Ingo Freyer

What Can Magician Ingo Freyer Pull Out Of His Sleeve This Season with Phoenix Hagen?

One of the many interesting things to observe about basketball players playing in Germany are the few cases of the big heartfelt cinderella stories of guys with big hearts that some how claw themselves from the lowest leagues to the top. In the past one has seen this with guys like Jason Boone which took him only a few months to escape German Regionaliga team LOK Bernau for BG Goettingen or a guy like Richard Williams who went from Pro B team UBC Hannover and made the jump from Pro A team Rasta Vechta to the Beko BBL and now is playing his second season in the highest German league with the Fraport Skyliners. Another great example is Steven Wachalski who played five years in the Regionaliga and two in the Pro B with Osnabrueck before making the Beko BBL with Bayreuth in 2010. He then played two more years in the Pro A with the Mitteldeutscher BC before reurning to the Beko BBL with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Another guy that belongs to this category of rags to riches is American Zamal Nixon who will be the playmaker for Phoenix Hagen this season. As a rookie in 2011 coming out of Houston(NCAA), he had to slowly make a name of himself in Germany with Hertener Loewen (Germany-PrO B) playing 17 games: Score-1(24.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-3(5.9apg), 1.9spg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 83.8%. There he was able to recommend himself to NBC where he had a very solid season two years ago playing 25 games: Score-5(16.8ppg), 2.6rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 82.5%. He got added experience last season in a type of Pro A league with WBC Raiffeisen Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga) playing 33 games: 14.7ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-4(4.8apg), Steals-2(1.9spg), FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 78.8%. His whole development has been very positive the last three seasons and Ingo Fryer now has given the Brooklyn, New York native the opportunity to lead his team now through the upcoming season. Nixon is excited about getting his chance in the Beko BBL with Phoenix Hagen. „When I was a rookie in Herten I definitely thought I’d reach the BBL. I honestly thought I’d get here a little bit faster then I did. But I’m here now and that’s all that matter.I personally thought the competition in Austria was a little bit better then the Pro A. But this past season I think my shooting got a lot better and my decision making improved as well. I don’t feel any pressure at all. Leading a team is the natural responsibility of a guard & I’ve been playing this game for a while now so this is nothing new to me“, stressed Zamal Nixon. The American has been a scoring point guard all his professional career, but his playmaking will be just as important. „I think it will be 50/50. I’m definitely going to be responsible for running the team and making plays for guys, but some nights we are going to need my scoring abilities as well“, warned Zamal Nixon.


Abe Lodwick (Ingo Freyer Taught Me That If You Make A Mistake, Make It Trying Your Hardest To Make A Play

Abe Lodwick is a 25 year old 201cm forward that is playing his second professional season with Redwell Gunners Oberwart (Austria-A Bundesliga) and is averaging 13,2ppg and 8,2rpg through five games.  Last season as a rookie he played for Phoenix Hagen having the typical role come from the bench and give energy and helped the team reach the playoffs for the first time in their history. He played 36 games: 6.3ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 68.9%. He scored in double figures five times and had 20 points against Bremerhaven.  He played at Washington State from 2007-2012 playing a total of 105 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 21 games: 5.2ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 23.5%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 66.7%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

After looking back at your rookie season with Phoenix Hagen could you have asked for a more enjoyable first season as a professional?

It was a great first year in Hagen playing for the Phoenix. We did better as a team than anybody expected of us and it was fun playing with that group of guys. I learned a lot in that first year, and will take the whole experience with me in the future. It was fun.

When you look back at the season where Phoenix Hagen reached the playoffs for the first time, what was the most important ingredient that this team had that helped them reach the 8 best teams in the league?

I think the most important ingredient was our offensive unpredictability. Teams wouldn’t know what we were going to do because we played at such a high pace. It was hard for teams to prepare for us.