Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, college: Robert Morris) is a 191cm guard from Cincinnati, Ohio playing his eighth professional season and first with Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-BSL). He started his basketball career with Robert Morris (NCAA) in 2005 and played there until 2009 playing a total of 124 NCAA games and as a senior played 35 games averaging.16.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 84.3%. he started his professional career in 2009 with Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-... [read more]
Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, college: Robert Morris) is a 191cm guard from Cincinnati, Ohio playing his eighth professional season and first with Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (Turkey-BSL). He started his basketball career with Robert Morris (NCAA) in 2005 and played there until 2009 playing a total of 124 NCAA games and as a senior played 35 games averaging.16.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 47.0%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 84.3%. he started his professional career in 2009 with Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-PLK) playing 28 games: Score-4 (18.3ppg), Reb-2 (8.2rpg), 3.5apg, Steals-1 (2.9spg), FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 86.3%. In the 2010-2011 season he moved to Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague) and then played two seasons with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague). In the 2013-2014 season he played with Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia-VTB). He then played two seasons with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague) and last season played 32 games: 13.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 75.9%; Eurocup: 16 games: 15.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 83.9%. He spoke to eurobasket after the huge 86-70 Champions League win against the Fraport Skyliners.
Jeremy thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Welcome back to Germany. This is your second time back to Frankfurt. Two seasons ago you played Eurochallenge with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague). What memories do you have of the 71-68 win in Frankfurt?
I remember that game well. We were down by three points late and Courtney Fortson made a clutch three to send the game into OT. It was a very hard fought game where everyone battled until the end. If Fortson hadn't made that shot, we surely wouldn't have won the game
Do you have a better idea about the Fraport Skyliners this time around in talks with Jordan Theodore who played there last season winning a title? Yes I did and it really helped. Jordan gave us information about the players that he had played with last season concerning their tendencies. He picked our brains and it definitely helped us on the defensive end.
Congrats on the big 86-70 victory against the Fraport Skyliners. What was key in getting the win?
Key for the win was that third quarter. We actually played some defense in the third quarter. We were a little soft on the ball in the first half. They played too much pick and roll and got easy baskets. They also seemed to get way too many tips on balls. We communicated better on defense in the second half and played our game which is play defense and finish off possessions.
Where would the team this season so far without Jordan Theodore?
It would be tough without Jordan. He is a great one on one player and just gets the team going. Banvit wouldn't be where we are now without Jordan Theodore.
You come from the same city as Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson. He is three years older than you. What dealings have you had with him over the years in Cincinnati? Tez is older than me. When I was a freshman, he was a senior. We never played against each other until two seasons ago in the Eurochallenge. Befoe I played against him, I had heard about him. I never saw him in the off season either, because I was never at home, but in Pittsburgh where my wife comes from.
After three seasons in Russia, did you feel the need to get to a nice and warm place like Turkey?
Yes you could say that I am finally in a warm place and it has it's advantages now. I always felt bad for my wife the last years when we were in cold Russia when her friends were saying how great life was and that they were wearing shorts. When October came in Russia, we were wearing coats already. I have two little boys and now in Turkey they can be outside more and run around. That wasn't possible as much in Russia where they were mostly indoors. Turkey is great for the family and we can live the good life.
After two seasons with Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague), you made the jump to Banvit. It seems like you have always been a very consistent player wherever you have played, but what step do you see yourself in moving to Banvit at age 29? I am at a stage in my career where I just want to make my team better. In the Ukraine, I reached the semi-finals all three years and in Russia the final of the Eurochallenge and was never able to get over the hump. I got three Bronze medals in the Ukraine and now I just want to help my team get over the hump. Many may think it's all about the stats for me, but it isn't. Now I just want to make the right decisions on the court and make the game as easy as possible for my team.
The club is special because it has a good mix of players from various countries and many guys that have won titles and know how to win games. Is that a secret to the early success of the team?
Yes I think it is. The guys know the game and the coach also understands the game well which makes it a lot easier for us. The players don't need to do too much or things that they aren't accustomed too. We are able to put more energy on defense, because everyone knows what to do on offense.
Jordan Theodore said recently a big strength of the team is defense. How has the team been able to get on the same page so early in the season?
Coach told us from day one that if we don't play defense then we won't play. We have to play team defense, good 1-1 defense, help on rotation and close outs. Each player knows that they can give extra on pressuring the ball, because if they get beat, they know someone will be there to help. In Russia, Avtodor was an offensive minded team and I knew on defense that if I got beat there probably wouldn't be anyone there to help.
Banvit is a very special team that started off well. It only has two true Americans on the team with you and Jordan Theodore. What kind of bond have you built up over the first two months? We have a special bond. We are roommates and hang out a lot also. It's always nice to talk to someone when your away from family.
You have always been that kind of player that can do it all on the court and really fill up the stat sheet. How would you classify your role this season with Banvit?
My #1 thing is defense. I take a lot of pride on defense and get mad when I get beat. I am a vocal leader this season. In the past there were always older guys on the team, but this season I am the oldest. I give the team advice and make sure everyone knows what they have to do.
You played the last two seasons for Avtodor Saratov (Russia-Superleague) reaching the VTB quarterfinals and Eurochallenge final. How important were these two seasons in the development of your game?
When I came to Russia, I made the jump from the Ukraine and started to play against top teams like CSKA that were smart. In the Ukraine there was a lot of 1-1, but in Russia every club was team orientated. Just having this team concept and playing against elite teams helped my game very much.
You played three seasons in the Ukraine from 2010-2013. How was this time for you living in a war zone area? Did you ever feel the need to pack up and go home?
I got out just before it got bad. It got bad two months after I left. I actually had a few offers from Ukrainian teams, but it was a blessing that Triumph came and signed me. I am glad I got out, because I had wife and kids and the situation in the Ukraine would have been stressful.
How important was ex NBA player Derrick Zimmerman in your first season in the Ukraine with Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague). He had had some years in the Ukraine. Did he take you a bit under his wing in the early going?
Derrick took me under his wing. I still talk to him today. He is retired from basketball and is a teacher in Texas now. He is a very good guy. He just helped me understand the game better in terms of when to shoot and when to pass. I came from college where I was a number one scoring option to a team that suddenly had many scoring options like me. It wasn't easy, but he helped me understand the European game better and just tell me what I did right and wrong.
You won your first professional title in 2013 with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye (Ukraine-Superleague) winning the cup. What made this team so special? We had resigned many guys form the year before and there was a lot of chemistry with guys like Randy Culpepper and Cameron Moore who recently passed away. Every player knew exactly what was expected of them. We had the type of team that could of won the whole thing, but we just couldn't get over the hump.
Your teammate was Randy Culpepper who led the Ukrainian league in scoring in back to back seasons and then did it in the competitive VTB league. Was there any way on offense how this guy couldn't score?
He was one of those players that when he got hot, there was no stopping him. You had to pick your poison. If you let him shoot, he scored and if you got too close, he drove by you and scored. He also was strong on the fast break.
As a rookie you played for Znicz Jaroslaw (Poland-PLK) playing 28 games: Score-4 (18.3ppg), Reb-2 (8.2rpg), 3.5apg, Steals-1 (2.9spg), FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 86.3%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home? The first few months were tough. I remember in my first few preseason games, I was hit with 3-4 turnovers each game with the traveling call. It took me some time to get used to it. I played in a small city and roomed with Keddric Mays who had a son at home while I had a wife who was pregnant. The only thing we had was Skype and the time difference was tough. My wife was still in school and I saw her for a week during the season and was home for 3 days during Christmas.
You played at Robert Morris (NCAA) from 2005-2009. What benefit did your development as a young player have having two coaches with Mark Schmidt and Mike Rice? It was perfect having both. In my first two years I had Schmidt who was offense minded and I learned what I needed on the offensive end. In my last two seasons, I had Rice who was a defensive minded coach. He told me that defense wins titles and it was just the perfect combo having them. It really got me ready for the professional level.
In the 2009 NEC tournament you scored 15 points in the final, earning tournament MVP honors and sending Robert Morris to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years. Was this your biggest accomplishment in college?
