 26 year old 199cm forward from Ossining, New York playing his fifth professional season that has experience in France, Mexico, Australia and Finland. Last season he played for medi Bayreuth playing 34 games averaging 12.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 89.5%. The Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) stand out can look back to 2006 where he started his basketball career as a guy who has always scored in double figures showing his consistent basketball scoring trait. He is a very versatile guy that has a deadly three pointer, can play with the back to the basket and don't put him on the free throwline because he won't miss. Flip Barovic is a 26 year old 207cm center that hails from Montenegro. He has toiled around in leagues in Montenegro, Hungary and Romania and now is ready to make the next step in the higher league BBL. Last season he played for Lukoil Academic Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL) playing 35 games: 10.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 66.2%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 73.9%; FIBA Europe Cup: 12 games: 13.6ppg, 6.6rpg, FGP: 54.9%, FT: 67.2%. He is the classical post player that excels on the pick and roll, but also will hit the three. His experience will help the team as he knows how to win winning 5 titles in Montenegro and one in Bulgaria. Johannes Richter is a 22 year old 208cm power forward, but can also play center. He got his first BBL experience with Bamberg and played the last two and a half seasons with the Fraport Skyliners. He made his international breakthrough two seasons ago in the Eurochallenge hitting the Baaken Bears with 15 and 10 points. However in the BBL, it was tough getting playing time with the twin towers Voigtmann and Barthel in the way. Last season he played 25 games: 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg; FIBA Europe Cup: 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.8rpg, played also at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB): 16 games: 17.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP-3 (63.7%), 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 73.1%. He is a versatile big man with the modern game that is a relentless fighter under the rim and can drain the trey at his desire. Gordon Herbert called him his best offensive rebounder last season.
Despite some skeptics questioning how well the guard duo of Mayo/Klein will be, they will make the grade as they have shown incredible desire in the pre-season and have played well together and can also play at the same time on the court. The big man duo of Gamble/Barovic is very solid and the forward duo of Horton/Richter compliment each other well as both do things separately well. The bench of DI Leo, Polas and Koch are very solid. Oh and not to forget Ryan Thompson is on a mission to forget his season of last where he lost his scoring touch in Serbia and Turkey and get back to winning and playing ways he had two seasons ago with Bamberg. Head coach Poropat is a winner and wants to bring success as badly back to Bonn as the fans want to see it again. 'Year for year it gets more difficult for those last 1-2 playoff spots. Bonn has put together a very solid team. They get a Ryan Thompson who played at Bamberg and Mayo a very experienced player and some talented German players. The talent is there for a playoff team. They will have to see if the chemistry is good enough to make the jump back in the play offs', stressed Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steven Wriedt. Last season, Frankfurt won 82-59 on the road as Johannes Voigtmann had 20 points and Konstantin Klein Netted 19 points. In the return game, Frankfurt creamed Bonn at home 78-48 and were led by Danilo Bathel with 18 points and Johannes Voigtmann had 17 points. Both teams come into the game today with an 0-1 record and looking to get that first win of the season. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were beat by Alba Berlin on the road where their offense was already in season mode, but their defense just couldn't handle the many weapons that head coach that Ahmet Caki threw at them. The Fraport Skyliners were rattled by the Brose Baskets Bamberg on the road 85-54. It was what most expected as Bamberg overwhelmed the guests with their potent roster and growing team chemistry while the Fraport Skyliners's new era had began with a new influx of young Germans learning to make the grade this season. In some way, it could have been advantageous to start with a very tough game like this, because they could see after the game exactly where the building blocks are for improvement. In Bonn, the Fraport Skyliners will meet ex players Konstantin Klein and Johannes Richer. Richter is as expected still finding his role and fighting for minutes while Klein has been integrated nicely and he quickly found his role in preseason and become a starter. Klein has a lot to prove, but won't be able to show his talent to Gordon Herbert who is out, but will gladly have Klaus Perwas witness what Frankfurt have missed in not keeping him. This will be a tough game for the Fraport Skyliners as Bonn is definitely farther at this point of the season in all aspects of the game.
Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson) is a 23 year old 180cm guard from Upper Arlington, Ohio that is playing his rookie season in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. He started his college basketball career in 2011 with Miami, OH (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 70.0%. He then played at Davidson (NCAA) from 2013-2016 and as a senior played 30 games averaging 14.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 32.7%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 83.1%.... [read more]
Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson) is a 23 year old 180cm guard from Upper Arlington, Ohio that is playing his rookie season in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. He started his college basketball career in 2011 with Miami, OH (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 70.0%. He then played at Davidson (NCAA) from 2013-2016 and as a senior played 30 games averaging 14.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 32.7%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 83.1%. He spoke to eurobasket during the summer before signing with the Hebeisen White Wings.
Brian thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? My pleasure. I am currently in Hanau, Germany preparing for the season with my teammates and coaching staff. My summer was excellent, it was the most productive and efficient summer I have had as a basketball player.
