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Brian Conklin(FC Porto) Will Never Forget Getting The Best Of Draymond Greene In The Post But Realizing How Good He Was As A Ball Handler On The Pick And Roll

Brian Conklin (201-PF-1989, college: St.Louis) is a 33 year old 201c, forward from Oregon that is playing his 11th professional season and first with FC Porto (Portugal-Liga Betclic). He began his basketball career at North Eugene High School. He then played at Saint Louis University (NCAA) from 2008-2012 playing a total of 133 NCAA games. He turned professional in 2013 and has played in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, France and Turkey. He has played 400 plus professional games in his career. He spoke to germanhoops.com before a Fiba Europe Cup game in Chemnitz.

Thanks Brian for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?


Hello thanks for having me. I’m in Porto, Portugal playing for the historic club FC Porto. In my 11th season I’m having the time of my life.

Welcome back to Germany. You played against Alba Berlin 5 years ago and was in Germany. What memories do you have of playing that historic German organization?

I also Played against Bonn even before that, I’ve always loved playing against German teams in international competitions, I’ve been told my style of play would suit the league. Playing ALBA specially that season was great because my good friend and old roommate from Nanterre Spencer Butterfield was on the team.

I just had a flash back. I actually saw you play in 2017 in Bonn where you suffered a tough 77-76 loss. Do those close loses nip at you for a while or can you forget them?


That certain case didn’t matter as it was the semifinals and you play home and away so it’s like an 80 minute basketball game. Just have to score more than other team in the end.

Your playing your first season with the historic club FC Porto. What have you appreciated most about playing for this organization?


The professionalism and hunger to win championships has been a breath of fresh air and made me want to reach my highest level.

You have won a number of titles in your career. How exciting is it playing for an organization that has won 25 titles and last in 2020 and how hungry is your quest to win again?


I’ve always won championships throughout my career that’s why I always start a season saying #chasingchampionships. It’s what I play for the excitement of the fans in those moments and winning it all after sacrificing so much.

Your a guy that has shown everywhere that you can be adurable scorer and rebounder. What exactly is your role this season? It seems like you don’t have to do as much as with other teams?

I just try to fit in where I best can help the team succeed. Now that I’m older that comes in a mentor/ leadership role by default on the court and off. But on the court nothing has changed that’s scoring the ball, passing out of certain ball screen defenses, creating mismatches or being able to disrupt other teams offenses with my physicality.

The game has continued to evolve and especially guys at your position have incorporated a three pointer. This season you have hardly used it. Why hasn’t the three pointer become more of an option in your game?

I think the 3 pointer is the most overrated shot in the game, you have people shooting 30% from three taking 5-6 threes a game, that’s wasted possessions to me. I’d rather take post ups, mid range at 60% that way putting pressure on the defense and can get to the free throw line, while being able to have a more balanced transition defense.

As the oldest on the team, have you developed a sort of mentor position for some players? What has it been being teammates with ex Auburn player Danjel Purifoy, a guy who plays your position?

Being older you just try to impart knowledge on the younger guys, make sure they understand the business and avoid mistakes maybe you made early in your career.

Last season you had a short stint in Turkey’s first league with Semt77 Yalova Belediye Spor (Turkey-BSL) averaging 9.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 76.7%. This is an up and coming league. How would you compare it in skill level and competitive teams to the France pro A? Is the Pro A ahead of this league?


I really enjoyed my time in Turkey, it’s a very high level league with a lot of talent. I’d say it’s a more physical league in Turkey where as France is a more athletic league. Turkey you’re playing against a lot of very high level Americans normally as they get majority of the minutes and a lot of plays break down into 1 on 1. France is a faster pace and more system oriented league, you’re going to play pick and roll and attack out of those situations.

In your career you also have had your experiences in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Australia. Was your time playing competitive games often a better and more comfortable option then just grinding in the gym at home? Was there a particular experience you will never forget playing there?

I prefer to stay in game shape and play year round. This is where I’ve been able to have the most success and stay ready for every facet of the season. Australia and Puerto Rico where I won MVP’s in each league respectively has got to be my most favorite experiences. As well as winning a championship in New Zealand in my first season as a pro and another championship in the Dominican Republic.

You played 4 years in France with Nanterre and Limoges. You put up consistent stats in one of Europe’s best leagues including the Eurocup. Do you feel like you were ever close to landing with a Euroleague team? Has it just been timing and having the right connection that has been missing?

Yeah I’ve always been able to play at a high level, play on EuroCup teams that made their respective Top 16’s even won a French Cup and the FIBA EUROPE CUP. For me I think it was a timing thing and a connection thing. I never truly chased the money, I always had my family with me so I wanted good situations where I’d be paid on time, my kids could go to school and we could be together as a family.

2 years ago you were teammates with basketball’s biggest talent at the moment Victor Wembanyama. Is this kid the real deal. How far can he go?


The Skies the limit for Vic, he was my rookie my second stint in Nanterre and you could see all the intangibles and talent at 16/17 years old. He’s a good, humble kid who knows his worth and where he’s going. Stays focused and true to himself. Very hard worker and addicted to the pressure and perfecting his game.

What was the most amazing thing that you remember seeing him do in a practice that little people saw that made you go wow?


I mean his ability to put the ball on the floor at that size and get to this mid post fadeaway has to be one of the more impressive things in the complete package.

In your first season with Nanterre you were teammates with Mr parking lot Heiko Schaffartzik. Do you ever remember being teammates with a guy that can shoot more crazy deep three’s then him?


Man Heiko not only could pull from anywhere but his ability as a teammate and leader brought the chemistry together that year that helped us win two championships. Between him, Chris Warren, Spencer Butterfield and Hugo Invernizzi all shooting above 45% from 3 any given night you could pick the best shooter on the court.

In your last Limoges gig you were teammates with DeMarkus Nelson and Marcus Ginyard who balled at Duke and Noth Carolina. What memories do you have of these 2 outstanding players. Did that school rivalry sometimes come to life?


They were great talents and leaders helped me to understand transitioning to the twilight of my career how to extend your career and make a difference in a more efficient role. Outside the casual wager when the teams played each other nothing crazy.

In your first tour of duty with Limoges, you were teammates with short point guard Dru Joyce who had a great career overseas. Dru is a very humble guy. How long did it take for you to learn that one of his closest friends is Lebron James who he won 3 high school titles at St Marys?

Dru was a great PG and now I’m sure he’s a great coach at Duquesne. Very knowledgeable about the game and the ultimate professional. I had seen the documentary because he’s around my age so I remember the hype when I was in high school.

You played a season with the Illawarra Hawks (Australia-NBL) averaging 14.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 71.9%. There you were teammates with David Anderson who played in the NBA, CSKA Moscow and FC Barcelona just to name a few teams. How good was he still at 37 when you were teammates and what will you always remember about him?

Man Dave is the man!!! Never seen someone take such good care of their body, and work at their craft as diligently as him. He was still very good and could go for 13 pts in a quarter before you could blink. Would challenge us to one on one on the block and out of the high post after practice. He was a true professional.

You played 3 seasons with the Townsville Crocodiles (Australia-NBL) from 2013-2016. You put up solid stats but also made some news with the drama concerning Damian Martin and Mitch Creek. What memories do you have of experiencing highs and lows early in your career?


Loved my time in Townsville, it’s a special place with a special fan base passionate about their crocs!!! My son was born there, I got MVP of the league while I played there so nothing but great experiences. I’ve never done anything intentionally, I play hard and physical like any other player. I’ve been hit just as hard or harder throughout my career. It’s an occupational hazard. It was unfortunate what happened and I wear an elbow pad on that left side for this reason, so forbid it ever happening again. I’ve seen guys get their eyes poked out, punches thrown I was never this type of player. Basketball Is a physical sport.

How vital was your 3 years in Australia for your basketball development?

I was able to come in as a youngster and play heavy minutes and be the focal point of the offense in a respected league against some great talent. Learned how to screen, run the floor and create mismatches to my advantage.

How important was Shawn Dennis for you early in your career for your development before reaching Europe?

I would say it was my college coach Rick Majerus who gave me a majority of my basketball knowledge and he was a basketball savant. Thanks to him I’m still playing today. I learned how to play the game and didn’t have to rely on athleticism or skill only.

You were teammates with then rookie Nick Kay? How proud were you of him winning a Bronze in 2021 at the Olympics? Did you see his growth starting in 2015 when he came from division 2?


Nick was a very hard worker and very talented, cream always rises to the top. He got out of it what he put in, never saw him take a day off. Just put in the work.

You played your rookie season with the Zero Fees Southland Sharks (New Zealand-NBL) averaging 22.4ppg), Reb-3 (9.5rpg), 1.4spg, FGP: 61.4%, FT: 74.0%. What do you remember being your wake up call to being a pro down under where you knew that you were far away from home?


We started season 1-3 and coach came into practice read out everyone’s stats up to that part of the season out loud in front of the team. Told me my performance was unacceptable for an import and I needed to figure out how to get it done as a pro. Rest is history, won award for best forward in the league and we won the championship.

You played at St Louis from 2008-2012. What memories do you have of beating Memphis at the NCAA tournament and then losing to Michigan State? Was that your fondest time in the NCAA?


My whole senior year seemed like a blur of excitement. We got nationally ranked for the first time, won the 76 Classic in Anaheim, California against Oklahoma and Villanova teams that were very good. Beat a good Washington team, Xavier, Dayton many fond memories. But the culmination was making the NCAA tournament and beating a loaded Memphis team that was supposed to be to big and athletic for us, then matching up with #1 seed Michigan State and Draymond Green and taking them to the wire.

What memories do you have battling Draymond Greene? He was a beast in that game?. Would you have thought that he would develop as well as he has in the NBA then?


