When one is enjoying the beautiful spring weather and feeling a calm mild breeze on your cheeks, one can get into the mood to dream about Beko BBL basketball, but one can´t always think about breathtaking ally-ops from 2011 Mr beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood to Quantez Robertson, Derrick Allen making another opponent look silly out dancing him with his ballerina moves or following the gracefulness of Casey Jacobsen on the court. Sometimes it is impossible not to think about the negative and when one contemplates the undesirable and unlucky season of BBC Bayreuth this year, it can be as unexplainable as to why Baseball crazed Puerto Rico which gave the world legends like Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda or Roberto Alomar are worrying more if guys like Carlos Degado, Felipe Lopez or Jose Molina will have MLB jobs this summer than their own national unemployment problem, the Houston Texans starting games so slowly and then not being surprised that another attempt at the post season goes down the drain like a bottle of sour milk does or a penny going down the drain to hear the chime, why Buffalo sports teams Bills and Sabers are unable to bring a championship home or to why race car legend Mario Andretti was plagued with not winning a second Indianapolis 500 after the year 1969?. BBC Bayreuth had the talent on paper to be a potential playoff team, but instead got more used to losing on a consistent rate then Americans being asked if they knew who Richard Wagner was? The riddle as to why BBC Bayreuth is near the cellar of the beko BBL standings is about as ridiculous as why Bayern Munich isn´t at the top of the German soccer Bundesliga with the roster that they have. “I would have to say that is just bad luck, I am not sure I could compare it to something like what is happening with Buffalo teams, but they just havent been able to put it together, but they still have a chance to hold the league so its not that bad”, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Losing is something that no professional athlete strives for, but it is something that is always tough and something a player needs to deal with. “No, I cant ever remember being on a losing team ever in my career but I can say it does suck to lose and it is a tough habit to break and something you should never get used to doing. I think the best way to deal with it is just to try and stick together and find a way to look at the positives which come out of the situation”, warned John Bynum.
The last time BBC Bayreuth won the BEKO BBL title was in 1989 a few months before German tennis legends Boris Becker and Steffi Graf won Wimbeldon together, Sebastian Vettel was only two years old and late Boston Celtic Reggie Lewis was slowly making a name for himself in the NBA. Back then the team was called Steiner Bayreuth and had German basketball legends like Michael Koch, Hansi Gnad and Calvin Oldham and success was as common in 88 and 89 for the club as winning was für Rhein Energie Colonge was from 2004-2006. After being regulated in 1999 due to financial reasons, the team had to start at scratch in the Regionaliga and fought its way back up to the PRO A and finally landed back in the BEKO BBL in 2010. For a team that was coming from the PRO A, it sure found a way within their budget to land NBA, Euroleague and North Carolina Tar Heel experience.
Last season BBC Bayreuth ran away with the PRO A title registering a record of 26-4. They started the season strong going on a 10 game winning streak before losing their first game to the Kirchheim Knights on December 3rd. They then went on another big winning streak of eight games. They closed the season going on a 6-5 record, but showed that they had the talent to move up to the next level. The team had four players scoring in double figures and was led by Jaivon Harris who was rewarded after 6 years in the PRO A with the jump to the BEKO BBL. The success of the team was led by German coach Andreas Wagner who has had the magical wane of bringing teams up as he did it with Bayern Munich into the PRO A in 2004, Walferdange(Luxemberg) into the top league and Nordlingen into the BEKO BBL in 2008. Wagner didn´t have it easy taking over for fan favorite Derrick Taylor, but the fans have felt his love and passion of winning.
