Skyler Bowlin (190-G-1989, college: MSSU) is a 32 year old 190cm guard that finished his 11th season as a professional and his sixth in Germany and first with the Telekom Baskets Bonn averaging 9,2ppg, 1,9rpg, and 3,5apg. Last season he split time with GS Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A1) averaging 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 30.8%, FT: 70.6% and also played with Enea Zastal BC Zielona Gora (Poland-EBl) averaging 9.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 78.3%.. In the 2019-2020 season he played with s.Oliver Wurzburg averaging 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 44.8%, FT: 87.2%. and the season before averaged 9.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 70.7% in the BBL and in the Fiba Europe Cup averaged 8.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 5.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 72.2%. The ex Missouri So (NCAA2) began his professional basketball career with BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA) and then played three seasons in Denmark with Horsens IC and a year in Sweden with the Sodertalje Kings (Sweden-Basketligan). He played two seasons in Germany with the Giessen 46ers and with Science City Jena (Germany-BBL) playing 32 games averaging 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.1apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 80.9%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about his memories of playing against Rickey Paulding.
Thanks Skyler for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
I’m in Denmark with my wife and son at the moment relaxing and recovering after a long season. Life is good!
The Telekom Baskets played a magical season and one that nobody in Bonn will ever forget. What was the most special thing about the season for you?
My teammates and everyone around the club were the most special. I can’t explain it really, but it was just a special group!
Your heading back to a place that you love, but you played 5 successful seasons in the BBL. What will you always remember from the BBL?
The BBL tretaed me so well. The thing that I loved most about it was that you had to bring it every day or you would lose. The league was so competitive and the crowds were always great.
What is the first thing that you think about when you hear the word Rickey Paulding?
I just remember him always making the big shot when needed. He was a killer.
Did you ever see a player that was able to play so well at his age?
He is definately one of the few that can, but I also played with Julius Jemkins, Immanuel Mcelroy and Derrick Allen when they were at the end of their careers.
What part of his game will never slip your mind?
His fadeway in the post is something I will always remember.
What do you think was your record against him? Do you think you were above or below 500?I can’t remember exactly.
You were 2-6 and were 2-0 with Giessen winning some exciting games with Giessen and Bonn. What kind of legacy do you feel will he leave in the easyCredit BBL? Do you feel that tehre will ever be another american that can reach his longevity?
He clearly has made a uge impact in the BBL and of course Oldenburg. That just doesn’t matter a lot where an american stays with a team for so long. It’s a truly special situation that probably won’t ever happen again. Very very cool.
Please leave some closing words for Rickey.Heck of a career. Congrats on tons of success and longevity and good luck in life after basketball Rickey.