Virgil Matthews (Erdgas Ehingen): When We Are Unselfish, We’re Really Good

Virgil Matthews is a 27 year old 188cm guard from Federal Way, Washington that is playing in Germany in the PRO B for Erdgas Ehingen. He played at Montana (NCAA) and in his senior year played 31 games: 10.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.7spg, FG: 49.8%, 3PT: 48.4%, FT: 76.1%. In 2006-2007, he turned professional and came to Germany and played for KICKZ Muenchen Basket (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 29 games: 18.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 5.2apg, 2.6spg, 2FGP: 57.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 66.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for Tacoma Jazz (IBL). In 2008-2009, he returned back to Germany and played for Schwelmer Baskets (Germany-Regionalliga). Last season, he played for Olympia Reign (IBL, starting five): 21 games: 23.1ppg, 7.2rpg and for Seattle Aviators (NABL). Awards and Achievements in his career have been , Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -05, 06, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Winner -05, 06, Big Sky Tournament MVP -06, Big Sky All-Tournament Team -06, All-Big Sky Honorable Mention -06, and All-IBL Honorable Mention -10. Currently for Erdgas Ehingen he is averaging 11,2ppg, 5,5rpg and 3,6apg. He spoke to German Hoops after beating NBC and reaching the PRO A.

What was your feeling on the court in Ehingen when the final buzzer sounded propelling your team to the PRO A?

The feeling was great it was like joy and relief because to be in first place all season and have it come down to one game is tough but its great to win.


Ethan Niedermeyer (Erdgas Ehingen): Mario Blessing And Kevin Bright Were Huge For The Team This Year

Ethan Niedermeyer is a 23 year old 198cm forward that plays in the German PRO B for Erdgas Ehingen. He was born in Portland, Oregon, but grew up in Lafayette, California. He played at Portland (NCAA) from 2006-2010.In his senior year, he played 32 games: 6.7ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 74.1%. He reached the WCC Tournament Semifinals -09, 10. This season in the PRO B he is averaging 4,9ppg and 1,9rpg while averaging 13 minutes per game. He spoke to German Hoops following the 59-47 win against NBC where Erdgas Ehingen clinched the ticket to the PRO A.

Congrats on the 59-47 win against NBC and moving up to the PRO A. Being a rookie, did you feel much nervousness or were you able to shut it down with the NCAA experience that you had had at Portland?

Everyone always has some nervousness before big time games. That being said, playing at the University of Portland gave me a lot of opportunities to know and embrace that feeling.


Explaining the difference between ProA and ProB

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from people who contact me via mail is: ‘What exactly is the difference between the ProA and ProB league?’

It is indeed confusing that both leagues share the same logo and are part of the 2. Bundesliga (second highest division in Germany). Furthermore it was not a good idea to name the leagues Pro since their are (especially in ProB) not only pro players. The mess is perfect when you remember that the french leagues are also named ProA and ProB. But while in France the first division is called ProA and the second ProB, in Germany the BBL is the highest level league in Germany.

To make it short:

ProA = second division

ProB = third division

To explain some of the differences I (finally) wrote a small piece that can also be found in the section League Facts.


The Rapid 7 Miles Questions Basketball Exchange With Dwight Thorne(BG Karlsruhe)

Dwight Thorne is a 22 year old 190cm guard from Arlington, Texas. He is a rookie playing his first season for BG Karlsruhe. At Arlington, Texas (Martin HS): he averaged 18.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists a game; and became the first player in the school’s 22 year history to play on the varsity all four years . His biggest moment of high school career was making two free throws with no time remaining on the clock to clinch the school’s district championship during his sophomore year.. He played at Colorado(NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.1%, FT: 89.6%. He scored 9 points and hauled down five rebounds in a 78-56 win against Science City Jena. He took the rapid 7 Miles Questions Basketball exchange for German Hoops.

