When looking at the Phoenix Hagen roster there are numerous names that ring a bell and go click in your mind especially on the offensive end before other players who fulfill the typical role, but are just as important as the scorers, because they help carry the team in many ways. For years Phoenix Hagen head coach Ingo Fryer has crafted and molded teams each season that are very dominant on offense and can score 100 plus points on any night as easily as a 10 year old boy can come up with a music rapper that has resemblance to ex Charlote Bobcat Jermareo Davidson, the Boston Celtics were able to go on an eight game winning streak without their playmaking genius Rajon Rondo or as the ease and grace in which St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney can sit parked behind the three point line in the corner and sink three pointers as if he was playing basketball battle ship. It is no different this season in Hagen that the offense is firing away at all cylinders and scoring over 90 points on a regular basis. On most days the offense is carried and led by Davin White who has shown this season that his high scoring in the last few months in the 2011-2012 season was no fluke. He may have made a name in Mexico and be like a mini Dashaun Wood with his scoring ability, but if he continues at this rate will not need anymore mini Wood comparisons, as his name Davin White be fully accepted as he has shown on a consistent level this season that he belongs to the top players in the Beko BBL as he can also set up his teammates and get 7-8 assists in a game. Another player in the offensive attack is David Bell who looks like a mini copy of a baby Shaq in a guards body, but can fire away all night long and get you down quickly and could possibly even hit from Oakland across the bay to San Franscico. Adam Hess may not score as much and on a consistent rate as three or four years ago, but the Vaughn Duggins look alike can still heat it up on any night and just be carried by the offense by the others. Then there is Larry Gordon who is a 196cm forward, but can guard guards has shown that after three solid seasons in lower leagues in Holland and Austria that he can dominate in the Beko BBL. Gordon may see himself more as a streaky shooter than pure shooter, but has been one of the best three point shooters this season. But it is his rebounding that really stands out as he is a relentless worker on the offensive boards and keeps many plays alive. One should also put Mark Mr fantastic Dorris into the mix as he is a guard that can score 30 one night and dish out 10 plus assists the next night. With the offense flowing as smoothly on most nights like a Budweiser brewery, one tends to forget defensive specialists especially in a team that was giving up 92 points in the last six games. When you hear the word Maryland basketball, the name Len Bias pops up quicker than Dino Gregory (200-F-89, agency: Two Points, college: Maryland) who hails from charm city Baltimore, but the American had a solid senior year and last season played for Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden) playing 40 games: 13.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-1 (1.5bpg), FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 73.0%. He had good offensive stats in a lower league and led the league in blocks. He has shown that his blocking skills havent been a fluke as he leads the Beko BBL in blocks. The American has shown that he is as important for his defensive skills as the offensive forces on the team and teams take notice. Teams watch film they know we have a beast down there to defend the rim. Every game we watch how guards change their approach when driving to the basket against Dino. He has been real important to us, because his ability to block shots is huge for us. It makes opposing guards and big man think twice about how to score inside the paint. His role is huge, he guards the paint very well. Our game against Bremerhaven he had 7 blocks, with one he caught it in mid air. It was Crazy, stressed teammate Larry Gordon. With everyone talking about the offense, Gregory has no problem just doing his magic under the basket defending the opponent. I take a lot pride in being the anchor of our defense or the guy who protects the rim. My teammates do an excellent job pressuring their guys to take tough lay ups and im there to clean it up with a block or alter their shot even more. I love being the rim protector, warned Dino Gregory. Gregory also understands that it isnt just him, but it is good team work that makes a team excel on the defensive end. My teammates really appreciate my defense just like I appreciate there's. I allow them to pressure guys more and not worry if their guy sometimes beats them to the basket. They allow me to go for block shots and not worry about my man having an easy lane to the basket. I can guard multiple positions and that makes it easier for my teammates. I think what makes me a good shot blocker is my jumping ability and I have good timing. But people dont understand it not just me sitting in the lane blocking shots its a total team effort when guys like Mark Dorris and Davin White are pressuring their guys, the person they are guarding are so worried about getting there shot off against them they dont even notice me and boom a block shot leading to a fast break, added Dino Gregory. He remembers having eight or nine blocks in high school and recently swatted away seven Bremerhaven shots. When I had 7 blocks in that game that was a great experience as our defense was clicking and everybody was rotating well. I go for a block somebody rotated to box my man out. Our defense was a total team effort and I just did my part, commented Dino Gregory. He may come from Baltimore that is known as charm city, but when he is under the boards, he is anything but charming, but a real defensive beast that wont get any high marks in delighting any opponents with his play.