That was a great battle, Rememberd he couldn’t guard me in the post and then tried to post me up and couldn’t get anything easy so they started using him as the ball handler in pick and rolls that’s when I knew he was good.

How did head coach Rick Majerus groom and prepare you best for a professional career?


Like I mentioned above I owe a lot of my success to him. He taught me to be a student of the game, to slow it down and analyze every aspect, sport is a game of inches and he coached to that. If he were alive throughout my professional career I would’ve had a different trajectory, that was the connection I was missing to make the highest levels.

Who won a 1-1 in practice you or Dwayne Evans?

Dwayne was a 3 man all through college and I was the 4/5 never came to that except for the occasional switch. We probably both of differing accounts but there is a reason my nickname was Conk Diesel.

Who was the toughest player that you faced in the NCAA that would go to the NBA?



Lavoy Allen and Andrew Nicholson as far as bigs who I guarded. But Terence Ross hands down for talent.

Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time, as far as on court?


PG- Semaj Christon SG- Kenny Hayes SF- Donte Greene PF- Mam Jaieth C- Willie Reed

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


Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Lebron James Shaq

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


Jordan- winning that’s all that matters are you the best when the championship is on the line. 6-0!!!

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


Didn’t see it, won’t be either. Original is the best. Somethings better left alone.

Thanks Brian for the chat.

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The Miles Vs Chris Miller Weekly Basketball Conversation Volume 14

Christopher Miller (192-G-1993, college: Salem) is a 29 year old 193cm guard from Brooklyn, New York who is playing his eighth professional season and first with GoldCoast Wallabies NLB (2nd League). He played 3 seasons with the Giessen Pointers (Germany-RegionalligaThis season for Bensheim he averaged 19,5ppg, 3,8rpg, 2,0apg and 1,5spg. He has had experience in countries like El Salvador and Bosnia. He recently played for the South Shore Monarchs (TBL) playing 8 games averaging 22.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 83.3%. He began his basketball career at Clinton Community College and also played two years at Salem University (NCAA2). This season he teams up with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber with weekly chats about his basketball season.

Congrats on the huge 74-72 win against Villars. You are riding a 2 game winning streak. How good is basketball life at the moment?


Anytime you can get some wins together in a row is a good feeling . We have a new focus and it’s showing. I hope we can keep this focus to add more wins.

Talk about the 40 minutes. Was it always a close game and what was key in crunch-time for getting the win?


We were playing a great game and ended up leading by 16. Then they surged a crazy comeback and made it a game . Credit to them for making big shot after big shot. At the end we had to score and then rely on our defense in the last seconds. We were up 2 and they had the last possession.

How much of a role did the three point shooting play? The club shot an amazing 868% from outside?


We were clicking as a team from 3 our guys Jerome Montrell and Matthew were on fire from 3.

Massour Kasse had a monster game with 24 points and 12 rebounds. How tough was it trying to control him?


He is a very skilled big man who loves to shoot. There is no way to block the shot and he is almost automatic when he raises up. He was a tough cover for sure.

How key was Jerome Domingos scoring 18 points? What do you appreciate most in his game this season?


Jerome had a great game shooting 4/7 from 3. He can help our team in many ways from scoring to defense. He came out with the energy in this game and was aggressive from the start. He will be a key piece for our success down the road.

You scored 19 points but had 6 turnovers. How much do the turnovers give you head aches?


The turnover number was a bit high. A few I don’t agree with and a few unforced. It’s A headache for sure but I will work on it. I’m just happy what I did was enough to contribute to a victory.

You shot the ball very well. You must be happy with your shot selection?


Yes I was happy with my shot falling. And ultimately making the shit to close the game out . Feels good because we have all been in the lab working on shooting and games like this show the result.

You next play Levaux who are 3-10. This is a must win. What will be key for the win?


The key to winning is always us . If we handle our business and focus on bettering ourselves we will have good chances.

Thanks Chris for the chat.

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Eric Washington Slams The Door Shut On The Fraport Skyliners in the Fourth Quarter As The MLP Academics Heidelberg Prevail 94-82

pic credit MLP Academics Heidelberg

January 29th, 2023 will be a date that will be remembered for a long time in Fraport Skyliner country. It was the day where the Fraport Skyliners won their most important game of the season in exciting fashion coming back from 17 down against Hamburg and possibly turn their season around and Quantez Robertson became the club’s all-time leading scorer. But there wasn’t much time to reflect on the big day as the season continued 72 hours later against the MLP Academics Heidelberg. It may have been the Washington duel between the easyCredit BBL’s top scorer Eric against New York legend Isaiah from the jelly fam fame, but the game had a lot more flair then just these two extra ordinary players. It was a huge battle for the 2 teams in their quest to remain in the league. The 5-12 Fraport Skyliners continue to be up and down, but have been great in their living room having won 4 of their last 5 games while the 6-10 MLP Academics continue to grind and have played well in the last weeks having beaten Bayreuth and Wurzburg and averaged close to 100 points in the last 3 games. The Fraport Skyliners had to be wide awake on the defensive end one of their weak spots. On a untypical Wednesday night, the two team met in Frankfurt and over 200 faithful Heidelberg fans were on hand to support their team. It was one of those typical Frankfurt games this season where they were at eye level for 3 quarters, but caved in the fourth quarter allowing the guests to trample all over them. It was must win for the Fraport Skyliners as the next 3 games will be very tough to win. ‘I felt there were stretches where we played well. We came out aggressive in the second half and then everything went downhill. Our offense stalled too much. We had problems with every aspect of our game. Whenever we turned over the ball, they would punish us with easy baskets’, stressed ex Purdue center Matt Haarms. 15 minutes after the big win, there was still an incredible atmosphere in the arena as the Heidelberg fans were celebrating with players. The guests weren’t known as a solid road team, but they came together as a team when it counted most in the fourth quarter. Eric Washington (183-PG-1993, college: Miami, OH) really poured in on in crunch-time slamming the door on Frankfurt with 11 points in a row for his team including some tough three’s. ‘We had stretches in the game where we were up 4-5 points, but couldn’t close it out. I felt we shared the ball well and continued to put pressure on them. We knew that our pace would give them problems. Frankfurt is a good team, but we knew that if we would play our game and be able to execute and not turnover the ball, then we would have good chances to win’, stated ex Miami (NCAA) guard Eric Washington.

Joshua Obiesie to the rim

Eric Washington caught the Fraport Skyliners napping ta tip off getting the ball and sprinting to the hoop and scoring within 4 seconds to give Heidelberg the 2-0 advantage. But the tide then turned as the guests almost went 4 minutes without scoring as Frankfurt halted 6 possessions and scored 7 unanswered baskets. German national player Lukas Wank got going quickly scoring 5 points and 221cm giant Matt harms nailed 2 free throws. The guests got some good looks, but couldn’t connect and Frankfurt played solid defense with good communication something that would totally collapse in the fourth quarter. But Heidelberg would slowly close the gap. After Lithuanian guard Laurynas Belliauskas nailed a trey for the 10-4 lead, the guests would totally turn the game around closing out the first quarter with a brutal 14-3 run to lead 18-13 after 10 minutes. In the run they got solid support from American veteran Shy Ely with a 15 footer, a dunk from Belgium national player Vincent Kesteloot and a put back by ex New Jersey Institute of Technology (NCAA)player Tim Coleman, but the most damage was cast by ex Belgium U-20 national player Elias Lasisi who scored 8 points including 2 three pointers. ‘Elias came out aggressive on the floor. He had a good flow and beautiful lift on his shot. He made it swing. It was all net’, said Eric Washington. The Fraport Skyliners were disorganized on the defensive end and had miserable rotations. The first quarter was good. We jumped all over them. We did a good job on defense getting stops and put good pressure on their defense’, stated Eric Washington.

Shy Ely at the FT line

In the second quarter the Fraport Skyliners were able to come back and regain the lead, but couldn’t hold it as the MLP Academics Heidelberg stole the lead back and led by 5 points at the break. Frankfurt didn’t waste anytime going on a quick 9-0 run to get the arena roaring from the Skyliners fans side retaking the 22-20 lead. In the run Frankfurt did a superb job sharing the ball as 4 separate guys executed. Ex Georgia (NCAA) guard JJ Frazier added a 20 footer, Matt Haarms a floater, ex Wurzburg guard Joshua Obiesie a floater and Quantez Robertson drilled home a trey. After Maxi Ugrai made a lay in to tie the game at 22-22, it was Frankfurt again that had a good phase continuing to execute well on offense going on a 9-2 run to lead 31-24. In the run the 2000 BBL cup winner got good support from Jelly Fam founder Isaiah Washington who scored twice in the paint, Robertson scored on transition and Frazier dropped a trey from the corner. This was possibly the best phase of Frankfurt in the game as they played with high intensity and took advantage of their good 1-1 qualities on offense. The game was tight, but the Fraport Skyliners clearly controlled the game, but couldn’t get away, because every turnover they produced was punished with baskets by the guests. Heidelberg got some baskets form Ely and Tim Coleman to keep Frankfurt at bay leading only 34-32. After Isaiah Washington connected on free throws, the MHP Academics Heidelberg were able to close out the first half strong going on a 11-2 run to lead. 43-38. In the run Heidelberg received solid support from Eric Washington with 2 baskets, Lasisi produced a three pointer and Coleman a lay in. Frankfurt had awful spurts on defense where they couldn’t get any stops inside as having that additional big man continues to be missing. ‘We knew that Frankfurt didn’t have the best transition defense. Even on makes, we tried to attack them. Getting stops and causing turnovers was key in run at the end. We turned our defense into offense and played our pace’, stated Eric Washington.

