#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 (20-28) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged 106-104 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers.
He was the top scorer with 26 points. Nowitzki also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes on the court.
It's Nowitzki's 15th season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 14.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 80.3% in the 19 games he played so far.
He played for the German senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Tibor Pleiss (215-89, currently plays in Spain). Pleiss contributed to a Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Valencia Basket (12-8) 79-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday.
He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Caja Laboral Vitoria (17-3) is placed second in the ACB.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Pleiss' first season with the team.
Pleiss' overall stats this year are: 5.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 83.3%.
He is in the roster of the German senior national team.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Gonzaga to a 2-point victory against the University of San Diego (5-4) 65-63 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Harris scored 18 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
The Gonzaga University has quite an impressive 8-0 conference record this season.
So far his team won all eight games in the conference.
Harris is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gonzaga's roster.
He has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57.0%(134-235), 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 65.9%.
Harris is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently studies in the States) led Hawaii to a victory against the University of California, Riverside (2-8) 72-68 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds.
The University of Hawaii has 6-4 conference record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This season Standhardinger has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.7apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German.
Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Tenn Tech (3-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Tenn Tech (#6) was badly defeated 84-65 in Nashville, TN by the Tennessee State University.
Ogbe had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks in 32 minutes.
Ogbe has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.7apg in the 26 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
#6. Guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Columbia (1-2) in their last game. Despite Lo's very good performance the Columbia lost 66-72 in Princeton, NJ to the Princeton University.
He scored 16 points in 23 minutes.
Lo averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 14 games.
He is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team two years ago.
#7. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Elon win their game against the Samford University (5-4) 77-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Koch scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes.
The Elon University has quite an impressive 8-2 conference record this season.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
This year Koch's overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 1.9rpg in the 16 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
four years ago.
#8. Forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) faced previously mentioned Elias Harris in the NCAA last game.
Kramer, who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the San Diego (5-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the San Diego was edged 65-63 at home by the Gonzaga University.
Kramer scored 10 points.
Kramer's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 1.9rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Kramer used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011. Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#9. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Boston Coll. (2-7) in their game against the University of North Carolina (6-3) in the NCAA, despite his good performance on Tuesday night.
Heckmann scored 12 points in a mere 19 minutes.
But the Boston Coll. lost 70-82 on their home court in Chestnut Hill, MA to the University of North Carolina.
This year Heckmann's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 1.9rpg in the 16 games.
He is also in the roster of the German national team.
#10. Guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CAI Zaragoza (11-9) in their game against Asefa Estudiantes (11-9) in the Spanish ACB. Toppert cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points.
CAI Zaragoza was defeated 82-77 on their home court in Zaragoza by the lower-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (#8).
Toppert has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Toppert is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the German senior national team.
Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#11. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the E.Washington in their game against the University of Montana in the NCAA. Despite his good performance on Saturday night Reuter scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Reuter has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
three years ago.
#12. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Vanderbilt in their game against the The University of Alabama in the NCAA.
Bright scored 5 points and added 3 passes in 32 minutes.
His team lost 54-58.
Bright has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games.
He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.
#13. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo in their game against Toyota Alvark in the Japanese JBL.
Klette scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 12 minutes.
His team was badly defeated by 16 points 66-50.
Klette averaged so far 12.5ppg and 6.4rpg in the 26 games.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
fourteen years ago.
#14. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help South Carolina Upstate to win against the David Lipscomb University 83-71 in the NCAA last Thursday.
Blessing recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes.
Blessing averaged so far 12.5ppg and 6.4rpg.
He plays currently for the German U20 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 Bryant University in the NCAA. Dileo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points.
His team was defeated 77-62.
Dileo averaged so far 12.5ppg and 6.4rpg.
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 Federico Kammerichs (202-F-80, currently plays in Argentina), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA could not help Regatas Corrientes (23-10) in their last game. Despite Kammerichs' very good performance the league leader Regatas Corrientes lost 77-90 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Penarol.
He was the top scorer with 15 points. Kammerichs also added 6 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes.
Kammerichs is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.0rpg.
This year his other stats are: 10.3ppg and 1.6apg in the 33 games he played so far.
Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.
#2.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL was not able to help Dongbu Promy (16-22) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Dongbu Promy lost 60-75 at home to the leading SK Knights.
Sensley was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes.
It was Dongbu Promy's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Sensley has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.7apg in the 26 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Sensley has never played in Germany.
#3.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider VOO Verviers-Pepinster (3-11) crushing them 99-71 in the Belgian Ethias League last Saturday.
Stojic scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Telenet Oostende (11-4) is placed first in the Ethias League.
It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row.
Stojic's stats this season are: 12.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.
