Another fascinating basketball product from Ohio, but with a twist in that he has the German citzenship as well will be doing his thing in the Beko BBL this season as the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven seemed to have squashed the Tim Ohlbrecht rumours that he would come by bringing in Keith Waleskowski (204-C/F-80, college: Dayton) Waleskowski has experience and is a 32 year old 204cm power forward from Dayton Ohio that is strong inside player, who can score and has timing for the rebounds. Has the ability to involve teammates with his leadership and passing skills. Huge European leagues experience. The last two seasons, he played for Tezenis Verona (Italy-Lega2) and last season played 19 games: 10.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 62.3%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 84.4%. Waleskowski was given a one year deal and head coach Doug Spradley is positive that he will fullfill his duties. "He fullfills our requirements to 100%. He has played consistent at a high level the last years and can play the 4/5. He fits perfect into the team. A big advantage is that he has a German passport. We can react anytime in which we still have one international spot open", commented Eisbaeren head coach Doug Spradley.
Waleskowski started his basketball career in 2000 at Dayton (NCAA) where he played until 2004. He hasn't become a world basketball traveler as many do jumping around from country to country like a mosquito does from guest to guest at a summer picnic. Instead, he has stayed consistent playing only in FRance and Italy in his first 8 years as a professional. He started his professional basketball career in 2004 for Farho Gijon (Spain-LEB1): 34 games: 14.7ppg, Reb-3 (9.8rpg), 1.0spg, 2FGP: 56.1%, 3FGP: 35.8%. In 2005-2006, he played for Polaris World Murcia (Spain-LEB): 30 games: 10.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 18.4%, FT: 61.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Farho Gijon (Spain-LEB, starting five): 20 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-1 (10.7rpg), 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3FGP: 28.0%, FT: 65.0%. In 2007-2008, he played for Etosa Alicante (Spain-LEB, starting five): 34 games: 8.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 64.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Caja Rural Melilla (Spain-LEB Gold): 35 games: 12.4ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 74.3%. In 2009-2010, he went to italy and played for : Fileni Bpa Jesi (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 26 games: 16.8ppg, Reb-3 (9.7rpg), 1.5spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 80.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS Second Team All-Ohio -00, Atlantic 10 Conf. All-Rookie Team -01, Second Team All-Atlantic 10 selection -03, 2003 Pre-Season First Team All-Atlantic 10 pick, Atlantic 10 Tournament Champion -03, All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -03, Atlantic 10 West Division Champion -04, Atlantic 10 Tournament Final -04, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team -04, All-Atlantic 10 1st Team -04, Spanish LEB1 Finalist -06, Spanish LEB1 Cup Winner -06, Spanish LEB Gold (Cope Principe de Asturias) Finalist -08, 09, Spanish LEB Gold Semifinals -08, Spanish LEB Gold Regular Season Runner-Up -08, Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off Finalist -09, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -09, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Bosmans Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention -10, 11, Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Bosmans Team -10, 11, and Italian Lega Due Cup Semifinals -12
Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven