Author: Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Basketball journalist and play by play commentator

Jordan Burris Sees Himself Entering His Prime Where He´s Combining His Basketball IQ With His Peak Athleticism

Jordan Burris is a 26 year old 201cm forward from Bakersfield, California that completed his second season with BBC Coburg averaging 16,8ppg, 6,6rpg and 2,9apg. In the 2016-2017 season with BBC Coburg he averaged 21.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.3apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 69.2%. He started his basketball career in 2010 with Nevada (NCAA) where he played until 2013 playing 92 NCAA games. As a senior he moved on to CS San Bernar. (NCAA 2) playing 25 games: 14.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 72.0%. He turned professional in 2014 and played for teams like the Santa Monica Jump (IBL),  Reno Bighorns (D-League) and  Indiana Diesels (PBL). He spoke to German Hoops after his second season with BBC Coburg.



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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Jordan Burris after dropping 16 points in a 76-73 loss in Frankfurt



Jordan thanks for talking to German Hoops. You just compelted your second season in Germany with BBC Coburg. If someone had told you in September that the team would move back down to the Regionaliga would you have believed it?


No I wouldn’t have believed it but we had a lot of obstacles throughout the season that could of held any team back.








After such a great first season with BBC Coburg where you moved from the Regionaliga to the pro B, how disappointing is the fact that the club was unable to stay in the Pro B?




It’s very disappointing because BBC Coburg is such a great club and we have great fan support. But like I said from injuries to coaching changes there was a lot of obstacles to overcome that most teams didn’t have to deal with.








BBC Coburg didn´t start off well losing it´s first three games, but then caught fire winning three of four games. What kind of atmosphere was within the team with that 3-4 record at that time?


I think we kept the same atmosphere all year. Every week we came in optimistic because we knew we had a good team we just couldn’t seem to get over the hump.






The club showed that they could win in crunch time at that moment beating Leverkusen and Wurzburg, but then it all went down hill. The team then lost 6 in a row including tight affairs against Iserlohn and Rhondorf. Was this the turning point of the season?


I don’t think that was the turning point. We beat Elchingen right before the break, which gave us some momentum. We just couldn’t capitalize on that momentum and ultimately we lost too many close games.








Then came the huge 105-97 win against top team ScanPlus Baskets. One would have thought that after this big win, something would get ignited within the team, but you then proceeded to lose 6 of the last 8 games. Why do you feel after good moments, the club was unable to take the momentum and carry it into future wins?


Ultimately too many close losses I think we finished the season 9-19. And 13 of those losses were by 10 pts or less. 







You were solid in the playdowns with a 3-3 record, but it wasn´t enough as Wurzburg remained in the Pro B with one win more. Was there a game in the playdowns what you feel cost the team the Pro B?


Yea I think the first game against Karlsruhe hurt us a lot. Karlsruhe is a good team but we came in to the play downs in a position where we needed to out play Wurzburg, so losing to the last place team was not an option. Also the game at Wurzburg was huge. But road games were not our friend all season.






The teams biggest handicap was their defense allowing 80 points per game. Why was the team unable to find a more consistent rhythm on the defensive end this season?


I think we were a very young team. I look at it like growing pains. No pain no gain. I think we are all better for having to go through a struggle like this.





It is no secret that success in the Pro B comes from having team unity, but also good imports and a good functioning German core. You had a lot of German experience on the club, but was the scoring depth missing at times from them?


No. Everybody played their part. We just came up just short too many times. I think if you look up  the “team efficiency” stat we were up towards the top or middle which is rare that you end up lower in the rankings.





I would imagine the season highlight was the win against the ScanPlus Baskets. What are your fondest memories of this win?


Yea that was definitely a highlight (also Eividas Moloschiakas hitting the game winner against Wurzburg). But my fondest memory of that was 4th qtr and overtime. We struggled all year closing games on the offensive and defensive end. So to find success against the eventual champions felt great. Everyone stepped up big in that game. Especially Byron







Let´s talk about your teammates. How much of a pleasure was it playing with American guard Byron Sanford. How did you see his game develop throughout the season and is he ready to tackle a higher level?


It’s great playing with B. His motor is so high and it rubs off on everyone. Especially me because we lived together, everything was a competition. Which leads to each person bringing out the best in the other. He’s also very skilled and has a high basketball IQ. It’s hard coming over and adjusting to a different play style and different rules, but Byron handled it with ease, which says a lot about him. He’s definitely ready to succeed at a higher level.





How did you experience the daily battles with Anell Alexis on the court. He is in a way similar to you in that he is also trying to establish himself more in Europe. How do you feel did he profit from your game and vice versa?


