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.


Cassius Winston´s Clutch Shots Baffle The Fraport Skyliners In Late Come Back As FC Bayern Munich Prevail 83-74

The Fraport Skyliners organization have stood for excellence for more than 20 years, but in the last few years, the club have taken a tough hit with less success as they have missed the playoffs. After the consistent success of Gordon Herbert, the club changed coaches a bit more regularly with guys like Sebastian Gleim and Diego Ocampo and hope that this season three will be a charm with Dutch giant Geert Hammink. Last season the club was bombarded right off the bat with a string of tough games against top teams, but this season, they play against teams up their ally and will need to win games in the next weeks. In their first try on the road against medi Bayreuth, they had a lot of misfortune as in OT on the last play a slip up by American JJ Frazier cost them the game. They hoped the floor would be drier in the Fraport arena, but they had to take a break with the easier opponents as they had a real barrel of problems with the mighty FC Bayern Munich. The Fraport Skyliners were hoping for some success and possibly some underestimation by the Euroleague team. FC Munich began their season with a high scoring win over always tough ratiopharm Ulm and entered the Skyliners living room wanting to go 2-0 and did needing to halt a late Frankfurt run to win 83-74. FC Bayern Munich played a solid game, but nothing great considering they were only up by 5 points with a few minutes to play, but in the end their skill was enough to get the win against a very pesky Frankfurt club. ‘We played well for 35 minutes. We had a few slip ups, but we got the needed defensive stops at the end, made the important hustle plays and had the good spirit’, stressed German national player Nick Weiler-Babb. The Fraport Skyliners played a solid game and really gave FC Bayern Munich a run for the money in the fourth quarter not lying down and displayed real fighter qualities, but a few plays and shots were missing from getting over the hump. ‘I thought that we played a solid game. We played a lot better defense in the second half. We were aggressive at both ends of the court and wanted to give a good outing for the fans. I felt we fought well and to the end’, stressed Quantez Robertson.

Cassius Winston at the FT line

The first quarter was a tight affair as no club was able to get away form the other. Both teams had difficulty finding a rhythm as FC Bayern Munich relied on outside shooting as ex NBA player Paul Zipser connected as did German national player Andreas Obst. FC Bayern Munich was really shaky and Frankfurt was unable to take advantage of it. A big goal of the Fraport Skyliners this season is trying to play as fast as possible and trying to execute before 8 seconds, but Frankfurt was unable to do that against Munich’s aggressive defense that forced 5 turnovers. One player everyone is rooting for is Skyliner legend Quantez Robertson who could be playing his last season and definitely is playing the least in his career. He entered the season with a trendy short haircut, but still very motivated and really got his living room cooking when he fired away nailing a trey for the 13-12 Frankfurt advantage. ‘Hitting that shot felt good. The shot clock was down, but Josh made a great play. But honestly making that shot felt like any other shot’, stated Quantez Robertson. Even if Tez is turning 38 a day before Christmas, you can’t say he is over the hill as so many still believe in his abilities. ‘Tez is still the best 1-1 defender for the Skyliners’, stressed Igor Starcevic. Frankfurt was unable to keep the lead down the stretch as FC Bayern Munich got a massive trey from Serbian national player and 2017 NBA Draft Pick of the New York Knicks Ognjen Jaramaz and a lay in from ex Bamberg forward Augustine Rubit. ‘I thought Frankfurt played pretty well and had energy, but it was against Munich’s second 5 who started the game’, commented Igor Starcevic.

Joshua Obiesie from outside

In the second quarter FC Bayern Munich was able to get away from the Fraport Skyliners and began with a lethal 20-4 run to extend their lead to 37-19. In the run, FC Bayern Munich got first class guard support as ex NBA player Cassius Winston (185-PG-1997, college: Michigan St.) steered 8 points with 2 three’s and a breathtaking floater, ex Eastern Kentucky University guard Corey Walden dropped a trey and Jaramaz contributed 4 points. Frankfurt got an easy bucket from young German Joshua Obiesie who was fed by a bullet pass from Tez. One could almost say that his biggest strength besides his defense now is his passing game. ‘I love to pass the ball. I played the point for 4 years before Frankfurt. I’m happy that I can still find open guys’, said Quantez Robertson. In this phase the Fraport Skyliners couldn’t hit the ocean as their three point shooting landed at 3/14 at the break. The Fraport Skyliners misery on the court was on account of countless missed shots and 5 turnovers. Munich also switched a lot which hampered Frankfurt’s offense. The only positive thing was that they showed will to get 5 offensive rebounds, but couldn’t take advantage of it. Frankfurt didn’t totally stink up the second quarter as they closed out the second quarter with a nifty 6-0 run to trail only 37-26 and get the Fraport arena alive again. In the run they got a 25 footer from ex Bamberg big Martinas Geben who has to be kept until the end of the season, a trey by Lithuanian sniper Laurynas Beliauskas and an off balance shot by American JJ Frazier. ‘We were careless with the ball and couldn’t make open shots. Trying to execute in the 8 seconds is always tough. Munich was pressuring us very well on defense’, expressed Quantez Robertson.

Jason George from downtown

FC Bayern Munich really took control of the game in the third quarter as they were able to lead by as much as 25 points and let it rain three’s nailing 6. FC Bayern Munich came out on fire going on a 18-7 run to extend their lead to 55-35. Frankfurt really had no clue how to control the guard play of Winston and Walden as they did an excellent job of picking their spots. In the run, FC Bayern Munich spread the ball around nicely getting two parking lot shots from Walden, and also three’s from Rubit, young German Jason George and sharp shooter Andreas Obst. Frankfurt’s 1-1 defense was unsatisfactory as they were making it a lot too simple for the guests. The Fraport Skyliners continued to fight and as a reward got their offense better into rhythm. They worked harder for good shots and got some added three’s from German Lukas Wank who executed twice as well as Geben and Obiesie to trail 66-49. There was an interesting scene near the end of the third quarter as the ever so eccentric Andrea Trinchieri chewed out Casius Winston after not covering Geben who hit a trey. Once the Italian coach gets going, it can take a while for him to calm down. Winston took it in stride and on the next offensive play hit a three making amends for his defensive lapse. He then made free throws as FC Bayern Munich still had the comfortable lead 68-51. ‘We lost our assignments, didn’t get over screens and weren’t aggressive enough on the pick and roll’, warned Quantez Robertson.

Lukas Wank at the FT line

The Fraport Skyliners made one last push in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get totally over the hump after Rubit began giving FC Bayern Munich the 70-51 advantage, the Fraport Skyliners really stepped up their game powering a 15-2 run to trail only 72-66. In the run Frankfurt began to move the ball very well and had good looks and nailed three’s. They received 3 three’s in total as Beliauskas connected twice and Robertson also hit. Frankfurt also got in the paint as Tez’s confidence grew with his three’s in that he scored posting up and using the mismatch to his advantage and Obiesie also scored inside. Frankfurt really fought hard and didn’t shy away from FC Bayern Munich, but really wanted the win at the end. But mediocre 1-1 defense and bad shot selection cost them the game. Whenever FC Bayern Munich needed a bucket, they gave the ball to Cassius Winston who supplied support. Despite Frankfurt getting a key three from Lithuanian Einaras Tubutis, it was Winston that scored inside and made a step back keeping Frankfurt at bay trailing 79-69. ‘He is really crafty with the ball. He made really good decisions. He saw the ball go in a lot and when you see that happen a lot, it makes everything a lot easier’, warned Quantez Robertson. Obiesie who played all of crunch-time as head coach Geert Hammink rewarded good play keeping Frazier on the bench hit a deep three and made free throws to cut Munich’s lead only to 79-74, but that was as close as Frankfurt would get. ‘We played more aggressive defense and talked more, but when we were down by 5, I made 2 bad fouls. We fought hard, but it just wasn’t enough’, added Quantez Robertson. Winston and Jaramaz closed out the game with free throws. ‘We rebounded well at the end and made the needed stops’, stated Nick Weiler-Babb. FC Bayern Munich was led by Cassius Winston with 23 points. Corey Walden added 17 points and Ognjen Jaramaz contributed 12 points while the Fraport Skyliners were led by Joshua Obiesie with 15 points. Lauryas Beliauskas had 13 points and Martinas Geben 11 points. FC Bayern Munich shot 40% form the field and 41% from outside and had 38 rebounds and 13 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners shot 44% from the field and 42% from outside and had 34 rebounds and 15 turnovers.


