Jaleen Smith(Alba Berlin) Has Learned To Use His Minutes Efficiently And Doesn´t Care About Stats But Just Winning

Jaleen Smith (193-PG-94, college: UNH) is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Freeport, Texas that is playing his fifth professional season and first with Alba Berlin. He played the last two seasons with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg averaging 15.2ppg, 5.0rpg, Assists-3 (5.3apg), Steals-2 (1.8spg), FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 87.5%; and 10.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 82,8% the season before. In 2018-2019 he played with the MLP Academics Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) averaging 12,7ppg, 3,9rpg and 2,7apg. In his rookie season with New Hampshire (NCAA) from 2013-2017 where he played a total of 120 NCAA games. He improved his scoring, rebounding and assists average each season and as a senior he played 32 games averaging 15.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 78.1%. He spoke to after the convincing 83-62 win over the Niners Chemnitz

Congrats on the convincing 83-62 win over the Niners Chemnitz. You have a 4 game winning streak at the moment. Is Alba Berlin playing it’s best of the season?

It’s still a long season and we’re playing some really good basketball right now. We’ve found our identity these last couple of weeks and we’re winning games from playing our game.

How proud are you of the team that was without top players Sikma and Ericksson. One could carefully say you didn’t need them today.

We played really well without our key players. We just showed everyone we’re a really talented and deep team it can beat anyone on any night.

How big were the back to back Euroleague wins over Maccabi and Milan? How is Alba Berlin a better team since those wins?

Those we’re 2 big wins in the season especially winning them at home and we’re playing with a lot more confidence the more we’re playing together and it shows.

How vital was preparation in the win over Chemnitz? Chemnitz is a team with one of the best coaches in the league and they have played great since moving up from division 2. They beat Munich twice in 2 seasons. How confident was the team before this game that they wouldn’t get upset as well?

We all seen they beat Munich in the Pokal so we wanted to make sure we were ready to play today because they are a really good team. They definitely will be a better team next one we see them again. We were all very confident heading into the game. We all knew we would have to step up our game.

The first half was very tight as no team could get away from each other. Was Alba Berlin a bit surprised just how competitive and gritty this team is?

They are a really good team we expected it so we’re was trying to wear them down because we were playing with 11 people compared to their 8 people. So we kept the pressure on and they got tired in the end.

The turning point was in the third quarter where Alba Berlin exploded for 31 points. What were the magic words of Israel Gonzalez that helped get the team rolling? You guys really let it rain three’s even Tim Scheider dropped one.

We went over some of our defensive mistakes and he wanted to run even more than we did before and we did it perfect. Tim made some big 3s for us in the second half to open up the lead for us.

How important was it for a big talent like Louis Oline be so involved and get the feeling that he is as important as every other player on the team?

Just builds a players confidence about his game and what he can bring to the team. This game was a big confidence booster for everyone that played today and it showed as the game went on.

What was it like defending Franz Massenat? You guys did a good job containing him for only 7 points.

He’s a tough guard and he finishes through contact. He had to play a lot of minutes against our pressure and he got worn down as the game went on.

Three Germans with Thiemann, Schneider and Olinde scored in double figures. How much do they profit when they can be such important options?

Just helps them with their confidence and JT started great for us in the first half which is big. They profit so much from it just shows next man up and everyone has to be ready.

Alba Berlin has had growing pains this season, but are learning how to play with a deep rotation with injuries. What do you believe has the team done best in the current wining streak and on what area’s is it working on to get even better?

We all come in and play as hard as we can Doing whatever we need for us to win. We’re playing really good basketball these last couple of weeks.

We spoke about Oscar Da Silva in the past. He didn’t need any adjustment time in Ludwigsburg and either with Alba Berlin as he has proved he can play with the best in the Euroleague. A Daniel Theis needed some years in the BBL before going to the NBA. Just how big is Oscar’s potential? How have you seen him continue to rise in the last months?

Oscar has a big upside. He’s really helped us with most of the bigs being hurt in the beginning of the season and he’s been really good since everyone is back too. He can finish around the rim and he can extend his range whether that be midrange or 3s. He’s a shot blocker for us and he can get a couple of steals also.

It has been a totally new experience for you with Alba Berlin. Your minutes and stats are down. How happy are you to have made this decision instead of trying for the NBA?

I’m learning to use my minutes efficiently in the game. I don’t care how my stats look for the season as long as I help the team WIN I’m happy. Whether that be scoring, defending the best player on the other team, or all the little things I just want to win. I’m happy about my decision always will be.

Last season you were the BBL MVP and the main guy in Ludwigsburg. Now your on a team where your 1 of 12 guys. What was the most difficult thing that you had to adjust to in the last months?

Just finding my new role in slowly starting to find it. I’m still getting used to it but I’m finding my way.

Your not taking as many shots as in the past. Tonight you had 8 assists. How much has your playmaking profited on a team that loves to share the ball? What part of your playmaking has improved the most?

I love it a lot it’s really good basketball. Everyone is a shooter so either I’m finding them or they’ll find another guy which is nice.

You have played 13 Euroleague games. What has been the biggest adjustment for you with your game? How much more difficult is every possession compared to the easyCredit BBL?

You have to be full focused all game the amount of mistakes that happen in Euroleague are minimal. The team that makes the most mistakes usually loses. Every possession makes in the Euroleague.

Alba Berlin next battle famous Greek team Panathinaikos Athens. How excited are you for this trip? What will be key to getting the next Euroleague win?

I’m excited it’s a lot of history with the club and it’s going to be a tough game against another Euroleague team.

What is your opinion on how legend Scottie Pippen has bashed ex teammate GOAT Michael Jordan? How does his bashing hurt Pippen’s legacy?

I can’t talk on it because I don’t know what his problem was with Jordan. They both are top players in history respectfully. The documentary wasn’t about Scottie it’s about Jordan. I mean Scottie can make a documentary about what really went down if he wanted to.

Thanksgiving has come and gone. How did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year and can anything replace your mother’s cooking?

Nothing can replace momma and grandma’s cooking. I’m definitely missing it right now for the holidays. I went to see my people Tanner and Sasha Leissner in Lithuania and spend a couple of days over there.

Thanks Jaleen for the chat.

The Fraport Skyliners Didn´t Need A Shaq As Their Rebounding Dominance Smothered The Hakro Merlins 80-73

After having a two week break on account of the Fiba Windows, the Fraport Skyliners were seeking to continue their winning streak after having defeated s.Oliver Wurzburg on the road as Will Cherry and Brancou Badu led the attack. They welcomed the potent Hakro Merlins Crailsheim and ex head coach Sebastian Gleim who came into the game with a solid 5-3 record. Crailsheim had been playing exceptional basketball having a five game winning streak in the easyCredit BBL and had won eight of the last nine games showcasing a consistent scoring attack as their chemistry has continued to grow. However against the Fraport Skyliners, they were unable to get their offensive flow and were crushed on the boards as the home team won their second game in row despite being without new player Jamel Mclean and Brancou Badio who was injured. After 40 minutes the Fraport Skyliners who had identity figure Quantez Robertson back from injury had won the rebounding duel easily 50-27 and had secured an incredible 16 rebounds and were so well prepared under the boards that they wouldn’t of even needed a Shaq in his prime. ‘Key for the win was rebounding and not letting their shooters to get going. Their shooters weren’t as dominant as they usually are. Shorts was able to play his game, but we did a good job and kept the rest in check. On offense we spread the scoring and had 5 guys in double figures. Our unsung hero’s were our bigs who made great decisions’, stressed ex NBA player Will Cherry. The Hakro Merlins were never out of the game, but relied too much on their star player TJ Shorts who came up big time in and time out, but then again wasn’t superman on this day either. The club had too many other deficiencies that they couldn’t correct during the game. ‘We didn’t play defense the way we usually do . We were killed on transition and on the boards. We didn’t do a good job boxing out and allowed way too many offensive rebounds’, stated Crailsheim guard Terrell Harris. It wasn’t a happy return for ex Fraport Skyliner head coach Sebastian Gleim who was without his sharp shooter Maurice Stuckey. ‘Congrats to Frankfurt. The way they were physical and rebounded, they deserved the win. Our health was the main focus last week and basketball was second. We didn’t have our flow and shooting the way we have had during the last 12 games where we won 90% of the games’, warned Crailsheim head coach Sebastian Gleim.

Len Schoorman at the FT line

The Fraport Skyliners got out on a lightening start as they received back to back buckets from rookie Matt Haarms and German national player Lukas Wank, but that didn’t irritate Crailsheim, but motivated them to get going and did going on a lethal 16-2 run to lead 16-6. In the run, they demonstrated just how dangerous their offense can be as 5 different players executed. Ex FC Bayern Munich center Bogdan Radosavljevic dropped a trey while the rest were all baskets in the paint. Crailsheim used their quickness and athleticism as Shorts, Belgium national player Elias Lasisi, ex Chemnitz guard Terrell Harris and ex wiha Panther Jaron Lewis all scored. Frankfurt were unable to stay in front of their man as they continued to get beat on 1-1 situations. Frankfurt got some good energy form 2017 JBBL finalist Len Schoormann (192-PG-02, agency: BeoBasket) who drilled home a trey and scored a lay in to cut the Crailsheim advantage to 19-11. 3 Quantez Robertson free throws also helped in the last seconds as the Fraport Skyliners trailed 21-14 after 10 minutes. ‘We were sluggish at the start and let them beat us on 1-1 plays. At the end of the first Tez and I looked at each other and said let’s kick it into gear’, said Will Cherry. The rebounding was pretty even after 10 minutes, while Frankfurt had poor shooting percentages and 4 turnovers.

