Paul Zipser: MVP at NBA-Camp in Treviso / Bamberg: Will Brad Wanamaker stay? / Ulm: Tadda for Brembly
— David Hein
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 sweep through playoffs - go back-to-back for Beko BBL title number eight
Brose Baskets Bamberg hoisted the trophy as Beko BBL champions for the 2015-16 season by completing a 3-0 sweep of ratiopharm ulm. Bamberg finished off Ulm 92-65 in Game Three of the Finals for their third straight sweep in this season’s playoffs and a perfect 9-0 record. Darius Miller nailed five three-pointers in scoring 19 points in winning the Finals MVP award while regular season MVP Brad Wanamaker collected 19 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals in the blowout victory. The title was the eighth for Bamberg and sixth in the last seven years following 2005, 2007, 2010-2013 and 2015. Here are the highlights of Finals MVP Miller in Game Three. Bamberg celebrate their sixth title in the last seven years - with plenty of champagne and beer flowing.
Ulm take Bamberg to overtime before losing Game Two thriller
After watching Darius Miller drained eight three-pointers in a 101-82 Game One loss, ratiopharm ulm gave Bamberg all they could handle in Game Two. But it was Bamberg who won in overtime 92-90. Ulm came up with an amazing performance with basically a seven-man rotation, but Per Günther’s 20 points, eight assists and countless big plays were not enough. Brad Wanamaker was too much down the stretch and Bamberg went up 2-0 to more or less decide the series.
Will he stay or go? Bamberg fans want Wanamaker to stay:
Now that the title is locked up, the biggest question for Bamberg’s fans - and management - is if MVP Brad Wanamaker will stay in Germany. Wanamker has been linked to a number of clubs around Europe, but Bamberg fans hope he will stay in southern Germany. Until we find out, here’s a great look at Wanamaker’s time in Bamberg.
Ulm keep Babb as well, sign Tadda for Brembly
ratiopharm ulm were not afraid of talking about the future during the Beko BBL playoffs as they announced the contract extension of Chris Babb for next season between Games Two and Three against Bamberg. It was the second time during the playoffs that Ulm told their fans they had locked up a player, the other being Da’Sean Butler. After the finals the club signed German national Karsten Tadda for David Brembly. Ulm now have nine players under contract for next season, with Pierria Henry being the only player with an expiring contract.
Giessen add rookie big man Sears
GIESSEN 46ers continue to shape their roster for next season and added a flexible big man in signing Justin Sears on a one-year deal. The 22-year-old Sears comes to Germany after playing collegiately at Yale University (video highlights).
Tübingen add former Berlin and Bayern talent Marin
WALTER Tigers Tübingen added another young German with high upside as they locked up Mauricio Marin on a two-year contract. The 22-year-old shooting guard Marin played youth basketball for both ALBA BERLIN and Bayern Munich but comes to Tübingen after spending last season with rent4office Nürnberg.
Kulawick retires from basketball
Robert Kulawick has decided to retire from basketball after he helped BG Göttingen stave off relegation this season. The 30-year-old Kulawick, who played 299 BBL games, leaves the sport after he scored a career-high 20 points in his final game and almost singlehandedly kept Göttingen in the league. He said wants to spend more time with his family.
Bremerhaven keep assistant coach Harris
Eisbären Bremerhaven and assistant coach Chris Harris agreed on a one-year contract extension to keep the 37-year-old in northern Germany for another season. Harris served as an interim head coach this past season and will be spending his third season with Bremerhaven. He will serve as assistant to Sebastian Machowski.
Spoden leaves Würzburg after three years, joins ProA side Hanau
Ruben Spoden is looking for another challenge as the 27-year-old decided to leave s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg after three seasons with the club. Spoden did not earn a lot of playing time last season in Würzburg. He moved to the ProA and signed a two-year deal with HEBEISEN White Wings Hanua.
Wysocki stays loyal to Crailsheim, goes down to ProA
Konrad Wysocki shrugged off a chance to possibly stay in the Beko BBL by remaining loyal to Crailsheim Merlins and join them on a one-year contract for the ProA next season. The 34-year-old collected 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists for Crailsheim this season in the Beko BBL. Wysocki said he feels responsible for helping the club try to get back to the Beko BBL for 2017-18 (check out some video highlights from Wysocki).
NBC fight to keep professional basketball in Nuremberg
Professional basketball in Nuremberg may be on its way out after losing sponsors for next season. And Nürnberger BC have called out to their fans to help save the club in a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign will run until the end of June.
Zipser, Kratzer, Mushidi, Kulboka showcasing themselves at Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso
A trio of Germans are participating in the Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy with hopes of catching the eyes of NBA talent scouts and player personnel bosses. Camp-MVP Paul Zipser of Bayern Munich has performed well in Treviso while the other two Germans there are Leon Kratzer of Brose Baskets Bamberg and Kostja Mushidi. Kratzer’s Bamberg teammate Arnoldas Kulboka was also on hand in Italy.