Weekly news: Beko BBL at the EuroBasket / Ludwigsburg add famous son / Cologne project gets big name
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).
Germany relying on Beko BBL stars at EuroBasket 2013
Germany’s hopes at the up-coming EuroBasket 2013 will rely heavily on many of the stars of the Beko BBL. Ten of head coach Frank Menz’s 12 players earn their regular paychecks in the Beko BBL. The largest block of players comes from Bayern Munich, who have three national team leaders in Robin Benzing, Heiko Schaffartzik and Lucca Staiger. The four-time reigning champs Brose Baskets Bamberg have two players in Karsten Tadda and Maik Zirbes. Five other clubs have one player represented in the team in TBB Trier (Andreas Seiferth), Artland Dragons (Bastian Doreth), ratiopharm ulm (Per Günther), ALBA BERLIN (Alex King) and Eisbären Bremerhaven (Philip Zwiener). The other two German players are Tibor Pleiß, who plays at Spanish side Laboral Kuxta, and Niels Giffey, who will return this season to the United States to play for the University of Connecticut. Germany are drawn into Group A with France, Belgium, Ukraine, Great Britain and Israel … and celebrated a great and surprising start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z-CuvgGVDk
Beko BBL players throughout EuroBasket rosters
But Beko BBL fans do not only have to watch Germany games to catch players from their favorite teams. Four other nations have players who will be running the floors in Germany’s top league and one national team has two ProA players. Bayern and Bamberg fans will not agree on much this season, but both of them will be anxious to see Bosnia & Herzegovina play as the Balkan team features future Munich guard Nihad Djedovic as well as Bamberg playmaker Zach Wright: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th_cVMZOQx4
The Great Britain team meanwhile has two players who will be in the ProA this season in center Alasdair Fraser of Gotha Rockets and forward Myles Hesson of Giessen 46ers. Latvia will have some additional Mitteldeutscher BC support as center Martins Meiers will play there this season. And ALBA fans will be watching Macedonia to check out future swingman Vojdan Stojanovski, who was part of the team’s magical run to the EuroBasket 2011 semi-finals:
Canada at FIBA Americas with three Beko BBL players
German hoops fans should also keep an eye on the FIBA Americas championship in Caracas as three Beko BBL players are hoping to help Canada to a medal. Jermaine Anderson of TBB Trier, New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig’s Aaron Doornekamp and Levon Kendall from ALBA Berlin all have helped out as Canada started the tournament with a 2-1 record:
Bonn release Bell-Holter, testing Averkamp
Telekom Baskets Bonn this week did not extend their try-out contract with Damen Bell-Holter as they said the 23-year-old American was not the power forward/center they were looking for. Bonn coach Mathias Fischer has now brought in Ben Averkamp for a try out at the two forward positions. The 22-year-old Averkamp is preparing for his rookie season after averaging 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season as a senior at Loyola University.
Ludwigsburg add John Stockton’s son Michael
MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg added some depth at point guard in signing Michael Stockton for the 2013-14 season. Yeah, that is the son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton. Michael played last season at Karlsruhe in ProA and showed he’s got more than just a famous name, averaging 14 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
First four Sport1 games scheduled – plenty of Bayern and ALBA
Beko BBL fans will see plenty of the big name teams to start the season on television as the first four regular season games have been scheduled for German station Sport1. Following the Beko BBL Champions Cup on September 28 between Berlin and Bamberg, Sport1 will be broadcasting the Bonn-Bayern game on October 3; Bayern-Bamberg on October 6; s.Oliver Baskets Würzburg-Berlin on October 19; and Bonn-Berlin on November 2.
RheinStars Cologne add former German international Strasser
The RheinStars Cologne project received a major boost as club boss Stephan Baeck was able to acquire long-time Beko BBL veteran Johannes Strasser for the fifth division 2. Regionalliga club. The 33-year-old former German national team guard played the last three seasons with Artland Dragons after the three seasons before that with Bonn. But Strasser’s biggest success came during his time with RheinEnergie Cologne from 2001 to 2007, winning the 2006 league title as well as 2004, 2005 and 2007 German Cup crowns. Baeck hopes to lead RheinStars all the way to the Beko BBL as the team starts its journey four years after the former German league champs Köln 99ers went bankrupt. “I celebrated the biggest sporting successes in my career in Cologne. Now, this challenge has a special charm,” said Strasser.