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The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Crunch Time Three Point Accuracy Prevails Again Topping BBC Coburg 76-73

When you observe Jordan Burris for the first time, he looks like any other American player in the Pro B standing out a bit from the rest of the majority of German kids with his 201cm athletic build and dark features, but unlike many  of his American peers in the league who played at smaller and lesser known NCAA schools or NCAA 2 schools, the California native actually has seen the biggest arena´s in the United States playing against top programs like Washington, Oregon, Arizona State or BYU to just name a few and played his home games in the beautiful state of the art arena Lawlor Events Center that has a capacity of 11,200. So when the American who finished his college career at CS San Bernardino(NCAA2) entered the tiny, but very enticing and pretty BCM gym where the Fraport Skyliners Juniors play their home games, he mostly likely had no idea he was bringing some NBA atmosphere to a place that also had it. Even if it took Burris a few years to reach Europe and still has a chip on his shoulder wanting to continue to climb the basketball ladder, he played against future NBA players in the NCAA and even was part of a commercial with NBA legend Kobe Bryant. He easily could have lured some more fans into the BCM with his Kobe Bryant story had they known about it. “ He’s been my favorite player since I can remember. So to meet him and be able to pick his brain was the experience of a lifetime. At one point he stopped the production of the commercial and gave me a personal lesson on his fade away. That’s a memory I will cherish forever. He’s also a big trash talker man. But I guess in 20 years of NBA basketball he’s heard it all. Yea so when he got there I told him “I’m Jordan I’m the guy that’s going to lock you down.” To that he said “that’s not what my 30,000+ points say.” After that I had nothing to say. But just being a huge fan of his, I admire his work ethic and tried to incorporate that into my game. Be the first one in and last one out as much as possible. A line that sticks with me from Kobe is “rest in the end; not in the middle”, stressed Jordan Burris. But Burris also could of heard some stories from Skyliner employees who can boast about their own NBA atmosphere in the BCM gym as over the years guys like Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Arroyo, Jon Leuer and Alan Anderson have played there. Burris put his NBA stories and memories of Kobe on hold for 40 minutes as he and BBC Coburg came to battle the Fraport Skyliners Juniors and departed with a disappointing 76-73 loss which had head coach Derrick Taylor shaking his head after the buzzer sounded. The head coach wasn´t happy with the outcome as neither was Jordan Burris who reflected on the BCM gym and the loss. “I was in good company being in the same gym where Dirk Nowitzki had played in before. I have played in even smaller gyms than this in Germany. When I walked in here I noticed it was nice, but as soon as the game starts, I´m totally focused on the game. We fought hard tonight, but I have to give a lot of credit to Frankfurt. They are a great team for their age. They made a lot of tough three pointers. We played good defense in the first half, but weren´t finishing our possessions with rebounds. We rebounded better in the second half, but they also hit more shots which left fewer rebounds. They hit too many open three´s in the second half”, stressed ex Nevada(NCAA) forward Jordan Burris. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors controlled the game and as always were saved by their timely shooting in crunch time. After the big win which set a date with Bochum in the playoffs, German forward Konstantin Schubert reflected on the win. “We got many baskets inside at the start from Trtovac and in the second quarter Gruehn helped us with his good three point shooting, but we were never really able to get away from Coburg. We had some bad phases when they went to zone and we also gave up some easy baskets as well”, added Konstantin Schubert.

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were without Alex Fountain who is done for the season and is flying home on Sunday back to the States to start rehab while Isaac Bonga and Richard Freudenberg were healthy scratches. BBC Coburg got on the board first as Kentucky native Byron Sanford who played at Trebeca Naz(NCAA2) showed his lethal penetration getting an easy lay in. However the Fraport Skyliners Juniors then scored six unanswered points as German center Armin Trtovac used his size and strength to get three buckets and give Frankfurt the 6-2 lead. Frankfurt would keep the early lead and momentum and extend their lead to 14-8 as they continued to dominate in the paint as Jules Akodo made a 15 footer, 2014 NBBL rookie of the year Niklas Kiel scored inside and ex Ehingen center Tobias Jahn scored twice. BBC Coburg stayed on track as California native Jordan Burris nailed two trey´s. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors closed out the first quarter strong as they defended with passion and also dominated the boards and got a bucket from ex USC Freiburg center Cosmo Gruehn and 16 year old Maxi Begue provided free throws. BBC Coburg received a heads up basket from German Steffen Walde who was aggressive on the offensive glass and made the put back as Frankfurt led comfortably 18-10. “Trtovac was playing like the dominant force he should be. He remined me of Shaq, but he did get into early foul trouble and had to sit. Trtovac doesn´t know how strong he really is. We rebounded very well. When Kiel is up there crashing the boards, it´s easy to get rebounds and points”, stressed Fraport Skyliner Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 50% from the field and 0% from outside while grabbing 15 boards, but coughed up the ball five times while BBC Coburg was shooting 27% from the field and 33% from outside while getting 5 rebounds and having two turnovers.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Jordan Burris after dropping 16 points in a 76-73 loss in Frankfurt

