Artland Dragons

Austin Steed (Artland Dragons) The Offense Is Great And We Are All Clicking Now As A Team

Austin Steed is a 27 year old 203cm forward from Hephzibah, Georgia playing his third professional season and second in Germany and first with Pro B team Artland Dragons. He started his basketball career in 2007 with S.Carolina (NCAA) where he played until 2010 playing a total of 67 NCAA games. He played his senior year at E.Carolina (NCAA) playing  15 games: 4.1ppg, 4.3rpg. He started his professional basketball career in 2012 with City Basket Recklinghausen (Germany-ProB) playing  24 games averaging 8.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 55.3%, FT: 73.5%. Last season he played for Baerum Basket (Norway-BLNO) playing 21 games averaging 14.2ppg, Reb-5(8.9rpg), 1.3apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-1(2.9bpg), FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 63.2%. He started this season with Olimpi Tbilisi (Georgia-Superleague) playing  13 games averaging 7.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 41.2%, FT: 70.8%. He spoke to German Hoops before the playoff series against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.

Austin thanks for talking to How glad are you to be playing professional again after not being able to play last season?

Very excited about being able to play again this season! Worked hard to get myself back to playing!

After spending your first two professional seasons in Germany and Norway, you have split this season in Georgia and Germany. What was the toughest thing about playing for two teams this season?

After adjusting to each team and the style of play it was pretty easy. At the end of the day it’s all basketball and what I love doing!


Tommy Lee Smith (Phoenix Hagen) 90% Of Life Happens And The Other 10% Is How You Handle It

Tommy Lee Smith is a 34 year old 207cm forward from Phoenix, Arizona that has been a professional basketball player since 2003 and currently playing with Phoenix Hagen. He played at Arizona State from 1999-2003 playing a total of 122 NCAA games and as a senior played : 32 games: 11.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.7apg, BlockPac-10-1(2.2bpg), FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 57.4%: Finished his career with 1,123 points, 20th on the Sun Devil career scoring list and second leading shot blocker with 167. In 2003 he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls (NBA,2rd(53). He started his professional basketball career in 2003 with KK Split (Croatia-A1): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 12,4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.9spg, 1.7bpg; Adriatic League: 24 games: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5spg. In the 2004-2005 season he played for the Yakima Sun Kings (CBA) playing 14 games: 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 55.5%, 3Pts: 25%. IN 2005 he came to Germany and played for the Artland Dragons until 2007. He then played for Al Jalaa Aleppo (Syria-D1) and Liaoning Panpan Hunters (China-CBA). After a two year break from basketball he returned in 2011 and played for the Dakota Wizards (D-League): 40 games: 7.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 55.0%, FT: 53.2%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League), in Jan.’13 signed at Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League) playing 31 games: 6.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 47.2%. Two seasons ago he played for Al Shamal (Qatar-D1): 16 games 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.8%, FT: 28.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Tommy thanks for talking to German Hoops. Before we talk about basketball I have to get something off my chest. I always think of Motley Crew drummer Tommy Lee when I read your name. Does that thought ever cross your mind when you read your name somewhere?

It does cross my mind at times and people do bring it up on occasion. But to be honest I don´t think of Tommy Lee, but more of his ex wife Pamela Lee. I wasn´t big on Motley Crue.

Your back in Germany playing for Phoenix Hagen. It has been 8 years since you left the Artland Dragons. How has the country and its basketball changed the most in this time?

So much has changed since I played for the Artland Dragons. Back in 2006 all teams were stacked with good players, but like everywhere else basketball has become better. In Germany it is more athletic and physical. I also think that the pace is faster like in the States. As a country it reminds me a lot of home. In Artland it was a small village and all Germans, but in Hagen I hear many different languages like in Phoenix.


