Nik Raivio (medi Bayreuth) I´m Confident That I Can Shoot Well Anywhere

Nikolas Raivio is a 32 year old 192cm shooting guard that was born in Antwerpen, Belgium and has the Germanand American citzenships. He is the brother of former BBL player Derek Raivio and will play his first season in Germany with medi Bayreuth. He played the last three seasons with  Legnano Basket Knights (Italy-Serie A2) and last season played 33 games averaging 18.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 81.1%. He also played two seasons in Hungry as well as in countries like Greece, Sweden and Belgium. He also had a stint in the D-league with the New Mexico Thunderbirds. He played college ball at Portland (NCAA) and in his senior year played 17 games averaging 14.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 63.2%. He spoke to earlier in the summer about basketball.

Nik thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?

I’m well, thanks. At the moment I’m still in Italy and will spend most of the summer here

Congrats on signing with German team medi Bayreuth. You’re going into your ninth professional season and played in countries like Italy, Hungary, Belgium, Greece. Brother Derek played for some years in Germany. With your connections and game can you explain why it took you so long to finally play for a German team?

Thanks and I really don’t know. I’ve had interest in the past from the BBL but I never saw an offer. I also liked my situation the previous seasons and decided early on to stay instead of waiting to explore other options

Your father played a game in Bayreuth 32 years ago. What does it truly mean playing for medi Bayreuth and being there where your dad once played as a professional player?

Pretty crazy to think about that. I imagine my brother played in the same gym too.
Joining Bayreuth is a completely new experience for me. I heard great things about the team, coach and club and can see they have a lot of home court support from fans. To keep the winning ways going in the BBL and European competition is something I’m really excited about!


Jared Jordan Is A Big Reason Why Daniel Guest Pursued The Game Of Basketball

Daniel Guest is a 27 year old 191cm guard from West Harford that has played in the APBL with the Manhattan Pride (APBL) playing 8 games averaging 17ppg, 8rpg, 10apg and with the Springfield Sting (ABA): playing 2 games averaging 23ppg, 9rpg, 8apg. He most recently played with Ola Verde (Mexico-Cibevasar). He got NCAA experience with George Washington playing 53 NCAA games and played a season with Uconn playing 9 games. The American wants to play overseas and spoke to about basketball.

Daniel thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how have you been keeping your self basketball busy?

I am currently in the UK working out with a trainer. I am preparing to join a team this upcoming season and I am excited to prove myself this season.

You have been a professional player since 2015 and spent some time in Germany this summer. You have never played in a real professional league in Europe, but have ties to Germany to Nils Giffey and Leon Tolksdorf who were your teammates at Uconn and also to Jared Jordan who comes from your home town West Hartford. What did you achieve in Germany?

I went to Germany and took part in some trials that lead to mutual interest from myself and a team. I am looking to make that situation work and keep my career moving forward.


The Calm Before The Storm In Fraport Skyliner Country And Please No Heslip To Scrubb Comparisons

It seems like it was yesterday when fans were saying farewell to the 2017-2018 season to the players in the Fraport arena in late May as posing with Isaac Bonga and Mike Morrison would prove to be the last time for the time being and there was already speculation then that it would be the last time to observe certain players. Almost three months later, the Fraport Skyliners have a changed face as certain players have departed. As expected Isaac Bonga surprisingly didn´t hold back his name from the 2018 NBA draft and stayed in mainly because he was promised from the Los Angeles Lakers that his name would be called, Philip Scrubb took his sniper qualities to Russia to St Petersburg, Tai Webster went for the dough signing in money heaven in Turkey with Galatasaray and Mike Morrison to the disappointment of fans took his dunking madness to Lithuania after four very fruitful seasons in Frankfurt that brought him the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup. The club held on to the identity figure and Fraport Skyliner lifer Quantez Robertson, held on to talented shooter and defender Shawn Huff who is still at the top of his game at 34 as well as big men Jonas Wolfarth-Bottermann and Marco Voeller and the kids like Niklas Kiel, Garai Zeeb and others.


02.04.2018 / Basketball BBL / -17- Isaac Bonga / FRAPORT SKYLINERS /


Leslee Smith (Iserlohn Kangaroos) My Sleight Of Hand And My Nimbleness Helps Me Get Deflections And Create Turnovers For The Opposing Team

Leslee Smith is a 28 year old 203cm forward from Humble, Texas that is going into his fourth professional season and first with the Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB). He played the last two seasons with the Bristol Academy Flyers (United Kingdom-BBL) and two seasons ago played 34 games averaging 12.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 81.5% and last season played 30 games averaging  10.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 69.6%.  He began his professional career in 2015 with Entretanto Meta La Salle Tarija (Bolivia-Libobasquet) and ten played with Olimpi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague) playing14 games: Score-4(17.4ppg), Reb-2(12.0rpg), 1.9apg, Steals-2(2.4spg), Blocks-3(1.6bpg), FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 63.5%. He played college ball at SMU (NCAA) playing 25 games averaging 3.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg. He then played a season at Seward County CC (JUCO) before finishing at Nebraska (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 5.6ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 52.8%, FT: 62.7% and in his senior year played 17 games averaging  3.1ppg, 3.1rpg. He spoke to about basketball earlier in the summer.

