Mitteldeutscher BC

DJ Bennett (Mitteldeutscher BC) I Have To Take My Game To The Next Level And I Love That Challenge

DJ Bennett is a 203cm forward from Chicago, Illinois that will be playing his second professional season and first with the Mitteldeutscher BC. As a rookie he played with the BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 18 games averaging 15.3ppg, 8.7ppg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 66.9%, FT: 67.9%. He started his basketball career with Indian Hills CC (JUCO) and moved to Oklahoma (NCAA) in 2013 where he stayed two years playing a total of 61 NCAA games and reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2015. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

DJ thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

My summer has been very productive, I went to China for almost 2 months on a basketball tour representing America playing a lot of Chinese teams and now I’m currently in Thailand finishing off the second half of the season with a team here. So I’ve been just trying to keep my self going and in shape until an opportunity like this presented itself.


Louis Darby (Coach Krunic Told Me You Can Play Until Your 39 Don’t Stop Playing Ever So I Am Ready To Help Any Team

Louis Darby is a 32 year old 196cm guard from Pacoima, California that recently completed his ninth professional season and first with German Beko BBL team Mitteldeutscher BC where he played 14 games averaging 7.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 64.0%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 87.9%. He played most of his professional career in Romania with CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu winning the Romanian cup in 2015 and played a total of 181 league games and last season helped the team march to the Eurochallenge final four playing 14 games averaging 10.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 86.1%. In the Romanian division A last season he played 28 games: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 86.2%. He also had experience early in his professional career playing for Al Wahda Damascus (Syria-D1)and the Carlsbad Beach Dawgs (WCBL). He started his basketball career in 2003 with Long Beach St. (NCAA) until 2007 playing a total of 99 NCAA games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3Pts: 34.8%, FT: 69.5%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.


Louis thanks for talking to Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

Right now I am in California. Working /working out staying in shape.

We are deep in the dog days of summer and your still unsigned. Do you feel like it gets harder now finding that right new situation as you get older?

I still have not found a team yet. My agent is in talks with teams but still nothing concrete right now.


Danilo Barthel Plays With Authority Powering The Fraport Skyliners Past The Mitteldeutscher BC 89-51

Over the years, the stroll from the Fraport Skyliners dressing room to the VIP dining room began with the big German three of Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein taking the march together to just the two big men and especially in this season, the three have totally broken apart and often departed the door individually as their status has become one where they don´t need to walk together. However a little less than 72 hours ago after the seemingly solid 86-70 victory over Phoenix Hagen, the three German national players didn´t come out of the dressing room trying to hide or sneak unnoticed down the 80 meter runway to the mesh hall, but walked with a mean authority with that facial expression of don´t mess with me just get out of my way. They could have doubled for movie characters the Incredible Hulk, Barry Egan aka Adam Sandler from Punch Drunk Love or Walter Sobchak from the Big Lebowski. Of course the three big Germans aren´t truly like these characters in real life, but had a reason for giving that angry appeal as they were simply overly disgusted with themselves and their play after the 86-70 win over Phoenix Hagen. At the end of 40 minutes the three Germans had only played a combined 20 minutes and 23 seconds and scrapped up a measly 3 points. Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert isn´t one to get mad either, but apparently the start of Voigtmann and Barthel that led to a 12-5 Phoenix Hagen lead was under his standard. The two would come back later for a short instance and then sat out the whole second half. Klein was unable to bring that needed energy and his shot continued not to fall also. For a guy like German Max Merz who is playing his fourth professional season, he finally got some minutes with 10.56 and scored seven points and that will probably be the only game in his professional career where he will be able to boast that he scored more than the German big three and Quantez Robertson as they all combined for five points. Sometimes having a rude experience like this can be the best medicine for a player to question his own game and the four players had a few days to digest this bitter game and look forward to the next battle against 2004 Fiba Cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC who are in a fight to stay in the league. The German big three and Robertson got a new chance against the Mitteldeutscher BC and proved that their play against Phoenix Hagen couldn´t be duplicated as the four starters combined for 47 points outshining their weak five points as the Fraport Skyliners wiped out 2004 Fiba Europe Cup winner Mitteldeutscher BC 89-51. Especially German national player Danilo Barthel was on a mission as he more than made up for his less than satisfactory performance against Phoenix Hagen steering 21 points, nine rebounds and two assists. He was lethal especially in the first quarter getting Frankfurt going getting a big lead and never looking back. “I didn´t have my best game against Phoenix Hagen and today I just wanted to show everyone that I was present”, stressed Heidelberg native Danilo Barthel. Teammate Quantez Robertson was thrilled that Barthel and him were able to perform back to standard. “Barthel was on a mission. He came out aggressive from the start on offense and defense. He got to the rim early and free throw line which opened it up for his outside shooting in the second half. I came out getting guy s involved, played defense and hit a few shots”, explained Quantez Robertson who finished with seven points, three rebounds and five assists and had to take some of the load for Jordan Theodore who was out nursing a hurt shoulder.