It was my biggest accomplishment in school. The year before we had made some major upsets on the road, but lost in the semi-finals of the NEC and missed the NCAA tournament. It was tough going into my senior year not knowing if we would ever reach the NCAA tournament. Making the steal and basket to get to the tournament in the final of the NEC my senior year was great. I still get goose bumps thinking about it today.
What memory do you still have today of the 77-62 loss against Michigan State in the NCAA tournament? Would you have seen Draymond Green in the NBA one day over Raymar Morgan?
Not at all. They weren't really on our scouting report going into the game. Green was more of a role player coming from the bench. He wasn't a big key for them, but then he came off the bench and totally changed the game. I played against Raymar Morgan in high school and thought that he was the best in the country. I never expected that Green would make such an impact in the NBA. Injuries slowed Morgan down. Once you get that injury tag on resume, it's hard to break that barrier.
Who was the toughest player you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
That a tough one. There were so many. I will have to get back to you on that one.
Who wins a one on one on a playground court in Cincinnati, you or Quantez Robertson? It will be a long game. We are both defensive minded. We play like bull dogs and do so much that isn't seen on the stat sheet. We wouldn't want the other to ever score on each other. I think the game would take 3-4 hours with many fouls happening.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you choose? Jordan, Shaq, Lebron, Garnett (favorite of all time)
Lebron finally won the NBA title for the Cavs. Where does he stand right now in the debate with the best of all-time?
I used to be a huge critic of Lebron because the way he left the Cavs for Miami. He could of done it differently. But the way he came back last season down 3-1 to win it all was amazing against a 73-9 team. Lebron is #2 behind Jordan. Jordan won 6 rings. If Lebron can win a few more rings, then he may slide into #1.
Where does the legacy of Kevin Garnett stand right now with the best of all-time? Many players say he is behind Tim Duncan.
He is the best of all-time. They both played different type of games. Garnett poured out his heart every night. He didn't want to lose more than he won. He hated to lose. You could see it in his eyes. He played hard every possession and never played for the stats. He guarded 1-5 and I simply feel like he brought more to the table offensively and defensively than Tim Duncan. Duncan did win more rings and played for a great team that won 50 plus games each season, but for me Garnett was the overall better player.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Jason Bourne. I saw it shortly before the Frankfurt game. I enjoyed it.
Orlando Parker(203-F-91, college: Wagner) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Orlando, Florida playing his third professional season and second in Germany and first with PS Karlsruhe. He started his basketball career with Wagner (NCAA) in 2010 playing a total of 118 NCAA games. As a senior he played 26 games averaging 6.7ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 44.7%, FT: 62.0%. In 2014 he turned professional with UL Eagles Limerick (Ireland-Premier League) playing 17 games averaging 19.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1spg, 1.... [read more]
Orlando Parker (203-F-91, college: Wagner) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Orlando, Florida playing his third professional season and second in Germany and first with PS Karlsruhe. He started his basketball career with Wagner (NCAA) in 2010 playing a total of 118 NCAA games. As a senior he played 26 games averaging 6.7ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 44.7%, FT: 62.0%. In 2014 he turned professional with UL Eagles Limerick (Ireland-Premier League) playing 17 games averaging 19.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.5%. Last season he played with Baskets Vilsbiburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 22.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 79.3%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 74-66 victory against Weisenhorn.
Orlando congrats on the 74-66 victory against Weissenhorn. How good is basketball life at the moment for you? The team has a three game winning streak and you are playing good basketball as well?
Basketball life is going very well at the moment, our team practices very hard and we put in a lot of work every day to become a better team and individuals. And that hard word is paying off now.
Weissenhorn has the narrow 31-30 lead at the break. The game was a defensive grind out game. Why was no team able to get a better rhythm on offense? Both teams played very aggressive defense from the beginning allowing no easy baskets, which made getting a basket even on offense even tougher. At the break we focused in on being more aggressive on the offensive end and that allowed us to get more momentum.
The game continued to be tight in the second half as there were six lead changes until the mid way point of the fourth quarter where PS Karlsruhe took over. How vital was your alley-oop dunk? Did that give PS Karlsruhe the extra energy to finally get over the hump against Weissenhorn?
