#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 (22-29) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 101-105 on the road to the Atlanta Hawks.
He was the top scorer with 24 points. Nowitzki also added 7 rebounds in 36 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: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 78.8% in the 22 games he played so far.
He played for the German senior national team two years ago.
#2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently plays college basketball in the States). Standhardinger led Hawaii to an easy victory against the Long Beach State University (10-2) crushing them 94-73 in the NCAA last Thursday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. Standhardinger also added 3 assists and 3 steals.
The University of Hawaii has a solid 8-4 conference record this season.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
This season Standhardinger has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 78.8%.
Standhardinger has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German.
He played for the German U20 national team in 2009.
#3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elias Harris (203-89, currently studies in the States). He led Gonzaga to an easy victory against the Loyola Marymount University (1-10) 74-55 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Harris recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds.
The Gonzaga University has a very solid 10-0 conference record this season.
So far his team won all ten 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: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 64.8%(46-71), 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 82.7%.
Harris is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) led Elon to a victory against the Furman University (2-9) 64-60 in the NCAA last Saturday.
He recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes.
The Elon University has a solid 9-3 conference record this season.
This year Koch has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former U20 international forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Tenn Tech's victory against the Jacksonville State University (6-6) 78-64 in the NCAA last Saturday.
Ogbe recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
The Tennessee Tech University has 4-7 conference record this season.
Ogbe's overall stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
two years ago.
#6. Forward Dennis Kramer (211-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego win their game against the Brigham Young University (8-4) 74-68 in the NCAA on Thursday night.
Kramer scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 19 minutes.
The University of San Diego has 6-5 conference record this season.
This year Kramer's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Kramer is a former U20 international player as he played for the German team two years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#7. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Vanderbilt win their game against the The University of Arkansas (5-5) 67-49 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
Bright recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
The Vanderbilt University has not so impressive 3-6 conference record this season.
They ended the series of four consecutive loses.
Bright's total stats this year are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg.
He is also German U20 national team player.
#8. Guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Columbia win their game against the Harvard University (3-1) 78-63 in the NCAA last Sunday.
Lo scored 12 points in a mere 18 minutes.
The Columbia University has 2-2 conference record this season.
It's Lo's first year with the team.
This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games.
Lo used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011.
#9. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the E.Washington (5-9) in their game against the Sacramento State University (7-7) in the NCAA.
Reuter scored 9 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for E.Washington this season.
But the E.Washington was defeated 61-55 in Sacramento, CA by the Sacramento State University.
Reuter used to play for the German U18 national team
three years ago.
#10. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese JBL was not able to secure a victory for Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (3-27) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Klette's good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo was badly defeated 78-61 in Kariya by the leading Aishin Sea Horses.
He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Klette also added 4 rebounds.
Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg and 6.3rpg.
He is a former U22 international player as fourteen years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. U20 international point guard Mario Blessing (188-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams USC Upstate in their game against the Stetson University in the NCAA.
Blessing scored 5 points.
His team was defeated 73-66.
Blessing has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg.
He plays currently for the German U20 national team.
#12. Former U16 international guard Max Dileo (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Monmouth win their game against the Fairleigh Dickinson University 80-76 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game.
Dileo scored 6 points in 21 minutes.
Dileo has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg in the 18 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team
back in 2009. Apparently he has never played in Germany.
#13. International shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Boston Coll. in their game against the Duke University in the NCAA. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
Heckmann scored only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court.
His team was edged 62-61.
Heckmann averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 13 games.
He is also German national team player.
#14. International swingman Niels Giffey (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Connecticut win their game against the Seton Hall University 78-67 in the NCAA on Sunday night.
Giffey scored 6 points in 20 minutes.
Giffey averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 13 games.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#15. Former U16 international center Enosch Wolf (216-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Niels Giffey and both played together in the last NCAA game.
Wolf managed to help University of Connecticut to win against the Seton Hall University 78-67.
He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
Wolf's stats this season are: 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg.
He used to play for the German U16 national team
seven years ago.
The list of other players, who all have German passport but never been selected to any of German national teams:
#1. Experienced Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium) led Base Oostende to an overtime victory against the sixth-ranked Liege Basket (6-10) 84-77 in the Belgian Ethias League on Friday night.
Stojic recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in 29 minutes.
Telenet Oostende (12-4) is placed first in the Ethias League.
It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row.
It's Stojic's first season with the team.
He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.9apg in the 15 games he played so far.
Stojic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and German.
#2.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea), who plays in the South Korean KBL could not help Dongbu Promy (16-25) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sensley's very good performance Dongbu Promy was defeated 75-66 on the road by the higher-ranked ET Land Elephants (#3).
He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Sensley also added 3 assists.
Sensley has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.7apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Sensley has never played in Germany.
#3.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel), who plays in the Israeli Winner League was not able to help Bnei Hasharon (7-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Bnei Hasharon was edged 70-67 in Jerusalem by the higher-ranked (#3) Hapoel.
Rice was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Rice has been at the team for five years.
This season Rice's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 16 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and German.
#4.Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 1-point Hapoel Tel-Aviv's victory against the fourth-ranked Maccabi Haifa (9-7) 78-77 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night.
He recorded 9 points.
Hapoel Tel-Aviv (7-9) is placed ninth in the Winner League.
Timor has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg.
He has both Israeli and German nationalities.
#5.Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) was the major contributor in a 2-point Alaska Aces' victory against the eighth-ranked Rain or Shine (0-1) 83-81 in the Filipino PBA in Saturday night's game.
Thoss scored 17 points in 33 minutes. It was his first game for Alaska Aces this season.
His team are placed first in Commissioner's Cup group.
It's Thoss' first year with the team.
He also holds two passports: German and Filipino.
#6.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto in their game against River Andorra in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division).
He scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 33 minutes.
His team lost 72-79.
Wachsmann is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.6rpg.
This year his other stats are: 9.6ppg and 1.3apg in the 17 games.
#7.Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the University of Windsor in their game against the Thunderwolves in the Canadian university league CIS.
Seferagic was the second best scorer with 9 points in only 13 minutes.
His team lost 64-70.
Seferagic has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg in the 18 games.
He holds both German and Canadian passports.
#8.Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the E.Washington in their game against the Sacramento State University in the NCAA.
Seiferth scored only 4 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
His team was defeated 61-55.
Seiferth has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg.
#9.Josh Lockett (203-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Liverpool Mersey Tigers in their game against Glasgow Rocks in the British BBL, despite his good performance on Friday night.
He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes.
But his team was crushed by 39 points 97-58.
Lockett averaged so far 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg in the 13 games.
He is a naturalized American.
#10.Till Gloger (203-F-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Maine in their game against the Boston University in the NCAA.
Gloger scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
His team was defeated 79-72.
Gloger's stats this season are: 11.5ppg and 5.8rpg.