However Andreas Wagner has had a steady rise as head coach and is coaching for the second time in the BEKO BBL. Wagner also has had a secret formula of how to help basketball clubs reach the next level as he brought FC Bayern Munich from the Regionaliga to the second Bundesliga in 2004, led the Nordlingen Giants from the PRO to the BEKO BBL in 2008 and had another trick up his sleeve bringing BBC Bayreuth from the PRO A into the BEKO BBL in 2010. Of course, the question is can he keep BBC Bayreuth in the BEKO BBL in 2011? In 2008-2009, he had the trio of Danny Gibson Monta Mcghee , Osvaldo Jeanty and Omari Westely that almost seemed to take care of 99,9% of all the teams coring, but the club somehow despite no bench finished the season in 16th place, but decided to go down to the PRO A because the lack of a sound financial base for the BEKO BBL. Wagner was able to sweep 3 time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. Wagner has a passion for the game of basketball and the players feel that. “I enjoy playing for coach Wagner. He values his team, cares about his team and wants us to do well. It is always nice playing for a coach that is so passionate about winning”, stressed 2009 NCAA champion with North Carolina Marcus Ginyard. Alba Berlin loses in Bamberg with 51 points and it seems that everyone wants the head of Luka Pavicevic, but in Bayreuth it seems like nobody felt like he needs to go despite the lack of success this season. “There is no telling what can happen in this league, but usually when things aren´t going well, the coach is the first to go”, warned Quentin Pryor. However BBC Bayreuth have faith in the German and extended his contract no matter what happens to the club.
Currently BBC Bayreuth is in 17th place with a record of 8-23, but have the same amount of wins as MBC and Giessen. The team started off with two losses against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and the Giessen 46ers before winning a big game at home against 2010 Eurochallenge champion BG Goettingen. However instead of continuing the winning streak, the club suffered a five game losing streak before recovering and going on a two game winning streak beating Phoenix Hagen and TBB Trier on the road. However since then the team has a record of 5-16. I think their guards are a big part of their success. But they have had injuries as well this season. Gibson is a solid point, and Ginyard is a great player as well. Harris comes in and is a solid back up. I think the guards but then you have Reiner in the middle as well and he gives them a guy on the block that can score”, added John Bynum. It hasn´t helped the team either that they lost five games by five or less points. If they had won at least three of those games, they would be playing beko BBL next season. “They have all the pieces, but cant seem to put it together this season. Their strength is that they have high quality players at each position. Our biggest problem when we played them was not being able to keep Danny Gibson in front of us on the press”, warned Quentin Pryor. With so much talent, but a surprising weak record, the team has to have some kind of weaknesses? It also has been surprising that the club wasn´t able to have more success even with strong experienced players like Jared Reiner and Koko Archibong on the roster. I just think it has just been one of those seasons for them. It is there first year in the league but still on paper if you were to look at that team, they are a good team. I dont know what it is but they beat us twice so I cant really say nothing negative about them. I think there weakness is just playing consistent for 40 minutes, they play well at times and have let ups and at this level you cant have too many let ups but like I said, they didnt have a let up against us either time”, warned John Bynum. “I think chemistry has been their weakness”, said Quentin Pryor. “We need to focus for 40 minutes. We have shown glimpses of being a good team, but only for short phases”, stressed Marcus Ginyard. I had BBC Bayreuth as a potential playoff team before the season, but boy was I wrong. “I think on paper they were a playoff team, but it takes more than that. They just had problems and just couldnt put it together”, added John Bynum. With three games remaining and BBC Bayreuth(opponents Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, Bamberg), MBC(opponents Tuebingen, Giessen, BG Goettingen) and Giessen(opponents Trier, MBC, Phoenix Hagen) all tied, will BBC Bayreuth have the better cards to stay in the beko BBL despite Giessen having the easiest schedule? “I honestly think Bayreuth will stay in the league. They have played well and got some key wins in the past 2 months”, warned John Bynum.