MarQuez Haynes (Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv) Alba Berlin Is A Tough And Scrappy Team And It Will Be A Game Of Styles And Who Can Dictate The Game Best

MarQuez Haynes is a 28 year old 191cm guard from Irving, Texas that is playing his fifth professional season and first with Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Winner League). He started his basketball career in 2005 with Boston College(NCAA) where he played until 2007 playing a total of 65 NCAA games. He then moved to Texas Arlington (NCAA) in 2008 and as a senior he played 30 games ScoreNCAA-3(22.6ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 74.6%. In 2010-2011 he started his professional career with ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) 33 games: 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 73.1%. In the 2011-2012 season he played with C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain-ACB)): EuroCup: 8 games: 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%; Spanish League: 34 games: 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 79.1%. In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (Germany-BBL) 33 games: 12.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 73.0%; EuroCup: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 75.0%. Last season he played for EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (Italy-SerieA): Euroleague: 10 games: 3.0ppg; Italian SerieA: 11 games: 4.5ppg, 1.0apg, in Dec.’13 moved to Montepaschi Siena (Italy-SerieA) 34 games: 14.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 80.8%, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg; Eurocup: 6 games: 12.0ppg, 1.7spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 24.2%, FT: 80.0%. He spoke to German Hoops before the Euroleague game in Berlin against Alba Berlin

Marquez welcome back to Germany. What has been your response to the shocking news today that Indiana Pacer Chris Copeland was stabbed outside a New York club. Does this make you think twice about the next time your out on the town?

I heard about that today. Something like this doesn´t make me think twice about it. Things like this always happen. You just have to be careful about your surroundings.

Last weekend there was violence in Turkey as a soccer team was shot at when they were in their bus and a few weeks ago Turkish fans caused havoc in the O2 arena in Berlin causing the game to start a hour later. What has been your experience of hardcore fans in Israel this season?

My experiences in Israel have been positive this season. Fans there are very passonite about basketball. Our fans support us very good. I haven´t experienced anything crazy this season in Israel.


Terrell Everett (Artland Dragons) I Think That We Can Make The Playoffs As There Is A Lot Of Upside On This Team

Terrell Everett is a 30 year old 193cm guard from Charleston, South Carolina that is playing his ninth professional season and fourth in Germany and first with the Artland Dragons. He started the season with Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (Romania-Liga Nationala): 17 games: 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.8%, 3FGP: 47.9%, FT: 71.8%. He started his basketball career with SW Missouri St. – West Plains JC and finished his last two seasons of college with Oklahoma(NCAA) in 2006. In the 2006-2007 season he started his professional basketball career with ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA): 34 games: 11.6ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-5(5.2apg), 1.8spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 20.9%, FT: 68.0%. IN the 2007-2008 season he played for CEZ Basketball Nymburk (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five): 2 games: 8.5ppg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, released in Oct.’07, next month moved to JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProA, starting five): 22 games: 11.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 20.4%, FT: 73.9%. In the 2008-2009 season he returned to the States and played with the Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 2 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg; left in Dec.’08, at the end of Jan.’09 signed at Bakersfield Jam (D-League): 26 games: 7.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 70.0%. In the 2009-20102 season he played with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 6 games: 5.7ppg, 3.3apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 35.7%, 3PT: 54.5%; in Dec.’09 moved to ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA): French League: 17 games: 10.5ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-3(6.4apg), Steals-2(2.0spg), FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 20.6%, FT: 75.0%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1(7.4apg), Steals-5(1.9spg), FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 23.8%, FT: 64.7%. In the 2010-2011 season he played with Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 7 games: 13.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 65.1%; left in Dec.’10, next month moved to KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (Croatia-A1): Adriatic League: 3 games: 2.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg, left next month, in March’11 signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga) 13 games: 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 80.4%. In the 2011-2012 season he stayed with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 33 games: 11.3ppg, 4.5rpg, Assists-3(4.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 61.0%. In the 2012-2013 season he played with Cholet Basket (France-ProA): Eurocup: 6 games: 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.3apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 18.8%, FT: 41.7%; French ProA: 14 games: 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.9apg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 30.0%, FT: 76.9%, released in Dec.’12, in Feb.’13 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-BBL)10 games: 5.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 80.0%. Last season he played with BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague)19 games: 11.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.7apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.6%. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners.