Anell was very fun to play with. Like you said we play the same position so every day we competed (I always won of course😉). And his basketball IQ is very high and he can guard almost every position. He’s very versatile. Definitely benefited from playing with him. And I hope he feels the same about playing with me.








How long did it take for you to find out who Anell Alexis´s dad was? Do you remember hearing stories from back in the day?


Not long. His dad is a legend out here. I heard a couple stories from back in the day about how he dominated at Alba Berlin!








You played with many talented Germans, but if you had to pick one who developed the best who would you pick?


That’s a tough question. We had so much talent. Chris Wolf is a great shooter and smart player and great competitor . Max Von Der Wippel is a huge body but still has soft touch around the rim. Steffen Walde throws some of the most amazing passes I’ve ever seen and finishes with kyrie irving like layups! Yasin Turan is the prototypical point guard and plays with so much heart. Eividas Moloschiakas great shooter, great passer and great defender. Daniel Stawowski might be the best post scorer I’ve ever played with. Kevin Eich is a great shooter with a great handle on the ball to set up teammates. Sinan Özdil was the most talented person in life. He’s literally good at everything. Matze Fichtner is an excellent shooter with unreal athleticism, I’m really excited for his future. Even our young guys Bauer, Ben, and Louis showed good signs and got better throughout the year.








Let´s talk about your game. This season in the Pro B you averaged 16,8ppg, 6,6rpg and 2,9apg. How content were you with your game this season?


I’m never content. I’m always looking for ways to improve myself and the play of the team.








You played about the same minutes as in the Regionaliga, but averaged 4ppg and 2,rpg less. What kind of adjustment was it for you coming from the Regionaliga to the Pro B?


It was definitely a different level of play. I think the two major differences were the level of talent and the other teams preparation. I didn’t get a lot of wide open shots like I did in Regionliga. 









How do you feel has your game developed since coming to Coburg in 2016? How would you describe Jordan Burris the player in April 2018?



Like I mentioned before Germany has a different style of play than the U.S. so I feel that I’ve incorporated both into one to become a better player. It’s made my basketball IQ higher. Also I was one of the older guys on this years team so I feel that I grew a lot as a leader. All together I’m 2 years wiser and 2 years better than when I started in Coburg. And I feel that I’m entering my prime now as a player where I’m combining basketball IQ with my peak athleticism so I´m excited going forward.










Your three point shooting was down from 42% to 38% this season. What goals do you continue to have with your outside shooting? Do you feel like you can become a guy who can be around 40% or higher?



Yea I definitely feel that I’m a 40% or higher type of player from 3. This year I took a lot of late shot clock and half court buzzer beaters that dragged my percentage down a little. But no excuse those are shots that I expect to make still. 








You also had six games with 5 or more assists and improved your assist average from last season. Do you feel like your creating for others has progressed having been introduced to the European game?


That was definitely a personal progression of mine. It just opens up the game for everyone. If the defense is worried about the pass, the drive and the 3 there is no way they can guard all 3. It also speaks a lot to my teammates that had to finish the plays and make shots.









You stated in our first interview that a hidden strength is your communication. How tough was it for you this season as being the glue guy having to accept the losing? What positives can you take from the season that will make your game stronger in the future?


It’s tough on everyone when you have a losing season. But some positives I took from the season was learning how to be a better leader,  learning the importance of communication on and off the court whether winning or losing. 








Your best personal game was probably the win against the ScanPlus Baskets where you steered home 32 points, but let me unearth another good game in the 90-78 win against Wurzburg where you had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. With all the games you play is that a game you still remember?


Yea that was one of my most complete games of the season. Also the one time we beat Munich. I think I finished with 16 pts, 10 rebs, 8 asts, and 4/5 stls. But the most important stat in all 3 of the games is that we won. 




How cool was it seeing Pro B guys Kameron Taylor, Jeril Taylor and Miles Jackson-Cartwright make the jump to the easyCredit BBL. Does that give hope for you in the unending process in your quest to move up the basketball ladder?


It gives me confidence I know those players are good but it also lets me know that I can definitely compete at the highest level. I’m happy for them and wish them nothing but success and health!










What is the next step for Jordan Burris? Would you like to stay in Germany or test another country?


That’s one thing about this game and lifestyle is that the next step is so unpredictable. It’s fun but also makes you nervous you know? I’m confident that things will play out for the best though! 






How does a summer work out day look like for you on and off the floor? On what things will you be working on this summer to keep tweaking your game?


