Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) is a 28 year old 208cm forward from Atlanta, Georgia that is was his first season for Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL), but was recently relased. He started his basketball career for Alabama (NCAA) and played there from 2003-2007 reaching the NCAA Elite 8 in 2004. He got drafted by the Golden State Warriors (NBA,2rd (36) in 2007 and was traded to Charlotte Hornets. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.'08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2008-2009, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.'08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2009-2010, he played for the Golden State Warriors (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 27 games: 15.9ppg, Reb-1 (10.7rpg), 1.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.3bpg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 62.8%. In 2010-2011, he played for Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL): Russian League: 7 games: 4.6ppg, 4.0rpg; EuroCup: 4 games: 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League): 30 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.1rpg), 1.5bpg, FGP: 52.2%, FT: 75.9%.Last season he played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroCup: 6 games: 12.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 50.0%; German League: 26 games: 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-2 (1.7bpg), FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 77.3% He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
You recently were back in Frankfurt. What made you come back for a short visit?
My team in Turkey had a week break so I decided to come back to Frankfurt to visit some old friends. Some of the young kids who were fans now have become friends. It was a short 2.5 hour flight from Turkey so I came.
Did you see any ex Skyliner teammates?
I saw Devin Gibson and Quantez Robertson in the mall. I didnt see a Skyliners practice. I would have liked to have seen Marius Nolte and the other guys.
What do you like about Germany?
That everyone speaks English. It also makes me not miss home as much when there is so much English speaking.
What made the Fraport Skyliners so strong in the second half of 2011-2012?
I think that the team finally found their chemistry. I was challenged to play better and I think that I met the challenge and stepped up. I would like to say that I was a big part of the success. The team also stuck together and always played together.
We miss your great fade away jumper, but now we have the great fade away jumper of Zach Peacock. What do you remember of his game?
To be honest, I dont know much from his game, but I have heard that he has a great fade away jumper. I have much respect for him and wish him all the best for the rest of the season.
How did Jacob Burtschi make you laugh? He is a natural comedian. He came to the team in the middle of the season and one would not expect a guy to talk much, but he had many funny stories. He also loved to quote my favorite comedian Gary Owens.
Who was the toughest player that you ever played against?
Chuck Davis. We played together in college and each summer. We know each others game inside out and have studied our games down to the core. There are always players that you can get away with things on the court, but not against Chuck.
Last season, you were the best shot blocker in the Beko BBL and this season your near the top in Turkey. What NBA shot blocker have you always admired? To be honest, I dont really pay attention to that. I would say a Lebron James who is more of an offside blocker coming from the help, something I like to do. One day I want to do it like Lebron and slap it against the rim. I like when Lebron slaps it on the rim, but I am not really sure he does that.
What have been the main reasons for Antalya struggling this season?
We have been playing well up until the fourth quarter, but then we cant close out the game. It is always the small things like rebounds or defensive rotations. We also have a problem talking on defense.
You are bringing great stats in Turkey. Does the league fit your style?
I think that for me to be successful in general, it all depends on the team and what they want me to do and what they allow me to do. Teams like to see me with my back to the rim or setting screens. If teams let me roam around free, then that is when I can really produce. I dont care as much about stats as I do about winning. I really want to win all the time.
You scored 32 points against Besiktas Istanbul. Did you notice early that you were in the zone?
Whenever I do get going then I am always in the zone. The way I am palying this season, you have only seen one half of what I can do.
Do you get extra motivation when you play against guys like David Anderson and Mike Batiste?
I am always motivated. When there is hype on a player, I always step up. I love to take the challenge, but it doesnt matter if a player is known or not, I always bring it.
What is the most spectacular thing that you have seen ex NBA player Rodney Carney do?
He is always going 100 miles an hour. He is a high flyer that just loves to dunk over everyone. I had no idea that he could shoot so well, but if you give him just a little space, then the shot will most likely always go in.
How much potential does Jordan Theodore have who had a stellar career at Seton Hall? I love his energy and hard work. He is so passionate for the game as well. I see him playing in the NBA. I love his game so much.