Terrell thanks for talking to German Hoops. After almost two seasons away from Germany your back. What did you miss most from Germany?

I missed the whole professionalism of the BBL in the last two years and the level of play. The BBL and country is just better put together than Romania and the Ukraine where I played the last two seasons.


Big Shot Tone Don´t Leave Him Alone Graves Fires Buzzer Beater Propelling Artland Past The Fraport Skyliners 90-87 In Double Overtime

Having big upsets during college basketball´s March Madness is no surprise as they are present each year like in 2012 when Norfolk State sent Missouri home, George Mason letting UCONN pack their bags in 2006, Virginia Commonwealth kicking out Kansas in 2011 or recently North Carolina State rudely dismissing top ranked team Villanova, but one thing that isn´t a surprise is seeing great point guard battles each weekend in the German Beko BBL. For Fraport Skyliner American Justin Cobbs being tested each game is a normal occurrence as he faced off against great point guards in the Eurochallenge like Brandyn Curry, Courtney Forston and DJ Cooper, but also in the BBL he faces off against the best. Everybody was looking forward to Los Angeles facing off against Detroit like Magic vs Thomas back in the day with Cobbs vs the pride of the Artland Dragons playmaking core with David Holston. Holston has been among the top point guards in Germany and is playing his third season in Germany. The great thing about the Cobbs vs Holston battle is that it would have pitted two spectacular point guards with a veteran facing a rookie and fans seeing a 23cm difference with Cobbs taking his 191cm to the court against the diminutive 168cm Holston who is like an adorable teddy bear in a toy store that is waiting to be bought as his smile gets everybody happy. Holston battled in the first meeting against Frankfurt in a big 83-74 victory against Richard Williams who stroked home 20 points while the Artland point guard contributed 12 points and five assists. With Williams having moved back to Vechta, Holston would have made his debut against Cobbs who has big aspirations of moving to the NBA, but this duel had to wait. This duel might not have been equal to Magic vs Thomas back in the day, but both guys have had their own special intensity that bring much flair to the court whenever they are present. Sometimes one can also dream about a great match up like this and it is so much sadder when a guy like Holston can´t play due to injury, but then it gives the chance to other guys like young German Bastian Doreth or veteran Terrell Everett who has played with more than one team in one season in six of nine seasons to showcase their game and battle a future NBA player like Justin Cobbs. Fans didn´t get disappointed in the point guard duels as Cobbs, Doreth and Everett had their moments and after 50 minutes and two overtimes, the only thing that divided both teams was an Antonio Graves buzzer beater that sent the Artland Dragons home with a big 90-87 victory and their playoff hopes remained alive. Fraport Skyliner forward Quantez Robertson who sometimes moonlights as a point guard observed how well Doreth controlled the first half over Frankfurt. “The German point guard did a good job controlling the tempo, making good passes and playing the pick and roll. He executed the offense well and also made his own shots. He was definitely a good replacement for David Holston”, added Cincinnati native Quantez Robertson. “Doreth can be a starter for many teams in the BBL. He always plays well in practice and took advantage of the situation with Holston being out. I like his confidence and how he controls the tempo. This type of play is normal for him, because he does it every day”, stressed Artland Dragon guard Antonio Graves. Fraport Skyliner center Mike Morrison came out of the locker room disappointed and one could feel it with his soft words. “We dug a hole throughout the game and didn´t have the energy at the end. OT is usually our time, but with a few mistakes made, good teams will make you pay. Both teams made plays so fans had to have loved this game”, commented Florida native Mike Morrison. “The game was fun. Both teams were competitive and executed well. The game was neck to neck with both teams fighting for the playoffs. It was a big road win for us, but I give a lot of credit to Frankfurt as they fought hard”, added ex Pittsburgh(NCAA) guard Antonio Graves.