BBC Bayreuth is led by Jared Reiner who is a 28 year old 211cm American playing for his third team in the BEKO BBL. He played at Iowa(NCAA) from 2000-2004 and was a Big10 Tournament Champion in 2001. It didn´t take him long to find himself in the NBA as he played 49 games in total for three teams for the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Milwauke Bucks. After the NBA came Europe as he played in Spain for Polaris World Murcia in 2007-2008 before finishing the season with the Brose Baskets Bamberg playing 20 games averaging 9.4ppg, Reb-5(6.8rpg), 2FGP: 52.1%, FT: 53.9%. In 2008-2009, he nearly made the Philadelphia 76ers, but was one of the last cuts and then in December 2008 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 12 games: 13.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.9%, FT: 72.7%. In 2009-2010, he started with the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), only pre-season, in Dec.’09 moved to Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League): 17 games: 13.1ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 72.2%. He finished last season in Puerto Rico for Gallitos de Isabela (Puerto Rico-BSN): 8 games: 12.4ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 25.0%. This season in the BEKO BBL he is averaging 13,3ppg, 8,0rpg and 1,2apg. He hass cored in double figures 21 times and has registered 6 double doubles. Danny Gibson is a 26 year old 180cm point guard from Madison, Indiana who is playing his fourth season in Germany and second in the BEKO BBL. In 2007-2008, he slowly made a name for himself in the German basketball world as he played for the Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 28 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 38.1%, FT: 76.3%. In 2008-2009, he played his first season in the top German league for Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 66.0%. Last season, he made the jump for the cheese in Holland and promptly led the league in scoring for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 43 games: Score-1(18.3ppg), 2.8rpg, Assists-5(4.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3%. He was named MVP in the Dutch league. This season, he is averaging 11,8ppg, 1,6rpg and 3,6apg and is doing a fine job running the team. He has gotten 18 double doubles this season.
The team also signed Marcus Ginyard who is a 23 year old 196cm shooting guard/small forward from Alexandria, Virginia. He is a BEKO BBL rookie who played for legendary coach Dean Smith at North Carolina from 2005-2010 winning the NCAA tournament in 2008. He played 108 NCAA games and in his senior year averaged 7.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 67.1% in 33 games. Getting adjusted from the NCAA to the BEKO BBL hasn’t been easy. “The German league is more physical. I have to take care of my body and always be ready to take hits”, stated Ginyard. Even though, he is known as a defensive force, he has other weapons as well in his playing arsenal. “I am seen as a defensive player, but I showed in preseason that I can score. I think I am a better offensive player than what I get credit for”, added Marcus Ginyard. The American played together with NBA players like Danny Green, Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hainsborough, Brandon Wright, Ty Lawson and Ed Davis and remembers who was the best. “I think looking at the stats, Hainsborough was the best college player ever, but the best player that I played against was Ty Lawson. He always has the ability to take over a game. He always has the potential to change a game and be that x factor in a game”, commented Marcus Ginyard. This season, Ginyard is averaging 11,3ppg, 3,5rpg and 1,6apg. He hass cored in double figures 18 times. The team also brought in Osvaldo Jeanty who played under BBC Bayreuth coach Andreas Wager in Nordlingen. Jeanty is a 26 year old 183cm combo guard from Gloucester, Canada. He is a shooter who runs the offense guy at the point and a scorer shooter at the two position. A good shooter with unlimited range and incredibly consistent. He defends bigger guards extremely well because of his strength and he is as tough a competitor also. He played at Carleton from 2003-2007 and winning just about everything there is to win at the Canadian college level. He started his professional basketball career in Germany for the Nordlingen Giants from 2007-2009. He played briefly in Rumania last season before finishing the year with the Giessen 46ers where he played 14 games: 13.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 86.7%. At the moment, he is injured and was averaging 9,9ppg, 2,6rpg and 1,5apg.
The team also brought in the very experienced Koko Archibong who is a 29 year old 202cm forward that has the Nigerian/American citizenship. He played at Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 1999-2003 and was Ivy Legaue champion in 2000 and 2002. He then almost made it to the NBA in 2003 as he was one of the last cuts of the Los Angeles Lakers. He started his professional basketball career in France with Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (France-ProA): Euroleague: 13 games: 3.2ppg, 1.9rpg; French ProA League: 21games: 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg. He won the league title and cup in France. Besides playing the 2008-2009 season with Asseco Prokom Sopot (Poland-PLK): Euroleague: 13 games: 2.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg; Polish League: 20 games: 6.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 70.6%,, he has been all of his career in Germany. He played for The Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2004-2006 winning the BEKO BBL title in 2005. He played for Alba Berlin in 2006-2007(ULEB Cup: 12 games: 4.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.3apg; German League: 37 games: 6.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 30.8%, FT: 68.6%) and in 2007-2008 played for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners(ULEB Cup: 6 games: 11.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 41 games: 8.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 57.0%). Last season, he had a disappointing season in Duesseldorf playing 33 games: 11.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 70.2%. This season for BBC Bayreuth, he is averaging 8,6ppg, 3,9rpg and 1,5apg. The club also returns Jaivon Harris who is a 28 year old 196cm guard and is playing his fourth season for BBC Bayreuth and seventh in Germany. He played at Ohio Univ. (NCAA) from 2000-2004 and in his senior year played 30 games averaging 15.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.7apg. After six seasons in the German second league where he averaged 16,8ppg, he finally got rewarded by playing in the BEKO BBL. Last season, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 80.6%. This season, he is averaging 7,0ppg, 2,3rpg and 1,3apg. He is shooting very well with 45% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. He has scored in double figures 9 times.
