In today´s world making the fast buck is what seems to be the norm including selling newspapers as the scandal reports about which Baskeball player is sleeping with what other basketsball players wife, the Pete Rose betting scandal, the Minnesota Vikings party boat scandal or the recent Penn State scandal are just some of the stories that America wants to read as they sip their coffee and eat toast at the Breakfast table. However, it is often the positive stories that get forgotten or are only recognized partly on the surface that really should get more credit and publicity. One man in the Beko BBL who continues to add points to his class act image is Brose Baskets Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming. He has rapidly become one of Germany´s best coaches after building up the Artland Dragons program coming from the second league into the Beko BBL and making it into a playoff team and the 2008 cup winner. Since 2008, he has been coach in Bamberg and after start difficulties has made the team into a basketball power house in the BEKO BBL winning the last two league titles and cups and is now looking for the triple. Bamberg had been labeled as the team everybody wants to hate in the last years simply because they were always good, but also had player personalities and fans that you loved to hate. The bar scene fight years ago involving Steffan Hamann, Uvis Hellmanis and Mike Nahar didn´t help their image either. However since Fleming has come on board, his demanour and mentality seems to have eased the once harder more brutal imagine more into a sympathetic team. A good example to why he is such a massive class act was his unnecessary, but much appreciated words that he let go after the big 101-68 win in Goettingen recently. “This was a strange game for me. We had some cup and playoff games in the last years against BG Goettingen. They have had a marbled season so far to put it mildly. I know how hard Marc Franz has worked to get great basketball here. Michael Meeks is now in his third position here and has invested much. If BG Goettingen does move down to the second league, then I hope that they will return back. I would like to see basketball in the Lok Halle. It was always difficult for my teams there, but it is one of the best arenas in Germany. The fans have deserved attractive basketball”, stressed Chris Fleming. Fleming has made Bamberg what it is today and gets much respect from everyone. “Chris Fleming is a very extraordinary coach in Germany. He has shown how he is able to improve players and have success with them. His tactical ability is unbelievable. One sees now that almost every team runs plays that he started with Bamberg in the last years. That less positive image has changed through the play of the team. In the past, Bamberg was known as being a very defensive orientated team which became very unpopular due to very physical play. He has made Bamberg more into an offensive team”, stressed Walter Tigers Tuebingen forward Ruben Spoden.
The Brose Baskets Bamberg are looking to win the triple this season with a third Beko BBL championship and third Cup win as well as meeting their goal of reaching the Top 16 in Euroleague play. Last season, the team swept through the regular season with a record of 32-2 and outscored their opponents by a huge margin of 2786-2213 points. They swept the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 3-0 in the quarterfinals, but looked more human in the semi finals needing five games to dispose of the Artland Dragons where they showed their stamp winning game 5 83-55. In the finals, they also needed 5 games to dispose of pesky Alba Berlin , who still had a shot with two minutes remaining, but succumbed to little mistakes and gigantic John Goldsberry shots to win the title again. “Bamberg seemed to get better with every game that they played and the Euroleague competition also helped them”, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum.
One thing that Brose Baskets Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming has learned twice the last two off seasons is that one should not change a winning team and if dollars get in the way then try to keep as much as possible to keep that winning chemistry in tact. The team kept 11 players, losing Americans Kyle Hines that reached the big time with Top Euroleague team Olympiakos Piraeus and Reyshawn Terry. The team added sufficient strength for these two positions with ex Bremerhaven brat wurst eater Marcus Slaughter who left the Beko BBL in 2008 averaging 18ppg and 10rpg after 8 games and athletic forward Pj Tucker. The team got added offensive firepower with ex Alba Berlin guard Julius Jenkins that has won titles and may be still be one of the most dangerous crunch time players in the Beko BBL where teams would rather see him on the bench fouled out then on the floor when the going gets tough. “. I think they are deeper than last season and the pieces they lost they replaced them in a great way”, warned John Bynum. Bamberg is averaging 89 points per game this season “They are just stacked in each position and they dont have let downs at any point during a game. You can’t make too many mistakes and if you do they make you pay for it. On offense they have so many guys they can go to and anyone can put the ball in the basket. As far as defense they take you out of sets and make you play further awaythen you are used to playing by ball pressure and by playing physical”, warned John Bynum.