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Newly promoted AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) inked 24-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He was about to sign at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. The last season Basabe played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Basabe also played 9 games in FIBA Euro... [read more]
Newly promoted AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) inked 24-year old American power forward Melsahn Basabe (201-100kg-92, college: Iowa). He was about to sign at BG Goettingen in German BBL league. The last season Basabe played at Antwerp Giants (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 13 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.2spg and 1.0bpg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention. Basabe also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.0bpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Basabe played in the final of NIT in 2013. He has played previously professionally in Finland (Helsinki Seagulls) and Poland (Stabill). Basabe attended University of Iowa until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
On the court, professional basketball players take the game very seriously because it's the game they love and it's also what pays some Las Vegas weekends, but off the court, the majority of players are able to take a step back from their hardnosed focus and can also be more relaxed and in more of a joking manner to help kick the time away. Ex Fraport Skyliner Anthony King played many times in the Telekom Dome and even as a BBL allstar in 2014 probably could of come up with a funny line f... [read more]
On the court, professional basketball players take the game very seriously because it's the game they love and it's also what pays some Las Vegas weekends, but off the court, the majority of players are able to take a step back from their hardnosed focus and can also be more relaxed and in more of a joking manner to help kick the time away. Ex Fraport Skyliner Anthony King played many times in the Telekom Dome and even as a BBL allstar in 2014 probably could of come up with a funny line for his ex teammate Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL) from Miami (NCAA) after he had heard that he had signed with Bonn. Back in the 2007-2008 season, King was a senior and the Durham, North Carolina native didn't play his freshman year until the next season, but gained incredible valuable experience being able to practice with the squad. King who always seemed like a quiet fellow, but in reality knew exactly when and how to crack hilarious jokes, could have prepared Gamble for his new stomping ground as follows. 'Hey Julian, the next time your sitting on the bench during a break from a game day shoot around, attempt to count how many magenta seats are in the arena, I came up with 1,349'. Of course, one could always have that option if one was totally overcome by boredom, but a guy like Gamble would rather have the game in his thoughts and how he would help his team gain the next victory. Gamble does have fond memories of King. 'King was a mentor to me when I first stepped on campus. We also graduated from the same high school, so he knows what it was to make it out of where we came from. He definitely is a funny guy once you get to know him but very laid back at the same time', stressed Gamble. He had a solid career at Miami where he reached a NCAA Sweet 16 and NIT Sweet 16 and Elite eight, but as a player was groomed for a certain role where he was unable to show what he really had until he became a professional. 'Playing on a team where I had to play a role that wasn't to score was difficult at times. It was hard because I always knew I had the ability and I worked on my game constantly. I just continued to work and prayed that God would allow me the opportunity to show what I can truly do and I think it was a surprise to most people', warned Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL). However that all changed when he became a professional and tore up the French Pro B with Saint Vallier Basket Drome and in Belgium with Basic-Fit Brussels. He was a top scorer each season and was third in rebounding twice and second once and was the top shot blocker each season. 'At Miami, my senior year especially, I was a good player on a great team. I took great pride in being whatever my team needed that night. That didn't always mean big numbers but I always knew I had the ability to be a big time player given the opportunity. Once I was given that chance, I never looked back', added Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL). Now the American who compares his game to Blake Griffin and lists Harrison Barnes as his toughest opponent in college is ready to make the next step in the competitive and highest league that he will have played in the EasyCredit BBL. With Bonn, he has a very talented supporting cast and has his feet on the ground and mentality keen on winning first before worrying about that double double. 'My goal production wise will not change, but ultimately I want to win. Whatever it takes to win is what I will do, but my personal ambition as a player is to be the best I can be', warned Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL). Gamble had a strong pre-season and is developing well and is on a good way of making the next step and so are the Telekom Baskets Bonn who want to wash away last season which was one to forget which was only their third time in 20 years where they failed to make the playoffs. He will be ready to erase his meager 4 point effort against Alba Berlin and get back on track against Frankfurt.
After finishing in 4th and 5th place in the regular season in 2014 and 2015, last season the Telekom Baskets Bonn slipped to 12th place and had an early summer vacation in early May getting an early jump on the summer cafe's and sun tanning along the Rhein river. The season actually started off with a bang as they won five of their first six games including huge wins against FC Bayern Munich and ratiopharm Ulm where they demonstrated just how lethal an offense they had averaging 94 points in the two games, but then everything just fell apart as if it was night and day. They then lost a combined 12 games in a row of BBL and Eurocup games and saved their Christmas by winning a shootout against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen on the day before Christmas. However no turn around occurred as the team lost seven of it's next nine games. One could see that consistency was a word absent from their vocabulary that one never knew what to expect from the club after despite winning two in a row against Tuebingen (twice 100 plus points) and Phoenix Hagen with 100 plus points, on the next weekend they had their biggest low point getting smacked around 78-48 in Frankfurt. During all of this head coach Matthias Fischer was dismissed as fans were as frustrated as a cat is when it outsmarted by a quicker mouse. Bonn knew how to put points on the board, but couldn't defend if their life depended on it. They gave up 80 points or more 26 times and if one examines their results closely would have come to the conclusion that they could really have struggled more and had issues concerning lower standings positions if they had not won the majority of their offensive shoot outs.