In the second quarter the Fraport Skyliners Juniors continued to keep the lead, but could never fully shake BBC Coburg as they stayed on their heels. In the first quarter, Frankfurt had no outside game, but sooner or later, the three´s will fall and did as once again the hero off the bench was Cosmo Gruehn who had the hot hand again. But before that happened German Kevin Eichelsdörfer who was averaging only 3,9ppg nailed a 15 footer to cut the Frankfurt lead to 18-12. Gruehn hit his first three to give Frankfurt the 21-12 advantage, but BBC Coburg stayed with them as 26 year old German big man Daniel Stawowski scored in the paint and Lithuanian Elvidas Molosciakas hit a timely trey, but Kiel countered with a crushing two handed dunk and Gruehn struck again from the parking lot extending the Frankfurt lead to 26-18. BBC Coburg then struck for a quick 6-2 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 28-24 as Daniel Stawowsli made a offensive rebound and put back while Byron Sanford used his explosive quickness for a lay in and made a steal and coast to coast sprint for the lay in. “Sanford has been important in every game for us. He loves to play with energy and is a great scoring point guard. He is built and pushes me to become my best. He always wants to get every rebound. He has so much energy that he elevates the team to new heights”, added Jordan Burris. “I am aggressive on the defensive end which is contagious and turns to easy offense. When I´m aggressive then the whole team is aggressive”, warned Byron Sanford. BBC Coburg was rebounding a lot better in the second quarter, but they had no remedy how to contain Gruehn as he continued to unleash lethal three´s as he hit another two extending the Frankfurt lead to 34-26. “Gruehn gave us a lot of energy and a lift from the bench. We can always rely on him hitting big shots”, added Konstantin Schubert. He would tie his Pro B best mark of four three´s as he also did it in three other games against Leverkusen, FC Bayern Munich and Rhondorf. However Frankfurt was unable to now to pull away as BBC Coburg got another bucket from Stawowski as well as free throws from him and Sanford while Akodo hit a trey as Frankfurt had the slim 37-32 lead at the break. “Gruehn gets my vote for best sixth man of the year. He brings new life to the team when he comes in. Every shot looks good for him. The team likes to look for him because he shoots the ball so well. But the team did get a little complacent on defense not executing as well and not communicating as well”, stressed ex Auburn(NCAA) guard Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 48% from the field and 36% from the three point line and had secured 28 rebounds and had had eight turnovers while BBC Coburg was shooting 39% from the field and 22% from the three points line and they had hauled down 14 rebounds and had three turnovers.

In the third quarter BBC Coburg started off with a bang retaining the lead again, but only to see the Fraport Skyliners Juniors calm down and get a healthy lead again. BBC Coburg came out of half-time reborn going on a 10-4 run to recapture the lead 42-41 since leading 2-0 at the start of the contest. Byron Sanford got BBC Coburg the needed energy scoring on back to back buckets as his quick first step and penetration to the basket left Frankfurt dazed and miffed as he was unstoppable. The Bavarian team also gut timely support from German Steffen Walde who played 29 Pro A games with Baunach and scored on a pretty finger tip lay in and pull up jumper and Molosciakos scored in the paint as he retrieved a back door pass from ex Dresden center Max Von Der Wippel. BBC Coburg was making a lot better decisions and were getting everyone involved on the court while Frankfurt was going through a phase where they couldn´t execute effectively against the BBC Coburg zone. After a Frankfurt time out, they came out refreshed and let the three ball fly again rushing out on a 11-2 run to retake the lead at 52-44. Vital in the run was 19 year old ex Kronberg sniper Felix Hecker who was the 2017 NBBL leading scorer at 26,0ppg nailing two three´s while Garai Zeeb also connected getting his first field goal of the game after being shut out again in the first half. Down the stretch ex Ehingen forward Chris Wolf hit a trey and Von Der Wippel hit a step back, but Frankfurt led 56-49 after 30 minutes. Jahn scored inside and Zeeb also hit free throws to sustain the lead. “Hecker took Gruehn´s part in the third with important shots. We found our rhythm playing better against the zone”, said Konstantin Schubert. “Basketball is a game of runs. We had a big chip on our shoulder coming into the third quarter. I thought it was a pretty even third quarter”, stated Jordan Burris. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 45% from the field and 35% from the parking lot and had 32 rebounds and 10 turnovers while BBC Coburg was shooting 40% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. And had 25 rebounds and four turnovers.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Byron Sanford of BBC Coburg after hitting Frankfurt for 16 points in a bitter 76-73 loss on the road

