Brian Harper (206-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Paine) is a 27 year old 206cm forward that is commencing his first season in Germany in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. Brian's a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against ratiopharm Ulm
A tough 71-66 loss at home against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What hurts more the blow out loses or the tight games that are lost?
Losing any game hurts but the close games are always extra hard for me .
How much of a challenge was it playing against Dwayne Anderson? What is most difficult in defending him?
Whenever you have to defend a guy that can score inside and out its a challenge. Anderson is a good ball player.
TBB Trier started the season with a record of 7-3, but in the last nine games have only a 3-6 record. What has the team gotten away from and need to improve on?
We just have to continue to do the little things that lead to a team being successful, and stay focused night in and night out.
The next game is against 2012 Beko BBL cup finalist. Ulm won at home 73-58 in the first game. What do you remember from this game? I remember playing against a team that was well prepared and very talented. It well be a tough game this weekend but we are really looking forward to the challenge.
ratiopharm Ulm has double duty with Eurocup play and could be getting more tired in the second half of the game. Could an increase in the tempo of the game be a key to winning?
We're expecting them to be ready to play 40 minutes so we are preparing to do the same .
When you look at John Bryant you see a type of hulk. When you look at Andereas Seifert what comes to mind? When I think of Andereas I think of a video game big man.He's a guy that has moves on top of moves in the post,and it makes him hard to guard.
How tough is the loss of Rajon Rondo for the Boston Celtics? How will they react?
It's super tough!! I'm not sure how they will react but I know I will be watching to see.
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that will be playing his third professional season this season with the Hamburg Towers. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP:... [read more]
DeAndre Lansdowne (187-G-89, college: Fort Lewis) is a 26 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that will be playing his third professional season this season with the Hamburg Towers. Last season he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2 (22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5% He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 50.7%. He then gained his first professional experience with Pioneros de Delicias (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive) before continuing career in Germany. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Deandre thanks for talking to eurobasket.com.Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Right now I am in Albuquerque ,New Mexico. Summer has been good so far, just working on my game, and running a kids camp.
Your season ended on April 30 with Herten as you lost against Schwelm. How disappointing was not being able to keep the club in the Pro B? It was a big disappoint. Nobody wants to move down a league, especially when we were in the playoff race around the Christmas break.
You obviously did the most you could averaging 22,9ppg and weaseling into the paint to snatch rebound after rebound to help the team, but what do you feel was missing from the club staying in the league? I think we just didn't have a deep enough bench. In the play downs we played 6-7 guys, while other teams played 9-12 guys.
How important was it for you personally getting your feet wet as a professional in Mexico before making the jump to Germany where you tore up the Pro B?
Mexico was a great opportunity, I was given an opportunity to do what I love, and things worked out great after to get me to Europe. But the game in Mexico was completely different to Germany. I'm just happy I'm playing in Europe, where I've always wanted to play.
When you came to Herten last summer and practiced with the team and played the first exhibition games, how sure were you then that you might not only have a good individual season but a great one? I honestly had no idea. In preseason we were getting all on the same page, and figuring out roles and what not, so I didn't think I was going to have that kind of a season. I just wanted to do what was best for the team.
You scored in double figures in 26 of 27 games and only Stahnsdorf had your number once limiting you to three points in 30 minutes. Overall if you're your was strict critic how would you rate your season? Overall it was a good season. Nothing less of what I expect, nothing more of what I believe I can do. The most important was that my team didn't do well, and that's the most important factor to having a good or bad season in my mind.
Despite the overpowering numbers, how did you mentally come to terms with the season and all it's loses? How difficult was it getting prepared for every new game knowing that you had to perform well and put up big numbers for the team to win? It was mentally challenging, but also a great learning experience for me. I have always been part of a successful team throughout my whole career, so I had to stay mentally focused and strong. Every game was a challenge and had to find new way to get my teammates going and involved as well as trying to score and rebound at a high percentage. But in the end I think it made me a better player, especially mentally, also a better teammate and leader.
Besides your own amazing season, what other positives can you take with the season? As I said early, it challenged me mentally, and challenged my leadership skills. Also no matter the outcome, every day you have to continue working hard as a team and as an individual.
How do you feel were you able to develop your game further with Herten that you will take with you now to the Hamburg Towers in the Pro A?
I am a better leader, and I got to see the game how a lot of German coaches see it. I am going into the same situation. Don't know exactly how or where I'll fit in, or my role to make this team successful.
Congrats on signing with the Hamburg Towers. When did this contact come about? Did you go to Hamburg after the season was over with Herten for the try-out? After the season finished I went down to Hamburg for a short workout and to meet with the coach.
How do you feel were you able to convince Hamburg Towers head coach Hamed Attarbashi best from your basketball abilities on the court? I just showed how hard I work, and that every day I step on court I want to get better. I think playing pretty consistent all year around showed the type of player I am as well.
After spending some time with Hamed Attarbashi do you two guys speak the same basketball language? How is your relationship? I think we do see the game similar, he also has a lot of things that I can learn. I have heard a lot of great things from peers about him, so I am really excited to play for him this season.
Hamburg is obviously a total new world compared to Herten. What have you seemed to enjoy most about the organization and city? The organization is very friendly and professional and they expect their players to act it. The city of Hamburg is a big populated city, and I'm excited to see more of it throughout the season.
Is a guy like Marvin Willoughby who was teammates with Dirk No