The Fraport Skyliners announced today that they have given their third try out of the preseason to Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena) after having given two earlier to Jonathan Jones and Anthony Jones. Franklin is a 24 year old 196 cm forward from Reading Pennsylvania that also has the Puerto Rico citzenship got a try out until the end of Seotember with an option for a contract extension. Last season, he played for JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (France-ProB, starting five): 10 games: 13.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 65.1%; in Dec.'11 moved to CB Lobe Huesca (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 19 games: Score-5 (16.2ppg), 6.4rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 58.7%. "He is a special player as an undersized power forward. He has a lot of talent and I am happy that we could bring him to Frankfurt. Now we have to see if he fits to us. He can penetrate, shoot form outside, is strong and can rebound", stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin.
Franklin started his basketball career at Siena where he played from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 16.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 0.0%, FT: 66.8%. He played a total of 129 NCAA games and played a few seasons with ex Beko BBL player Kenny Hasbrouck. "He is a very explosive player that I hope will fit in our system. With his experience in France and Spain, He has some experience in Europe despite his 24 years of age and potential", added Fraport Skyliners sport director Kamil Novak.
Franklin turned professional in 2010 playing for C.B. Tarragona 2017 (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 33 games: 14.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.6apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 60.4%. This past summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five): 21 games: 6.4ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP-3 (58.4%), 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 69.6%, then moved to Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN), then signed at Titanes Del Distrito Nacional (Dominican Rep.-LNB). There he was a teammate of injured BBC Bayreuth point guard Kevin Hamilton. "The chance to play in Frankfurt is great. I am excited about the club, organization and city. My good friend Kevin Hamilton told me many good things about the league and Fraport Skyliners and made me feel comfortable in making my decision. I am a versatile player that helps the team at both ends. If it is defending, scoring inside or out, I always try to do that what the team needs. I want to show the fans that I am a hard worker and do everything for the team and give some spectactular plays", stated Alexander Franklin. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MAAC Tournament Finalist -07, MAAC Regular Season Runner-Up -08, MAAC Tournament Winner -08, 09, 10, All-MAAC 2nd Team -08, 09, NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team -09, MAAC Regular Season Champion -09, 10, MAAC All-Tournament Team -09, MAAC All-Tournament MVP -10
All-MAAC 1st Team -10, All-MAAC Player of the Year -10, NABC Division I All-District 1 1st Team -10, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -10, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -11, Puerto Rican BSN Champion -12, Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Finals MVP -12, Puerto Rican National Team -12, Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) -12 (Silver): 6 games: 6.5ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 50.0%, and Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Caracas (Venezuela) -12: 2 games: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg
Source: Fraport Skyliners