After 10,000 Hours Of Working On His Craft John Murry(Hamm Stars) Knew His Floater Would Be A Buzzer Beater To Remember Over Leverkusen 2

John Murry (192-G-1995, college: Austin Peay) is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Indianapolis, Indiana that is playing his fourth professional season in Germany and first with TuS 59 Hamm Stars. He began the season with new Pro A team Art Duesseldorf. After playing only 3 games in his first 2 seasons with BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga) because of injury and Covid, he was able to play 25 games in 2021-2022 averaging 28.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.6apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 82.2%. Before that he had experience with the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans. He played two years at Owens Community College playing 63 games and two years at Austin Peay State University (NCAA) playing 56 NCAA games and as a senior averaged 16.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 81.1%. He spoke to after helping Hamm with 30 points beat Leverkusen with a buzzer beater

Congrats John on the big 83-81 win against Leverkusen 2. The team is 2-0. I can imagine the record is more important then your pretty buzzer beater?

Yes, most definitely, the win was the most important objective of the evening and getting that made the night that much better. Big shoutout to my teammates for fighting from beginning to end.

Before we get to the buzzer beater, let’s talk a bit about the game. Was it a back and forth tight rope battle from the start as the score suggests?

It was a battle but nothing we didn’t prepare for, we knew coming into this game it was going to be a dog fight and fighting til the end is what got us the win in the end by fighting until the horn sounds.

It was a real battle on the boards, but Hamm shot very poorly from outside. Do you feel like Hamm could have had an easier time had you shot better as a team form outside?

We put emphasis on boxing out and grabbing the boards before the game and it’s a working process, with that I believe we will definitely be better with correcting our poor efforts in the next weeks to come.

What was it like playing against top point guard Viktor Frankel-Maus who had 22 points. He was a top Pro B player for years and played in the Pro A. Were you extra motivated to play against a guy like that?

I definitely have to take my hat off to Viktor, he hit some big shots down the stretch with a few hands in his face, especially in the closing minutes but as the saying goes
Iron sharpens iron and I definitely enjoyed the battle between the two of us during the entire 40 minutes.

Sometimes you play against sons of legends as you battled young Justin Gnad. Did you know his dad Hansi is the coach of Leverkusen (Pro A) was drafted by the 76ers in 1987 and helped Germany win the 1993 Euro over Russia in Munich?

I did not know this information but I definitely had a form of respect as we shook hands before and after the game. He has some good words for me afterwards and I have nothing but respect for him and his career throughout the years.

Let’s talk about the crunch-time minutes. Did you think 2-3 minutes before the end that the game could come down to a last second shot?

I was honestly prepared for the worst and expecting the best outcome. However, I wasn’t happy with our defense in the closing minutes so that’s something we will definitely go over in practice throughout the week.

On the last play you had the ball. I guess everyone knew that you would make the last shot. I mean there was nobody coming out to set a pick. Were you 100% sure on the inbounds that you would take the last shot?

Respectfully, I work hard at my craft and the shot is nothing I haven’t worked on 1000 times. Just believing in myself and skill in the end is what got me to true point, the only think left was to make the shot.I thrive in moments like that and love them more then anything in the game.

What was going through your mind a few seconds before the floater. How comfortable are you in general with using your floater?

Something I worked hard at all summer getting to my spots, making sure I get the right lift and muscle memory on the shot, like I said I love moments like that and look forward to many more in my career.

How much percent were you confident when you released the ball that it was going in?

Respectfully, when it left my hands I knew it was good, I’ve spent more then 10,000 hours working on my game, coach Ivan did a great job in believing in me to make the right play and the positive confidence boost from your head coach goes along way especially in the closing seconds of the game.

How many buzzer beaters have you had in your career and where does this one rate?

I’ve hit quite a few game winners in my career but this one has to be the sweetest, considering we needed this win to get off to a 2-0 start for the season.

Now looking back, how much satisfaction does that shot give you when you think back at your Duesseldorf days? Even though you had nothing but good words for Art Duesseldorf, I know that you as a competitor was pure joy when it went in?

It felt great, the last week of September was a rough time for me mentally considering the move from Duesseldorf to Hamm, so this was definitely a booster heading into the month of October and moving forward.

How huge were your teammates Mateo Zvoko and Marcel Kirsch who combined for 32 points? You didn’t always have that support with Grevenbroich last season?

They were huge in yesterday’s game, Mateo made some tough shots down the stretch that we really needed at the time and Marcel did a great job finishing under the rim off penetration drop offs. I couldn’t have been more proud of my guys last night for their efforts and fighting to win the game for us.

Hamm now face BG Hagen. Hamm is 2-0 and strutting with a lot of self-confidence. What will be the key to getting the win?

Mainly just staying discipline, we know they are not a team to just lay down so we must come with the same intensity and fight that we had against leverkusen.

What is your general opinion of the Udoka scandal in Boston. Will the Celtics rebound without him?

Prayers go out to him and his family on what’s up next in there life. I just know it will not be an easy task for him moving forward but wishing all good to him and his career in whatever decision is made upon his behalf.


Making The Right Decisions And Being An Outstanding Leader Will Help Devon Goodman Lead The Dragons Rhondorf To Success in 2022-2023

Devon Goodman (184-PG-1997, college: Pennsylvania) is a 25 year old 184cm point guard from Fort Washington, Pennsylvania playing his second professional season and first in Germany with the Dragons Rhondorf. Last season he played he was a rookie with S.C. Lusitania EXPERT (Portugal-Liga Betclic) averaging 14.6ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (5.2apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 47.3%. he began his basketball career at Germantown academy and then played at the University of Pennsylvania (NCAA) from 2016-2020 playing a total of 114 nCAA games and in his last 2 seasons averaged 13.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 68.7% and 13.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 58.8%. He spoke to after helping lead Rhondorf to a 103-82 win on the road in herford with 28 points and 7 assists.

Thanks Devon for talking to What a huge win for the Dragons in Herford 103-82. How tough has this pre season been not being able to practice on your home court?

It’s been a strange unconventional preseason not being able to practice or play on our home court. And will be even more strange when we have our first home game there which will probably feel more like an away game for us too.

How has the team mentality been in general not knowing when you will play your first home game? Do you feel there is an even bigger urgency to win on the road?

Not having a home court and having all of our preseason games on the road I believe has been somewhat of a positive. Winning on the road is always a challenge, so the preseason definitely prepared us for our first win vs Hereford and when we finally are able to play on our home floor I think the guys will be even more amped up.

How happy were in general about the first season win of 103-82. What is your summary of how the club played for 40 minutes

I am very happy with how we played. I think we competed well on both ends of the floor, especially defensively in the second and third quarter. There are still things we need to work on but opening the season with a Win is always a great thing!

The first quarter was wild and high scoring. Rhondorf scored 28 points but Herford 27 points. Rhondorf had extreme difficulty controlling Lavon Hightower. What made it most difficult to stop him on this day?

Hightower is a super athletic, scoring wing who always looks to attack the rim. In the first quarter we didn’t do a good job of keeping him out of the paint and/or showing any resistance.

The Dragons calmed down in the next two quarters outscoring Herford 55-33. What adjustments did the team make in general to take control of the game?

We did the complete opposite of what we did the first quarter. Defensively, we did a better job of keeping guys out the paint and forcing them to take tough shots which led to early offense and easy looks on the other end

What do you feel was the biggest strength after 40 minutes. The team found a good groove nailing 15 three’s and defended better after that wild first quarter

We did a good job of finding the matchups we wanted to take advantage of on the floor. And made smart decisions on both ends that led to a lot of open threes that we were able to knock down

Last season the team was very young and this season so much more experienced. Last season only Paul Albrecht had real experience. How important is it having so many older guys like Flo Koch, and Flo Wendeler?

Those guys are so crucial because they know what it takes to win. They have done a great job of helping to lead the team and also showing the younger guys on the team how we need to play in order to have an successful season

One guy who should make big noise is Zaba Bangala. Paul Albrecht calls him baby Zion. But can a Zion match Zaba’s versatility?