Last season, Phoenix Hagen were forced to do a sort of house cleaning simply because guys like Jacob Burtschi, Mark Dorris and Quentin Pryor were to expensive to hold. With costs on making more seating capacity possible in their old arena Ischeland arena, the team had hug expenses which didnt help for the player budget for last season. It also isnt easy when players see Hagen as a town where they can make a name for themselves and then get better offers from other teams the next season. Eight players left the club including scoring guard David Bell as well as young German talents Andreas Buchert and Malte Schwarz. Important was that the team was able to hold three important players with experienced German Bernd Kruel, versatile inside out player Zygimantas Jonusas and inside beast Edward Seward. The club knew that money was scarce, so they had a lot of home work to do that summer in getting the best possible players for the cheapest price. The team returned two ex Beko BBL players with Brandon Brooks who got his feet wet with the Eisbaeren playing a solid rookie season under Doug Spradley learning the ropes from starting point guard Louis Campbell and Marc Carter who had played in Duesseldorf and on any night can light up scoreboards in the Beko BBL with the best of them. The team also brought in Tristian Blackwood who made a name for himself in Holland, second year man Jordan Hasquet who is there to help under the boards and veteran Jason Crowe who was playing his 13th professional season and Germany was the 11th country where he had played. Crowe left the team earlier in the season. The team then picked up Davin White who brings experience to the point guard position at 30 years old and 186cm. The team had ex Tuebingen player Patrick Sparks earlier, but released him as he couldnt find his rhythm White who played preseason for the Phoenix Suns years ago had shown in his first 7 games that he can play point guard averaging 16,4ppg and 5,4apg. He had shown that he can score in the weaker Mexican league where he averaged 28,0ppg recently for Mineros de Cananea (Mexico-CIBACOPA):
Last season wasnt been pretty for Phoenix Hagen as they show glimpses of brilliance, but then again played horrible basketball finishing the season in 15th place with a record of 11-23. They had a 3-7 record as the two teams met for the first time in December and defense continued to be a problem as they allowed an average of 93 points in the first ten games. It seems to be the norm for years for Phoenix Hagen, that the team is content just to outscore their opponents with defense being out on the back burner. Hagen seemed to have a major focus on the offensive end and not so much on the defensive end. There isnt much help side and their pick and role defense isnt great either. If their quick shots dont fall, it can lead to easy fast break points for the opponent. Due to their athleticism, they should be able to get more steals, warned Tiger guard Josh Young last season. Ingo Freyer prides offense and that is something that works most of the time for the team. They were an extremely dangerous offensive team. They had so many weapons. They were great in transition and very good on one on one. Their biggest strength was their three point shooting, offensive rebounding and speeding up the game. You had to watch Carter and Jonusas very much, warned Josh Young. Since the loss to Frankfurt in December, nothing had really gone right as the team had a good span around Christmas winning three in a row including against the always tough s.Oliver baskets Wurzburg, but since then have a 2-12 record until their return visit to Frankfurt which they lost. They ended the season with a strong 3-0 record including their biggest win of the season beating the LTi Giessen 46ers at home on the last game day to stay in the beko BBL. Their other biggest win was against Alba Berlin which they have beaten twice in a row at home in the last two seasons.
