John Bynum (191-G-78, college: Metro St.) is a 35 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that recently announced his retirement from professional basketball. He played last season for TBB Trier averaging 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 39.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 63.6%. He played this season in the German Pro A for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 21 games avergaing 11,8ppg, 5,2rpg and 3,6apg. He was a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He was a great athlete who could shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He was a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with Eurobasket talking about his basketball career.
The season isnt even over and you and Chemnitz are going separate ways. A very uncharachteristic thing for you since you always finish the season. Why did the 2012-2013 season come to an abrupt end now? Yea this is the first time that anything like this had happened in my career and it feels weird but when you don't see eye to eye with certain people about certain things then someone has to go and with 8 weeks left in a season in a playoff race they did what they had to do and someone had to be blamed.
Your 35 now. Is Chemnitz the end of a long basketball career or will you hang on another year? Yes this year was mentally draining to be honest and I don't want to experience anything like this so I can honestly say that this was it. I had a great run and a long career and met many great people and developed a lot of friendships as well.
You were averaging 31 minutes for Chemnitz and had solid stats with 11,8ppg, 5,2rpg, 3,6apg and 1,5spg. You were one of the important contributers on the team, but was there no way how one could of soothed over any differences between you and others?
I honestly always felt I could do more and that's not a jab at anyone but it was a tough situation to come into. I wasnt able to showcase my strengths on a consistent basis throughout the season. I was trying to fit in most the season instead of doing things that I did well throughout my career.
Your coach Felix Schreier is 23 and you 35. Was the age difference the biggest problem in your relationship with him?
I don't think the age difference was the problem. Felix is a great coach with a lot of potential and a huge upside but I am an outspoken person and very emotional and some people handle it better than others. I have always said what other people think but don't want to say it because they are scared to say it.
You played for 11 professional teams and experienced much, but what were you able to learn from your time in Chemnitz and was it beneficial going through this at age 35 then maybe at age 25?
The one thing that I take from the experience is that you have to look closer into situations before you get involved in them. It isn't always about playing basketball it is about feeling comfortable and when your not comfortable then it is tough maximizing your potential and I am thankful that Chemnitz took a chance on me and believed in me and it is an experience that I will always remember in a lot of positive ways.
18 year old German Kilian Leuteritz got into some games. How has he developed in the last six months and where do you see him in 5 years?
Killian has developed and I think he just has to develop that killer instinct and just believe in his abilities. As far as where do I see him in five years that will be up to him and what he wants to do with his basketball career.
Chemnitz is currently in seventh place with a record of 11-11. Is the competitiveness of the PRO A a reason why Chemnitz isnt better than 500 now?
In my eyes Chemnitz is a better team that .500. I believed we were under achieving. We have a great scorer with ishi, and the best defensive and rebounding big man in the league with Donald Lawson but anyone can beat anyone in pro A and in my eyes not one team stands out no matter the record. It's about winning on the road and if you can't get that done then you will be around .500.
You turned professional in 2001 and in your 12 year professional career, you played in Germany for 10 seasons. Could one say that youre a Germany lover?
I guess I just never wanted to leave. I left Germany after 04-05 and had a terrible experience in Cyprus and after that I just never really wanted to experience anything like that again and just got used to being here and was scared to make a move. I really enjoyed Germany and it is actually home away from home.
Was it just the luck of getting jobs in Germany, or did you really get a soft spot for Germany over time?
Well I for sure got used to things here in Germany and it helps when people know you around different leagues and it was easier to get jobs. I for sure developed a soft spot for Germany, I mean how many people can say your from California and lived in a foreign country for such a long time.
After tearing up the Regionaliga in 2002-2003 with BSG Grevenbroich, did you ever dream that you would have such a long professional career?
I had no idea at that time it was just important for me to keep playing and I played under a great coach Raphael Wilder who gave me a shot and also showed a lot of confidence in me where I could actually play my style and I just took advantage of it and just rode it till the wheels fell off. Without him I wouldn't have been able to make the move up to a higher level.
After some seasons in the Regionaliga and second league, you made the jump to the BBL in 2005 with Bremerhaven and played two seasons there. What was your wake up call to the BBL on the court?
I think it never really hit me until I saw the size of the crowds. I mean we play in front of crowds in the states but after playing in some places where the gyms had volleyball lines all over it actually felt good to see wooden floors and great size arenas and to actually play with everyone who was a professional not just doing it for a hobby.
