Joshua Young (185-PG-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 24 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma that is playing hiss econd season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. Last season for Tuebingen he played 34 games: 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 76.0% He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against
A big 93-80 win at home against MBC. The Tigers had 1 19 point at halftime and had the game pretty much decided at the break. What was the biggest strength of the Tigers on this day?
We did a really good job of dictating the pace of the game and playing at our speed. We were able to get out and run in transition and score some easy baskets. That helped us to build a nice lead in the first 20 minutes.
Before the season many saw MBC as a team to go straight down to the second league again. They were on a good way, but have endured a long losing streak now. Have they got tired and will they stay in the Beko BBL?
MBC is a good team who plays really hard. I think every team has lapses but I think they will bounce back.
What was your impression of Devin Uskowski who was top scorer in the game with 21 points. He is one of those rare players that went step by step from the Regionaliga via PRO B and PRO A to the Beko BBL
Devin is a smart player who knows exactly how to play to his strengths. He is a great shooter with great accuracy from three.
The next game is against FC Bayern Munich. What is your memory of the 107-80 loss in Munich?
The first game in Munich wasn't good at all. We allowed them to score in transition too many times and really they were in control most of the game. We cant allow that to happen this time.
Munich is like a reborn team with the new coach. There is more freedon with the players and they like to quickly get off a shot in the set play. What will be key in getting a win at home?
We have to stop transition and control the rebounding. Our defense will be key in getting this win.
Who do you think would win a starring contest Jared Homan or Kenny Frease?
Ha, I honestly have no idea.
Will Derek Fischer make Russell Westbrook into an even better player now?
I dont know if he will make Westbrook into a better player but he will for sure bring some experience to such a young team that is much needed for a playoff run.
Elijah Allen(195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that recently completed his fourth professional season in Germany and second with Lich playing 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.... [read more]
Elijah Allen (195-G/F-89, college: NW Missouri St.) is a 26 year old 195cm swing man from Columbus, Ohio that recently completed his fourth professional season in Germany and second with Lich playing 27 games averaging 13.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 69.3%. He started his basketball career at NW Missouri St. (NCAA2) in 2007 where he played until 2011 playing a total of 103 NCAA games and as a senior played 26 games: 14.9ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 44.8%, 3Pts: 23.1%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2012 and played his first two seasons for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Germany-Regionalliga) and in the 2013-2014 season played 26 games averaging 20.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.7%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 68.4%. In the 2014-2015 season for the Licher Basket Baeren he played 28 games: 10.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 72.2% He spoke to Eurobasket after signing with Pro A team Gotha.
Elijah thanks for talking to eurobasket. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? Thanks for the interview Miles, I am currently in Lollar,Germany. The summer has been great for me. I have been staying fairly busy. I have been training and spending time with my family and I also just took part in the Scorers1st Showcase in Dusseldorf this past weekend.
There is nothing wrong with staying in Germany and enjoying the lifestyle, but isn't your extended family in Ohio as well as friends sad that you are still in Germany when you could be at home? Yes, I miss my family and friends very much. It has been about 3 years since I have been back in the United States. I just haven't had much time to make it back due to other priorities.
You obviously have your own family now here in Germany, but besides that what have you grown to cherish the most about being able to live in Germany? I think the fact of just realizing why I have been here so long is what I will cherish the most. I made a goal and stuck to it. I have been taking classes at a local school and also working a normal job the past few years in order to obtain a German passport. It took a lot of hard work and sacrifice but it was all worth it.
Congrats on signing with Gotha in the German Pro A. How thrilled are you to be able to make the next step in your professional career? I am very excited for this opportunity. I have worked hard for this. I am hungry and eager to help the program in continued success.
For some reason I always figured you were happy playing with the Licher Basket Baeren. How carefully did you plan this move? Leaving Lich and the Giessen area was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. It ideally was the perfect situation for me because it gave me the opportunity to play as well as being close to my wifes side of the family. Lich is like a second home to me and I am really thankful for all that they have done for me.
You made considerable steps in your second Pro B season. Do you feel that you really needed that second season in the Pro B to be able to make that next step to the Pro A? I think staying two years in Pro B was a positive for me. I felt I made big improvements year to year. Staying two years was really the best situation for me.
It is a no brainer to be able to play for BBL legend Chris Ensminger, but what else sold you on joining Gotha? Besides the coaching staff, I really wanted to come to a winning program. I think when you look at the fan support of Gotha that really shows what kind of program they are. They have good management and really give there all to reach their goals.
What kind of dealings have you had with Chris Ensminger in the past? Have you met him? What kind of talks h