AS is so often the case, Phoenix Hagen made a house cleaning as 11 players went and eight new players came. The team had more budget this season than last and did the best that they could despite the circumstances. The biggest heartache was losing Zgyimantas Jonusas who smelt the euros in Italy going to Juve Caserta. The club was able to hold German dinosaur Bernd Kruel that is palying his 16th season there and scoring point guard David White that can also pull a Dashaun Wood when the shooting isnt on and focus on the playmaking. Oliver Herkelmann brought in a mix of experience, young guns from the NCAA and two familiar faces to round out a competitive roster. Two smart moves was bringing back David Bell for a second tour of duty as he can shoot out the lights in any arena and fan favourite Mark Dorris who had an unspectacular season in Ludwigsburg and comes back with a lot of ambition and his fantastic play. Another big signing was versatile Adam Hess who recently got the German citizenship. Hess is a team player that will need to help the team in scoring. Larry Gordon was brought in to give scoring nd rebounding aid. The American had a strong season in Austria and is ready to make the next step. Two risky transactions were bringing in Abe Lodwick and Dino Gregory, but both have proved that they can play in the Beko BBL. Lodwick has been consistent and preforms his role well from the bench while Gregory has shown his defensive eagerness and talent in the early going. Young German Ole Wendt was also hauled in and promised to receive minutes to help further his development. The strength of Phoenix Hagen as always will be their offense. They are a team that loves to score and also practice that run and gun game. Weakness are their defense as when they cant score a lot of points then they have problems to score. They have given up 80 or more points in six of the first ten games. A weakness also could be their rebounding as they have no dominant big man. After 10 games, their rebounding has been more than solid as they have averaged 36 rebounds per game, but 196cm forward Larry Gordon is their top rebounder. They need help from eact player on the boards in each game.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners swept the season series in 2009-2010 with Phoenix Hagen stomping all over them in Hagen 93-64 as Derrick Allen led all scorers with 22 points, Aubrey Resse chipped in with 18 points and Grayson Moyer had one of his best games as a Skyliner with 15 points and five assists. In the return game in Frankfurt, Phoenix Hagen lost 89-76. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller led Frankfurt with 18 points and five assists and Derrick Allen produced 17 points. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 66-49 in both games. Last season, the Skyliners also won the season series with a 90-85 win as Jermaine Bucknor led the team with 19 points and six rebounds and 92-53 romp at home getting 24 points and eight rebounds from Roger Powell and only six points and seven assists from Dashaun Wood. In the first game this season, the Fraport Skyliners romped Phoenix Hagen 83-65 as fans saw the last Beko BBL game of Jon Leuer who erupted for 27 points and Jimmy Mckinney had 21 points. In the return game, the Fraport Skyliners stomped all over Phoenix Hagen 92-47. Five players scored in double figures as the team was led by Devin Gibson with 16 points. The Fraport Skyliners lost the first game against Phoenix Hagen in their own living room in embarrassing fashion 107-102 as they their opponent gave them a display of how to play run and gun basketball. Phoenix Hagen shot an amazing 51% from the field and 60% from the three point line. Currently Hagen is resting on a playoff seat in eighth place with a record of 11-11 and are coming off a huge home win against 2012 Beko BBL finalist ratiopharm Ulm. They continue to play with a lot self confidence and are always hard to beat at home as Alba Berlin has seen twice in last two seasons. The Fraport Skyliners are coming off a huge home win against Tuebingen snapping their five game losing streak. They will travel to Hagen this time knowing what not to do wrong this time. We have to take Hagen out of their rhythm. In Frankfurt they found their rhythm fast and we cant let them do that again. When they get going then it is hard to stop them if your playing defense or not, warned Devin Gibson. The key for Frankfurt will be the transition game. Frankfurt will have to get back fast each time they miss a shot and focus on them in the first seconds after they get possession, stressed Vaughn Duggins.
Phoenix Hagen is led by 30 year old 186cm point guard Davin White who is playing his second season in Hagen. The Phoenix, Arizona native played at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (NJCAA) before transferring to Cal.St.-Northridge (NCAA) in 2003 and playing there until 2005. In his senior year he played 31 games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 38%. He played in the ABA and D-league briefly and also gained European experience in Serbia, but he has gotten most of his experience in Mexico. There he made a name for himself with his scoring. Last season he played for Halcones UV Xalapa (Mexico-LNBP, starting five): 39 games: 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 71.3%, in Mar.'12 moved to Phoenix Hagen (Germany-BBL, starting five): 11 games: 17.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 75.4%. David Bell is a 31 year old 186cm guard from Oakland, California that is playing his second season for Phoenix Hagen. He is a A 1/2 guard who simply assaults any game he plays. He is an outstanding 3 pt. shooter, can penetrate and dish with the best. Offensively can carry a team, also is a top defender. He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played Montana (NCAA) 30 games: 17.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 83.6%. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 and played in Switzerland, Finland and France before spending the last years in the D-league. In 2010-2011, he played for Phoenix Hagen (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: Score-3 (16.5ppg), 2.2rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 78.1%. Last season he played for GasTerra Flames Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie): EuroCup: 6 games: 15.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 88.2%; Dutch League: 36 games: 13.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT-3 (84.3%).