In the fourth quarter BBC Coburg had one last gasp of energy cutting the Frankfurt lead to one point, but then were steam rolled again by the potent outside shooting as they could never recover from it. BBC Coburg entered the fourth quarter going on a 10-4 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 60-59. Gruehn who had done the most damage from outside showed he can be aggressive and scored in the paint. However BBC Cobrug then went on a 10-2 run as they got a lot of support from various players as four players contributed. BBC Coburg continued to get easy baskets inside as Stawowski used his size spinning to the hoop for two, Burris nailed a jumper, Molosciakos scored inside and Von Der Wippel scored four free throws. Frankfurt was playing their typical up and down game and lost concentration while the guests were calm and had a good rhythm on offense. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors then went on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 69-59 that got them in good position to seal the win. In the run they got all their 9 points from Akodo and Kiel who dropped trey´s and hit free throws. BBC Coburg did close out the game with a 14-4 run in their comeback, but the 76-73 loss was mis leading from the score. Frankfurt was in control and sank the needed free throws as Kiel hit four free throws and made a lay in which was enough for the win. “Our depth helped us again. It seems like every game it is another guy in crunch-time. Two weeks ago it was me, last weekend it was Freudenberg and today it was Akodo and Kiel. We defended well in the crunch-time taking away their inside game and controlling the rebound”, stressed Konstantin Schubert. “We weren´t fatigued at the end. We have to stay locked in as a team for 40 minutes. All five guys on the floor have to be locked in. If one guy isn´t locked in then there is that open shot. It was hard stopping Trtovac and every guy on that team is capable of knocking down shots”, stressed Jordan Burris. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Cosmo Gruehn with 16 points. Niklas Kiel added 14 points while Tobias Jahn had 12 points and 10 boards and Jules Akodo contributed 12 points. BBC Coburg was led by Jordan Burris with 16 points and six rebounds and Byron Sanford had 16 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 46% from the field and 34% from outside while securing 37 rebounds, but coughing up the ball 16 times while BBC Coburg shot 42% from the field and 29% from outside while grabbing 36 rebounds and having nine turnovers.

 

 

 

 

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Dylan Ennis(Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd) In The NBA You Look For The Quick Shot And In The Euroleague You Look For The Best Shot

Dylan Ennis is a 26 year old 187cm point guard from Brampton, Ontario playing his rookie season as a professional in Europe for Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (Serbia-KLS) after starting the season for BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica (Serbia-KLS) playing 10 ABA League games averaging 18.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.4apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 29.8%, FT: 69.0%. He began his basketball career in 2011 with Rice (NCAA) averaging  8.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 66.0%. He then played two years with Villanova (NCAA) averaging  5.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 35.3%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 78.6% and as a junior averaged  9.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 61.9%. He played his senior season at Oregon (NCAA) playing 39 games averaging  10.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.7%. Last summer he played NBA Summer League in Orlando, FL (Oklahoma City Thunder): 5 games averaging  8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 41.9% and NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, NV (Golden State Warriors) playing 6 games averaging  9.3ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 42.9%. He spoke to Grman Hoops before the Euroleague game against Brose Bamberg in Bamberg.

 

 

 

Dylan thanks for talking to German Hoops. Welcome to Germany. Is this your first time in Germany and what do you know in general about the country and it´s basketball?

 

 

Yes this is my first time in Germany. I have visited many countries as a rookie. I was only one time in Europe that was when I was in seventh or eighth grade playing in France with a AAU team from Canada. Guys like my brother Tyler, Tristan Thompson and Melvin Ejim were on the team. We saw so many things that we had never seen before in America and it really opened our eyes.

 

 

 

You started your rookie season with BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica (Serbia-KLS) playing 10 ABA league games averaging 18.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.4apg, 2.2spg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 29.8%, FT: 69.0%. Were you a bit disappointed you started in Serbia and not in the States considering you had a solid NBA Summer league gig with the Golden State Warriors and hit Miami for 35 points?

 

I thought I had played well at the NBA Summer League and was a bit surprised that I didn´t get more offers from the NBA, but that didn´t deter me to keep working hard as I brought this chip on my shoulder to Europe. I am thankful that BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica gave me a chance. This is the plan that God has worked out for me at the moment. I always dreamed as a kid to play in the NBA, but I´m happy where I am now and will continue to work as hard as possible on my game

 

 

 

 

How important was the first few months with BC Mega Bemax Sremska Mitrovica for your early professional basketball development? You were the only American and was the leader as a rookie. What do you credit your early success to on the court?

 

 

I came to Serbia as one of the older guys and saw a different kind of game to what I was used to. Coach allowed me to play my game and play more on ball as a point guard as opposed to playing on ball as a scorer. That was the perfect situation for me, because I could play more the one which is my natural position and one I didn´t play in college. Now I can play the way I love to for Red Star.

 

 

You moved to Euroleague team Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (Serbia-KLS). What has it been like playing for this traditional club. What experience have you had there that has shown you that this is a special club?

 

 

It has been great. There is much culture here. The first time where I really realized that was at the first game when I heard the roar of the crowd. It was as loud as hell. I felt the passion of the fans on every play. Serbia has a big basketball culture and the fans are very passionate. That is what I love about this team.

 

Has it been like a basketball culture shock for you. Now you have many talented and experienced import players as you are one of many. How challenging has the early going been for you?

 

 

Initially it was a tough transition. It was the little things that made it difficult. In the NBA Summer League I looked for the quick shot while in the Euroleague you look for the best shot and move the ball. I played more off ball in college and now I´m able to play on ball and my primary position at the point. James Feldeine has helped me a lot with the transition as did Taylor Rochestie. I have been able to pick Taylor´s brain whenever I can

 

You have been averaging 10 minutes in the Euroleague and ABA, but been fairly efficient in that time. How much of a challenge is it being efficient in your first season overseas?

 

 

Bring efficient is the most important thing for me in the time I get. I try to be as efficient as possible if it´s playing two minutes or 20 minutes. I have understood that not all attention is on me on this team and that I have to be patient. All I know is that I have to do my best in the minutes I get.

 

 

How vital has seasoned veteran Taylor Rochestie been for you? He has been around the block in Europe. Has he been sort of a mentor in the early going for you?

 

 

Yes Taylor has been like a mentor for me. We are a little different in our games as he sets the table and I´m more the aggressive player. He has helped me a lot in being able to slow down and bring better tempo and Rhythm to the game. I would not be the player I am now since arriving without him.

 

 

Let´s talk about your game. Are you more than just a scoring point guard? To what NBA player would you describe your game best to?

 

 

If I had to compare myself to an NBA player then it would be Damian Lillard. He is an allstar and I´m not saying I´m anything like him. I´m a player that is an aggressive scorer at the point guard position, but at the same time be that point guard that sets his teammates up and isn´t a ball hog. Just trying to help his team win.

 

 

You’re a player that can fill the stat sheet well, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?

 

My ball screen ability. In college I wasn´t in that position so much because we always had many guards. I think that now as a rookie, I have been put more in a position to play the ball screen and people are starting to notice now. I am also feeling more comfortable with it now.

 

 

Last summer you played NBA Summer League in Orlando, FL (Oklahoma City Thunder): 5 games: 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 41.9% and in Las Vegas, NV (Golden State Warriors): 6 games: 9.3ppg, 2.2rpg, FGP: 42.9%. Do you feel like having the name Ennis helped you a bit with people being aware of you since your brother is in the NBA?

 

Yes of course. People know that I come from a basketball family. I use my brother as a tool and have gotten much advice from him.

 

 

You had two good showings in the NBA Summer League. What kind of feedback did you get? Do you feel with continued development in Europe that you get on the radar´s of NBA teams down the road?

 

When I left the NBA Summer League I showed that I can score, have the body and can play both sides, but I wanted to play more point guard. Now I have the ball in my hands and am able to run the show. To be honest, the NBA isn´t at the forefront for me, but only my next game. I am so blessed that I can play the game that I love and I hope I can continue to get better and be known as a top guard be it being in Europe or the NBA.

 

 

 

You really had a busy basketball life as a youngster getting early experience as various schools and then played at 3 different NCAA schools. If you look back how do you feel did you profit best in the long run having gone this route instead of only having played at one NCAA school?

 

 

 

I always thought that I would play at one school where I would get my jersey retired and make history. Moving around isn´t for everyone, but it was great for me and turned out well. I learned so many important things from many different coaches. Being able to move around so much gave me many different tools and that helped me become the player that I am today.

 

 

 

You are three years older than your brother Tyler Ennis, but he made it to the NBA in 2014. What kind of relationship do you have as had it been tough for you seeing the little brother be so successful and having breaks whereas you had many injuries to deal with already in your career?