The club also return American Pete Campbell who is a 26 year old 201cm forward from Muncie Indiana. He is a deadly shooter and can give shooting clinics from outside at any time of the day. If someone calls down town, then he will surely be firing away at ease to please. He started his basketball career in 2004-2005 at IUPUI-Ft.Wayne (NCAA): 28 games: 11.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 42.3%, 3Pts: 38%. He then transferred to Butler and played there from 2005-2008. In his last season at Butler, he played 31 games: 11.7ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3Pts: 45.7%, FT: 66.7%. In 2006-2007, he reached the NCAA sweet 16 and that season shot 51% from down town. He played his rookie year in Germany for the Duesseldorf Giants (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 29 games: 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT-3(46.3%), FT: 75.0%. Last season, he started with Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 7 games: 6.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 50.0%, in Dec.’09 moved to BBC Bayreuth (Germany-ProA): 17 games: 11.2ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 85.7%. This season, he is averaging 8,6ppg and 2,7rpg. He is shooting 45% from the field and 46% from the three point line. He has scored in duble figures 9 times. The team also brings back Steve Wachalski who had to wait a year longer than Jaivon Harris to finally reach the BEKO BBL. However his journey seems all the more amazing since he played in the Regionaliga just three years ago. Wachalski is a 27 year old 203 cm forward that played for Osnabrucker SC from 2003-2008 in the Regionaliga. He signed for two more years in Osnabruck and then played PRO B. Last season, he played 30 games averaging 17.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT-3(46.6%), FT: 78.9%. he is known for his consistent three point shooting. This season, he is playing sparingly averaging 3,3ppg and 1,7rpg.
With the injuries to Koko Archibong and Osvaldo jeanty, the club added some strong players with Drew Neitzel and Ekene Ibekwe. Neitzel is a 25 year old 183cm guard. he has excellent court vision, is talented at pushing the ball in transition, limits turnovers and is a very tough player for his size. He had an outstanding career at Michigan State from 2004-2008 reaching the NCAA Final 4 in 2005 and NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008. He played with some outstanding players like Maurice Ager, Alan Anderson and Travis Walton. In 2008-2009, he turned professional and played for Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-1.Bundesliga): Eurocup: 12 games: 8.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.9apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 82.4%; German League: 34 games: 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 86.0%. Last season, he played for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five): French League: 12 games: 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.3apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 72.7%; EuroChallenge: 4 games: 13.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%, left in Dec.’09, next month moved to TBB Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 14 games: 7.4ppg, 1.5apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 85.7%. The team also added Ekene Ibekwe recently who is a 25 year old 296cm forward with American/Nigerian roots. He is a long, lean dynamic player with unlimited athletic potential that can score in the post and brings energy to the team on defense with his shot blocking ability. He played at Maryland from 2004-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played in Israel and in France for Bensancon where he was France PRO B champion. In 2008-2009, he played for Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 28 games: 18.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, Blocks-5(1.8bpg), FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 57.0%. Last season, he played for Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL) in Jan.’10 signed at Genc Banvitliler (Turkey-TB2L, starting five): 10 games: 21.2ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2.2spg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 59.2%. This season, he started with The Artland Dragons averaging 11,8ppg, 5,8rpg, 1,1apg and 1,3bpg. he then had a very short stay in Israel for Ashkelon (Israel-Premier League) averaging 6,0ppg and 4,7rpg. Currently for BBC Bayreuth he is averaging 11,8ppg, 5,8rpg and 1,1apg.
