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Weekly news: Dragons bring back King and Holston; Bayern sign Idbihi; Dunkomania on Beko BBL tv

Weekly news: Dragons bring back King and Holston; Bayern sign Idbihi; Dunkomania on Beko BBL tv

In this section, we break out our English language skills and inform you about the latest news from the German Beko Basketball Bundesliga. This week: Dragons bring back King and Holston; Bayern sign Idbihi; Dunkomania on Beko BBL tv:
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 Tuesday David Hein (www.heinnews.com) brings you up-to-date in German basketball – the Beko BBL short and sweet (for feedback and suggestions please email to Simon@Beko-BBL.de).

Bayern bring in center Idbihi from ALBA, extend Greene for one season

Bayern Munich continue to dominate the headlines as they added another big name for next season, bringing in center Yassin Idbihi. The former German international wanted to play this season in the Euroleague and signed on a two-year deal with Bayern after playing the last three seasons with ALBA BERLIN. Idbihi will man the low post with fellow new acquisition two-time MVP John Bryant. Bayern this week also re-signed veteran guard Demond Greene for one more season. More moves may be coming soon – check out below in the Rumor Central!

Artland bring back fan favorite Holston, re-sign King; add Doreth

Artland Dragons tried their best to steal away some headlines from Bayern Munich with three additions of their own. They brought fan favorite David Holston back to Quakenbrück on a one-year after the diminutive playmaker spent last season with Turkish side Mersin BSB. Check out one of his best performances in the Beko BBL in the video below.
Artland also re-signed center Anthony King for his third season with the Dragons. The team also made a deal with Bayern to bring in German international point guard Bastian Doreth on loan for the 2013-14 season. The 24-year-old Doreth spent last season on loan with TBB Trier and will once again get playing time with another Beko BBL team.

Alba add guard trio, lose Schaffartzik

ALBA BERLIN saw some major movement at the guard position as they signed David Logan from Maccabi Tel Aviv (high lights below) for one season while also adding Macedonian international Vojdan Stojanovski one a one-plus-one contract and Clifford Hammonds. Berlin did lose yet another player from last season’s team as German international Heiko Schaffartzik asked to have his contract terminated. More on Schaffartzik later…

Ludwigsburg get Venezuelan big man; Bremerhaven add playmaker Adams

In other moves this week, Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg added another fine catch with Venezuelan big man Gregory Echenique agreeing to a one-year contract with the wild card recipient. Eisbären Bremerhaven signed playmaker Darius Adams to a one-year deal. The 24-year-old was the second-best scorer in the Ukrainian league for Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi last season before finishing the season with French side Entente Orleans. Mitteldeutscher BC also made a move in re-signing Serbian Djordje Pantelic for one season.

Rumor Central: Bamberg keeping Ford and adding Sanders? Schaffartzik, Djedovic, Gavel and Velickovic all to Bayern?

Not that we want to spread rumors, but here are some of the top rumors of the week. Four-time reigning champions Brose Baskets Bamberg are reportedly close to announcing some moves. One of them is that big man Sharrod Ford is believed to be kept in Bamberg. The champs have also been tightly connected with guard Rakim Sanders, who played last season with Galil Gilboa. Bayern of course are present in the rumor mill as Munich are being linked to Heiko Schaffartzik, Nihad Djedovic, Bamberg’s Anton Gavel and Serbian 26-year-old forward Novica Velickovic.

Bamberg, Berlin, Oldenburg take gold in youth development work

The Beko BBL awarded Bamberg, Berlin and Oldenburg all with the gold medal and 18,000 euros each for their top class work in youth development. Eleven of the league’s 18 top flight clubs were given honors. Ludwigsburg, Bayern and FRAPORT SKYLINERS all received silver medals and 12,000 euros while Telekom Baskets Bonn, New York Phantoms Braunschweig, Bremerhaven, Phoenix Hagen and ratiopharm ulm took home bronze medals and 6,000 euros. In total, the Beko BBL handed out 120,000 euros to clubs for their work in developing young players.

Germany finish 11th at U20 European Championship

After fifth-placed finishes the past two summers, Germany ended the 2013 U20 European Championship in 11th place. Bayern prospect Mauricio Marin scored 15 points as Germany beat Croatia in the 11th place game. Fellow Bayern prospect Bogdan Radosavljevic led Germany in scoring with 15.4 points while also grabbing 5.2 rebounds. Johannes Richter from the Bamberg system added 5.2 points and 3.0 rebounds off the bench.

Germany eliminated from promotion from U18 European Championship Division B

One summer after embarrassingly being relegated from Division A, Germany were eliminated from promotion from U18 European Championship Division B in first round play. Germany finished Group B with a 4-1 record to take third place – finishing behind Netherlands after beating them by 17 points instead of the necessary 18 points. The German U18 team – which features Christian Sengfelder, Joschka Ferner, Ismet Akpinar and Jan Wimberg – was hoping to erase last summer’s major embarrassment off dropping from Division A despite a team which included Paul Zipser, Malik Müller, Akpinar, Gavin Schilling and David Taylor.

Bamberg Hall of Fame?

Fellow blogger Walter Beyersdorf takes a look at 10 players he believes should be in the Bamberg basketball Hall of Fame. It’s in German but one note: he says he didn’t want to select players who were in Bamberg just a short period of time.

Video of the week: Dunkomania, part one

Bored of the off season? Here is something with music and flying people for you to get in a better mood:

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