#4.Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom), who plays in the British BBL was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers (0-21) in their last game on Friday. Despite Lockett's very good performance the bottom-ranked Liverpool Mersey Tigers was defeated 88-79 in London by the higher-ranked Lions (#8).
He was the top scorer with 23 points. Lockett also added 6 rebounds.
Lockett's stats this season are: 11.7ppg and 5.5rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
#5.Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Trefl Sopot (12-7) crushing them 83-63 in the Polish TBL last Sunday.
Tomaszek recorded 6 points in only 13 minutes.
Energa Czarni Slupsk (10-9) is placed sixth in the TBL.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Tomaszek's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg in the 17 games.
He has both German and Polish nationalities.
#6.Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Mustangs crushing them 89-61 in the Canadian university league CIS on Wednesday night.
Seferagic scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Seferagic's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 1.9rpg.
He also holds two passports: German and Canadian.
#7.Jonathan Mesghna (198-F-89, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Maine (3-7) in their last game. Despite Mesghna's good performance the Maine was edged 68-67 in Baltimore, MD by the University of Maryland -Baltimore County.
He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes.
Mesghna has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg in the 20 games.
He holds both German and Eritrean passports.
#8.Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the E.Washington in their game against the University of Montana in the NCAA.
Seiferth scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 29 minutes.
His team was badly defeated by 19 points 65-46.
Seiferth has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg in the 20 games.
#9.Urule Igbavboa (203-C-87, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help LF Basket in their game against Uppsala Basket in the Swedish Basketligan.
He recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
His team was edged 75-74.
Igbavboa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg and 7.3rpg.
Igbavboa is a naturalized American.
He used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.
#10.Lukas Varga (183-G-85, college: Coker, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Horsens IC in their game against Bakken in the Danish Ligaen.
Varga recorded 7 points and added 3 assists in 18 minutes.
His team was badly defeated by 19 points 98-79.
Varga has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 23 games.
He has German and Slovakian nationalities.
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Defending champion DBL Sharks Sheffield (BBL) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Malcolm Riley (196-91kg-93, college: Texas Southern). He already started the season at ETB Wohnbau in German ProA, but left the team in Oct.'16. In only one game he recorded 4 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists this season. Riley just graduated from Texas Southern University and it is his first season as a pro. His team won SWAC Regular Season for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Riley was voted A... [read more]
Defending champion DBL Sharks Sheffield (BBL) agreed terms with 23-year old American forward Malcolm Riley (196-91kg-93, college: Texas Southern). He already started the season at ETB Wohnbau in German ProA, but left the team in Oct.'16. In only one game he recorded 4 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists this season. Riley just graduated from Texas Southern University and it is his first season as a pro. His team won SWAC Regular Season for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Riley was voted All-SWAC 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time. Riley has played also in SEBL (Summer Hill).
Sometimes the start to two new seasons can be like day and night and as different and as unexpected for many as the Boston Red Sox were swept by the Cleveland Indians in the ALC as legend David Ortiz had to shed tears a few weeks earlier than he may have expected. For easyCredit BBL club s.Oliver Wurzburg and second year man Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine), they have experienced a tale of two totally different starts to the season. Last season Wurzburg returned back to the bi... [read more]
Sometimes the start to two new seasons can be like day and night and as different and as unexpected for many as the Boston Red Sox were swept by the Cleveland Indians in the ALC as legend David Ortiz had to shed tears a few weeks earlier than he may have expected. For easyCredit BBL club s.Oliver Wurzburg and second year man Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine), they have experienced a tale of two totally different starts to the season. Last season Wurzburg returned back to the big dance from the pro A rattling off 4 straight wins against playoff teams like Ulm and Frankfurt and before anyone had really noticed were 7-1 and the little darlings of the league while Bavarian neighbor Brose Baskets Bamberg were wondering if they had to seriously need to pay any attention to this wizardry. The club finished last season grabbing the last playoff spot and being swept by Bamberg, but had gained the respect again of the league. This season's start hasn't been as kind to the club as instead of building on the success of last season, the club has quickly dug a hole for themselves starting 0-4. It definitely has helped the team that the BBL schedule pitted three playoff teams against them including the two top teams of Bamberg and FC Bayern Munich. At least second year man Brendan Lane hasn't take the nose dive in his play from last season as the team has as he has had a solid start, but the work horse hasn't had the shot selection he had last season. Last season the California native played 37 games averaging 13.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 14.8%, FT: 73.6%. He was rewarded with Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Newcomers Team 2016. This season so far through four games the ex UCLA) center is averaging 11,8ppg, 3,8rpg and 1,8apg, but hasn't had a game yet getting 10 or more shots. Last season he had 22 games where he had 10 or more opportunities to make buckets. The American who is as humble as a player can get credited his team for helping him adapt to the BBl. 'The key for me has been my teammates. I'm playing with unselfish guys who are great passers and that helped me earlier in the year get easy baskets and gain that confidence that has helped me throughout the whole season', stressed Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine). This season Lane should be able to have another strong season as with Jake Odum has one of the more underrated point guards in the BBL that understands the pick and roll and can stick the ball to a player in even the most congested traffic jams in the paint. He also has good clever players around him that can spread the floor and get him the ball in various moments. Last season he had success against two thirds of the big three with Bamberg and Fc Bayern Munich, but has unhappy memories against Alba Berlin and is hungry for then this season. 'Those games were definitely frustrating for me. Two of the games I got in quick foul trouble and wasn't able to play much and get a rhythm. I wish I could've stayed on the court more in those games to see what I could've done', added Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine). The club hopes that the start of this season doesn't resemble last season's start of 7-1 with the numbers reversed of 1-7 as both Wurzburg and Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine) want to avoid the sophomore blues. The club has the head coach with Doug Spradley who now is being tested, but he has the player personal that will get him back to winning ways and a center that wants to add on to his stellar play from last season with fine center play and just doing what it takes to win ball games now.
One of the big problems last season for the s.Oliver Wurzburg was their defense as they were never able to find consistency allowing 80 points or more 23 times in 37 games. So when you give up many points and meet up against a good defensive team, the club usually lost because they couldn't put points on the board. Defense was something that head coach Doug Spradley stressed this season o improve, but so far the club is still looking to find their identity as in the first four games, they have allowed an average of 85 points which is 15th in the league while still finding their rhythm on offense averaging only 70 points on offense which is also 15th in the league. This and the tough start program have been the reasons for the dismal 0-4 start. When looking at the roster though one sees players on paper that seem to be stronger looking than last season. In terms of what the club got to help make up for the departed guys like Dru Joyce, Cameron Long and Seth Tuttle, one comes to the conclusion that this year's team is an upgrade from last season. They picked up underrated point guard Jake Odum as well as veteran Kresimir Loncar, up and coming player Vladimir Mihailovic who paid his dues in Tuebingen as well as talented American Marshawn Powell who was a top player in Italy and ex NBA player James Southerland. All these talented newcomers coupled with keeping some chemistry intact by keeping Americans Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine), Lamont Ulmer and their string of Germans like Maxi Ugrai and Maurice Stuckey, Wurzburg is a talented team that shouldn't be anywhere near the end of the easyCredit BBL standings. Wurzburg is a versatile team that will annoy teams like last season with their capable offense as well as their zeal to run and mix it up. Despite the slow start, as soon as Wurzburg find their rhythm at both ends of the court, they will be a team that will slowly move up the BBL standings ladder and a big winning streak is always possible as a team like ratiophjarm Ulm showed last season after having a similar rocky start and then winning 13 of 14 games and at the end of the season being the league finalist.
The s.Oliver Wurzburg held on to five players and besides keeping Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine) also kept . Lamonte Ulmer who is a 30 year old 198cm forward from Hamden, Connecticut that is playing in his seventh professional season. He played at Rhode Island (NCAA) and has experience in the D-league, Luxemburg, Finland and Romania. Two seasons ago he played for KTP Basket Kotka (Finland-Korisliiga) 47 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), 8.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 79.4%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 20.2ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 80.0%. Like Long is offensively very strong and will be another one of the main offensive options as he can score in many different ways.Last season for Wurzburg he played 37 games: 12.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 82.8%. The team also kept Maurice Stuckey who is a 26 year old 187cm guard that returned back to Wurzburg last season where he played from 2012-2014 and has seven years of BBL experience. Two seasons ago he played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg (BBL): 32 games: 5.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 82.1%; Eurocup: 7 games: 5.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 90.9%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 85.7%. His penetration and speed is something that will help Wurzburg every time he comes into the game from the bench.Last season for Wurzburg he played 31 games: 7.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 85.7%. The team also held on to Sebastian Betz who is a 31 year old 198cm forward that brings 10 years of BBL experience with six in Ulm, three in Wurzburg and one with Bamberg. Two seasons ago with Wurzburg he played 34 games: 8.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 42.0%, Last season he played 35 games: 4.0ppg, 1.1rpgFT: 71.8%. He is an energizer and can hurt you with his three point shooting at any time.The teal also kept . Maxi Ugrai who is a 21 year old 202cm forward that started his basketball career in 2009 with SCH Wuerzburg Baskets junior team and last season Last season he played 25 BBL games: 3.4ppg, 1.7rpg; and PRO B 19 games: 14.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 71.4%.
