John Bryant is a 24 year old 208cm center from San Pablo, California that is playing his second season with ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Santa Clara from 2005-2009 and in his senior year averaged 18.1ppg, RebNCAA-2(14.2rpg), 1.1apg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 78.7% . In 2009-2010, he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 48 games: 13.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 77.6% . Last season, he moved to ratiopharm Ulm playing 34 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-1(10.9rpg), 1.1apg, Blocks-2(1.5bpg), FGP: 60.4%, FT: 74.2% . He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Ratiopharm Ulm is the Cinderella story this season. If someone had told you a week into preseason that ratiopharm Ulm would be so high in the standings what would you have said?
I would not have been shocked, but I would never have thought we would be so high, but I would have thought that we would be in the playoffs. We got the chemistry fast and brought in experience with Esterkamp and Swann that has made the team better
ratiopharm Ulm had a tough preseason. How much did you hate the coaching staff then, but how thankful are you now that you went through hell?
It was a tough preseason. Every day we were on the track or in the gym. We all were a bit angry at the start, but in the long run it did help this team become so good and we understand why coach did that and we are thankful.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners wanted to get on the right track in their first game in 2011 with a win on the road and were as focused as Jimmy slick and suave Jimmy Mckinney has to be on the court, because nothing is guaranteed as he remains the king of the extensions of the short term contracts in the BEKO BBL and D League player Andre Barrett of the Idaho Stampede was in the NBA in 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 with 10 day contracts, as Borussia Dortmund has played in the first half of the season blowing away most of their competition, or Tom Brady and Michael Vick will enter the playoffs as they could possibly meet in the Superbowl and rekindle the flair and excitement of another quarterback battle which was present back in the day between NFL greats Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach, but despite playing a hard game, the gang of coach Gordie Herbert were unable to withstand the unrelentless force of John Bryant and unending pressure of the sixth man Kuhberg crowd losing 87-82. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost their second game in a row and had every chance of winning down the stretch, but were unable to withstand the strong nerves of Ratiopharm Ulm. “With Ulm up by nine points, that just hurt us mentally. They hit crucial shots at the end that helped them get the win”, stressed Skyliner center Marius Nolte. Ratiopharm Ulm won their second game in a row and are showing that the playoffs don’t seem unrealistic. “This was a big win for us. I am very proud of my team and how they responded after the win in Bremerhaven. The guys worked hard. Benzing hit a big shot down the stretch, Bryant did a good job scoring and Humphrey did a good job making his three pointers. The team still has to do a better job taking care of the ball and limiting turnovers, but considering that we started 0-4 and are 8-9 now, I am very proud of the players”, stressed Ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor.