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Bamberg dethrone Bayern / Ludwigsburg keep star big man Brockman / Kleber at the NBA Summer League © Daniel Löb

Bamberg dethrone Bayern / Ludwigsburg keep star big man Brockman / Kleber at the NBA Summer League

— David Hein

Brose Baskets Bamberg collected their fifth Beko BBL crown in the last six seasons by de-throning Bayern Munich in a thrilling Game Five. While Bamberg and Bayern battled for the title, a number of clubs were getting their teams ready for the 2015-16 season, including Ludwigsburg bringing back star big man Jon Brockman and Ulm signing Augustine Rubit.

In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. If you’re short on time but still want your fill of Germany’s top basketball league then you are in the right place. Every week David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet:

Bamberg return to top of Beko BBL, dethrone Bayern in thrilling Game Five

Brose Baskets Bamberg returned to the pinnacle of German basketball by beating reigning champions Bayern Munich 3-2 in the Beko BBL Finals, winning a thrilling Game Five 88-84. Bamberg, who won Games Two and Three in Munich and Bamberg respectively, finished off the series in front of their home Freak City fans. Bamberg nearly gave away an 18-point play as Munich got to within three points in the final minute. In what was supposed to be a transition season after the re-make of the club following the departures of head coach Chris Fleming and GM Wolfgang Heyder, Bamberg were able to collect their fifth Beko BBL crown in the last six seasons. And of course that meant celebrations:

Ludwigsburg extend deal with Brockman

Jon Brockman was one of the best big men in the Beko BBL and MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg retained the services of the league’s top rebounder until the end of the 2015-16 season. The 28-year-old Brockman, who played 150 games in the NBA between 2009 and 2012, av-eraged 9.8 rebounds last season and played a big role in getting the club to the Beko BBL playoffs.

Ulm lock up versatile forward Rubit for two years, add youngster Alte

ratiopharm ulm continue to reshape their team for next season and added someone they expect to be a leader in Augustine Rubit. The 25-year-old power forward arrives from WAL-TER Tigers Tübingen and signed on a two-year contract with Ulm. The club also hope to have added a German talent for the future as they locked up 20-year-old power forward/center Tom Alte until 2017.

Doornekamp stays with SKYLINERS, Armand leaving

FRAPORT SKYLINERS are bringing back an important part of their successful 2014-15 season as they re-signed Aaron Doornekamp for the 2015-16 season. The Canadian wing played a big role in helping SKYLINERS reach the playoffs. On his way out of Frankfurt meanwhile is Sean Armand who will be moving to Turkish club Buyuksehir Belediyesi.

Redding leaves Berlin for Turkey

ALBA BERLIN were forced to bid farewell to star wing Reggie Redding as the 26-year-old American signed with Turkish top flight side Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul. Redding said goodbye to the Berlin fans on Twitter, saying: “Can’t say anything but great things about my two years in Berlin. I’m really going to miss the city…”

MBC keep Massenat, sign 20-year-old PG Fritze

Mitteldeutscher BC will be bringing back one of their leaders from last season as Frantz Massenat’s deal with the club was extended until the end of next season. The 23-year-old American will be MBC’s main playmaker next season. The club also brought in a promising young German point guard in former German U20 international Sören Fritze. The 20-year-old point guard, who signed until the end of the season, suffered a serious knee injury and only played two games for Ulm’s ProB team Weißenhorn Youngsters, averaging 14.2 points, 3.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds. Fritze was named the MVP of the 2012-13 NBBL season and received some minor playing time with Phoenix Hagen before moving to Ulm.

Göttingen bring in German duo Schwarz, Mönninghoff, Mello retires

BG Göttingen locked up two of their important German roster spots as they added Malte Schwarz and Mathis Mönninghoff. Schwarz comes to Göttingen after serving as the team captain for Mitteldeutscher BC. Mönninghoff became available after TBB Trier was forced to relegate to the ProA after financial problems. Göttingen did see a German player leave the club as Dominik Bahiense de Mello decided to retire from professional basketball. The 30-year-old played 10 years in the Beko BBL and now wants to begin another career outside of basketball.

Bremerhaven swap German centers, Freese comes in for Schneiders

Eisbären Bremerhaven have swapped out German centers as they signed Jannik Freese for the 2015-16 season and let Nick Schneiders leave the club. The 28-year-old Freese arrives from ALBA BERLIN, where he played the second half of last season after starting the season with Crailsheim Merlins. Schneiders, who at 2.21m is the tallest player the Beko BBL, departs Bremerhaven after two seasons with Eisbären.

Bonn keep Koch for two more seasons

Telekom Baskets Bonn will continue to count on German small forward Florian Koch as the 23-year-old extended his deal with Bonn for two seasons until 2017. This fall, Koch will start his sixth season with Bonn.

Gießen captain DiLeo remains with team for Beko BBL run

Gießen 46ers have kept their captain as German TJ DiLeo signed on a one-year deal with the promoted club. The 24-year-old fan favorite will be playing in the Beko BBL for the first time in his career and is already the seventh player Gießen have lined up for the 2015-16 season.

Bayreuth add Finnish champion Horton / Tübingen add big man Fitzpatrick

medi bayreuth took a step to filling their forward position for next season by adding 25-year-old Kenneth Horton. The New York native comes to the Beko BBL for the first time after leading Kataja Baskets to their first ever Finnish championship.
WALTER Tigers Tübingen brought in a big man to handle the post as they signed 25-year-old Toarlyn Fitzpartrick for the 2015-16 season. The Florida native comes to Germany from Greek top flight side AS Apollon Patras.

Crailsheim only bidder for Beko BBL wild card

Crailsheim Merlins have good chances of returning to the Beko BBL as the relegated team was the only club to apply for a wild card for the 2015-16 season. The clubs will meet on July 3 to vote on Crailsheim’s candidacy for a spot in the Beko BBL next season.

Rumor central: Bayern looking at Zirbes, Bamberg close with German duo

Now that the Beko BBL season is officially over, the off-season can begin in earnest. And that means rumors as well. There are some juicy ones out there. According to both Sportando and David Pick, Bayern Munich are in negotiations with German center Maik Zirbes, who played last season with Red Star Belgrade after playing with Brose Baskets Bamberg. The new champions are also the subject of rumors as Telekom Basketball reported that Bamberg are close to announcing that Lucca Staiger and Patrick Heckmann will be joining the team.

RheinStars bring in former Fleming assistant Woltmann as new head coach

RheinStars Köln’s team for next season in the ProA is starting to take shape as the second division wild card recipient has named Arne Woltmann as their new head coach. The 40-year-old Woltmann agreed to a deal for two years plus an option for the third season. Woltmann is currently serving as assistant coach to German national team head coach Chris Fleming, for whom he served as assistant at Brose Baskets Bamberg when they won four straight German titles between 2010 and 2013. Woltmann’s assistant will be Matt Dodson.

Mbakwe, Kleber lining up to play NBA Summer League

Freshly-crowned Beko BBL champion Trevor Mbakwe and German talent Maximilian Kleber are both due to play in the NBA Summer League, according to reports. The Brose Baskets Bamberg big man Mbakwe will be lining up for the Portland Trail Blazers while Kleber will play for the Miami Heat.

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