In the last months German basketball has seen a few players move to German TV prime time as they have traded in the basketball and uniform for hot babes and steamy kisses as it was first ex Telekom Baskets Bonn guard Andrej Mangold who was the 2019 German Batchelor and had the luxury of being in the company of many adoring and attractive women while being able to chose one at the end. While currently another German basketball player has found a new role away from the basketball court as David Taylor, the son of Derrick who had a stellar career in Germany and won the BBL title with Bamberg has been battling other guys for the heart of one lady on the RTL show the Bachelorette. One player who missed all the hoopla in the last months has been Retin Obasohan. He played in Germany for Gotha two years ago and last season tried his luck in the G-League with the Northern Arizona Suns trying to reach the NBA just like every one else in the G-League. Even if Obasohan didn´t play in Germany last season and was unable to really catch any of the hoopla of his German basketball colleagues, he does have a connection to one of the guys from the Bachelor shows. Obasohan was teammates with David Taylor in Gotha and saw first hand just how talented he was on the court and the kind of character he had off the court. When confronted with the news that his ex teammate Taylor is competing on the German TV version of the Bachelorette show, he didn´t have to wait long to give his two cents to Taylor and his new adventure on German TV. “I think David is going to win it haha. Good luck taytay”, stressed Retin Obasohan. The show the Bachelor and the Bachelorette shows aren´t on the menu of Obasohan as he is a basketball junkie and is continuing his quest to move up the basketball ladder. It has been more than a year since the Belgium/Nigerian played in Germany and a lot has happened as he is looking for the next opportunity somewhere to present his game. It was time for another installment of the Miles where are they now player feature with Retin Obasohan and to take a look at his illustrious and interesting career he has had until now.
Miles Schmidt-Scheuber and Retin Obasohan in Frankfurt in 2018
He was born on July 6, 1993 in Antwerpen, Belgium. He began his basketball career with K.A. Redingenhof and in 2010 played with the BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (D2). He then made the decision to go over the pond and challenge himself to the competitive NCAA. At that time, it seemed like a very smart decision, because he had already gathered ample basketball experience winning the Belgium D-2 league title in 2011 and had played with the Belgium U-16 and U-18 national teams and demonstrated at the European Championships U16 Division B in Portugal in 2009 that he was on his way of developing well as a player averaging 12.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-2(3.4spg), FGP: 44.3%, FT: 69.2%. He began his NCAA career at Alabama (NCAA) in 2012 and was there for four years playing a total of 124 NCAA games. He had a solid sophomore campaign averaging 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.8spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 25.9%, FT: 66.4%, but it was his senior year where he really broke out averaging 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 69.9%. But he was already able to show early signs of greatness as in his freshman year where he only averaged 3,9ppg and 13 minutes per contest, he hit the elite Stanford school for 14 points in a 66-54 grin out win where he held his own against future NBA players like Chasson Randle, Josh Huestis and Dwight Powell. Even if that game was at the end of the season, he didn´t necessarily see it as his break out game. “I remember that game actually it was at home for the NIT. I think it was more the culmination of consistent work. More so than a single game”, stressed Retin Obasohan. In his senior year he scored in double figures in 27 games and scored 20 points or more 14 times. Some of his best games were against Kentucky with 29 points and 27 points against Auburn. He finished with 1,176 career points at Alabama. The Belgium native has his own favorite moments at Alabama. “Trevor Releford hit a game winning shot from half court to beat Georgia at home. That was crazy. I scored the game winner in a tournament against Notre Dame. Beating LSU in LSU my senior year, that game I also scored my 1000th career point. My senior night game against Arkansas, my entire family came to watch me play, and my family is my backbone my everything so that meant a lot to me to have them there”, remembered Retin Obasohan. He played the first three years for head coach Anthony Grant and for ex NBA player Avery Johnson as a senior and remembers how vital both were for him on and off the court. “I was a very young boy when I got to the university of Alabama, and both of these coaches taught me core values and character principles that I need to become the man, father, athlete, and human that God created me to be. Coach Johnson believed in me and gave me the confidence to play my game and that really opened up the court for me together with having guys that could spread the floor and make incredible reads off the ball and much more. The impact he had on me was incredible and that´s why I have such a good relationship with him till this day. I truly believe that coaches have an incredible ability to bring out the best in players and coaches need to be aware of this and harness that ability in the right way. Because when coaches and players can relate on a level that brings the best out of everybody – everybody wins”, warned Retin Obasohan