JJ Frazier from outside

The MLP Academics continued to keep the lead in the third quarter and were never able to lead by more than 6 points. Wank began the third quarter as well as he did in the first quarter with a massive burst of energy and back to back three’s to dead lock the contest at 44-44. The game of runs continued as Frankfurt couldn’t hold the momentum and let Heidelberg go on a 7-0 run to get the 51-44 lead. In the run, Laqsisi contributed a 25 footer, Coleman a lay in and Ugrai hit a trey. Frankfurt would show spurts of good offense a s Frazier hit a three pointer and Wank scored a lay to cut Heidelberg’s lead down to 51-49, but would lose the energy again. Lasisi was a one man wrecking crew as the other one man wrecking crew Eric Washington was on hold often doing exquisite playmaking. Lasisi scored twice to give the guests the 55-49 lead. Frankfurt continued to produce dumb turnovers which resulted to easy Heidelberg baskets. That Beliauskas is a sniper is no secret as his time came and he struck with consecutive three’s to tie the game again at 55-55. The momentum swings continued as Heidelberg got baskets from Ely and ex Xavier center Brian Griffin for the 60-55 lead, but Frankfurt always had an answer getting a 2 hand dunk and 15 footer from Matt Haarms to cut the guests lead down to 62-61. Haarms had one of his best games this season finishing with 16 points shooting 79% from the field but wasn’t totally content with his game. ‘My shooting percentage was definatley there tonight. But what I did on offense, I undid on defense. I would of really had had a good game had I played better defense. I let my team down’, stressed Matt Haarms. Heidelberg would keep the energy up and lead of 68-65 after 30 minutes. Eric Washington continued to produce ooohs and ahhhs from the fans making a 2 handed dunk on transition and then making an acrobatic kick out pass to ex Skyliner Akeem Vargas who drilled home a trey form the corner. What did he enjoy more the pass or dunk? ‘ As a point guard I enjoy the pass more. Dunks are nice, but it is the passes that keeps the defense off balance and keeps my teammates confident making shots’, warned Eric Washington. ‘Our performance began to go down at the end. We had too many break downs and you can’t afford to have those against good teams’, stated Matt Haarms. ‘We shared ball well, but gave up too many points. We then made adjustments for the fourth quarter’, stressed Eric Washington.

Eric Washington with the 2 handed dunk

In the fourth quarter the Fraport Skyliners fought hard, but just couldn’t get over the hump. A last crushing run by the MLP Academics and Eric Washingtons stellar scoring spree slammed the door shut on the Fraport Skyliners. JJ Frazier began the fourth quarter with an in your face jumper to cut the guests lead to 68-67 but the guests just didn’t lose their energy and execution rate getting another clutch trey by Lasisi and incredible lay up by Eric Washington who’s speed was too much for Frankfurt as the guests led 73-67. Matt Haarms was clutch in the come back attempt scoring 6 points. One basket was beautiful as Skyliner legend Quantez Robertson made a volleyball pass to him as trailer for the easy basket. Heidelberg led only 76-74 as crunch-time arrived. But that was the closest that Frankfurt would ever get again as the MLP Academics had had enough and now slammed the door shut with a hard 14-2 run to lead 91-76. Instrumental in the run was the constant pounding by Eric Washington who showed just how lethal of a scorer he was scoring 8 points including back to back three’s with the latter one being a ridiculous off balance in your face jumper. ‘I took what the defense gave me and took advantage of the switch. We got good spacing and I executed. I had held back at times with my shooting earlier, but in crunch-time, I was aggressive and kept shooting. I always trust my work. My performance was nothing out of the blue’, stressed Eric Washington. The unsung hero in the drive was diminutive guard Bennt Hundt who began the run a beautiful pass to Lasisi for the trey and then made an off balance shot. ‘We knew that Washington can always get going, but we also let Lasisi get going. You can’t do that and let both get going. We decided to switch and they took advantage of it’, stated Matt Haarms. ‘We felt the momentum going up with every basket. Getting stops gave us more confidence and our fans and bench energy helped as well. This did not feel like an away game’, added Eric Washington. The MLP Academics Heidelberg were led by Elias Lasisi and Eric Washington who combined for 43 points. Tim Coleman added 12 points and Shy Ely 10 points while the Fraport Skyliners were led by Matt Haarms with 16 points while Lukas Wank added 15 points and Lauryas Beliauskas produced 14 points. The MLP Academics Heidelberg shot 53% from the field and 38% from outside and had 35 rebounds and 8 turnovers while the MLP Academics shot 49% from the field and 37% from outside and had 33 rebounds and 13 turnovers.

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Henri Wade-Chatman(BC Kalev Cramo Tallinn) Is His Own Inspiration As His Chip And Drive To Move Up The Basketball Ladder Is Massive

All it is is 4 letters and a number, but so often that is a road block in the dreams of so many guys chasing the dream overseas. There are so many talented guys that played NCAA 2 that never were able to play overseas probably mostly because of the cliche that guys that come from there don’t have what it takes. Of course there have been many many guys that have not only been able to reach Europe and have a solid career, but even guys that have reached high levels. One of those guys has been Kameron Taylor who I love to use as an example of having gone from the NCAA 2 at Seton Hill all the way to the Euroleague with obstacles along the way. There are other talented guys like Taylor who have gone a similar path like Henri Wade-Chatman (188-G-1992, college: Edinboro), but are still climbing and climbing up the basketball ladder searching for the basketball peak in a high league. Wade-Chatman and Taylor battled many many times in the NCAA2 that they could of made an interesting head to head mix video. In his first season Wade-Chatman beat Taylor 77-54 as he held his own against him while another time he exploded for 32 points, but lost a heartbreaker 76-74 while another time won 99-88 scoring 20 points and holding his own again against the future Euroleague player. He will never forget those classy duels and has the utmost respect for him, and often guys like Kameron Taylor are the inspiration for guys to keep grinding, but for Wade-Chatman, it is actually someone else who is his inspiration to get to the top. ‘Kam is my guy I’m happy he’s getting the opportunities he’s getting he always has my support. I’m just waiting for my turn. I’m my own inspiration I know what I can do and bring to a team it’s all about opportunities and sometimes being lucky’, stressed Henri Wade-Chatman.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing ex Seton Hill legend Kameron Taylor in Rhondorf Germany in 2017 when he was playing his second pro season with Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf

The guard who remembers ex NBA player Dejuan Blair being the toughest player that he ever faced was born on September 9th, 1992 in Pittsburgh. He began his basketball career at Brashear high school. His chip evolved at Community College of Allegheny County-Allegheny (NJCAA) where he was for one season. For most guys playing JUCO was the greatest experience, but at the same time the toughest, but for him the latter was actually different for him. ‘It wasn’t tough for me because CCAC was located in the city that I lived in so it was like a regular day, but those practices are the hardest I’ve ever had’, remembered Henri Wade-Chatman. He then made the jump to Edinboro (NCAA 2) where he played from 2013-2016 playing a total of 72 games. He was able to improve his scoring each season averaging 13.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 62.0% as a freshman, 19.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 71.9% in his second season and as a senior averaged 20.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 78.4%.As is so often the case, his game progressed through extreme hard work not hanging out at the local pool during the summers, but staying at school and dedicating his time to improving his craft. But head coach Pat Clearly and his coaching staff also were instrumental in guiding the high scoring guard the correct way during his three seasons there. ‘Coach Pat & coach Chris Bess gave me the freedom and the green light that most players didn’t have, but they also saw me work for it. I was in the game with coach Bess every day in the summer’, remembered Henri Wade-Chatman who remembers beating teammate William Marow in most 1-1 battles in practice, but also remembers him being the best defender that he ever went up against and made his life so much easier in games up to this day. His favorite moment at Edinboro was hitting the game winner against Cal U and in his last 2 seasons scored in double figures in 42 of 43 games had big games against Lock Haven with 32 points and his 32 points against Seton Hill.

The prolific scorer who lists Jaymon Mason Will Marrow Demetre Rivers Justin Baker and Greg Gantt as his 5 best teammates of all-time and came overseas in 2016 the same year Kameron Taylor did and played his first 2 professional seasons in Spain with Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (Spain-LEB Silver) averaging 15.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 71.9% and in his second season averaged 14.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 78.8%. The Silver is the third division in Spain and a very respectable league and also a perfect place for Americans to begin their professional career. Despite having to get used to the language barrier as well as a new culture and structure, that didn’t hinder his performance on the court. He was an instrumental part of helping his team move up from the third to second division called Gold what is like the first division in many other countries in terms of skill and competitive level. He didn’t have the greatest series against Lucentrum in the playoffs, but his game really took off against Moron where he had massive games including 23 points in the nailbiter 76-73 victory and had huge performances in games 2 and 4 scoring 28 and 22 points for the title against Zornotza. ‘I will never forget that the arena being sold out that’s the most people I’ve ever played in front of and to win it on our home floor was even better’, said Henri Wade-Chatman. Often winning that first title will produce not only life long memories, but also life long friends and that wasn’t any different with teammate from Britan Rowell Graham-Bell. ‘That’s my guy. We were roommates my first year, and I remember him dunking on a lot of guys. We for-sure are brothers for life’, warned Henri Wade-Chapman. In his 2 years in Spain he played 80 games and scored in double figures in 63 games. In his second season he played twice against FC Barcelon’s farm team and split scoring in double figures in both games and holding his own against future NBA players Luka Saminic and Rodions Kurucs. It’s no secret that all Americans overseas have a special self-confidence that is difficult to match. It was only logical that no one on the floor was better than him. ‘I always felt I was the best on the floor’, warned Henri Wade-Chatman. In his third professional season, he took on a new challenge and packed his bags for Latvia playing with Parnu Sadam (Latvia-LatEstBL) averaging 14.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.7%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 72.1%; and in the Estonian KML averaged games: 12.6ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-4 (4.5apg), 1.0spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 29.7%, FT: 57.6%. Once again he showed his incredible consistency and being able to adapt well to 2 new leagues. He had some great games that season including firing up 31 points against top Estonian team Kalev-Cramo and ex NBA player Tony Wroten and also had 24 points against Rapala. He lost a tough 2 game playoff series against other top Latvian team BK Ventspils pouring in 28 points. ‘I feel like my game rises to the occasion when we play a superior team, at the moment I think they were a champions league team’, said Henri Wade-Chatman who believes the sequel to the classic Coming To America should never have been made as some classics are best left without one.

The ex Edinboro great who lists Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Allen Iverson on his personal NBA Mount Rushmore decided to go back to an old stomping ground for the 2019-2020 season in Spain and played with TAU Castello (Spain-LEB Gold) averaging 12.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 83.1%. He had a lot of success there winning his first chip and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he returns back one day. ‘I loved playing in Spain. In Spain is where I first started playing point guard’, stated Henri Wade-Chatman. He had some outstanding games that season including scoring 29 points against Granada. He has always been a player that was never shy from trying a new challenge and did so again in the 20-21 season going to Slovakia to play with with Patrioti Levice (Slovakia-SBL) averaging 17.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 82.1%. He didn’t have a solid season, but an outstanding season. Once again he led his club into the playoffs, but couldn’t get the chip. He was instrumental in helping his team get past Inter Bratislavia and scoring 18 points in a do or die game, but lost a tough 4 games series to Nova Ves averaging 20,0ppg in the series, but losing 76-75 in the last game. ‘It will always leave a bitter taste the way it ended. We were always short of two important guys to our roster but we fought’, expressed Henri Wade-Chatman. He scored in double figures in 36 of 40 games in Slovakia including big games against Lucenic with 30 points and 27 points against Handlova. He came back to the team this season and will never forget his time there. ‘I will always remember the good bonds I have with my former teammates there. I took the opportunity to come to Cramo and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do’, stated Henri Wade-Chatman. Last he played with CSM Focsani 2007 (Romania-Liga Nationala) averaging 16.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 78.6%. It was another great statistical season for him, but a season to forget because the team didn’t win much. He did have huge games against Constanta and Steaua B scoring 27 points apiece.

After starting the season in Slovakia, the guard who believes Jordan is hands down the GOAT and always will be as nobody comes close to MJ and Kobe can be mentioned but nobody is greater than MJ is playing for Fiba Europe Cup team BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-KML). He couldn’t be happier to finally have landed with this historic organization. ‘Since 2018 I wanted to play for this organization and now I have my opportunity. It’s a first class organization and very professional something I’ve been looking for for a while’, stressed Henri Wade-Chapman. Winning the Fiba Europe Cup title is currently a reach, but adding to his Spanish chip with the KML title is a huge possibility as currently the team is unbeaten at 7-0. He is still getting adjusted to his new role as he has only been with the team since December and is averaging 11,1 ppg, 3,0rpg, 1,7apg and 1,3spg while shooting a potent 44,0% from outside. The underrated passer who compares his game to NBA veteran Lou Williams has always been known as a scorer throughout his career and that is something that surely will continue, because that is what teams want him to do more. Perhaps he will receive that task down the road where he can show his playmaking skills. ‘I just play my role and most of the time that is to score the ball’, warned Henri Wade-Chatman. Three point shooting has been a constant work in progress as he did it once in his second season at Edinboro in 2014-2015, but it seems his current hard work in the lab is finally paying off. ‘To reach the 40% mark a big goal I think that will happen this year I’m shooting it at a very efficient percentage at the moment’, added Henri Wade-Chatman. The grind to get better will never cease for this talented ex D-2 player. 10 years ago he was at Community college and not dreaming of a professional career yet.’ I wouldn’t have believed anyone saying I would be playing professionally in 2023. The grind doesn’t stop, I had to work my way up the ladder since my first job in Europe. It’s a harder grind for us guys that came from a D2 school. I have a big chip on my shoulder and it grows every season for personal reasons’, warned Henri Wade-Chatman. You just have to love this guy’s love and will to achieve his goals. It will be interesting to see how he continues to develop in the next years and just how much farther he can go up the ladder. One thing is for sure when he and Kameron Taylor ever meet again in a professional game, then there may be brief small talk during pre game warm ups, but as soon as the clock starts, it will be a fierce battle again just like back in the day when fans were chanting their names during Seton Hill-Edinboro games

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No Teams Look To Attack Deondre Burns(Keravnos Strovolou) As He Prides Himself Not To Be The Weakest Link On The Court.

One of the most exciting trends to watch for me in professional basketball is a player’s journey and march up the basketball ladder. Obviously watching a Lebron James go from high school to the NBA was interesting, but after a few years in the league it was apparent that he was something special and he would become a superstar. But for me watching the underdog with a lot of talent that had to always grind and have a chip on their shoulder as heavy as mammoth pick up truck move up the ladder with slow steps was inspiring. There are hundreds maybe more of these types of players in Europe that have a special story and one of those is Deondre Burns (190-G-1997, college: ORU, agency: Haylett Sports) (190-G-1997, college: ORU, agency: Haylett Sports) (190-G-1997, college: ORU, agency: Haylett Sports). Ok so he doesn’t have the total crazy story of going from JUCO to the a high league, but still went from a small role on a NCAA team to a big one at Oral Roberts (NCAA) and now is continuing to toil and battle making a name for himself and moving up the basketball ladder. Currently he is playing in Cyprus for Keravnos Strovolou (OPAP Basket League). It was a few days before Christmas 2022 and the American guard was battling ex Euroleague team Brose Bamberg at home in a Fiba Europe Cup game. When the buzzer sounded, his team had suffered a brutal 90-87 loss, but he had belonged to the best players on the court with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 6 dimes against a team from a top 5 league in Europe and a league he would surely like to play in one day. He is having a super Fiba Europe Cup season and surely has turned heads of some GM’s from teams in higher leagues. Tomorrow is the return game in Bamberg and he will be extra motivated to get revenge. His offense is a big strength in his game, but he wants to be known as a 2 way player. Tomorrow he will have the chance to possibly battle against Patrick Miller who didn’t play in the first game in Cyprus and other top players while having that mind set to have to prove himself all over again especially on defense. ‘I believe I am a pretty solid good defender, have gotten much better each year from the previous. No teams look to attack me, I pride myself on not being the weak link on that end of the court. Although, I have room to improve certainly to become an even better defender and overall player’, warned Deondre Burns who believes LeBron is the greatest complete basketball player ever, Jordan is the most iconic and greatest competitor and Kobe is great, one of the greatest in fact, just not on those two guys’ level in his opinion.

Deondre Burns who remembers Marcus Keene being his toughest cover in the NCAA was born on January 16th, 1997 in Carrollton, Texas. He played at Newman Smith high school for coach Percy Johnson. In his senior year he was one of the top players in the Dallas area class 5A and averaged 23,9ppg, 4,4rpg and 2,1apg and was named all-area honorable mention. He then played at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (NCAA) from 2015-2019 playing a total of 70 NCAA games and missed the entire 2017-2018 season because of a knee injury. He was able to make strides there improving his stats each season. He averaged 1.7ppg as a freshman and then in his second season averaged 7.0ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 80.8%. After sitting out the 2017-2018 season he made another jump in his game his junior year averaging 10.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 76.7% In his freshman year he helped his school win the Sunbelt title .Halfway through his second season his game took off with games against Appalachian State and Co Carolina where he produced 16 and 17 points. After that he finished the season scoring in double figures in 6 more games. He remembers what his secret was to finding his touch on the floor. ‘Minutes and freedom. Simply being on the floor and having the freedom to be myself and comfortable was key in that stretch. Those were the first starts of my career’, remembered Deondre Burns. His game really took off in his junior season as he scored in double figures in 12 games including 22 points against S Alabama, but his biggest moment was against Howard where he shot almost flawlessly 9/10 from the field while steering 29 points in the big 97-76 victory. ‘I remember my family traveling up to come to this game, the basket seemed bigger this night. I had a great workout that morning and remember my body just feeling great going into the game’, stated Deondre Burns. He then felt the need for a new challenge and went to Oral Roberts University (NCAA). Here he once again had to prove himself and made another step in his development playing 31 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 79.8%. He couldn’t of made it without the supreme guidance of head coach Paul Mills. ‘He was always talking about being a pro. All of my previous coaches talked about being a pro as if it was a unlikely thing. Mills always showed us video clips of why pros are pros, and I would always think to myself ‘hey, I can do that’ or ‘I need to work on this’, remembered Deondre Burns who remembered having great practice battles with RJ Fuqua who was one of the best competitors he had ever been around. In his senior year he scored in double figures in 23 of 31 games. He scored 20 points or more 11 times including 31 points in a tough 74-68 loss to North Dakota. He also had big games scoring 22 points in wins against Central Oklahoma and Western Illinois. He was named to the Summit League second team and newcomer team.

The high scoring guard who lists LeDarrius Drain, Mike Morrison, Nate Krill, Matt Milon, and Vid Milenkovic as his best teammates of all-time. He came overseas during Covid in late summer 2020 and played with the Starwings Basket Regio Basel (Switzerland-SBL). Despite Corona wrecking havoc all over the place and also having to adjust to a new culture and overseas game, he needed no adjustment period on the court. He showed that basketball is basketball all over the place averaging 20.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 82.2%. It is obvious that his wake up call wasn’t on the floor. ‘My wake up call was the fact that I could not regularly eat my favorite snacks and foods from back home’, smiled Deondre Burns. He scored in double figures in 28 of 30 games and scored 20 points or more 17 times including 2 explosions of 31 points in a win against Boncourt and 30 points in a win against Neuchatel. He played his first playoff series and had great series in the wins over Geneva averaging 17/6/6 stats and averaged 22,0ppg and 7,0apg in the series win over Neuchatel, but it wasn’t enough as the final was lost 3-0 to Fribourg. ‘I learned to be grateful, although we lost. I helped take a team who has never been to the finals before in history’, said Deondre Burns. When looking at his time in Cyprus one could quote the 80’s classic from Rod Stewart with some guys have all the luck. Some guys play 10 plus years and don’t win a chip while others may win 1, but Burns has won a total of 4 at the young age of 26. He knows that you can’t take anything for granted. He may have inherited a wining gene form somewhere? ‘It has been a great experience. It is always fun being a part of a culture that not only wants to win but expects to win. As a high-level competitor, that’s what you look for. I have to credit that to God; he has blessed me with a winning career thus far. As for having a winning gene, I do think what I bring to the team as a basketball player affects winning in many different positive ways’, warned Deondre Burns. Last season he took his skill set from the Swiss alps to Cyprus and made another step up the basketball ladder averaging 21.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT-1 (47.2%), FT: 87.0%. Once again he showed that he is the ultimate scoring point guard scoring in double figures in 31 of 32 games. He scored 20 points or more 17 times including a 39 point explosion against Apollon, but saved his best for last. He helped win the league title against AEK Larnaca coming back from 2-1 down and win in exciting fashion in game 5 90-88 and putting up a Jordan like 39 points. ‘This was by far my most meaningful and memorable game up to date. It was a win or go home situation, I just wanted to be as aggressive as possible. I think coming in with that attitude gave us the best chances to win in a hostile away crowd’, remembered Deondre Burns. He also watched teammate Collin Malcolm have a great season with him and now has moved up the basketball ladder to top 5 league easyCredit BBL in Germany. He knows where he is now, but is focusing more on himself than on where others are. ‘Collin is a great guy and basketball player. I had several of those opportunities during free agency this past summer but felt it wasn’t best for myself and career at that particular time. Also, I think comparison is the thief of joy, so I try not to focus on what someone else has going on. My path is my path’, stressed Deondre Burns.

The Texas native who has Michael Jordan. Allen Iverson. Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. On his personal NBA Mount Rushmore won 3 titles last season in Cyprus and already his second Super Cup this season. It is obvious that the expectations are high, but so far the club is are where they want to be at #1 with a 13-1 record. The club has a healthy mind set and don’t worry about expectations and the need to have to win. ‘We feel no pressure. We come to work and do our jobs every day. Not worrying about the month of May but instead focusing on getting better on that particular day. We believe we are good enough and when that time arrives, we will be ready to compete’, warned Deondre Burns. A big reason for the success has been the experience factor. The club has 4 guys that are 30 and over. Older veterans like Titus Robinson and Remy Abell had been instrumental in the team’s success, but the basketball world can be cruel and before one knows it guys end up elsewhere. ‘ It was great having guys like Remy and Titus around. Great team guys that will play basketball for a long time. Unfortunately, our time got cut short together as both of those guys are no longer with the Keravnos organization’, stated Deondre Burns.

The guard who believes that the classic Coming to America should have been left alone is a 190cm guard that doesn’t like to compare his game to one player but thinks his game resembles a mixture of a group of different players and not just one and tries to add certain aspects from player’s games to his. It is no secret that his scoring game really took off at Oral Roberts and got even better as a professional overseas. ‘That season at ORU was by far my best and most productive season. The staff there is amazing, allowed me to be my aggressive self all while improving other areas on my game. Especially guys like Soloman Bozeman, whose currently head coach at UAPB. Ian Laymon, and Dakota Brasher really helped hone my skills into what they are today’, warned Deondre Burns. His playmaking also has vastly improved since his Oral Roberts senior season. He has averaged 4,0apg the last 4 seasons and could continue to be a vital aspect of his game especially for teams in higher leagues. ‘I believe my game affects winning in many different areas and not just scoring. I think as I continue to reach higher levels, these attributes would be even more critical’, stressed Deondre Burns. Last season he belonged to the best three point shooters in Cyprus shooting 47%, but this season is down at 32% in Cyprus and 24% in the Fiba Europe Cup. He knows that he will be able to up his percentages as the season goes on. ‘Shot selection has by far been most challenging for me this year. The offense has been tough to know when and where my shots are coming from. Things will average out towards the end of the season when I get more acclimated within the offense. No shortage of confidence or reps whatsoever’, expressed Deondre Burns. His stats in Cyprus may be down form last season at 12,0ppg, 3,2rpg, 3,8apg and 1,2spg, but he is tearing up the Fiba Europe cup being the second top scorer averaging 19,9ppg, 4,2rpg, 4,4apg and 1,3spg. He isn’t worried about his stats and scoring in Cyprus, because he has proven what he can do the last 2 seasons, but mainly about other areas that will aid him to continuing to climb the basketball ladder. ‘Making the right play, sometimes it means just a quick pass to get the ball reversed. It doesn’t show up in the stat sheet but can be very critical in a possession. The little things I am trying to focus and improve more’, commented Deondre Burns. It will be interesting to witness where the career will go in the next few years. One thing is for sure, he is already a winner and that always looks great on resume’s and high level clubs are always looking for great defenders. Priding himself as not being the weakest link will always help him no matter what.


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The Day Began With A Pre Game Bacon And Eggs Sandwich For Quantez Robertson And Ended As The Fraport Skyliners All-Time Leading Scorer

I can remember exactly when I saw Quantez Robertson (188-SG-1984, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) for the first time. It was in September 2009 in the BCM training facility as I saw a shy young man sitting in the stands who had absolutely no idea what was ahead for him overseas. Murat Didin who reeled him to Frankfurt from Auburn (NCAA)knew he had a gem and the rest is history. ‘If someone had told me my rookie season that I would be the Skyliners all-time leading scorer in 2023, I would of thought that they were crazy. I wasn’t ever a first, second or third option on offense. I made my mark as a defender, rebounder and making buckets on the fast break’, commented Quantez Robertson. 14 years later the affable 38 year old is the easyCredit BBL’s all-time leader in steals and recently the Fraport Skyliners all-time leading scorer surpassing other Skyliner legend Pascal Roller. The date was January 29th, 2023 a day that will be forever remembered in the life of Fraport Skyliner legend Quantez Robertson. There is so much basketball info clogged in my head that I can’t always know exactly everything. I do know my Celtics are incredible this year, that Lebron James is close to becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and Fraport Skyliner Jordan Samare is a very good table tennis player, but there was something else that was about to happen that was totally off my basketball radar. It was sometime in the second quarter where my faithful basketball colleague Timur Tinc of the Frankfurter Rundschau told me Tez is only 3 points away from passing Pascal Roller as the Fraport Skyliners all-time leading scorer. Then my basketball brain cleared up and I remembered that he was close to achieving that feat. ‘I didn’t really know I was that close. JJ Frazier kept reminding me that I was getting closer and closer. But I wasn’t worried about. I just wanted to play my game and help my team win’, stressed Quantez Robertson. You would have to dig very deep in the archives to Quantez Robertson‘s first easycCredit BBL bucket, but the Cincinnati native actually remembers when it happened. ‘I scored my first basket in Oldenburg. I think it was a reverse lay up’, stated Quantez Robertson.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Quantez Robertson doing play by play at the 2010 BBL allstar game in Bonn

The morning of January 29th, 2023 was a normal day for him like any other. ‘I did the usual that I do on game day. I didn’t do anything different. I ate my usual bacon and egg sandwich’, smiled Quantez Robertson. Even if the Quantez Robertson record is an incredible achievement for him, there was something more important on this day and that was producing a win against the Hamburg Towers and continuing to crawl out of the easyCredit BBL cellar. The first half was a weak one by the Fraport Skyliners as they got into foul trouble early and had no idea what 1-1 defense was and what protecting the paint was. Robertson began the day with 4,304 points and made a string of 3 buckets in a row in the second quarter to get his juices going and give his team energy. But the best was still to come for Tez. The Fraport Skyliners trailed 54-40 at half-time. In the third quarter the team began to play better at both ends of the court and with Frankfurt still fighting and in comeback mode trailing 67-54, it was time for Quantez Robertson to step up and become immortal in Frankfurt. He scored points 7 and 8 on a back door cut getting the dime from Joshua Obiesie and then on the next possession got the Skyliners all-time scoring title with his bread butter the lay up. ‘I’m really happy for Tez. He really deserves it. He has been so faithful to the Fraport Skyliners for 14 seasons. To be able to get this record being a player that was not known really as an offensive player is a big plus’, stressed former teammate Marco Voeller. The record breaking basket was his 4313th point. He ended the game with 14 points and 4,318 points. His young teammate Jordan Samare is thrilled to have witnessed it. ‘Tez is an inspiration to all. He is always trying to help you. He is a fun loving guy and I’m happy to be his teammate’, said Jordan Samare. Even if Quantez Robertson was in the spotlight with his big record, it was his teammate German national player Joshua Obiesie who was the other hero leading his team with 21 points and making a clutch three and 4 free throws at the end, but he showed nothing but love for his legendary teammate. ‘ It was unbelievable to experience it. I’m very proud to have seen it. I have never experienced something like that before. I think he will score a few more before it’s all over. I follow his words in that he always tells me to be myself and have fun’, commented Joshua Obiesie.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Quantez Robertson clowning around in April 2021 in Frankfurt

