Bamberg steal back home court advantage / Ulm reload with Neumann, Brembly / Zipser pulls out of draft
— 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 steal back home court from Bayern with buzzer beater, Finals tied 1-1
Regular season champions Brose Baskets Bamberg reclaimed home court advantage in the Beko BBL Finals by stealing Game Two at Bayern Munich 80-78 thanks to Dawan Robinson’s layup just before the final buzzer. After Munich had stolen home court advantage with their 84-73 victory in Game One in Bamberg, Brose Baskets came back from an 18-point deficit to knot the series at 1-1 after many in Munich thought it would be a 2-0 lead. Game Three is Sunday in Bamberg. It’s not quite clear how Brad Wanamaker found Robinson on this play. Here is Bryce Taylor hitting the dagger three off the glass in Game One.
Ulm reload with Neumann, Brembly, say farewell to Schwethelm, Hess
ratiopharm ulm are out of the playoffs but have already begun their reloading for the 2015-16 season, starting with their German players. After re-signing Per Günther during the playoffs, Ulm signed Philipp Neumann on a two-year contract with the former Oldenburg German Cup hero, who is expected to provide a healthy dose of energy and passion. Ulm also locked up David Brembly on a two-year deal from medi bayreuth. His arrival means that Philipp Schwethelm will leave the team after three years of shooting from the outside. Ulm also saw Adam Hess sign a two-year contract with Phoenix Hagen.
Drijencic confirmed as Oldenburg coach until 2016, moves made
Mladen Drijencic took over the coaching duties at EWE Baskets Oldenburg and guided them to the Beko BBL TOP FOUR title. And it seemed only natural that Oldenburg would keep the coach. And that is the case as the 49-year-old Bosnian agreed to a contract until the end of the 2015-16 season. Oldenburg also made an investment in the future as they re-signed the 20-year-old German point guard Dominic Lockhart on a deal until 2017. In other moves, the club decided to keep big man Robin Smeulders, signing him until 2017. But Oldenburg refused to extend their deal with German forward Philip Zwiener.
Coach Fischer gets extension with Bonn
Another coach to get an extension was Mathias Fischer with Telekom Baskets Bonn, who decided to keep the head coach for two more seasons until 2017. The 43-year-old arrived in Bonn in 2013 from Gießen as the replacement for Michael Koch. Fischer meanwhile has added a new assistant coach, bringing in American Chris O’Shea on a two-year deal. The two coaches worked together at Austrian club Basket Swans Gmunden from 2009 to 2012.
Young big man Agva sticking around in Tübingen, Jesse Sanders arrives
In the “Good Moves for a Developing Young Player” department, the WALTER Tigers Tübingen agreed to a one-year contract extension with 18-year-old big man Mahir Agva. The signing is a good move for the German center, who gets another year of working with the veteran big man Aleksandar Nadjfeji - as he said himself: “I would like to continue to push my development in Tübingen. An essential reason for me is that I am profiting enormously and can learn from Aleksandar Nadjfeji in training.” Agva averaged 6.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in nearly 17 minutes over the final six games of the season with Tübingen. The Tigers also added an American point guard as 25-year-old Jesse Sanders joins the team from Belgian team Limburg United on a one-year deal. That means Branislav Ratkovica will not return to Tübingen.
Otule replaces Pantelic at center for MBC, captain Schwarz leaves
Mitteldeutscher BC have found their man in the middle for next season as they signed the 25-year-old center Chris Otule, who comes to MBC after playing last season with Crailsheim Merlins. The American big man replaces Djordje Pantelic, who will leave the Weißenfels club after three years. MBC also saw their captain Malte Schwarz decide against returning for this season after four years with the club.
Doreth heads to medi bayreuth
While medi bayreuth lost David Brembly to Ulm, Bayreuth did add a new player, bringing in German veteran point guard Bastian Doreth with a two-year contract, the second season being an optional year for both sides. The 26-year-old Doreth played last season for Artland Dragons.
McCray returns to Ludwigsburg
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg have started the re-shaping of their roster for next season and signed David McCray to a two-year deal. It will be a return for the 28-year-old McCray, who played from 2007 to 2012 in Ludwigsburg and played last season at Artland Dragons.
Würzburg sign Dru Joyce, add Saibou
s.Oliver Baskets also have been busy in getting their roster ready for the Beko BBL as the promoted team signed veteran Beko BBL-seasoned American point guard Dru Joyce to control the point next season. Würzburg signed the 30-year-old on a one-year deal after he played last season with Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. The club also agreed to a one-year contract with 25-year-old German combo guard Joshiko Saibou, who played last season with Crailsheim Merlins.