 

 

Me and Tyler talk everyday. He is my best friend. We mostly talk basketball, but also the stuff that happens off the court. I am so happy for his success. When he was drafted, I was the happiest for him. When I see all the hard work he does, he really has deserved everything he has achieved. He went his route enduring what he had to to get there and it has been the same for me.

 

 

 

After a strong senior year at Lake Forest Academy, you started your NCAA career at Rice (NCAA) playing 32 games averaging 8.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 66.0%. Why did you chose this route and why did you leave after one season?

 

 

 

 

Rice was one of the best teams in one of the better conferences that had recruited me. I felt like I had been underrecruited, but Rice really wanted me. It was better for me to go to a school that wanted me instead of just going to the best school. They told me that the ball would be in my hands as a freshman. I left because I wanted to play at the highest level. Rice supported me all the way and we still have great relations now.

 

 

 

You then played with Villanova from 2013-2015 winning the Big East tournament. You decided to transfer again to Oregon because you wanted to play the point and not shooting guard. The year you left Villanova won the NCAA title. Does it annoy at times that you hadn´t stayed? Maybe your career would be different now?

 

 

All always say I was mad for leaving and not staying and winning the NCAA title. But it wasn´t like that at all. The coach and players were like my brothers. I was happy they won. I left to go to Oregon as it was an important decision in my life and I felt it was the best decision. I never had any regrets. The next year, I was so close to winning. I wouldn´t have changed it for the world.

 

 

 

You had some bitter loses, but what memories do you have of the 71-68 loss against North Carolina State in the 2015 NCAA tournament Was that a game where certain plays are still vivid in your mind?

 

 

 

 

It is what it is. Jordan Bell said it was his fault, but it wasn´t. He played such a great tournament. All we had to do was get that rebound. If he had gotten the rebound, he would have given me the ball. I´m not a future teller, but with us down one point, I´m sure that I would have made that last shot to win the game. I never dwell on that. We had so much success in that tournament.

 

 

You finished at Oregon(NCAA) averaging10.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.7%. An injury there curtailed your junior season, but you came back strong. You had a strong NCAA run losing to North Carolina 77-76 in the final 4 being one of the key figures on your team in the run. If you could would you love to get back one of your three point looks from that game and try it again. You shot only 2/9 and with a little more accuracy probably would have won the game.

 

 

 

Yes of course. You always look back at what you could of done better. I never dwell on bad memories, but just on the good memories. We played in the NCAA Final 4.

 

 

Three guys from that game´s starting 5 reached the NBA with Dorsey, Brooks and Bell reached the NBA this season. How much does their presence there make you work even harder to join them eventually. Is it more just the right opportunity and luck or is there something in your game that you know is still lacking for the next step?

 

 

I think that it has to do more with opportunity. Luck can only get you so far, but it´s really about how much work you put in. If its in God´s card that he will bring me to the NBA then be it, but if not, I will continue to enjoy the Euroleague. There are a lot of NBA players in the Euroleague and it´s very competitive. I won´t ever go to bed sad not being in the NBA, but continue to work hard every day to get to where I want to get to.

 

 

 

 

How did head coach Dana Altman give you that last touch of grooming and preparation for a professional career?

 

 

Coach Altmann was great and like a mentor for me at Oregon. He really took a chance on me taking me in at Oregon as a sixth year senior. He gave me the keys to the team and told me that I might not be the leading scorer, but that he would keep me on the floor long enough so that I can lead the team to the title. He really believed in me and I averaged the most minutes on the team. He taught me that I can do all the little things to help my team win. Not all players have that and coach installed that in me and made me an all around player and I am thankful for that.

 

 

 

 

Who won a one on one in practice you or Tyler Dorsey?

 

 

 

I will never go against myself in a one on one. When we went head to head, it would be king of the court and we always had tough battles. He was one of the best scorers that I ever played with. But if I had to put money on the line, I would always take myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA right now

 

 

My brother Tyler has been the toughest player that I have played against. We played against each other in the NCAA when I was with Villanova and he was with Syracuse. He was always hard to stop. He could do it all, scoring, shooting and getting all involved.

 

 

 

What were the main reasons for electing to play for the Jamaican national team and not with the Canadian where you could be teammates with your brother?

 

 

 

Initially I wanted to play forCanada, but I was a bit overlooked and there wasn´t any room for me playing for team Canada. I wanted to gain some international experience so I was able to play for Jamaica. Now there is room for me and Canada has got my release from the Jamaican team and now I can officially play for Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore which 4 heads would you chose?