Before turning professional in 2016, he played at the well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) playing 3 games averaging 16.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.7apg, 1.7spg. Obasohan who lists NBA player Bradley Beal as his toughest player he ever faced in the NCAA then got his first real live NBA experience playing at the Summer League in Las Vegas. He played four games for the Sacramento Kings averaging 9,0ppg, 3,0rpg and 2,0apg and was very happy he was able to get this experience so early in his career. “It was an eye opening because you get to play against current NBA players and higher level players. It gives you a taste and glimpse of the next level which in turn makes it easier to properly access and see “am I close, is there a big difference, can I reach this level and higher?” These are the questions you ask yourself after summer league. You fine tune your training because you have a clearer view of the target you need to reach. I remember being so excited and just grateful to have the opportunity to be there. Even till this day being fortunate to have played in it twice is something I´m very grateful for”, warned Retin Obasohan. After coming off a stellar NCAA career at Alabama and getting added self confidence at the NBA Summer League, he actually didn´t have a great rookie season, but suffered growing pains right away. He played with Scandone Avellino (Italy-Serie A) playing 27 games averaging 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 65.6%; and played 14 BCL games averaging 4.9ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.1apg. He remembers the season as an important learning experience. “That season was a tough one because we got very close to all the targets we set for ourselves but fell short every time. Losing in the semis of the playoffs Venice getting knocked out of the champions league again by Venice, losing in the Italian cup to Sassari. But also that team was stacked with tremendous leadership and talent, many players from whom I learned so much. Starting with the Pg’s Green and Ragland down to our centers Cusin and Fesenko and everyone in between”, remembered Retin Obasohan. Even if he was lost in the shuffle of many experienced and great players like David Logan, Marques Green and Joe Ragland who had combined 26 years of age on him, being with this type of company was also beneficial for his early professional growth. “It´s hard to say who had the biggest impact because they all showed me so much in different areas off the game of basketball and also stuff off the court. But I am grateful I was able to learn from those guys”, warned Retin Obasohan.
In his second professional season he had the next big challenge as he played with the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-BBL). He joined a young club that had moved up to the BBL and suddenly he had to be a big time leader in only his second professional season. His athleticism was also on display every weekend and making hard flashy dunks was something that German fans got accustomed to. “I consider my athleticism is unique because I can’t think of many Combo Guards that combine strength, speed, agility and jumping ability like I do. However other people have compared me to the likes of Westbrook and overall game to Donovan Mitchell. I’m a fan of both, they are great players”, stressed Retin Obasohan. He played 34 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-1(2.0spg), FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 73.4%. The team lost many games and was unable to stay in the BBL and was out again after only one season. Telling him that it was a season to forget for him would have been false. “I wouldn’t be so fast to say it was a season to forget. And this is something I shared with all my teammates from last year. That even though the results we achieved wasn’t what we wanted to achieve. I was proud of the way that we continued to fight and battle every single game and the growth that the we obtained as a team. Losing is terrible, there aren’t many things on this planet that I hate more than losing but it can be your biggest teacher and source of inspiration and that’s what it did for me”, warned Retin Obasohan. In the BBL, he showed that he could play with the best talent in Germany as he scored in double figures in 28 games and had two double doubles. His two best games occurred near the end of the season where he poured in 25 points in a 98-90 victory over Bremerhaven and in the next contest exploded for 25 points in a 88-75 win over 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen. Despite the losing with Gotha, he felt that the whole situation helped him grow as a player. “It was a tremendous learning experience like I said earlier, because the dynamics of the team was completely different from the year before with Avellino. And with that I have to adapt too, and learn how to still be effective in a different environment. So as a communicator, teammate and leader I feel like I grew and learned a lot”, added Retin Obasohan.