Larry Gordon is a 25 year old 196cm forward that is playing his first season for Phoenix Hagen. He played at Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) from 2005-2009. He turned professional in 2009 and played for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 36 games: 14.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 75.8%. He played for ECE Bulls Kapfenberg (Austria-A Bundesliga) the last two seasons and last season played 38 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (8.4rpg), 1.8apg, FGP-3 (65.2%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 77.1%. Gordon is the leading rebounder on the team despite his only 196cm frame and he fits well into the style of Ingo Freyer. I think it fits perfectly, I love the concept coach is teaching us. I love the fast break and to score easy buckets off of it. That kind of pace to the game is great and it makes us more of a threat. My rebounding ability is perfect for this team, we have a lot of talented rebounders and Im just going to add on to that with my strong rebounding, stressed Larry Gordon. RE bounding has always been a strength in his game. I cant really explain it, its just something that is embedded into my game. Its a lot of heart and relentless effort to get the rebound that makes me so good at it. When the ball goes up you will always see me near the rim no matter what. That is just what I do, added Larry Gordon. Abe Lodwick is a 24 year old 201cm swingman from Bend, Oregon that withstood a try out with Phoenix Hagen and has solidified a position on the roster. He played at Washington State from 2007-2012 including with Euroleague player Taylor Rochestie. In hiss enior year, he played Washington St. (NCAA): 21 games: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 23.5%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 66.7%. It isnt only his offense that he wants people to remember this season in the Beko BBL. My defense is something I take a lot of pride in. It bothers me when my man scores and I think it is invaluable to have players who lock up on defense. I know Phoenix Hagen likes to run and shoot, so I am hoping my defense will stand-out at times and help us, stressed Abe Lodwick.
Adam Hess started his third tour of duty for the Artland Dragons last, but this season moved to Phoenix Hagen. The trend the last years has always shown that Hess cant stay away for more than two years from Artland as He played the first time with the Dragons in 2006 and the second time in 2008 and the third in 2011-2012. Hess is a 31 year old 201cm forward from Michigan. He is a quick forward with not so great athletic skills, but very effective at the scoring department. He's a tough player, however, and knows how to battle inside for a rebound and he defends well and has a great attitude. He played at William & Mary and also has gained experience playing in Italy, Czech Republic, France and Spain. In the Czech republic he won the league title twice with Nymburk and the Czech Rep. League All-Star Game -05 (3-Points Shootount Winner) in 2006. In 20092010, he played for C.B. Tarragona 2016 (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 34 games: 14.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 88.1%. He had much success in the Czech Republic winning the league title in 2005 and 2006 and showing his shooting ability winning the 2005 Allstar game three point shooting contest. Last season for the Artland Dragons he played EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 10.2ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 51.3%, FT: 84.6%; German League: 39 games: 6.2ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 86.5%. 36 year old 210 cm center Bernd Kruel has played most of his career in Hagen starting with Brandt in 1993, but leaving in January 2004 as the team folded. He got rewarded by winning a BBL title with the Opel Skyliners. After playing some years in Frankfurt and Bonn, he came back to Hagen in 2008-2009 helping the team get back into the BEKO BBL. He may not be the youngest anymore, but he will bang with anyone and can still play at a very high level. In 2009-2010 he played 32 games averaging 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 69.0%.His quickness, leaping ability, shot selection and rebounding are his main strength. He is a good athlete, can shoot, can dribble and plays inside and outside. He played in the BEKO BBL Allstar game in 2000, reached the BEKO BBL Cup final in 2002 and 2004 and was a BEKO BBL finalist in 2005 and 2008 with The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Last season, he played 33 games: 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.6%.