You played with Judson Wallace in his first two years after coming from Princeton. Did you ever think that he would develop into a top European player playing now for FC Barcelona?
Yes I did. Jud had a huge upside and he was always working on his game. He was a very versatile player that could do a lot on the court. I am glad to see him doing well and it was a good time playing with him in Bremerhaven.
In 2007-2008, you played for the Paderborn Baskets. You played with a lot of very talented guys there. How competitive was the head to head play with Tim Black in practice?
We had a great team in Paderborn. Playing along side guys like Nathan Peavy, Steve Esterkamp, Malik Moore, and Tim Black. I came late and the guys accepted me from day one. Playing with Tim was a great experience, I learned a lot from the time there and It improved my defense for sure having to guard an explosive offensive player like that every day in practice. I also appreciate the chance that Doug Spradley gave me as well.
You sat out the 2008-2009 season because you wanted to start a business. Were you sick of basketball?
I was a little burned out to be honest and wanted to try something different so a buddy and I from home started a youth basketball developmental program (B3 Elite) but after a year or so I began to miss basketball and wanted to get back overseas.
What prompted you to come back to Europe and make a comeback?
Well after coaching my AAU team I just missed being out there and wasn't ready to give it up. I had a great group of kids that I coached and I just had that fire again and felt like I could still play.
After a season in Crailsheim, you got another chance to play in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. How thrilled were to get another chance at 32 knowing that you still had what it took to play at the top level?
It was great just to have an opportunity to continue my career. I didnt really look at my age but mostly I was thrilled to play for a great coach as well for Henrik Rdl and to try and build a program for Trier as well.
How was your relationship with Henrik Rodl? I always had the feeling that you guys understood each other really well. The relationship was good, we had a great understanding my first season really well and he is a great coach and I respect his coaching abilities on the court. He tells you what he expects and gets the best out of his players. Off the court he is great and if I needed anything I'm sure he would go out of his way to make sure he could help any possible way he could.
Nate Linhart is having a great season. Will he make the step to a top team in Spain or Italy in the future?
I think sky is the limit for Nate because he is versatile as well. He can defend and finds way to get to the basket and finish around bigger defenders. He can play at a high level and he will get the chance to in my eyes.
What is the most amazing thing that you ever saw Maik Zirbes do on the court with TBB Trier?
Maik is a talented player but one thing that stands out was a block that he had in Bonn to preserve a win on the road in my first year there. I think that was his coming out party and his confidence shot through the roof after that game.
Who was the toughest player that you played against in the Beko BBL?
I think the toughest player was Bobby Brown or Doron Perkins.
What would you like to have fans remember John Bynum (191-G-78, college: Metro St.) for on the court? I just want fans to remember as a guy who had a good time on the court and loved to compete. I have a couple of personalities but at the same time just someone who liked to win and hated to lose.
You would like to get into coaching. Who is your coaching role model?
Yes I would like to get into coaching so if anyone is looking for a coach next season find me lol. But yes my role model as a coach has to be my college coach and current coach of the Charlotte bobcats Mike Dunlap. I learned so much from him at a young age on and off the court and he is a great role model not just for basketball but in the game of life as well.
What is the most important thing that you learned from Henrik Rodl that you might want to incorporate into your coaching in the future?
I think honesty and getting the most out of your players. He has a great way of communicating with his players and like I said getting people on the same page and his fierce competitive attitude as well.
Would you like to coach in Germany or go back to the States?
I actually would like to stay in Germany to coach. I really don't want to coach college basketball in the states and would like to stay in the pro game.
Will the Denver Nuggets ever win an NBA title in your lifetime?
Yes the Nuggets will win a NBA title in my lifetime. If people keep slipping on them it might happen this season... Lol
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD I saw was he got game with Denzel Washington and Ray Allen.
Thanks John for the chat. All the best for your further career.
