ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen

Taevaunn Prince (ScanPlus Baskets) It’s Not About How You Start But How You Finish

Taevaunn Prince is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Toronto, Canada playing his rookie season in Germany with the  ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2011 with  S.Dakota St. (NCAA) where he played two seasons playing 59 NCAA games. He then moved to  Missouri So. (NCAA2) in 2014 and as a junior played 16 games averaging 16.1ppg, 6.8rpg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.8%. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 26.4ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.8%, 3PT: 44.9%, FT: 84.8%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball recently.

Taevaunn thanks for talking to German Hoops. You are taking in your first Christmas season in Germany. What have you learned about the German Christmas tradition this season?

Yes this is my First Christmas in Germany and everything is pretty much the same I have not been exposed to any differences from North America, I’m sure there are some difference though.

You are playing your rookie season in Germany with the  ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) and have a record at 10-3 at the moment. How happy have you been with the team´s play in the first three months?

I think overall we have played well for the first 3 months, but we are not content or satisfied with 10-3, our goal is to improve and fix all the little mistakes and have a better second half to the season.

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Brian Butler (ScanPlus Baskets) Ready To Mix It Up At The 2017 EasyCredit BBL Slam Dunk Contest

Brian Butler is a 25 year old 196cm German forward playing his second season with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (ProB) where currently he is averaging 13,5ppg, 6,5rpg and 2,1apg. He started his basketball career with the  FC Bayern Muenchen junior team (NBBL) and then moved to  BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (ProB) where he played from 2010-2013 playing a total of 74 Pro B games. He then played two seasons with Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProA) playing 65 Pro A games. He spoke to German Hoopsabout his season and being invited to the 2017 EasyCredit BBL allstar game slam dunk contest.

Brian thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on getting elected to the 2017 EasyCredit BBL Slam Dunk contest. What was your first response when you heard of this honor?

Thanks ! I was speechless! I did get a call from our manager past Friday after practice so my first reaction was what did I do wrong and then he told me that the BBL called and asked if I can compete in the slamdunk contest and that my coach and him agreed that I can. So I was really happy and thankful that they let me go.

How cool is it in general that the league makes an exception and invites a player from a lower league? Two years ago Weissenhorn German Marvin Omuvie was invited.

It’s really cool for me it’s an big opportunity to show my talent on a bigger stage of course it’s just dunking but yeah it’s what I can do best and I love doing.

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Brandon Lockhart(ScanPlus Baskets) I Believe We Can Defend Better And We Just Have Too Many Mental Breakdowns Throughout The Game

 

Brandon Lockhart is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with German team ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB) As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5(16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-5(4.3apg), Steals-1(3.0spg), FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 78.9%. He played at Drury (NCAA2) from 2009-2013 and as a senior played 35 games averaging 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 77.1%. Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-ProB) playing 29 game averaging  16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1%He spoke to German Hoops after the tight 95-92 victory against his ex team Nordlingen..

 

 

 

 

Brandon congrats on the 95-92 win against your ex team Nordlingen. Did this game have any meaning for you since most guys were gone from last season?

 

Danke Miles! It was a special game since I played for the Giants last season. Since most of the guys from last year are also playing for new teams, I was able to approach it like it was just another team in the league. (more…)

Brandon Lockhart(ScanPlus Baskets) I’ve Always Been A Fan Of Passing More Than Scoring

Brandon Lockhart is a 26 year old 185cm guard from St Louis, Missouri that is playing his third professional season and first with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). Last season he played for the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Pro B) playing 29 games averaging 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.7apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 81.1% As a rookie he played for BK Levicki Patrioti (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 34 games: Score-5(16.7ppg), 3.8rpg, Assists-5(4.3apg), Steals-1(3.0spg), FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 78.9%. He played at Drury (NCAA2) from 2009-2013 and as a senior played 35 games averaging 12.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 6.1apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 77.1%. He spoke to German Hoops after the season opening 105-74 win against Wurzburg.

 

 

 

Brandon congrats on the overpowering 105-74 win against Wurzburg. After the preseason and all the hard work did you expect to come out with such a good result before the game started?

Danke Miles! Starting the season with a win is all we really had in mind. I do not think any of us believed the game would have a result as such.