That’s a great question! Zaba is one of the young guys on the team, but has so much potential, the sky’s the limit! He’s a very versatile big who can play both inside and out and honestly is a matchup problem for anyone in this league.

Last season a guy Like Nicolas Buchholz was so important and the team relied on his scoring. This season there is so much scoring present. Do you think that could be an advantage to his play because he won’t have as much pressure.

Having other scorers around Nico is a big advantage to his play. He is one of the best 3pt shooters I have played with and isn’t afraid to let it fly. It’s a pick your poison type of deal; either you guard the guy with ball or you give Nico an open 3pt shot.

You had a fine German pro B debut with 28 points and 7 dimes. How did you feel on the court and how content were you with your play?

It felt great to be back on the court and I was pretty content with how I played my first game. I feel I will continue to get better and better as the season goes on and as my teammates and I get more comfortable with each other on the floor

Last season you played in the first Portugal division averaging 14.6ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (5.2apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 47.3%. Do you feel pressure having to put up real good stats and lead your team to success in a lower league in Germany?

There is no pressure, but my goal is to be aggressive every game. I know the talent I have and how hard I’ve worked, so as long as I continue to be both aggressive and a leader, the team’s success and stats will come.

I predict that you could evolve to be one of the top guards in the Pro B this season. You shot an incredible 11/16 from the field. Do you feel like with time finding your spots will be easier or could opponents scouting get more active to try to control you better?

In general, I am getting more comfortable with the concepts of our offense and with time feel finding my spots will be easier. Opponents scouting could get more active, but when that time comes I think we as a team will be able to make the necessary adjustments.

You combined scoring, playmaking and good defense in your first Pro B game. How confident are you that you will be a stat filler in all categories this season?

For me the most important objective is to have a successful season, so whatever I have to do in order for that to happen, I’m going to do it, and with confidence.

Now the team has a 2 week break before the next away game in Schwelm. What will be the focus in training the next weeks after the big Herford game?

The main focus for us is to work on the things we did poorly against Herford and just to continue to grow, so that we are an even better team vs. Schwelm.

Have you seen or trained with BBL team Telekom Baskets Bonn. Will you try to visit as many games as possible especially BCL games during the week to soak up as much as possible?

I am a double licensed guy with Telekom Bonn so I have been training and competing with those guys the past couple weeks. I will definitely be soaking in as much as I can from being with them

With that being said, on what areas of your game are you working on most so you can be the absolute best version of yourself on the court in the Pro B?

Personally, I am working on continuing to make the right decisions on the court as a point guard and to be an outstanding leader for these guys this season.

Thanks Devon for the chat.


MTV Stuttgart Wear Down The Centerless Bona Baskets Limburg 85-67

Edward Hall led MTV Stuttgart with 22 points to the win

It wasn’t even October yet and the Bona Baskets Limburg had found themselves at the cellar bottom with a record of 0-2 going into their third regular season game. They lost the first game by 20 points to new team TSG Soeflingen who came up from Regionalliga 2 and last weekend were slapped silly by Mannheim by 34 points. Even if their defense was inconsistent last season, at least they could still score, but this season, the offense has been less potent. In the last few years the club had had a very slim rotation and it wasn’t any different this season, but when you have to exclude work horse KJ Sherril who averaged 19/11 stats last season, you suddenly have a major dilemma. They returned home to meet MTV Stuttgart who had a 1-1 record and held with them well for a half, but a game has 40 minutes and got worn down in the second half losing 85-67 to fall to 0-3. After the win American Christopher Hall didn’t look all too content with the win, but still had a smile knowing they were above 500. ‘We could pf played better. They are a small team and we should have dominated better under the basket. They didn’t play the best zone, but a win is a win. We have to continue to be focused each week and get better’, warned MTV Stuttgart forward Christopher Hall. The Bona Baskets Limburg didn’t lack effort, but simply length and physicality under the basket as they were literally centerless. ‘They adjusted well to us being so small. It took them a while letting us stay with them in the first half. In the second half, we got more tired and had problems rebounding. We hustled and gave everything. I feel this was our best game this season, but we still make too many mistakes’, stressed Bona Baskets Limburg captain Justin Stallbohm.

Vassilis Lampropoulos at the FT line

Fans saw a different Justin Stallbohm as he was wearing a mask. He had broken his nose 4 days earlier, but was still able to play. He will be operated in Wiesbaden on Tuesday and probably miss a few weeks. MTV Stuttgart got off to a quick start taking the rapid 14-4 lead. American Edward Hall who works on an American airbase as an IT specialist had fond memories from last season where he poured in 30 points with 8 three’s against Limburg and in the opening minutes was on a scoring romp again netting 9 points as he was being a menace on the offensive board. But at the same time the guests also got valuable support from other players like athletic German Jannis Holzwarth and ex ANGT player Fekremariam Abraha (186-PG-1999). MTV Stuttgart came out dictating the pace with superb ball movement that had Limburg always reeling to get into good defensive position. At the same time, they were controlling the boards and having an aggressive defense that was forcing Limburg to too many early turnovers and hampering their set play. Not having top player and work horse KJ Sherril who is more than mentally prepared to lace them up against Lich soon was difficult to compensate as a huge hole in the scoring department was there. Croatian point guard Matej Kljaic tried his best to carry the team and did. Limburg went on a 9-3 run and suddenly were only trailing 16-13. His quickness as always led to an easy lay in and a difficult step back trey was also in his arsenal. Limburg captain Justin Stallbohm made some key steals to help break Stuttgart’s rhythm. But Limburg wasn’t able to hold that brief moment of control allowing the guests to close out the first quarter with a 7-0 run to lead 23-13 as Greek guard Vassilis Lampropoulos hit a trey and 39 year old veteran Christian Grundlach who is in his 14th season with Stuttgart made a lay in. Combined these two equal 70 years of ag. ‘We always try to come out strong and focused and build off that. I felt that we did a good job doing that’, stated Edward Hall.

Antun Matijevic from outside

The Bona Baskets Limburg played their finest basketball in the second quarter as they countered back and then held their own making it an even contest. The Bona Baskets Limburg caught MTV Stuttgart on the wrong foot escaping out on a quick 10-0 run to deadlock the game at 23-23. This brush of explosiveness helped their self-confidence seeing they could play with this team that clearly had the advantages under the basket. In the run, the troops of head coach Danny Stallbohm were led by Kljaic who as usual used his swiftness to his advantage scoring twice on the drive, Swede Hugo Florestedt also scored in the paint and bench guard Berkant Campinar hit a clutch trey. MTV Stuttgart wasn’t able to match Limburg’s intensity as they lost concentration and their rhythm. Limburg got stops which led to easy transition buckets. The game then would be a tight affair as there would be 5 lead changes up to half-time. Florestedt continued to give good support scoring 5 points while the guests got stable support from their thin bench from guys like Hugo Mournier and Abrahar. Justin Stallbohm had a tough night going 1/6 from downtown, but nailed his custom line drive trey to tie the game at 31-31. German Antun Matijevic who is the classic 3 and D player hit a three pointer to cut the Stuttgart lead down to 35-34. Limburg then had some tough luck as Justin Stallbohm was hit with a technical foul after Hall scored in the paint. Lampropoulos made a free throw and Hall a free throw to give the guests the 39-34 advantage. But the Bona Baskets Limburg struck back getting some massive help from Kljaic who came up with a steal and forced a turnover which led to 2 fast scores on transition by him as Limburg trailed only 39-38 after 20 minutes. ‘We took our feet off the gas. We had mis communication and didn’t get back on defense. We made careless passes which led to easy baskets by them’, stated Edward Hall. ‘Last season we had good quality, but didn’t always show effort. This season we don’t have the quality as last season, but always give our all. We showed true character and came back’, added Justin Stallbohm.