Terrell Harris at the FT line

The second quarter was a game of runs as a 10-2 and 7-0 Frankfurt run occurred as did a 6-0 Crailsheim run which tied the score at 30-30. No team could totally break away from the other as it was 35-35 at half-time. Frankfurt came out hot and went on a 10-2 run getting continued good support from Len Schoormann who kept his aggressive play up scoring inside and getting a trey while Cherry hit a tough fade away shot and Rasheed Moore scored a three pointer for the 24-23 Frankfurt lead. Frankfurt was slowly clawing their way back, but some turnovers and a lack of concentration allowed the guests to go on a 7-0 run to recapture the lead 30-24. Jaron Lewis who had missed some shots in the first quarter, now found his form connecting on a trey and on a turn around shot and TJ Shorts perfected his mid range game as always with a 15 footer. The Hakro Merlins were led once again by TJ Shorts invincible game as he ended the game with 25/4/6/5 stats and just did come up a little short of powering his team to a win again. ‘He does a great job drawing fouls. He pressured us all game long. He got a lot of 50/50 calls. That is why he is leading the BBL in points. He is the head of the snake. When he plays well, his team plays well’, added Will Cherry. The runs continued to surface as Frankfurt also found their range better from the parking lot getting consecutive three’s from Cherry and Wank to dead lock the contest at 30-30. Down the stretch, Will Cherry continued to have his good shooting touch nailing a three pointer and little used 3 and D player Jared Savage from Western Kentucky (NCAA) dropped a trey. ‘Donaldson’s unit did a great job giving us a push. He found me on a three and we locked down on defense’, said Will Cherry. Frankfurt upped their shooting in the second quarter and especially their board work having the 26-14 rebound edge and 9 offensive rebounds, but also had the ugly 8-3 turnover advantage.

Lukas Wank from outside

The third quarter continued to be a dog fight as there were a few lead changes, but the Fraport Skyliners mostly had the upper hand, but couldn’t shake the Hakro Merlins as they were able to stick around. Frankfurt jumped out to the 43-39 lead as they nailed big shots from outside as Moore and Quantez Robertson drained three’s. Even if it wasn’t a potent offensive day for Crailsheim, they did have answers here and there and were able to regain the lead 44-43 as they got baskets from German Fabian Bleck who hit a tough shot from the corner and Terrell Harris went coast to coast for the lay in. It was a game of little runs as the Fraport Skyliners now put their foot on the pedal going on a 7-1 run to extend their lead to 50-45. In the run, they got a trey from Tez Robertson and two vital baskets from big men Matt Haarms and Lorenz Brenneke who combined for 28 minutes and 10 points and 11 rebounds and continue to harmonize better and better in each new game. ‘Their confidence is growing. Key was letting them also be playmakers and they made great plays. They feed off each other. Their IQ’s are very high. Haarm’s plays great defense and Brenneke is always crashing the boards’, stressed Will Cherry. But Crailsheim continued to chip away and now went on a 6-2 run to trail only 52-51. In the run the guests got good aid from Shorts, Bleck and Harris who all scored in the paint continuing to exploit Frankfurt’s weakness of stopping the drive. There were 4 lead changes in the third quarter and German national player Lukas Wank ended the quarter with a trey as Frankfurt had the 55-53 advantage after 30 minutes. ‘We had some bone head turnovers. It wasn’t anything they did, but moreover us playing to fast or being selfish. We were simply too indecisive’, stated Will Cherry. ‘We continued to defend well and got in transition. We also rotated well and hit big shots to keep the lead’, added Terrell Harris. Frankfurt continued to shoot under 40% from the field and outside, but they were kings on the boards having the overwhelming 37-20 edge and 13-3 offensive rebound advantage. They were coughing up the ball too much with 11-4 in turnovers.

Elias Lasisi with the shot

The Fraport Skyliners kept the lead in the fourth and despite TJ Shorts doing all he could to help his team get over the hump, they were denied by the Frankfurt’s consistent execution at both ends of the court. The Fraport Skyliners didn’t waist any time quickly hitting Crailsheim for a 7-0 run to lead 60-55 and they would never look back. In the run, Frankfurt got a three from Wank and lay in’s from Brennecke and Cherry. Crailsheim got added baskets from Bleck and Shorts, but Frankfurt continued to get the needed punch from big man Matt Haarms who scored twice for the 71-59 Frankfurt lead. In crunch-time, Frankfurt kept their nose in front despite a desperate come back from TJ Shorts who scored 11 points, but he wasn’t rewarded. Frankfurt continued to execute on offense getting to the free throw line. Schoorman, Robertson and Wank scored securing the win. ‘Shorts put his head down and did all he could to keep it close. He was a 1 man show and we made it tough on the rest. We contested shots and made it as difficult as possible for the rest’, stated Will Cherry. ‘We couldn’t get stops. They hit big shots and rebounds and second chances’, commented Terrell Harris. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Len Schoormann with 17 points. Lukas Wank added 13 points and Quantez Robertson 11 points while the Hakro Melrins were led by TJ Shorts with 25 points while Terrell Harris added 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 39% from the field and 33% from outside and had 50 rebounds and 15 turnovers while the Hakro Merlins shot 44% from the field and 25% from outside and had 27 rebounds and 8 turnovers.

Marius Stoll Powers Orange Academy in Crunch-Time Over the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 72-67

After winning five of their last six games to start off the season, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors have suffered a dry spell and lost the last two games to the Basketball Lowen and a nail bitter to the Hanau White Wings. This weekend they met the young and always talented Orange Academy who came into the game sporting a solid 6-2 record. The ratiopharm Ulm farm team have been playing excellent basketball of late having a three game winning streak and were coming off a strong win against the EPG Baskets Koblenz holding them to an incredible 54 points totally slowing down their usual potent offensive attack. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors wanted to start a new winning streak after the long FIBA window’s lay over, but once again had difficulty in crunch-time as they let their lead slip away in the last minutes allowing Orange Academy to win their fourth game in a row 72-67. After the loss Frankfurt top scorer Matthew Meredith reflected on another game that they let get away. ‘We gave up too many turnovers again which led to easy baskets for the opponent. We fought back after a bad start and played as a team. We were unable to play with disciplined that hurt us’, stressed Fraport Skyliners guard Matthew Meredith. Orange Academy were unable to keep their comfortable lead of the first quarter, but overall played a fine game and never allowed Frankfurt to break away. Despite the victory, Orange Academy head coach Anton Gavel was not pleased with the start, but thankful for the win. ‘We let Meredith get hot and had problems with Voeller. We have to play smarter in the future. We hit shots and got key offensive rebounds, but we can’t allow a team to come back the way Frankfurt did. I give a lot of credit to Frankfurt who have had a good season. It is never easy to win in Frankfurt’, said Anton Gavel. Orange Academy continued to show that they are a very good defensive team. ‘We like to keep teams under 60 points, but we kept Frankfurt under 70 points. We were very aggressive and got many deflections. Moritz Krimmer saved us a lot tonight’, stressed Orange Academy guard Jacob Ensminger.

Jacob Ensminger in the paint

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors got on the board first with a Philipp Hadenfeldt lay in, but that didn’t scare Orange Academy at all as they played their game and rolled out on a 9-0 run. In the run the guests got a three from Stoll, free throws and a left handed dunk from Moritz Krimmer and a jumper from German Latrell Grosskopf. Frankfurt couldn’t come to terms with the energetic play of the guests at both ends of the court. Frankfurt also missed some easy lay ups which didn’t help their self-confidence. Frankfurt got some buckets from raw German Alexander Richardson and high flyer 8 year man Konstantin Schubert, but continued to not be able to get stops. Frankfurt was unable to match Orange Academy’s intensity as they continued to execute getting a trey from Krimmer, a tap in from Austrian youth national player David Fuchs and a lay in by future Oregon State player Michael Rataj for the 21-6 advantage. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors got sone fortune at the end getting a trey from Philipp Hadenfeldt at the buzzer, but trailed 21-9. ‘Orange Academy like to play with much movement. You can prepare against it, but in the game it’s a totally different thing. It took Frankfurt some time to get used to. It is possible to give up a run at the start which they did. Their size and athleticism overpowered Frankfurt’, stressed Frankfurt NBBL head coach Miran Cumurija. The guests shot over 50% from the field and over 60% from outside while Frankfurt couldn’t hit the ocean shooting only 14% from outside. The guests also had the 11-6 rebound edge and both teams had 5 turnovers apiece.

Matthew Meredith from outside

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors adjusted better to Orange Academy in the second quarter and went on a massive run, but still trailed 38-34 at the break. Hadenfeldt got Frankfurt on the board first like in the first quarter, but the guests matched that rapidly getting baskets from Rataj and Fuchs keeping the 25-12 advantage. But Frankfurt then took the guests momentum as they raced out to an overwhelming 20-6 run to recapture the lead again 32-31. In the run they got more aggressive and just attacked the rim which led to success. Frankfurt got 2 lay in’s from Meredith, a left handed hook shot from Marco Voeller and Richardson lay in while also mixing it up with three’s from Hadenfeldt and three and D player Risto Vasiljevic. Hadenfeldt was key in the run as his playmaking and leading the team were first class. He made a beautiful Rondo like bounce pass to Richardson and helped Frankfurt match Orange Academy’s intensity. Frankfurt also upped their defensive pressure forcing Orange Academy out of their comfort zone and making them lose their calmness. The guests forced more shots and lost their offensive rhythm. Frankfurt was unable to hold their lead as German Tobias Jenson made a few baskets for the Orange Academy half-time lead. ‘Frankfurt were more physical and attacked the basket better which led to more confidence and hit some three’s. We also did a better job containing them on defense and didn’t allow them to play their game’, expressed Frankfurt NBBL head coach Miran Cumurija. Frankfurt upped their shooting to 46% from the field and 25% from outside while Orange Academy’s shooting percentages dipped to 47% and 44%, but they held the 18-14 rebound edge while both teams suffered 8 turnovers a piece.

Nat Dialo at the FT line

The third quarter remained very tight as no club led by more than 5 points. After 30 minutes the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had the slim 56-54 advantage. Orange Academy kept the tight lead as Moritz Krimmer who has played 26 easyCredit BBL games was their go to guy as the modern day forward showed his mature inside out game banging for an offensive rebound and put back and then made a trey while Frankfurt recieved support from Voeller with a dunk and Meredith lay in but Orange Academy still led 44-41. But then came the Matthew Meredith show as he took over scoring 7 points to give Frankfurt the 52-48 lead. The German who played his first Pro A game at age 14 nailed two three pointers and a pretty floater. ‘Coach told me at half time that I had been forcing too much in the first half. I got more aggressive and went to the basket in the third and then was in the flow’, stressed Matthew Meredith. Meredith’s spirited play also heightened the Frankfurt defense as they got stops, but they couldn’t keep the lead. Orange Academy stole back the lead with a Rataj trey 53-52. But Frankfurt got the last laugh as Richardson nailed a 20 footer and role player Risto Vasiljevic made a lay in to end the third quarter. The game had turned into a real defensive battle as both team’s youngsters were playing with passion as blocks, steals and deflections were a common occurrence on each possession. ‘We played our game and had good ball movement. We played as a team and got more stops and didn’t give up transition baskets’, stated Matthew Meredith. ‘We didn’t do a good job on Meredith on defense. We have to react better against him’, stressed Jacob Ensminger. Both teams shot over 40% from the field while Orange Academy shot 38% from outside and Frankfurt shot 29% from the parking lot. The guests continued to have the slight 27-24 rebound advantage and they also had 12 turnovers while Frankfurt had 10 turnovers.

Matthew Meredith at the FT line

The fourth quarter remained a real dog fight as both teams continued to play superb defense and no team could get away. Marco Voeller got hot at the start scoring twice including a two handed dunk as Frankfurt led 60-58. Frankfurt continued to keep the upper hand as Meredith scored on a beautiful finger tip roll lay in and Richardson made a lay in after getting the swift no look pass from Meredith as Orange Academy trailed 64-60. But Orange Academy had their ace in the deck and unsung hero with Moritz Krimmer who continued to step up and make big plays at both ends of the court. He remained aggressive scoring on a coast to coast drive and then made a steal on an inbounds play as Frankfurt made an errant pass as he scored again giving the guests the 65-64 lead. The guests had stole back the momentum and didn’t let it slip away again. Hadenfeldt gave Frankfurt the lead one last time with a basket, but Krimmer again gave his team a huge push with a lay in tying the game at 67-67. But Meredith couldn’t score again missing which led to a clutch Marius Stoll (197-SG-99) trey for the 70-67 lead with 43 seconds remaining. Orange Academy got another stop and Jacob Ensminger iced the win with free throws. ‘The inbounds steal and Krimmer dunk hurt Frankfurt mentally. We then played pick and roll and they cheated leading to Stoll’s three pointer. That was very important for us’, stated Jacob Ensminger. ‘ The inbounds play hurt, but the Stoll three pointer cost us the game’, stressed Matthew Meredith. Orange Academy was led by Moritz Krimmer with 22 points while Marius Stoll added 13 points while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Matthew Meredith with 20 points while Philipp Hadenfeldt added 13 points and 7 assists. Orange Academy shot 42% from the field and 30% from outside and had 39 rebounds and 15 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 45% from the field and 22% from outside and had 34 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

The EPG Baskets Survive Scare Upsetting Top Pro B South Club Dresden Titans 85-71

After starting the season off perfect with a fantastic 6-0 record, the EPG Baskets Koblenz have suffered growing pains the last weeks losing two of their last three games. After being shell shocked in Oberaching, the club returned home and tore apart Hanau only to visit Orange Academy the next weekend and lose a defensive battle 66-54 shooting a miserable 25% from downtown. This weekend they had to contend with top team Dresden Titans who entered the game with a perfect 8-0 record and continue to shine with their offensive arsenal as they have scored 80 points or more in six games. The EPG Baskets Koblenz wanted to experience another fine home winning experience and were able to win their second game in a row in their new CGM arena, but had to withstand a fourth quarter run by the Dresden Titans and survived 85-71. In crunch-time the EPG Baskets Koblenz buckled down and got some late energy from Brain Butler who made some thunderous dunks to secure the win. After the win he was all smiles for everyone in the arena. ‘This was another big win for us. We once again heightened our game again. We had some injuries this week, but we sold ourselves very well and showed just what we are made of. Our big strength was our passion on defense. We show every week that we belong to the best defensive teams in the league. Our offense follows when we play good defense’, warned Brian Butler (196-F-91). The Dresden Titans made a furious come back, but weren’t rewarded at the end. ‘They were very athletic and physical something that we weren’t used to. Their physicality made us play hesitant on offense. They limited us to 4-5 passes and kept us out of our plays. We just couldn’t respond to how they played’, stressed Grant Teichmann.

Marvin Heckel at the FT line

The EPG Baskets exploded in the first 5 minutes and then lost focus on offense, but their consistent defense allowed them to keep their commanding lead. They didn’t have any of the Orange Academy woes in their mind as they erupted on the court in the first quarter taking a quick 15-3 lead. In the run the EPG Baskets Koblenz howed their lethal inside out game letting it rain three’s from Domnique Johnson, American Shembari Phillips and German Niclas Sperber while also getting baskets in the paint from German Moses Poelking, Johnson and Phillips. This offensive explosion shocked Dresden as they were unable to get into their sets and were forced to too tough shots by the Koblenz aggressive defense. The EPG Baskets Koblenz played as if they were on a mission and it was the final game of the playoffs. In the last 5 minutes, the EPG Baskets Koblenz lost focus on offense, but continued to play defense with passion and didn’t allow a Dresden field goal until the 9,13 minute mark. The Dresden Titans did a good job keeping Brian Butler in check, but he would have his coming out in the second quarter while Koblenz did a fine job keeping Teichmann and Georg Voigtmann in check. After 10 minutes the EPG Baskets Koblenz led 21-10. ‘We have had bad starts in most games this season. We knew today we had to get a better start and then everything would be easier for us. Today we were all ready and began aggressive’, stressed Brian Butler.

Sebastian Heck from outside

In the second quarter, the Dresden Titans began better and cut the Koblenz lead to 7 points, but then fans in the arena would witness the Brian Butler show as he would connect for 11 points and allow the EPG Baskets Koblenz to secure the comfortable 44-25 advantage at half-time. The Dresden Titans started with a positive 9-5 run to cut the Koblenz lead down to 26-19. Dresden began with more physicality as German big man veteran Max Von Der Wippel scored twice while ex Tigers Tuebingen forward Tanner Graham made a lay in and three pointer. Koblenz lost their rhythm on offense as the aggressive Dresden defense gave them fits. But the EPG Baskets Koblenz have so much talent and depth, that anyone can go off at any time. Brian Butler was often the first scoring option last season, but this season doesn’t have to be that guy anymore. Tonight his team needed him to step up and he did showing once again that the paint is his own stomping ground. He scored in a variety of ways displaying his moves and dunks. He also got support from ex Georgia Tech (NCAA) guard Shembari Phillips who blasted home two three’s. The EPG Baskets Koblenz continued to defend very well not allowing Dresden anything easy inside and guarded the three point line well. Butler’s invincible play was key for his team having the big lead at the break. ‘Today we wanted to get the ball inside a lot. I was aggressive and my teammates found me. I was able to use mismatches to my advantage. We stuck to the game plan and continued playing our game and moving the ball well’, stated Brian Butler.

Tanner Graham at the FT line

In the third quarter the Dresden Titans were able to execute better on offense, but couldn’t make any ground on the EPG Baskets because they scored 28 points and held on to their massive lead 73-54 after 30 minutes. In the first few minutes, bot clubs found their range from outside as Grant Teichmann who had been very quiet in the first half connected as did Daniel Kirchner while for Koblenz, it was the hot hand of Phillips who always stepped up making two three’s, but Dresden still trailed 57-33. Even if Dresden was executing better, it was mostly Canadian Tanner gGaham who became the team’s almost only scoring option as his team was always finding him and he was able to provide a stable inside out game. Down the stretch of the third quarter Georg Voigtmann also began to find his game better making a basket and free throws, but Koblenz simply had too many scoring options that could execute as Butler was back off the bench and Marvin Heckel who had suffered blood poisoning only a few days earlier also scored. But the guy who always came in the clutch was Phillips who continued to knock down three’s as if it was the easiest task. ‘When Shembari is comfortable, he gives us so much. He is never afraid to take a shot. When he is ready, he can really hit the tough shot’, warned Brian Butler. Grant Teichmann ended the third quarter with a trey as he was getting warmed up for his personal fourth quarter finale. ‘We didn’t change much. We were motivated to keep our big lead’, expressed Brian Butler. ‘The third quarter was a game of runs. We played more free, but they continued to hit shots’, stressed Grant Teichmann.

Shembari Phillips drills home a trey

In the fourth quarter basketball once again proved that it will always be a game of runs. The Dresden Titans had not played particularly well for 30 minutes and it was really only a matter of time before they would break out of their shell. The Dresden Titans broke out on a captivating 15-0 run cutting the Koblenz lead to 73-69 as Grant Teichmann led the way with 10 unanswered points. Dresden stepped up their defense stopping Koblenz on 11 possessions. Teichmann started off the run with a four point play which was followed by a trey by German Daniel Kirchner. Teichmann continued his offensive rampage connecting on two more treys and the Dresden defense was more aggressive and the Koblenz play reminded one of last year’s team were such lapses happened more regularly as the team forgot what team play was and chose 1-1 on play. ‘We were able to play our style. When we get stops then we can get out on transition. We were finally able to adjust, but it took us too long’, warned Grant Teichmann. The EPG Baskets finally got the monkey off their back scoring at the 3,25 minute mark as Lucas Mayer nailed a trey for the 76-69 advantage. The EPG Baskets Koblenz then buckled down on defense and got 3 consecutive stops while on offense they executed getting Lay in’s von Poelking and Heckel to secure the victory. Koblenz finished strong after stopping Dresden’s run, they went on a 12-2 run. Koblenz got another trey from Philipps and 2 thunderous dunks from Brian Butler. ‘Runs happen in games. The question is always how does one react. We reacted well getting big plays and shots at the end’, said Brian Butler. ‘We made a nice run cutting their lead to 4 points, but they answered the bell. We couldn’t break their neck as they sustained our run. They hit shots and we couldn’t finish off the run’, explained Grant Teichmann. The EPG Baskets Koblenz were led by Shembari Phillips with 23 points while Brian Butler added 22 points. The Dresden Titans were led by Tanner Graham with 20 points and Grant Teichmann added 16 points.

Jared Savage(Hakro Merlins) Doesn´t Need To Be The Primary Scorer As His 3 And D Qualities Will Help A Team Anywhere

Jared Savage (196-G/F-97, college: WKU) is a 24 year old 196cm forward that was born in Dakar, Senegal and grew up in Bowling Green, Tennessee. He is playing his second professional season in Germany with the Hakro Merlins Crailsheim. Last season as a rookie he played with GS Lavrio Aegean Cargo (Greece-A1) playing 33 games averaging 5.5ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 69.7%. He began his basketball career at Warren Country Central High School. He then played at Austin Peay State University (NCAA) from 2015-2017 and then played at Western Kentucky (NCAA) from 2018-2020 playing a total of 64 NCAA games averaging 12.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 81.8% and as a senior averaged 11.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 83.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners.

Jared thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment

I’m in Crailsheim, Germany and we just had a scrimmage against MBC in order to get some rhythm after the long Fiba break. It was good to get a sweat and get some wind back.

You were in the States and in Greece during the Pandemic. How have you experienced COVID and what were the most challenging things you had to cope with?

I feel with COVID having come, I still haven’t truly experienced how European basketball is. Last year we played without fans and this season with fans, but now again fans won’t be allowed to remain in the arena’s.

With everything that you witnessed during COVID off the court how do you feel did you get stronger as a man?

On a life scale, COVID has made basketball seem so small. I learned to focus on the little things. There have been guys in the BBL that got COVID and as a result have had heart problems and had difficulty walking up stairs. At the start we all took it as a joke, but now you have to take it very seriously. It is important that everyone stays safe.

Your playing your first season for the Hakro Merlins. What kind of an adjustment has it been coming from Greece to playing in the very competitive German BBL?

The BBL is more tactical and technical while in Greece basketball was more roll out the ball and play. In Greece it was more playing to your strength and like open gym. Each game in the BBL is a dog fight. You have to bring you’re a game every night especially on the road.

Crailsheim is playing a very strong season in the easyCredit BBL and Fiba Europe Cup. What has been the secret of the success? Possibly there is no real superstar with all respect going to TJ Shorts talent?

We have a very balanced team where everyone knows their roles. We have 3-4 guys that are shooting 40% or better from outside. A lot of credit goes to TJ Shorts who does a great job getting all involved. We have no selfish guys and meshed together quickly. We want to keep it rolling.

How much credit has to go to head coach Sebastian Gleim? He didn’t have great success the last 2 years in Frankfurt but seems to be making his break through this year.

Coach wants everything done perfectly. If we mess up then we keep doing it again until it’s right. This is great because in the game we know how it’s done. He has done a great job building trust. Even if we make mistakes, we know how to fix it. He is very honest and makes us pay attention to detail.

How important has TJ Shorts been for the success? Does his game and overwhelming self-confidence pull the team to greater heights?
I can’t count how many games there have been where he won it for us. He puts the team on his back and does a great job finding everyone. He scores, rebounds and makes plays. He continues to show how good he is.

What has it been like playing with veteran Terrell Harris? What have you appreciated most about his presence?

He does a great job talking to the young guys. He has a calm head about basketball. He trusts you and helps tell us what to do on and off the court. He is always even keel. He is never too high or too low. He is a very good leader.

Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 196cm forward. To what NBA player would you best compare your game to?

I would compare my game to a PJ Tucker. I’m a 3 and D player that can guard 1-4 and hit the open three pointer.

You’re a player that has proven that you can score and rebound the ball. What would you say is your biggest strength on the court?

I think my basketball IQ. I think people don’t realize that. I watch a lot of video.

How would you describe your role with the Merlins? What has it been like coming from the bench something you have had to get used to as a professional?

Last year in Greece, the adjustment was a lot bigger. I was used to playing 38 minutes in college. But some of the best players in Europe come off the bench. I accept the role I have with the Merlins. Being a 3 and D player and doing all I can to help my team win.

What strides do you feel have you ben making with the continued development of your three?. You were always high in the 30% before this season, but currently are at 47%.
I give a lot of credit to Jacob Hayslip who is a GA at Western Kentucky. We worked a lot last summer on my shot. I took something like 500-600 shots a day. I was in the gym a lot.

On what area’s of your game are you working on most so that you can keep climbing with your game?

I’m working most on my body. I want to gain more weight and strength at this level. I’m playing against grown men, guys that are 35 years old. I want to play a long career. I want my body to be prepared for that. I need to have strong knees and ankles. Later I want to walk away when I’m ready and not because of injury.

You played your rookie season with Lavrio in Greece. What do you remember being your wake up call to being a rookie where you knew that you were very far away from home?

I think that the whole year was a wake up call. I never really realized how far away I was home. I had to grow up and realize that I couldn’t just take a car and go home. I was 5000 miles away.

How important was it having a guy like Glen Cosey. Was he like a mentor for you? How did he help you most as a rookie?

When I was in Greece, he lived 2 doors down from me. He has been around for a while. This is his 9th season. He taught me how to compete. He literally jump started my competitiveness. I can’t say how often he was on guys during practice for not going hard enough.

What kind of an experience was it upsetting Panathinaikos 92-82 and beating all these world class players? What will you always remember the most from this great win?

We actually beat them twice that season. I remember coaches crying in the locker room after we beat them the first time I hadn’t understood the history then. It was very special for me being part of a small club beating a big one. Those were the two biggest wins of my career and I’m proud to have been a part of it.

You began your NCAA career at Austin Peay (NCAA). How instrumental was head coach David Loos in your early development? What did he help you with most that allowed you become the player that you are today?

He gave me a lot of freedom and confidence to be a shooter. Half way through my freshman year, he told me to go make shots and that is what I did. I still hold the record for the most three’s with 19 in a conference tournament. Shout out to him for giving me an opportunity. Austin Peay had been the only division 1 offer that I had gotten. He believed in me.

How much of a learning experience was it losing to Kansas as a freshman in the NCAA tournament? Kansas had a bunch of guys that reached the NBA. Which guy impressed you the most?

They had 5 NBA players like Devontae Graham, Perry Ellis and Frank Mason. My match up was Wayne Seldon. I was 6,4 and 185 pounds. He gave me a serious wake up call. I realized that it was serious.

You were teammates with John Murry who proved to everyone at Austin Peay that he was good enough to play at a high level as a pro. Instead he has been toiling in Germany’s 4th division for 3 years. How crazy is that?

When I signed in Germany, he hit me up right away. He is like 4 hours away. John has been killing it in Germany. You can see he is a real good player. Hard work has paid off. In high school, I had no idea what hard work was. I just went to games. He taught me to work hard on my game. In practice he was always in full sweat.

Does an example like this prove that there are simply too many great guards and to little spots?

Before I came overseas, I thought that the whole experience would be easy. I thought it would be a cake walk. You see so many talented guys overseas form D-2 or the NAIA trying to feed their families. I believe John can play at the highest level in Europe. It is only a matter of time. His work ethic will get him there.

You then finished at Western Kentucky (NCAA). How beneficial was it for your game becoming the primary scorer as a senior after future NBA player Charles Bassey went down with an injury? Is becoming that first option one you would like to have again as a pro?

When Charles got hurt, we took a big hit. I had to step up and lead the team. As a pro I’m a 3 and D player. I’m fine with this role. I don’t think that I will ever be that primary scorer. Do I want that role? Maybe. But I’m fine with just doing whatever the team needs to win.

Was your 24/16 game in the win over Texas-San Antonio your best game in the NCAA?
I believe it was in regards to points and rebounds. We needed that win because it was the last game before going to the conference tournament.

How did head coach Rick Stansburry give you that little extra push on your way to becoming a professional player?

He surrounded me with a good coaching staff. They all believed in me and helped me get better there.

Who was the toughest player that you encountered in the NCAA that would reach the NBA?

Charles Cook from Dayton. He played the 3 and was a real good guard. I will always remember him.

Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?

Tyson Carter, Taveion Hollingsworth, Alpha Diallo, Devon Davis, Charles Bassey

Please list your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads.

I will name my favorite players. Devin Booker, Jayson Taytum, Kevin Durant, Zach Levine and Lebron James

What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?

It is a toss up, but it is Jordan, but Lebron isn’t far behind.

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

I like action movies. The sequel was kind of weird for me.

Thanks Jared for the chat.

The Miles Vs John Murry Weekly Basketball Chat Volume 9

John Murry (192-G-95, college: Austin Peay) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Indianapolis, Indiana that is playing his third professional season in Germany with BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga). 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 and Miles Schmidt-Scheuber talk weekly about basketball.

The up and down weeks continue for Grevenbrocih. How much did the 87-72 loss to Leverkusen hurt?

It was just mind boggling considering we played so well against a team that was ranked higher in the league but at the end of the day we will go back to the basics and fix things so we can be better and ready for the game on Saturday.

Leverkusen 2 shot the ball well and rebounded well. What were the main reasons for the team’s ninth loss of the season?

A lot of mental mistakes, where we could make simple plays but took the more difficult route which resulted in a loss for us. When we are making the simple plays and focused on our game, we are one of the best teams in the league for sure.

The team had 19 turnovers while you had 1 turnover. How vital does inexperience play a role this season during certain phases of the game?

Experience definitely plays a major role in phases of the game, obviously we have more youth then experience this year so we try to mix the two very well so we can make things work together for us to win.

Ali Thiam contributed 13 points. How have you followed his development this season?

Definitely pushing him in practice, staying on him to make shots and be focused on defense, he has a lot of potential to be good in this league.

You had another solid game with 28 points, four rebounds and three assists. How content were you with your game?

I am Definitely never content with any performance I have, I always feel like I can do more and play a better game even if I go perfect from the field with no turnovers, there is always room for improvement in my game. I feel like that’s what keeps me at a high level.

You had misfortune shooting the ball from outside. How have you seen the development of your three pointer this season?

It just comes down to taking the right shots at the right time and having the right people on the floor with me at that time. I started off not so well but have definitely found my Rhythm to make shots down the stretch.

The next game is against the 5-6 Lowen. This will be another key game for you. What will be key in getting the win?

Just staying focused for 40 minutes, it’s not checkers it’s chess and that just means being precise with our decision making, making shots, and sticking to our defensive principles. That should bring us a W home.

Thanksgiving has come and gone. What was your favorite Thanksgiving memory and how did you celebrate in Germany?

Just cooked up a big meal for myself and FaceTimed family as they gathered around, it was fun almost like I was there but it’s never easy being away from home for the holidays so we just have to make the best of our situation overseas as pro athletes.

Thanks John for the chat.

A Royce O ´Neale Parallel And God Working In Mysterious Ways Has Been In The Equation For Ishmail Wainright(Phoenix Suns) Reaching The NBA

One of the worst moments for any aspiring player is having to wait for that first NBA experience. Just sitting at the end of the bench and hoping that coach calls your name can be as nerve wracking as it is for a guard going into the lane and seeing Rudy Gobert come out of nowhere to make the monster block. Just getting to be on a NBA roster is difficult, but then having to wait for that first call can sometimes never occur. Just ask a guy like Tony Gaffey who was on the roster of his home team Boston Celtics and rival Los Angeles Lakers in the same season, but never played a second for either team. For a guy like Ishmail Wainright (196-G/F-94, college: Baylor) who has experienced the full Cinderella story in his career playing in the German second division only three years ago reached the NBA this season with the Phoenix Suns, but had to wait a while before being inserted for the first time against the Dallas Mavericks and in his second game scored his first NBA basket against the Denver Nuggets driving in from the wing and making a crisp lay up. Ex teammate Brandon Jefferson who played with him in France last season with Strasburg knows it must have been difficult for him to have to go through such a long time before playing his first NBA minute, but all in all had the needed patience to stick it out. ‘Ish is competitive and wants to play of course, but he knew that he would have to wait his turn and that his opportunity would come! Before the season, Ish told us that he wanted to be in the NBA someday and he made it happen. He had a great season and him being with the Uganda national team helped a lot also! He got to showcase his talent’, stressed ex Phoenix Hagen guard Brandon Jefferson. ‘ We still have a group message from the imports last season, and we all said no matter when your time comes, ‘keep your head up, we’re all proud of you and what you’ve achieved. When your name is called, just be ready’, explained SIG Strasburg guard Deandre Lansdowne. Of course hard work, timing and luck have aided Ishmail Wainwright in reaching the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, but there has also been something else. Royce O’Neale of the Utah Jazz played in the easyCredit BBL as a rookie and with Strasburg his second season while Wainright did the same with the only difference being that the Sun had a steeper road to go beginning in the German Pro A. More than two seasons ago when he was a rookie, he already had massive thoughts about what O’Neale had done and where his journey could go. ‘I’m not saying it could happen to me but you never know what the future holds you know. God works in mysterious ways’, warned Ishmail Wainright. The one’s who truly knew him as a person and his game knew that it could become reality. ‘Not many people would’ve guessed, but some of us thought, if he got the chance, he deserved it. Character wise, but also because he extremely skilled’, stated ex Basketball Lowen Braunschweig American Deandre Lansdowne.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Deandre Lansdowne in Frankfurt in 2017

Ishmail Wainright who lists NBA player Buddy Hield as his toughest cover in the NCAA, because he had to know at all times where he was was born on September 12th, 1994 in Kansas City, Missouri. He split time at Montrose Christian high school and at Raytown South high school where he played his first two seasons. There he averaged 13.6 points and 9.8 rebounds as a sophomore in 2010-11. He then finished his high school career at Montrose where he aided the team to a 19-5 record as a senior in 2012-13. He earned 2013 All-MET honors after averaging 8.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.2 assists for the school. He then played at Baylor (NCAA) from 2013-2017 playing a total of 131 games where he was a sports management major. In his first two seasons he didn’t average more than 1,9ppg and had some serious growing pains, but he survived his freshman year. He had some very good players as teammates with Brady Heslip, ex NBA player Cory Jefferson, Isaiah Austin, NBA player Royce O’ Neale, NBA player Jonathan Motley, and NBA player Tauren Prince. ‘That year was a grind. Practices was by far some of the toughest practices ever. We were all fighting for playing time. I loved every bit of it too’, stated Ishmail Wainright in 2019. In his last two seasons he became a solid two way player filling up the stat sheet and showing his vast versatility averaging 5.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 73.0% and as a senior averaged 5.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 68.3%. He scored in double figures in 11 games, but even more important was that he helped his team reach the NCAA tournament 4 times in a row and made the Sweet 16 twice. The school has only reached the NCAA tournament 13 times dating back to 1946. He remembers exactly which one was sweeter. ‘2017 because it was my senior year, I was the only senior and we were picked last in the BIG12, wasn’t even ranked in pre-season. They laughed at us man. We started that season off on a mission. Non conference was tough but we took care of everyone. Conference play was conference play. The Big12 was stacked from head to toe. Everyone wanted us to lose in the first round of the tournament. We fought until the end’, remembered Ishmail Wainright. He once saw ex teammate and Belgium national player Manu Lecomte go off for 10 straight three’s in practice was lucky to have Scott Drew who has been instrumental in the school having so much success. ‘Hall of Fame coach for sure. He treated us like professionals since day one. Talked to us like one. Worked us like one. He used to tell us, ‘ You guys want to be professionals someday, you have to walk, talk, eat, work, and take care of your bodies like professionals do’, stressed Ishmail Wainright.

