It hasn´tbeen the easiest of seasons for the 2004 Fiba Europe Cup championMittledeutscher BC as winning in the easyCredit BBL has never been easy overthe years as they have had a roller coaster route of moving up and down to thePro A and back similar to how a boarder line NBA player feels taking thosecommutes back and forth between G-League towns and NBA cities and this seasonthe club is dwelling in the cellar with a mean wolf blocking the stairs up tothe living room. The wolf´s den as many know the Weissenfels arena to be aswell as enemy gyms have not been friendly to the Wolves as they have had littleto howl about in terms of being ruthless and successful as teams have had theirway with them. The Mitteldeutscher BC has many Ameriacns in the rotation andeven a Canadian with Adika Peter Mcneilly who was used to winning as a rookielast season with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg reaching the playoffs and gettingfar in the Basketball Champions League, but this season he and his new club MBCas people like to call it when they have gotten tired of writing out the fullname Mitteldeutscher BC have had a season to forget. It has been a realstruggle of a season so players on the club can have very long days in thesmall city of Weissenfels that has little for entertainment and offers the besthang out with a Mcdonalds on the outskirts of town for that late night snackwhen you want to bury all the sorrows from the court in a big juicy Big Mac.Adika Peter Mcneilly who had a stellar college career in Canada at RyersonCollege (CIS) and a solid rookie season in Ludwigsburg shaping his basketballskills under the watchful eye of head coach John Patrick has seen the otherside of German basketball as he and his team is struggling. He is lucky,because when basketball times are bad in Weissenfels, he has more than just aMcdonalds to try to cure his basketball blues with the munchies, but has SteveHarvey to get his torn mind healed with a tad of entertainment. Even I watchSteve Harvey, but then again more for entertainment, but the American talk showhost is a guy that is able to erase your negative feelings quickly with hisfunny antics. Thank God for You Tube, as you can find seemingly unending hilariousSteve Harvey moments on the show Family Feud where he is the host and has funnymoments throughout the 30 minute program. Mcneilly is a big fan of Steve Harveyand for him, Harvey doesn´t even have to be releasing pure comical phrases toget him on the floor with laughter. “There has been a lot of lines that Steve Harvey gets me laughing at. Ithink the funniest moments is when he doesn’t say anything and he has thisblank expression on his face because of the wild answers he hears”, stressedAdika Peter Mcneilly. The next time a teammate hears Mcneilly roaring withlaughter in the bus as he is gazing intently at his lab top or phone, it couldbe a good chance that he is having his own personal moment with Steve Harvey ashe is possibly trying to shed some kind of tough basketball moment experience.
AdikaPeter Mcneilly is a 24 year old 190cm guard that was born in Toronto, Ontarioand grew up in Scarborough. He had a stellar career at Ryerson College(CIS) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 93 games and was able to improve hisscoring and rebounding averages each season. Already as a freshman he put upvery solid stats averaging 11.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 69.6%. Hissophomore campaign was even better as he shot better than 40% form downtown forthe second straight season averaging 3.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg,FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 44.0%, FT: 68.8%. He made a further jump as a junior averaging15.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 89.8%.In his senior season he played 25 games averaging 18.6ppg,7.2rpg, 3.5apg,2.1spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 85.0%. Hiscareer highlights at Ryerson included winning the 2016 OUA championship andbeing a 2017 CIS finalist. He never has had problems with his rare first nameAdika as he hasn´t had had the burden of finding a special nickname as he hasgotten used to having people call him that without the nickname. Most ofteammates the last two years that are Americans have had that NCAA experience,but he played in the growing league CIS in Canada that continues to makestrides. “The CIS has grown a lot, coming into the league several years ago to now Ihave seen the shift of players coming and out and playing oversees”, warnedAdika Peter Mcneilly. The Canadian put up very good stats in his four years atRyerson, but in a way any school that plays in the CIS is always in the shadowof the Golden State Warriors of the CIS Carleton who have a nasty habit in theeyes of every other school of racking up titles the way the New EnglandPatriots has done AFC titles with currently almost 10 consecutive titles. Hedid win one title at Ryerson and has no regrets about playing there for fouryears. “I enjoyed my time playing at Ryerson and I’ve learned a lot playing forcoach Roy Rana. He has taught me the game to the best of my abilities andalways believed in me. These last four years I’ve grown so much as a studentand basketball player and there are countless people at Ryerson that helped mealong the way”, warned Adika Peter Mcneilly.