Giessen 46ers keep Wells, Polas Bartolo, add Hobbs
The other promoted team Giessen 46ers also made some moves, keeping their top scorer Cameron Wells on a one-year deal while also retaining the Cuban defensive specialist Yorman Polas Bartolo for another season. Gießen also brought in an American point guard as they signed Braydon Hobbs, who was named the ProA Player of the Season last year for rent4office Nürnberg. Hobbs and the 46ers agreed to a one-year contract.
Mark Your Calendar: Beko BBL TOP FOUR in February 2016
From time to time there will be events to update your basketball calendar. And they will be included in this Mark Your Calendar section. So, the timing of the Beko BBL TOP FOUR has been moved and the 2016 edition will take place on February 20-21 instead of the previously planned March 27-28. The three qualification games will likely take place in January 2016.
League to decide July 2-3 on Beko BBL wild card for next season
The Beko BBL announced it will be taking bids for a wild card for the 2015-16 season after the shut down of the Artland Dragons program. Clubs have until June 16 to submit their paperwork and the clubs will decide which - if any - club will be awarded the wild card during their next meeting on July 2-3.
RheinStars Köln jump to ProA - depending on Beko BBL wild card
RheinStars Köln, the project master-minded by Stephan Baeck and supported by football star Lukas Podolski, appears destined to play next season in the ProA with a wild card. The teams in the ProA have reportedly voted to allow Köln to jump from the fourth division Regionalliga straight to the second division. RheinStars started two years ago after the city went without professional basketball from 2009 to 2013. The club won the title in their Regionalliga and had earned the right to play in the ProB. But they are dreaming of the Beko BBL. The club has plans to play four home games next season in the LANXESS Arena. All of the plans are only conditional however as their starting spot in ProA depends on relegated side Crailsheim Merlins getting the wild card to return to the Beko BBL.
TMG, Lischka to work on coming back in Heidelberg in ProA
MLP Academics Heidelberg failed to reach the Beko BBL but the ProA club has added two former big names from Germany’s top flight with the hopes of getting to the Beko BBL. Heidelberg decided to take a chance and signed former ratiopharm ulm guard Tommy Mason-Griffin, who missed two full seasons with injuries but will enter the ProA extra motivated to show that he still has gas left in the tank at 24 years of age. Heidelberg also made news when they added former Beko BBL All-Star Johannes Lischka. The club brought in the 28-year-old power forward initially on a try-out deal as Lischka is still trying to find his effectiveness following a brain tumor in December 2013.
Rumor Central: Obradovic out at Berlin? Kinsey to Bayern?
The off-season is not quite here but there are plenty of rumors to report about. One of them has Beko BBL Coach of the Year Sasa Obradovic leaving ALBA BERLIN, according to David Pick. Apparently he has an offer from Russian club Lokomotive Kuban Krasnodar. And Sportando is saying that Bayern Munich is looking at Tarence Kinsey from Nizhny Novgorod for next season
Zipser misses Eurocamp, pulls out of NBA Draft
Reaching the Beko BBL Finals is hardly a bad thing but it may have cost Paul Zipser a chance at the NBA Draft this year. The Bayern Munich guard had originally put his name in the running for the 2015 NBA Draft. And Zipser was also on the list of players to participate in the Eurocamp in front of NBA executives in Treviso. But the camp took place during the Beko BBL Finals, meaning Zipser could not take part. And he has now withdrawn his name from the draft, meaning he will be automatically eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.
Nowitzki commits to EuroBasket 2015 in Berlin
Germany’s chances at EuroBasket 2015 received a major boost as Dirk Nowitzki committed to playing at the continental championship in September. Germany will have its biggest attraction in Berlin when they host Group B along with Spain, Serbia, Turkey, Italy and Iceland from September 5-10. Nowitzki said the Dallas Mavericks being bounced early in the NBA Playoffs played a major role in his deciding to play in Berlin. “There certainly weren’t any tears in the Fleming household when Dirk was eliminated from the playoffs,” admitted German national team coach Chris Fleming with a smile.
SKYLINERS look back at EuroChallenge Final Four
The FRAPORT SKYLINERS gave their fans a treat as they released a mini movie about their time in Trabzon for the EuroChallenge Final Four. Enjoy for yourself.
Want to get to know Reggie Redding? Here you go
ALBA BERLIN may be out of the playoffs but that doesn’t mean you have to forget about them. Here is a great look at Berlin star Reggie Redding from the great site BallInEurope.