After his season in Germany, he decided to gain some new experience in the G-League and played with the Northern Arizona Suns. Only a few years ago, the salaries were very meager, but they have risen in the last years and the G-League has become a place now where more and more guys want to play in. Even guys who have been in Europe for a few years try it and for some like Jordan Sibert, it paid off as he reached the NBA last season. Obasohan only has good memories from his experience last season and also states another reason why the G-League has become more popular recently. “The G league has been growing and improving consistently ever since it started, and that is something that is very obvious by playing in the league. There were countless instances where the league would ask us players how they can improve the league and improve its practices. Along with the educational and professional development aspects that they provide. Plus the competition there is good too, so in all it was a good experience”, said Retin Obasohan. With the Suns he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 68.2%. He was content with his season and saw how his hard work combined with his skills helped him make another step in his development. “I’m a better player now than when I started the season in the G League and that’s one of the focal points of the G League. Every league and situation brings a different set of play styles and experience, so to be able to combine competing in the G League with my European experience has only made me a better and a more all-round player”, warned Retin Obasohan. He didn´t have the overpowering stats, but demonstrated how he could grow within a season with the Suns. In his first 17 games, he scored in double figures in only 4 games, but really poured it on scoring wise scoring in double figures in his last 15 games and had three double doubles. He hit Agua Caliente C for 30 points and also contributed 24 points a piece against Stockton and South Bay while he was flirting with a triple double against Delaware with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. He definitely showed that having the right attitude paired with strong stats could get you that NBA call up, but at times it also can´t, but nothing to get upset about, but just continue to grind. “The goal is to stay present and focused on the task at hand, so during games and practices the focus is to win the game and work on the things coach has in his/her practice plan. When you do that, the right people will notice and find you. I have to control what I can control, and focus on that. And what I can control is my effort and attitude no matter what happens”, stressed Retin Obasohan. He held his own against his guard teammates like Juwan Evans, French player Elle-Franck Okobo or Deanthony Melton who all got a NBA call up last season while he didn´t. Just having that day to day competition was worth the experience for him. “You got to be at your best every single night, because the opposition will bring that out of you. and because someone is always watching. as a competitor I loved every single game. Because I knew that we would have to be at our best to have a chance at winning and your opponents are coming in with that same mindset”, said Retin Obasohan.
Only a month ago he participated in his second NBA Summer League with the Phoenix Suns (MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas) playing 2 games averaging 3.5ppg, 1.0apg. Even if he didn´t play as much and didn´t have the statistical result that he may have wanted, just being there again for a second time was an amazing thrill. “The NBA is such a great event, and to be a part of it is and will always be such a great experience. The history the event holds, knowing the players that have come through it and the careers they have carved out for themselves it all adds to the experience that the NBA summer league is”, warned Retin Obasohan. He did have one other interesting, but also scary experience as he was involved with the Las Vegas earthquake that cancelled a few games. “We were in the locker room getting briefed before our game against Denver, when we felt the earthquake. It was pretty surreal, that was my first time experiencing one. So definitely something an occurrence I’ll remember for sure. I´m just glad nobody got hurt during it”, expressed Retin Obasohan. The Belgium native had many teammates that had played in the BBL before like Landry Nnoko, Xavier Cooks, David Kramer and Derek Willis, but also others that were very young prospects. One of those was with French player Elie Okobo who´s five years younger and the competitive juices were flowing between the two. “We had a great relationship, he’s a very talented & skilled, I´m excited to watch him continue to grow and improve in the years to come”, said Retin Obasohan. Another one of those young talents was 19 year old high school player Jalen Lecque who was one of those rare cases in the NBA Summer League. “He has amazing physical gifts and great instincts, he has the chance to be a really good player”, warned Retin Obasohan. Even if he didn´t see so much action, he was able to observe one very interesting basketball detail at the NBA Summer league as the game is continuing to evolve and adding new spices that will continue to help balance out the often observed Hero ball in the NBA and team play. “The game of basketball is just evolving and becoming more global by the second to where players from all the world have the chance to be discovered and showcase their talents at the highest stage. Which I think is awesome for the game and the league”, warned Retin Obasohan. He had some goals this summer at the NBA Summer League and was content that he was able to fulfill them in being healthy, a better player and that he could lead a team. It is August 11th and teams in Europe are slowly getting filled while the NBA teams are still building their training camp rosters. What will be the next step for Retin Obasohan? He surely had a respectable G-League season with the Northern Arizona Suns and could get signed by an NBA team for training camp to give the NBA another shot or return back to Europe. The basketball future of Retin Obasohan should be settled very soon and it will be interesting what decision he makes. Playing a second season in Germany could be an option. “I had a great time in Germany and open to a return for sure”, stated Retin Obasohan. David Taylor continues to move forward in the German show the Bachelorette show while Retin Obasohan will make that huge decision to also make that next step in his career. If Obasohan and Taylor would meet again, they surely would both have very interesting stories to tell from the last weeks from being in an earthquake to battling other men for the dream girl. But for now Obasohan is waiting for that next basketball challenge so he will have new stories to tell in the future. Obasohan doesn´t need that blonde dream girl now, but that ball in his hands to keep moving up the basketball ladder.