Brendan Lane(206-C-90, college: Pepperdine) is a 25 year old 206cm center from Rocklin, California playing his third professional season and second in Germany in the Beko BBL with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. As a rookie he played with Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins (Japan-NBL): 52 games: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 73.4%. He started his basketball career in 2009 with UCLA (NCAA) where he played until 2012 playing a total of 79 NCAA games. He finished his college b... [read more]
Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine) is a 25 year old 206cm center from Rocklin, California playing his third professional season and second in Germany in the Beko BBL with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. As a rookie he played with Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins (Japan-NBL): 52 games: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 73.4%. He started his basketball career in 2009 with UCLA (NCAA) where he played until 2012 playing a total of 79 NCAA games. He finished his college basketball career at : Pepperdine (NCAA, starting five) playing 29 games averaging 13.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 62.4%. Last season with Wurzburg he played 37 games averaging 13.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 14.8%, FT: 73.6%. He belongs to the top centers in the Beko BBL He spoke to eurobasket after the big 73-64 win against the Fraport Skyliners.
Brendan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on the two game winning streak. Is this years team finally figuring out how to win games? Yeah I think we finally got that confidence back after that tough start. Getting that first win was big for us and hopefully we can keep it going now.
s.Wurzburg assistant coach Stephan Voelkl had a busy weekend last week scouting both Frankfurt games against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and ratiopharm Ulm. Nevertheless, the Fraport Skyliners crushed you and was leading 40-22 at halftime. Did Frankfurt do anything out of the ordinary that Wurzburg didn't know going into the game which made it so difficult to keep them in check? No they weren't doing anything that we didn't prepare for, we just didn't show up to play that first half and we really struggled.
The 0/12 three point woes of the s.oliver Wurzburg didn't help either. How frustrating were the first 20 minutes and was it at that point just one of those days where nothing was falling? Yeah that was tough, but I think it was more of just settling for threes and not attacking. We were being passive and just shooting rather than attacking and setting up good shots.
I can imagine that the atmosphere was tense at halftime in the locker room. What magic words of wisdom did head coach Doug Spradley find to help get the team back on track?
At halftime he basically just said we were playing soft and not fighting at all. He just challenged us to come out in the second half and fight and do anything we could to get back into the game.
The s.Oliver Wurzburg finally got on track in the third quarter going on a 16-2 run. What adjustments did the club make to get back into the game?
I think we just started being more aggressive on defense and we were able to get some steals or rebounds and speed up the tempo of the game.
You really got going in the third quarter getting your share of buckets. Did you feel the need to have to step up? Yeah we weren't creating much offensively, especially inside, so it was important that we started rolling harder to the basket and being more aggressive and my teammates did a great job finding me when I was open.
The s.Oliver Wurzburg continued to play masterful basketball going on a 22-5 run to decide the game. What was key for keeping up the defensive consistency in the last frame? We just kept up the pressure. We knew they had played a lot of games in the past week so they probably had tired legs at the end so we had to keep being the aggressor and not let up.
So far no BBL teams have had any clue how to slow down rookie Shavon Shields who scored 18 points. Why is this guy so dominant at the moment?
He is a very versatile 4 man who can create his own shots which can be very difficult for teams to guard and he's playing with a lot of confidence.
Do you believe as time goes on that teams will figure out Shavon Shields or will he continue to hurt opponents with his quickness and pretty moves?
I think he's going to be dangerous all season. Teams will definitely focus on him more as he continues to produce, but he's still a very good player that will cause a lot of problems for teams.
The s.Oliver Wurzburg have had a slow start losing it's first four games, but have a two game winning streak now. What assets does the tam have this season they didn't have last season that will enable the club to have a another good season?
I think we are much deeper this season, but right now we are just learning how to play with each other. Last year we had great chemistry from the start and that showed with our start last year. But this year it's taken us a little longer and we had to face some adversity with the 0-4 start. Hopefully this will help us in the long term and we can get back to where we think we can finish in this league.
Jake Odum might be one of the most underrated point guards in the BBL. How is his game different from Dru Joyce and how fierce is his killer instinct?
Jake and Dru are both great point guards. Jake brings a little more size to the point guard position which will help against teams with bigger guards. But both guys are fierce competitors who want to win. Jake is still early in his career and his really hungry to prove himself in Europe and to win at every level and that is great to have in a teammate.
You battled against German national player Johannes Voigtmann last season and now you have his little brother Georg as a teammate. How have you been helping him in practice most and does he have the game to become a solid BBL player. For his size he is one of the most skilled big men I've seen. The one big key for him is just the physicality at the BBL level. It's great for him to battle every day in practice especially against a veteran like Kreso who challenges him physically. I think he will definitely be a solid BBL player at some point.
This was with the game against FC Bayern Munich your best game of the season as you gave the word efficient a new meaning once again. Do you feel any pressure at all when you know the three isn't6 falling for the team that you have to produce well quickly at a consistent rate?
I don't really feel any extra pressure when that happens, but I do look to be more aggressive and put some pressure on the other team inside.
After having a very good first season in the BBL, you are looking to take the next step as a player this season. What do you believe helped your game last season that will enable you to take it to the next level this season?
Last season I was very successful in getting good position inside and creating easy shots for myself. I think having the experience in this league now will only make me better at finding those openings in the defense.
Besides having a successful season, what is your main goal to achieve on the court this season in your game that will help you make the next step in your grooming as a player?
My main goal is to be consistent the whole season. Last year we tapered off at the end of the season and this year I want to continue playing well all the way through the end of the season.
Kevin Garnett has retired. Where do you believe does his legacy stand when comparing him to the greatest power forwards of all-time?
He is definitely one of the greatest power forwards. He was dominant for so long and was always a winner. One of the fiercest competitors ever.
What was the last movie that you saw? The last movie I saw was Secret in their eyes.
Eugene Harris (185-PG-86, college: High Point) is a 29 year old 193cm point guard from Pittsburgh and is playing his sixth professional season and first in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. Last season he played for Siarka Tarnobrzeg (Poland-TBL): 13 games: 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 32.6%, 3FGP: 25.4%, left in Jan.'16, later that month moved to KTE-Duna Aszfalt (Hungary-A Division): 11 games: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.0%. He started his basketba... [read more]
Eugene Harris (185-PG-86, college: High Point) is a 29 year old 193cm point guard from Pittsburgh and is playing his sixth professional season and first in Germany with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. Last season he played for Siarka Tarnobrzeg (Poland-TBL): 13 games: 6.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 32.6%, 3FGP: 25.4%, left in Jan.'16, later that month moved to KTE-Duna Aszfalt (Hungary-A Division): 11 games: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.0%. He started his basketball career in 2006 with High Point (NCAA) where he played until 2010 playing a total of 121 NCAA games. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 87.5%.In his first five professional seasons, he has gained vast experience having played in countries like Lithuania, Georgia, Cyprus, Macedonia, and Ukraine. He spoke to eurobasket shortly after signing with Hanau last summer.
Eugene thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome to Germany. Congrats on signing with Pro A team Hebeisen White Wings. You have played in many countries in Europe, but this will be your first season in Germany. What ties do you to Germany in general and what do you know about the country and it's basketball? I actually know a couple of guys that played in this country so I'm pretty familiar with what to expect here
You are going to play your fifth professional country and Germany is your eighth country. Do you at times feel like a basketball globetrotter? Yes sometimes I do feel that way but it has its advantages I've had great experiences and met great people along the way on and off the court!
How did the contact come about to the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau? You stated that I am glad to be around dynamic people that are working for a goal and seeking success. How vital was the professionalism of the club for you signing on the dotted line?
My agent and Head coach of Hanau being in contact with each other in which interest was shown in me It was extremely vital one of the most important components in having a successful season, this team has a very motivated head coach and coaching staff that emphasizes the importance of improving my overall skills to the smallest details which was important to me.
You have played for seven professional teams in seven different countries, but what do the Hebeisen White Wings have as an organization that you haven't experienced yet as a professional? I think a coaching staff that loves the game of basketball along with a player development coach that really is committed to getting the individual better
What do you respect most about head coach Simon Cote in the short time that you have been with the club? His willingness to maximize the potential of the group of guys he signed this year. That is the biggest aspect I've notice so far along with the communication that he requires with every player on and off the court "small details matter"
You have belonged to the top import players in many countries where you have played, but that first professional title has still eluded you. Does that desire to win that chip grow with every passing year? Yes it does because of the opportunity it creates for my teammates and organization so winning that 'chip' this year is vital
In the past with other professional teams you often were the main offensive force, but with Hanau there will be more scoring weapons. Do you see yourself being more of a playmaker this season than in the past and do you see yourself becoming more of an assist man this season? Yes I see myself playing a bigger role doing both and finding that balance between finding my guys and scoring.
Let's talk a little about your game. You're an All around guard, who can do everything on the court- handle the ball, assist to his teammates, run the fast break, penetrate inside, shoot from the perimeter or off the dribble and are a good defender. What do you consider your biggest asset on the court? I think it varies based of situation being able to shoot the ball and read the game pick n roll etc.