With the arrival of new head coach Silvano Poropat, the club hopes to bring some fresh new wind to the team. Poropat has displayed in the past that he knows how to put together teams and lead them to success. He did that unexpectedly with Ludwigsburg in the 2006-2007 season and led them to the top two teams in the BBL and a semi-final berth of the playoffs and also helped bring the Mitteldeutscher BC back to the BBL. The Croatian coach did a great job bringing in new basketball blood and the team showed in pre-season that a healthy team chemistry was in the starting block and prepared to grow. 'My first impression of Coach is that he very badly wants to win. I feel he knows the game well, in the ways he described to me things he liked I did. I also feel that family is important to him, which is important to me, because chemistry both on and off the court is what will make our time together something to remember', stressed Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89, college: Miami, FL). The club made a complete house cleaning keeping only Florian Koch. They were hoping that point guard Eugene Lawrence would remain, but didn't. This season the Telekom Baskets Bonn have put together a very versatile team that is stronger at each position than it was last season. After the disastrous defensive season last year, a big focus this season will be on reducing the number of points they give up. Offensively Bonn have the capability to light up the scoreboard again, but it will be their defensive performance with the combination of athleticism and hunger of showing effort that will determine between a playoff spot or not. The club should also be capable of making their transition game a strength as good defense should get them more easy points than in the past. A few days before the start of the EasyCredit season, the club released some very upsetting news that head coach Silvano Poropat had a bad sickness and will have to miss some months. The club did a good job reacting and getting ex coach Predrag Krunic who was surprisingly available. Krunic had his first coaching stint with Bonn from 2001-2005 and was then the youngest coach in the BBL. He won a BBL title with the EWE baskets Oldenburg in 2009 and then coached in Poland, Bayreuth and Weissenfels. Krunic is a great coach, but how well will the team perform now with all this new coaching drama bestowed upon them?
The team held on to German Florian Koch who is a 24 year old 197cm forward who is the absolute identity having been with the club since 2010 and has played a total of 113 BBL games and last season had his breakthrough playing 34 games averaging 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 81.4%; Eurocup: 10 games: 4.8ppg, 2.7rpg. His athleticism and outside shooting will continue to garner him minutes. The club hauled in nine new players including Josh Mayo. Mayo is a 29 year old 181cm point guard that looks closer to 176cm, but is lightening quick and can drain the three. He has valuable experience in Europe having played in France, Latvia, Ukraine, Italy and Spain. Last season he played for Givova Scafati Basket (Italy-Serie A2) playing 41 games averaging 15.7ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-3 (5.2apg), FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 85.2%. Konstantin Klein is a 25 year old 187cm point guard from Berlin that was Pro B champion with Gotha in 2012 and that last played for the Fraport Skyliners from 2012-2016. He developed soundly with the club, but was hampered with injuries the last two seasons. Last season he played 33 games averaging6.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 82.1%; FIBA Europe Cup: 17 games: 6.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 81.5%.He shot an overwhelming 52% from outside in the 2014-2015 Eurochallenge season. His self-confidence as a German is as typical as that of an American and his aggressive play and motivation is a big strength of his. Klein was demoted badly by Skyliner head coach Gordon Herbert in the playoffs against ratiopharm Ulm where he played only 48 minutes in four games. Klein is burning with basketball desire to show everyone he belongs to the top 5 best German guards. The club also reeled in TJ Di Leo who is a 26 year old 190cm guard that will be playing his fourth professional season after playing his first three seasons with the Giessen 46ers and helped them reach the BBL in 2015.. He is the son of Tony Di Leo who coached in Germany and was also the GM of the Philadelphia 76ers. Last season the guard suffered injury woes and played only 19 games averaging 5.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.3%. Theex Temple (NCAA) guard has the heart of gold, is an aggressive defender and when left open will hurt you with his shot. He will bring energy from the bench and at times help with the playmaking. The club brought in another ex Giessen player with Yormon Polas who is a Cuban/German that has lived the basketball cinderella story playing his first six seasons in Cuba and then coming to Germany and going from the Regionaliga with FC Bayern Munich via the Pro A with Crailsheim and Giessen to the BBL to Bonn. Last season with Giessen he played 32 games averaging 9.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 60.0%. He has unending athleticism, will make waves with his defense and is difficult to control in the paint with his quickness and on transition.