 

 

 

Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant

 

 

 

Lebron James failed to win his fourth NBA title and is still three away from Michael Jordan. Where does Lebron stand right now in your opinion in the never ending debate of who is the best of all-time?

 

 

 

 

 

 I feel that people still see Jordan as the greatest. He is simply on another platform. Lebron is in the argument and one can´t say who is really the greatest until Lebron is done. It seems like he isn´t slowing down either.

 

There has been criticism of Russell Westbrook to be focusing more on rebounding to help inflate his stats and possibilities of getting triple doubles instead of focusing on his defensive assignments. Do you feel that this is a fair assessment to the player Russell Westbrook?

 

 

 

Getting a triple double is no easy feat. You still have to hit shots. You can´t take way what he achieved last season.

 

 

How do you summarize the 2017 NBA Draft. What sleepers do you see playing a role in the NBA?

 

 

I´m a big fan of Donovan Mitchell. I would never have thought that he would have such a good rookie season. He gives so much in each game. I played against Kyle Kuzma in college. He plays with so much confidence and never shy´s away from the moment. His success is based on his ability to play with so much confidence.

 

 

 

Where will the journey of the Houston Rockets go this season with Chris Paul and James Harden in the back court. Do they have enough to make a serious run at the title or is something missing?

 

 

You have to first get by the Warriors. The Rockets have two real competitors with Harden and Paul. They will give teams a run for the money. It wouldn´t surprise me if they could win a 7 game series, but if I was betting, I would pick Golden State,

 

 

 

How do you rate the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade? Who got the better deal and which team will profit better in the long run?

 

 

I am a fan of Irving and Thomas. The only reason that Boston got the better of the deal is because the Celtics became his team to run. Thomas got into a tough situation with all the pulling and tugging from both teams as well as his injury. He never had a chance to have a clear mind.

 

 

 

Where will the journey of the Oklahoma Thunder go this season with Westbrook, George and Anthony? Can they make a serious run in the west?

 

 

 

They didn´t have a good regular season, but it´s hard to mesh three super stars. All three guys need the ball in their hands. But in the playoffs you never know what can happen. All three guys are playoff players and they could surprise some people.

 

 

 

What was the last movie that you saw?

 

Black Panther. It´s a great movie. They didn´t only do a great job with the animation but also covered real life problems.

 

 

Thanks Dylan for the chat.

Gabe York (medi Bayreuth) I Was A Test Subject And Learned That Not Everything Is Like Green Grass And Beautiful But That I Need To Get Better

Gabe York is a 24 year old 190cm guard from Orange, California playing his second professional season and first with medi Bayreuth. Last season as a rookie he played for Vanoli Cremona (Italy-Serie A) playing 6 games averaging 4.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg, left in Nov.’16, later that month moved to Erie Bay Hawks (D-League) playing 44 games avergaging15.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 83.7%. He played at Arizona from 2012-2016 playing a total of 124 games and as a senior played 34 games averaging 15.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 42.1%, FT: 75.6%. With Arizona he won the Pac 10 tournament in 2015 and reached the NCAA Elite 8 twice and NCAA Sweet 16 once. He spoke to German Hoops  before the 2018 easyCredit BBL cup semi-final game against Alba Berlin in Ulm.

Gabe thanks for talking to German Hoops. Congrats on the great season. Fourth place in the BBL, playoffs in the Basketball Champions League and top 4 cup appearance. How good is basketball life right now?

It´s been really good. After coming off a bad experience in Italy last season and playing in the NBA Summer League where I had a chance at the NBA, I had to take a step back this season, but the season has been great and I want to finish strong and do some damage in the playoffs.

Bayreuth is 150 kilometers away from Wurzburg. Who visited who more until his release you or Ryan Anderson who was your teammate at Arizona?

He was released 3 or 4 months ago. We had planned to hang out, but we never did because of our schedules

How excited is the club for the cup weekend in Ulm? You have to beat Alba Berlin to get to the final. You beat Alba Berlin already once this season. Is this team feeling title in their veins?

We never want to look past our opponent which is Alba Berlin. If we stick to our game plan, then we feel that we can beat anyone in the league. Alba Berlin is a really fast paced team and we will have to be ready for them. We will have to be ready for any punches they throw and be ready throw them back.