The Only Firemann The Mitteldeutscher BC Hope For On The Court Is Marcus Hatten

If one were to be really bored and one had lost internet connection, lost the key to the library to snatch a nice classic book about World War 2, or suffered a broken X-box, then one could still go back to what people did in the olden days for a sort of entertainment and passing the time without totally going crazy and just comparing things and see how much time could actually pass. For instance when taking two normal places in Germany Goettingen and Weissenfels, there wouldn´t be too many similarities as Goettingen already is classified as a medium city in size as it has 117,000 inhabitants and is known for being a university place lying on the river Leine while Weissenfels is a tiny spec on the map having nearly 40,000 inhabitants, but when one has zipped through the main street in about 20 seconds, it feels more like half as many people could really be living there. However it does have some similarities as in non-basketball terms, both have Mcdonalds which has always pleased American basketball players and in basketball terms it has two things in common when talking basketball and the first is that both teams have won international titles with the Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels the Fiba cup in 2004 and BG Goettingen the Eurochallenge in 2010. The other affinity that both clubs have is when the going gets tough, don´t fire the head coach, but bring in a fireman for the sidelines, but instead bring in a fireman on the court which both did recently with ex NBA player Khalid El Amin in Goettingen and basketball globetrotter Marcus Hatten. Both teams in a way are hoping that both Americans can save their season. Another alikeness is that Hatten started the season with BG Goettingen. It has been a very difficult season for MBC as they have a budget in the lower half of the league teams and have to always rely on putting together the best possible for the money available while praying for a stable team chemistry early to help carry the team through the season, but that hasn´t happened this season. Hatten is a 35 year old 185cm point guard from Baltimore that is playing his 13th professional season and second with the Mitteldeutscher BC. Hatten is the classic basketball globetrotter as he has played in 10 countries professionally and it would have been more if he hadn´t played three seasons a piece in Greece and Italy. It would be interesting to see if he could rattle off all the countries he has played in with the United States, Poland, Spain, Israel, Venezuela, Greece, Italy, Belgium,Romania and Germany, the way Matt Damon did his fictitious 12 brothers as Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny and Brian in the Academy Award winning movie Good Will Hunting. Damon portrayed an unrecognized genius in the movie, while Hattten would settle for being a genius some of the time on the court. Since Hatten arrived the club has gone 2-5 and won their first game with him with 97-76 against Crailsheim who can always be an annoying opponent. The team also beat total underachieving Bremerhaven 88-84. They are definitely playing better basketball with Hatten on board as they lost tight affairs to Tuebingen and Braunschweig by 7 and in Giessen 74-69. Hatten has scored in double figures in each game except the last against Alba Berlin where he mustered 6 points and has given the team that extra experience and stability on both ends of the court that it was lacking. Currently Hatten is averaging 12,0ppg, 3,9rpg, 4,4apg and 1,6spg as he is still a pest on defense despite his 35 years of age. The Mitteldeutscher BC remembered what he did in the 2013-2014 season as he played 25 games averaging 13.6ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-5(5.0apg), Steals-2(2.2spg), FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 84.3%. He was a big reason why the team just missed the playoffs finishing in 9th place. Mitteldeutscher BC manager Martin Geissler won´t be expecting a playoff appearance this season, but just be happy with seeing another Beko BBL season next year.


Will Chavis (I Would Like Fans To Remember Me As A Gamer, A Person Always Willing To Take And Make A Big Shot)

