National Team

The Miles Where Are They Now Player Feature With Jermaine Anderson

                It was the dog days of summer in July 2006 as Germany was experiencing record heat where one didn´t even need to go south to Spain for a summer break. The month of July broke heat records in Germany at that time with the warmest day recorded was on July 16th with 38C in Kalkar. Not only were German´s having sauna like conditions that summer, but had also just witnessed the football World Cup in their country which brought the whole country a bit more together and gave mini flags placed on the mirrors of cars a new meaning and despite losing in the semi-finals to Italy, everybody was content with the outcome and life went on with the massive sweating. August slowly approached which would save those delicate German´s who hated the heat as that month would be a lot cooler. Football was on hiatus for a while, but basketball in Germany was heating up for the World Championships in Japan. As usual then German head coach Dirk Bauermann who had made a name for himself coaching Bamberg to their first BBL title in 2005 and would follow with a second a year later constructed an interesting pre-season schedule that saw Germany with Dirk Nowitzki play against other countries. At the end of July, Germany faced Canada in a friendly in Hamburg and a day later in Nurnberg, Germany. I remember traveling to Nurnberg from Frankfurt for the game at the cooler temperatures of August were no where in sight as the arena felt like somebody had transported some of that humidity from Saudi Arabia. The highlight for most there was seeing Dirk Nowitzki, but then again the German side also had other great players like all-time German national game leader Patrick Femmerling, ex North Carolina great Ademola Okulaja or the talented guards Demond Grenne and Stefan Hamann. I also remember young Germans Johannes Herber and Julian Sensley  As for the game, it was a contest that Germany easily won as the team shot the lights out which Canada couldn´t get adjusted to. Unfortunately there aren´t any articles or stats available online, so finding additional information to the game online was difficult. I remember from fotos I took after the game that Team Canada had guys like Osvaldo Jeanty, Nate Doornekamp, Ransford Brempong, Carl English and a young man who hadn´t played a professional game yet named Jermane Anderson. I remember after the game interviewing German national player Mithat Demirel and also observing Dirk Nowitzki making the rounds patiently signing autographs for the rove of fans for at least 15-20 minutes until he disappeared onto the bus and the team was off. I don´t remember Jermaine Anderson one bit, but I would get to know his game a lot better over the next years as he would play for teams like Bamberg, Tuebingen, Trier and Braunschweig. Only a few months later Anderson would start his professional career in Germany with Bamberg. Head coach Dirk Bauermann must have seen something in Anderson´s game during the pre season games in Germany and then signed him. One might have thought that his good play on the court was his meal ticket to Bamberg, but he felt it wasn´t. “I don’t think it was my meal ticket. I think I played well throughout the course of the game and showed that I was willing to compete at a high level”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. Four years later he played at the World Championships in Turkey and will never forget it. “! I only had two goals throughout my national team playing career (to represent Canada at the Olympics and World Championships). Even though I didn’t make the Olympics, I was able to participate in the 2010 World Championships. Playing in Turkey was the pinnacle moment in my national team career”, warned Jermaine Anderson. At the 2010 World Championships he played 5 games averaging 8.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.0%. He played with the Canadian national team from 2004-2018 and served as a team captain. Anderson had a very stellar 11 year professional career that took him to countries like Germany, Croatia, Russia, Greece, Montenegro, Spain and France. He retired in 2018 and knew that it was time to go then. “To be honest the timing was perfect. Even though I wanted to play one more season, I placed a lot of restrictions on myself in regard to location, team etc. Once comfort took precedence over everything else, I knew that my mindset had shifted and that it was time to walk away from the game. I was fortunate enough to play for the national team one last time during the FIBA World qualifier in February 2018”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. He is doing very good things off the court and still very much busy with basketball related things. I look back on the career of Jermaine Anderson in the Miles Where Are They Now player feature.

Dirk Nowitzki signing autographes after the Germany-Canada game in Nurnberg in July 2006


Jermaine Anderson was born on February 8th, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario and went to Eastern Commerce High School. He then made the next step in his young basketball career attending Fordham(NCAA) in New York city from 2002-2006 playing a total of 122 NCAA games. There he underwent a sound development being able to improve his scoring each season and averaged double figures in scoring in his last two seasons averaging 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.8%, 3Pts: 38.4% as a junior and returned as a senior upping those stats with 15.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, FG: 42.9%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 85.2%. “I was able to improve each year because I lived in the gym. But everything changed when coach Jay Triano invited me to work out and practice with the national team. I was able to play against Steve Nash on a daily basis for a month and I was around pros throughout the summer. I learned so much from being around those guys and I was able to develop mentally”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. Even though his game developed nicely, the team didn´t achieve much in his 4 years, but he does remember one game and player that will always be in his memory bank especially his mouth which took a beating. “My most memorable game was an ESPN game against St. Joseph’s University during my Sophomore season. At the time St. Jospeh’s was undefeated and ranked #1 in the country. I remember preparing and thinking about this particular game for weeks, as a collegiate athlete playing on ESPN is everything, especially against the best team in the country. We were playing really well as a team and I had a great start, but midway through the first half Delonte West’s inadvertently hit me in the face with his forearm. Long story short, I was rushed to the hospital and my two front teeth were at the back of my throat. A specialist was called in to readjust my gum line and as a result I had a wire in my mouth for six weeks. I did not lose any teeth thank God but we ended up losing the game. With that being said I would have to say the toughest player I played I faced was Jameer Nelson from St. Joseph’s University”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. It wasn´t only hard work that helped the Canadian/Jamacian mature and become a better player, but his head coach for the last 3 years Dereck Whittenberg had an immense influence on him  not only as a player, but as a person. “Coach Dereck Whittenberg saved my life. I almost flunked out of school after my freshman season and Coach Whittenberg held me accountable from day one. He called me into his office one day and told me that I needed to change my mindset immediately. For Coach Whittenberg study hall was a way of life and I was able to improve my grades within a year”, added Jermaine Anderson. But it wasn´t only experiencing so much on the court and getting the desired grades from his sophomore year up, but making those long lasting relationships that are still alive today especially with guys like Michael Haynes, Drew Williamson and Sebastian Greene who all would ball in Germany as professionals. “All those guys are family to me, and Michael Haynes was a big brother for all of us. When I arrived on campus my freshman year, I came with the bare minimum. The only thing of value that I possessed at the time was my meal card. Mike gave me access to his family in NY/NJ and he would literally give me the clothes off his back (thank God 3xl was in style back then lol)” said Jermaine Anderson.

                In the summer of 2006, Anderson was very busy with the Canadian national team, but also found time to get a taste of what it´s like breathing a little NBA air playing NBA Summer League with the Toronto Raptors. He didn´t play much averaging only 1,8ppg, but just seeing a trace of how the NBA was then was an important experience as he was preparing for his professional career. “The NBA Summer League was a great experience and I had a chance to meet a few people that I still consider close friends to this day. It was a bit of a spectacle because we had the number one pick in the draft that year (Andrea Bargnani). I remember making a shot off Bargnani’s screen and I was subbed out of the game immediately. I was confused and I asked the lead assistant, “why did I get subbed out of the game, did I do something wrong?” His response was, “no, you were playing great, but Bargnani was open on the roll. You’re not here to score, your job is to get Bargnani the ball…” It wasn’t as funny at the time but now it’s absolutely hilarious. PJ Tucker was also on the Summer League team as well and his journey has been a joy to watch. He developed his game in Europe for five years and is now one of the best 3-point shooters (corner 3) in the NBA, not to mention a premier defender”, commented Jermaine Anderson. When your balling in Europe, it isn´t always easy to keep track of the NBA with the harsh time difference, but now that he is retried and back in North America, he has been able to follow the NBA closer and has seen how the NBA has changed since his NBA Summer League gig in 2006. “The NBA has completely changed without a doubt. In 2006, teams were still playing inside out and guys that did not have a position were considered “tweeners”. Now, everybody on the floor needs to be able to shoot the three and position-less basketball has become the norm”, warned Jermaine Anderson. He split his rookie season with the Brose Baskets Bamberg playing 8 BBL games averaging only  2.4ppg; and played 3 ULEB Cup games averaging 2.3ppg, and with Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL) playing 17 games averaging  7.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 27%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 90.3%. Despite his short first stay in Germany, he had no regrets and had no sour feelings toward the organization. To be honest, my first year in Bamberg was memorable and a great learning experience. I was a rookie point guard and I didn’t have a clear understanding of the FIBA game. Coach Bauermann and my teammates were extremely helpful, and they taught me a lot during my time with the team. We had a veteran group and I was able to learn from each of them on and off the basketball court”, said Jermaine Anderson. He also was very fortunate to not only have very skilled teammates, but high character guys who showed him the ropes in the early going like Chris Ensminger, Robert Garrett, and Vincent Yarbrough. “I loved all of those guys and as I previously stated, I was able to learn something from each of them. Another person that was a great on-court mentor for me was Dejuan Collins. Dejuan had a wealth of FIBA experience and playing against him every day definitely prepared me”, warned Jermaine Anderson.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Jermaine Anderson in Frankfurt in 2007 after a game against the Frankfurt Skyliners