One can discuss all day long or ask ex Bamberg guard Michael Hakim Jordan how many quick smiles he can produce that equal the number of strenghthes that the team have, but relentless aggressive defense, immaculate speedy ball movement or maybe the most important of all total unselfishness and that has to do with having the right characters players mesh together in the right system. So often finding the right players for a certain system isn´t easy, but Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming has the right New Jersey twist to haul in the right players. “Chris is a great coach and has a great system and each player he has brought in fits the system to perfection. He has taken Bamberg to a very high level with their talent and his coaching ability. Bamberg has gotten stronger each season and if that continues, one shouldn´t have to shy away from soon making dynasty comparisons to the Alba Berlin teams from 1997-2003. “Bamberg is going in the right direction for it to be called a dynasty but a lot has to fall into their favor. If they are able to sustain their level of play and not have any key injuries then they can continue their high level of play”, warned John Bynum. An important question also remains if the team can stay hungry to keep winning and have nonstop motivaton?” I don’t think that coach will have a hard time motivating anyone. We play to win. We have been practicing hard and the new players bring a lot of excitement and we know what is in front of us. The old players want to create history and the new players want to become part of history. Everyone is highly motivated to win”, warned Bamberg forward Marcus Slaughter. The Brose Baskets Bamberg have played a very strong season having a 21-2 record at the moment. They started the season strong winning their first seven games and then had a small lapse of weakness and lack of concentration losing two games in a row in Berlin and Giessen, but haven´t lost since November 27 and are on a 15 game winning streak limiting TBB Trier to 37 points two days ago. The Brose Baskets Bamberg continue to dominate at home and are rolling into the playoffs looking for the home court advantage and continue to be the team to beat and are clearly the favorite to win the triple this season.
The Skyliners have a massive negative record on the road in Bamberg going six years without a win until the Beko BBL playoffs 2010 where the club of Gordon Herbert won in game one 65-63. In the Fraport arena, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a 2-7 record since the 2005-2006 season. Who could forget the embarrassing 81-48 loss in 2007 which was the last game for Skyliner coach Charles Barton. Last season, the club won twice winning in the regular season 84-80 as the team was led by American point guard Aubrey Reese with 18 points. They won a second time last season in game four with a 69-56 win sending the 2010 BEKO BBL finals back to Bamberg as Alba Berlin American Derrick Allen led the charge with 19 points and seven rebounds. In the first meeting last season season, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were able to pull out a hard fought 71-62 win as they rallied from being down 60-55 and ended the game with a 16-2 run. Anton Gavel led all scorers with 19 points and Reyshawn Terry added 15 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 15 points, but he steered only two assists. Brad Buckman and Jimmy Mckinney chipped in with 10 points a piece. Bamberg was able to shoot over 40% from the field and outside while Frankfurt didnt have the touch from the three point line at only 29%. In the second game at home, Bamberg won easily 81-63. Since the 2005-2006 season, the Skyliners have a miserable 3-16 record against the three time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. Last season, they lost four times in Bamberg, in the Champions Cup, against Bamberg and twice in Cup play against Braunschweig and the Artland Dragons. Since losing in Bamberg in the 2005 Beko BBL finals, Frankfurt has a record of only 2-6 in their own living room.