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Peyton Siva (Alba Berlin) I Didn´t Lose Confidence In The Way I Know How To Play

Peyton Siva is a 27 year old 183cm point guard from Seattle, Washington playing his fifth professional season and second with Alba Berlin. Currently he is averaging 13,4ppg, 2,2rpg and 5,3apg. Last season with Alba Berlin he averaged 9.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 83.8%; and in the Eurocup averaged 11.3ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-3(6.3apg), Steals-2(2.0spg), FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 86.7%. In his first season in Europe in 2015-2016 he played with Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta (Italy-Serie A) playing 21 games averaging 13.3ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-1(6.5apg), Steals-1(2.0spg), FGP: 43.2%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT-1(91.9%). He played his first two professional seasons in the G-League with Fort Wayne and Erie and played 22 NBA games with the Detroit Pistons. He played at Louisville from 2009-2013 playing a total of 144 games and as a senior helped them win the NCAA title and played 40 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.7apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 86.7%. He spoke to German Hoops before the BBL game against Science City Jena in Jena.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber with Peyton Siva in the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt after the Alba Berlin loss to Frankfurt in 2017

Peyton thanks for talking to German Hoops. A sweep of Bamberg, the cup top 4 around the corner and a second place in the BBL standings, how good is basketball life now?

It´s really good. I am enjoying being around my teammates and playing in a good environment. Coach Aito makes it a good environment to play basketball.

There aren´t many players that can say that they swept Bamberg in a season. How good does it feel having had their number this season?

It feels good. Those were two very big wins. You always want to get those tough wins out of the way when going into the playoffs. It was great getting these wins, but we are focusing on the next game against Jena.

You were the best player on the floor scoring 25 points. Do you feel like you took your game to another level?

It was just me playing with confidence. Coach Aito put me in a position where I could play with confidence. But my teammates like Spencer Butterfield also were a big factor making big shots in helping getting this win.

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Deandre Lansdowne (Basketball Lowen Braunschweig) I Have An Obsession Of Being Great And Never Satisfied With Where I Am

Deandre Lansdowne is a 28 year old 187cm guard from Albuquerque, Mexico that is playing his first BBL season with the Basket Lowen Braunschweig. Last season he played with the Hamburg Towers averaging 12,3ppg, 5,0rpg and 2,3apg. He started his career in Germany in 2015-2016 in the Pro B where he played with Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Pro B) playing 27 games: Score-2(22.9ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5(2.6spg), FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.5%.  He played college ball at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) and as a senior played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 50.7%. He then gained his first professional experience with Pioneros de Delicias (Mexico-Chihuahua Vive) before continuing career in Germany. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball shortly after the new year.

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Miles Schmidt-Scheuber has covered the Cinderella career of Deandre Lansdowne since he played in the Pro B with Herten via Pro A team Hamburg Towers. The American has adjusted well to the BBL as he dropped 11 points and dished out 6 assists in a 78-71 loss in Frankfurt

Deandre thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how did you celebrate the holiday season?

 Hi, Good speaking with with you again. I’m in Braunschweig. I didn’t do much. We had quite a few games the last weeks. So I’ve just been focusing on basketball. But the good part is my mother has been in throughout the holidays, so it’s been nice spending time with her.

You played in Herten and Hamburg before moving to Braunschweig this season. Was there anything special in your new home in the holiday season that you hadn´t seen before in Herten and Hamburg?

Nope, nothing new. I would say Hamburg had a better holiday season with their huge Christmas market.

Congrats on reaching the easyCredit BBL in your third season with Braunschweig. In our last interview in April 2017 you stated that “My Next Step Is To Be One Of The More Dominant Players In Pro A”. Did you not sell yourself a bit short? You must of felt after that strong Pro A season that you could reach the BBL or not?

My plan was always to get to the BBL, but if I happened to play in Pro A again, that was my goal, so that I could only spend 1 more season there.

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Thomas Walkup Upends The Webster Show Propelling The MHP Riesen Past The Fraport Skyliners 88-81