                After getting some experience in Canada´s top basketball league with the Halifax Rainmen (ABA) averaging 15.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 6.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 86.4%, he then would play parts of two seasons with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 15 games averaging 13.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 45.0%, FT: 90.3% and in 2008-2009 played 34 games averaging 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT-2(89.6%). In his second season with Tuebingen he scored 28 and 23 points in wins over the Artland Dragons and Bremerhaven. Being able to perform well on a consistent level despite playing for a non playoff team was huge for his early development as the confidence and knowing the European style was important for him being able to continue getting jobs each season. “In professional basketball, besides good character, having good stats/percentages is everything. My years in Tübingen set the stage for my career and I was able to sign a really good deal in Cedevita Zagreb because of my stats in Tübingen”, said Jermaine Anderson. He was reunited again with his ex Fordham(NCAA) teammate Michael Haynes who retired a few years before Anderson. Haynes was one of many great players that was a borderline NBA type player. “ I think once he didn’t get signed or called up after playing in the D-League I knew it was going to be hard for him to get into the NBA. He averaged close to 20ppg and if I’m not mistaken his team won the championship as well that season. I was shocked that he didn’t get called up, but that’s the nature of the business”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. He played with so many great players over his career and one of those was AJ Moye who´s career was sadly cut short in 2010 by a stroke he suffered in the Fraport arena during a practice.  Moye was as tough as nails and Anderson saw up close just how special a player he was. “AJ Moye is by far the fiercest competitor and probably the hardest working teammate that I played with. We would be in the gym for hours before and after practice shooting or playing one-on-one, we both were obsessed with the game. We were inseparable because we lived in the gym and when we were not playing, we were probably watching a game. I don’t think it was healthy but it was a way of life at the time”, stressed Jermaine Anderson. 

                One of the great things about being a professional baller overseas is that staying with one team for a while is very rare unless your Jermaine Bucknor who has made Trier his home for almost a decade, but for Anderson, he didn´t want to be a Germany lifer, but wanted to also explore what else Europe had to offer and in the 2009-2010 season played with Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia-A1) playing 17 Croatian League games averaging 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 76.3%; played 6 EuroChallenge games averaging 13.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 80.0%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 75.0%; and played 26 Adriatic League games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT-2(48.0%), FT: 89.4%. Usually a player will play in one league competition or at best in two, but rarely in three as he did which was a huge challenge. “The one thing I that I remember in Cedevita was having to adjust to the style of play. The Adriatic League had a specific style in comparison to the BBL and coach Pixie Subotic was absolutely amazing. Pixie was an offensive minded coach and he wanted us to play fast and shoot threes. We were unselfish and everybody scored, and we had great team success. I loved playing for Cedevita and Zagreb is a great city”, added Jermaine Anderson. In the 2010-2011 season he saw two new leagues playing withTriumph Lyubertsy (Russia-PBL) playing 8 Russian League games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 79.3%; and played 2 EuroChallenge Qualifying Round games averaging 4.5ppg, 2.0rpg, and also played with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (Greece-A1) playing 12 games averaging 12.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 48.0%, FT: 81.0%. He had played against future NBA stars in the NCAA, but when he played in Russia, he was able to play against top team CSKA Moscow who had two great players with JR Holden and Trajan Langdon. Anderson held his own scoring 18 points in a loss against CSKA Mosco. “JR Holden and Trajan Langdon were already well established legends in their own right during that time. I remember looking forward to the challenge of playing against one of the best teams in Europe and a really good friend of mine was on the team (Jamont Gordon). I would occasionally go to dinner with JR and Jamont in Moscow and even though JR had attained a level of success, he was extremely humble. In Triumph I was the only import on the team and at times I felt alone and isolated because the majority of my teammates did not speak English. Those guys, especially Jamont, allowed me to feel a sense of peace and I used them as a mental break when I had a few days off. I’m still in contact with both of them and I just recently saw JR Holden at the G-League showcase in Las Vegas”, said Jermaine Anderson. In the 2010-2011 season he won his only two professional titles with KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica (Montenegro-1A) playing 14 EuroCup games averaging 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 88.2%; played 26 Adriatic League games averaging  9.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 87.7%; and played 13 Montenegrin League games averaging  7.2ppg, 1.5rpg, Assists-2(3.7apg), FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 90.5%. “Buducnost was the most successful team that I played for throughout my career. We won the Montenegrin league championship, qualified for top 8 in EuroCup and advanced to the Adriatic League final 4. Once the NBA lockout was over, we lost our best player (Nikola Vucevic), and our supporters did not believe that we become a successful team. The best part of the journey was proving everybody wrong and overachieving as a team. Championships are hard to come by at any level and I cherish that season and we were more than a team, we were brothers”, warned Jermaine Anderson. He played twice against Maccabi Tel Aviv losing both games, but played against an assortment of great players including Keith Langford who is still playing today. He also played against guys like Baby Shaq, Devin Smith and Jordan Farmer who were on that Maccabi team, but being in awe was never a part of the equation for the Canadian. “I had already played against the USA Dream Team and other top ranked countries summer after summer. I was exposed to high-level players throughout my professional career and with the national team, I was never intimidated”, warned Jermaine Anderson.

            After three seasons getting acquainted to new cultures and learning new styles of basketball, his basketball path found him back in Germany this time with a new team called the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-BBL) where he played 20 games averaging  9.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT-2(91.4%). He came at a great time as top young German point guard Dennis Schroeder was in his last stage of development as only 6 months later would be a NBA first round pick with the Atlanta Hawks. Anderson remembers the time with Schroeder who plays with the Thunder today as if it was yesterday. “Initially, I think Dennis saw me as a threat, but over time he realized that I had his best interest at heart. I believe it became evident when I started talking to him about Hoop Summit and how he should approach the event. My former high school coach is the head coach of the World Select Team (Roy Rana) and I would call him on a weekly basis raving about Dennis. Dennis attended Hoop Summit and the rest his history. Once he came back to Braunschweig, he became a better teammate and was more confident in himself. Sometimes players that have a chip on their shoulder are misunderstood and mistaken for being arrogant. I believe that chip is Dennis’ edge and he’s been able to become a solid contributor in the NBA because he doesn’t back down from anybody”, warned Jermaine Anderson. One of his more memorable games with Braunschweig was helping lead them to a 84-80 victory over Alba Berlin where he steered home 17 points. He would remain the next two seasons in Germany balling for TBB Trier playing a total of 67 BBL games. In his first season he averaged 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT-1(96.9%) and in his second season averaged 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 89.2%. He didn´t have those staggering scoring stats in his career, but he showed on many occasions that he could excel at the free throw line. “Not sure if it’s my proudest statistical achievement but I remember being perfect from the line for nearly the first half of the season. When people started talking about it, I did feel some pressure, but once I missed my first free throw I was relieved”, stated Jermaine Anderson. He had known Jermaine Bucknor from the Canadian national team and like in Tuebingen where he was reunited with Michael Haynes, he suddenly was teammates with Bucknor on a club team. They have been through a lot on and off the court and it´s no surprise that they are very very close. “I’ve known Jermaine since I was 16 years old and playing with him for two seasons was a blessing from God.  We were able to grow as men together and I was there to witness the birth of his first child, which is more important than basketball. He allowed me to stand by his side as a groomsman at his wedding and we have a bond that will never be broken. Jermaine does a great job of taking care of his body, he started by changing his diet and he’s in the weight room almost every single day. He does all the little things to prepare his mind and body to work and I believe he will continue to play until God says his time is up”, expressed Jermaine Anderson.