Will Chavis is a 34 year old 181 cm guard who comes from Philadelphia and retired in 2014 from professional basketball after playing for 11 years. He started his basketball learning at New Hampshire in 1998-1999 averaging 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg before going to Texas to play at Panola Junior College averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals per game . This gained the interest of legendary coach Bobby Knight at Texas Tech. Knight had only the best to say about the guy he coached two years at Texas Tech. ‘Will takes pride in taking good shots, and is a great shooter. He also takes very good care of the ball. He is aggressive and quick on defense, and can anticipate or put under pressure the opposite point guard’, stressed Bobby Knight. At Texas Tech, Chavis played together with ex Artland Dragon Ronald Ross and in his senior year, played 33 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.2apg. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 going to Iceland to play for UMFN Njardvikur playing 6 games and averaging 18.3ppg; 3.1rpg; 7.8apg ( 41 assists to 11 turnovers); 2.0spg; 3pts 45.6%; FT 85.6%. The next season, he was tested by Olimpia GE Larisa (Greece-A1), but was not signed and finished the season practicing with Climamio Fortitudo Bologna (Italy-SerieA). In 2005-2006, he started to make a name playing for Mlekarna Kunin Novi Jicin (Czech Republic-NBL, starting five) playing 5 EuroCup Challenge games averaging 15.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 50% and playing 44 games in the Czech Rep. League averaging 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.2apg), 2FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 85.0%. The next season, he went to top Dutch team Demon Astronauts Amsterdam continuing to show who well he could perform in FIBA EuroCup playing 6 games and averaging 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 55.2%, 3FGP: 15%, FT: 78.3% and playing 39 games in the Dutch League and averaging 14.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, FT: 87.8%, 3Pts: 40.9%. In 2007-2008, he split time with Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus, but left after 7 games, where he averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 36.6%, 3FGP: 27.8%, FT: 87.5%, and then moved to MBC in Jan 2008 playing 12 games and averaging 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 39.3%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT-1 ( 91.7%). In 2008-2009, he led MBC into the BBL averaging 10.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 86.5% in 29 games. He finished his basketball career in Nurnberg playing 141 games form 2009-2014. He will start his coaching career as an assistant to Ralph Junge with Nurnberg. He spoke to German Hoops directly after retiring in the summer of 2014 and talked about his basketball career and future.

Will thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?

Hello Miles its been a while. I am I am my hometown of Philadelphia enjoying the time with my family.

You have retired at the age of 33. What were the main reasons for retiring now. You still put up solid stats. Was it the reduced role or was it more your body that told you it was time to hang up your sneakers?

Actually I can still Go! But I just felt there was no future for me playing basketball and that the next step would be coaching. I was offered a great opportunity to stay in Nurnberg and coach under Ralph Junge and it seemed more attractive for me, instead of going out and proving I can still play because of my reduced role last season.


Johannes Voigtmann Plays Fast Break Slam Dunk Basketball Leading The Fraport Skyliners To Their Seventh Win In A Row Defeating MBC 93-76

Sometimes a player gets that distinction of being too critical about certain offers and sits at home working out and waiting for the phone call to ring for that perfect offer that will get him a little bit more than what the previous team was offering. In the case of Fraport Skyliner Jacob Burtschi, it wasn´t so much about waiting for a team to call, but more that he wasn´t 100% healed from his back injury. He joined the Fraport Skyliners in February and two other players also returned to the Beko BBL late to the Mitteldeutscher BC with Beckham Wyrick in January and Mark mr fantastic Dorris in February. Over the years Dorris has made a name in the BBL having made incredible off balance shots for Phoenix Hagen where he looked like a gumby that has given headaches to his friend Quantez Robertson not only in Germany on the court, but also on the play grounds in their home town of Cincinnati. So far Dorris has played in only two games contributing to a 72-67 win against Braunschweig, but had misfortune shooting 0/6 and then scoring nine points against Oldenburg. In the last few weeks, Dorris got a taste of what Josh Parker experienced last season sitting on the bench because MBC keeping one too many import players. Wyrick on the other hand has had more luck having played five games averaging 7,0ppg and 3,6rpg. In his first game he mustered 11 points in a bitter 96-81 loss to Alba Berlin, but last weekend poured in 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but was unable to help get the team over the hump losing to Crailsheim 87-84. Wyrick like Burtschi is the teams glue guy that will do the extra on the court and little things that don´t get noticed on the stat sheet to help the team win. Wyrick has played numerous times against Frankfurt with teams like Bayreuth Bamberg and Leverkusen and still has memories of the breathtaking five game series in 2008 that Leverkusen lost on the last play not letting them reach the semi final. Dorris and Wyrick returned back to Frankfurt wanting to do damage while Burtschi was looking to stay perfect as he was 6-0 with Frankfurt since returning back to his old stomping ground for the third time. After 40 minutes Burtschi was 7-0 since returning while the MBC Cincinnati connection of Dorris and Wyrick combined for 14 points as it wasn´t enough as the Fraport Skyliners won their seventh game in a row defeating the Mitteldeutscher BC 93-76. “I thought that we played well. There were times in the game where he had problems moving the ball, but there will always be ups and downs in a game. Joe Voigtmann had an awesome game. We played decent as a team”, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Justin Cobbs. The Mitteldeutscher came into the game reeling off a loss in Oldenburg 96 hours earlier and were without top scorer American Patrick Richard who saw close up from the bench why his team was unable to secure the win. “I thought that we competed well, but in the third quarter Frankfurt took over game. They started to hit shots and Cobbs did a great job controlling the game without having to score much. We couldn´t capitalize on their turnovers in the third quarter and took too many three pointers”, stressed Louisiana native Patrick Richard. “It was a close first half and we were able to pull away by stopping their energy and getting rebounds”, added Oklahoma native Jacob Burtschi.