Dino Gregory is a 23 year old 200cm forward from Baltimore, Maryland that is playing hiss econd professional season. He played at Maryland (NCAA) from 2007-2011 playing a total of 107 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 9.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 76.4%. Last season he was a rookie playing for Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five): 40 games: 13.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, Blocks-1 (1.5bpg), FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 73.0%. . Mark Dorris is a 27 year old 188 cm guard that returned back to Hagen after playing last season for EnBW Ludwigsburg.. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and visited Princeton high school. He then attended St. Catharine College for a year before transfering to Marshall where he played from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%.For Cuxhaven, he played 29 games: 18.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.7apg, Steals-3 (2.3spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 77.3%. In 2010-2011 for Phoenix Hagen, he was invited to the Beko BBL Allstar game and for Hagen played 34 games: 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 24.4%, FT: 72.8%. Last season for Ludwigsburg he played 33 games: 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-4 (1.4spg), FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 84.5%. The team also brought in 20 year old 190cm point guard Ole Wendt that was born in Kiel, Germany. He started his basketball career in 2007 for Itzehoe Eagles (Regionalliga). He then played for Paderborn Baskets II (Germany-2.Regionalliga) and Benslips Baskets Salzkotten. He played for the Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn (ProA) the last two seasons and last season played 32 games: 6.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 24.5%, FT: 69.0%. He recently played at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia -12: 6 games: 2.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg. The team also brought bulk under the basket with Bjorn SChoo who is a 31 year old 213cm center that is playing his first season with Phoenix Hagen. He has a lot of experience having played in the NCAA for Northern St. (NCAA2), Greece, France and Hagen is his seventh station in Germany. He played for USC Heidelberg (ProA) the last two years and last season played 25 games: 8.8ppg, 6.2rpg, FGP: 55.8%, FT: 81.8%
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Maccabi - Brose Baskets 70:85 Brose Baskets snapped five-game losing skid in EuroLeague regular season. They upset Maccabi in Tel Aviv to improve at 3-8 record in the ladder. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) was pivotal with 27 points and 14 rebounds for the German side. Brose Baskets grabbed a 20:16 lead after the opening frame. The visitors maintained the pressure throughout the second quarter. Brose Baskets piled up a comfortable 46:30 halftime advantage. Maccabi tried to change the complexi... [read more]
Maccabi - Brose Baskets 70:85
Brose Baskets snapped five-game losing skid in EuroLeague regular season. They upset Maccabi in Tel Aviv to improve at 3-8 record in the ladder. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) was pivotal with 27 points and 14 rebounds for the German side. Brose Baskets grabbed a 20:16 lead after the opening frame. The visitors maintained the pressure throughout the second quarter. Brose Baskets piled up a comfortable 46:30 halftime advantage. Maccabi tried to change the complexion of the game in the third term. The hosts picked up the defensive intensity and cut the distance at 10-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. But Brose Baskets sank 23 points in the final period and cruised to the victory. Darius Miller (202-G-90, college: Kentucky) finished with 12 points, while Leon Radosevic (207-F/C-90, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points for the winners. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) responded with 20 points for Maccabi. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) had 16 points in the loss.
Pro A team Gotha have added Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) to help bolster their guard rotation. Mitchell is a 32 year old 181 cm point guard from St. Martinville, Louisiana that is playing his tenth professional season and last season played with top French team AS Monaco Basket (France-ProA) where he played 25 games averaging 4.2ppg, 3.4apg. He has unending experience having played in countries like Turkey, Lithuania, Cyprus, Ukraine, and Belgium. "We got a... [read more]
Pro A team Gotha have added Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) to help bolster their guard rotation. Mitchell is a 32 year old 181 cm point guard from St. Martinville, Louisiana that is playing his tenth professional season and last season played with top French team AS Monaco Basket (France-ProA) where he played 25 games averaging 4.2ppg, 3.4apg. He has unending experience having played in countries like Turkey, Lithuania, Cyprus, Ukraine, and Belgium. "We got a player with leadership qualities and that is exactly what we need now", stressed Wolfgang Heyder.
Mitchell started his basketball career in 2002 at LSU (NCAA) where he played until 2006 playing a total of 127 NCAA games and as a senior played 36 games: ScoreSEC-4 (16.8ppg), 3.7rpg, AssistsSEC-5 (4.4apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 39.4% , FT: 75.8%: Finished career as all-time leader in three-point field goals at LSU with 258. Finished with 1,569 career points, 10th best all-time, sixth in career three point percentage (39.6% -- 258-of-651), fourth in career steals (219), seventh in career assists (367) and fourth in minutes played (3,891). He started his professional career in 2006 with Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul (Turkey-D1) playing 35 games averaging 13.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 77.7%. In the 2007-2008 season he moved to Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL, starting five): Euroleague: 7 games: 2.4ppg; Baltic League (Elite): 5 games: 8.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4apg, released in Dec.'07, later that month signed by ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) French League: 16 games: 13.5ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-5 (5.3apg), 1.5spg, 2FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 75.0%; ULEB Cup: 4 games: 14.