The club also hauled in Ryan Thompson who is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Mount Laurel, New Jersey and is the younger brother of NBA player Jason Thompson is playing his seventh professional season and has won 2 titles in Belguim and one in Germany with Bamberg. The ex Rider (NCAA) standout has European basketball experience in Italy, Belgium and Turkey. Last season was a season to forget as he split time with Trabzonspor Basketbol (Turkey-BSL): 5 games: 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.7%; Eurocup: 6 games: 6.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 6.7%, FT: 62.5%. His role will be too find his scoring touch again and lead the team in crunch time and amaze the home fans with unforgettable dunks. The team also added Ken Horton who is a 26 year old 199cm forward from Ossining, New York playing his fifth professional season that has experience in France, Mexico, Australia and Finland. Last season he played for medi Bayreuth playing 34 games averaging 12.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 89.5%. The Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) stand out can look back to 2006 where he started his basketball career as a guy who has always scored in double figures showing his consistent basketball scoring trait. He is a very versatile guy that has a deadly three pointer, can play with the back to the basket and don't put him on the free throwline because he won't miss. Flip Barovic is a 26 year old 207cm center that hails from Montenegro. He has toiled around in leagues in Montenegro, Hungary and Romania and now is ready to make the next step in the higher league BBL. Last season he played for Lukoil Academic Sofia (Bulgaria-NBL) playing 35 games: 10.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 66.2%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 73.9%; FIBA Europe Cup: 12 games: 13.6ppg, 6.6rpg, FGP: 54.9%, FT: 67.2%. He is the classical post player that excels on the pick and roll, but also will hit the three. His experience will help the team as he knows how to win winning 5 titles in Montenegro and one in Bulgaria. Johannes Richter is a 22 year old 208cm power forward, but can also play center. He got his first BBL experience with Bamberg and played the last two and a half seasons with the Fraport Skyliners. He made his international breakthrough two seasons ago in the Eurochallenge hitting the Baaken Bears with 15 and 10 points. However in the BBL, it was tough getting playing time with the twin towers Voigtmann and Barthel in the way. Last season he played 25 games: 2.7ppg, 2.0rpg; FIBA Europe Cup: 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.8rpg, played also at Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB): 16 games: 17.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.0apg, FGP-3 (63.7%), 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 73.1%. He is a versatile big man with the modern game that is a relentless fighter under the rim and can drain the trey at his desire. Gordon Herbert called him his best offensive rebounder last season.
