American forward Scott Thomas (200-F-89, agency: I.D.S. Law) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cuxhaven, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 23. The 23-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Vechta (#1, 17-6) 98-91. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Cuxhaven is placed at 4th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cuxhaven will need more victories to improve their 14-9 record. In the team's last game Thomas had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cuxhaven's top player in his first season with the team. Former Bowling Green State University star has very solid stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.8ppg) and averages impressive 59.4% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Donald Lawson (208-C-88) of Chemnitz. Lawson had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Chemnitz to another comfortable win 88-69 over the lower-ranked Leipzig (#16, 3-20) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Chemnitz to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lawson is one of the most experienced players at Chemnitz and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side) of Kirchheim (#13). Smallwood scored 19 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kirchheim, leading his team to a 70-59 win against slightly higher-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#12, 10-13). The chances of Kirchheim not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Smallwood could try to bring Kirchheim's a little bit higher in the standings. Smallwood has individually a great season in Germany. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (7th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 58.2%. Smallwood attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86) of Gotha - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Stevie Johnson (198-F/C-78) of Crailsheim - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) of NBC - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists 7. Akeem Vargas (191-G-90) of Goettingen - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Josten Crow (193-F-87) of Crailsheim - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Vincent Kittmann (201-F-88) of Finke Baskets - 13 points and 11 rebounds 10. Evan Harris (206-F/C-86) of Cuxhaven - 19 points and 6 rebounds
The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Yannick Anzuluni(204-F-87, college: Houghton) is a 28 year old 205cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that also has the Congo citizenship. He signed back in Germany with BBL team Phoenix Hagen and recently finished his sixth professional season with Umea BSKT (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 32 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 84.5%. He played at Houghton (NAIA) from 2006-2010. He played his first two seasons as a professional... [read more]
Yannick Anzuluni (204-F-87, college: Houghton) is a 28 year old 205cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that also has the Congo citizenship. He signed back in Germany with BBL team Phoenix Hagen and recently finished his sixth professional season with Umea BSKT (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 32 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 84.5%. He played at Houghton (NAIA) from 2006-2010. He played his first two seasons as a professional with Quebec Kebs (Canada-PBL). In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Solarto Eagles Magdeburg (Germany-Regionalliga)21 games: 17.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.2apg, 3.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 27.4%, FT: 80.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for Pyrinto Tampere (Finland-Korisliiga): 1 game: 15pts, 5reb, 1ast, 5steals; Baltic League: 20 games: 8.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 63.2%, played mostly at Pyrinto Tampere II (Finland-1st Division): 28 games: Score-1 (24.4ppg), Reb-3 (13.9rpg), Assists-5 (3.4apg), Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.9%. Two seasons ago he played with the Rostock Seawolves playing 32 games: Score-3 (21.0ppg), 8.1rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-1 (3.2spg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 80.0%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Yannick thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Hey Miles I'm doing well thank you, I am currently in Toronto,Canada and my summer has been great catching up with family and just training every day and enjoying the Euros.
Your back in Germany. Congrats on signing with Beko BBL team Phoenix Hagen. You played two seasons in Canada, one in Finland, one in Sweden and two in Germany. You will be starting your third season in Germany. Do you see Germany as slowly becoming a second home for you? I think its a little more than a second home now, I'm living there every other year so if Canada is 1A then Germany is 1B.
After playing in lower leagues your whole professional career, you now have made the jump to the Beko BBL. I am sure that making the choice was an easy one as who wouldn't take this opportunity. What sold you best on joining Phoenix Hagen?
Yeh it was a very easy choice but I heard so many great things about Phoenix Hagen from one of my former assistant coaches who grew up in Hagen and some of the current players in the BBL like Jermaine Anderson.
Have you had any talks with head coach Ingo Freyer? If yes did you notice that you both speak the same basketball language?
No I have not had the chance to personally speak with coach Freyer yet but from what I have heard from the people who know him and spoke to him him and I definitely have similar basketball minds and speak the same basketball language.
You paid your dues for 6 years playing in lower leagues. How excited are to be able to play against the best in the BBL? I have never been so excited to start a season in my life and I am always excited to start new seasons, it just feels great to see all the years of hard work paying off and finally getting to play against the best competition in Germany.
How confident are you that you can make an impact in the BBL? I'm very confident that I can come in and help my new team in any way possible and help them achieve as much success as possible.
When you look back at your last season with Rostock two seasons ago, does that seem like a long time ago? How confident have you always been about being able to one day play in the beko BBL?
It doesn't feel so long ago because I kept in touch with Coach Basti and some of the players all of last season. Like we talked about in previous years my ultimate goal as a basketball player was to play against the top competition possible so I've been working hard all those years for this opportunity and it has finally come so yes I was always confident that one day it would happen.