The Fraport Skyliners are currently riding on a two game winning streak and are riding into the Bamberg game with a lot of self confidence after their big 90-57 win in Bayreuth and are looking for revenge after their 97-63 defeat in Bamberg early in the season. The team is slowly playing better at home and their defense is very strong again. After giving up only 64 points per game through 11 games, they then lost their touch a bit giving up an average 79 points through four games, but since the last two wins against FC Bayern Munich and BBC Bayreuth are back to their old defensive tricks giving up only 53 points per contest. “Bamberg is a very good team. We can´t give up 80 points, but have to play like we did against Artland. If we can keep the game close then I think we have a chance to win. We have to slow down the pace and control the tempo”, warned Skyliner forward Jacob Burtschi. BBC Bayreuth point guard was impressed by the play of Frankfurt and has high hopes for that team. “If Frankfurt makes their shots like they did here and play good defense, then they could be in game. I really wouldn´t be surprised if they won”, stressed Indiana native Danny Gibson. The Brose Baskets Bamberg lead in every statistical category, but Frankfurt has shown a lot of heart and fight this season and will be focused for their Superbowl of the season at home. “We will need a good week of practice. We will have to take that atmosphere and play good defense and hope we can come away with a win. We can´t forget who Bamberg is though”, added Skyliner captain Marius Nolte. Giessen upset Bamberg at home so why shouldn´t Frankfurt be capable too? “Bamberg has a great roster and all players from 1-12 are excellent and they are led by a good coach. The game will be tight and anything can happen as anyone can beat anyone in this league”, warned BBC Bayreuth youth coordinator Sean Mccaw.
The Brose Baskets Bamberg are led by The Brose Baskets Bamberg are led by ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen. The 30 year old 198cm shooting guard/small forward is playing his fourth season with Bamberg after winning the BEKO BBL title with the team in 2007 and 2010 and Cup in 2010. The American from Glendora California is an outstanding player, a great competitor, both a scorer and a shooter. He can defend, take the charge, and he’ll get a rebound in a crowd because he’s tough. A complete player who plays hard, and plays smart. He played 287 NBA games for The Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies. He played at Stanford from 1998-2002 and in his senior year averaged 21.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 77.6%; Finished career ranked 3rd in all time points (1723), 6th in points per game (18.1), 2nd in three point field goals (22) and 4th in three point percentage (.427). Left Stanford as the sole or co-owner of 49 school records. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns (from Boston) (NBA,1rd(22). He played In France for in 2005-2006 for Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB): Euroleague: 25 games: 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 44.5%, FT: 76.7%; Spanish League: 44 games: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%, FT: 77.0%. In 2008-2009 he played for Alba Berlin winning the BEKO BBL cup playing Euroleague: 16 games: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 68.4%; German League: 43 games: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 44.6%, FT: 76.8%. Last season for Bamberg, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 68.2%; German Bundesliga: 48 games: 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 84.9%. Currently he is averaging 12,6ppg, 3,2rpg and 2,4apg and is shooting 50% from the field and 42,9% from outside.
The team brought in 26 year old 198cm forward PJ Tucker who played at Texas(NCAA) from 2002-2006 reaching the NCAA last 8 and Sweet 16. He knows how to play in the low post (and how to score. Plus, he is an unbelievable rebounder, who can jump two or three consecutive times to grab the ball. It didn´t take him long to reach the NBA as he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors (NBA,2rd(35) in 2006. In 2006-2007, he got a taste of the NBA playing for the Toronto Raptors (NBA), Regular Season: 17 games: 1.8ppg, 1.4rpg; in Jan.’07 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League), in Feb.’07 recalled to Toronto Raptors (NBA), in March ’07 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League), shortly left: 19 games: 10.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 84.6%. In the last four years, he has gained much experience in Europe having played in Isreal, Ukraine, Greece and Italy. Last season, he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 19 games: 11.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 59.6%; EuroCup: 14 games: Score-3(15.9ppg), Reb-2(8.0rpg), 1.7apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 68.1%, in May’11 moved to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 3 games: 12.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.3apg, 2.7spg and in the summer of 2011 signed at Quebradillas Pirates (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five): 17 games: 14.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 19.2%, FT: 75.9%. Currently he is averaging 12,4ppg and 4,4rpg and is shooting 50% from the field and 42,9%from the parking lot. German national player Tibor Pleiss is playing his third season for The Brose Baskets Bamberg. He is a 22 year old 214cm center that was born in Bergisch Gladbach. He started his basketball career for Rhein Energie Cologne in 2006-2007. In Cologne he played 39 BEKO BBL games and two ULEB cup games. He won the BEKO BBL cup in 2007 with Cologne. He started his German national team career at the European championships in 2009 in Poland. Last summer, he played at the World Championships in Turkey playing 5 games: 8.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 44.1%, FT: 91.7%. In 2009-2010 for Bamberg he played 14 Eurocup games: 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 54.4%, FT: 77.1%; German League: 45 games: 8.0ppg, 5.9rpg, Blocks-2(1.3bpg), FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 70.8%. Last summer he was drafted at #31 in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets and then traded to the Oklahoma Thunder. Last season, he played German League: 47 games: 8.9ppg, 6.5rpg, Blocks-1(1.6bpg), FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 76.4%; Euroleague: 10 games: 6.7ppg, Reb-5(6.3rpg), Blocks-3(1.5bpg), FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 78.9%. He didn´t see much action at the 2011 European Championships playing six games and averaging 1,8ppg and 1,8rpg due to Chris Kaman getting the brunt of the playing time. Currently, he is averaging 11,6ppg and 4,8rpg.