If you had to compare your style of game to a NBA player which player would you pick? I like to study the game and different players from NBA to Europe I will let you guys make the comparisons
You can fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court? Interesting question I think being a vocal leader getting players in the right spot
Last season you played in Poland and Hungary and it was kind of a season to forget. Your stats were down and you had to change clubs. What did you learn from last season that will help you with future decisions?
No I will always remember it. I want to remember it. I learned a lot from last year the main thing is learning how to adapt to any situation regardless of circumstances is the main thing!
As a rookie you played with Naglis-Adakris Palangos (Lithuania-LKL) and Sokhumi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague). What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home Pittsburgh?
Being a professional in all aspects eating the right things, watching film, stretching just a few things you have to do all by yourself unlike in college where you had coaches making you do it.
You had possibly your best offensive season two years ago with SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk (Ukraine-Superleague) playing 29 games: Score-3 (16.8ppg), 3.0rpg, 5.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 77.0%. Did this season give you the satisfaction that you could be a top player in probably the strongest league that you had played in as a professional? I played well but my focus was winning games and continuing to prove myself in the years ahead was my main focus honestly
You had a great college career at High Point finishing career ranked 13th in all-time scoring at HPU, with 1,411 points in 121 career games, an average of 11.7 ... HPU's all-time leader in three-pointers made (283) and attempted (777), ranked second all-time in career games (121) and starts (93), fifth in career assists (263) and steals (129). What is your most cherished moment that you had in your four year career there? Hitting Game winners on the road in hostile environments and also winning! at the time we were the all time winningest team and that was big for the university!
How did head coach Bart Lundy groom and prepare you best for a professional career at High Point? Very tough nose coach who gave me a lot of responsibility as soon as I stepped on campus as a freshmen and that motivated me every day to not let only him down but my teammates also, which helped me grow into a leader on the floor.
Your ex teammate Arizona Reid is still going strong and is more of a globetrotter than you as he has played in 10 countries throughout his professional career. When you look at his career do you ever wonder how strange the basketball business can be. He was one of the top players in the Big South with 23/11 stats as a senior, but never played for top level teams in Europe. Knowing Arizona Personally I have a better understanding of the direction he wants to take and how he views Europe etc He is one of the best players I've ever played with and He's been extremely successful everywhere he's played producing relatively close to the same stats you mentioned above. It will happen in due time for him! In the mean time he's having a lot of financial success in other markets as well!
Who was the toughest player that you battled against in the NCAA that went to the NBA?
Ty Lawson played well against us
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick? Mike Jordan, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlin , Hakeem Olajuwon
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs where does this further NBA title put him against the best that ever played the game? Right now maybe top 10
What was the last movie that you saw? Purge "Election Year.
After Herten swiped up two players from Grevenbroich, they have done the same taking Jan Petrovcic (202-C-90, college: SE Louisiana) who comes from Herten. Petrovcic is a 26 yera old 202cm center from Slovenia with much expereince in Germany as he will be going into his thrid season here. With the Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Regionalliga) he played 5 games: 2.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2spg. He played two seasons with Nordlingen for head coach Mario Matic from 2014-2016 and in his first seas... [read more]
After Herten swiped up two players from Grevenbroich, they have done the same taking Jan Petrovcic (202-C-90, college: SE Louisiana) who comes from Herten. Petrovcic is a 26 yera old 202cm center from Slovenia with much expereince in Germany as he will be going into his thrid season here. With the Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Regionalliga) he played 5 games: 2.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2spg. He played two seasons with Nordlingen for head coach Mario Matic from 2014-2016 and in his first season played 26 Regionaliga games games: 9.5ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 61.9%, FT: 55.1%. Last season he played Pro B with Nordlingen playing 24 games: 3.4ppg, 3.8rpg. Before coming to Germany he played four years in the States with SE Louisiana (NCAA) amassing 43 NCAA games and two years with Vincennes Univ. (JUCO) playing 60 games. He also had had experience in Slovenia. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Slovenian 1B Runner-Up -07, Eurobasket.com Slovenian 1B All-Newcomers Team -08, Slovenian U18 National Team -08, Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Newcomers Team -09, Southland Conf. Tournament Semifinals -13, German Regionalliga (South-East Group) Champion -15, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Semifinals -16.
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