I would agree that the alley-oop was the turning point for us gaining momentum along with a lot of key stops leading up to that play. Our guys had a lot of confidence and hunger down the stretch to pull out the win, so the dunk just added on to our defensive stops which lead to the break away slam.
What was key in crunch-time for PS Karlsruhe getting the win and not losing their nerves?
Coach does a great job preparing us for these kind of moments during practice. Every game no matter the opponent we are going to fight for 40 minutes. We stuck together as a team and picked each other up during crunch time, we knew that they would eventually break within the last minutes but it was going to be hard to get them to that point. And our team including the coaching staff did a great job making sure we all stayed positive
Ps Karlsruhe have finally found their rhythm after losing the first game of the season against Frankfurt. How is PS Karlsruhe a better team now than three weeks ago? We are still working and finding ways to put all of our pieces together, and we still haven't reached our full potential yet with the amount of talent we have which is a good thing because on any given night anyone can step up and help the team and vitals moments.
How potent is the big man line of Jordan Talbert, Bill Borekambi and you? Is your combined athleticism something that will give PS Karlsruhe mismatches all season long? I definitely think so including Dino who can pretty much play every position on the floor as well, it's nice to have a versatile lineup that is capable of guard every player on the floor and coach is doing a great job with making it work
How has the relationship between you and Jordan Talbert been growing. Does he give you advice about certain game time situations and basketball in general? He also is a guy like you that has had to prove himself in the Regionaliga and has now turned into a top pro B player. Me and Jordan have a brother to brother relationship which helps a lot with the chemistry on the floor. We both understand our roles as well as our team goals so we get along very well both on and off the court.
You are playing your first season in the Pro B after being a rookie in a lower league in Ireland and playing German Regionaliga last season. Has all this having to prove yourself time after time made you a stronger player over the years? I've been that type of player my entire basketball career so this is something new, I've been having to prove myself since I was in high school so that mindset hasn't changed. I still consider myself the underdog in every team I play for and it allows me to work even harder to prove that I'm capable of playing at this level, and regardless of what the critics say I'm never going to stop doing my best just because someone doesn't give me the credit so I enjoy playing with the mentality and it's helped me.
You have improved your play each week. Are you slowly getting a hang of how the Pro B works?
Yes. I'm still figuring out all the teams since I'm new to the league and the level of play but coach and my teammates do a great job preparing for games so I'm just going with the flow and allowing the game to come to me
Would you say that you are much more than just a scorer and rebounder? What do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away?
One of my hidden key strengths is my perimeter defense which I haven't been able to showcase as much yet, and on ball steals, I have good hands on defense out on the perimeter which can lead to a lot of steals.
Last season you played for Baskets Vilsbiburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games averaging 22.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 79.3%. Did it sometimes feel like you were a man playing with kids? I felt that team made me a great player, the coach and the entire team had a ton of confidence in me and it allowed me to have some in myself as well, I wouldn't discredit the Regionalliga because there was some nights that was tough and there are a few teams that should be playing in Pro B alongside Bayern Munich
As a rookie you played for UL Eagles Limerick (Ireland-Premier League) playing 17 games averaging 19.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.5%. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Ireland where you knew that you were very far away from Home in Orlando? Probably one of the toughest moments in my pro career, previous to that stop in Ireland I played in Colombia South America alongside 3 Americans so off the court felt like being back home. But in Ireland it was different being the only American so the only thing I could do was go in the job and work on my craft and that came with being depressed not being home. Which only made me a strong person and basketball player. But I definitely enjoyed those moments because that season In Ireland taught me a lot and I worked with a tremendous coach named Paul Kelleher who I want to thank because he shaped my game a lot and he taught me how to become a reliable player for my team every game.
The well known ex Duke guard Bobby Hurley was your assistant coach from 20010-2012 at Wagner (NCAA). What was his most memorable story about what he did as a player back in the day at Duke or NBA?