Leslee thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?

I am currently in Dallas Texas and my summer has been going well so far thanks

Welcome to Germany. What do you know about the country and it´s basketball? Did you get some tips from your ex teammates at Nebraska(NCAA) Shavon Shields and Tai Webster?

I have not really done much research yet on Germany, but I do know Germany is one of the few countries that has a very high reputation in basketball. I have not spoken to either about their experiences in Germany yet.

After two solid seasons with the Bristol Academy Flyers (United Kingdom-BBL) you decided to move to Iserlohn that play in the German Pro B. You stated you have always wanted to play in Germany. What has fascinated you so much about playing in Germany?

Just the respect that Germany has in the basketball world somewhat draws me towards it along with history of pros produced there, and the level of competition.


Anthony McDonald (Itzehoe Eagles) I Like To Control The Game And Play At My Own Pace

Anthony McDonald is a 26 year old 185cm guard from Abeerdeen, Mississippi that is going into his third professional season and first in Germany and first with team Itzehoe Eagles (Germany-ProB). Last season he played with Bima Perkasa Yogyakarta (Indonesia-IBL) playing 15 games averaging 23.0ppg, 5.0rpg, Assists-5(5.1apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 74.4% and played with Club Bameso (Dominican Republic-TBS) playing 4 games averaging  15.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg. As a rookie he played with Agricola Villarrobledo (Spain-EBA) playing 9 games averaging 12.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 59.3%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 87.5% and he also played with Libreville Izobe Dragons (Gabon-CBL). He played college ball at three schools at  Delta CC, Mississippi Valley State (NCAA) playing 30 games averaging 11.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 78.6% and at North Carolina Central (NCAA) playing 33 games averaging 12.9ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 77.9%. He spoke to about basketball.

Anthony thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how is your summer going?

Hello I’m doing great. I’m currently at home in Aberdeen Mississippi.

Congrats on signing with German Pro B team Itzehoe Eagles. Your only 26 years old, but seen more of the world than probably most of your friends as you have already professionally played in Spain, Asia, Africa and the Dominican Republic. Do you already feel like a basketball globetrotter?

Lol yes I do a little. I enjoy it though. Getting to travel the world and play the game I love.

What were the main reasons for having signed with the Itzehoe Eagles. How vital was the trust from head coach Pat Elzie? He has a lot of confidence in your abilities.

I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me, coming to a team that was already a playoff team, I feel like I can help them get to ProA. I trust coach a lot he has a lot of faith in my abilities and I think he can take my game to the next level.


Kris Davis (Phoenix Hagen) Practice Makes Perfect And I’m Confident That I Will Reach 40% From Three Again

Kris Davis is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Detriot that will be going into his fourth professional season and first with Phoenix Hagen. He played the last three seasons in Spain. Last season he played with KIA Sakimovil Navarra de Pamplona (Spain-LEB Silver) playing 35 games averaging  14.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 75.0%. Two seasons ago he played with Arcos Albacete Basket (Spain-LEB Silver) playing 30 games averaging  15.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 72.5%. As a rookie he played with Penas Huesca (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 40 games averaging  7.1ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 65.3%. He started his basketball career with SIU Edwardsville (NCAA in 2011 playing a total of 110 NCAA games. In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 14.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 69.9%. He spoke to earlier in the summer about basketball.

Kris thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been treating you?

Right now I am in St. Louis, Missouri for a family reunion. So far my summer has been good. It’s always nice to see family and friends for a little while before hearing back to Europe.

Congrats on signing with German Pro A team Phoenix Hagen. After three seasons in Spain, what were the main reasons for choosing Phoenix Hagen?

Thank you! And after spending 3 years in Spain, I felt like I needed a change to showcase all of the aspects of my game. Luckily, Phoenix Hagen came along and has given me an opportunity to do so.


Justin Blanks (BSG Grevenbroich) I Am A Very Confident Player And I Will Make An Impact At Any Level

Justin Blanks is a 193cm guard from Barberton Ohio that will be starting his professional basketball career with BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga). He played at three schools starting with SW Illinois JC (JUCO) and he then moved to Kennedy-King CC (JUCO) playing 29 games averaging  9.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 36.3%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 74.3%. In 2016 he made the jump to McKendree (NCAA2) playing 22 games averaging 15.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 79.3%. In his senior year at McKendree (NCAA2) he played 28 games averaging 20.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 72.0%. He spoke to about basketball.

Justin thanks for talking Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer vacation?

I’m in my home town, Akron, Ohio. I have been working out hard and spending time with family.

Congrats on signing with German Regionalliga team BSG Grevenbroich. How blessed are you to be able to call your yourself a professional basketball player and did you ever think this would be possible when you were in the gym grinding day in and day out at SW Illinois JC (JUCO)?

I am very blessed to call myself a professional. And yes, I have always been confident in my game and how it progresses.