It doesn't happen often in German basketball that a player goes from the Regionaliga to the Beko BBL, but it does happen from time to time. You will be teammates with one of the best point guards in the pro A last season with Richard Williams who also made the jump from the Regionaliga to the BBL with Vechta and Frankfurt before coming to Hagen. What got you this far besides just a lot of hard work and dedication? My faith has always been my driving force, always believing that by working hard and being dedicated God would put me in the right situation. Also having some good people around me who have given me great advices throughout the years.
What do you feel will be your best quality that you will be able to give Phoenix Hagen on the court this season? I think my versatility is my biggest strength being able to play and guard multiple positions will be a good asset for the team.
Last season you played with Umea BSKT (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 32 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 84.5%. You had very strong seasons the last three years prior to Sweden in Magdeburg, Finland and Rostock. How do you feel has your game developed since your season with Rostock?
I feel like physically I am a lot bigger and stronger than I was in Rostock and my understanding of the game has also improved and I'm able to combine my physical skills with some good basketaball IQ
Do you feel like your leadership qualities rose last season because you were the oldest on the team. Was that a strange experience for you?
It was definitley a shock because I never been in a situation like that before but it was great because I had no choice but to learn on the go which really helped me understand what a good leader should be.
Was your 39 point and 17 rebound effort against Eco Orebro your best personal game last season or did you have a better one? It was my best game not just because of the stats but also because it was the last game of the season which we had to win to stay in the league.
On what things are you working on most now so you will be 100% ready to be able to battle against the best big men in the Beko BBL? I'm pretty much working on everything, my ball handling, shooting, finishing, getting stronger and so on.
How does a normal work out day look like for Yannick Anzuluni (204-F-87, college: Houghton) on and off the court in the summer of 2016? I wake up at 6am grab something to eat then I go to the gym, I start with 30 minutes of biking then its on court training for about 1:30 then some good stretching, then back home grab some food, relax and conditioning workout in the afternoon. Couple times a week I have pick up games with other pros.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick?
Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant
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? Well now he is definitely in the discussion with the Larry Birds and Kobe Bryant's but he is still nowhere near Jordan
BBL team medi Bayreuth have added German youngsters Marius Adler and Cedric Kral (205-PF-98) to the practice squad for the start of training camp next week. Adler is an 18 year old 190cm shooting guard that also will play for their farm team BBC Bayreuth in the Regionaliga while Kral is a 18 year old 203cm forward that last played for TSV Breitengussbach and played JBBL with the BIS Baskets Speyer. Kral recently played at the Ciutat de L'Hospitalet International Junior Tournament (Qualifi... [read more]
BBL team medi Bayreuth have added German youngsters Marius Adler and Cedric Kral (205-PF-98) to the practice squad for the start of training camp next week. Adler is an 18 year old 190cm shooting guard that also will play for their farm team BBC Bayreuth in the Regionaliga while Kral is a 18 year old 203cm forward that last played for TSV Breitengussbach and played JBBL with the BIS Baskets Speyer. Kral recently played at the Ciutat de L'Hospitalet International Junior Tournament (Qualifications to ANGT Finals) -16 (Semifinals): 3 games: 0.7ppg, 2PT: 16.7%. He also will play for BBC Bayreuth as well as their youth team in the NBBL league. "We want to give these two young players the chance to develop further with the BBL squad in practice", stressed medi Bayreuth head coach Raoul Korner.
Pro B team Iserlohn have announced the contract extensions of guards Kristof Schwarz(186-G-87, agency: Court Side) and Yannick Opitz. "I am happy to be able to keep these two extraordinary players. Now our roster is perfect", stressed head coach Matthias Grothe.Schwarz is a 29 year old 186cm guard that will play his fifth season with Iserlohn. The ex Bramfelder SV Hamburg, SC Rist Wedel, Crasilheim Merlins and Phoenix Hagen player who played 45 BBL games and last season for Iserlohn playe... [read more]
Pro B team Iserlohn have announced the contract extensions of guards Kristof Schwarz (186-G-87, agency: Court Side) and Yannick Opitz. "I am happy to be able to keep these two extraordinary players. Now our roster is perfect", stressed head coach Matthias Grothe.Schwarz is a 29 year old 186cm guard that will play his fifth season with Iserlohn. The ex Bramfelder SV Hamburg, SC Rist Wedel, Crasilheim Merlins and Phoenix Hagen player who played 45 BBL games and last season for Iserlohn played 26 games averaging 5.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 66.7%. Opitz is a 26 year old 186 cm guard that play his third season with Iserlohn. The ex BG Hagen, SG Schwelmer Baskets, SVD 49 Dortmund, Hertener Loewen and Phoenix Hagen player who played 4 BBL games and last season for Iserlohn played 25 game averaging 6.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 76.9%.
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