Johannes Voigtmann (208-C-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) is a 20 year old German from Eisnach that is playing his first season for the Fraport Skyliners. He is a former handball player and started to play basketball at age 15... He has quick feet and is agile and mobile for his size, a big and versatile talent that can play both inside spots with efficacy, tough and strong, has good lateral mobility, can face the basket and put the ball on the floor, has good vision of the court, excellent passer for his size and position, has a soft touch up to 3-point range, has a good attitude and stays always under control, not afraid of contact, has good control of his body when driving to the basket and against pick and rolls he is always ready and has the quickness to step out and double. He started his basketball career in 2009 for TuS Jena II (2.Regionalliga). Last season for Science City Jena (ProA), he played 28 games: 4.1ppg, 3.1rpg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
What playing quality would you like to have from 2012 Beko BBL MVP John Bryant?
Just to be able to have everything in control. He always knows exactly what he has to do. I think that is one of the reasons why he was MVP.
Were you able to learn anything from physical Jason Boone when you played against him this season?
He lives form his athletic play and strength. I would like to be bale and move as well as him.
You are playing your first season with the Fraport Skyliners. Did the Skyliners have the first contact to you or did you approach them? In the off season I wanted to find a Beko BBL program. I had some teams that were interested. The Fraport Skyliners contacted me pretty late, but right away I liked the infrastructure and everything about the organization.
You come from the former East Germany. How comfortable are you living in Frankfurt?
I feel very comfortable here. I like the downtown area. I had been here many times before. My dad had run the marathon in Frankfurt.
You are progressing very nicely as a rookie in the Beko BBL. How difficult is it making the transition?
There are always highs and lows. I am very happy to be able to get the confidence of the coach and be able to play so many minutes so far. I just try to give my best and use my chance.
How difficult is the physical stress of playing beko BBL and PRO B?
There is a lot of physical stress, but I knew what to expect coming in. I also had this in Jena so I kind of used to it. I also have played some fewer PRO B games because of the injuries. I do feel the stress at night when I go to bed.
Would you agree when I say that you use the Beko BBl to learn and PRO B to work on your strength and weaknesses?
Yes that was the plan coming in. I can learn a lot from Zack Peacock and Marius Nolte.
What has been the most important thing that you have learned from Muli Katzurin?
Just always being aggressive. He always stresses to be aggressive. We play a very aggressive defense something I wasnt used to before, but I am getting used to it now.
Your ally-op dunk against ratiopharm Ulm was more soft than banging. Will we see more banging dunks from you in the future?
I hope so. I work every morning on my athletic skills. I am on a good way.
Danilo Barthel seems to be more a quiet guy. How does he bring you to laugh?
Danilo Barthel, Konstantin Klein and me are a good trio. We hang out a lot and always bring each other to laugh. Our characters fit each other well.
What is a strength in your game that gets unnoticed?
I think my general understanding of the game.
We saw a lot of the give and go in the preseason with Konstantin Klein and yourself. Do you practice it a lot in practice?
We dont so much at the moment since Klein plays the two now. If we get a chance to use it in the game then we use it.
You come from Eisenach. What do you miss most form there?
Not much except my family. I havent lived there in while since I was living in Jena the last years. My brother also was living in Jena.
Who were your basketball idols as a kid?
Dirk Nowitzki and non basketball idols were Ali and Michael Schumacher.
How did Georg Eichler coach at Jena get you prepared for the Beko BBL?
He did very much individual training with me and was interested in leading me to reaching the Beko BBL. He gave me a lot of confidence and gave me minutes last season that really helped me.
How does Philipp Neumann make you better when you are together with the German U-20 team?
He is already very far with his game for his age. He found a role quick in Bamberg and has played Euroleague. He is always aggressive and it is a challenge to paly against him. I would like to become more agile like him.
Who wins a one on one in practice you or Philipp Neumann?
We havent played so much one on one, but I think he would beat me 6-4 or 7-3 if we played 10 times.
How many free throws have you made in a row without missing?
What was your most crazy shot in your career?
I cant think of one.
What NBA player would you like to meet? Metta World Peace.
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes(198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories.Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi H... [read more]
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes (198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories. Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi Hod Hasharon (Israel-National League) playing 25 games: 19.9ppg, Reb-2 (14.3rpg), 4.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 34.5%.
Skyes started his basketball career in 2010 with Cent.Florida (NCAA) playing 32 games: 4.0ppg, 3.2rpg. In his second season he played 32 games: 12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 54.3%. As a junior he played 31 games: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.7%. As a senior in 2013-2014 he played 30 games: 17.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 54.0%. He started his professional career in 2014 with U.S. Basket Recanati (Italy-A2 Silver) playing 28 games: 17.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 55.2%; A2 Gold Playoffs: 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been C-USA Tournament Semifinals -12, All-C-USA 1st Team -13
C-USA All-Defensive Team -13, NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team -13, All-AAC 2nd Team -14, AAC All-Tournament Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver 2nd Team -15, and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention -16.
