Jordan back to Bonn? / Artland grab Seiferth and McCray, Braunschweig add Simon / Even more...
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:
Look back at the season
The 2013-14 Beko BBL season was over so fast. Maybe you want to look back at some of the highlights of the full season. Enjoy:
Germans’ playing time increases slightly to 31.11 percent
The Beko BBL is becoming more and more German, at least Germans are earning more and more minutes. During the 2013-14 season, German passport-holding players earned 31.11 percent of the total minutes. That was a slight increase from last season, when Germans got 31.02 percent of the total playing time. The team to play the most Germans was FRAPORT SKYLINERS with 47.18 percent, followed by ratiopharm ulm (40.01 percent), Bayern Munich (37.88 percent), Brose Baskets Bamberg (37.85 percent) and s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg (35.57 percent).
Artland Dragons add Seiferth, McCray, keep Grünheid
Artland Dragons took a big step in filling their German roster slots for next season as they snatched up center Andreas Seiferth from TBB Trier while also adding David McCray away from Telekom Baskets Bonn and re-signing Guido Grünheid - all three for one season. Seiferth comes to Artland after a strong development last season under head coach Henrik Rödl. And now the German center is ready to show he can play in Europe as well. McCray signed a one-year deal with an option for a second season and will once again play for Artland head coach Tyron McCoy following their time together in Ludwigsburg. And the 31-year-old Grünheid will be playing his fourth year with the Dragons.
Bonn grab All-Star German center Mädrich, say Jordan return not in cards
Telekom Baskets Bonn made their first addition for the 2014-15 season as they added German center Dirk Mädrich on a two-year contract. The All-Star German center was available after RASTA Vechta were relegated to the ProA. Bonn sports manager Michael Wichterich meanwhile told the Bonner Rundschau that the team will not try to re-acquire point guard Jared Jordan. Wichterich also said in the interview that he doesn’t think the club will be able to keep Jamel McLean.
Stuckey leaves Würzburg for two years in Oldenburg
After the relegation of s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg, it was clear that many of the club’s German players would head elsewhere in the Beko BBL. And Maurice Stuckey has found a new team as he joins EWE Baskets Oldenburg on a two-year contract. The 24-year-old is a strong addition for Oldenburg, who lost Germans Dominik Bahiense de Mello, Kevin Smit and Jannik Freese.
Ludwigsburg add McNaughton; Bremerhaven pick up Williams, let Juskevicius head back home
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg continue to shape their roster for next season by adding center Chris McNaughton on a two-year contract After Ludwigsburg already locked up Michael Stockton, Coby Huff, Shawn Huff among others from last year’s playoff squad, the team added the German big man McNaughton for two years. The 31-year-old center knows Ludwigsburg coach John Patrick from winning the EuroChallenge and reaching the Beko BBL playoffs with BG Göttingen in 2010.
Braunschweig extend with Visser, add German guard Nicolai Simon
New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig also have been working hard on forming their squad for next season. They re-signed big man Kyle Visser for another season and then added German guard Nicolai Simon from medi bayreuth on a one-year contract.
Bremerhaven pick up Williams, let Juskevicius head back home
Eisbären Bremerhaven meanwhile made two moves, signing playmaker Lorenzo “Zo” Williams on a one-year deal while also letting Adas Juskevicius head out as the Lithuanian returned to his home country and signed with Lietuvos Rytas.
Look back at the Finals: Respect to Schaffartzik and Taylor, and the rest of Bayern team
Talk about big time players finally stepping up big together … we give you Bryce Taylor and Heiko Schaffartzik, who nailed three three pointers in a row in the last game … against his former team and the city, where he was born and raised:
Rumor central: Will Gavel head to Bayern and Hamann back to Bamberg?
Sure there are a lot of signings but there are also a lot of rumors going on right now. We will keep you informed of some of the bigger rumors. The main speculation this week has been about Anton Gavel, and if he comes to Bayern Munich to replace Malcolm Delaney - and signs a two-year deal. Right along with that speculation is veteran and Bamberg native Steffen Hamann returning to Brose Baskets. According to reports, Bayern are also ready to increase their budget to 12 million euros for next season - an increase of 10 percent from the 2013-14 season.