Michael Haynes, Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Jermaine Anderson in Frankfurt after a game in 2008 against the Frankfurt Skyliners when they were playing for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen

            In the 2015-2016 season he made another gigantic step in his playing career making the big show in Europe reaching the top league ACB in Spain together with the Euroleague playing for Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain-Liga Endesa) playing 15 games averaging 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg. One can see from the stats that he didn´t get the amount of minutes that he was used to. “Unfortunately, I was very frustrated during my time in Sevilla, but I do not blame anybody but myself. I did not play well consistently, and I had a hard time adjusting to the practice schedule and style of play. Sevilla is a beautiful city with a lot of history, and I wish I had a better experience”, added Jermaine Anderson. In Spain he was teammates with ex NBA player Bostjan Nachbar who had played in the BBL when he was playing there. Having the opportunity to be teammates with him was just another one of numerous joys he had being able to play with very talented guys. “Even though he was much older when we played together, he was still able to carry the team offensively on his own.Nachbar was a special player and probably one of the most talented players that I’ve seen throughout my career”, warned Jermaine Anderson. He will have memories for a lifetime playing against top teams like Real Madrid or FC Barcelona with Juan Navarro, Carlos Arroyo and Tomas Satoransky and even was fortunate to catch a Luka Doncic at a very early stage of his career. “At that point I already played against so many great players. I always had a chip on my shoulder against big teams and I just wanted to prove myself and win the game. I actually played against Luka Doncic for the first time in an exhibition game before the season. He played the majority of the game and I quickly realized that he was well beyond his years. At the time he was deceptively athletic and mobile with great size. I knew that he was going to be an NBA point guard, but I did not expect that he would have an immediate impact. I think that Luka can become an all-time great because of his size, IQ and ability to make tough shots down the stretch”, warned Jermaine Anderson. He finished the season in Germany again with the Basketball Loewen Braunschweig averaging 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 80.0%. There he witnessed a big step in the coaching development of Raoul Korner who would make the next step the season after leading medi Bayreuth back to the playoffs after years and years of missing it. “Coach Raoul Korner is a “players coach” and he is open and honest with each player. He holds everybody accountable for their actions on and off the court. I am not surprised that he’s been successful with Bayreuth and I believe that he will only get better over time”, added Jermaine Anderson. That would be his last season in Germany. He played most of his career in Germany totaling 7 years and it´s only natural that the country that gave us Becks beer and Boris Becker will forever remain in his heart. “Germany definitely became a second home for me and it’s the place that I felt the most comfortable throughout my professional career. My first contract was with Brose Baskets Bamberg, I learned how to drive a manual car in Tübingen and I was able to play with a dear friend in Trier for two seasons (Jermaine Bucknor). Even though I have a love and appreciation for every country and club that gave me an opportunity to play the game, I have so many life experiences from my time in Germany that I will never forget”, explained Jermaine Anderson. His last full professional season was 2016-2017 where he split time with Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (France-ProA) playing 12 games averaging 3.4ppg;, and then moved to KK Mornar Basket Bar (Montenegro-Erste Liga) playing 6 Adriatic League games averaging 1.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg. Not playing so much at that stage of his career didn´t bother him, because he knew that the next stage in his life was approaching. “At that point I was already preparing for the transition. Even if I played 40 mins per game, I knew that I was on my way out. I was able to play with some old teammates from Buducnost, so I had a great time even though I did not get much playing time. I was at the tail end of my career and I didn’t really care if I played five or thirty minutes per game”, warned Jermaine Anderson. Four of his five best teamamtes of all-time were his teammates in Germany with AJ Moye, Jermaine Bucknor, Aaron Dorenekamp and Michael Haynes and he will never forget his toughest opponent on the court and how fans should remember him most. “ Carlos Arroyo was the toughest player I faced. I played against Arroyo every summer for nearly ten years at various qualifying tournament (FIBA Americas). He had the green like to shoot every possession and his playmaking ability was incredible. I just want people to know that I did everything to prepare myself and help each respective team succeed”, stressed Jermaine Anderson.

