Mitteldeutscher BC

DJ Bennett (Mitteldeutscher BC) Our Commitment To Each Other And Our High Work Ethic Has Separated Us From Other Teams

DJ Bennett is a 203cm forward from Chicago, Illinois that is 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.

This was your second time in Germany and you once again took in the pre Christmas time. You spent last season in the small Sandersdorf and this season in Weissenfels. What have you learned to appreciate about this time of year in Germany?

Being in this part of Germany much like Sandersdorf I’ve learned to appreciate the fans, they always go out of their way to keep showing is support and having small events for us for the holidays, the fans are definitely a big part of this teams success.

Basketball life is very good in Weissenfels as the Mitteldeutscher BC is dominating the league at 15-1. Is everything perfect in MBC country?

I am grateful to be part of such a great team but it’s a long way from perfect, we always have small things that we can do better and we compete every day in practice to make sure we are ready for whoever we face next, I think what separated us from others teams is our commitment to each other and our high work ethic.

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Tyson Hinz(Mitteldeutscher BC) I Need To Be Efficient And Effective Whether I play 10 Minutes Or 30 Minutes

Tyson Hinz is a 24 year old 20cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany with the Mitteldeutscher BC: He played the last two seasons with Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie) playing a total of 73 games and last season played 35 games averaging 13.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 76.6%. He started his basketball career at Carleton University (CIS) in 2009 and played there until 2014 playing a total of 123 CIS games and as a senior played 27 games averaging 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.1%. There he won four CIS titles and three OUA titles. He spoke to German Hoops after the 79-65 victory against BV Chemnitz

 

 

Tyson thanks for talking to German Hoops. The Mitteldeutscher BC is currently 6-1 and have a three game winning streak. How good is basketball life for Tyson Hinz at the moment?

I am always extremely fortunate to be able to play basketball as my profession. Having our team tied for first in the league is always a nice bonus but there is still a lot of basketball to be played.

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Tyson Hinz (Mitteldeutscher BC) The Scrubb Brothers And I Always Had Winning As A Team As Our End Goal And Not To Get Noticed Individually

Tyson Hinz is a 24 year old 20cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany with the Mitteldeutscher BC: He played the last two seasons with Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie) playing a total of 73 games and last season played 35 games averaging 13.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 76.6%. He started his basketball career at Carleton University (CIS) in 2009 and played there until 2014 playing a total of 123 CIS games and as a senior played 27 games averaging 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.1%. There he won four CIS titles and three OUA titles. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball earlier in the summer after signing with the Mitteldeutscher BC.

 

 

 

 

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

At the moment I am in Ottawa, Canada. I grew up here and it’s also where I attended university. It’s the perfect place for me to be during the summer months because I get to train and spend time with family.

With the Scrubb brothers being away for some weeks with the national team were you able to get in some time in the lab at some point this summer or did you guys go your separate ways?

I did miss training with Phil and Tommy throughout the summer. Almost every day during the week there are scrimmages being held at Carleton University with the current players as well as many former and current pros. Having Phil and Tommy there for scrimmages adds an extra competitive edge which takes them to another level.

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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.

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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 eurobasket.com. 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.

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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.

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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.

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