I had a change to talk with Dutch prospect 17-year-old Jordy Kuiper, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9. One of his biggest fears was not being able to play the sport he loved which was basketball. Thanks to a supportive health care team, Jordy was not only able to play basketball again but just signed a one-year contract at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain. Jordy is ambassador of the Bas van der Goor foundation, a foundation with the mission to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and sport. Below is an interview with Jordy Kuiper.a
When diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 9 what were your first thoughts? The first thing I asked the doctor was: 'Can I still play basketball?' And the doctor said yes, but he made clear that I would need good Self-discipline so I could keep doing what I loved to do. (Playing Basketball)
What insulin regimen did you use early in the beginning and what do you use now? From the beginning I have been using an injection needle to manually inject the insuline that my body needs. I'm going to test out an Insulin pump very soon, so that maybe it can give me more stable BG's and better performances. But it's difficult to say if it will be that much of an difference. I just have to see for myself when I'm trying it out.
How many times a day did you test on game days versus other days? Because my BG needs to be extra good on gamedays, I'll have to make a lot of extra checks to see that I'm still balanced. Some might think all the extra testing is annoying, but it gives me a lot of security that I'm ready to give 100%.
Jordy, what is the most challenging part of diabetes when you play basketball? It has gotta be maintaining a good bloodsugar. Diabetes isn't an hobby. It's part of your life 24/7 so you have to be ready all the time to act where necessary.
What BG number did you strive for before practice? A 'normal person' has a BG between 4 and 8 in Holland. (Some countries use different systems to calculate these values) During intense training sessions my BG can drop instantly, so I have to make sure I always bring some type of sportsdrink with me to (if necessary) give me an extra sugar boost. Personally I like to start a Game or practice with a BG around 12 or 13.
Did you ever have to come out of a game due to a low blood sugar? I can always feel a low bloodsugar coming, so I always try to prevent them from happening. If I do have an Hypo (Low bloodsugar) I can just take some sportsdrink and I'm ready to go again!
Did stress prior to or during a game cause your BG to go high? Yes, stress can definitely cause my BG to raise before games. But through the years I have learned how my body responds in these situation so it's not a big problem for me.
Were you ever discriminated against due to your diabetes? I've never experienced any type of discrimination just because I'm a diabetic. I make sure people realize it's part of who I am and they respect that.
Do your coaches and teammates understand your diabetes? They might not have a lot of knowledge about diabetes, but I always explain to all my teammates and coaches what it's all about.
What is the Bas van der Goor Foundation? Bas van de Goor used to be a professional volleyball player. He participated in 2 Olympic games, winning the gold medal in Atlanta in 1996. In 2003 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and he continued playing volleyball at the highest level. After his career he started a foundation with the mission to enhance the quality of life for people with diabetes through exercise and sport. Together with the office, they organise activities and invite their ambassadors to talk about their experiences of playing sports and having diabetes. And I'm one of those ambassadors!
What advice would you give other kids who have diabetes and want to excel at basketball or a sport they love? Don't be afraid to make mistakes, you can only learn from them. The best way to get to know your body is to keep testing it and see how it responds to different situations. Diabetes doesn't have to mean you can't chase and live your dreams!
What are your strengths and weaknesses in basketball? I'm a strong presence inside that can rebound the ball and is capable of making shots and creating for others. But, of course I'm still improving my game daily. I'm trying to get faster and improve my outside game.
You have signed a one-year deal with Canarias Basketball Academy, one step away from going to the States? We'll just have to see what the future has in store for me! If your goal is to become the best player you can possibly be, CBA is the way to go. My sister played NCAA Division one basketball in Denver, Colorado so I already got a little sneakpeak of what might be in store for me if I'm able to head to the states. It's definitely something I would go for if I got the chance!
Orange Lions outscore DBL All-Stars 109-100. Olaf Schaftenaar (208-F-93, college: Oregon St.) was named MVP of the game as he posted 26 points. DBL All-Stars looked better in the first half and posted two narrow victories to take a 6-point lead at the halftime. Orange Lions meanwhile replied with a 32-30 rally in the third quarter and then added a massive 25-12 burst in the last stanza. Chase Fieler (203-F-92, college: FGCU) poured in 18 points in a loss, whilst Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84... [read more]
Orange Lions outscore DBL All-Stars 109-100. Olaf Schaftenaar (208-F-93, college: Oregon St.) was named MVP of the game as he posted 26 points. DBL All-Stars looked better in the first half and posted two narrow victories to take a 6-point lead at the halftime. Orange Lions meanwhile replied with a 32-30 rally in the third quarter and then added a massive 25-12 burst in the last stanza. Chase Fieler (203-F-92, college: FGCU) poured in 18 points in a loss, whilst Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84, agency: Court Side) delivered 17. Daviyon Draper (201-F-94, college: FIU) won Schelde Sports Dunk Contest, while Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) was the best in Spalding 3-point shoot-out.
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Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 20 - 20 hours ago
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Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Dukes UDB and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. The 22-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Dukes UDB in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Leeuwarden (#7, 6-14) with 48-point margin 103-55. Dukes UDB maintains the 4th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Dukes UDB is a typical solid league team placed somewhere i... [read more]
Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Dukes UDB and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. The 22-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Dukes UDB in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Leeuwarden (#7, 6-14) with 48-point margin 103-55. Dukes UDB maintains the 4th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Dukes UDB is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-10 record. In the team's last game Bouwknecht had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Dukes UDB and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Maarten Bouwknecht averages this season 10.4ppg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Dukes UDB's star - American forward Charles Mitchell (203-F, agency: Three Eye Sports). Mitchell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Of course together with Bouwknecht he helped Dukes UDB with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#7, 6-14) 103-55. Dukes UDB's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-10 record is not bad at all. Mitchell is a newcomer at Dukes UDB and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was another Dukes UDB's star - American Justin Watts (196-G/F-90). Watts showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Dukes UDB, helping his team with a 103-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#7, 6-14). Dukes UDB needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Watts has a very solid season. In 11 games in Holland he scored 13.3ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. J.T. Yoho (198-F-93) of Zwolle - 23 points and 10 rebounds 5. Andrew Smith (206-F-92) of Groningen - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Olaf Schaftenaar (208-F-93) of Zwolle - 19 points and 7 rebounds 7. Clayton Vette (202-C-88) of Zwolle - 16 points and 10 rebounds 8. Marcel Aarts (213-C-83) of Dukes UDB - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Sergio de Randamie (201-PF-84) of Amsterdam - 24 points and 5 rebounds 10. Jason Dourisseau (196-F/G-83) of Groningen - 13 points and 6 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen 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)
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