After a stellar college basketball career where you played the last three seasons with Davidson, with what expectations were you going into this summer's transfer market? You signed very late with German team Hebeisen White Wings. Did you not have as many offers as one may have thought or was the right opportunity not there earlier in the summer? The biggest thing I wanted was a good fit. I felt that Hanau was a great situation for me because of the coaching staff and player development they offer. I wanted to go to a good opportunity where I would be able to improve the most and I felt Hanau was the best place for me to do that.
Congrats on signing with German Pro A team Hebeisen White Wings. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball? I studied German for about 8 years growing up so I know a bit of German (not as much as I thought I did) and I know a little about the culture. As far as basketball, I know that it has a very good reputation and the coaches do a great job here.
Did you get some timely advice from Luke Loucks who played with the Hebeisen White Wings last season. How vital was his input on helping making your decision easier? I did not speak with Luke.
What were the main reasons for picking the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau as your first destination as a professional?
I wanted the best opportunity for me to grow and improve while still being able to compete for a winning team. I felt like the White Wings coaching staff would give me the best growth in player development while competing at a high level.
Did you have talks with head coach Simon Cote? What was your first impression of him and did you notice quickly that you speak the same basketball language in talks? Yes, I was really impressed after talking to Coach Cote, he is passionate about the game and ask for his players to compete and improve which I really appreciated. He was a big factor in my decision.
You will be entering the very competitive German Pro A and could advance to one of the top point guards in the league. How confident are you that you can make an impact as a rookie? I am confident that I am able to make an impact for my team. I feel like the A10 and coach McKillop prepared me very well to be a professional and I am excited to continue to learn and improve.
Let's talk a bit about your game. You seem not to be a pass first guard, but more of a scoring point guard. What other strength do you have in your game? I have the reputation of being more of a scorer, which is certainly a big part of my game. I feel like much of that is from playing more as a combo guard at Davidson so I was asked to score the ball more. I think a strength of my game is being able to handle the basketball and find teammates for open shots.
If you had to compare your game to an NBA player to what player would your game resemble the most?
I would compare my style of play to Damian Lillard
You can fill up the stat sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?
I think one thing that doesn't always get noticed is that I like to play the right way. I always try to help my teammates on either end of the floor and just try to bring energy to the game.
You started your college career in 2011 with Miami, OH (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 70.0%. You were the first freshman since 1996 to score in double figures as well as other fine achievements. How much of an impact did Charlie Coles have on you which prompted you to transfer to Davidson? Charlie Coles was great for me during my freshman year. He trusted me and I gained valuable experience as a freshman. He ultimately retired after my freshman year when I did decide to transfer. So I did not transfer because of Coach Coles, it was just a better situation for me on and off the court at Davidson.
Do ever think about how your school career might have gone had you played all four years at Miami, Ohio? Do you feel like you could have been better with your development then how it went with Davidson? No, I don't like to look back in the rear view mirror like that. I confidently made my decision to transfer to Davidson and loved my experience there.
You once said in an article 'I've really stopped trying to please others,' 'Basketball is not who I am, it's what I do. When did you realize that you had to change this outlook? I realized this when I felt the expectation of others driving me more than my own expectations were. I wanted to make others happy to the point where I became miserable and tired, and so I just started to be myself and play the way I knew how to. That was a big moment in my career and has allowed me to find a lot more joy and peace in playing the game.
How do you feel did you prosper from having very talented guard Jack Gibbs in the back court with you on a daily basis? Jack is a great player and we would go against each other so it was good for both of us to be competing like that. He draws so much attention from defenses that it opened up things for other players. Moving forward I am excited about being able to have the ball in my hands more and be a decision maker on the court.
You had many amazing games, but also games to forget like the 98-65 loss to North Carolina. When you remember games like this and the talent you faced, do you see a big difference in the level of play of these future NBA players or do you sense that these guys aren't really better than me?
We played against a lot of good players over my four years at Davidson, so what I saw was obviously great talent, but I noticed most all of them had great confidence. Personally, I don't back down and so I feel that I can play with anyone.
How did head coach Bob Mckillop groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
He has taught me so much that has prepared me, whether its on or off the court he has prepared us. He taught me to respect my teammates, to have fun and attack while I am playing and those are all things I will take with me.
You hung out a lot with head coach Bob McKillop. What was your favorite Steph Curry story where you learned something that you didn't know about the NBA superstar? A story coach loves to tell about Steph is that during one of his first games as a freshman he had about 6 or 7 turnovers in the first half and that would typically rattle a freshman but coach McKillop stuck with him and he ended up having a great second half. It speaks to his ability to stay in the moment.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Jack Gibbs? Jack is my little brother, I wouldn't let him beat me.
Who was the toughest player that you battled on the court face to face that is in the NBA now?
We played Jabari Parker his freshman year, his size and skill set were very impressive for a freshman.
If you had to construct your NBA Rushmore with the 4 best heads ever who would you choose? I can only speak on players that I have actually seen video of, so I will say MJ, LeBron, Kobe, Shaq
Lebron finally won an NBA title with the Cavs. Where does he stand now with the all-time greatest that ever played? I haven't seen enough film of the older plays to compare them against each other but he is very high up there on my list.
What was the last movie that you saw? I watched Zoolander 2 on my flight over here.
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