The American who lists Kenny Cherry, himself, Royce O’Neale, Taurean Prince, and Isaiah Austin in 2018 as the best starting five he has been a part of didn’t turn professional right away in 2017, but instead remained at Baylor (NCAA) and put his strong 235 pound body to good use playing football catching 4 passes for 34 yards and 2 touchdowns. He finally turned professional in 2018 moving to Germany to play for the Nurnberg Falcons (Germany Pro A) playing 39 games averaging 12.1ppg, Reb-5 (7.3rpg), 2.8apg, Steals-5 (1.7spg), FGP: 65.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 74.8%. He needed no real adjustment period having played a season of football. He was able to use his strength to the full advantage and is still doing it today. ‘My weight really helped realizing that most players aren’t as strong as I am so I can use that to my advantage’, expressed Ishmail Wainright. He was an instrumental part of Nurnberg making a surprise visit to the final losing to the Hamburg Towers. They won their last 11 games to reach the playoffs. ‘We came together and knew what we wanted to do. We wanted to do something that hasn’t been done in years’, said Ishmail Wainright in 2019. He scored in double figures in 25 games and being that lethal and consistent scorer was no surprise to him. He just didn’t need to show it at Baylor. ‘When you are playing with Pros like Isaiah Austin (China) , Corey Jefferson (NBA), Brady Heslip (BBL), Royce O’Neale (NBA), Taurean Prince (NBA), Johnathon Motley (NBA), And Rico Gathers (NFL), and others, I didn’t need to score in my mind’, remembered Ishmail Wainright in 2019. He had monster games against Rostock with 26 points and 17 boards and 26 points and 11 rebounds against Chemnitz. He was also very fortunate to play for a very experienced head coach Ralph Junge who has a track record of developing young players that is unmatched. ‘With this being my first year in Germany, Ralph has helped a lot. I mean a lot a lot because basketball is just different. He’s helped with just understanding the style and the movements with and without the ball. The automatic reads on the floor. He also encouraged me to just go play and kill whoever is in front of me. ‘, commented Ishmail Wainright in 2019 who’s toughest opponent as a rookie was Trier’s Canadian Jermaine Bucknor. The team success as a rookie was vital in him landing in Europe and making the next step to the easyCredit BBL. ‘That being the first year it went pretty good but I’m extremely hard on myself. I know I can give more. I have to give more. I have A LOT of work to do. My game grew in many different ways. And far as being a leader, that just came with everything. You have to want that. And I want that. And I feel like the team this year allowed that to happen. We had a great team and we all worked well together’, remembered Ishmail Wainright in 2019.

In his second professional season the ex Baylor player who’s toughest opponent in the BBL was Alba Berlin’s Luke Sikma made the next step to the easyCredit BBL playing with Rasta Vechta. He continued to make strides in his game as he played in 2 higher leagues BBL playing 26 games and averaging 10.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.8spg), FGP: 64.7%, 3PT: 24.7%, FT: 77.6%; and played 13 Basketball Champions League games averaging 10.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 67.9%. ‘I came in with a chip on my shoulder and will continue to have that throughout my whole career’, warned Ishmail Wainright in 2020. He had a great season stat wise and needed no adjustment period even if it was a massive step coming from the Pro A to the BBL. ‘I was trying to be the 1st steal getter in the BBL this year. But the toughest adjustment was really , the players. They are smart. Older. And also our style of defense. I love what Pedro does on the defense standpoint of the game. Play to the limit and I will carry that with me where ever I go throughout my career. My game has developed a lot and still will continue. Shooting the ball. Scoring off the dribble. Finding my spot on the floor. Things I still have to work on to being one of those top guys in Europe’, stated Ishmail Wainright in 2020. He will never forget this season because it was interrupted by Covid-19 as there will always be what if questions. ‘There will always be a what If. Before the break we were in 6th and just got things rolling. Down to 1 game a week. Guys were starting to really feel their game and we were clicking. You never know what would’ve ‘ happened. I will cherish the fans. The team. Pedro and the coaching staff, man, it was an amazing year. Everyone knows about RASTA now on the international level. What more can you ask for? I loved every bit of it’, added Ishmail Wainright in 2020. He proved at the international level that he could hold his own against top players in the Basketball Champions League as he scored in double figures in 7 games including 19 points against Anwil and 16 points against AEK Athens. His teammates like Jarelle Reischel will always have him in their memories. ‘I used to call him Issaaaaahhhhhhhhmeeeeee! Hard working on the court and off the court and a very positive likeable guy that I enjoyed playing with’, said Jarelle Reischel. Even his BBL opponents like legend Quantez Robertson is happy that he made the NBA. ‘I remember him being a strong forward who could stretch the floor and shoot the ball. He had a pretty good season in Germany and even better one in France. It didn’t surprise me that he made the NBA. It just shows what can happen if you perfect your game, work hard and have decent numbers. You can get a look anywhere. I think he could remain in the NBA. The game has changed a lot. Teams are always looking for guys who can shoot and defend’, warned ex Auburn (NCAA) guard Quantez Robertson.

In his third professional season he made another jump playing for top French team SIG Strasbourg (France-Jeep ELITE ProA) playing 36 games averaging 11.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 72.6%; and played 14 BCL games averaging 10.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 60.3%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 82.6%. He scored in double figures in 25 Pro A games including netting 19 points against Levallois and Chalon and in the Basketball Champions League scored in double figures in 9 games including 19 points against Tenerife. Here he had great talent around him and was teammates with two ex BBL players Deandre Lansdowne and Brandon Jefferson as well as ex NBA player Bonzie Colson. It really doesn’t matter who talks about Wainright, but the love is always huge for him and Lansdowne who like Wainwright also made a steep trip up the basketball ladder beginning in Germany’s third league. ”I really look up to guys like Ish. Ish is my guy. He is a great player and person. We room and often talk about our college days. He is always pushing everyone in practice. Every team should have a guy like him. They always come to work with a smile on their faces. They are an inspiration for all’, warned Bonzie Colson Jr in 2021. Everybody looks up to Ish. ‘Just being in the trenches with Ish last season as we made our run in BCL and in French league was great. We went through a lot of ups and downs and he was always the same. Would come in with a smile! I’m glad he’s made his dream come true, but now the work really begins! Ish will do big things in his career’, warned ex Metropolitan State University of Denver (NCAA2) stand out Brandon Jefferson in 2021. The trio of Wainwright, Jefferson and Colson were very special, but the team wouldn’t have had the success if it hadn’t have had the services of Deandre Lansdowne who gave his special touch to the team. ‘Some games would get lost and I would hit Ish with an extra pass and he’d hit a corner three and he’d say ‘Thank you Dre! ‘. With a big smile. just always made me realize even in a game you’re not scoring much, it can take one thing and he’s still so positive’, stressed Deandre Lansdowne

The American who lists Scottie Pippen, Lebron James, Tony Allen, and Magic Johnson on his NBA Mount Rushmore is a tweener that has a game similar to Draymond Green that can bring the ball up, rebound, defend the positions 1-4 and basically do whatever the team needs. Defense is easily his recipe to being the successful player that he is today. ‘I’ve always been a defender. It’s just in my blood. Watching Tony Allen lock up the NBA just fired me up. I want be that player that stays on the court because he can hold the other team’s best player from start to finish. Rebounding and just getting my teammates involved. I love when my teammates score’, warned Ishmail Wainright in 2019. It is no secret that a big strength is his rebounding. Any big man that he plays with knows that if a rebound does get lost, Ish will be around the corner to scoop it up. ‘It’s just a mindset. You aren’t going to stop me from getting that ball off the rim. If you do, believe me, I won’t stop going after it. And that’s the mindset you have to have’, warned Ishmail Wainright in 2019. If he is having a bad shooting day, then it will always be his defense that will pick up his game like deflections which is a hidden strength in his game. ‘I’ve always prided myself on deflections. I want to get the most deflections and at a high rate too. It’s just something that’s followed me throughout college. Even in practices I do the same’, said Ishmail Wainright in 2019.