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 7.8apg. In the 2008-2009 season he played for Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division A) playing EuroChallenge: 19 games: 10.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 80.9%; Cypriot League: 9 games: 12.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.2apg, 1.2spg. In the 2009-2010 season he played for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague) playing Ukrainian League: 24 games: 18.3ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-5 (5.4apg), 1.6spg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 84.8%; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 21.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.7apg, 2.7spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 95.7%, in Apr.'10 moved to Base Oostende (Belgium-D1): 8 games: 12.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.9apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 81.4%. In the 2010-2011 season he went to Telenet Oostende (Belgium-D1) PLAYING EuroChallenge: 16 games: 13.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 84.3%; Belgian League: 32 games: 11.7ppg, 2.1rpg, Assists-1 (4.0apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 80.0%: In the 2011-2012 season he played for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 86.4%; Ukrainian League: 40 games: 16.9ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), Steals-4 (1.7spg), FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 83.8%. He then played with Politekhnika-Halychyna (Ukraine-Superleague): 46 games: 15.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 82.5%. In the 2013-2014 season he stayed with Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (Ukraine-Superleague): 6 games: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 36.0%, FT: 85.7%, left in Dec.'13, later that month moved to BC Donetsk (Ukraine-Superleague): 5 games: 10.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 69.6%, 3FGP: 18.2%, FT: 93.8%; VTB United League: 5 games: 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 63.2%, 3FGP: 25.0%, in Mar.'14 signed at Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (Lithuania-LKL): 8 games: 8.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 80.0%; Baltic League: 1 game: 2pts, 2reb, 1ast, 3steals. Two seasons ago he played for Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-ProA, starting five): 7 games: 9.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 29.4%, FT: 88.9%, in Nov.'14 moved to AS Monaco Basket (France-ProB, starting five): 26 games: 14.2ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-1 (5.9apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT-3 (90.3%).
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been SEC Regular Season (Western Div.) Runner-Up -05, SEC Tournament Semifinals -05, 06
USBWA All-NCAA District VII Team -06, SEC Western Division Regular Season Champion -06, All-SEC 1st Team -06, NCAA Final Four -06, Turkish League Semifinals -07, Turkish League All-Star Game -07, Cyprus Cup Winner -09 (MVP), Cyprus League Regular Season Champion -09, Cyprus League Semifinals -09 Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 1st Team -09, Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Imports Team -09, EuroChallenge Semifinals -09, 11, Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention -10, Belgian Cup Winner -10, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honorable Mention -10, 12, Belgian League Semifinals -10, 11, Belgian Cup Finalist -11, Ukrainian Cup Semifinals -12, 13, Ukrainian Superleague Semifinals -13, Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team -13, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Guard of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Import Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 1st Team -15, Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Imports Team -15, French ProB Champion -15 French Leaders Cup Winner -16, French ProA Regular Season Champion -16, and French ProA Semifinals -16.
When taking a closer look at the beautiful bustling coastal town of Monte Carlo, one of the last things that one would mention would be their basketball team AS Monaco. The first things that pop into mind about the chic town Monte Carlo is the glitz and money that it has to offer not to mention the sheer beauty of the French Riviera coupled with the picturesque mountains that lend the perfect back drop to a place that many people dream of just being able to visit one day. Other highlights... [read more]
When taking a closer look at the beautiful bustling coastal town of Monte Carlo, one of the last things that one would mention would be their basketball team AS Monaco. The first things that pop into mind about the chic town Monte Carlo is the glitz and money that it has to offer not to mention the sheer beauty of the French Riviera coupled with the picturesque mountains that lend the perfect back drop to a place that many people dream of just being able to visit one day. Other highlights about Monte Carlo is the Formula One race that takes place each year or the posh Monte Carlo casino or spending a free hours in front of the famous Hotel De Paris to see just how many celebrities one can spot. Many also come to Monte Carlo to get a taste of their royal family and to see if they can spot prince Albert. One also can try to come up with a list of how many famous people have lived there over the years to save on taxes as the list is massive as guys like Boris Becker brought it into fashion already in the 80's while over the years a handful of Formula One drivers have called this dream world home. However Monte Carlo also has a basketball team AS Monaco that after numerous years of having totally fallen in obscurity falling from the France Pro A and having played as far back as the fourth division only five years ago moved back to the elite division in 2015 and right away made a bang winning the regular season crown, but falling in the playoffs in the semi-finals. This season the club has found back to it's success from last season and is a top the France pro A with a record of 9-2 and in the Champions League is 6-1 . The club is also