Can Late Season Additions With That Cincinnati Flair Spark The Mitteldeutscher BC On A Run In The Stretch Drive?

Just getting a solid team chemistry to function throughout a season can give coaches headaches or that give me a small gold star for my forehead from my first grade teacher for success feeling, but then again the job of getting that togetherness on and off the court to work gets double as difficult when there are players that come and go throughout the season ripping through that team chemistry like an arrow does through a bulls eye. This season Mittledeutscher BC head coach Silvano Poropat has witnessed this up and down with player´s play that he was forced to make changes as experienced forward Simonas Serapinas and American rookie Ryan Nicholas departed. In January he hauled in experienced American Beckham Wyrick and in February experienced Americans Mark Mr fantastic Dorris and Darryl Webb. Wyrick is a 31 year old 198cm forward form Cincinnati that has played his whole career in Germany starting with Leverkusen as a rookie, two seasons with Bamberg where he won a title, one with FC Bayern Munich where he played for legendary head coach Dirk Bauermann and the last three seasons in Bayreuth. Last season was one to forget as his minutes dipped and it seemed like it could be his last. However Poropat still believed in his abilities and since coming to Weissenfels, Wyrick has played five games averaging 7,0ppg and 3,6rpg while scoring 15 points against Crailsheim and 11 points against Alba Berlin. Even while these games went lost, he gave support in the wins against playoff type teams Braunschweig and ratiopharm Ulm. Wyrick is the smart veteran that can score in bunches and just a little bit of everything. Poropat also brought back Mark Dorris who strangely is also from Cincinnati and also hadn´t had a team this season and was just waiting for that best offer that never came until MBC called. Dorris is a 29 year old 188cm guard that played at Marshall and like Wyrick his whole career in Germany with Cuxhaven, Phoenix Hagen and Ludwigsburg. He is a guy compariable to a player like American Chris Denson of Holland club Den Bosch in that he makes impossible shots in the lane while being off balance. So far Dorris has found action in only one game where he had serious misfortune putting up the big goose egg going 0/6 shooting. He has been spending most time watching as the team has one import player too much. In Oldenburg Dorris finally scored his first MBC points with nine. .Maybe Dorris will find some action against the Fraport Skyliners and duel against his friend Quantez Robertson. He is averaging 4,5ppg, 1,0rpg and 1,0apg. Finally the last of the new trio is Darryl Webb who is a 27 year old 198cm forward. He is playing his fourth professional season having played for Crailsheim as a rookie and lost to MBC in the Pro A playoffs which propelled MBC back to the BBL in 2012. In his second season he dominated the Dutch league posting 14 and 10 stats for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie). Last season he played for the Hitachi Sunrockers Tokyo (Japan-NBL) playing 26 games and averaging 13.2ppg, 9.3rpg. This season he was back to his double double stats with BBC Monthey (Switzerland-LNA) playing 18 games and averaging 15.8ppg, 11.2rpg. So far in two games he is averaging 5,3ppg and 6,0 rpg. In his debut against ratiopharm Ulm he posted solid stats of nine points, seven rebounds and four assists in the victory. In the loss in Oldenburg he had solid stats with seven points and eight boards. Webb is the perfect guy to come from the bench and compliment the games of Christian Standhardinger and Djordje Pantelic and describes his role, how his game has improved since his Crailsheim days and if MBC can make a run in the last two months. “Coach talked to me and told me he wants me to be an inside presence, rebound, and just be active on defense. Passing it out of the post quicker, getting to the basket quicker are things I’ve improved on, off the dribble not so much. I think the team is just taking it one game at a time and trying to get better every day also doing whatever it takes to stay in the BBL”, warned Darryl Webb.