Marcus Slaughter is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Riverside California that is back in the Beko BBL playing his first season with Bamberg. He played at San Diego State from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 16.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49%, FT: 76.2%. He started his professional basketball career in Turkey for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir playing 29 games averaging 13.3ppg, Reb-3(10.2rpg), 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 67.2%. In 2007-2008, he was with the Miami Heat in preseason and then played in Israel and France for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, Israeli League: 8.0ppg, 6.4rpg, ULEB Cup: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, waived in Dec.’07, in Jan.’08 signed at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral 15 games: 9.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-3(63.2%), FT: 58.9%. in 2008-2009, he started with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven(8 games: 18.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 60.0%) before moving to France to Le Havre playing 21 games: 16.0ppg, Reb-1(9.5rpg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.4%; Eurocup: 6 games: 12.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.8bpg. In 2009-2010, he played for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA): EuroCup: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8spg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.7%; French League: 29 games: 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-5(1.4bpg), FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.1%. Last season, he played for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 67.5%. Currently, he is averaging 10,4ppg and 5,2rpg. Brian Roberts is a 26year old 188cm combo guard from Toldeo, Ohio who is playing his third season in Bamberg. Due to the unexpected injury to John Goldsberry, Bamberg had to react quickly and got the American shortly before the season. He played at Dayton from 2004-2008 and reached the NIT Elite 8 in 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 28 games: 15.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 88.5%. In 2009-2010 for Bamberg he played 14 Eurocup games: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 43 games: 11.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT-2(88.4%).Last season, he played : Euroleague: 10 games: 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 92.7%; German League: 45 games: 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 84.5%.Currently he is averaging 9,6ppg, 3,2rpg and 4,2apg. He is shooting hot 60,6% from the field and 53,9% from the three point line.
Anton Gavel is a 27 year old 189cm combo guard from Slovakia that has experience and can score quickly and in bunches when needed. He is playing his third season with Bamberg and started his basketball career for BG Karlsruhe and then played for Giessen from 2004-2006. In 2004-2005, he was a big factor in almost kicking out Bamberg out of the playoffs. That season he played 39 games: 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-3(1.5bpg), 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 35.7%. The next season, he was even better as he played 30 games: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 52.4%. he then got valuable experience playing in Spain in the ACB for PolarWorld Murcia from 2006-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). Last season he played for Svit (Extraliga, starting five), Slovakian League: 2 games: 22.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg; in Nov.’09 moved to Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 36 games: 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 71.7%; EuroCup: 12 games: 6.8ppg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 84.0%. Last season, he played 10 Euroleague games: 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 92.7%; German League: 45 games: 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 84.5%. Currently, he is averaging 9,4ppg, 2,0rpgand 3,6apg. He also is hot shooting 57;1% from the field and 50% from outside. Predrag Suput is a 32 year old 200cm power forward from Serbia. He is playing for The Brose Baskets Bamberg since 2007. He is a strong player(could play 3-2-4 position) good defender, excellent shot from outside. Strong penetration under the basket. Before coming to Bamberg, he played for top European teams like Partizan Belgrad and Hemofarm Vrsac. In 2009-2010, he played Eurocup playing 13 games: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 88.5%; German League: 45 games: Score-4(14.9ppg), 4.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 84.6%. Suput belongs to the top power forwards in the BEKO BBL and can score in so many ways that even when he kills a team with a seemingly impossible shot in traffic, you just have to smile and sigh in astonishment. Last season, he played Euroleague: 9 games: 10.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 75.0%; German League: 44 games: 12.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 78.6%. Currently he is averaging 9,4ppg, 3,6rpg and 2,2apg.