Edward Hall with the lay in

MTV Stuttgart kept the lead in the third quarter, but could never completely shake the Bona Baskets Limburg as they were only down by 4 points late, but an annoying run by the guests had them back at 61-52 after 30 minutes. The Bona Baskets Limburg didn’t return back with as much energy in the third quarter and suffered a painful 9-2 run to trail 48-40. MTV Stuttgart were sparked by the Greek duo of Lampropoulos and Alexander Komitakis who combined have an age of 66 years. They used their on court cleverness and experience to get easy baskets. The latter scored twice in the paint and Hall also added 2 free throws of 3 attempts after being fouled behind the three point line. This run really hurt Limburg as their constant struggle to contain the guests inside was hurting them mentally as they knew they had to do it for another half with their strength declining. Stuttgart despite also having a thin bench kept up the pressure at both ends and their permanent muscling down low also began to take a toll as 3 consecutive offensive rebounds didn’t actually stimulate Limburg’s self confidence. Hall continued to be able to hit from anywhere making an off balance shot for the 52-41 Stuttgart lead. Then came a very good phase by Limburg, but it would be to be their last push in the contest as they mustered up a 9-2 run to suddenly trail only 54-50. In the run, Limburg displayed super team play spreading the ball around and getting buckets from Matijevic, ex Dortmund guard Jari Beckmann and Huge Florestedt. Once again Limburg had stepped up their defensive pressure which foiled the usual disciplined Stuttgart offense that coughed up some balls for extra Limburg possessions. Here and there their zone also fooled the guests. But Limburg was unable to hold up the high energy allowing a 7-2 run to end the third quarter and trail by 9 points. In the Stuttgart run, the guests received superb support from Hugo Mournier with 2 baskes and also a trey from Abraha. ‘We did a good job attack the zone and get the ball down and then working from there to get good opportunities’, stated Edward Hall. ‘We began to get tired. Especially the mental part took a toll. Once you get down 10 points, you suddenly think more and know it’s going to be tough to come back’, added Justin Stallbohm.

Matej Kljaic at the FT line

MTV Stuttgart continued to wear down the Bona Baskets Limburg in the fourth quarter taking their 9 point lead and being able to extend their lead to as much as 19 points late that Limburg could never recuperate from. MTV Stuttgart didn’t waste anytime storming out on a 11-3 run to extend their lead to 72-55 which at that point had Stallbohm and co looking up a steep mountain to try to reach the Zugspitze mountain peak. In the run the guests continued to get good support from everyone continuing to display super team play. Holzwarth nailed a three against the zone, Abraha who never averaged more than 4,0ppg in the Regionalliga suddenly was a potent scorer hit a trey and Grundlach made a lay in. Stuttgart controlled the game and they weren’t about to give up this lead as Limburg’s strength was going down as they couldn’t match Stuttgart’s physicality down low. MTV Stuttgart got further support from their bench as Quentin Kunst scored and defensive specialist Abraha showed his fine athleticism once again scoring on a drive and Lampropoulos free throws ultimately closed the door shut on Limburg as they led 80-61 with a few minutes to play. Limburg head coach Danny Stallbohm did a good deed playing everyone including guys that usually wouldn’t even be playing allowing Tamas Bator from the second team, youth player Noah Ludwig and Jannis Wolfram combine for 21 minutes. Ludwig made a beautiful reverse lay up that undoubtedly got the biggest cheer from the crowd who were firing on the young German kid. Fellow young German Alois Mournier closed out the scoring for MTV Stuttgart with a lay in. ‘We were missing a few starters, but our bench really stepped it up for us today. We are deep and can trust everyone’, said Edward Hall. ‘We rotated a lot and played everyone. We gave our all. We hope to have KJ Sherril back soon’, stressed Justin Stallbohm. MTV Stuttgart were led by Edward Hall with 22 points. Vassilis Lampropoulos added 19 points and Fekremariam Abraha added 17 points while the Bona Baskets Limburg were led by Matej Kljaic with 22 points while Hugo Florestedt had 15 points.MTV Stuttgart shot 60% from the two point area and 28% from outside and had 24 rebounds and 8 turnovers while the Bona Baskets Limburg shot 66% form the two point area and 17% from outside while grabbing 22 rebounds and having 16 turnovers.


The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Hang Around But Moses Poelking Supplies The Knock Out Punch At End Securing The 73-60 Win For The EPG Baskets Koblenz

It seemed at times like an eternity to when the Pro B regular season would finally begin for ambitious team EPG Baskets Koblenz. Since the announcement of Pat Elzie being the new head coach some months ago, the excitement of the new season was massive. The club did a super job holding key players like Dominique Johnson, Marvin Heckel and Brian Air Butler and added new pieces with the most interesting being diminutive point guard Alani Moore who is destined to turn many heads this season with his game. Their first opponent were the Fraport Skyliners Juniors who had the huge misfortune of playing on the same night as BBL team Fraport Skyliners and didn’t have some BBL double license players at their expense. The Fraport Skyliners have been known for a decade of being on of the leading organizations in youth work and it is always interesting to see which new young players are on the rise. On this cool late September night, the EPG Baskets Koblenz were the high favorite and nobody would have disagreed if people had predicted a 30 point slap in the face win for the home team. In the first few minutes it sure looked like the EPG Baskets Koblenz would run away with the game and win by an astronomic score, but up and down phases through out the game and a potent Frankfurt zone in the second half ruined their chances of winning by a massive margin as in the end, they won only by a score of 73-60. After the contest one could rapidly notice that Koblenz head coach Pat Elzie wasn’t overly content with the 40 minutes, but in the end a win is a win. ‘Frankfurt is a good young team that never gave up. We had a good first half, but then we made too many unforced errors. We were too hectic in the second half wanting to play too fast. We weren’t thinking enough. I’m just happy we won our first game’, stressed Pat Elzie. On paper coming into the game, Frankfurt was the heavy underdog with very many young unexperienced players and a few absent because they played a BBL game in Bayreuth. Frankfurt had some good spurts, but just couldn’t keep up with the physicality of Koblenz. ‘The Koblenz start hurt us. The 24 turnovers that we had was the dIfference. We did a good job with the zone confusing them, but they had the physicality edge that hurt us and kept us out of rhythm’, stated Nils Leonhardt.

Brian Butler at the FT line

The game had a prominent guest as ex German national player Robin Benzing who is the all-time leader in caps with 165 took in the game. The EPG Baskets Koblenz began with a major blitzkrieg putting up 13 straight points totally overwhelming the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. From the quality it looked like men vs boys, but also from the physicality and the difference in bodies was like night and day. Koblenz moved the ball well and let it fly from deep as ex Bremerhaven guard Marvin Heckel connected twice as did ex Iserlohn German forward Moritz Huebner who did the same twice. Frankfurt had extreme difficulty coming to terms with the Koblenz physicality and aggressiveness which led to many turnovers quickly. But that totally domination was rapidly halted as Frankfurt struck back and went on a 8-0 run to cut the Koblenz lead to 13-8. It was no secret that Frankfurt would need a lot of support from sniper Felix Hecker and got it as he scored 5 points and young German Dusan Nikolic scored on transition getting the quick pass from Hecker who seemed to be all over the court. Frankfurt upped their energy and Koblenz simply lost their intensity. Koblenz’s offense was still moving the ball, but shots weren’t falling against the zone which they had inserted after being down 13-0. Down the stretch of the first quarter, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors continued to be carried by Hecker who would score in traffic and then nail an open three. Koblenz got 2 valuable buckets inside form Germans Niclas Sperber and Moses Poelking (206-C-1997). After one quarter the EPG Baskets Koblenz led 21-13, but their fire of the first 4 minutes had been abruptly extinguished. ‘We lost rhythm against their zone which led to easy baskets. Our defense was ok. We forced them to tough defense and our 1-1 defense was good’, stressed EPG Baskets Koblenz manager Thomas Klein.

