Aubrey Conerly (180-PG-83, college: Jacksonville) is a 29 year old 180cm point guard from Chicago that is currently playing for the ifm Baskets Konstanz (Germany-ProB). He played at Jacksonville (NCAA) form 2003-2006 and in his senior year played 27 games: 13.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 36.4%, FT: 83.8%. He turned professional in 2006 and came to Europe in 2007 playing five seasons in Finland. He played for teams like Forssan Koripojat (Finland-1st Division) 25 games: 15.5ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 69.4%, Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-1st Division) 23 games: 18.4ppg, 5.0rpg, Assists-5 (3.5apg), 2.4spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 85.6, Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-1st Division) 26 games: 19.9ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-3 (3.3apg), Steals-4 (2.3spg), FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT-3 (89.5%) and in 2010-2011 for Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-Korisliiga) 26 games: 15.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 83.8%, and Saynatsalon Riento. He started this season for SG Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-ProB): 11 games: 4.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.6apg. He spoke to eurobasket after the 96-76 loss against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.
A tough 96-76 loss for ifm Konstanz against the Fraport Skyliners juniors. What were the main reasons for the loss?
They made their shots and we didnt. They shot 56% form the field and we didnt.
Was another reason that you didnt have your two big men?
Well we knew coming in that we would be undersized without Robinson Louisme and Milos Nikolic, but not hitting our shots was more of a reason for not winning.
In the second quarter Oumar Sylla made 8 points in a row helping keep Konstanz in the game. How important has he been this season for the team?
He is one of our most experienced guys that we have. He played NCAA basketball and he has a very good knowledge of the game. It can be tough sometimes because he is always changing around positions because of the injuries that we dont know where he always is on the court, but he is clearly one of our best shooters on the team. It is hard to prepare when your two post players are missing.
How much fun is it in general palying against former NCAA players in the PRO B like Larry Wright?
It is always fun playing against those guys. It is always nice to see Americans doing well and furthering their careers.
At the end of the third quarter your teammate young German Sandro Heberlein made a buzzer beater. Did you think that it would go in when he released it?
To be honest I didnt, but I was happy that it went in.
You started the season with PRO B team Schwelm and played only four games and had to leave. Why didnt you have a longer stay there?
We were doing very well and they wanted to make a decision budget wise and didnt want to keep three import players and Lars Wendt was coming back from injury. They wanted to keep me an dliked my play, but they were going in another direction and didnt see me having much playing time.
Now you are a central figure for imf Baskets Konstanz. Is head coach Marko Radulovic a big part of this?
At the beginning, I didnt really have to do much as it was my job to get Robinson Louisme the ball inside and I didnt need to shoot much. Now with him out for the season, I find myself needing to score more and being an offensive leader.
You recently played against PRO B top scorer Josh Parker. How challenging wa sit playing against the Chicago native? He is a very good player and challenging to play against. He plays each possession hard.
What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?
I cant really answer that as I try to improve each week. I came from playing 13 minutes to 30 minutes a game. I was a role player with Schwelm and now a player the opponent needs to control. It doesnt matter if I get overlooked, but I just try to improve in all areas of the game.
You played at Jacksonville (NCAA) an din your senior year had Cliff Warren as headcoah. What could you learn form him?
Just bring energy and effort at all times. He is a really good coach and one of the best coaching college ball. It was a great experience to play for him. Since he became coach there 10-15 guys have come to Europe to play.
Who was the toughest player that you played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
I played against the 2006 NCAA champion Florida Gators that had guys like Al Horford, Corey Brewer, and Tauren Green.
You played five seasons in Finland. What was your most crazy experience there?
A moose running across the expressway. I remember driving with a teammate that had never seen a moose before. He had only seen deers. Then as I was telling him the story a moose ran across the road.
When you are looking at the Bodensee in Konstanz, does it remind you of home and Lake Michigan?
Yes a little bit. It has been a while since I was in Chicago since I havent lived there in 8 years. Konstanz is very homely, but has nice scenery and a nice downtown.
Would you rather jump in lake Michigan or the Bodensee on a hot day?
I would rather jump in the Bodensee. There is too much sea weed in Lake Michigan.
When I say L.L in Finland what comes to mind?
I dont know.
L:L stands for Latrice Little.