In the last year he made waves with the Ugandan national team as he showed his all around game and exploded for an incredible 36 points against Cape Verde and also added 13 boards and 7 dimes. This happened at the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 qualifiers where he led the tournament in scoring and was fifth in rebounding and assists averaging 21.3ppg, Reb-5 (8.3rpg), Assists-5 (5.7apg), 1.0spg. He continued to perform at a high level at the FIBA AfroBasket in Rwanda where he was fifth in rebounding and first in assists playing 5 games averaging 12.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 6.4apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 32.4%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.6%. He also registered a superb triple double of 22/12/10 against South Sudan. His excellent play in Europe and continued rise up the ladder plus his domination in the FIBA AfroBasket put NBA teams on his radar. His ascension to the NBA began last summer with the Toronto Raptors where he signed a 2 year non-guaranteed contract and played NBA Summer League averaging 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. Despite a solid performance in the Summer League, he was waived on October 17th and was very close to making the team, but his NBA dream didn’t end there. Only a short time later on October 22, he signed a two way deal with the Phoenix Suns. He couldn’t have landed on a better team. He may not be playing much, but he is enjoying the current incredible run as the team has a 17 game winning streak and beat the Golden State Warriors last night. So far he has played 3 games.It is no surprise for me that he has made his NBA dream a reality. Ish is so much more than just a magnificent versatile player, but so much more. Just being his teammate is a fabulous experience that is rarely seen. ‘When I hear Ish’s name, I always think about how his energy and smile is contagious. You can be having a bad day and when you get around Ish, your whole mood changes. Ish is able to adapt to wherever he is. Ish being himself attracts a lot of people to him. Dude is a joy to be around! He was the X factor for our team last year in Strasbourg. He did a lot of things that didn’t show up on the stat sheet that helped us win a lot of games! He even ran point forward for us occasionally’, remembered current Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (France-Betclic ELITE ProA) point guard Brandon Jefferson. It will be interesting to see if Ish can remain in the NBA? Just checking the Suns box score every morning in Germany is an experience and fun to see if he got in or had to witness a DNP. His own self confidence and that of his ex teammates is huge for him being able to stick in the NBA. ‘As long as Ish stays locked in, he can do whatever he wants to do’, warned Brandon Jefferson. He has so much going for him that everyone is rooting for him. ‘He just enjoys every moment. Through ups and downs, he’s always smiling, he’s always having fun. He does everything, from understanding the game, can shoot, create for others, rebound, defend, and is always the loudest on the floor, which is a rare trait’, remembered Fort Lewis College (NCAA 2) guard Deandre Lansdowne. All eyes are on Ishmail Wainright as he continues to claw his way through the NBA especially those of 2021 NBA MVP Jaleen Smith. Smith was in his second professional season and Wainright was a rookie when they battled 6 times during the 2018-2019 season. Wainright got the best of him having a 4-2 record and winning the playoff series 3-1. Last summer both played in the NBA Summer League as Smith opted to go back and become a Euroleague player instead of taking the risk of reaching a NBA roster in training camp and then possibly being cut making his trek back to Europe more difficult finding a team in October. The risk for Wainright paid off as he is in the NBA. Smith will always have a what if, but at the same time is happy to be with Alba Berlin and battling the best players every week in Europe. The respect from Smith was always there for Wainright, but has grown even more with his arrival in the NBA. ‘Ish worked hard to get to the NBA. He went from Germany Pro A to Germany BBL to France LNB to now play for the Phoenix Suns and seeing someone make it not even the easy way. He really took the long route to get to the league and he’s a down to earth guy. Nobody deserved it more than Ish himself’, warned Alba Berlin guard Jaleen Smith. There won’t be any haters toward Ishmail Wainright simply because you just have to love his journey, game and his character.

Having Dinner One Day With Connor Mcgregor And Basketball Is Always On Andree Michelsson´s(BBC Twisters Rendsburg) Menu

Andree Michelsson (188-G-97) is a 197 cm guard from Sweden that is playing his first season in Germany with the BBC Twisters Rendsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) currently averaging 18,7ppg, 3,0rpg and 3,8apg.He has scored in double figures in all 11 games including 29 points against Berlin BG 2000 and Bergedorf.He began his career in Sweden with Malbas Oresund Malmo (Basketettan) He played the last four seasons in Iceland with Ungmennafelagio Snaefell (Iceland-Dominos League) averaging 11.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 81.7%. Then he played two seasons with Hottur Egilsstadir (Iceland-Dominos League) averaging 8.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 51.9% in his first season and in his second season averaged 11.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 65.5%. His last team in Iceland was UMF Sindri Hofn (Iceland-D1) where he averaged 18.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 71.4%. He spoke to last summer about his basketball career.

Thanks Andree for talking to Before we talk about basketball, talk a little about how you witnessed COVID-19 last year in Iceland. What were the biggest challenges for you on and off the court?

The Covid situation in Iceland was shut down in 2020, so the season ended a little earlier. I’ve been in Malmoe Sweden working/studying and just trying to build something here as well this Year.

With everything that you experienced in Sweeden and Iceland off the court, how do you feel did COVID make you stronger as a man?

It really did, I saw things from an other perspective and realized that some things in life is bigger than basketball.

Congrats on signing with the BBC Twisters Rendsburg (Germany-Regionalliga). Is this like a dream come true? You always wanted to play in Germany.

Thank you! This has been a goal of mine for a while now to play in Germany. Good country and basketball is big there, I hope for a great season and that everything goes well.

What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Have you known any guys that have played in Germany?

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Germany and the basketball over there. Have some friends that been playing there as well so I’m looking forward to get going!

What were the main reasons for signing with the BBC Twisters Rendsburg (Germany-Regionalliga)? What was the deciding moment that allowed you to make this step?

Coaching staff had a great mindset and I hope I can be a good fit for the team and help out.

Let’s talk about your game. You’re a good shooter, but also very creative and can read the pick and roll well. What other strengths does your game have?

Yes, I like to have the ball in my hand and make decisions that’s best for the team. I’ve scored a lot my whole career but I also see the floor very well and make my teammates get looks as well. Some say that my NBA comparison is like a Deron Williams play style.

On what things do you continue to keep working on so you can continue to grow as a player?

A lot really, I can get better at everything.

You began your basketball career with Malbas Oresund Malmo (Basketettan). How important were these young years in your development and which coach do you remember being very important in your growth?

Malbas times where great for me growing up, specially thru the age of 13-16 when a lot happend in my life and basketball really made me to man I am today.

You played the last 4 years in Iceland in the country where your mother comes from. What did you enjoy most about the country?

Yes, it’s a beautiful country first of all and very good and helpful people that I am very appreciated of. And the competition was great, I developed a lot there!

You played in the first and second divisions of Iceland. How do you feel did your game grow in the last four years? How are you a different player today than when you arrived there in 2016?

For sure, I went straight after high school in Sweden and it was a tough challenge with taking care of yourself on a professional level. But I’m Happy I got the experience it at a young age that is a big factor now.

What memories do you have of teammate Charles Clark? Are you surprised that he has hasn’t continued his career?

It seems like COVID got in the way. Charles and I got a great relationship and I played with a lot of good guys that year that still are my friends today.

You played together with another talented American with Aaron Moss who had Westbrook like stats with 23/12/9. How much did your game profit from a guy like this?

I took a lot of vision and play making from Aaron, he knew the game very well and how to change the game with in positions.

What do you remember being your wake up call to being Iceland your first year where you knew that you were very far away from home?

It took like 3 days for me to understand what was going on, because everything happens so fast but you have to get in a good routine and make sure to stay ready.

Who was the best player that you ever played in your career that played at a high level?

That’s a good question, I’ve played with/against very high level guys in my career and I can’t pick really.

Please name your five best teammates of all-time?

Elijah Clarance, David Guardia Ramos, Robert Northmann, Charles Clark and Tobias Sjoeberg

Please name your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads?

MJ, Lebron, Kobe and D Wade

What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?

MJ at the moment but Lebron is on his way.

What was the last movie that you saw?

I saw a really good documentary of Conor McGregor. I’m going to eat dinner with that guy some day, believe that. Thank you for the interview Miles, appreciate it!

Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach Survive Getting By Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners 79-73 In NBBL Play

Adrian Worthy top scorer 25/8/5/5 stats

Even if the 2021 FIBA Window is in full effect, it didn’t put a dent into the NBBL schedule as Eintracht Frankfurt-Fraport Skyliners were back at it and wanted to continue their winning streak. Last week they got revenge over IBAM winning a 68-66 thriller in their living room as the week before they stunk up the IBAM living room losing 76-58. This weekend they met the always dangerous Brose Bamberg who were reeling off a brutal 92-73 loss at the hands of FC Bayern Munich 92-73. Both clubs met on a cold Sunday afternoon as Frankfurt’s Alesio Santagati was looking to duplicate his fine and flashy play from the week before, but couldn’t totally, but German Bennet Schubert led a brutal comeback in crunch-time that wasn’t rewarded losing to Brose Bamberg-Troester Breitengussbach 79-73. After 40 minutes Bamberg head coach Jan Schroeder was totally angry even if his team won, but the 27 team turnovers were totally unacceptable. ‘I’m happy how we rebounded and our overall tempo in the game. But I’m not happy about how we defended and our communication. We allowed too many turnovers and 27 is an absolute catastrophe.I can understand getting 27 turnovers against FC Bayern Munich, but not against Frankfurt. We lost our concentration at the end. But a win is a win. It is never easy on the road especially in Frankfurt’, stated Brose Bamberg/Troster Breitengussbach head coach Jan Schroeder. Frankfurt as usual had the biggest heart, but couldn’t finish in crunch-time as turnovers hampered their play all afternoon long. ‘We had way too many turnovers and weren’t physical enough. We put ourselves in bad situations the whole game. Yes we fought back, but it wasn’t enough. Bamberg have enough guys that know how to put the ball in the hoop’, stressed Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners head coach Miran Cumurija.