            Anderson has been retired for a few years now and he has been involved in many projects and like being a good basketball player with a positive character has continued to make strides as an individual in his life off the court. After retiring he went back to school and graduated with an MBA from Ryerson University (Ted Rogers School of Management) in Toronto. He first was a player development coach for Canadian basketball and then was a player development coach for the well known Chinese club Shanghai Sharks that introduced the world to Yao Ming before becoming a top center in the NBA. Also he recently was named GM of a team in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (Hamilton Honey Badgers). The league is entering its second season in May, and  he will attempt to build a competitive roster. He also has been shadowing the coaching staff and front office personnel within the G-League organization Raptors 905 which will help him with his new job with the Hamilton Honey Badgers. The CEBL league has been constructed to help players, coaches, referees and sports administrators develop further.. “I´m extremely thankful for the opportunity because I´m getting a holistic perspective of the NBA”, stressed Jermaine Anderson.  But that isn´t all that he has done as he has been busy around the clock. He also brought thenot for profit organization called Fifty for Free Youth community initiative to life. “Fifty for Free Youth Community Initiative is comprised of all three of my passions; basketball, finance and community. Fifty for Free is a program that offers financial literacy programming to marginalized youth through sport free of charge”, added Jermaine Anderson. It is obviously very rewarding to be able to give back to the community. “I never knew my father and God blessed me with countless people that helped to fill that void (family, teachers, coaches, friends etc.). Various people helped me grow as a man and athlete throughout my career. My way of repaying the people that guided me is by giving back to youth within my community. The best way to give back is to repay it forward”, warned Jermaine Anderson. Over the years I have been able to manage good relationsships not only with players and organizations, but also with agents. People often think that agents only care about the money. That isn´t true for all. I have known Aaron Reilly of AMR agency for a while and when he approached me asking if I could do one of those career ending pieces on his client Jermaine Anderson, I didn´t hesitate. For one, Anderson had had a very prosperous, long and interesting career and second, Reilly had got me the number of Tony Wroten recently so I could do an interview, so it was only obvious that I would grant him his favor. I have had more intense relationships with some players than with others and Jermaine Anderson is one of those guys that I didn´t have much contact to when he was playing. When I did meet him after a game, I remember him as always being very friendly and patient with my many questions. Obviously if he had worn a Fraport Skyliner jersey, it would have been a different story as I have been covering that organization for 17 plus years. I pretty much only saw what he did on the court. I had seen him play maybe 8 or 9 times live at most, but that was it. Despite not having that closer and special relationship with him off the court, I did recognize how good of a player he was. He was known as the rock, a nickname given to him by his childhood friend Junior Reid, because he always had a basketball in his hand and was muscular as a kid and was a true floor general, with tons of experience of international competition either with his national team as a starting point guard in World Cups and FIBA Americas or in top level European leagues. He made everyone around him better. But what is even greater than having been able to know Jermaine Anderson as a player is the opportunity to know him now as Jermaine Anderson the person. He is a great example of a person that didn´t decide to take it easy after a professional career, but continues to want to be successful off the court and try to help others and just be a good person. It really isn´t any different to when he was a point guard. He was always in attack mode then and is still in attack mode now with his new endeavors trying to be the best that he can and trying to do good in the community.

Chris Hortman (Don’t Expect Others To Care But Ensure You’re Doing Everything To Protect Your Future)

Chris Hortman is a 29 year old 190cm guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that played this season with the EN Baskets Schwelm averaging 18,6ppg, 7,7rpg and 3,9apg. Last season he played for the TVI Basketball SWAP Ballers Ibbenbueren (Germany-Regionalliga) playing  26 games: Score-1(25.0ppg), 9.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.9%. He got vast experience in the states before turning professional playing at various schools like  Milwaukee Area Tech JC (JUCO), Missouri Valley (NAIA),  Wisc.-Stout (NCAA3) where as a senior he played 27 games averaging 14.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 85.5%. He also played with the  Gold Coast Rollers (Australia-SBL) in 2014 averaging 28,6ppg. He spoke to German Hoops about his current season with the EN Baskets Schwelm and dismissal from the team.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Chris Hortman after his 15 point and 14 rebound effort in the 76-63 win in Frankfurt

Chris thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you at the moment?

Hey Miles, thanks for having me. I’m currently in Germany and basketball life is teaching me one of its many lessons.

The EN Baskets Schwelm have released you, but you asked for your release. How disappointed are you by this decision and how it came about?

Yes. I am very disappointed about having to make this decision. A lot is put into a season. Tons of hard work. Hours in the gym. Sacrificed time, that you just can’t get back and to have the season for me to be ended, the way it all happened was just tough.

Before we talk about your situation let´s rewind back a bit. The season started off so well with 6 wins and everyone was raving about the EN Baskets Schwelm. Now the team and since then are 3-8. If someone had told you that the club would have such a radical turnaround after the win against FC Bayern Munich what would you have thought?

The start we had was great, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted the drastic change of the team. Unless they also predicted I would get injured.

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Manu Lecomte (Belgium National Team) I Want To Be Great So I Am Going To Have To Take My Game To Another Level

Manu Lecomte is a 22 year old 180cm point guard from Grimbergen Belgium that is heading into his senior year at Baylor(NCAA) and currently is playing with the Belgium national team preparing for the 2017 Eurobasket tournament. He started his basketball career in Belgium with BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (D2) and then played with  Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Ethias League). In 2013 he moved to the States and played with Miami(NCAA) for two seasons playing 71 games. He then transferred to Baylor and made his break through last season leading the team to the NCAA Sweet 16 playing 33 games averaging 12.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 83.0%. He spoke to German Hoops before an exhibition game against Germany in Erfurt.

Manu thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

I am currently in Germany for the preparation with the National team. Its been a pretty good summer so far as I was first preparing the season already with my team at Baylor and now I am in Belgium trying to make the team.

As I was preparing this interview I was shocked to read that Belgium lost two exhibition games to Iceland back to back. No offense towards Iceland, but apparently they have made strides in their basketball program in the last years. How did you experience them twice and could they advance in their group where they will most likely battle Poland and Slovenia for the last spot?

We went to Iceland last week with a very young group of age. Before that we hadn’t practiced one time with each other and the vets weren’t with us. The main goal for us was really just trying to get better. The coach knew we were going to struggle since we didn’t really know each other and Iceland is also a pretty good team with a lot of very good shooters. I feel like at this point it´s not only the team with the best players that is going to win but the team that is going to play the best that day so yes I feel like they have a chance to battle with those other countries

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Worthy De Jong (Dutch National Team) We Want To End On Top And Not Trash Germany But Show The World That Dutch Basketball Is On The Rise

Worthy De Jong is a 28 year old Dutch 194cm shooting guard that is currently playing with the Dutch national team in the European qualifying round. He completed his sixth season for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Eredivisie) playing 34 games: Score-2(16.9ppg), 6.6rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-1(2.9spg), FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 69.0%; FIBA Europe Cup: 6 games: 17.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 79.2%. He will play this season for SO Maritime Boulogne (France-ProB) He started his basketball career with the Rotterdam Challengers (Eredivisie). He had his best season last season playing 34 games averaging 15.0ppg, 5.9rpg, Assists-4(4.5apg), Steals-2(2.6spg), FGP: 61.8%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 74.1%. He also had a solid performance at the 2015 European Championships playing  5 games: 9.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT-2(66.7%), FT: 81.3%. He spoke to German Hoops before the last qualifying game in Leiden against Germany.

 

 

Worthy thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the 4-1 Holland record in the Euro qualifying. How good does it feel to have that #1 spot?

Well it feels good but it doesn’t mean anything yet until the last game against Germany.

You are preparing in Leiden now where you played 5 seasons. Does it feel strange waking up in a hotel bed and not in your apartment where you lived the last years?

Well I actually live in Amsterdam where I have my own house so being here I am staying in the comfort of my own home.

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Rasid Mahalbasic (Austrian National team) Germany Is A Great Team But Many Thought that Reaching The Euro 2017 Could Be Done Before It Is Actually Done

