Weekly news: Bayern add Taylor / Ohlbrecht to Philly / Schröder plays Summer League / Logan to...
Bayern add another big name, say farewell to Rice and Thomas
Bayern Munich once again made headlines this week by adding another big name while also saying farewell to two leaders from last seasons team. Bayern locked up high-flying swingman Bryce Taylor on a two-year contract (one of the main reasons for Munichs decision to sign him should be the first spot in the top ten video below, by the way). The 26-year-old Taylor has been in the Beko BBL for the past four seasons, moving from Telekom Baskets Bonn after one season to ALBA BERLIN and then after two campaigns to Artland Dragons for the 2012-13 season. Taylors addition means a departure as Bayern parted ways with Brandon Thomas, who was also joined on his way out of Munich by playmaker Tyrese Rice, who left for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Ulm re-sign Nankivil, add Long
ratiopharm ulm went out and re-signed a major piece of their recent run of success and also made a big acquisition for next season. Ulm agreed to bring back Keaton Nankivil on a one-year deal hoping the forward recovers from a shoulder injury which slowed him last season. New in Ulm next season will be Cameron Long, who arrives in Germany on a one-year contract after playing last year with French side Le Mans Sarthe Basket. Long will serve as the replacement for the departing Allan Ray.
Ludwigsburg add European veteran Stojic, Bonn sign NCAA champion Wolf
Wild card recipient Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg locked up a major signing in bringing in 33-year-old Mario Stojic. The Croatian has played in multiple European Championships and many years in the Euroleague. Stojic, nearly just as importantly, also holds a German passport. Telekom Baskets Bonn added a known commodity in Germany in signing Enosch Wolf for two seasons. The 22-year-old center played two and a half seasons with the University of Connecticut Huskies, winning the 2011 NCAA title along the way.
Steffen Hamann wins Social Media Award
Bayern Munich captain Steffen Hamann was the first winner of the Beko BBLs Social Media Award. The 32-year-old received 2,500 euros for the honor, placing ahead of Ali Traore from Berlin and Bostjan Nachbar from Bamberg. The Beko BBL is the first of Germans professional leagues to honor players for their dialogue with fans through the various Social Media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Steffen Hamann has been active on Facebook for three years and over this time has let the fans take part in his life which is not natural for a professional athlete, said Beko BBL CEO Jan Pommer.
Ohlbrecht waived by Houston, picked up by 76ers; Harris with the LA Lakers
Tim Ohlbrechts hopes of a long career with the Houston Rockets were dashed this week when they waived the German center. But Ohlbrecht didnt have to wait long for a chance with another team as the Philadelphia 76ers claimed him off waivers. The 24-year-old now has a chance to make the Philadelphia team. At the same time German forward Elias Harris - after going undrafted three weeks ago - is still trying to make the NBA and is now playing in the Summer League with the Los Angeles Lakers. Through three games with the storied franchise, the 24-year-old has averaged 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds (3.3 offensive boards), 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 43 percent from the field.
Dennis Schröder wowing fans in Summer League
Atlanta Hawks rookie Dennis Schröder is also performing well in the Summer League as he has averaged 7.7 points, 6.0 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals over three games. The 19-year-old has struggled with his shooting though, hitting just 29 percent of his shots.
Deon Thompson, Ricky Harris, Matt Howard among other familiar names in Summer League
Harris and Schröder arent the only two names Beko BBL fans will recognize in the Las Vegas Summer League. Among the other players trying to impress NBA personnel bosses are Deon Thompson (ALBA BERLIN) with the Chicago Bulls; Ricky Harris (s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg) with the Miami Heat; Matt Howard (ratiopharm ulm) with the Memphis Grizzlies; and Kenny Frease (WALTER Tigers Tübingen) with the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition, Schröder is spending time playing with former Telekom Baskets Bonn star Kyle Weems for the Atlanta team.
Top 10 of 2013 Beko BBL playoffs
Last week we showed you Part One of the top plays of the 2013 Beko BBL playoffs. Here is Part Two the top 10 moments of last seasons playoffs.
Rumor Central: ALBA looking at Logan, Stojanovski? Radosavljevic going to Tübingen?
Not that we want to spread rumors, but here are some of the top rumors of the week. Berlin are apparently close to signing Euroleague veteran and Polish national team guard David Logan as well as Macedonian guard Vojdan Stojanovski. German U20 national team center Bogdan Radosavljevic meanwhile is having a strong U20 European Championship (15.2 points and 5.7 rebounds through six games) and is reportedly close to leaving Bayern Munich for WALTER Tigers Tübingen.
Germany pick up first victory in warm-ups for EuroBasket 2013
The German senior national team began their preparations for EuroBasket 2013 with their first warm-up game. And Frank Menzs team eased past Slovakia 100-47 with Lucca Staiger leading the way with 14 points. Both teams were to play again on July 17.