Adrian Worthy at the FT line

Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skjyliners began well, but allowed Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach to rally and come back and then take control of the game mid way through the first quarter and never looked back. Frankfurt began very well taking the early 9-4 lead as point guard Alessio Santagati scored twice in the paint using his aggressiveness and quickness to his advantage and captain Bennet Schubert got his three going rapidly as it would be his biggest weapon all day long. Frankfurt had a lot self-confidence from the big win over IBAM and were constantly attacking the rim while Bamberg got a good grip on the boards early which would hurt Frankfurt all day long. The guests started chipping at the Frankfurt lead and got 3 big offensive rebounds and 2 baskets from Lithuanian player Danas Kazakevicius which helped dead lock the contest at 14-14. Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach then took charge in the game closing out the first quarter with a 13-5 ruin to lead 27-19 after 10 minutes. In the run the guests made 3 steals in a row leading to 3 easy baskets from Adrian Worthy (186-PG-03), Nico Hoellerl and Lukas Passarge. which gave them the momentum. Point guard Calin Nita and FrankfurtvGeran Romario Holloway added three’s to close out the quarter. The guests controlled the boards easily 13-5 and forced Frankfurt to 6 turnovers.

Bennet Schubert at the FT line

In the second quarter Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach continued to control the game and lapses by the guests couldn’t be compensated by Frankfurt as their inconsistency plagued them. Frankfurt got on the board first with a Joscha Zentgraf lay in who had a solid game scoring 11 points and securing 6 rebounds constantly out battling players on the rim, but Bamberg had the needed answer with a 8 point explosion form German Adrian Worthy who has Pro B experience. His drive and physicality gave Frankfurt headaches all day long. The German who came from Wurzburg finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. ‘His scoring is so important in every game. He can make something out of nothing. He is so valuable to our team, but also still has so much potential’, said Jan Schroeder. After the Worthy scoring rampage came 6 unanswered points from the team’s best shooter Nico Hoellerl to give Bamberg the overwhelming 37-23 advantage. Frankfurt then came back going on a 7-2 run only to lose some concentration in the last minute allowing a 4-0 run to trail 43-30 at the break. In the run, Frankfurt was aided by free throws by Schubert and Joscha Zentgraf and a massive trey by Dusan Nikolic. But little mistakes caused Frankfurt to allow an easy lay in by Nita and free throws by Worthy. Frankfurt had good shot selection from outside shooting 4/8, but were only at 35% form the field while Bamberg shot 50% form the field. Bamberg continued to have the upper hand on the boards24/13 securing 8 offensive rebounds while Frankfurt had 15 turnovers and the guests 12.

Tyrese Kilee from outside

In the third quarter it looked like Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners would change the direction of the game with a massive run, but they allowed Bamberg to slap them right back in the face with a huge run allowing them to keep the double figure advantage. Frankfurt came out on a mission and went on a great 9-0 run to trail only 43-40. In the run they got big three’s from Schubert and Nikolic and lay in from Joscha Zentgraf and a hard two hand dunk from Nikolic. Frankfurt showed their huge heart and stepped up their defense getting 5 Bamberg stops and on offense found a groove again. That groove was stopped by Bamberg as they retaliated with a lethal 10-0 run to up their lead again to 53-40. In the run the guests got three’s from Worthy and Hoellerl and inside used mis matches and the length of Passarge for a lay in and Worthy’s athleticism for another basket. Frankfurt also had some tough misfortune in this phase as their attacking of the basket never waned, but they just couldn’t execute missing easy shots. Bamberg kept control of the game doing much damage inside getting easy baskets from Worthy and Hoellerl. Worthy also showed his precious inside out game also drilling home a trey. Bennet Schubert closed out the third quarter with a trey, but Frankfurt still trailed 63-49. ‘We showed a lot of character coming back from a Frankfurt run. We stayed calm and made plays to get the big lead back again. I don’t like these up and down phases’, stated Jan Schroeder. Frankfurt continued to shoot strong from outside at 47%, but had their difficulties from the field shooting 39% while Bamberg was solid from the field at 47%. Bamberg continued to control the boards 33-22 and had the 12-7 offensive boards lead.

In the fourth quarter Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners made one last push in crunch-time, but it wasn’t enough. Frankfurt started off well in the fourth quarter getting 4 points from Joscha Zentgraf to cut Bamberg’s lead down to 65-54, but the guests always had answers as German Finn Radina and Matteo Sattler connected and the guests led 70-55. Frankfurt believed in their capabilities and slowly chipped away at the guests lead going on a 13-4 run to cut Bamberg’s lead down to 74-69. Frankfurt was aided by Bennet Schubert who continued to wail away from the parking lot scoring twice. Santagati also found space and little cracks to drive to the basket for 2 baskets. Bamberg lost concentration and coughed up the ball time in and time out as Bennet Schubert led the charge with 2 blocks and 2 steals in the comeback. Nikolic also made a steal and coast to coast sprint and dunk. German Abdelkahar Karioui made 4 clutch points to give Bamberg the 77-69 lead, but Frankfurt never gave up. Tyrese Kilee made a basket and Schubert another trey to cut Bamberg’s advantage to 77-73 with 28 seconds to play. Bamberg then broke Frankfurt’s press leading to a hard two hand stuff from Karioui to seal the win. ‘Players are allowed to make mistakes at this level, but the question is what type of mistakes. Our problem was that we were up by 15 and thought we had the game won. We have to finish the game better, stated Jan Schroeder. ‘We weren’t smart enough at the end and didn’t have enough experience’, stated Miran Cumurija. Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach was led by Adrian Worthy with 25 points. Nico Hoelerl added 13 points and Abdelkahar Karoui added 11 points while the Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were led by Bennet Schubert with 25 points. Dusan Nikolic added 14 points and Joscha Zentgraf 11 points. Brose Bamberg/Troester Breitengussbach shot 48% form the field and 30% from outside an dhad 45 rebounds and 27 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners shot 39% from the field and 45% from outside and had 31 rebounds and 25 turnovers.

The Miles Vs Stanley Whittaker Weekly Basketball Conversation Volume 9

Stanley Whittaker (183-G-94, college: Keiser) is a 26 year old 183cm point guard from Philadelphia playing his third professional season and first in Germany with PS Karlsruhe. He played his rookie season in Lithuania and last season had his break through with UBSC Raiffeisen Graz (Austria-BSL) playing 24 games: Score-2 (21.5ppg), 6.3rpg, Assists-2 (8.0apg), Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college ball at Frank Phillips (JUCO) and Keiser (NAIA). He teams up every week with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber to talk basketbal

Stan thanks for talking to PS Karlsruhe has a 3 week break. How tough is it waiting for so long for the next game? –

The break in itself isn’t really tough we just have to use it in ways that can best benefit our group and look to improve more and come together more.

Do you have the last loss against Jena longer in your mind mainly because the break is so long.

That loss isn’t on my mind anymore, we learned from the game and move forward.

How has coach structured the practices now with such a long break? Is the team focusing more on it’s weaknesses?

The focus is always more on what we can improve upon while sharpening up the things we do well, so mainly just looking to be better in all areas but more importantly emphasizing strengthening up our mishaps.

PS Karlsruhe is 3-6. The next weeks will be instrumental if the team can make a run for the playoffs or not How important will the game be against Vechta?

Each game is important for our group. But all we can do is focus on the one in front of us. Going into Vechta will be a battle but we’ll be ready for the test.

Vechta has a similar record like you. That will be a great test for you. You will have your hands full with their very experienced guards Josh Young and James Washington.

We look forward to the competition.

The team brought in ex NAIA player Trevion Crews. How have you guys began to gel on the court?

We been gelling well, he’s a good player.

How excited are you to play Steve Nash like David Cohn in a few weeks? It must feel like being a kid in a candy story seeing these talented guards each weekend?

Not too familiar with him but I welcome the competition and prepare the way I’m supposed to.

Your second in scoring and fifth in assists in the Pro A. How do you feel has your game profited most from the style in the league?

I think my game profited the most by being cerebral and just being myself honestly.

You average 36 minutes per game and average 3,4 turnovers per game. How confident are you that you can shave this down more?

Just have to take care of the ball and not be careless. Value each possession.

What is your take on the Lebron/Isaiah Stewart tussle. Did Lebron not get away too lightly?

When Battling for position goes wrong. Kind of an unfortunate play which led to unfortunate turn of events.

Thanks Stanley for the chat.