Oh ok. He is a good friend of mine. I remember our coach calling him by the wrong name. The way he said his name it reminded me of a weight machine.
How long can you last in a sauna?
Now I am good at about 10 minutes, but at first I couldnt last 30 seconds. I had never been in one before before I came to Finland.
The Boston Celtics have a 6 game winning streak without Rajon Rondo. How crazy is that? Well it isnt so crazy. This winning streak shows how important Rondo really is. People often dont think how team really is doing when a player like Rondo isnt there. The success of the Celtics without Rondo shows the leadership that he brings. It shows that even when he isnt there, his teammates know what to do. He is like a parent in that even when they arent there and the kid is doing well, then it speaks highly of the parent.
The Eurobasket Select Team came through to steal a win away from VfL AstroStars Bochum team 78-77. Yale's Jack Montague (183-PG, college: Yale) scored the final 8 points over the final two minutes for ESL to secure the win including the game winning floater with 34 seconds remaining. Montague finished his first professional game with a team high 16 points. Fellow starter Derrick Tony Seldon (196-F/C-93, college: W.Connecticut) and reserve Jeremiah Dunnings (183-PG, college: William Carey)... [read more]
The Eurobasket Select Team came through to steal a win away from VfL AstroStars Bochum team 78-77. Yale's Jack Montague (183-PG, college: Yale) scored the final 8 points over the final two minutes for ESL to secure the win including the game winning floater with 34 seconds remaining. Montague finished his first professional game with a team high 16 points. Fellow starter Derrick Tony Seldon (196-F/C-93, college: W.Connecticut) and reserve Jeremiah Dunnings (183-PG, college: William Carey) were the only others to reach double figures for ESL with 14 and 15 points respectively.
ESL marched out Montague, Seldon, Maurice Cole (182-PG-90, college: Dixie St.), Zack Leeper (193-G), and Bruce Marshall (208-C-94) to start the game against Bochum who were without American Clay Wilson (190-G-92, college: Princeton). 'I felt the first few minutes took some time to find our rhythm. This is the first time any of these players have played together before so I knew there would be an adjustment period,' ESL Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said. ESL did not get their first field goal to go down until Dominican's William Wise (206-F) knocked down a 3 point jump shot with 6 minutes to go in the first. ESL trailed 48-44 heading into halftime connecting on seven 3 point FG's in the first half (Leeper, Seldon, Wise, Ajani Santos (201-F/C-94), Dunnings, and Ethan Murray (188-G-93, college: Coll.of the Ozarks)).
The third quarter was a battle as the VfL AstroStars led by Ryon Howard (198-SF-84, college: Sacred Heart) and Michael Haucke (210-C-85) got into the bonus with 7 minutes left in the quarter. 'I thought we lacked the defensive energy we had in the first half and it resulted in unneeded fouls. We struggled to keep the tempo up and the amount of free points they had made it difficult to cut into their lead. However, the guys were able to make the adjustment in the 4th to get us back in the game', ESL Tour Manager Dustin Simcox said. ESL trailed by 12 heading into the 4th. Seldon knocked down his third 3 pointer of the game in the opening minutes to spark the rally.
Down 5 with 2:30 remaining in the game is when Montague took over to seal the game for ESL. He cut the lead to two with a three from the top the key, following a FG from Bochum, he came down and fired another three from the right wing to cut the lead to only one. Two timely defensive stops allowed him to knock down a little 12 foot floater to give ESL the lead with a little over 30 seconds remaining. It is a lead that ESL would not surrender as they escaped Bochum with a 78-77 win. ESL will play next tonight August 27th at Rot-Weiss Cuxhaven.
Notes: North Dakota's Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota), Wise, and Leeper led ESL in rebounds with 6. Cole led in assists with 4. Marshall led the team with 3 steals. Bochum out rebounded ESL 65-38. All 11 suited players scored for ESL.
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senio... [read more]
Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that will be playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about his new adventure with PS Karlsruhe.
Jordan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? No problem, my summer was great and fulfilling. I really enjoyed my time back in the states with family and friends. At the moment I'm in Karlsruhe preparing for the upcoming season.
Congrats on signing with PS Karlsruhe. How was the summer transfer period for you? You signed rather late. Did you have a good share of offers that made your decision making tougher? No the decision was fairly easy for me. And to my knowledge I didn't have many offers to choose from but I'm happy that PS Karlsruhe had enough interest in me to bring me in.