It is always a special basketball treat when one sees two basketball minds and two top coaches in the easyCredit BBL with Gordon Herbert and John Patrick go head to head on the sidelines and since the 2010-2011 season where Herbert was coach with Alba Berlin and the Fraport Skyliners while Patrick was head coach with BG Goettingen, Wurzburg and now Ludwigsburg, the two have had some intense battles as the current record stands at 10-10. Herbert won the first five duels, but Patrick is 10-5 since that first season where Frankfurt had BG Goettingen´s number. But not only watching the best two coaches bark the commands and witness how the players execute is a delight, but also seeing each team´s best player go head to head. That unfortunately didn´t happen in the return game in Frankfurt as Thomas Walkup was on the court, but Frankfurt´s best player Philip Scrubb was not. One can argue all day long as to who are each team´s best players, but these two surely would get a good share of the votes. Scrubb showed as a rookie two seasons ago why many in Canada called him the best Canadian college player ever as his high IQ, scoring and passing game made many Skyliner fans´s two hour basketball experience a very enjoyable time. This season Scrubb heightened his game as Frankfurt was hit with the injury bug and he had to really show his scoring gene and did being the leagues top scorer, but a knee injury put him out of action again. The MHP Riesen have many talented players, but of all Thomas Walkup may go the farthest. He came from a lesser known school SF Austin, but made a name of himself scoring 33 points against West Virginia and 22 points in his last NCAA game against Notre Dame. Many basketball experts saw him as a guy that could fit the mold of the New look NBA as a versatile player that can do a bit of everything which isn´t always appreciated from clubs at that level, but the American impressed. “The basketball world is so connected that you can play anywhere in Europe and still be on a NBA team´s radar. I am playing good ball now after not playing as well last season. I will just continue to keep working and see where it takes me”, warned Thomas Walkup.  But instead of landing in the NBA, he played a season with the Windy City Bulls (D-League) playing 40 games averaging 7.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 84.5%.. He put the NBA on the back burner and is concentrating on his game and help Ludwigsburg get a title. He has put up impressive stats as he understands how to fill the stat sheet and really has improved his shooting from downtown averaging 42% in the BBL and BCL competitions. Not only his stellar all-around play has rubbed off on his teammates, but also his winning mentality that has allowed them to be an early BCL title candidate and his hidden strength of having that important winning mentality also has been key. In the first meeting with the Fraport Skyliners, the MHP Riesen toppled Frankfurt 79-62 as he led all scorers with 19 points and while they keyed in on Scrubb limiting him to six points on 1/7 shooting. The Fraport Skyliners had a lot of revenge on their minds as they welcomed the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg into their living room and for three quarters looked like they might win, but couldn´t handle Thomas Walkup as he stole the show from Tai Webster pouring in 27 points and scored 12 of the last 14 Ludwigsburg points propelling them to the come from behind 88-81 win.

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The Perfectionist In John Patrick Has That First Title For The MHP Riesen Lurking In His Rear View Mirror

Sometimes the basketball world can be so small as the day after the horrible loss to Alba Berlin a week into the new year 2018, I was flying over to the States for my annual visit with my family over the all star break and I remember getting ready to say farewell to my son at the area where one disappears and is on it´s way to the departure gate at Frankfurt airport.  I remember having to look twice as I didn´t see an Eintracht Frankfurt jersey or FC Barcelona of a fan, but one of a German easyCredit BBL club. I remember wondering wow nice to see a MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg fan roaming Frankfurt airport. I quickly realized that was no fan wearing the club´s attire, but top American player Thomas Walkup who walked by me not knowing I had interviewed him once on the phone. A little less than a week earlier I had interviewed him before a game in Oldenburg. I had never met him in person, so when finding out who he was came another “wow what a small world” moment. He didn´t hesitate to mention that his parents had adored the question answer session with him. Quickly I saw more players turn up with the likes of Kerron Johnson, Adam Waleskowski, Dwayne Evans and all the rest. Soon I found out, I would be on the same flight to Copenhagen, Denmark before our ways would separate as I would be heading over the big pond to Boston and Walkup and co would be heading to Lithuania for a Basketball Champions League game the next night. With all the players slowly appearing, head coach John Patrick couldn´t be far away I thought. After a short, but as always interesting and entertaining chit chat with Adam Waleskowski on our way to the boarding gate, I soon recognized John Patrick who was relaxing in a corner. As I approached him, I remembered many encounters I had over the years with him the first being in the 2007-2008 season either in the Fraport arena or Lok Halle. He looked more tired than his players as his eyes looked bigger than usual. I had learned the club had traveled to Frankfurt during the last night following the home loss to Alba Berlin so they would have less of a hike in the morning to catch their flight to Lithuania from Frankfurt. I didn´t ask about where the tiredness came from, but a logical explanation surely could have been that he had been up the last hours trying to digest the loss to Alba Berlin via video. After a short talk we flew to Copenhagen. Then when we were in Denmark, our ways crossed again as this time I had some further chit chat with the 2010 Eurochallenge winning coach and as always our topic was basketball and the big German talents Isaac Bonga of Frankfurt and Ariel Hukporti of the MHP Riesen. His eyes had become more normal as the morning was winding down and his body was getting used to the regular day routine that he has had as a coach since entering the BBL in 2007. 48 hours later he was already on his way back to Germany having experienced a solid 87-71 win over Neptunas. This was just another short chapter in the successful basketball coaching career of John Patrick who is a perfectionist that has that first title for the MHP Riesen lurking in his rear view mirror.

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