Antonio Graves (Artland Dragons) Looking To Help Make Those Extra Steps Into The BBL Playoffs

Some Beko BBL teams have nice rosters, but usually you can pinpoint exactly who will be top season scorer simply because of a few top players have those extra scoring qualities like a Justin Cobbs in Frankfurt, a DJ Kennedy in Ludwigsburg or a David Bell in Hagen where seeing them a top of the teams scoring list is as probable as seeing Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul leading the NBA in assists. However when you look at the roster of the Artland Dragons, one has a team that for years has belonged to the deepest teams in the league after the big three of Alba Berlin, Bamberg and Munich were you could flip a coin between guys like Brandon Thomas, Anthony King, David Holston, Lawrence Hill or Antonio Graves. Even guys like Kenny Frease, Dennis Horner or Chad Toppert could be a teams top scorer if they were to get consistent minutes on a regular basis. If you had been stuck in a closet for a few months and been denied any basketball stats one may have the best odds of having chosen a Holston or Thomas who can shot out the lights on a consistent rate, but currently Antonio Graves is the teams top scorer, but he does so much more as he also is able to find his teammates as the 29 year old 191cm shooting guard form Ohio is second in team assists behind Holston. Graves is playing his eighth professional season as has been a basketball nomad usually moving from team to team the way Paris Hilton does from sunglasses to sunglasses as he has played in countries like Turkey, Croatia, Israel and Italy. The American has improved his stats this season from last as experience has helped him grow in his role. “I think that my role is the same. I understand our offense more and what my coaches expect from me. I also am doing a better job of picking my spots and finding my teammates. I think the improvement has come because of another year of experience. I know my situation now and coming to a team is always an adjustment”, stressed Antonio Graves. He also has made strides under young head coach Tyron Mccoy where both have seen eye to eye since the start. “I have learned a lot from him. He has a high basketball IQ. He played at a high level and wants us to play at that level as well. I have learned to be a better player on offense and defense and not just to go out on the court and use my athletic ability, but to be able to take the game two steps ahead and also know when too slow it down”, added Antonio Graves. The Artland Dragons have been very up and down in the last two months, but still very much in the playoff hunt and with such a deep roster Graves is content that the 2008 cup winner won´t miss the playoffs. “We still have many games left to make a turn around. I think that the league is stronger this season, but that isn´t an excuse that we should have. We have underachieved, but we are confident that we can turn it around. We had a nice playoff run last year, but want to do better than last year. Anything is possible. We know that we have the potential and we hope that we can find it in the stretch run. I am confident that we will make a run. Nobody wants to match up against us in the playoffs. We are a scary team and we know it and so do our opponents”, warned Antonio Graves.


David Holston Trades In Adana Kebab For Spargel And Toughness Over Teddybearness With The Artland Dragons

Putting a smile on little children´s faces is something anybody should have joy doing as a gift in a toy store is always a common jaw breaker or wide smile bringer to the ruddy face of any little child. The abundance of toys that one could seek at FAO Schwarz in New York on fifth avenue is mindboggling, but especially that life size teddy bear could always be that first best friend for a diminutive tyke. You won´t find a FAO Schwarz store on main street in Quackenbrück in the Artland, but one doesn´t even have to travel to Osnabruck or Bremen to find that adorable teddy bear in a toy store, but can witness the most loveable teddy bear with the slickest moves, crispist playmaking skills and unending scoring ability on the basketball court in the Artland arena. I am referring to pint-sized 168cm Pontiac, Michigan native David Holston. He would never be astray on the basketball floor, but can get lost in the shuffle in the Telekom Dome in Bonn last season during the 2014 Beko BBL allstar game where he was sitting in the stands and could easily have been mistaken for the son of an older player like a Darius Hall or Wendell Alexis simply because he looks like a kid. He may look like that cute teddy bear, but Holston belongs to the top point guards in the league and is all business on the court the way Yogi bear would hounding anybody for some honey. The American has spent his professional basketball career in Europe in only two places in Turkey and in Germany. He spent his first two seasons with Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-TBL) and in 2011-2012 came to Germany to the Artland Dragons and had a super season playing German League: 40 games: Score-4(15.3ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-2(5.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 88.2%; and EuroChallenge: 13 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-2(6.3apg), Steals-2(1.8spg), FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 73.9%. IN 2012-2013 he returned back to Turkey to play for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi. Last season he came back to Germany to Artland playing Eurocup 9 games: 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 44.4%; German League: 41 games: 11.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 83.9%. Instead of fleeing back to Turkey, he decided to remain with the Dragons for a second consecutive season. It seems that after too much spicy Adana Kebab, he has chosen the rich cuisine of the Artland speciality Spargel and the continuing development of the Beko BBL. After having a huge first campaign with Artland, his stats slipped a bit last season, but he is ready to conquer the Beko BBL again this season. As usual the Artland Dragons are packed with unending talent and Holston is chef on the court. Holston is still seeking his first professional title and it doesn´t get any easier with the growing dominance of FC Bayern Munich. Holston is a competitor that plays to win and won´t experience any opponents swooning over his teddy bear image, but moreover getting annoyed time in and time out about the next cross over, steal, tip toeing to the bucket and just having to search for their jock strap over and over. Holston has a great supporting cast and doesn´t need to score 25 points a night, but his leadership and playmaking will be key to how well the Artland Dragons fare this season. “I love David’s fighting spirit and he is a good teammate. David makes big shots in the fourth quarter all the time. It always surprises me how he gets shots off when we need him to”, stressed Artland Dragon forward Lawrence Hill.


Anthony King (Artland Dragons) I Want To Be A Five Man On An Euroleague Team And I Need The Three To Earn The Respect.

Anthony King is a 29 year old 206cm forward from Durham, North Carolina that is playing his third season for the Artland Dragons. He played at Miami(NCAA) from 2003-2008 playing a total of 126 NCAA games. In 2008-2009 he was a rookie for the  Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga): EuroChallenge: 9 games: 4.3ppg, 3.4rpg; German League: 31 games: 3.2ppg, 2.8rpg. He then played fro 2009-2011 for  InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division) where he led the league in scoring and rebounds and won a championship and cup. He also got the Cyprus citizenship and plays for the national team and recently played the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 -12: 8 games: 13.8ppg, Reb-5(9.1rpg), 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, FT: 75.9%. He spoke to German Hoops at the 2014 Beko BBL allstar game in Bonn.

How good does it feel being named to the 2014 Beko BBL allstar squad for the first time?

It feels great and I think that it doesn´t reflect my individual work, but from the work of the team that we are consistent.

What is your take on the play of the Artland Dragons in the first half of the season?

There were many doubters who didn´t think that coach Mccoy could do job as a rookie coach and playing in Eurocup, but coach and we have done a great job at being successful. A big strength is that we are mentally tough. We won almost every close game in the first half.


Many May Not See The Artland Dragons On The Playoff Damage Radar, But They May Surprise Some Folks