Summer workout consists of 2/3 workouts a day. In the morning I try to lift and do a basketball workout. Then afternoon come in and get some shots up. Then at night play open run 5 on 5 to get some cardio and work on new moves. I really enjoy the summer grind. This summer I’m looking to add some post moves and work on explosiveness as well as tuning up some areas I’m already strong in. 






Any chance of catching up with Kobe Bryant this summer? You were in a commercial with him some years ago. Did some kind of connection remain with him or is he just to big to keep a connection like that?


I haven’t kept in contact with him but that’s still one of my fondest memories. He’s my favorite player and a legend so even if it was for just a couple hours getting to pick his brain and him personally giving me a lesson on his fadeaway was a once in a lifetime unforgettable experience for me!







Who was the toughest player that you faced on the court in the Pro B this season


That’s a tough question because there was a lot of talent this year but I would say Kam Taylor and Karim Jallow were the toughest competitors. 









How did you experience the 2018 NCAA March Madness? What was the most spectacular upset in the tournament?



I actually didn’t get to watch much college basketball this year given the time difference. But my Alma Mater University of Nevada, Reno advanced to the sweet sixteen so that was pretty cool to see!





Deandre Ayton seems lie he could be the #1 NBA draft pick in 2018. But having been in Europe this season you must of seen some highlights of Real Madrid´s 19 year old stand out Luca Doncic who belonged to the best players in the Euroleague. Should a guy like that be the automatic #1 pick just from sheer experience and talent?


I got to watch a little bit of both and I don’t think you can go wrong with either one. Both are very young and very talented.






Lebron James makes amazing passes in every game, but really showcased it in a game this season against the Los Angeles Lakers. He already is like a point guard, but if he played just point guard and concentrated only on playmaking how many assists do you feel would he average per game?


Lebron is one of the greatest players to ever live. There’s no telling how many assists he could average. Same thing can be said for scoring or rebounding. If he decided to focus on only one thing there’s no telling how great he could be at each one individually. But that’s what makes him great is that he does it all.


Thanks Jordan for the chat.








Chris Frazier Will Be Under Construction This Summer And Next Year Will Be A Make Or Break Season

Chris Frazier is a 27 year old 182cm shooting guard that hails from Heidelberg, Germany, but also has the American citizenship and finished his fourth professional season and first with the Rostock SeaWolves helping them reach the pro A averaging 9,9ppg,1,2rpg and 1,6apg. He started his basketball career at TV Schwetzingen (Germany-2.Regionalliga) before moving to the States to play at  Dubuque (NCAA3) from 2010-2014 playing a total of 107 games and as a senior played 26 games averaging 13.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 88.0%. He came back to Germany in 2014 and played with the Otto Baskets Magdeburg (Germany-ProB) playing 20 games averaging 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 80.6%. In the 2015-2016 season he made the jump to the BBL playing for the Crailsheim Merlins (Germany-BBL) playing 13 games averaging 2.3ppg. In the 2016-2017 season he played for the Artland Dragons (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games averaging 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 79.4%. He spoke to German Hoops after his season with Rostock.

Chris thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your early off season?

Hi Miles always a pleasure. At the moment I am still in Rostock and enjoying my off time as best I can. It is hard for me to enjoy given the fact I am not to happy with my perfomance this season. I have a lot of work to do.

Before we talk about the amazing last season, I have to ask you about the somewhat surprising coaching change of Ralf Rehberger and Milan Skobalj. Was this as surprising for you? Wouldn´t a guy like Rehberger have deserved a shot in the Pro A

It was shocking to me to be honest. We had an amazing season with a lot of ups and downs; but Ralf managed to help turn things around and helped us to the promotion into the Pro A. We can´t forget that there also is a business side to this and the higher up believe that making a coaching is the way to go. Coach deserves a chance at coaching at the Pro A level and that time will come.

Congrats on a wonderful Pro B season with the Rostock Seawolves. How disappointing was it not winning the Pro B title? Does that give a bad taste on the great season?

It certainly does, but we did it to ourselves. They were the better team that day and that´s how it will stay.


As Chris Carter´s Basketball IQ Continues To Develop Over The Next Few Years So Will His Efficiency

RASTA Vechta, Pro AChris Carter is a 26 year old 195cm guard that was born in Brooklyn, New York and is from Port St. Lucie, Florida that finished his third professional season and second in Germany and first with SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA) helping them win the Pro A title averaging 11,0ppg,3,4rpg and 5,3apg and shot 40% from outside. Last season he played for BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA) playing 40 games averaging 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg, Assists-4(5.7apg), Steals-4(2.1spg), FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 73.4%. As a rookie he played for Bipa Basket Odessa (Ukraine-SL Favorit Sport) playing 32 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 5.0apg, Steals-1(2.2spg), FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 77.3%. He started his basketball career at Air Force (NCAA) and then played the last three years of school at Florida Tech (NCAA2) and as a senior played 21 games averaging 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 75.8%. He spoke to German Hoops after the completion of his third professional season and first with Vechta.