There were some of your colleagues from last season like Elijah Allen and Julian Scott that made thr jump to the Pro A. I would have thought that you would be a sure shot. Did you have Pro A offers that just didn't fit your situation? No I didn't have any pro A offers. I guess I wasn't what any of the teams were looking for or they found better options than me which is understandable. I'm very happy for those guys that were able to make the transition and wish them much success.
Last season with Nordlingen you averaged 17,5ppg and led the league with 11rpg. Is Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) a Pro A caliber player playing in the Pro B at this point? I really don't know what caliber player I am. I know that I'm a competitor that's going to give 100% each game and at each practice to be the best player I can be. Anything other than that is out of my control, and anything that's out of my control are things that I don't worry about.
What were the main reasons for joining PS Karlsruhe? What sold you on their program most? The club is up and coming, and very hungry from what I can tell. Me already being a very motivated and driven player it's like adding fuel to a fire when everyone else around you is just as ambitious and prepared to put in the necessary work. I've felt right at home from the first day.
After two seasons with the Giants Nordlingen what is your personal goal this season? Perhaps the most logical helping PS Karlsruhe move up to the Pro A? My personal goal is to win as many games as possible. I like to not have any expectations going in but we have a lot potential and I plan on doing everything in my power to make sure we maximize it.
The club just moved up from the Regionaliga and are very focused to keep their winning ways alive. The club has hauled in many German players. Do you see having the same type of role as last season in Nordlingen were you were the main scoring option? It's still very early to determine each players role from game to game. I think that's apart of team chemistry building. My intent is to come in and do whatever is needed for us to win rebounding, defense, or scoring.
The club has talented forwards with German Bill Borekambi and Croatian Dino Jakolis. Will not necessarily having to carry that' scoring load like in Karlsruhe like you did in Nordlingen be welcoming to you? We definitely have talented guys here that are able to do a lot of things. In Nordlingen much of the season and for most of the playoffs we only had a 7 or 8 man rotation. So playing 35+ minutes a night and doing all the things I had to last season for us to have a chance won't be necessary. But if coach asks that of me I will be prepared to deliver at any moments notice.
How excited are you to be playing in a city that has another team with BG Karlsruhe? In New York they call the Yankees-Mets series the subway series and in Karlsruhe they could call it the cross town series. Being from another country I was definitely unfamiliar with the rivalry but just in week I think everyone has caught me up on the history. Personally I'm looking forward to it. Those games are always the best games because it means just a little bit more to everyone which raises the competition level. The energy for that game is building day by day and I know that we're going to come prepared to battle that day.
You had a very strong season last season in Nordlingen. How did you keep the hunger alive this summer and keep working on parts of your game that you aren't happy with? Motivation has never been a problem for me. My ambitions and work ethic are the only reasons I'm still playing right now. I wasn't happy at all with my shooting percentages last season and with how my body felt towards the end of the season. So I really focused on things I could do to improve in those areas.
My day would start at 4AM with a good healthy breakfast and meditation. I would make it to gym at 5 and stay until 8 with some weight lifting and shooting. Then from 6PM to 830PM I was strictly on the court working on my craft. Off the court I had a strict diet. Cut out chocolate in particular which has always been an Achilles heel of mine. I would do this 5 times a week which now has me in the best shape of my life I believe.
Are you catching the 2016 Summer Olympics. What events besides Basketball do you enjoy watching? Yes I'm definitely keeping up with the Olympics. I enjoy track and field, swimming, gymnastics, and women's soccer. I just love watching people compete. As an athlete I know how much this moment means to them and what's not to love about watching someone put their heart and soul on the line for any event. It's inspiring.
Is Australia a dark horse for a medal? They beat France by 21 points in the opening game and have a pretty motivated team with 4 NBA players? When it comes to basketball I'm not sure nor do I care who the silver and bronze go to as long as USA brings home the gold.
Sixers expected to waive Tibor Pleiss after trade with Jazz - 14 hours ago
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On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss (7'2''-C-89) to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall(6'5''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina). The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia's Jessica Camerato. Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would... [read more]
On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss (7'2''-C-89) to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall (6'5''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina). The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia's Jessica Camerato. Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it's unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
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