#1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He led Dallas Mavericks to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (19-36) crushing them 123-100 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game.
Nowitzki scored 17 points, had 8 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals in 30 minutes on the court.
The Dallas Mavericks have 23-29 record this season.
It's Nowitzki's 15th year with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 42.9% and FT: 79.8% in the 23 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), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Caja Laboral (17-4) to beat Blusens Monbus (10-11).
Pleiss scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes.
Caja Laboral lost 70-84 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) Blusens Monbus.
They ended the series of ten consecutive victories.
This year Pleiss' overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 83.3% in the 18 games.
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). Harris led Gonzaga to a victory against the University of San Francisco (4-9) 71-61 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds.
The Gonzaga University has a very good 12-0 conference record this season.
So far his team won all twelve games in the conference.
There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Harris has been at the team for four years.
Harris' total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 83.3%.
He is also a member of the German senior national team.
#4. Forward Christian Standhardinger (203-89, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Hawaii (8-6) in their last game. Despite Standhardinger's very good performance the Hawaii lost 71-80 in Stockton, CA to the University of Pacific.
He scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This year Standhardinger's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.9rpg in the 18 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Filipino and German.
Standhardinger used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former U18 international guard Sebastian Koch (203-91, is currently at the American university) contributed to an overtime Elon's victory against the Western Carolina University (8-7) 80-73 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
He scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
The Elon University has a very good 11-3 conference record this season.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Koch has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.9rpg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
four years ago.
#6. Shooting guard Patrick Heckmann (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point Boston Coll.'s victory against the Wake Forest University (4-8) 66-63 in the NCAA last Wednesday.
He scored 14 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals in 27 minutes.
The Boston College has not so impressive 4-9 conference record this season.
Heckmann has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.5apg in the 32 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.
#7. Former U22 international 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 (3-29) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo lost 66-70 in Osaka to the higher-ranked (#3) Panasonic Trians.
Klette had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes.
It was Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo's 12th consecutive loss in a row.
This year Klette has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 6.4rpg in the 30 games.
He used to play for the German U22 national team
fourteen years ago.
#8. Forward Dennis Ogbe (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Tenn Tech (4-9) in their last game. Despite Ogbe's very good performance the Tenn Tech (#6) lost 69-80 in Richmond, KY to the Eastern Kentucky University.
He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes.
There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important.
Ogbe has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.6rpg in the 20 games.
He used to play for the German U20 national team
back in 2011.
#9. U20 international swingman Kevin Bright (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Vanderbilt (4-7) in their game against the University of Tennessee (7-5) in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones.
Bright scored only 3 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks.
The Vanderbilt was defeated 58-46 at home by the University of Tennessee.
Bright has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg and 2.1rpg.
He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.
#10. Guard Maodo Lo (190-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Columbia (2-3) in their game against the Brown University (1-4) in the NCAA.
Lo recorded 5 points and had 3 steals in 36 minutes.
The Columbia was edged 58-55 in Providence, RI by the Brown University.
Lo has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games.
He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the German national team.
#11. Former U18 international forward Davis Martens (206-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Siena in their game against the Loyola College in the NCAA.
Martens scored 9 points in only 14 minutes.
His team was crushed by 23 points 80-57.
Martens has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
six years ago.
#12. Former U18 international guard Thomas Reuter (198-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to E.Washington's surprising victory against the Southern Utah University 86-72 in the NCAA on Saturday night.
Reuter scored 7 points.
Reuter has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg.
He used to play for the German U18 national team
back in 2010.
#13. 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 Long Island University in the NCAA. Dileo cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court.
His team lost 66-80.
Dileo has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Dileo used to play for the German U16 national team
four years ago.
Strangely he has never played in Germany.
#14. International swingman Niels Giffey (201-91, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Connecticut (6-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Giffey's good performance the Connecticut was defeated 70-61 on their home court in Storrs, CT by the Villanova University.
He scored 11 points.
Giffey has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg.
He plays currently for the German national team.
#15. U20 international forward Leon Tolksdorf (203-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Niels Giffey and both played together in the last NCAA game.
Tolksdorf couldn't help the Connecticut in their game against the Villanova University.
He scored 6 points in only 6 minutes.
His team lost 61-70.
Tolksdorf has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games.
He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.
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) was the major contributor in a Regatas Corrientes' victory against the tenth-ranked GECR Indalo (18-19) 80-71 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday.
Kammerichs recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 21 rebounds.
Regatas Corrientes (26-11) is placed first in the LigaA.
It's Kammerichs' first season with the team.
Kammerichs is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league.
His overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg.
Kammerichs has a dual citizenship: German and Argentinian.
#2.Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Belgium), who plays in the Belgian Ethias League could not help Base Oostende (12-5) to beat Spirou Charleroi (10-6).
Stojic scored 9 points in 29 minutes.
But the league leader Base Oostende lost 65-77 on the road to the lower-ranked (#4) Spirou Charleroi.
It was Base Oostende's first loss after eight consecutive victories.
Stojic has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in the 16 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and German.
#3.Ben Rice (195-F-90, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, currently plays in Israel) led Bnei Hasharon to a victory against the league outsider Ironi Ashkelon (5-12) 103-95 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday.
Rice scored 14 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon (8-9) is placed seventh in the Winner League.
Rice is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Bnei Hasharon's roster.
He has relatively good stats this season: 10.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg.
Rice has both Israeli and German nationalities.
#4.Robert Sarovic (205-F-78, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider CS Dinamo Bucuresti (1-21) crushing them 112-63 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Friday night.
He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 20 minutes.
BC Timisoara (15-7) is placed sixth in the Liga Nationala.
It's Sarovic's first season with the team.