CSKA - Brose Baskets 85:64 CSKA celebrated the 14th victory in EuroLeague regular season. The defending champions overcame the absence of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) to edge Brose Baskets in Moscow. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 26 points to lead the winners. CSKA jumped to a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. CSKA stretched the lead to double digits in the second term. The hosts piled up a 44:33 halftime lead. CSKA followed with a 25:15 run in the third quarter to clear off for go... [read more]
CSKA - Brose Baskets 85:64
CSKA celebrated the 14th victory in EuroLeague regular season. The defending champions overcame the absence of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) to edge Brose Baskets in Moscow. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 26 points to lead the winners. CSKA jumped to a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. CSKA stretched the lead to double digits in the second term. The hosts piled up a 44:33 halftime lead. CSKA followed with a 25:15 run in the third quarter to clear off for good. CSKA held Brose Baskets to just 16 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 16 points for Brose Baskets. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) had 15 points in the defeat.
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games... [read more]
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games: Score-4 (14.7ppg), 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 75.8%. Last season he had limited duty with Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1): 3 games: 3.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg. Eurobasket talked to Preston after the big win against the Hamburg Towers.
Preston thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and did you make any new years resolutions or is that something that you don't bother with?
No problem thanks for interviewing me. My wife and I always make little new years resolutions together but never anything to crazy, Just the normal stuff like eating better and being healthy.
The Kirchheim Knights went into 2017 riding a 4 game losing streak. What do you believe did the team get away from in this period that hindered you from getting victories?
That was a tough stretch for us, part of it was we played 4 playoff teams and 3 of the 4 games on the road. I think we got away from playing team basketball and got a little selfish. Also I think it was good for us to lose a few games (I am not sure it was good to lose 4 but) I think we were getting a little complacent and not working as hard as were should be.
A big worry in this 4 game losing streak was the offense that couldn't get 70 points in three of the four games. Do you feel like the team will continue to be able to score well in the second half of the season as its averaging 90 points in the two game winning streak?
I think if we can play as a team and to our strengths we should have no problem with our offense. But like any team we need to keep working and playing together so we can achieve our goals.
Congrats on the huge 87-86 win against the Hamburg Towers. Kirchheim was down39-33. It was able to pick up it's offense in the second half. Was there any adjustments that the team made to be able to score better?
To be honest we didn't really make any changes on the offense end we just kept playing hard and shots started to fall for us.
The Hamburg Towers went on a huge run in the fourth quarter and led as much as 14 points with four minutes to go. Was that amazing Mexico State come back and win form last week on your mind?
That's funny that you mention that because after the game my teammates and I were talking about the game and how we were all thinking that no matter the score the game is not over till the last buzzer.
The Kirchheim Knights then went on a 14-0 run to regain the lead at 84-83. How proud were of the team being able to make this instant comeback and what was key in having this happen?
Oh man I was so proud we fought hard for 5 minutes straight pressing and running up and down the court like mad men. And when we took the lead I was so happy.
You hit the game winning shot with three seconds left in the game. What experiences have you had with last second shots. How special was this one?
In my life I have maybe had 4 of 5 game winning shots but every time it happens it feels amazing. This on in particular was amazing because of the comeback that my teammates and I made in the minutes leading up to the shot.
You had had a pretty quiet night before making the shot as nothing was falling from downtown until the one that counted most. How thankful were you of the trust in your teammates in your abilities?
Yes up to that shot I was 0 for 4 and my shot was just not falling for me but if you want to be a good shooter you always have to have the mind set that the next one is going in. I am thankful that my teammates had the trust in me to shot the ball when the game is on the line.
With American Carrington Love out of the game with his fifth foul did you feel the need to step up on that last play?
The be honest the last play just kind of happened we got the rebound with about 10 seconds left and just went down the court and I was just trying to get the best shot possible for our team.
The team also showed it can win without Seth Hinrichs. Was this another good indication of how much heart this club has?
Missing Seth really hurts us because of the depth he give us plus he is a great shooter and does most of the dirty work for us. we need him to get healthy and on the court as soon as possible.
The Pro A continues to be very competitive as the Kirchheim Knights are only 3 wins behind number one team MBC. Does the team have more on their minds then just solidifying home court in the playoffs or is one looking at the possibility of finishing the regular season at the top?
I think every team has the goal to finish on top but we are just trying to take it game by game and worry about what we can control and that is our effort and heart on the court.
You stated in the last interview that the biggest challenge is being a consistent scorer. How can a player in general become a consistent scorer on a game basis?
That is a great question but I think it starts with having the mindset of a scorer. You have to do it in practice, you have to get that rhythm with your teammates and then it has to carry over to the game.
What in general have you learned to enjoy the most about playing in the competitive German Pro A?
I have learned that you have to bring your best every night because for the most part any team can beat any team so that makes the league really fun because you never know who is going to win.
Russell Westbrook obviously has gotten a lot of attention with his constant triple doubles, but James Harden is doing the same thing with the Houston Rockets. Where do you see him head to head against Westbrook as best point guard at the moment in the NBA?
I think they are both great players but in my eyes they are both not true point guards. But you have to give the edge right now to Westbrook I mean any guy that can average a triple double in the NBA is amazing.
Which 2 clubs will make the Superbowl and who will win it all?
I think the Patriots will play the Packers and the Patriots will win.