You have to wonder how a humble guy like Quantez Robertson who calls Alabama home now will digest a monumental record like this. He has accomplished a lot in his 14 year career winning the 2016 Fiba Cup title, is the easyCredit BBL all-time steal leader and reached a few easyCredit BBL finals, but where does this record compare to his career achievements? ‘This is definitely top 2 after the Fiba Cup title. You know that I had been saying for the longest time that I wanted to win a title and we finally did in 2016’, stated Quantez Robertson. 20 minutes after the game was over and Tez had done the rounds of interviews, autographs and pics, I finally had my 5 minutes with him on the court on the cushion we have sat on so many times the last years. The record is so much greater simply because he was an energy defensive specialist that played many years on Frankfurt teams that had lethal scorers ‘It feels great to be able to reach another milestone in history. It’s a cool feeling that you will be forever be remembered for it. I would rather have gotten it on the dunk, but it’s ok. It shows that you can get a record like this even when plays weren’t run for you. It also shows that I was effective when I got the ball. I got a lot of fast break baskets and many alley-oop baskets and passes from guys like Sean Armand, Dominik Bahiense De Mello, Dashaun Wood, Dawan Robinson, Justin Cobbs and Aubrey Reese’, smiled Quantez Robertson. He was also very fortunate that he was able to stay healthy which helped him reach a feat like this. The record is also a big deal simply because Americans usually are globetrotters and move from team to team where the most bucks are. Tez and Rickey Paulding proved you can stay with one team for a whole career. ‘You don’t see Americans staying so long with one club. It is beautiful to see the respect and loyalty. It is insanely rare’, stressed teammate Marcus Lewis.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Quantez Robertson after becoming the Fraport Skyliners all-time leading scorer in 2023

The question now is how much longer will Quantez Robertson still play? One could speculate that he may call it quits after this season if the Fraport Skyliners move down and his decrease in minutes. I personally hope he doesn’t retire. I will forever miss my interview partner. The retirement question has crossed his mind. Plus having this record would be the perfect way to go out. ‘This record could be a good way to go out, but I’m still taking it day by day. I will talk to my wife and see how it goes. If my body holds up, we will see what happens. But I’m definitely in talks with my family’, stressed Quantez Robertson. So where was Pascal Roeller on this historic day? He was in Braunschweig calling a game for TV and you have to wonder how that first interaction would go between Roller and Tez? Will Roller call his ex teammate? ‘I think Pascal will say congrats and then say it took you a while. It is really awesome getting this record from him. I saw his work ethic when I came. He was always getting up shots after practice. I played 2 seasons with him. Even in his last season he was always an offensive threat. He was always ready’, warned Quantez Robertson. It seemed like Pascal Roller wasn’t aware of the record until I told him. I reached him 5 hours after the Frankfurt win and he still had his usual humor on hand. ‘So is he Lebron and I’m Kareem? I’m very happy for Tez. This now means that my jersey won’t be alone up in the rafters. Well done Tez’, stressed Pascal Roeller. One thing is for sure Kareem and Lebron will forever be legends in Los Angeles and not 1-2 as Magic Johnson will have a say in that, but in Frankfurt, Pascal Roller and Quantez Robertson will go down as being the 2 greatest players all-time. Just don’t ask me who is 1-2. Those that know me will instantly know my choice.

The Fraport Skyliners Win It For Quantez Robertson The Team´s New All-time Scorer Coming From Behind To Defeat The Hamburg Towers 97-93

29.01.2023 / Basketball BBL / -23- Quantez Tez Robertson / FRAPORT SKYLINERS

A few weeks ago the basketball life of the Fraport Skyliners looked a bit rosier again as they had a little bit more breathing from the cellar, but after 2 loses in a row again to Crailsheim and Chemnitz, the nervousness is taking shape again as they were tied with Braunschweig with 4 wins a piece and only had 1 win more than 18th placed team medi Bayreuth. The only good news was that they had won 3 of their last 4 games in their own living room. But the way they played in the last loss at home to Crailsheim made one uneasy about their overall play. They met 14th placed team Hamburg Towers who were sporting a unsatisfactory 6-10 record and had recently fired Raoul Korner. They came to Frankfurt sporting a 5 game losing streak and had also lost their last 3 easyCredit BBL games. Both teams were reeling on the edge and were in desperate need of a win. Fans in the arena saw two completely different halves as the Hamburg Towers dominated the first half, but in the second half watched as the Fraport Skyliners make a heroic comeback after being fueled by Quantez Robertson (188-SG-1984, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) breaking Pascal Roller’s club points record edging Hamburg 97-93. After the big win, Quantez Robertson was being flooded with interviews and fans wanting autographs, but one of the other hero’s JJ Frazier was alone in the runaway and was in a good mood to reflect on the 40 minutes of severe hard work. ‘Hamburg out ran us in the first half and were more physical and tougher and just executed a lot better at both ends. We always felt like we had a chance. We just wanted to keep it close. We just kept it simple and played at our pace. We started to make shots and they didn’t. We played well together and played smart in the fourth quarter getting the lead and keeping it. I always want to win it for Tez’, smiled Fraport Skyliner guard JJ Frazier. The Hamburg Towers lost total grip of the game in the second half and with time and every new Frankfurt basket got more unsure of themselves. They coughed up the ball at an alarming high rate and were just smothered by the Skyliners energy and fan support in crunch-time. ‘We played 20 good minutes of basketball. We got lazy and sloppy in the third quarter. Frankfurt made tough shots in the fourth quarter. When you feel comfortable and have the crowd behind you, you feel like every shot you take will go in’, warned Ex Paderborn guard Kendale McCullum.

Yoeli Childs at the FT line

It took the Hamburg Towers a few minutes to get going, but when they did the Fraport Skyliners were reeling and allowed 32 points in the first quarter. Ex Fraport Skyliner Len Schoormann got Hamburg on the score board first sneaking inside for the back door lay in. Frankfurt didn’t waste anytime either as German National player Lukas Wank scored 5 unanswered points for the 5-2 advantage. But the Hamburg Towers then started to display their strong offensive power going on a 18-7 run to lead 20-9. Before the Fraport Skyliners knew it, they had gotten their 5th team foul at the 7,09 minute mark. Hamburg did the logical thing and attacked inside as ex BYU (NCAA) Yoeli Childs was in constant attack mode and scored 3 buckets for the 15-9 advantage. Childs that fed ex Bayreuth guard Lukas Meissner for the 2 hand stuff and ex Bayreuth guard James Woodard nailed a trey. Frankfurt had no intensity on defense as it looked at times like the Hamburg Towers were on a casual Sunday walk doing whatever they wanted to in their living room. The Fraport Skyliners them executed well back to back nailing 2 three’s from sniper Marcus Lewis and ex Georgia (NCAA) guard JJ Frazier to cut the lead down to 21-15. But Frankfurt’s up and down play continued as they could never use their momentum to their advantage as new mistakes led to easy baskets for Hamburg. The Hamburg Towers then shifted gears out of nowhere going on a 11-2 run to lead 32-17. In The run ex ACB player from Slovenia Ziga Samar scored 7 points leading the charge scoring inside twice as there was no 1-1 defense from Frankfurt. Ex Vechta forward Seth Hinrichs also added a basket. Frankfurt closed out the first quarter with 2 Joshua Obiesie free throws and a lay in by 221cm giant Matt Haarms to trail 32-21. The Hamburg Towers showed their precision shooting of 10/14 shooting from the 2 point range and 9 players scored showing their love to share the ball and team play. ‘They came out aggressive and put us in foul trouble. We were behind the 8 ball, but knew that we had to regroup’, stated JJ Frazier.

JJ Frazier turn around shot

In the second quarter the Hamburg Towers continued to dominate as the Fraport Skyliners had positive short spurts on offense, but couldn’t hold down the fort on defense. Hamburg began with a swift 6-0 run halting Frankfurt’s first 5 possessions. Hamburg continued to move the ball well and get everyone involved as Childs and Woodard scored easily in the paint and new French guard Anthony Polite also got into the action with a lay up and commanding 38-21 lead. But then it was time for the Fraport Skyliners to showcase some lightening offense going on a quick 8-0 run. Obiesie began with a lay in at the 7,14 mark and then it was Skyliner legend Quantez Robertson who scored 3 buckets in a row something that hadn’t been seen in a while from him. He gave the team a lot of energy at both ends as Hamburg led only 38-29. It was a game of runs as now it was Hamburg’s turn again as they went on a 6-0 run to lead 44-29. Polite made a tip in, then McCullum caught Frankfurt napping as he unleashed a Tom Brady like touch down pass to Meissner for an easy basket and then made free throws. Frankfurt never gave up and then went on a run of 11-3 to cut the Hamburg lead down to 47-40. Frankfurt got massive support from their imports as Lithuanian sniper Laurynas Beliauskas drilled home 2 three’s, Lewis made a dunk on transition and Isaiah Washington dropped a trey. But once again the Fraport Skyliners couldn’t keep the momentum and allowed Hamburg to go into the break with a 7-0 run to lead 54-40. In the run they got a lay in by Samar, three ball from McCullum and free throws from Meissner. ‘We couldn’t get defensive stops. We were always a step behind and didn’t communicate well’, added JJ Frazier. The Fraport Skyliners shot 44% from the two point range and 41% from outside and had 17 boards and 5 turnovers while the Hamburg Towers shot 63% from the two point range and 36% from outside and had 23 rebounds and 3 turnovers.

Lukas Meissner from outside

In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners continued to chip away at the Hamburg Towers and got closer as they scored 26 points and trailed only by 6 points after 3 quarters. Matt Haarms got Frankfurt on the board first in the second half with an easy lay in to trail 54-42. Hamburg then got sound production from Meissner with a lay in and Polite dropped a trey as Frankfurt trailed 59-46. Frankfurt continued to execute a lot better on offense and got a tap in from Haarms, three by Obiesie and a Frazier three pointer as Hamburg led only 62-54. But as hard as the Fraport Skyliners were fighting, they just couldn’t get over the hump as Polite continued to be a menace from outside scoring and Hinrichs connected on a turn around shot for the 67-54 advantage. But then came the historic and big moment of Quantez Robertson. He scored on a back door to be 1 point behind Pascal Roller and then scored on a lay in to become the all-time scorer as Frankfurt trailed 67-58. ‘Tez has been huge in my adjustment here. When he plays well, we play well. He is a role model for anyone. He has been around a lot longer than I have and I try to soak in as much as possible and apply it to my game’, warned JJ Frazier. Once again Frankfurt couldn’t take the momentum and ride with it as Marcus Lewis got a technical and got ejected from the game. That led to a free throw by Samar and Hinrichs lay in for the 70-58 lead. But Frankfurt still had lots of energy left in their come back attempt closing out the third quarter on a 8-2 run to trail only 72-66. Beliauskas and Obiesie did the brunt of the damage with 2 three’s while Tez lifted the decibel level in his living room with a hard two handed dunk on transition. ‘We didn’t really make any adjustments but just played better together. In the first half we were losing it and not wanting to win it. Now we wanted to prove that we could beat them’, added JJ Frazier. ‘I don’t think that the Tez record propelled them to do better things. They were just loose and were playing free. It is hard to play against a team that is really confident. Congrats to Tez on the record’, stated Kendale McCullum. The Hamburg Towers continued to shoot well from the two point range at 62% and 43% from downtown and had 29 rebounds and 11 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners shot 48% from the two point range and 46% from downtown and had 24 rebounds and 8 turnovers.