Chris thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying the early process of the offseason?

Hello Miles, thanks for having me. I just came back home to Florida a couple of days ago so I haven’t done much but try to get over this jet lag. But I will vacation soon and then get back to work later in the summer.

Congrats on winning the 2018 German pro A title. How thrilled are you that the club was able to be the best team all season and finish the season strong?

 Thank you Miles, I appreciate it. I was excited to show that we were the best team from start to finish of the season. It was a testament of all the hard work we put in from the first day of practice.

You did lose the second game in the final to Crailsheim, but won the title due to a better point difference. Crailsheim were a very worthy opponent. What do you feel was the deciding factor in this 2 game series?

I felt like the best two teams made it to the finals this season and both deserved to move up to the BBL. I think the deciding factor was the way we came out in the first game at their house. We really set the tone and in result ended up with a 16 point victory which gave us a bit of a cushion in the second game.


The Fraport Skyliners Players 2018 NBA Summer League Watch Volume 7

Obviously being able to catch a glimpse of the old school and real NBA legends like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson strolling around the Thomas & Mack center and wondering what they actually and really think about many young future NBA players and what they would never disclose to the press is mind boggling, but really everyone who is in the arena is really there to watch exciting new NBA talent and good basketball. When observing the hoop talent, you really come across three types of players at the NBA Summer League. First you have the NBA lottery picks like the Deandre Ayton´s and Marvin Bagley´s who have that unending athleticism and one wonder´s at times what their mommy´s have secretly fed them for breakfast all that time. Second you have the rest of the current 2018 NBA draft picks like a Michael Porter Jr of the Denver Nuggets who for many got drafted quite late, a Moritz Wagner of the Lakers where many wonder can he already be an impact player as a rookie or a Hamidou Diallo of the well known basketball institution Kentucky who is property of the Brooklyn Nets and one of many talented players that will either make the NBA or play in the G-League. Third you have that already professional player who has gained some experience overseas, but still listed as an NBA rookie like Shavon Shields who has two years of pro ball in Europe under his belt or a Phil Goss who at age 35 could be Isaac Bonga´s dad and the oldest in the competition having played 13 professional seasons and nine in Italy having called the breathtaking city of water ways Venice home for two seasons a place that a  Trae Young probably has never visited, but could in the summer time as a tourist or a Reggie Upshaw who was a rookie in Germany and looking to make that next step perhaps in the NBA?


The Fraport Skyliners Players 2018 NBA Summer League Watch Volume 6

Basketball has been the main topic in the last week in the Thomas & Mack center at the 2018 NBA Summer League while relaxing and regenerating one´s body on an off day and at night are what the Fraport Skyliners players and other professional players have been focusing on, but another topic of interest not only there, but in the basketball world has been the two tragic deaths of ex UCLA players Tyler Honeycutt and Billy Knight only within a few days of each other. Just how often 2018 NBA draft picks Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsch of UCLA had to answer questions and give their feelings on the delicate topic is unknown, but it surely wasn´t a little. I was shocked and yelped No when I heard about the Tyler Honeycutt death on Saturday night and even if I didn´t personally know him had my own personal 40 minute connection with him that I will never forget dealing with him this past January when I was able to interview him before an Euroleague game in Bamberg. My memory of him were still quite present simply because it wasn´t so long ago and just his open friendliness and warm personality made my one on one chat with him very memorable. His death makes no sense, because his basketball future was bright as he had an offer from a top Euroleague team and from an NBA team to be the back up to one of the best power forwards in the league.  I was almost shocked again when I learned about the Billy Knight death, because I thought at first that I had another connection to him even if it was a very distant one and only something through stories, but was relieved when I learned that it was a different Billy Knight. Back in the 80´s, the NBA enjoyed the play of Billy Knight who played at Pittsburgh and was born in 1952 and became a legend as an Indiana Pacer finishing his career as the third leading scorer. The minimal connection I had to him was through my third grade music teacher Mr Johnson who roomed with him and told us kids bet  entertaining stories between learning how to play the recorder in the music room about the exceptional player who once averaged 28ppg in the now defunct ABA league. The Billy Knight who posted a chilling you tube video shortly before committing suicide was born in 1979 and played at UCLA and enjoyed a 14 year professional career overseas and played mostly in France and Japan. Both Honeycutt and Knight had very severe issues with themselves in their lives and just didn´t come to terms how to cope with them. These two deaths are very tragic and makes one wonder again and again in so many other cases as well why nothing is being made to change gun laws. “It is sad that the Honeycutt,and Knight family members lost a person they love dearly.I lost my nephew to gun violence,and to be honest,that pain never goes away. I just deal with I and when I get low, I pick up a basketball,and try to shoot the pain away. The same way I´m sure that Tyler Honeycutt,and Billy Knight did. .With that said,as a proud American who loves guns,and as much as I hate to say this,the time has come to change our gun laws. I sure don´t have a solution but since I´m a dumb jock I guess that´s not my job. We can´t blame UCLA for these two great basketball player´s being gone. I hope that the NCAA can use the death of these two great athletes to dig even deeper when it come´s to a mental health issue substance abuse issue,or what ever else it may be to get athlete´s help. Not just for the year´s that a basketball player is eligible, but for the rest of their lives”, stated Joe Asberry who balled in Europe in the 90s and now is helping young Americans make a better transition to overseas life.