Hector Izquierdo with the drive

In the second quarter the EPG Baskets Koblenz continued to control the game, but had a few down phases that allowed Frankfurt to hang around. Koblenz’s offense was clicking early as they were able to lead in double figures again as Huebner hit a trey, Poelking made a lay in after getting a nice pass from Huebner and then ex BBL player Dominique Johnson hit his bread and butter with a fade away mid distance shot for the 28-17 advantage. Frankfurt then had a positive phase as they went on a 6-0 run to cut Koblenz’s lead down to 28-23. Frankfurt got vital support from young German Hector Izquierdo who was playing his first Pro B game after being a stalwart in their NBBL team the last years. He scored on a back door cut getting the fine pass form big man Alexander Richardson and then hit free throws. He would finish with 6 points in 16 minutes of play. ‘Hector is a guy I could see getting into the rotation this season. He got in because we have had injuries. He did get into early foul trouble, but showed responsibility and deserved his playing time’, stressed head coach Sepher Tarrah. In this Frankfurt run, Koblenz’s offense had become static and they lost physicality and couldn’t run the way they wanted to. But the EPG Baskets Koblenz did find back to their game closing out the second quarter with a 18-5 run to lead comfortably 46-28 at the break. In this phase ex Temple (NCAA) guard Alani Moore stepped up nailing three three’s. It was a phase where he had to display his scoring qualities. ‘Alani does a great job dictating the tempo. He always does what the team needs. In this phase his team needed scoring and that is what he did’, stated Thomas Klein. In this phase Koblenz also sparkled on defense as Moore got in passing lanes which led to 8 steals on the night for him and Poelking came up with key blocks. ‘Moses is very physical. I think the most physical in the league. He will surprise many this season with his offense’, warned Thomas Klein. Poelking finished with 18 points and showed that he can be that big man impact player in the Pro B not only on offense. ‘My defense didn’t surprise me. I ‘m just happy I could help my team. I want to be the best defensive player in the league’, warned Moses Poelking. Koblenz clearly showed when their offense is moving the ball well, Frankfurt was absolutely no match for them getting hit hard against the mismatches while on offense forced to many turnovers. Dominque Johnson dropped a trey in the last seconds for good measure. ‘Moore brought us speed and rhythm back into the game. We had ups and downs, but defensively we were physically strong and were rebounding well’, expressed Thomas Klein.

Alani Moore from the corner

The second half was one that EPG Baskets Koblenz head coach Pat Elzie had on his mind after the siren sounded and possibly even when he laid down to sleep later in the night. For a top team like the EPG Baskets Koblenz too lose the second half 30-29 was unacceptable. The Frankfurt zone was solid in the first half, but even better in the second half that gave Koblenz massive problems. ‘We have only practiced the zone a little in pre-season. We were unable to play well against their zone. We began to shoot too much and couldn’t fill the holes’, said Pat Elzie. Koblenz couldn’t find any rhythm early as Frankfurt stopped 5 possessions, but couldn’t compensate it on offense getting only 1 field goal from Izquierdo. Koblenz got free throws from Johnson and Brian Butler leading 50-34. Butler then finally got Koblenz’s first field goal with a transition bucket. But Frankfurt never gave up and just continued to chip away. Hecker was left open again at the top of the key and had little difficulty nailing a trey while point guard Alvin Onyia made a runner and Nikolic hit a tough three from the corner as they remained in striking distance trailing only 55-42. The EPG Baskets Koblenz couldn’t muster much against the Frankfurt zone, but did get another Butler basket and Heckel did reach the free throw line twice. Frankfurt German Alexander hit a three pointer to close out the third quarter as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors trailed 61-45. ‘We had no rhythm and didn’t play good 1-1 defense. When that happens, you can easily only win the quarter by 2 points’, expressed Thomas Klein. ‘We did a good job staying in the game. We couldn’t get even get closer, because turnovers hurt us. We did a good job getting open shots. We fought well and understood that we could compete against a top team’, stated Nils Leonhardt.

Alvin Oniya at the FT line

The EPG Baskets Koblenz continued to struggle in the fourth quarter mustering only 12 points, but kept their defense steady and withstood a last Frankfurt scare as Moses Poelking slammed the door shut at the end with big plays. Just like in the third quarter, the EPG Baskets Koblenz couldn’t get their offense going as the Fraport Skyliner Juniors zone continued to confuse and overwhelm Koblenz as it stopped their first 8 possessions. Frankfurt was able to only execute twice in this phase on offense getting 2 buckets from Felix Hecker to still lead 61-49. Marvin Heckel finally stopped the misery at the 5,57 second mark making a pull up jumper. He is so dangerous in the mid range area that once he has a little room, it’s good night. He didn’t waste anytime making a follow up runner for the 65-49 advantage. Poelking added a massive dunk after getting a beautiful lob pass from ex Coburg diminutive guard Yassin Turan. Koblenz seemed in cruise control after this 6-0 run, but the game wasn’t over yet as Frankfurt countered. Frankfurt had been fighting the whole game and raised their game not one step but two steps going on a furious 11-2 run to cut the Koblenz lead to 67-60 with 2 minutes to play. The CGM arena was getting very quiet as the shock of the fans was easily recognizable. As usual Frankfurt’s only real scoring option Felix Hecker came up with big answers as he scored 8 points including 2 three pointers. Richardson also added a basket on transition. Despite Frankfurt having momentum in crunch-time, they were unable to make the incredible come back reality as Moses Poelking stopped it with back to back lay ins. On the second, a Moore steal of an inbounds pass under the Frankfurt basket totally broke Frankfurt’s momentum. Turan added free throws in the last seconds. ‘Hecker did a great job getting us back, but Poelking made the difference and supplied the knock out punch’, added Nils Leonhardt. ‘Moses cam up big at the end. You can’t really ask for more than that’, stressed Pat Elzie. The EPG Baskets Koblenz were led by Moses Poelking with 18 points while Marvin Heckel added 14 points. Moritz Huebner contributed 10 points while Alani Moore added 10 points and 8 steals. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors only had one player in double figures with Felix Hecker with 27 points. The EPG Baskets Koblenz shot 44% from the field and 32% from outside and had 29 rebounds and 17 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 44% from outside and 38% from the three point line and had 30 rebounds and 24 turnovers.


There Is Absolutely No More Playing Around Now As The Fraport Skyliners Have To Produce in 2022-2023

foto credit Fraport Skyliners

The last time the Fraport Skyliners were able to make the playoffs, world class basketball player Luka Doncic was playing his last season in Europe, Isaac Bonga was still in Germany, Ishmail Wainwright was real far away from the NBA and Chris Paul still was ringless in 2018. Back then the Fraport Skyliners played their hearts out against FC Bayern Munich with the likes of Quantez Robertson, Phil Scrubb, Taj Webster and Mike Morrison and were even up 2-1 in games, but then allowed a fatal 35 point drubbing in their own living room to tie the series which led to a tough 20 point defeat and season ending in Munich. One could really say out of the perspective of the team now that those were the good old days. Back then the team had top coach Gordon Herbert who is having incredible success with Team Germany having won the Bronze at the 2022 Euro, but ever since he departed in 2019, the fortunes of the team have gone in the opposite direction down. It came to an all-time low last season as the team officially was demoted, but were saved with the wild card and had to pay 750,000. Some years ago up and coming coach Sebastian Gleim did a solid job in Frankfurt and really showed potential which was rewarded with reaching the next step with the Hakro Merlins Crailsheim, but last season was a disaster as the experiment going the Spanish way with Diego Ocampo was a flop as it showed trying to find the next Pedro Calles is no cake walk. The Fraport Skyliners have won 3 titles and have had substantial success in their 20 + year history and paved the road in the youth development for other organizations. They don’t only want to find back to the winning track, but have to. They can’t afford another disaster like last season which will put them in the Pro A. They hope to have found the right direction with up and coming Dutch head coach Geert Hammink . There is absolutely no more playing around as the Fraport Skyliners have to produce in the 2022-2023 season.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Quantez Robertson in 2021 in Frankfurt have had a player/journalist relationship since 2009

The first duty of business in the off season was bringing in a new head coach. As always finding the right instructor that will be able to form a harmonious team that will develop chemistry and hopefully have a successful season. That is often easier said than done. After the failed Spanish way, the Fraport Skyliners decided to go the Dutch route. There were some German coaches on the markt, but instead of taking a more known name, the organization decided to go with Geert Hammink . At first glance more educated basketball heads will right away have recognized the name. ‘Wasn’t he a basketball agent or is’? Then the more older generation may have remembered him from his playing days when he suited up for Alba Berlin where he played during the club’s magical run in the last 90’s into the 2000’s where they won 6 BBL league titles in a row before the Opel Skyliners stopped the run in 2004. He was there for 3 years and racked up 5 titles. The 1993 NBA first round pick that played with Shaq at LSU also has 3 sons playing professional basketball with Shane being the best known. After his playing career, he decided to become an agent and joined forces with the well known agency Courtside in 2004 until 2016. He then decided to try coaching coaching the Dutch Windmills and then took over Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden and in a span from 2020-2022 had instant success winning 3 titles including the 2022 BNXT title, a new league combing the teams from Holland and Belgium. He now wants to make the next step in a higher and top league in Europe the easyCredit BBL. The question is can he bring his philosophy and style and have success?