Rasid Mahalbasic is a 25 year old 211cm center that was born in Jesenice (Slovenia), but also has the Austrian citizenship and plays for the Austrian national team. Mahalbasic started his basketball career in 2006 for the Worthersee Piraten (A Bundesliga) where he played until 2009. In the 2009-2010 season he played for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): DNP, in Oct.’09 moved back to kelag Worthersee Piraten (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 27 games: 18.4ppg, Reb-2(8.6rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 64.4%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for  Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), in Dec.’10 loaned to Tofas Bursa (Turkey-TBL): 10 games: 3.7ppg, 3.0rpg; in Feb.’11 moved back to Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (Turkey-TBL), in Mar.’11 signed at KK Split (Croatia-A1): 13 games: 5.0ppg, 2.3rpg. In the 2011-2012 season he played for Zlatorog Lasko (Slovenia-Telemach League): Slovenian League: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 1.0spg, 1.5bpg; Adriatic League: 3 games: 4.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0bpg. In the 2012-2013 season he played for Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland-TBL, starting five): 36 games: 11.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 58.0%, FT: 68.7%; Euroleague: 10 games: 9.1ppg, Reb-5(6.8rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 58.2%, FT: 59.1%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL) playing VTB United League: 18 games: 11.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 63.5%, FT: 72.2%; Czech Rep. NBL: 29 games: 10.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.0apg, FGP-2(68.8%), 3PT-1(66.7%), FT: 62.2%; Eurocup: 18 games: 11.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 60.6%, FT: 69.0%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for BC Astana (Kazakhstan-D1) playing VTB United League: 33 games: 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 77.8%; EuroChallenge: 12 games: 13.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.8%, FT: 73.6%; Kazakhstani D1: 11 games: 8.2ppg, Reb-2(6.5rpg), 2.4apg, Steals-2(2.0spg), FGP: 53.7%, FT: 51.4%. Last season he played for BC Nizhny Novgorod (Russia-VTB): 27 games: 12.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 73.1%; Eurocup: 20 games: 11.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 61.6%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 58.1%. He spoke to German Hoops from Vienna, Austria before the team left for Bamberg to face Germany in possibly the biggest game since years for both countries determining who will qualify for the 2017 European championships.

 

 

Rasid thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 75-61 loss against Holland After the first day where Austria beat Holland in a hard battle, would you still have thought that the Dutch could win 3 in a row and be the #1 team after four matches?

 

It was a tough loss for us. It was a big road win for them and I believe that we underestimated them a bit. They did a good job dominating the boards and their perimeter players played well. We struggled in this game and it was our worst game in the qualifying tournament this summer.

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Anton Maresch (Austrian National Team) I Think We Deserved To Win The First Game At Home But Now It Would Be Even Sweeter To Win In Bamberg

Anton Maresch is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Austria that is a member of the Austrian national team. He started his basketball career in 2007 with UBSC Graz (A Bundesliga) where he played until 2010. Then he played with Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg (A Bundesliga) in the 2010-2011 season. In 2011, he moved to Spain where he has played the last five years. He played his first two seasons with Andorra (Spain-LEB Gold) and the last three seasons with San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (Spain-LEB Gold) and last season played 39 games averaging 9.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 60.6%. In Spain he won the Leb Silver title in 2012 with Andora and the Leb Gold title in 2015 with Andorra. He spoke to German Hoops before the euro qualifying game against Germany in Bamberg.

 

 

 

Anton, thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 75-61 loss against Holland After the first day where Austria beat Holland in a hard battle, would you still have thought that the Dutch could win 3 in a row and be the #1 team after four matches?

 

Yes they have a very athletic and tough team and after their win against Germany they got a strong confidence boost.

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Enis Murati (Austrian National team) If We Stay Concentrated For All 40 Minutes We Have Enough Quality To Beat Anybody In Our Group

Enis Murati is a 28 year old 194cm guard that plays fort eh Austrian national team and will play his 10th season with Allianz Swans Gmunden (Austria-A Bundesliga). Last season he took a short break from this team and gained new experience with Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Belgium-Scooore League) playing 30 games averaging 15.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 86.5%. He has won 4 titles in total with Allianz Swans Gmunden. He spoke to German Hoopsbefore the 2017 European qualifying game against Germany in Bamberg.

 

Enis thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 75-61 loss against Holland After the first day where Austria beat Holland in a hard battle, would you still have thought that the Dutch could win 3 in a row and be the #1 team after four matches?

We knew from beginning on that the Dutch team is a very good and dangerous team, with a lot of quality so it doesn’t surprise me so much.

Just like the first game, the second encounter with the Dutch was a tight battle in the first half with Holland having the slight advantage 39-38. The turning point came in the third quarter where the Dutch held Austria to 7 points. What was vital for Holland keeping your point total down and what adjustments did the Dutch make on defense?

 I think, we couldn’t just catch the rhythm in the offense and they translated every one of our offensive mistakes into the fast break which gave them a lot of easy points.

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