Bobby Hurley was exciting to play for alongside his brother Danny. Bobby would come in everyday and still practice against us and would dominate and still play to that level which was incredible seeing. He would tell us stories on how Duke was hated during those years of success and how hard Coach K would get on them during those moments
You played two seasons with Jonathon Williams at Wagner (NCAA) who is playing in Germany now with Pro A team Kirchheim. Is he a guy that you look up to and follow his career now? Definitely Jon is one of the most versatile players I've ever played with. He pretty much can do everything. I definitely look up to his success and hopefully reach that level he's at one day
How did head coach Bashir Mason help groom and prepare you best for a professional career at Wagner (NCAA) in your last two years? Coach Bashir is a well groomed coach, his defensive hard nosed mindset is something that my game has revolved around. Fighting hard each possession, diving on the floor for loose balls, making sure to high five teammates, doing the little things to help the team win definitely prepared me for my professional career
What memories as a freshman do you have of the 78-66 loss at UCONN where you played against so much future NBA talent like Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier, Andre Drummond, Alex Oriakhi and Deandre Daniels? Great memories even considering the fact that was my best year of college basketball after Upsetting the No.15 ranked team Pittsburgh that season as well, made playing against UConn and even better memory. Even knowing that those guys would be NBA players made that game an even better feeling.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 legendary NBA heads would you choose? LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain.
Lebron finally won an NBA title for the Cavs. Where does he stand now in the debate with the all-time greats? In my eyes he will be the most VALUABLE player to ever play the game alongside Wilt Chamberlain. Just because of the type of impact he made for the NBA is really incredible to see one player change a franchise within one season is unheard of alongside the unfathomable stories of Wilt Chamberlain
Kevin Garnett has retired. Where does his legacy stand with the all-time greats? KG will leave a mark just for his style of aggression and passion for the game he's definitely a top 30 player in NBA history
What was the last movie that you saw? The last movie I saw was suicide which was good considering the concept but I let it could of been better so I give it a 6.5/10.
Six weeks ago, Davon Roberts (197-F-86, college: Azusa Pacific) was a part of the Howard Hoops international tour and competed with many other young talented players looking for a professional job. The big difference between Roberts and the other mostly college players was that the American had 8 years of professional experience. It didn't take Roberts long finding a new job as he briefly played for ASC 46 Goettingen (Germany-2.Regionalliga) and then signed at VfL AstroStars Bochum (Germa... [read more]
Six weeks ago, Davon Roberts (197-F-86, college: Azusa Pacific) was a part of the Howard Hoops international tour and competed with many other young talented players looking for a professional job. The big difference between Roberts and the other mostly college players was that the American had 8 years of professional experience. It didn't take Roberts long finding a new job as he briefly played for ASC 46 Goettingen (Germany-2.Regionalliga) and then signed at VfL AstroStars Bochum (Germany-ProB). He already played one game for his new team scoring 13 points and getting four rebounds in a 93-58 win against Recklingshausen. Roberts is a 30 year old 197cm forward that has played his whole career in Germany. He could be playing his ninth season as a professional, but he sat out the 2012-2013 season to finish his degree. He played the last two seasons with BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga), but last season played only 3 games: 9.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg, because he tore his achilles' tendon in Nov.'15 and missed the remainder of the season.
He started his basketball career at Cal.St. Sacramento in 2004 where he played until 2007 playing 83 NCAA games. He played his senior year 2007-2008 with Azusa Pacific (NAIA). He turned professional in 2008 and played with Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB) playing 29 games: 16.5ppg, Reb-2 (9.4rpg), 2.1apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 60.1%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 67.4%. In 2009-2010, he played with BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA): 29 games: 10.5ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 57.2%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 56.3%. In 2010-2011, he played with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 22 games: 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg. In 2011-2012, he played with BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProB): 15 games: 5.5ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 54.1%. In the 2013-2014 season he played with BBV Saar-Pfalz (Germany-Oberliga): 5 games: 25.4ppg, in Dec.'13 signed at VfL Stade (Germany-ProB) playing 15 games: 13.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 53.7%. In the 2014-2015 season he moved to BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 22 games: 13.2ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 53.7%. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Big Sky Tournament Semifinals -06, All-NAIA D1 2nd Team -08, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B (Group South) Regular Season Champion -12, German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Champion -12, and Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Honorable Mention -15.
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