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Mike Nahar in 2005. Nahar was a big reason for well known agency Court Side being founded where Geert Hammink was a co owner before he got into coaching

When looking at the new roster of the Fraport Skyliners, one thing stands out right away. There isn’t a abundance of Americans as there usually are. Last season it was 4 and in 2019-2020 it was 6. Over the last 6 seasons, the team had almost 5 Americans on average per season. That isn’t the case this season as there are only 2 Americans with Fraport Skyliner legend and lifer Quantez Robertson and veteran J.J Frazier. 2 key players this season won’t be Americans, but actually 2 Lithuanians named Einaras Tubutis and Laurynas Beliauskas.A third with Martinas Geben could be the icing on the topping. In the past 2 seasons he had fortune with Lithuanians like Arunas Mikalauskas and Tubutis who he reeled along to Frankfurt. Tubutis (BNXT League 11.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 68.9%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 55.9%; is a guy that Hammnik not only hopes can continue his scoring punch, but also be a defensive factor in a higher league. While Beliauskas (Monbus Obradoiro CAB Santiago de Compostela 5.3ppg, 1.1rpg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 85.7%) is a guy that brings 2 seasons and 63 ACB games experience to the BBL: He is a shooter and the club will have to depend on scoring from him. Martinas Geben was an excellent pick up for the injured Haarms. He is a physical inside player with Euroleague experience with BC Zalgiris. Last season he averaged 7.4ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 65.5%, FT: 72.7% with Bamberg. The team should try to keep him for the season after his 2 month contract expires. J.J Frazier (Samsun BSB Anakent Turkey-TBL, 17.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.9apg, Steals-1 (2.2spg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 88.5%) is the point guard and as usual will be a main focus for the success. He has good experience and even if he tore up the Serie 2 in Italy for many years, it is a good sign because it is a well respected league and maybe the best second division in Europe. He now has to prove that he can play well at a higher level. Quantez Robertson (8.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 25.7%, FT: 82.4%) just doesn’t go away and that is good. He is playing his 14th professional season and 14th with the Fraport Skyliners. The athletic freak who probably could have played in the NBA in his prime if he was needed as a defensive stopper will turn 38 in December and obviously isn’t getting any younger. He averaged 30 + minutes in his career in 10 of 13 seasons. Last season was his lowest 29 minutes per game since the 15-16 season where the team was stacked with overwhelming talent and one can be sure that the minutes will dip again. His leadership and role model function will once again be important with all the young players on the squad. The team also kept Dutch national player Matt Haarms (7,4ppg, 4,5rpg, 1,3bpg) who got injured at the Euro and will return soon. He had a solid rookie season in Frankfurt, but sky is still the limit for him. He can become a top rebounder and is talented enough to up his scoring by continuing to use his three while becoming more of a rim protector.

JJ Frazier will have to play a big role for the Fraport Skyliners if they want to have success

As usual the club also kept many Germans that will fill out the roster. The club will be expecting a lot from Lukas Wank (6.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 74.3%) who was much to up and down last season and had games where one truly could only think why did he just make that decision. But he is young and will have a different role this season playing the 2-3 more. He is another guy that has enough talent to have his break out season with the team. The club also kept the German trio of Lorenz Brenneke (6,5ppg, 3,8rpg), Jordan Samare and Alex Richardson. Brenneke has the most potential to make the next step in his career. If he can develop his 3 more, then he could definitely make the next step. Hie has a nice inside game and his defensive physicality will help the team. Jordan Samare is still young at age 20 and a project, but can continue to develop getting good minutes in the Pro B. He has good offensive tools and can continue to work on his defense in the pro B. Alex Richardson is a very raw talent that has shown signs of brilliance in the Pro B, but still not fully ready for the easyCredit BBL even if he has played in 9 games. His biggest weapon is his oh my God body. If he can continue to get stronger then watch out. He will continue to play Pro B in order to work on his weaknesses like decision making which is common at a young age and possibly become more of a main focus in the offense. The team also added 2 young Germans with Joshua Obiesie, and Nolan Adenkunle. The most interesting player is Obiesie who is a massive talent and there was even NBA draft talk some years ago. He made huge steps in Wurzburg, but couldn’t make the next step with FC Bayern Munich. The kid is a winner having experienced success at a young age winning the Albert Schweizer tournament and getting a Bronze at the 2019 U-20 Euro. He is a combo guard with a consistent shot and strong athlete. He already showed in pre season that he wants responsibility on the court. Sky is also the limit with him. He hopes to have his BBL break through in Frankfurt. Nolan Adekunle is a young talent that learned basketball in the Alba Berlin system. He won the NBBL and JBBL titles with Alba Berlin and is an energetic athletic player that can be an impact player at both ends. He can shoot and drive on offense and will be a main focus in the Pro B, but also a player that could surprise some and have a Brenneke route and sneak into the BBL rotation of Hammink.

Many hope that this won´t be Quantez Robertson´s last season

So how will the Fraport Skyliners play in 2022-2023. Hammink’s ex player Jhonathan Dunn who will battle his ex coach this season with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg had the best description.’ Coach is a good one being able to bring guys with different personalities and have us come together. He likes to play fast, active, and under control. He always said we have to play with controlled Chaos. Chaos for our opponents and control for us. He does his best seeing the court and being able to ask us what we see’, warned Jhonathan Dunn. This is a style that has never been seen before in Frankfurt with playing very fast and having rapid decision making. His play may be unorthodox, but hey if it works, it works. His track record the last 2 years has proven that his style can be successful. The question will be, can it be successful in a top league in Europe. Will he be able to hold on to it for a whole season. Often teams have success, but in the second half of the season, the scouting becomes better and teams know how you play. So where will the Fraport Skyliners end in May 2023? Could they be a surprise team this season or be a club that has to fight in the league from day 1? There is a pool of 5-6 teams that could have difficultly keeping up in the standings and Frankfurt could be one of those teams. Once again the first month could play a giant role exactly where the season could go. The good news this season is that the BBL didn’t give them a difficult start like last season where they met Munich, Berlin and Ulm in the first weeks. This season, they meet 5 teams with FC Bayern Munich and then 4 with Bayreuth, Heidelberg, MBC and Braunschweig where they have to look good and desperately need to begin well. Because after that their schedule gets tough with games against Oldenburg, Bamberg and Ulm. As usual injuries will play a huge role. The less the better. The team has to understand from day 1 that everybody is accountable and everyone needs to produce. Only that way will the team have success. The team will need consistent production from the 2 Lithuanians and good support from the German role players. The BBL continues to be a league on the rise and the competitive level is high. Frankfurt could be a surprise, but more likely a team trying to find their spot in the places 12-16. But if one remembers correctly back in 2008 an unknown John Patrick introduced 40 minutes of hell in Goettingen and was laughed at at first. But 15 years later, his style mostly gave his team success. Maybe this controlled chaos can be the start of something great in Frankfurt?

Winning Makes Travante Williams(Sporting Clube De Portugal Lisboa) Happy No Matter If It´s With Basketball, Dodgeball, Ice Hockey or Rock Paper Scissors

Travante Williams (193-SF-1993, college: Alaska) is a 29 year old 193cm guard from Alaska playing his 7th professional season and fourth with Sporting Clube de Portugal Lisboa (Portugal-Liga Betclic). He averaged 17,0ppg twice in a season and 16,0ppg in a season. He also played two seasons with U.D. Oliveirense (Portugal-LPB). He played his rookie season with Tskaltubo (Georgia-A League) averaging (32.3ppg), Reb-4 (10.3rpg), 1.9apg, Steals-2 (3.4spg), FGP: 53.7%, 3PT-2 (41.2%), FT-3 (82.9%). He played a season with Adams State University (NCAA2) averaging 8.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 61.0% and at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (NCAA2) averaging 18.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.7apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 80.5%. He spoke to after the exciting 84-83 Fiba Europe cup win in Goettingen.

Thanks Travante for talking for Your in Germany playing BG Goettingen in a Fiba Europe Cup qualifying game. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball?

I know there’s great talent in that country. They play high level basketball and the top league is very competitive and physical

Have you ever heard of ex Auburn great Quantez Robertson? He is playing in Germany with the Fraport Skyliners and it is his 14th season with the same team. Your playing your 4th season with Sporting Clube de Portugal Lisboa (Portugal-Liga Betclic) and have won 6 titles in 3 seasons. Could you become a lifer for this team?

Never heard of him but that’s great to have a long lasting career like that. Right now I’m locked and focused on this season. Whatever happens in the future will happen. I just want to continue to improve and have fun.

There are guys that play 10 + seasons and win no titles. You have played 6 seasons and won 10 titles. That is really mind boggling. What kind of an approach do you have in general to basketball when you have won so much?

At this point that’s what’s important to me. Winning has always been my goal. Thats the beauty in competing

Does the hunger to win always become more? You are in a special class. There aren’t many guys overseas that have won double digit titles in a career?

It doesn’t matter what game it is. It could be dodgeball , ice hockey or Rock Paper Scissors. Winning makes me happy

Your playing your fourth season with Sporting Clube de Portugal Lisboa (Portugal-Liga Betclic). What makes it so special playing for this organization?

I was here when it first game back after being absent for 20 years. I am the only American that remained from the past 4 years. It’s an honor to defend what I started with ..

What was your most special title so far with Sporting Clube de Portugal Lisboa (Portugal-Liga Betclic)? I can imagine the exciting clincing title win in 2021 over FC Porto where you scored 25 points in the 86-85 win could be near the top?

Hahah I am not exactly sure at this point. Of course some feel better than others but ultimately winning and capturing titles is always special

You have played with so many special guys in Lisabon, but what was it like being teammates with ultra veteran Micah Downs? What do you remember being your fondest moment with him?

Just an incredible basketball player with so much versatility. I remember when he made freethrows to lead us to our first championship at sporting. That was big ..

Let’s talk about your game. Your listed as a 193cm small forward. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the bill?

I am not sure if there’s just one player who plays the game like I do. I think I would have to combine some guys together, but moreover guys like Pat Beverly , Damian Lillard , Luka Doncic, and Kevin Durant

You’re a guy that can really do it all fill the stats. What do you personally feel is your biggest weapon on the court? Possibly your versatility?

I believe it’s just my will to win along with my iq and natural feel for the game. It doesn’t matter what’ the stats say, who we are competing against going out there and competing means the most

You shot the ball really well over 40% from outside a few years ago and in the last years been below 40%. Are you doing anything else to try to get back to 40% or better?

Taking better shots, controlling my breathing, not being flustered or rushed and playing at my pace has been my focus

You played your first two seasons in Portugal with U.D. Oliveirense (Portugal-LPB) already winning 4 titles. Did you recognize early that winning titles could be in your genes?

Hahha my momma told me I was special when I was younger . I’m just living in the moments and seizing the opportunities that come

You played 2 seasons with American James Ellisor and Eric Coleman. Did guys become like brothers for you and how important was forming relationships with guys like that?

That’s my family for sure. Those years we spent together can never be forgotten! Relationships that you build through basketball are special and you cherish them along the journey

You played your rookie season with Tskaltubo (Georgia-A League) averaging (32.3ppg), Reb-4 (10.3rpg), 1.9apg, Steals-2 (3.4spg), FGP: 53.7%, 3PT-2 (41.2%), FT-3 (82.9%). What do you remember being your wake up call to being overseas where you knew that you were far away from home?

Walking outside in the country of Georgia and seeing stray dogs , pigs and cows walking freely through the streets.

You have won so much, but what does your 50 point game against BE Titebi mean to you in your career? Not many guys can say they scored 50 in a game?

Before I had 50 I had 48 haha . But It was the first time I manifested a stat line. Makes it more special we won that game, but prior to it I was challenging myself mentally to go above and beyond yeah you scored 35 and 48, can you get 50 though ?

You played at Adams State University (NCAA2) averaging 8.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 61.0%. What memories do you have of this experience? You put up sold stats for a freshman?

I went to Adams state as a junior but that’s were I learned some valuable lessons about brotherhood being your brothers keeper and working for the next man and being a part of a team

A year later you moved to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (NCAA2) averaging 18.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.7apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 80.5%. Was it the logical choice to move back home?

I’m where I’m at now so I guess it all worked out. During that time I wanted to be able to give my family a chance to watch me work and it was special for sure

You made a huge jump in your game that season. What kind of player did you become?

I was able to put everything I learned 3 years prior at Adams State , San Francisco City , and College of Alameda all together. My coach allowed me to be myself and showcase my abilities

You had some huge games like netting 35 points against W Washington, but lost 100-99. Is that one of those games you will never forget?

That was a great game. If I’m not mistaken I was 0-10 from the three point line and we loss on a buzzer beater. It was definitely an eye opener

How did head coach Mick Durham groom and prepare you best for a professional career?

He allowed me to play freely and put me in situations offensively to create and perform at a higher level

Who won a 1-1 back in the day you or Joe Slocum?

Hahahah Joe Slocum was one hell of a player. Honestly we might be tied in wins but now I’d kill him

Who is the best player that you ever faced that reached the NBA?

Just off the top of my head probably Demarcus Cousins in a summer league game in Las Vegas, but I also competed with Pierre Jackson who is on a different level, Trey Burke and Juan Toscano

Please name the 5 best teammates of your career?

Eric Coleman , Shakir Smith , Diogo Ventura , Jose Barbosa , and probably Malik Abu

Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore?

Kobe , Lebron , Jordan , Luka , Kevin Durant , Shaq

What is your opinion of who is the greatest of all-time Jordan or Lebron?

Jordan’s career is over. Lebron is still playing. Lebron the greatest for now

Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they have left it alone?

I missed it but they probably should have. The first one was enough

Thanks Travante for the chat.

Getting Better Each Day And Looking Forward From Game To Game Is How The Dragons Rhondorf Mindset Will Operate in 2022-2023

Even if the Dragons Rhondorf were playing in the Regionalliga for the first time in their history, everything was normal on this late January night in 2020. The roster had gotten a shake up that week as top player Curtis Hollis had decided to leave the club. But that tremor in the Dragons roster was nothing compared to the giant jolt the whole world would get 24 hours later as legend Kobe Bryant would die in a plane crash and the whole world would be in shock. Six weeks later the whole world would be rattled again as Covid hit. But on this night everything was still in order as the Dragons were near the top of the Regionalliga standings looking to get back to the Pro B and would steer a routine solid victory over Hagen-Haspe 85-72. In this game an unknown 15 year old Senegal forward who looked like a stick, but was so tall and had seemingly unending long arms named Ousmane Ndiaye would make his debut producing 5 points and 5 rebounds in 13 minutes. I remember Yassin Idbihi loving to watch this young man showing his incredible athleticism. All in all, he would remain 3 years in Rhondorf which really was only 2 years as his second season was cancelled after only a few games due to Covid. In his third year, he made another step averaging 8.6ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 52.6%. ‘It wasn’t easy for Ousmane last season. He had knee problems, but made the best out of it. He had ups and downs like any other young player, but he definitely raised his game last season’, expressed Paul Albrecht (208-PF-1993). Despite continuing to improve his game, the kid was still extremely raw having the label which so many people like to say ‘sky is the limit. He was a special highlight film that fans won’t forget. ‘You always knew that he would offer a great dunk or block every night. It was always a joy to see and play with him’, remembered Paul Albrecht. Scouts had been aware of him since years and it surprised no one that his name began popping up on NBA Mock drafts last season as a late second round pick in 2023. Recently it was announced that his tenure had ended in Rhondorf as he wanted the next challenge and step moving to ACB team Baskonia where he will have a double license to play for the farm team. ‘I think that he can make the next step in Spain. The question is can he stay healthy. He has all the assets to make it there. He is mentally strong and the most important thing is that he believes in himself. Being able to play for their farm team will help him make the next step’, warned Paul Albrecht. I was really happy to have been able to cover him for some years and now will continue to observe his path. It will be disappointing not seeing him play anymore in the Dragon Dome

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Ousmane Ndiaye in the Dragon Dome in 2021