known as being a type of recluse for former BBL players as their present roster boasts four players where Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson has faced two. He could of faced three with Zack Wright, but was injured during the 2013-2014 season embarrassing 73-43 loss in Bamberg . Ex Maryland (NCAA) star Nik Caner-Medley's first team as a rookie in 2005 was the Artland Dragons. Robertson faced Jamal Shuler in the 2009-2010 season where Shuler played his last in the BBL for Trier before heading to France for good, and had most of his duels against California native John Bryant when he played with Ulm and Munich from 2010-2016. Shuler got the last laugh on Robertson at the 2010 BBL Allstar game slam dunk contest in Bonn winning the crown. Robertson and the Fraport Skyliners split the season series in each season from 2010-2016 with John Bryant but the big man that got the nickname big country during his years in Germany got the better of both in 2015 winning in the playoffs 3-1. AS Monaco came to Frankfurt reeling off a 98-83 loss against Paris, while the Fraport Skyliners entered the game with new focus and life after snapping their 6 game BBL losing streak with an exciting one point win in Braunschweig. AS Monaco was without Jamal Shuler who was nursing an injury and stayed in Monte Carlo and apparently they didn't need him as they gutted out a 70-64 win in Champions League action. Quantez Robertson wasn't only disappointed with the loss but also that he couldn't get revenge on Jamal Shuler as he also beat him two seasons ago in the Eurochallenge Top 4. The Fraport Skyliners coughed up the ball 22 times including nine times in the third quarter and Robertson had four in the first quarter. 'It is always nice to play against familiar faces that you have played against before. You may not know them personally, but it's always fun. Shuler is a good player. I remember the dunk contest in Bonn. I really thought that I got robbed.Derek Raivio gave him a soccer pass and the crowd went crazy and he caught it on the second bounce. I guess soccer is big in Europe and that helped him. We had too many turnovers. We also were unable to move the ball well in clutch situations. I think I might have had four turnovers in one quarter in college. Tonight I tried to make the big play too much instead of the right play', stressed Quantez Robertson. AS Monaco didn't play their best basketball, but played best at the crucial moments. 'We didn't defend well in the first half. We stepped up our defense in the second half and made shots', expressed AS Monaco Basket point guard Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports).'We were in this game. We had some calls not go our way, but we had 22 turnovers which was a big difference and we got beat on rebounds', stressed ex Maryland (NCAA) forward Ekene Ibekwe.
The Fraport Skyliners started off the game with back to back turnovers, but got the early lead as German Niklas Kiel scored in transition. AS Monaco didn't execute on their first three possessions, but then got a Bost free throw and took their first lead when ex ratiopharm ulm center John Bryant made a tip in off his own miss. Robertson then made a spectacular block on ex Bamberg guard Zack Wright and later had difficultly making a dunk in the second half. 'I should have dunked on Zack', smiled Quantez Robertson. Monaco kept the lead despite Frankfurt getting a dunk from Robertson and Kiel 20 footer, but didn't retake the lead until ex Nebraska (NCAA) forward Shavon Shields dropped a three pointer and Frankfurt led 9-7. However that lead didn't last long as Amara Sy dunked and ex Artland Dragon Nik Caner-Medley made a trey for the 13-9 advantage. Frankfurt tied the game as another ex Artland Dragon Antonio Graves scored in bunches. Zach Wright who had had a tough first quarter missing his first four shots and registering three turnovers finally connected on a three pointer and AS Monaco had the slim 18-15 lead. 'We didn't take good care of the ball, but then started to move the ball better which led to baskets', added Fraport Skyliner Junior Travis Thompson. AS Monaco was shooting 31% from the field and 33% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 38% from the field and 33% from outside. AS Monaco had the 13-8 rebound edge and each team had four turnovers.
In the second quarter, basketball once proved again why it is a game of runs as AS Monaco had the first run of the second quarter and Frankfurt the second to recapture the lead at the break. AS Monaco got their offense to function going on a 11-3 run to start the second quarter to lead 29-18. In the run, the French team got massive production from ex Mississippi State guard Dee Bost who supplied eight points including two three pointers. He had been close getting to the NBA in 2014 and 2015 as he was in preseason camp with Portland and Utah, but as of now has become content on focusing on his European career. It didn't rattle him any that an NBA scout was in attendance as he has put his NBA career on the back burner. Also in the run, AS Monaco got a clutch trey from 2009 Atlanta Hawk draft pick Sergii Gladyr. In the last two seasons, Frankfurt had guys like Justin Cobbs and Jordan Theodore that could score in bunches when needed and this season that player is Shavon Shields. Shields may only be a rookie, but has no fear and plays like a veteran. He drove Frankfurt back on a huge 16-2 run to lead 34-33 at halftime. In the run, he pushed his own points button as he contributed nine points. He got to the free throw line twice, nailed a trey and a step back jumper. Frankfurt regained the momentum in the run and got further production from American point guard Kwame Vaughn who nailed a three and served up a dime to Florida native Mike Morrison who made the hard two hand stuff. On defense, Frankfurt was defending with more heart and more consistently and erasing any easy shots for AS Monaco. 'Shields played very hard and got the offense in flow. Frankfurt got more comfortable on offense again which made it harder for AS Monaco to defend', stated Alaska native Travis Thompson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 60% from the three point line while AS Monaco was shooting 32% from the field and 41% from the three point line. Both teams had 18 rebounds apiece, while Frankfurt had eight turnovers and AS Monaco had seven turnovers.