Hisbiggest highlight was stealing a title from the seemingly invincible schoolCarleton win the OUA championship over the Golden State Warriors of theCanadian college basket ball league 86-79 where he exploded with 29 points andcontrolled the boards like a hungry wolf scooping down 12 boards. Being able towin this title against the best basketball school in Canada is something thatnobody will be able to take from him. Heremembers what it took to put a dent in the title trophy case at Carleton withthat very memorable victory. “Our team perseverance during times of distressand how everyone in the locker room dealt with adversity”, warned Adika PeterMcneilly. But being able to beat a top school like Carleton only a short timelater is about as rare as an Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons ever winninga game of Horse where the focus is only shooting from the free throw line asRyerson lost 78-69 as his 23 points didn´t mean a thing as the title went toCarleton. “We played a hard game and gave it to Carleton as they won anotherChampionship. One game would not define my CIS career, of course a nationalchampionship would be nice but I was more than happy with the way we played andhow our season was played out”, warned Adika peter Mcneilly. Not only winningthe OUA title remains a huge positive memory in his mind, but he also hadothers as he had countless huge games where he filled the stat sheet like aRussell Westbroook in the game against Western where he exploded for 36 pointsnetting 10/ 13 three´s, hauled down seven rebounds and handed out six dimes. Heisn´t 100% content it was his best personal effort at Ryerson, but itdefinitely is up there. “It may have been and I have to thank my teammates andthe coaching staff in putting confidence in me that game. Having a group ofpeople wanting you to excel feels great”, warned Adika Peter Mcneilly. TheCanadian who has a clear opinion who is the best of all-time in the seeminglynever ending debate between Michael Jordan and Lebron James taking the ChicagoBull also remembers how vital his head coach Roy Rana was for his positivedevelopment as a player at Ryerson. You can ask any guy from Carleton who everplayed for Dave Smart and get the most heartfelt answers about how vital of ateacher he was and it isn´t any different when mentioning the name Roy Rana. “CoachRoy taught me how to work hard and be the best player I can possibly be everytime I stepped out on the court, whether that was in practice or individualworkouts”, said Adika Peter Mcneilly. In 93 NCAA games he scored in doublefigures in 70 games and scored 20 points or more 27 times and 30 points or morefour times. Besides his 36 point memory against Western, fans will remember his34 point explosion against Guelph and 32 points against Ottawa. He alreadygained some international experience in 2015 with the Canadian national teamplaying at the World University Games inGwangju (South Korea) playing 8 games averaging 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 25.8%,FT: 61.5%
TheCanadian set out for a professional career in the summer of 2017 and wasgobbled up by the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. It can be seen as a honor playing fora John Patrick team as he always picks up special kind of guards that willunderstand his philosophy and function in his specialized guard system. Patricksaw a lot of potential in the versatile guard and signed him. Mcneilly came toGermany not having that feeling of entering a totally foreign place as helooked to his ex teammates from Ryerson. “It really helps having Jahmal Jonesand Aaron Best as friends that goes beyond basketball and that I have kept intouch with after their time at Ryerson. They told me that playing professionalbasketball will be an experience and that I should go out and play as hard as Ican”, stressed Adika Peter Mcneilly in the summer of 2017. What also helped the Canadian coming toGermany and not having any uneasy feelings about succeeding in a rising Germanleague easyCredit BBL was just knowing that ex CIS players like Carletonlegends the Scrubb brothers Philipp and Tommy have really made a mark in theleague and moved on to bigger and better leagues as well after having thatexperience in Germany. “I feel no pressure, I have played basketball a verylong time and I am confident in my abilities. Nothing will be easy, as theleague is very good but once again I am excited to go out on the hardwood andplay”, warned Adika Peter Mcneilly in the summer of 2017. In his rookie seasonwith the MHP RIESENLudwigsburg (Germany-BBL) he played 34 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 31.1%,FT: 69.0%; and also played 26 BCL games averaging 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 33.8%,FT: 73.5%. It wasn´t always easy in the John Patrick guard infested rotation,but he held his own and had his moments. In the easyCredit BBL, he scored indouble figures in 10 contests including a 24 point effort in a 118-98 shoot outwin against the Giessen 46ers where he smothered 6 trey´s and who could forgethis 21 point BBL debut in the 98-77 victory over the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Heperformed even better in the Basketball Champions League scoring in doublefigures in 14 games. He finished that season strong scoring in double figuresin his last six games. Memorable games of him included his 15 and 14 points inwins against Neptunas and his 17 and 12 point efforts in wins over French sideChalon. All in all it was a solid rookie season, but unfortunately not goodenough to warrant a contract extension.
This season has been a season to forget so far as the Mitteldeutscher BC have started 1-8 and even though his minutes aren´t down from his rookie season, the Canadian has been struggling a bit in the scoring department averaging 5,7ppg and shooting an unacceptable 17,9% from outside at a clip of 5/28, but his overall game has been solid as he is averaging 2,9rpg, 2,1apg and 1,1spg. The team´s biggest problem has been not being able to keep team´s points down as they are giving up 89 points per game and scoring only 74 points per game. The effort is there on the boards as they are hauling down 33 per game fourth best in the league. The team definitely has talented defenders at the guard rotation with Trevor Releford and Lee Moore, but so far the club hasn´t found an identity on the defensive end. The season is still very long for the club to find a winning moment that will get them out of their black hole. Mcneilly is still looking for his offensive rhythm and play games the way he did against Vechta where he dropped 15 points and his three pointer was reliable. His ex teammate Jean-Victor Mukama fro Ryerson remembers Mcneilly having that special energy something that the team needs more of right now. “We have loud guys on the team, like energy guys, but Adika is a different type of energy. He’s always there to help guys with anything they’re struggling with”, added Jean-Victor Mukama. The Canadian inherited that different special kind of energy a long time ago. “My family instilled positive vibes throughout our household that helped each of us grow as individuals and I use those philosophies with basketball and everything I do in life”, warned Adika Peter Mcneilly. No matter where the basketball path of Adika Peter Mcneilly goes this season, he will always have You Tube and Steve Harvey to spruce up his day as well as having that special different energy that the Mitteldeutscher BC needs right away to help escape their losing funk as it is 10 to midnight in the MBC season.