Sarovic has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.5apg in the 20 games.
He also holds two passports: Serbian and German.
#5.Julian Sensley (206-F-82, college: Hawaii, currently plays in South Korea) led Dongbu Promy to a victory over the league outsider KCC Egis (11-33) 79-73 in the South Korean KBL in Wednesday night's game.
Sensley was MVP of the game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Dongbu Promy (17-27) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the KBL.
It was his team's first victory after eight consecutive loses.
It's Sensley's first season with the team.
Sensley has relatively good stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.5apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Sensley has never played in Germany.
#6.Martin Seiferth (208-F-90, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the E.Washington (6-10) in their last game on Monday. Despite Seiferth's very good performance the E.Washington was defeated 89-80 in Portland, OR by the Portland State University.
He recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
This season Seiferth has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.5apg.
#7.Ismar Seferagic (201-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an University of Windsor's victory against the Badgers 84-77 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday.
Seferagic scored 18 points.
Seferagic has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.6rpg.
He holds both German and Canadian passports.
#8.Kiril Wachsmann (203-C/F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Melilla Baloncesto (4-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite Wachsmann's good performance the bottom-ranked Melilla Baloncesto was defeated 85-79 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Ford_Burgos.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Wachsmann also added 5 assists.
Wachsmann is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders.
He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.5apg.
#9.Phillip Holm (175-PG-80, currently plays in Norway), who plays in the Norwegian BLNO couldn't help Baerum Basket (12-10) in their last game. Despite Holm's very good performance Baerum Basket lost 88-95 at home to the leading Tromso.
He was the second best scorer with 26 points. Holm also added 7 passes in 36 minutes.
Holm is currently fourth on the list of best passers with 3.8apg.
This year he also averages: 11.6ppg and 2.1rpg in the 22 games.
Holm holds both Uruguayan and German passports.
#10.Bar Timor (190-PG-92, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Tel-Aviv in their game against Galil Gilboa in the Israeli Winner League.
Timor scored 7 points in 29 minutes.
His team lost 67-82.
Timor has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games.
He has dual citizenship: Israeli and German.
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go int... [read more]
Usually professional teams start carving out their new roster for the upcomng season by first giving contract extensions, but sometimes that gets reversed as in the case of Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) who got rewarded very late in the transfer market phase by being able to call Ludwigsburg home for a second season as he will remain until 2017. Boone is a 30 year old 200cm power forward/center that tips at 116 Kilo's on the scale and will go into his ninth season in Germany after playing one season in Turkey.In Ludwigsburg, The Suguar Loaf, New York native is a fan favorite and even in Frankfurt last season, he was known as being that sixth man in the stands supporting his friend John Little on many occassions last season, but if he will make the trip to Frankfurt in street clothes this season is more than unlikely as his friend left, but on the court he will as usual create havoc in the paint area. Last season for the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL), he played 33 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (71.6%), FT: 51.9%; Eurocup: 16 games: 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 56.1%. "It is always a good feeling to return. I feel at home here and am ready for the new season. It is still early in the preseason, but we are playing together at the moment. That will be important in the next weeks. The guys are working hard. I feel I can take the role in as a veteran and guy that gives experience", stated Jason Boone (200-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports).
Ozarks All American guard Ethan Murray (188-G-93, college: Coll.of the Ozarks) scored 12 points and secured three steals in a 33-13 1st quarter against Weser Baskets Bremen/BTS Neustadt to start the route on Sunday afternoon. He would add 18 points over the final 3 quarters as Eurobasket Select eclipses 100 points in a 41 point victory. Four others scored in double figures for ESL Select, all off the bench, as Zack Leeper (193-G) scored 17, Dayton Mickens (203-F-91, college: Ark.-Monticel... [read more]
The first unit started quickly behind the shooting of Murray that consisted of Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota), Don Quarles (193-F/G-92, college: Paine), Ajani Santos (201-F/C-94), and Bruce Marshall (208-C-94). On the first play of the game the ball was entered into Marshall on the block where he quickly passed out of the double team to find an open Murray for 3. After another Murray jump shot, Quarles would get inside for an easy slam to the pleasure of the friendly Bremen audience. The route was on as the lead quickly ballooned to 20 plus points.
Bremen did not back down moving into the 2nd quarter as they played Eurobasket evenly in the period. Nick Hein (198-F) and Andreas Bruns (197-G/F) were a handful for all night but against 11 American players it was just too much to handle. Eurobasket was without point guards Jeremiah Dunnings (183-PG, college: William Carey) and Jack Montague (183-PG, college: Yale) which resulted in much bigger lineups across the first and second units. The size and pressure put a strain on Bremen's offense causing 23 turnovers (steals: Murray 4, Cole 3, Seldon 3) and eight blocked shots (Wise 3, Mickens 2, Seldon 2).
Eurobasket opened the 3rd quarter on an 18-0 run that pushed the lead from 20 to 38. The lead would grow to as high as 47 points in what was just a dominant performance from the second unit. Maurice Cole (182-PG-90, college: Dixie St.) led the unit with a flurry of open court spins and crosses that led to two 3 point FG's for Leeper and five assists overall to lead the team. Eurobasket is now 3-0 on it's 10 game tour schedule. Next up is a game tomorrow night August 29th against Grevenbroich.
Notes: Murray, Biber, and Santos each had 7 rebounds to lead the team...Eurobasket committed 28 fouls in the game including foul outs for Coleman and Quarles...Wise led the team with 3 blocks...Eurobasket connected on 11 3 point FG (Murray 5, Leeper 3, Coleman, Wise, Seldon)....Leeper, Cole, Murray, and Biber each had +25 +/- ratios.
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.
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