The team also has a trio of talented youngsters with Simon Schmitz, Phillip Heyden and Stefan Schmidt. Schmitz is a 20 year old 188cm point guard that began his basketball career in 2005 with SG Bad Duerkheim/Speyer junior team. In 2008-2009, he played for BIS Baskets Speyer (ProB, starting five) where he played together with German national player Elias harris. He played German League: 20 games: 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 79.1%; also TV Bad Bergzabern (2.Regionalliga): 8 games: 14.5ppg. Last season, he played for Science City Jena (ProA): 29 games: 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 80.2%, in Mar.’10 also played at Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (1.Bundesliga). Last season, he played at the European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 9 games: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 80.0%. This season, he is averaging 2,8ppg in 8,9 minutes per game and shooting 40% from outside. The team brought in 22 year old 208cm center Phillip Heyden. Heyden started his basketball career with BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga): 15 games: 4.4ppg in 2005. From 2006-2008, he played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin. In 2008, he signed with EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga), German League: 7 games: 2.6ppg; played also for VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 23 games: 13.1ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 72.5%. Last season, he played mostly for VfL Kirchheim Knights (ProA): 18 games: 9.9ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 63.9%, played also at EnBW Ludwigsburg (1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 1.3ppg, 1.4rpg. He is another very talented German big man that is just waiting for his breakthrough. This season he is averaging 1,8ppg and 1,4rpg in 8,0 minutes. The team also returns 21 year old 206cm center Stefan Schmidt who was born in Schwandorf. He started his basketball career with Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga) in 2006. In 2007-2008, he played for SELLBYTEL Baskets Nuernberg (ProA, starting five): 20 games: 3.2ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for Franken Hexer (ProB, starting five): 29 games: 9.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 25.3%, FT: 75.0%. Last season, he played only three games for BBC Bayreuth. He has played for the German U-18 and U-20 German national teams. This season he is averaging 1,4rpg in 8,0 minutes.
In the first meeting this season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had to fight for a 83-75 win. BBC Bayreuth surprised Frankfurt in the first half with an offensive onslaught, but the Skyliners came back in the second half to get the win. Dashaun Wood led all scorers with 26 points and had seven assists. BBC Bayreuth was led by Jared Reiner with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Pete Campbell had 18 points hurting Frankfurt with six bombs from outside. An interesting duel will be the point guard match up between Wood and Gibson. Gibson will be seeking revenge after netting only four points. “I think that it will be a good duel. Both guards run their teams very well and I think that each teams supporting casts will make the difference. I also think that Gibson has to find a way to slow him down or whoever is guarding Wood. “, warned John Bynum. “That will be a good battle. Both are very quick and the keys to their teams. You would not really think that Gibson could be so fast, because he is stocky, but he is quick”, added Quentin Pryor. Another interesting battle could be Quantez Robertson-Marcus Ginyard. “This will be a good match up. Ginyard is a solid player that defends well and his offense is coming around”, said John Bynum. “Ginyard fits the team well. He does a lot of things on the court that go unnoticed. They both are athletic players that are underrated and could be the key to the game”, expressed Quentin Pryor. It seems like the name Wood keeps coming up for Frankfurt every week as the key for winning. ” Frankfurt has to play their game. If Wood gets in the lane and controls the tempo then they will have good chances of winning. Frankfurt just has to put pressure on the offensive end at all times and dont stop attacking and defensively pressure the ball and try and make them play up tempo
“, added John Bynum. BBC Bayreuth can score and will have the home court advantage “Frankfurt has to have a great effort on defense. BBC Bayreuth is a very difficult team to handle on offense. BBC Bayreuth will have an advantage on the blocks”, warned Quentin Pryor. BBC Bayreuth has to control the boards and make Frankfurt play defense and try and make someone beat them besides Wood”, warned John Bynum. BBC Bayreuth has to watch Dashaun Wood and Frankfurt should keep an eye on North Carolina standout Marcus Ginyard. “I think Marcus Ginyard is the X-factor for BBC Bayreuth. If he plays well then the team usually does as well. He can change a game on both ends”, added John Bynum. BBC Bayreuth host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners April 15th at 19:30