The team brought in six new players with their most important being point guard Jake Odum who has to run the show. Odum is a 25 year old 193cm guard from Terre Haute, Indiana playing his third professional season and second in Germany. The ex Indiana St. (NCAA) star as a rookie played for PAOK Thessaloniki (Greece-A) playing 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 77.6%; Eurocup: 16 games: 7.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 83.8%. Last season he played for medi Bayreuth (Germany-BBL) playing 34 games: 14.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 80.2%. His stellar play and how well the team can execute under his command will have a big effect on where the team ends the season. He has the full package as a guard as scoring and dishing are his biggest attributes. Marshawn Powell is a 26 year old 201cm forward from Crozet, Virginia playing his fourth professional season. The ex Arkansas (NCAA) standout has experience in the Ukraine and Lithuania and made a name in Italy the last two seasons with De Longhi Treviso Basket 2012 (Italy-Serie A2) and last season played 42 games averaging 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 69.8%. He is a versatile forward that can fill the highlight clips with dunks of timely shooting. His athleticism will help spark the team at both ends of the floor. The team also added 33 year old 210cm forward Krescimir Loncar who has the Croatian/German citizenship. He is playing his 17th professional season and played his first two seasons as a professional in Germany with DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg (Germany) from 2000-2002. He played eight seasons in Russia, two in Italy and also played in the Ukraine and Spain. He has won 7 professional titles including the VTB and Eurocup as well as played at the 2008 Olympic games, 2009 European championships and 2010 World Championships.He also has played 200 international club games including 69 Euroleague games. His physicality and rugged play inside is his trademark, but he can also drop the three when open.
The team also added Vladimir Mihailovic who is a 26 year old 193cm guard form Montenegro playing his third season in Germany. After playing three seasons for KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica, he came to Germany two seasons ago and made his break through with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-BBL) last season playing 30 games: 13.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 71.6%. He is a scrappy guard that can do severe damage getting to the rim as well as sparking the transition with his quick reflexes that lead to steals. He will be one of the players that will carry the team this season. The team also picked up James Southerland who is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Bayside, New York that is playing his fourth professional season. He brings 5 NBA games experience with Charlotte and New Orleans. The ex Syracuse (NCAA) standout played in the D-league, Euzroleague with Limoges and last season played with : Vanoli Cremona (Italy-Serie A) playing 14 games: 5.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 27.1%, FT: 87.5%, left in Jan.'16, later that month moved to Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-BBL) playing 15 games: 13.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 80.6%. The team also picked up 24 year old 193cm guard Charles Barton. His dad coached the Frankfurt Skyliners 10 years ago. Barton started his career at Sanda Basket (Basketettan) in 2008 and then played three years at Oregon State (NCAA) where he played 93 NCAA games. He then returned back home to Sweden and played for the Sundsvall Dragons (Basketligan) where he played 34 games: Score-4 (18.0ppg), 2.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.9apg), FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 80.6%. He will come from the bench and can penetrate, find his teammates or hit the three.
Last season both clubs split exciting close games as Wurzburg stole one in Frankfurt winning 77-75 as Dru Joyce led the winners with 17 points and nine dimes while Brendan lane added 15 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Aaron Doornekamp with 18 points. In the return game, Frankfurt squeezed out a narrow 91-87 victory on the road as they were led by Jordan Theodore with 24 points. Wurzburg was led by Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine) with 23 points. The Fraport Skyliners come to Wurzburg today on the heels of a two game losing streak having lost to ratiopharm Ulm and getting creamed in their first Champions Legaue game in Monaco. They did bolster their front court with experienced Ekene Ibekwe who compensates the losses of Niklas Kiel and Daniel Mayr. Frankfurt still needs patience with new point guard Kwame Vaughn to learn all the plays. Frankfurt's biggest problems is getting points on the board and taking care of the ball two issues that will need to be done better in Wurzburg. The s.Oliver Wurzburg come into the game riding their first win of the season against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Wurzburg gave up an average of 85 points in the first four games and are a bit suspect in that department that could come in handy for the Frankfurt team. Both teams have had special kinds of grin out games in the past in Wurzburg and this could be another one if both teams decide to defend at a high level.
19-year old Latvia power forward Roberts Blumbergs (207-93kg-97) left newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta (BBL) from The last season Blumbergs played at Artland Dragons (ProB) where in 14 games he averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.7rpg. He was selected to NBBL All-Star Game in 2016. Blumbergs represented Latvia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 58.8%. Blumbergs has played previously... [read more]
19-year old Latvia power forward Roberts Blumbergs (207-93kg-97) left newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta (BBL) from The last season Blumbergs played at Artland Dragons (ProB) where in 14 games he averaged just 2.0ppg and 1.7rpg. He was selected to NBBL All-Star Game in 2016. Blumbergs represented Latvia at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 5.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 58.8%. Blumbergs has played previously professionally also in Latvia (Ventspils Augstskola) and Germany (Quakenbrueck and Young Dragons).
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