Marcus Lewis at the FT line

In the fourth quarter the Cinderella game story of the Fraport Skyliners came true as they successfully completed their come back. They didn’t waste anytime as Beliauskas continued to have the hot hand drilling a trey and Haarms connected on a 20 footer to cut the Hamburg lead down to 72-71. But the Hamburg Towers weren’t prepared or willing to cave in just yet as Woodard hit another trey and Childs made a massive 2 handed dunk to keep the lead at 79-76. Ex Fraport Skyliner Jonas Wolfarth-Botterman made a put back dunk to keep Frankfurt at bay at 81-78. But after that play the dam burst for the Fraport Skyliners as they went on a 12-4 run to take the commanding 90-84 lead in crunch-time. Obiesie and Beliauskas made key baskets, but it was JJ Frazier that made the real clutch baskets making a 2 point lead into 6 points with a lay in and a runner. ‘I felt like Josh Obiesie might be getting tired so I tried to put some pressure off of him. I know what I’m capable of. I know my team doesn’t always need my offense, but at the end they did and I delivered’, warned JJ Frazier. After one McCulum free throw, Joshua Obiesie then nailed a clutch off balance three pointer with a hand in his face and 93-85 lead as Hamburg seemed helpless. ‘We knew that we had to get Josh the ball. He is a big shot type of maker. Once he get’s going, no shot is tough for him’, stressed JJ Frazier. Hamburg made exciting one last time as Woodard scored a trey and Polite made a reverse lay up to cut the Frankfurt lead to 93-90, but Obiesie sealed the win with 4 free throws. ‘We were battling the whole time and once we were down 3 points, we knew it was time to really execute. The difference was contested shots that we made them take. In the first half they got a lot of open looks’, stated JJ Frazier. ‘They made contested shots. They got big three’s from Beliauskas, Obiesie and Frazier. They had the confidence to make any shots’, warned Kendale McCullum. The Fraport Skyliners had 6 guys in double figures and were led by Joshua Obiesie with 21 points. Quantez Robertson and Laurynas Beliauskas added 14 points a piece while the Hamburg Towers were led by Anthony Polite with 17 points. Yoeli Childs added 14 points and Ziga Samar and Kendale McCullum added 13 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners shot 51% from the field and 50% from outside and had 30 rebounds and 9 turnovers while the Hamburg Towers shot 55% from the field and 38% from outside and had 36 rebounds and 16 turnovers.

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Bruno Albrecht Carries The White Wings Hanau To 38 Point Third Quarter Explosion Defeating the Fraport Skyliners Juniors 91-71

After starting 2023 with a big win at home against the Wizards, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors since then were riding a losing streak having lost to Koblenz and Speyer. Frankfurt wanted to get back on the winning road as the battle for home court in the playoffs had started. But getting that next win was going to be a real challenge as they welcomed the incredible 15-0 Hanau White Wings. They have been the surprise team of the season as on paper their roster doesn’t look to special but coach Marti Zamora-Mas has done a great job helping form a sound chemistry among the many role players and 2 stars Bubba Furlong and Bruno Albrecht (189-SG-2001)t. They have been close to losing a few times, but always found a way to win having won 5 games by 5 points or less. The White Wings Hanau came to Frankfurt with sky high self confidence and after a slow first half, exploded in the third quarter for 38 points paving the way for the comfortable 91-71 victory over the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. It was another normal day at the office for Bruno Albrechtt who carried his team with 22 points as the third quarter set the tone for the win. ‘We upped our intensity in the third quarter getting them out of rhythm, not allowing any easy baskets and getting to the foul line. When we have focus on defense then our shots come easier. Once we get rolling, we are too good to lose’, stressed ex Rhondorf Dragon tBruno Albrecht. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors played a strong first half, but came out in the third quarter and just stunk up their own living room in front of the watchful eyes of Quantez Robertson. After the shell shocking loss, Felix Hecker had problems dissecting the loss. ‘We had an ok first half. Both teams played good defense. But in the second half we had way too many turnovers, had no stops and couldn’t play transition’, stressed Felix Hecker.

Alvin Oniya at the FT line

The White Wings Hanau began well in the first quarter and quickly led 7-2. Hanau did a good job getting their work horse Bubba Furlong involved as he contributed 5 points and their top scorer Bruno Albrechtt also scored. After a Felix Hecker lay in on transition, 2019 NBBL winner Philipp Walz nailed a trey for the Hanau 10-4 advantage. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors had little intensity on offense while Hanau let their defense spark their offense and got easy baskets. But the Fraport Skyliners Juniors finally found a rhythm and went on a rapid 9-4 run to tie the game at 13-13. German double license center Jordan Samare led the charge with 8 points via 2 three’s. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors got calm on offense and executed during the run and weren’t as hectic anymore while Hanau had some good looks, but just couldn’t score consistently. In the last minute Bruno Albrechtt added a trey and 2018 JBBL winner Nolan Adekunle made a lay in as the White Wings Hanau led 16-15. Both teams shot poorly as the The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were at 33% from the field and from outside while the White Wings Hanau shot 29% from the field and 27% from outside. Hanau had the tight 11-10 rebound edge, but 6 turnovers while Frankfurt had 3 turnovers. ‘We began well, but our intensity went down. They forced us to too many turnovers’, stressed Bruno Albrechtt.

Tim Martinez to the hole

The second quarter continued to be a close race as the White Wings Hanau had the lead, but the Fraport Skyliners Juniors never gave up and kept up well with the undefeated club. The White Wings Hanau started the second quarter strong with a 7-2 run to lead 23-18. In the run two clutch three’s came from ex Ibam German Gabriel Kuku and ex Sixer Soren Urbansky nail. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors had problems executing, but continued to defend with passion and aggressiveness that allowed them to stay in the game. Frankfurt coughed up the ball in their back court which led to a Kuku dunk and 26-20 Hanau lead. But The Fraport Skyliners Juniors didn’t let the guests run away with the lead, but instead struck with a 8-2 run to grab the 28-26 lead. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors defended well getting a Oniya steal and forcing some turnovers which led to easy baskets from Marco Voeller and Alvin Oniya. Superb three and D player Bennet Schubert added a trey for the lead. But The Fraport Skyliners Juniors couldn’t close out the second quarter strong losing some intensity and allowing a 6-0 run to allow the White Wings Hanau have the 32-28 advantage at half-time and they would never trail again in the game. In the run the guests let their inspiring team play, calmness and cleverness to get 2 easy buckets in the paint from Urbansky and ex Ehingen guard Tim Martinez and a lay in by Bruno Albrechtt with only a few seconds to go scoring on transition. ‘We weren’t chilling in the second quarter. It’s a long season, we practice a lot and have a short rotation. Plus our guards play heavy minutes. We just hadn’t found our game yet’, commented Bruno Albrechtt. The White Wings Hanau heightened their shooting at 37% from the field and 31% from the three point line and had 20 rebounds and 13 turnovers while The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 31% from the field and 22% from the three point line and had 19 rebounds and 8 turnovers.

Bruno Albrecht at the FT line

The turning point of the contest happened in the third quarter as the White Wings Hanau exploded for 38 points and never looked back. The White Wings Hanau began with a brutal 13-2 run to extend their lead to 45-30. Instrumental in the run was Hanau top scorer Bruno Albrechtt who came alive with 10 points. He contributed 5 points on free throws, a three pointer and lay in. ‘I held back a little in the first half. I took command in the second half and my teammates followed. I just do whatever the team needs’, warned Bruno Albrechtt. It didn’t help The Fraport Skyliners Juniors cause either that 3 key players with Samare, Adenkunle and Voeller were fouled out before the half way mark of the third quarter. The White Wings Hanau continued to execute like a well oiled ship and surprisingly did it without Bruno Furlong who was hit on the head early in the second quarter and never returned finishing with 5 points and 2 rebounds. After the win Furlong went to a Hanau hospital to take tests and get checked. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors then found some daylight cutting the Hanau lead down to 12 points 48-36 as they were aggressive on the offensive glass getting top ins by Schubert and Hecker and Voeller connected on a jumper. But that was all The Fraport Skyliners Juniors had on this night, because the White Wings Hanau then slammed the door shut on Frankfurt closing out the third quarter on a 22-7 run to lead 70-43. The White Wings Hanau executed incredibly well and let it rain three’s. Hanau shared the ball well as Walz nailed 2 three’s while Martinez, ex Giessen guard Sebastian Brach and Philip Hecker also nailed three’s. Frankfurt simply had too little offensive flow and options on this night. Felix Hecker did all he could scoring 5 points in the run. ‘We can all shoot. If we are all focused then our shots go in. If we take 10 open three’s with little focus, then more 10 contested three’s with much focus will go in. We slept on many plays on defense in the first half, but that didn’t happen in the second half’, warned Bruno Albrechtt. ‘We had 3 guys out with 5 fouls. We had to play more young guys. That makes it harder. Plus we knew that they get to the free throw line well. We couldn’t hinder that’, warned Felix Hecker. The White Wings Hanau shot over 50% from the field and the parking lot and had 25 rebounds and 17 turnovers while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 38% from the field and 22% from the parking lot and had 24 rebounds and 19 turnovers.