Wurzburg had the narrow 22-19 lead after one quarter, but in the second quarter the ScanPlus baskets got their offense going with 33 points and gave up only 8 points to have the overwhelming 52-30 lead at the break. What did head coach Dario Jerkic want the team do change up in the second frame?

We were lacking focus on the defensive side of the ball and allowed them a bunch of second chances. So in the 2nd quarter, we wanted to make it harder for them to score and really focus on grabbing rebounds when they missed.

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Arlon Harper (My Whole Life I’ve Been An Underdog But I Don’t Feel Pressure Basketball Is What I Do Every Day)

Arlon Harper is a 23 year old 188cm guard from Charleston, South Carolina that signed this summer with the ScanPlus Baskets in Germany. Recently he parted ways with the team, but German Hoops had the chance to interview the American earlier in the summer before he signed with the German team. He played at Charleston So. (NCAA) from 2011-2015 playing a total of 121 NCAA games. He was able to average double figures in scoring each season. His best season was his second where he played 32 games averagin
g 15.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 74.6%. As a senior he played 30 games averaging 13.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 67.7%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

 

 

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

Thank you. My summer has been well, all the sacrifice and time is definitely worth it, this is my dream to play pro and it’s finally come and I’m excited.

Congrats on signing your first professional contract with German pro B team ScanPlus Baskets. Was all the time and effort that you put in in the last year in staying in shape and working on your game worth finally having signed?

After finishing my season at Charleston, I was a few classes short of graduating and would be the first in my family to finish college so it was important to me to go back and do so.

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Lorne Jackson (ScanPlus Baskets) Seeing Many Talented Players In The D-League Opens Your Eyes To How Hard You Actually Have To Work

Lorne Jackson is a 25 year old 188cm point guard from Simi Valley, California playing his third professional season and first with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). He played at Pepperdine (NCAA) from 2008-2013 playing a total of 125 NCAA games and as a senior he played 30 games averaging 13.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 78.6%. He started his professional career in 2013 with the Canton Charge (D-League) and last season played in Oman. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.

 

 

Lorne thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 99-93 loss last weekend against Weissenhorn. The Scanplus Baskets gave up 13 points in the first quarter, but 86 points in the last three quarters. Why did the defense breakdown in the last 30 minutes?

We played a good game but we had a defensive let down in the second half giving away too many easy shots and too many offensive rebounds. To put it simply they just outworked us in the second half

How much does it annoy you that The Scanplus Baskets shot 55% combined from the field and outside, but you still lose the ball game?

Its tough that we shot well but still lost the game. We just didn’t make some of the plays that we needed to make in order to win the game.

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Thomas Spagnolo (ScanPlus Baskets) I Think I Have Steadily Improved Over The Course Of The Season, But I Still Have A Lot Of Room To Grow

Thomas Spagnolo is a 24 year old 201cm forward from West Jefferson, North Carolina that is playing his rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2009 with Radford (NCAA) where he played until 2011. He then moved to : Appalachian St. (NCAA) playing 70 NCAA games in three years and as a senior played 29 games: 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 73.0%. In his first three games with the the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen he is averaging 17,3ppg and 9,7rpg. He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.

 

 

Thomas thanks for talking to German Hoops. A tough 99-93 loss last weekend against Weissenhorn. The Scanplus Baskets gave up 13 points in the first quarter, but 86 points in the last three quarters. Why did the defense breakdown in the last 30 minutes?

As a team, I think we might’ve given into fatigue, and we allowed Weissenhorn to get open shots and offensive rebounds. It is unfortunate that we lost, but it was a great environment to play in.

How much does it annoy you that The Scanplus Baskets shot 55% combined from the field and outside, but you still lose the ball game?

Anytime you shoot that well, and score 93 points you should win the game; so it just reiterates our need to focus better defensively and sustain our energy levels.

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Thomas Spagnolo (ScanPlus Baskets) My Athleticism Is Probably Overshadowed By My Physical Style Of Play

Thomas Spagnolo is a 24 year old 201cm forward from West Jefferson, North Carolina that is playing his rookie season in Germany with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2009 with Radford (NCAA) where he played until 2011. He then moved to : Appalachian St. (NCAA) playing 70 NCAA games in three years and as a senior played 29 games: 9.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 73.0%. In his first three games with the the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen he is averaging 17,3ppg and 9,7rpg. He spoke to German Hoopsearlier in the summer about basketball.

