Aaron Doornekamp is a 31 year old 201cm forward from Odessa, Canada playing his eighth professional season and first with Valencia Basket (Spain-ACB). Last season he helped lead Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (Spain ACB) to the Basketball Champions League title playing 35 games averaging 12.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 85.9%; In the BCL, he played 20 games averaging 10.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 42.1%, 3PT: 46.1%, FT: 90.9%. He started his basketball career at Carleton (CIS) in 2004 playing there until 2009 winning 4 CIS titles. He started his professional career in 2009 with Pepsi JuveCaserta (Italy-SerieA) where he played until 2012. He then played three seasons in Germany with Braunschweig and two seasons with the Fraport Skyliners whom he helped win the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup title playing 39 games averaging 11.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 85.7%; In the FIBA Europe Cup, he played 17 games averaging 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 84.8%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Euroleague game against Brose Bamberg in Bamberg.
Aaron thanks for talking to German Hoops. Welcome back to Germany. How does it feel to be back in the country where you won your first professional title?
It feels good to be back. I played in Germany for three years with one in Braunschweig and two in Frankfurt. My first child was born in Frankfurt. I have good memories of Germany.
For a long stretch despite having a sound winning streak, the Fraport Skyliners weren´t playing their best basketball as usually when one wins it is a combination of offense and defense bringing you to the promised land and getting lauded, but instead head coach Gordon Herbert preached that the club hadn´t developed further in the last weeks. However that all changed last weekend as the Fraport Skyliners met Germany´s most famous sports brand FC Bayern Munich and won in spectacular fashion as Jordan Michael Theodore who has that Chicago Bulls flavor in his name so why shouldn´t he be able to play great as he crawled out of his funk in the second half scoring 21 of his game high 22 points and 14 of the last 17 Skyliner points to savior the pretty win. Not to forget to add the Fraport Skyliner´s new good luck charm 2010 Eurochallenge winner with BG Goettingen and good friend of John Little Jason Boone who can make an arena turn heads when he makes an entrance with his movie star smile and noticeable physic and he cheered the team to the victory behind the Frankfurt bench. Little had made the call bringing the New York native to the game as this trip was shorter than last season when Boone flew in twice form Turkey to help Little and Ludwigsburg defeat top teams Bamberg and Alba Berlin. Three days later without Boone, the Fraport Skyliners won their seventh game in a row finally showing that offensive production the way all knew they were capable of, but had been hiding for weeks as they dismantled FC Porto 89-81. Except for four minutes in the fourth quarter where they let up a bit allowing a 16-4 run, the club played an outstanding offensive game as Quantez “The Franchise” Robertson took charge leading the team to victory with 25 points as his three pointer was hot. The Fraport Skyliners wanted to continue their winning streak and move it to 8 games and after Theodore and Robertson combined for 47 points in the last two games, they now had to compete against the defending Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg and had to do it without the aura and luck of Jason Boone who was on the court against his ex team BG Goettingen, but got 45 points combined from Aaron “Mr 7am practice player” Doornekamp and Danilo “White men can jump” Barthel as they escaped a close 88-86 victory as they allowed Bamberg to comeback despite 36 points from Brad Wanamaker. Ex Frankfurt Skyliner assistant coach Simon Cote took in the game after celebrating a big win against Trier the day before with German Pro A team Hebeisen White Wings Hanau and was thrilled about the win of his ex team and the coaching of Gordon Herbert. “This was a tremendous win for Frankfurt. Their defense is very very good. Wanamaker made some big plays at the end, but a win is a win. Frankfurt played very hard and Herbert is really so underrated and a great coach”, smiled Simon Cote. New York native Jordan Theodore was the last out of the locker room to go out and celebrate with the fans and had two huge ice packs on his knees, but whatever pain he had, he was able to replace it with a big smile and well-chosen words about the amazing team that he is proud to be a part of. “I love being a Skyliner. I have fit in from day one. I enjoy my teammates very much. It wasn´t easy as we had to battle injuries, but we all like to play together and want to win. For me this success is no surprise. This team is very good and reached the Eurochallenge Final 4 last year. I just wanted to fit in and am very happy that I can help the team win games”, warned ex Seton hall guard Jordan Theodore. The Brose Baskets Bamberg have only lost twice in the Beko BBL and it was too teams from Hessen with Giessen and Frankfurt. They didn´t want to take the Euroleague schedule as an excuse for the loss. “We can´t complain about the Euroleague schedule and need to come out focused. They played with a lot of energy and had more than we did. They executed very well and hit the big shots”, expressed ex Kentucky(NCAA) forward Darius Miller.