30 year old 187 cm guard American Julius Jenkins is playing his first season in Freak City and has developed into one of the top players in the BBL after first being recognized in the 2004-2005 season as he averaged 27,1ppg in the second Bundesliga for Nurnberg. He played a season in Bree, Belgium getting ULEB Cup experience before coming to Berlin in 2006 where he since has become a household name. His best scoring season was 2007-2008 where he played 45 games: Score-3(18.2ppg), 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.8%, 3FGP: 42.0%, FT: 81.4%. In 2009-2010, he played EuroCup: 14 games: 14.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 74.3%; German League: 35 games: Score-5(14.8ppg), 1.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 80.2%. He is an explosive scorer from the point guard or the shooting guard position; possesses the ability to score and create his own shot at anytime; Has very long arms and great leaping ability; unlimited range on the jump shot, which allows him to stretch the defense. “You have to pray that he misses. You have to be physical with him and make sure the bigs hedge hard on ball screens”, warned Omari Westley. With Berlin, Jenkins has won a number of awards such as Bundesliga All-Star Game -08 (MVP), Bundesliga Champion -08 (Finals MVP), Eurocup finalist 2010 and German Bundesliga Cup Winner -09 (FinalFour MVP). Last season, he played German League: 44 games: 14.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 79.9%; EuroCup: 11 games: 12.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 82.6%. Currently, he is only 8th in scoring, but averaging 8,8ppg which would have him in the top three scoring for lower class teams in the Beko BBL.
The team is also filled with talented young Germans led by Kartsen Tadda who is a 23 year old 189cm guard. He has been with Bamberg since 2007. He started his basketball career at Troester Breitenguessbach in 2005. In 2009-2010 for Bamberg he played Eurocup 14 games: 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg; German League: 45 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg. Last season, he played German League: 47 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg; Euroleague: 10 games: 0.8ppg; played also at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB, starting five): 2 games: 16.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg. He is known as an aggressive and relentless defender. Currently, he is averaging 5,0ppg,1,4rpg and 2,0apg. Maurice Stuckey is a 21 year old 187cm guard that was born in Augsburg. He started his basketball career in 2005 for BG Leitershofen. He then moved to Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB), where he played from 2007-2009. In2009-2010, he played for Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 62.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 85.3%, played also at Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 1.3ppg. At the 2010 European Championships U20 in Croatia he played 9 games: 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5(2.2spg), FGP: 34.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 75.0%. Last season, he played German League: 35 games: 2.2ppg; Euroleague: 3 games: 2.3ppg; also played at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 18 games: 14.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 77.5%. Phillip Neumann is a 19 year old 210cm center that was born in Cologne Germany. He started his basketball career for SSKC Aschaffenburg / TV Langen U16 team in 2007. In 2008 he played for Franken Hexer (ProB): 21 games: 4.5ppg, 4.1rpg, Blocks-5(1.0bpg). In 2009-2010, he played for Baskets Bamberg junior team: 21.0ppg, 12.8rpg, had also license to play at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 8.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 61.0%. In 2010, he played at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 12.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 62.9%. Last season, he played German League: 18 games: 1.2ppg; German League: Euroleague: 1 game: 0pts. Currently, he is averaging 4,5ppg, 2,0rpg and 1,0apg.