Beko BBL club s.OLiver Baskets Wurzburg have injury woes at the guard position with injuries to Ben Jacobson, John Little and Courtney Pigram and had to react and have hauled in Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, college: Illinois St.) to help pep up the guard play. Eldridge is a 24 year old 191 cm guard from Chicago that gets a two week try-out contract. This is his third professional season. This season he played for Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProA) playing 14 games and averaging 11,0ppg, 3,7rpg and 1,6apg. Last season he played for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA, starting five), only pre-season, then moved to Bakersfield Jam (D-League): 42 games: 15.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 75.3%, left in Mar. '12. He isn't just a point guard. We are still looking for a point guard. He is athletic and a good defender. We hope that he can compensate the loss of John Little, but it will be hard to integrate him before the game against Ludwigsburg", stressed Wurzburg head coach Marcel Schroder. He played at Illinois St. (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 133 NCAA games. As a senior he played 33 games: 15.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 79.7%. In 2010-2011, he started his professional basketball career for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-TBL, starting five): EuroChallenge: 15 games: 12.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 82.4%; Turkish League: 27 games: 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 66.0%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been IHSA Class AA Slam Dunk Champion -05, HS first-team all-city -06, Second-team all-state selection by Illinois Hoops -06, MVC Freshman of the Year -07, All-MVC 1st Team -08, 09, 10MVC All-Tournament MVP -09, MVC All-Defensive Team -09, 10, MVC Tournament Semifinals -10, NABC Division I All-District 16 1st Team -10, and EuroChallenge Quarterfinals -11
Lorenzo Williams(187-PG-84, college: Rice) is a 31 year old 187cm point guard that recently completed his second season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 22 games and averaging 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 73.7%. He was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Texas. He played at Rice University from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 29 games averaging 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 71.4%. He was drafted by the Anaheim Arsenal in 20... [read more]
Lorenzo Williams (187-PG-84, college: Rice) is a 31 year old 187cm point guard that recently completed his second season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 22 games and averaging 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 73.7%. He was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Texas. He played at Rice University from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 29 games averaging 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 71.4%. He was drafted by the Anaheim Arsenal in 2007, but decided to come to Europe and played in Germany for BC Groer Recycling Weissenhorn, but left during the season, in March 2008 and moved to Skanska Pezinok (Slovakia-Extraliga). In 2008-2009, he played in Slovakia for AB Cosmetics Pezinok playing 28 games: Score-2 (20.8ppg), 3.2rpg, Assists-2 (5.8apg), 1.8spg, 2FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 83.9%. In the 2009-2010 season, he came to Germany and played for the Giessen 46ers playing 25 games: 11.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 67.2%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (Hungary-A Division, starting five): 19 games: 15.6ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-1 (7.3apg), 2.5spg, FGP: 65.2%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%, in Feb.'11 moved to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): 15 games: 9.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 24.3%, FT: 87.5%. He then played two seasons for Atomeromu SE Paks (Hungary-A Division). In the 2013-2014 season he played for BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL) winning the league championship playing 24 games: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 82.4%; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 73.0%; Baltic League: 16 games: 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4 (4.4apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 72.7% In the 2014-2015 season he came to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL) palying 28 games averaging 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.9apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 88.0%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Lorenzo thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Im currently at home in Houston, Texas preparing for the upcoming season. My summer has been great. My wife and I recently bought a new home and we are enjoying time with our son and family.
Teams are filling up everywhere and your still unsigned. Are you getting a little nervous about finding a team for this season?
A little bit but I feel that over the course of my career I have shown that I can compete at a high level. So I just focus on the process which is Working out and preparing myself for the next opportunity.
You have gone into every professional season having found a club before the season starts except for last season. Is the transfer market more challenging this season than in past seasons?
I think the market for me could be a bit different this summer than in the past. I didn't have the best statistical season but I'm confident that I can still contribute a lot to several clubs around Europe.
Your turning 32 in November. Have you passed your prime or still in it? I feel that physically and mentally I'm the best I've ever been. I'm working harder and smarter every day. Being a veteran I know what it takes to prepare for the grind of a long season.
Last season was a season to forget with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. You came in December as the boat was sinking. How did you experience this chaotic season? Last season was very tough for me, especially coming off of the season I had the previous year. I take every situation as a learning experience and try to use what I learned in the future. Things definitely did not go as I thought they would. But that's how the game works sometimes. I'm very thankful for my year and a half there and I wish them the best in the future.