With the competition getting tougher and tougher each season and top teams like FC Bayern Munich, Brose Baskets Bamberg, Alba Berlin and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg seemingly playing in their own league, one might have predicted and stated the usual blab about the Artland Dragons that they surely will make the playoffs, but exited very early as has mostly been the case in the last years. The Artland Dragons have always had strong rosters, but in the playoffs always lacked suitable mental toughness and that playoff chemistry that the top teams had developed. Ever since 8 champion head coach Chris Fleming brought the only win in 2008 with the cup in Hamburg, the village town of Quackenbrück have concentrated themselves more on planning those weekend excursions to beautiful places and grasping nature instead of the loud basketball arenas deep into May. What Thorsten Leibenath and Stefan Koch couldn´t do in bringing that second title now lies on the shoulders of Tyrone Mccoy. Mccoy had a long basketball career where he was best known for being a scorer and becoming that first superstar to wear an Oldenburg jersey and that last missed layup in Leverkusen in 2008 that gave the Deutsche Bank Skyliners the ticket to the semifinals in the playoffs. Mccoy who will be coaching his second game against his ex team Frankfurt didn´t just become a head coach by flashing his big smile, but had to move up through the coaching ranks as he was two years assistant in Ludwigsburg and the last three years in Artland under Stefan Koch. There can´t really be a better way than to learn the ropes than under experienced Koch. The Artland Dragons started off hot winning seven of their first eight games, but have struggled a bit as of late having a 4-4 record, but they did win two nail bitters with a 83-82 win against medi bayreuth and a 74-72 victory against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The job hasn´t been totally easy for the ex Gmunden player since he did have some players to work with who had been on the team the last years, but also got new players like Lawrence Hill, Antonio Graves, Chad Toppert, Kenny Frease and Bastian Doreth. However he has found a way to mesh those new characters with the new ones that have blended together rather sooner than later. A big plus was bringing back Americans David Holston and Brandon Thomas who know the club and coach. These two players will be the key, if the Artland Dragons want to make some playoff damage this May. Mccoy also has been beneficial to his players for example an Anthony King that made a step in Cyprus and now also in Artland and hopes to make the next step with Mccoy to another basketball dimension. “There were many doubters who didn´t think that coach Mccoy could do job as a rookie coach and playing in Eurocup, but coach and we have done a great job at being successful. A big strength is that we are mentally tough. We won almost every close game in the first half. I am more of a leader now. Coach Mccoy taught me to be more of a leader last year and I have carried it into this season. I am not very vocal, but lead by example. I think my consistency also has helped in my development. He has really believed in my three ball. I feel more confident shooting the three and I don´t hesitate taking that shot. It all has to do with repetition and taking the time to shoot extra. I want to take the next step and I want to be a five man on an Euroleague team and I need the three to earn the respect”, warned North Carolina native Anthony King. The Artland Dragons can make the next step in the Beko BBL playoffs and might want to take a page out of the book of Bamberg and Chris Fleming in that they need to develop further as the season progresses. That has been one of the pluses that Bamberg continue to do each season and this is something that Artland could do if the players continue to take in what McCoy has been giving them.


Can David Holston Duplicate His Magic From The 2011-2012 Season For The Artland Dragons

Sometimes returning back to an ex team can be the simplest of things like it is spreading butter and jam on toast for breakfast or a hardcore soccer fan refusing to wear a FC Bayern Munich jersey. Players returning back to teams isn´t so usual, but it does happen and especially going back to the Artland Dragons isn´t strange as players like Adam Hess and Brandon Thomas have done it. When it was clear that tyrese Rice wasn´t going to return, how nice was it as the club announced that David Holston would be returning. Holston may only be 167cm and look like a cute teddy bear, but his game is anything but cute, but all  basketball business. In his season with the Dragons, he was the best point guard in the Beko BBL being fourth in scoring, second in assists and second best pass giver in Eurochallenge play. With Artland in the Beko BBL he averaged 15.3ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-2(5.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 88.2%; EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg; EuroChallenge: 13 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-2(6.3apg), Steals-2(1.8spg), FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 73.9% Who could forget his amazing one on one duel against Je kel Foster where both players kept trading buckets while their teammates were out on a stroll to count if there are more white or black cows. Last season he returned back to Turkey where he had played before his first stay with Artland from 2009-2011. Last season he played for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL) playing 29 games: 14.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 79.1%. However it isn´t always that an ex player returns back to his former stomping ground, but Holston seems very comfortable in Quackebruck has another solid supporting cast and it will be interesting to see if he can have similar team success as the first time? “David Holston will be a big factor again with the success of the Artland Dragons with his strong  one on one qualities  and the ability to take control of the game in deciding moments”, stressed basketball agent and ex Artland Dragon Jan Rhodewald. Bonn guard Andrej Mangold remembers Holston from two years ago and agrees that the journey of Artland starts and ends with a strong Holston. “David Holston is surely one of the best point guards in the league and can decide a tight game in important situations which he did against FC Bayern Munich. He is hard to defend, because he is small and quick, but can also nail the three pointer. Holston has gained more experience and the Dragons started very well and are a playoff team. Where Artland ends their seasons will depend on the play of Holston”, warned Andrej Mangold.