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August 25th, 2009 · No Comments

After the whole European Youth Championships are over, the new season is just around the corner. While some teams are already preparing their 2009/2010 games, several prospects are still doing their job for the upcoming Eurobasket 2009.

  • This is especially true for Team Germany that features none less than 6 interesting prospects under 22 on their current roster. It’s not sure yet who will make the team but with Per Günther (1988), Tim Ohlbrecht (1988), Lucca Staiger (1988), Robin Benzing (1989), Elias Harris (1989) and Tibor Pleiss (1989), the team of coach Bauermann is seriously preparing a renewal process in the absence of their absolute top start Dirk Nowitzki. While Günther, Staiger and Pleiss will probably have limited roles or get cut, it is really nice to see what Robin Benzing is doing right now. The forward, that just finished the U20 European Championship as top scorer will get serious minutes in Poland and may even get the starter job in Poland. More surprising in my eyes is even the development of Elias Harris who sees his role move from the energy PF/SF to a defending backup SG who can stop the opposing top scorer with his athletic abilities. Finally, Tim Ohlbrecht is a an important point of his career after two years in Brose Baskets Bamberg where his progress was not as good as expected. To get more info on these new players for the German national team, read the excellent article from In The Game.
  • To stay in Germany, one of the most promising players of the last U18 European championship, the C Philipp Neumann will leave his current team Franken Hexer and move to Brose Baskets Bamberg. However, he will play for the farm team TSV Breitengüssbach next season but may get some appearances with the Bundesliga Team as well.
  • Some interesting facts about the two German prospects Thomas Schoeps and Nicholas May who will join Junior Colleges next season
  • Find here the dates of all the tournaments of the upcoming EYBL Season.
  • This weekend, the 3rd edition of the BCM Ostrava Tournament will feature some very interesting teams in both the U18 and U16 category. The headliners of the U18 will of course be the hosts of BCM Ostrava around Jaromir Bohacik and David Hrncir, BK Pardubice of 1993 born Martin Kriz, USK Praha of Ondrej Balvin and the German vice-champions of Paderborn Baskets with the twins Ole Wendt and Lars Wendt. You can follow the tournament on the official website.
  • One of the most promising players a few years ago was the Croatian wing Bojan Bogdanovic. After having moved to Real Madrid and playing in the lower divisions of Spain, the Croat returns to his home country and signed a long-term deal with the Euroleague team Cibona Zagreb
  • The “Bambino d’Oro” of Italian Basketball, 1991 born forward Nicolò Melli is back after a 9 month break because of his terrible knee injury
  • Nikos Pappas finds his way back to Greece too as his team Bilbao Basquet sends him to Kolossos Rhodos on loan
  • Another interesting loan is the one of Thomas Heurtel who got signed to ASVEL on a 4 year deal but goes to play for the next season in SIG Strasbourg

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