German regionaliga team Limburg are ready to kick off their season on September 19th against SV 03 Tuebingen and have their team as well as complete, but are missing that one import player that is so usual in the Regionaliga. As far as the German players on board, head coach Danny Stalllbohm can work this season with players like son Justin Stahllbohm, Norman Klima, Robin Pflueger, Daniel Hahn, Kaan Kus from Idstein, Mike Sharma from Horchheim, Henry Volkert from Gieen and Devidas Balka from Noerdlingen. The club left the football organization that it belonged to and formed their own organization and as a result money that was usually there in the budget is missing for this season.
The position of the import player has yet still to be determined. The club has had Americans in for try-outs, but nothing has become official with a signing yet. Currently there are two Americans in try-outs with the club and possibly one could be signed? When that new player will signed is unknown, but it would be benficial if he was before the season opener. In the last years, the club has been very fortunate having guys that really carried the team like Canadian Kris Douse and Ron Howard two years ago. Douse has made a name for himself in the German Regionaliga having played in Euskirchen last season and will ball with Rot Weiss Cuxhaven this season. Douse recently hammered home 14 points against Bremerhaven in a test game. Howard has retired and quickly out of almost nothing formed his own player agency named Howard Hoops and already placed some players with teams. Last season Limburg had talented American BJ Miller who went back to Florida, Kwame Duku who has moved to Pro B team Nordlingen and Irish lad Paul Dick who has made the next move heading to Spain and will play in the third division with Araberri Basket Club (Spain-LEB Silver).
Limburg has been on the risesince 2009 when it moved to the Bezirksliga and then to the Landesliga playing two seasons in that competition. They continued to march up the ladder getting to the Regionaliga 2 and in 2012 moved to the Regionaliga and in their first two years reached the positions 10 and 13 and last season had a surprising, but well earned fifth place with which many didn’t expect. A lot of this success has to do with head coach Danny Stallbohm who eats drinks and sleeps Limburg basketball as he even played there in the late 90s.If Stallbohm can duplicate or better the success from last season is unknown, but if he can it won’t be easy. A lot will have to do with how well his Germans play and can mesh quickly into the season as a slow start will hamper their season as well as how well the new import player can perform. His son Justin Stallbohm (182-PG-92) is optimistic that the club could have success if many pieces fall into place. “Our team has had many changes. many guys left, but we have young talented players, a player from Lithuania and two Americans in try-outs. I am expecting a tough season, because the other teams are strong and built competitive teams and we will go with many young players. Our goal is to remain in the league. However I go into every game to win which means anything can happen. I feel that if we can present ourself well as a team then we can move up in the standings during the season. Robin Pflueger and I have to lead the team and try to integrate the new players into the team. We also have to score more as our scorers from last season are gone. I will continue to work hard in every game and give the team what it needs and hope to reach our goals”, warned Justin Stallbohm.