You told me last season that you wanted to play 2012 NBA summer league. What happened with that wish? There is no place like the NBA. I didnt get an opening last summer. They kept telling me that they would get back to me. I dont know the reason if it was how I played last season in Frankfurt, but I dont know. I will continue each season to try to get back to the NBA. I wont play in the D-league anymore.
With what person do you get most mistaken for? It is usually rappers like Two Chains, Wakka Flat, Future, Bimarley or Mikey Moore. I have heard them all. Shaq actually called me Mikey Moore once. What rapper I get mistaken for usually depends how much hair I have
How is your rap career going?
I have made some new songs, but I only pursue it when I have time. Basketball still comes first.
What has been wrong with your ex team Charlote Bobcats? What are they missing?
Maybe they are missing Jermareo Davidson? I cant watch basketball in general, because I always want to play. If I see mistakes, I want to correct it right away. I cant watch NBA games, because it just hurts my heart so much. I want to be in the NBA so much. I just dont follow the NBA, so I have no idea what your talking about concerning the Charlote Bobcats.
The famous debate as who is better Kobe or Lebron?
Lebron still has time to develop and to get better than Kobe. Kobe has a maturity level that Lebron just hasnt reached yet. Lebron still has a lot of room for growth.
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 professiona... [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 Beko 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 Beko 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
Even when the basketball God decides that it's injury time, that injury usually gets heeled and then by chance the basketball God pours luck all over a player as Jona Hoffmann(191-SG-98) has experienced. Two seasons ago he was an up and coming young talent in the TV Langen program and now via the Fraport Skyliners where he was hit hard by the injury bug will move to the Brose Baskets Bamberg organization. Hoffman is a 17 year old 192cm guard that got his first Pro B experience with TV Lan... [read more]
Even when the basketball God decides that it's injury time, that injury usually gets heeled and then by chance the basketball God pours luck all over a player as Jona Hoffmann (191-SG-98) has experienced. Two seasons ago he was an up and coming young talent in the TV Langen program and now via the Fraport Skyliners where he was hit hard by the injury bug will move to the Brose Baskets Bamberg organization. Hoffman is a 17 year old 192cm guard that got his first Pro B experience with TV Langen at age 16. Now he will be part of Pro A team Baunach as well as play for the Regionaliga 2 team Regnitztal Baskets and NBBL team to find back to his old game. If the development of Hoffman can progress the way that the Bamberg organization wants, then there will be the possibility that he will get rewarded with a long term contract. Hoffman started his career in 2013 with the TV Langen U19 team (NBBL).In the 2014-2015 season for TV 1862 Langen (ProB) he played16 games averaging 1.7ppg, 1.5rpg, played also at Schoder Junior-Giraffen Langen (NBBL). Last season for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB) he played only one game before an injury ended his season abruptly. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -14, German NBBL Championships Semifinals -14, and European Championships U16 in Latvia -14: 9 games: 3.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6spg.
Pro A team BV Chemnitz have signed young German talent Aaron Kayser (205-C-99) Kayser is a 17 year old 205cm center that got a two year deal. He hails from the Mitteldeutscher BC orgnaization and BV Chemnitz gave him a two year deal. Last season he played for the BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (Regionalliga): 3 games: 1.3ppg, played also for the MBC U18 team where he averaged 6,0ppg, 5,9rpg and 1,1bpg. BV Chemnitz want him to play for their NBBL team and Regionaliga team while slowly getting groo... [read more]
Pro A team BV Chemnitz have signed young German talent Aaron Kayser (205-C-99) Kayser is a 17 year old 205cm center that got a two year deal. He hails from the Mitteldeutscher BC orgnaization and BV Chemnitz gave him a two year deal. Last season he played for the BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (Regionalliga): 3 games: 1.3ppg, played also for the MBC U18 team where he averaged 6,0ppg, 5,9rpg and 1,1bpg. BV Chemnitz want him to play for their NBBL team and Regionaliga team while slowly getting groomed with the Pro A team via pracitices."I coached him some years ago in Weissenfels and Halle. Besides his good body requirements, he brings a good feel an dinstincts. We want to help him develop better and that is why he will belong to the Pro A team", stressed NBBL coach Sascha Proetzig.
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