Marco Voeller from outside

In the fourth quarter the White Wings Hanau shifted down a few gears allowing The Fraport Skyliners Juniors to score 28 points, but still executed well on offense with 22 points thus not being in any danger of ever losing. After a Kuku bucket, The Fraport Skyliners Juniors got some solid support from Drago Crnjac who compares his game to Tyler Herro supplying 8 points with 2 three’s in 5 minutes, but the club couldn’t make any ground as they still trailed 77-51. The guests executed well, but let up a bit on defense which is normal when your leading by 20 plus points. After another Kuku basket and 80-53 Hanau lead, The Fraport Skyliners Juniors found one last hurra going on a 16-5 run to trail 85-69. In the run The Fraport Skyliners Juniors got super support from Felix Hecker with 8 points while ex Trier forward Nils Leonhart added 4 points and little used German guard Isaac Obanor added a lay in. In the last 2 minutes Hanau played some of their young kids as Simon Franke and Tom Arkan also got on the scoring sheet. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors got a pretty lay in from NBBL player Dusan Nikolic, but all in all, it was a poor second half for the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. ‘The game was over before the fourth quarter began. Our bench guys came in and they went on a run. Bubba Furlong was hit on the head and couldn’t play much. We won it for Bubba’, smiled Bruno Albrechtt. ‘I forced up a lot of shots. They put in some young guys and got sloppy. We came back a little, but not enough’, stated Felix Hecker. The White Wings Hanu were led by Bruno Albrechtt with 22 points while Gabriel Kuku and Philip Walz added 11 points apiece while The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Felix Hecker with 19 points while Nils Leonhardt added 13 points. The White Wings Hanau shot 50% from the field and 46% from outside and had 34 rebounds and 23 turnovers while The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 43% from the field and 26% from outside and had 33 rebounds and 24 turnovers.

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Michael Cubbage(Iserlohn) Wants To Become A Defensive Nightmare Like Marcus Smart

Michael Cubbage (193-G-1998, college: SFC) is a 24 year old 193cm guard from New Jersey that is playing his rookie season with the Iserlohn Kangaroos. He began his basketball career at Winslow Townshop high school. He then played at 4 schhols from 2016-2022. He began at Coffeyville Community College (JUCO) averaging 6.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 71.9% and then played at Paris Junior College (JUCO) averaging 9.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 63.8%. he then played 34 NCAA games at Marist averaging 9.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 36.4%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 62.5% and 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5spg. He finished his NCAA career at St. Francis College (NY) (NCAA) averaging 13.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 74.3%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball.

Thanks Mike for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?

I’m currently in Iserlohn, Germany in my apartment. Basketball life is treating me fairly decent. I’m still adjusting to the culture and play style.

Your playing your rookie season in Germany for Iserlohn. What kind of an experience has it been playing for this organization? What have you enjoyed most about the experience?

My experience playing for the Kangaroos has been a thrill. Adapting and learning every day. My most enjoyable part is just getting to know my teammates and coaches.

What do you remember being your wake up call to being a rookie overseas where you knew that you were very far away from home?

I have two. The fact at the free throw line you aren’t allowed to fill all the spots, and a hop step is a travel here.

It hasn’t been a great season for Iserlohn but your only a win away from the last playoff spot. Talk a little about the team’s play and what has been missing for it being more successful?

As a team we lacked an identity on both sides of the floor. Accountability was the only thing missing. Seeing what we do great as team comparison to what our weakness were. Than just excelling at our strong suits.

Where do you rank your 28 point game in the exciting 85-84 win over Schwelm in your career?

I definitely put it in my top 3 since it was a pro game, but me going to States in High School still is my number 1 right now.

What has it been like being teammates with skilled point guard Toni Prostran? What have you appreciated most about his game?

It’s been great. I call him ‘Tony Parker.’ He’s an older guy with a lot of experience and he gives me pointers about my game that I wasn’t seeing at times.

Let’s talk a little about your game. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?

Jordan Clarkson

You’re a 193cm guard that can fill the stat sheet at ease. What is your biggest strength on the court?


I believe that is my biggest strength on the court. me being able to do a little bit of everything.

What kind of defender are you now and what kind of defender do you want to become in the next years?

I believe I’m still learning on what I can be defensively. I use my athletic ability to allow me guard and rebound as well as I do. But I want to become more of a nightmare like a Marcus Smart type of guy.

On what area of your game are you working on most now so you can continue to improve your game?


The mental side of my game.

You played your first 2 college seasons with Coffeyville Community College (JUCO) averaging 6.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 71.9% and at Paris Junior College (JUCO) averaging 9.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 63.8%. Every guy I have interviewed that played JUCO have said it was a very tough experience but one that they wouldn’t have traded in for anything. How was it for you?

My experience was eye opening. You know coming from high school every one was the man. So it humbled me throughout my career to work. So I wouldn’t trade that part of my journey at all.

Have you developed a chip on your shoulder over the years. You never had an easy rise in school and now your playing in 3rd division Germany?

I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder as a kid. Growing up playing AAU back in the states I was always overlooked. I kind of always worked for every spot every jersey I ever had.

You then played at Marist from 2018-2021. You only played 34 games. But despite that how do you feel did your game grow from JUCO in that time?

My game grew drastically. Juco ball was more equivalent to AAU. Once I got to college I had to learn how to the run the show. Learn about good possessions oppose to bad possessions. My physical stature developed. More importantly I learned my game.

You had your break out year at St. Francis College (NY) (NCAA) averaging 13.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 74.3%. What steps did your game make as a senior there?

It was just me doing everything I always knew I could. I broke my foot this season prior transferring to St Francis. So it was just a year of me going to display who I was.

How did head coach Glen Braica give you that last push as a senior and help groom and prepare you for a professional career?

I learned from two ‘blue collar’ type coaches Glen Braica and Ron Ganulin. They just expected energy and aggression everyday. Just having the mindset of going hard every second I was out on the court.

Who won a 1-1 in practice you or Larry Moreno?

Definitely me. Light Cheese Larry is my guy. But I would have to give it to myself.

Who is the toughest player that you ever faced in the NCAA that reached the NBA?

Johnny Davis went to Wisconsin

Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?

Elijah Campbell (New Jersey)
Terrell Phillips ( Chicago)
Darius Williams ( New Jersey)
Matt Herasme (New York)
Patrick Emilien (Toronto)

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


Lebron James, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, Larry Bird

What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Jordan or Lebron and why isn’t Kobe mentioned more?


LeBron is the Goat. I believe just the eras of when Kobe was playing. Kobe is in my top 10 of all time but this is a topic that could go either way depends on the person.

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

Yes, movies like those should just be left alone. Not everything needs a sequel.

Thanks Mike for the chat

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The Miles Vs Jeremy Ingram Weekly Basketball Chat Volume 10

Jeremy Ingram (183-G-1991, college: AAMU) is a191 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 teams up with Miles Schmidt-Scheuber on a weekly basis this season to talk basketball.

Congrats Jeremy on the big 101-91 win. The wins keep coming for Bargteheide in 2023. How satisfied are you?

I am very excited for my team because we were underdogs beginning of the season and now we are winning important games on the road to try and get to the playoffs. It has been a fun ride so far.

Talk a little about the 40 minutes. Was it a one way road or was it a back and forth affair?


We pretty much controlled this game start to finish. Basketball is a game of runs though so our opponents had a great 3rd quarter to make the game very interesting but we controlled the 4th quarter and finished the game on top.

Bargteheide shot the ball really well from close range and Braunschweig well from outside. What was key for getting the win?


We forced a few more turnovers than we gave up which was an important key to this win. We also got off to a great start that helped us and gave us cushion throughout this game. But our bench came into the game and played huge which was tremendous during this game because we needed their help. Carl Ceesay came up clutch in the 2nd half with 2 big three pointers that helped us seal the win and Ibrahim Jabby also had a big 9 points off the bench. S/O to them. And don’t forget the MVP of the Game Vladimir Migunov who had a double double and shot perfect from the field.

How much of a factor did the 5 more turnovers of Braunschweig play in you getting the win?



Winning the turnover battle was something we knew we needed to do before the game, and those 5 more turnovers were crucial to them.

Bargteheide may have allowed 91 points, but did a good job only allowing the guests 11 free throws and hitting only 5. How key was composure on the defensive end?

We gave up a lot of fast break three pointers in that 3rd quarter and wasn’t very disciplined on defense at all which gave them momentum and it’s hard to stop a team when they have momentum but we locked down defensively when it mattered most.

You had a solid game with 26 points. The team had a lot of support from other players. Is it still a time of adjustment for you not having the whole load on your shoulders like you had in Mannheim?


At times I have flashbacks where I feel like I need to go get a bucket on my own and sometimes I still have too but I have very good players on my team so I’m still learning to trust them because they are very good also and they can also go get a big bucket if we need 1.

You only had 1 turnover. Is this something you ae confident you will build on in the next games?

Yea I had about 4-5 turnovers last game and I felt that was too much and they were from rushing or forcing the issue, so this game I let the game come to me a little more than I did last game and it paid off.

You next play ASC Goetingen who are in fourth place with a 10-5 record. You are on a role. What will be key for getting the win?

We are confident we can beat any team and we just need to continue to do what makes us who we are. We go play aggressive defense get out on these fast breaks and get easy buckets and when we are pushing the breaks we are pretty much unbeatable but 1st we need to get stops.

Thanks Jeremy for the chat.

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