Last season’s motto was to let the young players play and develop which helped many of the young guys and the playoffs were a theme, but in the end an inconsistent defense and some games that were lost in the fourth quarter sealed the fate of an early summer vacation in April. This season, the organization obviously want to get back on the winning track and brought in more experience with an old friend in Florian Wendeler who made the jump to the Pro A some years ago and now has returned back. He brings 184 Pro B games to Bad Honnef and brings stability under the basket and an ex easyCredit BBL player with Florian Koch who played 293 BBL games and also returns home to a place where he began his pro career. ‘Flo was one of the best Germans in the BBL. His experience and calmness will help us so much’, added Paul Albrecht. This season the team roster will look completely different. ‘Our team is more balanced this season in age. We have a good mix of young and old with our youngest at age 16 and our oldest age age 30. Each guy knows their role and accepts it’, stated Paul Albrecht. Developing young players is still on the agenda as Sam Nellessen is on the roster, but this season their emphasis is on a 16 year old rookie named Leonardo Valesin and a Swed called Zaba Bangala. With so much experience, will a guy like Nellessen get a chance this season? ‘I believe that Sam can have a role this season. He can be a solid back up to Flo Koch. How many minutes he gets will depend on how he shows himself in practice. He has done well in pre season. We know him as a guy that gives us energy from the bench with his defense. He compliments Koch well and always gives 100% and takes the team with him with his energy’, stressed Paul Albrecht. Playing better defense is a big focus this season for the Dragons and with experience should be able to succeed. ‘I think that we are on a good way with our team defense. At the end of the day the most important thing is to stop your man 1-1. We have had some problems with that in pre season, but I’m confident we will be ready for Herford’, commented Paul Albrecht. Last season the game of the Dragons Rhondorf focused on outside shooting and the athleticism and driving to the hoop. This season there will definitely be more of an inside presence. ‘We have so many weapons this season with Wendeler, Bangala and Koch. We want to be able to use our advantages’, stressed Paul Albrecht.

Despite going the young route last season, the club was unsuccessful in holding young players like Oshane Drews, Esli Edigin, Ralph Hounnou and Bruno Albrecht who all departed. The only two players that remained were 29 year old veteran Paul Albrecht and 20 year old rising player Nicolas Buchholz. Albrecht will be playing his third season with the Dragons after having played 6 seasons in the Pro A with teams like Paderborn, Hanau and Artland. Last season he averaged 8.6ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 52.6%. He brings consistent scoring and rebounding and is simply the man that holds the team together. Nicolas Buchholz will be playing his second season after averaging 17.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 81.8%. He is a guy who can take over a game at anytime with his incredible shooting. This season he wants to become more consistent and be more versatile in his offensive game. The club brought in German Adrian Bergmann who is a 21 year old 199cm forward that brings Pro A experience and Pro B experience and versatility and an old friend with Jonas Falkenstein who is still young at age 22 and played with the Dragons in the NBBL and Regionalliga some years ago. Last season he received valuable exposure in the Regionalliga with the Telekom Baskets Bonn 2 averaging 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 59.5%, 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 67.2%. He also will bring valuable energy from the bench. All eyes will be on the two young guns from Sweden with Bangala and Italian Valesin. ‘Bangala is unbelievable. I call him baby Zion. He is something like 202cm and weighs 125 kilo’s. He can dribble like a point guard, be explosive and can jump. He will give us much joy. Important is that he pushes himself each day to get better. Valesin has done a good job in pre season considering he is only 16 years old. He has all the assets with long arms, is athletic, can jump, shoot and drive. He should get minutes behind Goodman. But like Bangala needs to give the maximum effort each day to get better’, stressed Paul Albrecht. Rounding off the new roster is American Devon Goodman from the University of Pennsylvania (NCAA) where he had a stellar career who is a 25 year old 183cm point guard with one year of professional experience with 2021-2022: S.C. Lusitania EXPERT (Portugal-Liga Betclic) averaging 14.6ppg, 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (5.2apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 47.3%. ‘He is small and shifty and plays like Parker Jackson-Cartwright. He has left a nice impression on me’, added Paul Albrecht. Goodman will definitely leave his mark on the Pro B and be the difference for this team reaching the playoffs in 2023. The pre season though hasn’t been an easy one, because they haven’t been able to practice on their own court because the Dragon Dome is being renovated and the team have been practicing in Bonn. It could be that the team doesn’t play their first home game until November. ‘We got used to the situation, but it hasn’t been easy. But at the end of the day we want to win and will have to do it home and away’, stressed Paul Albrecht. So what are the goals of the Dragons Rhondorf in 2022-2023? ‘We haven’t set any goals about where we want to finish. Most important for us is that we get better each day and look forward from game to game’, warned Paul Albrecht. The team has a lot of experience unlike last year and on paper should American Devon Goodman exceed all expectations be a sure playoff team. It is about time that the club gets back to playing playoff basketball

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The Miles Vs Jeremy Ingram(Bargteheide) Weekly Basketball Chat Volume 1

Jeremy Ingram (183-G-1991, college: AAMU) is a 191 cm guard that was born in Alabama and has played his entire professional career in Germany for teams like Speyer, Idstein, Bensheim and recently SG Mannheim.This season he is playing for Regionalliga team Bargteheide. Last season with SG Mannheim he picked up South West Regionalliga player of the year while averaging (32.1ppg), 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-4 (2.6spg), FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 35.4%, 9%. He began his career with Enterprise State Community College (JUCO) and then finished with Alabama A&M University (NCAA). He spoke will team up with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber on a weekly basis this season to talk basketball.

Thanks Jeremy for talking to Last season at this time you were a walking bucket and now you will be out until late October. How much of a role has injuries played for you in general in your career?

Well to be honest , I have never dealt with injuries since I have been playing in Germany. I always took very good care of my body to the point where I have only missed 3 total games out of 5 seasons. I’m not really used to injuries so this mentally is rough for me.

You hurt your foot. Will you be able to do any kind of exercises with the ball while your recuperating or will you have to rest a lot?

Well I have been told it’s mostly rest. Just a crack on 1 bone so I can’t really do anything but intake a lot of Vitamin D and rest.

Your playing your first season for Bargteheide after leading the whole Regionalliga in scoring. I have to be honest. I’m a bit shocked that you didn’t land at least in the pro B? Is it tough being in the Regionalliga again?

Yes, I honestly had ambitions to Play Pro A or Pro B after a season like last year but this just shows how big the politics of basketball also play into effect. I had a few pro A , Pro B , workouts but I guess I just wasn’t the right fit for those specific organizations. So mentally having to swallow my pride and play Regionalliga again was a big thing for me. But I will say maybe everything happens for a reason because I am so happy I met the people of Bargeteheide. They’re all super nice people.

Did you have some interest from pro B teams in Germany. Were the situations not ones that you feel were right for you?

Actually quite a few higher league teams have actually showed interest and reached out to me but clearly nothing was written in stone.

Bargteheide is 0-2. What kind of a team do you have? Is your role similar to Mannheim where you were the absolute number 1 scoring option?

This Bargeteheide team is nothing like my team last season. And I love that Mannheim team and organization and have nothing but love and respect for them but this team I’m on this season has a few pretty good players there. Obviously if I played these 2 games they lost we would be 2-0 and not 0-2. Which is why I blame myself for our record right now. But for me this season is not really about being the main scorer because I have another player on my team who can score 40-50 if he needs too. He scored 49 the first game I didn’t play. So I’m satisfied with my team in Bargeteheide.

Your chip must be even larger now on your shoulder. Have you set even higher personal goals for this season?

I can say I have had a chip on my shoulder my whole career. Never got the respect I deserved, always was ‘too small’, too flashy , but I always outworked the next person so I make sure I keep that chip on my shoulder because it’s what drives me to be great everyday I step on that court.

In the tough 77-76 loss to Wusterhausen, you scored 22 points in the first half and then sat out the second half due to injury. What was key in crunch time that you couldn’t pull out the win?

The key was I should have not gotten hurt and been out on that floor with my team. Because those situations is where I thrive best. PERIOD! But my team played good down the stretch without me, just wasn’t quite enough, still a good team effort though.

You next play against number 1 team Neustadt. On what areas does the team need to improve on so the club can achieve that first win?

I think a lot of players are still adjusting to the new league, new speed, and the how much more physical the players are now. But we are working on that and hopefully they’ll make the right adjustments soon.

What has been your take on the Celtics scandal around head coach Ume Udoka?

I think it’s an unfortunate situation and we are all human beings and things happen, but I think the same attention he is getting , the women involved should get the same attention and blame as he is getting because the situations where consensual.

Thanks Jeremy for the chat.