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

Right now I’m living in Todd, North Carolina. I’ve had a different kind of summer than I’m used to, considering graduation, but an enjoyable one.

A couple years ago you were playing in a rec league at Appalachian St where the basketball coaching staff said you could have a try out the next season to walk on to starter to a professional basketball contract in Germany. Are you living a Cinderella story?

I wouldn’t use that wording, but I’m definitely excited about this opportunity.

If they were to make a film about your way, who would you pick as lead actor to play your role?

I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

 

Congrats on signing your first professional basketball career in Germany with pro B team Scanplus Baskets. How excited are you about your new journey as a professional basketball player and moving to Europe?

Thank you, I’m extremely excited about taking the next step in my career. Not only is this a great opportunity to keep playing basketball competitively, but it’s also a chance to see a different part of the world and experience a different culture.

When did you first start to think about possibly becoming a professional basketball player?

Playing professionally has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

How was the last few months testing the professional waters? Did you have offers from other teams and why did you decide to go to the Scanplus Baskets?

The last few months have been great. I’ve been expanding my knowledge of the game, talking to as many professionals as I could, and of course improving my basketball skills.Scanplus Baskets seems like a great place to start my career.

What do you know about German basketball and the country of Germany in general?

I know Germany is one of the top countries in Europe for basketball. I feel very fortunate to have the chance to play basketball there. I don’t know much about Germany in general. I have heard that it has a good economy, and I have heard about the Audubon.

After two seasons at Radford(NCAA) where you didn´t get much minutes, you decided to transfer to Appalachian St where your dad was also a professor? Were there no intentions to further your basketball career there at the start?

I definitely wanted to keep playing basketball, but at that point in my life my education was the priority. I am very fortunate that my collegiate saga worked out the way that it did.

Three years before you came to Radford, North Carolina native Chris Oliver finished at Radford and since has had a very long and illustrious career in Europe and started his career like you in Germany. Did you remember hearing stories about him who has the exact same height as you at 201cm?

I recognize that name. I hope to achieve a long and illustrious career as well.

You didn´t play NCAA basketball for two seasons until the 2012-2013 season. What besides the speed and catching the ball was most difficult to get used to again on the court?

I’m always looking to improve.

How important was Brian Okam for you in your first season at Appalachian State? He had 11 inches on you, but did he help you get even tougher on the court?

Brian Okam had a considerable side advantage on me, so training with him made me appreciate the value of being in shape, being tough, and it inspired a craftiness in my game.

You are a very versatile forward, but what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?

I think that I’m a better athlete than I’m given credit for at times. My athleticism is probably overshadowed by my physical style of play.

What was key from head coach Jason Capel in your first two seasons in you easing back into the NCAA grind?

Coach Capel and his staff made me work extremely hard and held me accountable for my actions. Coach Capel gave me an opportunity, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

As a senior new head coach Jim Fox challenged your leadership skills, but how did he ultimately get you prepared best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Fox is a detail oriented coach and he stresses how important that is to success, especially if you’re going to be a pro. Coach Fox also believed in me and gave me the confidence to expand my game within his system.

What was your senior highlight on the floor? Possibly your 22 point game in the 74-69 win against Georgia State?

That was a great win for our team. It jump started our season.

Who won a one on one in practice you or Jacob Lawson?

I would win. Jacob is a very talented player. I believe the future is bright for him and Appstate basketball.

On what things are you working most ion this summer on your game so that you will be best prepared for your rookie season in Germany?

I have focusing heavily on improving my jump shot.

How does a normal workout day look like for you in the summer of 2015 on and off the court?

This summer I have been weight training three times a week, swimming twice a week, and doing skill work at least 5 days per week. I try to mix up working out with instruction and working out by myself. I also play pickup a few times a week.

Did Jim Fox tell any memorable stories about the work ethic of Steph Curry at Davidson?

Coach Fox would reference Steph often. Tales of his hard work are certainly inspiring.

Why do so many good players come from North Carolina?

It’s a very populous state, but beyond that I would imagine it has something to do with all of the good colleges that it is home to.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last time I went to a movie theatre I went to see Cinderella with my girlfriend.

Thanks Thomas for the chat.