In the third quarter, both teams came out scoring nicely, but then hallway through, the Fraport Skyliners started to play basketball as if they were being scolded by the basketball God as nothing seemed to work anymore and the 10 minute fiasco resulted in nine turnovers. Frankfurt was fortunate that AS Monaco were unable to execute either and only led 50-47 after 30 minutes. Morrison and Bost traded buckets to dead lock the game at 36-36, but Frankfurt then found some daylight going on a 9-2 run to take the 45-38 lead. In the run, Frankfurt was fortified by Shields who made a reverse lay up, tap in off an own miss and free throws. German Max Merz also hit a trey. Last season, Frankfurt would have held the momentum and most likely decided the game, but this season that magnificent team harmony and confidence through all circumstances of a game are missing. Instead Frankfurt gave AS Monaco three gifts in the form of turnovers and the French team responded with consecutive three pointers from Amara Sy to cut the Frankfurt lead to 45-44. Robertson hit free throws, but the club continued to get no offensive rhythm and couldn't hit anything and once again AS Monaco punished them with back to back three's from Zack Wright to lead 50-47 after three quarters. 'We played Sunday against Paris being up 9 and lost. We didn't want this to happen again tonight. We wanted to come out strong and withstand them and we felt we would be ok. We didn't underestimate Frankfurt. We defended very well and had the lead back', stressed Dee Bost. 'We didn't execute in the middle of the third. We got out of our plays, didn't move the ball well and didn't know when to shoot. We were too aggressive on defense', stressed Quantez Robertson. AS Monaco was shooting 31% from the field and 43% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 57% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 28-24 rebound edge, but had 17 turnovers while AS Monaco had 11 turnovers. The fourth quarter was tight with three lead changes, but in the last four minutes, AS Monaco were the calmer and more clever team and just hit shots when they had to. The Fraport Skyliners fought back retaining the lead 52-51 through a Kiel dunk on transition and a Shields trey, but that was short lived as Dee Bost nailed a trey as AS Monaco led 54-52 again. Robertson had a good phase as he scored twice getting the second back door pass of the game from Morrison and making a turn around shot giving Frankfurt the 56-55 advantage. However ex Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League) forward Nik Caner-Medley hit a huge three for the fourth lead change of the fourth quarter as AS Monaco would never look back again. AS Monaco did a good job getting to the free throw line preserving their lead. It also didn't help the fortunes of the Fraport Skyliners either that starting point guard Kwame Vaughn fouled out at the 4,58 minute mark. Sy and Galdyr hit free throws extending the AS Monaco lead to 65-60. Now one could see the first fans get up and exit the Fraport arena, but with less than two minutes to go, Max Merz kept the Frankfurt hopes alive with a massive trey to cut the AS Monaco lead to 65-63. After one Shields free throw, Morrison fouled out and Wright extended the AS Monaco lead to 68-64. Merz then missed on the drive which led to a Wright free throw. AS Monaco then secured the offensive rebound which led to a Bost free throw. Robertson closed out the game missing on what would have been the dunk of the century. 'It wasn't easy, but we gutted it out. And it went to the wire. The score doesn't show it, but it felt more like a one point difference', stated Dee Bost. 'Despite the loss, I felt that Merz did a good job coming in an executing and hitting that deep three at the end. After that we gave them too many free throws and gave them a few offensive rebounds which broke us down', stressed Quantez Robertson. AS Monaco was led by Dee Bost with 19 points. Zach Wright added 16 points and Amara Sy had 13 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Shavon Shields with 24 points while Quantez Robertson added 13 points. AS Monaco shot 30% from the field and 44% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners shot 40% from the field and 46% from outside. AS Monaco won the rebound battle 38-34 and had 14 turnovers while Frankfurt coughed up the ball 22 times.