40 minutes after Justin Gray had sent the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg home with a beautiful fade away buzzer beater giving the faithful Wurzburg fans brewing nightmares on the horizon for consecutive days to follow, Chris Kramer departed the locker room with a hat on seemingly trying to hide his face as if he had been responsible for some cheap shot on the court, not covering Gray on the last shot or having dove into the first row and doused a fan by mistake with their coke. He had not been responsible for any of that, but that was just the spur of the moment nature of the American who had quietly led his team in scoring with 16 points and shown his versatility in so many other aspects of the game as he retrieved 5 rebounds and dished out two assists as well. If it hadn´t been for his strong play in the fourth quarter where he led the s.Oliver Basekts back on a furious come back on a 10-2 run where he scored in the penetration three times looking like a second Dashaun Wood who was returning to haunt Frankfurt in a new uniform, it may never have come to the last possession play where Frankfurt was able to win the game. In many ways, he was the best Wurzburg player on the court and after a bitter loss like that it is only understandable that players will be down have problems finding the right words or even not wanting to speak, but the second year professional was Mr cool, but with that business touch as he answered the questions as if he had been playing for 10 years. He has showed his scoring skills early since the Frankfurt loss leading the team to a win against BBCBayreuth and being second top scorer in a tough loss in Artland.
Kramer comes from Huntington, Indiana and despite going to Purdue that has given the NBA players like Brian Cardinal, Carl Landry and Glen Robinson, the 23 year old 191cm guard might be in their shadow, but what he achieved in his four years at the school is something that can be lauded and he can tell his grand children some day and with a professional basketball career just starting, Kramer might have to book a few dinners later in life to tell his relatives of his achievements. At Purdue, Kramer played a total of 133 games and never averaged more than 7,2ppg which he did his freshman year, but he was the quintessential quarterback that got the offense going and just was able to help all over on the court. In a way, Kramer is like a John Goldsberry of Bamberg, a floor general that knows how to run the offense, but doesn´t need to score to make the team win. A difference could be that Kramer might get that chance to score more with Wurzburg than a Goldsberry with Bamberg where scoring power is as abundant as German beer in a tent at October fest in Munich. At Purdue, Kramer led the Boilermakers to the NCAA tournament all four years and was always good for making something memorable happen on the court like hitting a shot from his knees against Arizona at March Madness in 2007, or his vibrant dunk over a Penn State player sparking Purdue to their first ever Big Ten Tornament win. Just like Justin Gray did against Kramer and Wurzburg recently, the American took matters into his own hands not dishing the ball to Jujuan Johnson a 2-1 break, but heading to the hoop alone and sending the 14,000 plus fans into ecstasy with a thunderous dunk. In his senior year, he played 35 games: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 74.7% and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010.
Kramer started his professional basketball career getting a little taste of the NBA playing NBA Summer League in Orlando with the Indiana Pacers in the summer of 2010. He had a very solid season in the D-league playing for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants playing 41 games averaging 13.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 81.9%. This past summer he played for Mets de Guaynabo (Puerto Rico-BSN) playing 12 games and averaging 8.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 69.8%. He came very late to the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg after the club were still looking for some help at the guard position after Achmadschah Zazai had gotten an offer from the LTi Giessen 46ers. John Patrick has shown quickly that he has much trust in the American as he has averaged 27 minutes per game averaging 12,8ppg, 4,0rpg and 2,4apg while shooting 58% from the field. In the game against Frankfurt, his relentless will to keep getting into the lane and finish despite getting banged by a Jon Leuer or Marius Nolte must continue to give him added points in the note book of John Patrick. Kramer also got highest respect from Mr downtown Frankfurt Airport terminal 1 Justin Gray. “Kramer did a good job getting into the lane. He was very aggressive getting to the hoop”, warned Justin Gray. With all his effort getting to the hole, he does take his lumps and bruises or an occasional knee in the thigh, but he is quicker to walk off pain than Ben Jarvis Green Ellis of the New England Patriots gets through the hole for the next first down. With his all around play, it must be noted that the defense is an aspect of his game that Beko BBL teams will surely take notice of in the future. At Purdue, the American was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team in 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, he was named All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He may be a tough player that goes well hand in hand with teammate pit bull John Little, but Kramer doesn´t play dirty winning the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2010. “Kramer helped us in the come back in the fourth quarter with his attacking the basket and making big plays, but he is a great defender, a reason why the club got him”, stressed teammate Ben Jacobson. “Kramer is my boy. He was a tough player. He played injured as a freshman. He was an incredible defender. He was tough and ferocious like a bull dog. He was responsible for a lot of the success that Purdue had which got them back on the map”, stressed ex Purdue teammate and 2010 Beko BBL top scorer David Teague who is playing in Italy this season. Despite being top scorer in Frankfurt, he showed the sign of a real competitor not being totally happy with his game and always wanting to get better. “I did a good job getting to the hoop. I am still getting adjusted to all the big men in the zone and the defensive three seconds. I struggled at the free throw line and that has to get better”, stressed Chris Kramer. Kramer surely will have that buzzer Gray beater on his mind for a while, and possibly in the return game get revenge with a game winning defensive play or game winning drive to the hoop.