In the 2014-2015 season you had a very solid season for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL): 28 games: 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.9apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 88.0%. Did you feel it a bit disrespectful that they didn't resign you, but when they had injuries felt the need to get you back again? I didn't feel disrespected at all. It's a part of the business. I was thankful for the opportunity to be there.
You came to a team that had an influx of guards with Jerry Smith and Brandyn Curry. You played 22 games averaging 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 73.7%. Was the team play something that effected your play? Our team had a lot of talent but unfortunately we were not able to put it all together on the floor. It was not easy having three point guards on the roster who could all impact the game in a different way. Unfortunately for me I was unable to find a rhythm and a significant role within the team. I think we all did whatever we could to make the best of the situation.
Last season was your worst of your professional career. What did you learn from this experience and what will you do better the next time if a situation like that presents itself again? I learned that you have to just focus on the things that you can control and continue to work hard and be positive.
How confident are you that at almost 32 years of age that you can get back to your stellar play of the 2014-2015 season where you averaged 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.9apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 88.0%? I'm very confident that I can have a major impact on a BBL team. My experience in the league and familiarity with the players and style of play would be a positive. I've improved as a player each year and I'm ready for the next opportunity to come.
How do you feel you can rebound from last season? You have proved time after time to be a consistent performer having done that in numerous different countries. Is your consistency something that will give you confidence going into that next situation? During the past 9 seasons I've gained the confidence to be unbothered by things in the past. I think my understanding of the European game over the years has improved each season so I can definitely rebound from last season. I take pride in being a consistent player and making my teammates better, which I believe will help with a transition to a new club.
The Fraport Skyliners are a team that will be rebuilding this season and have a lot of youth. With only one very experienced player Quantez Robertson and experienced Mike Morrison going into his fifth professional season, they mostly have kids at the moment. Would this situation with your experience be one that would be appealing to you? This certainly would be a situation that would interest me. They have a very good coach and are returning a few players that have made an impact in the BBL. I think my leadership would help the young guys a lot. I played in Bremerhaven with Garai Zeeb. He's a talented young player they have who is on the rise as well.
Coach Gordon Herbert has liked the scoring point guard types like Dashaun Wood, Justin Cobbs and Jordan Thedoore which he had in the past. Could you be that type of player if you had to be? I think I can do whatever a coach needs. I'm a very unselfish guy and I've improved my game each year. My game offensively is predicated on getting my teammates involved because that is the job of a point guard but I can score if needed. I've shown on several occasions that I'm capable throughout my career.
Describe in a few sentences as to why you could help any team at the moment with your play? I'm a hard working unselfish player who understands the European game. I believe a point guard should be the coach on the floor and I've developed the leadership qualities over the years to do that. Leading by example is key in every situation and I understand the importance of that.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick?
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Lebron James and Shaq
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs where does this further NBA title put him against the best that ever played the game? I think Lebron has proved throughout his career that he is one of the best to ever do it. The title is just icing on the cake.
Germany cruise past Portugal in test game - 5 hours ago
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Germany - Portugal 93:58 Germany clashed with Portugal in the test game on Friday. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) nailed 15 points to lead Germany to a comfortable victory. Germany eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes of action. They went on a 25:13 run in the second period to clear off. Germany continued to dominate in the second half. They cleared off to a 29-point distance heading into the fourth quarter. Germany held Portugal to only 12 points in the final stanza and raced to the win.... [read more]
Germany - Portugal 93:58
Germany clashed with Portugal in the test game on Friday. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) nailed 15 points to lead Germany to a comfortable victory. Germany eked out a 22:20 lead after ten minutes of action. They went on a 25:13 run in the second period to clear off. Germany continued to dominate in the second half. They cleared off to a 29-point distance heading into the fourth quarter. Germany held Portugal to only 12 points in the final stanza and raced to the win. Johannes Voigtmann (210-C-92) delivered 14 points, while Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) provided 12 points in the victory. Joao Guerreiro (205-F-90) responded with 19 points for Portugal. Miguel Queiroz (202-PF-91) chipped in 7 points in the loss.
Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) inked 25-year old American guard Devon Baulkman (193-91kg-91). He just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). In 34 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. As mentioned above Baulkman is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time. Ratiopharm Ulm roster for 2016-2017: Guards: Per Guenther Karsten Tadda Chris Babb Braydon Hobbs Taylor Brau... [read more]
Ratiopharm Ulm (BBL) inked 25-year old American guard Devon Baulkman (193-91kg-91). He just graduated from Tennessee (NCAA). In 34 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg last season. As mentioned above Baulkman is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He received All-Panhandle Conference 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time.
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