Despite some skeptics questioning how well the guard duo of Mayo/Klein will be, they will make the grade as they have shown incredible desire in the pre-season and have played well together and can also play at the same time on the court. The big man duo of Gamble/Barovic is very solid and the forward duo of Horton/Richter compliment each other well as both do things separately well. The bench of DI Leo, Polas and Koch are very solid. Oh and not to forget Ryan Thompson is on a mission to forget his season of last where he lost his scoring touch in Serbia and Turkey and get back to winning and playing ways he had two seasons ago with Bamberg. Head coach Poropat is a winner and wants to bring success as badly back to Bonn as the fans want to see it again. 'Year for year it gets more difficult for those last 1-2 playoff spots. Bonn has put together a very solid team. They get a Ryan Thompson who played at Bamberg and Mayo a very experienced player and some talented German players. The talent is there for a playoff team. They will have to see if the chemistry is good enough to make the jump back in the play offs', stressed Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steven Wriedt. Last season, Frankfurt won 82-59 on the road as Johannes Voigtmann had 20 points and Konstantin Klein Netted 19 points. In the return game, Frankfurt creamed Bonn at home 78-48 and were led by Danilo Bathel with 18 points and Johannes Voigtmann had 17 points. Both teams come into the game today with an 0-1 record and looking to get that first win of the season. The Telekom Baskets Bonn were beat by Alba Berlin on the road where their offense was already in season mode, but their defense just couldn't handle the many weapons that head coach that Ahmet Caki threw at them. The Fraport Skyliners were rattled by the Brose Baskets Bamberg on the road 85-54. It was what most expected as Bamberg overwhelmed the guests with their potent roster and growing team chemistry while the Fraport Skyliners's new era had began with a new influx of young Germans learning to make the grade this season. In some way, it could have been advantageous to start with a very tough game like this, because they could see after the game exactly where the building blocks are for improvement. In Bonn, the Fraport Skyliners will meet ex players Konstantin Klein and Johannes Richer. Richter is as expected still finding his role and fighting for minutes while Klein has been integrated nicely and he quickly found his role in preseason and become a starter. Klein has a lot to prove, but won't be able to show his talent to Gordon Herbert who is out, but will gladly have Klaus Perwas witness what Frankfurt have missed in not keeping him. This will be a tough game for the Fraport Skyliners as Bonn is definitely farther at this point of the season in all aspects of the game.
Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson) is a 23 year old 180cm guard from Upper Arlington, Ohio that is playing his rookie season in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. He started his college basketball career in 2011 with Miami, OH (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 70.0%. He then played at Davidson (NCAA) from 2013-2016 and as a senior played 30 games averaging 14.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 32.7%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 83.1%.... [read more]
Brian Sullivan (180-PG-93, college: Davidson) is a 23 year old 180cm guard from Upper Arlington, Ohio that is playing his rookie season in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. He started his college basketball career in 2011 with Miami, OH (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 70.0%. He then played at Davidson (NCAA) from 2013-2016 and as a senior played 30 games averaging 14.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 32.7%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 83.1%. He spoke to eurobasket during the summer before signing with the Hebeisen White Wings.
Brian thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? My pleasure. I am currently in Hanau, Germany preparing for the season with my teammates and coaching staff. My summer was excellent, it was the most productive and efficient summer I have had as a basketball player.
After a stellar college basketball career where you played the last three seasons with Davidson, with what expectations were you going into this summer's transfer market? You signed very late with German team Hebeisen White Wings. Did you not have as many offers as one may have thought or was the right opportunity not there earlier in the summer? The biggest thing I wanted was a good fit. I felt that Hanau was a great situation for me because of the coaching staff and player development they offer. I wanted to go to a good opportunity where I would be able to improve the most and I felt Hanau was the best place for me to do that.
Congrats on signing with German Pro A team Hebeisen White Wings. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball? I studied German for about 8 years growing up so I know a bit of German (not as much as I thought I did) and I know a little about the culture. As far as basketball, I know that it has a very good reputation and the coaches do a great job here.
Did you get some timely advice from Luke Loucks who played with the Hebeisen White Wings last season. How vital was his input on helping making your decision easier? I did not speak with Luke.
What were the main reasons for picking the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau as your first destination as a professional?
I wanted the best opportunity for me to grow and improve while still being able to compete for a winning team. I felt like the White Wings coaching staff would give me the best growth in player development while competing at a high level.
Did you have talks with head coach Simon Cote? What was your first impression of him and did you notice quickly that you speak the same basketball language in talks? Yes, I was really impressed after talking to Coach Cote, he is passionate about the game and ask for his players to compete and improve which I really appreciated. He was a big factor in my decision.
