It´s the Same Old Story Each Season For Skyler Bowlin(Bakken Bears) As His Role Will Encompass Being Solid And Leading As Best As Possible

Skyler Bowlin (190-G-1989, college: MSSU) is a 33 year old 190cm guard that is playing his 12th season as a professional season and first with the Bakken Bears. Last season he played with the Telekom Baskets Bonn averaging 9.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 36.2%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 76.3%. In 2020-2021 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 has returned back to Germany to play a Basketball Champions League game against the MHP Riesen.

Thanks Skyler for talking to Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?

Life is good! I’m in Aarhus, denmark at the moment living with my family.

You played the majority of your career in Germany which has totaled 6 years, but also have spent time in Denmark and are playing your ‘fourth season there and first with top team Bakken Bears. How special is it to play there? You won your first two pro titles there.

It’s really special to be able to come back to Denmark and play. My wife is from here and we have family so it’s really nice to be able to have them around.

The Bakken Bears have won 29 titles in their career and are always a good bet to win hardware as they won the double the last 2 seasons. What does it mean for you to play for this very traditional and historic Danish team?

Bakken is a very ambitious club so it’s a great opportunity to be able to come here and compete at a high level.

After winning the double the last 2 years, the goal can only be repeat. How excited are you to add to the hardware?

Nothing is ever guaranteed. We have to work hard if we want to win a championship.

You join a team where you aren’t the most experienced. There are 4 other players aged 32 or older. How do you feel will this experience help you perform on a daily basis where you know that you have so much veteran support around you?

It’s nice having a good mix of young guys and older guys here. Experience is great to have, but it’s also nice to have young fellas that mix things up.

Talk a little about what veterans Ryan Evans and Michel Diouf mean to the club? Combined they are in their 13th season with the organization and have won combined have won 14 titles for the Bakken Bears. How have you gotten to appreciate them most?

Mich and Ryan are competitors. We have all gotten close since I’ve been here and it’s great to be able to share the court with them.

What kind of an experience has it been playing together with ex NBA Daft pick Tony Carr? How do feel do you guys compliment each other best?

Tony is so talented. It’s been great getting to watch him and be in the backcourt together. He’s more of a downhill, get in the paint guy to where my style is more slow it down and shoot. We compliment each other well.

You have put up consistent stats each season. What kind of role do you have this season on such an experienced team?

My role will be similar as every year. I just need to be solid and lead as well as I can.

On a team that has so much experience and fire power, do you feel like you could be an even more of a playmaker than in previous seasons?

We have so many guys that can score the ball so my role will be more of a game manager. Of course when I need to score I have to get the job done, but we have a lot of weapons

Congrats on qualifying for the Basketball Champions League. What was your first reaction when you learned that you would play against easyCredit BBL team MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg?

It’s exciting to be able to already get back and play in Germany. It’ll be a great test for us.

If you had to guess what your career record against Ludwigsburg is what do you think it is?

It’s exciting to be able to already get back and play in Germany. It’ll be a great test for us.

It is actually 3-5. I can imagine the last encounter is still present in your mind as you scored 13 points with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. One season you swept them with Wurzburg. Is there a particular game that will always be in your memory?

Man, I can’t actually remember a specific game against them. They are always tough to go against though.

The Bakken Bears have lucked out a bit in which they have caught the MHP Riesen in a massive rebuilding phase as legend John Patrick is gone and so are many players that gave the team the success the last years. How big of an advantage will this be for the Bears?

I know that Josh King will have them ready. I’m sure they will play a similar style and be ready to play hard.

What kind of game can we await in Ludwigsburg in the first BCL game? The Bears will already have played 2 BCL games and 2 Danish league games while Ludwigsburg only 2 BBL games.

I’m sure it’ll be fast paced and physical.

Giannis recently said that Steph Curry is the best player in the world? As a guard do you share that opinion?

I don’t really like to argue who the best in the world is. There are a lot of great players

Germany got a big Bronze Medal at the 2022 European Championships. You played against so many of those guys when you were in Germany. Is there a player from the German squad that you remember having a special memory competing against?

Man, it was incredible to watch the German team. I felt a big connection since I know a lot of them. My best memory would be with Andi Obst since we played together in Giessen my first year in Germany. One game Andi was 0-7 from three but at the end he hit a game winning three at the buzzer for us. He’s a sharpshooter!

What is your opinion of the current Boston Celtics drama and 1 year suspension of head coach Ime Udoka? Do you feel like this could affect how the team plays?

Man, that’s a weird situation they are in. Hopefully the Celtics can move past it and focus on the things on the court.

Thanks Skyler for the chat.


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