The Fraport Skyliners Players 2018 NBA Summer League Watch Volume 5

In the last few days in Las Vegas, nothing was out of the ordinary except for in Paris where people were going crazy after their Les Bleues reached the 2018 World Cup, but in the city where gambling is a way of life all was normal as the city remained a sizzling hot stove in the desert with the slot machines in full swing being operated mostly by tourists, the hotel pools packed with guests looking for a major cool down and in the Thomas & Mack center, fans witnessed nonending basketball action with 15 games being played and packed action as many of the NBA future stars were at work and didn´t disappoint anyone. As usual Fraport Skyliners past and maybe present as some are still hoping that Philip Scrubb and Tai Webster might return back to Frankfurt as the Skyliners budget was suddenly heightened with the money from the Bonga Lakers signing, but latest reports have speculated that this won´t be the case, but dreaming to keep that Skyliners chemistry is always possible. Also other Germans were in action like Moritz Wagner while ex Artland Dragon big man Isaiah Hartenstein sat out the 104-90 win by the Houston Rockets over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday due to an injury in his right hand, but it was nothing serious.


The Fraport Skyliners Players 2018 Summer League Watch Volume 4

While all of the football world had an off day on Sunday from the World Cup and were already making early predictions who will be crowned 2018 champion and if England can go all the way and win again after beating Germany in 1966 and wondering if they will continue their sudden surprising penalty kick mastery if needed, but in Las Vegas, there was no day off as the 2018 NBA Summer League continued with day three. 10 teams played including three Fraport Skyliners as well as Germans Moritz Wagner and Isaiah Hartenstein. Even if basketball is the number one priority for all the basketball players, one can´t neglect talking about the smoking heat in Las Vegas that is something that is always present in the dog days of summer. After his first post game interview after the 96-79 win against the Philadelphia 76ers, Isaac Bonga who has a pretty good English for an 18 year old German, but will get even  better with time with more repetition was asked about how he communicates with German teammate Moritz Wagner. Bonga who is two years his junior commented with saying just a little German, because Wagner who has been playing in the states since 2015 with Michigan(NCAA) has already adapted that English basketball language which is only normal. So concerning the radical heat something Bonga isn´t used to since Germany is a lot cooler, he could have pranked his teammate if he knew how warm it would be on Sunday and replied “it´s going to be 49 degrees. A shocked Wagner might have replied with what 49 degrees? Is it going to snow now”? Bonga might have answered with not 49 degrees Celsius which the two German teammates might communicate with in German, but he would have said “49 degrees Fahrenheit. That is how extreme the weather Sunday was and with what players had to deal with, but when the main theme is basketball and the main goal is trying to impress NBA teams, being able to block out the intense heat is not an option, but mandatory. One player who is living his own basketball dream in Germany and knows something of heat after growing up in Florida and battling brutal humidy in the summer is Orlando Parker. He went from the Regionaliga with Baskets Vilsbiburg to the German Pro A in three seasons and has become a solid Pro A player with PS Karlsruhe. He remembers his first encounter against Bonga in 2016 as he watched the German score 6 points in his Pro B debut helping the Fraport Skyliners Juniors to a tough 61-56 grind out win on the road. “When I played against him I knew nothing about him besides his size and potential. But I definitely could see a player who has the skills and versatility to be good player at the next level. He impacted the game with his size and ability to handle the ball, which was amazing to watch for someone so young. If the Lakers work with him and believe in his potential the way Frankfurt believed. Then the sky is the limit for the kid. I wish him the best”, warned PS Karlsruhe forward Orlando Parker.