You will be entering the very competitive German Pro A and could advance to one of the top point guards in the league. How confident are you that you can make an impact as a rookie? I am confident that I am able to make an impact for my team. I feel like the A10 and coach McKillop prepared me very well to be a professional and I am excited to continue to learn and improve.
Let's talk a bit about your game. You seem not to be a pass first guard, but more of a scoring point guard. What other strength do you have in your game? I have the reputation of being more of a scorer, which is certainly a big part of my game. I feel like much of that is from playing more as a combo guard at Davidson so I was asked to score the ball more. I think a strength of my game is being able to handle the basketball and find teammates for open shots.
If you had to compare your game to an NBA player to what player would your game resemble the most?
I would compare my style of play to Damian Lillard
You can fill up the stat sheet, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?
I think one thing that doesn't always get noticed is that I like to play the right way. I always try to help my teammates on either end of the floor and just try to bring energy to the game.
You started your college career in 2011 with Miami, OH (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 10.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 70.0%. You were the first freshman since 1996 to score in double figures as well as other fine achievements. How much of an impact did Charlie Coles have on you which prompted you to transfer to Davidson? Charlie Coles was great for me during my freshman year. He trusted me and I gained valuable experience as a freshman. He ultimately retired after my freshman year when I did decide to transfer. So I did not transfer because of Coach Coles, it was just a better situation for me on and off the court at Davidson.
Do ever think about how your school career might have gone had you played all four years at Miami, Ohio? Do you feel like you could have been better with your development then how it went with Davidson? No, I don't like to look back in the rear view mirror like that. I confidently made my decision to transfer to Davidson and loved my experience there.
You once said in an article 'I've really stopped trying to please others,' 'Basketball is not who I am, it's what I do. When did you realize that you had to change this outlook? I realized this when I felt the expectation of others driving me more than my own expectations were. I wanted to make others happy to the point where I became miserable and tired, and so I just started to be myself and play the way I knew how to. That was a big moment in my career and has allowed me to find a lot more joy and peace in playing the game.
How do you feel did you prosper from having very talented guard Jack Gibbs in the back court with you on a daily basis? Jack is a great player and we would go against each other so it was good for both of us to be competing like that. He draws so much attention from defenses that it opened up things for other players. Moving forward I am excited about being able to have the ball in my hands more and be a decision maker on the court.
You had many amazing games, but also games to forget like the 98-65 loss to North Carolina. When you remember games like this and the talent you faced, do you see a big difference in the level of play of these future NBA players or do you sense that these guys aren't really better than me?
We played against a lot of good players over my four years at Davidson, so what I saw was obviously great talent, but I noticed most all of them had great confidence. Personally, I don't back down and so I feel that I can play with anyone.
How did head coach Bob Mckillop groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
He has taught me so much that has prepared me, whether its on or off the court he has prepared us. He taught me to respect my teammates, to have fun and attack while I am playing and those are all things I will take with me.
You hung out a lot with head coach Bob McKillop. What was your favorite Steph Curry story where you learned something that you didn't know about the NBA superstar? A story coach loves to tell about Steph is that during one of his first games as a freshman he had about 6 or 7 turnovers in the first half and that would typically rattle a freshman but coach McKillop stuck with him and he ended up having a great second half. It speaks to his ability to stay in the moment.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Jack Gibbs? Jack is my little brother, I wouldn't let him beat me.
Who was the toughest player that you battled on the court face to face that is in the NBA now?
We played Jabari Parker his freshman year, his size and skill set were very impressive for a freshman.
If you had to construct your NBA Rushmore with the 4 best heads ever who would you choose? I can only speak on players that I have actually seen video of, so I will say MJ, LeBron, Kobe, Shaq
Lebron finally won an NBA title with the Cavs. Where does he stand now with the all-time greatest that ever played? I haven't seen enough film of the older plays to compare them against each other but he is very high up there on my list.
What was the last movie that you saw? I watched Zoolander 2 on my flight over here.
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