You are a rookie and playing your first season overseas. What has been the biggest adjustment in Germany on and off the court?

Yeah being a rookie is interesting on and off the court. On the court has been the traveling violation when I go right. In the US you get a extra step in FIBA you have to put the ball down first, so that has been a adjustment. Also the amount of help off the ball that teams provide. as soon as you go buy your man there are usually one or two guys waiting on you so the side step has become a nice move for me.


The Rapid 10 Miles Questions Basketball Exchange With Sean Brooks(Proveo Merlins Crailsheim)

Sean Brooks is a 27 year old 196cm power forward from Bladensburg, Maryland. H eplayed at Drexel from 2001 to 2005. He was CAA Regular Season Runner-Up in 2004 and All-CAA 2nd Team in 2004. In his senior year, he played 20 games averaging 12.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 49.1%. He turned professional in 2005 and came to Europe to play to play in Holland for Polynom Giants Bergen Op Zoom (Holland-Eredivisie), left in Nov.’05: 1game, in Dec.’05 signed at Woon!Aris Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie): 17 games: 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg. In 2006-2007, he came to Germany and played for ASC Theresianum Mainz (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five, starting five): 29 games: 16.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 62.7%, 3FGP: 16.7%, FT: 60.0%. In 2007-2008, he played in Holland again for Omniworld Almere (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five); left in Oct.’07, in Nov.’07 moved to TV Werne (Germany-2.Regionalliga, starting five), in Dec.’07 signed at Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 15.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 65.2%, FT: 61.2%. He has played for The Proveo Merlins Crailsheim the last two seasons and in 2008-2009 played 29 games averaging 15.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 64.2%. Last season, he played 28 games averaging 9.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 60.6%. Sean will be starting his fourth season in Crailsheim and he took the rapid 10 Miles questions basketball exchange for German Hoops talking basketball.

Sean you had a nice long summer. How was it and how was your workout plan to get ready for the upcoming season.

I had a great summer. For the first time since I have been playing basketball in Europe, I went directly home and spent much needed time with my family. My workout plan for the summer was for me to wake up around 7am, do a hour and a half of cardio and lift weights and in the afternoon get shots up and play 5 on 5. Conditioning and mid-range jump shots were my focus for the summer.


Japhet McNeil Wants To Return Back To Germany To Play

Japhet McNeil is a 25 year old 183 cm guard from Brooklyn, New York. He played at East Carolina from 2003 -2006. He then transferred to Bridgeport(NCAA2) for his senior year in 2006-2007. At Bridgeport, he played 31 games averaging 16.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.9apg, 4.0spg, FT: 67.3%, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 34.6%. In 2008-2009, he played his rookie season in Germany in the PRO A for USC Heidelberg playing 30 games and averaging 14.8ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-1(7.9apg), Steals-1(3.5spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 63.3%. Last season, he played in Finland for Kori-Konkarit Loimaa (Finland-1st Division, starting five): 5 games: 9.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.8apg, 3.4spg, FGP: 35.0%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 50.0%He spoke to German Hoops about Basketball and life.

Japhet, it is almost September, the leagues around the world are starting up, but you are still looking for a team. Are you surprised that you are still jobless?

Im not suprised, more so patient. Teams are still looking, they have signed some players early but some players dont pan out and they look else where, thats where my services come in play.


Mark Dorris Likes To Get Started On Defense Before Getting His Offense Going

Mark Dorris is a 188 cm guard playing his rookie season in Germany in the PRO A for Cuxhaven. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and visited Princeton high school. He then attended St. Catharine College for a year before transfering to Marshall where he played from 2005-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 75.9%. Currently he is averaging 18,8ppg, 4,4rpg and 3,8apg for Cuxhaven.

He took some time to talk to German Hoops about his rookie season.

Mark you are playing your first season in Germany with Cuxhaven. How do you like Germany?

Germany has been a great Experience. I have enjoyed it thus far and winning games makes it easier.