Semifinal day in the German NBBL (under 19) and JBBL (under 16) leagues in Frankfurt, headlined by Stanford’s 2017 commit Oscar Leon da Silva.
IBAM vs. ALBA Berlin 74-66
Oscar Leon da Silva (4.0, 21-Sep-1998, 207cm, IBAM)
The NBBL MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and future Stanford Cardinal was the tournament headliner and didn’t disappoint on Saturday despite an early hit requiring a visit to the locker room. Da Silva returned, brought his team back from an early deficit with his typically competent mix of on- and off-ball plays and eventually finished with 18 points. Had a big slam through the crowd off a sharp cut, created his own shot one-on-one and fearlessly attacked the rim off the catch; absorbed hard fouls, went to the foul line. Played power forward most of the night and showed his good defensive instincts & mobility, closing out hard yet still recovering and stripping the slasher on the dribble drive. Unselfish, had a nice extra-pass in crunch time and put his team up six with a basket with 21 seconds left.
Badu Buck (2.7, 5-Apr-1999, 197cm, ALBA)
The point forward had a strong on-ball game, expertly creating his own jumpshot off the dribble and finding the roll man in ball screen offense. Smart at navigating initial ball and re-screen, times passes well. On-ball skill set and IQ that aren’t very frequent in German basketball.
Fynn Fischer (5.0, 20-Jul-1999, 207cm, IBAM)
Fischer, who had been loaned to Fraport Skyliners for the Kaunas ANGT last January, has gotten stronger and a more direct finisher in recent months. No-nonsense game and decent touch in the paint. Finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
- Huge game from gritty German NT point guard Bennet Hundt, who drilled three floaters over long defenders and remains the best pound-for-pound player in German youth basketball.
- Inside/outside big man Hendrik Drescher had typically strong finishes inside and drilled three corner triples.
Young Rasta Dragons vs. FC Bayern Basketball 61-104
Marko Pecarski (4.5, 12-Feb-2000, 206cm, BAYERN)
Bayern ran over Rasta in a first half where Pecarski had 21 points on 8/9 shooting. When not bothered by length/bodies, Pecarski goes for a quick finesse move right off the paint catch, either spinning in for the layup or launching his smooth & incredibly accurate fadeaway. NBBL is too easy for him.
Nelson Weidemann (1.3, 25-Mar-1999, 190cm, Bayern)
Weidemann had a mistake-free game at point guard, getting into the paint at will and selflessly dropping the ball off for easy layups. Wasn’t tested here and must prove that he can make good decisions against long & athletic defense.
Danielius Lavrinovicius (4.5, 22-Jan-1999, 205cm, Rasta)
Good athlete who has mobility, a frame that can fill out and a real decent skill set. Averaging 17-10-2.5 and a block full season. 9-31 from three for the season but 35-44 from the foul line. Has good shooting mechanics. Also puts the ball on the floor off the catch.
Philipp Herkenhoff (4.0, 29-Jun-1999, 208cm, Rasta)
Quiet evening for Herkenhoff, who had 9 points on 4/9 shooting in the blow out loss. Had a huge defensive weak side play when he came out of nowhere to block a Weidemann layup in the first quarter. Didn’t assert himself at all.
- Robin Rajcic and Bruno Vrkic were mistake-free for Bayern. Both physically strong. Rajcic showed good footwork and finishing with either hand in the paint.
Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners vs. Young Tigers Tübingen 87-68
Len Schoormann (1.5, 25-Jul-2002, 190cm, FRANKFURT)
Fairly Incredibly athletic guard with a good frame. Leads Frankfurt in scoring at 16.4 PPG despite being 1 1/2 years younger than the competition’s oldest player. Has on-ball skills and could potentially turn into a full-time point guard. Ran plenty of ball screen offense for Frankfurt, attacked the basket hard off the catch in wing situations. Made quick decisions. A super framework to build on.
Maximilian Begue (1.5, 26-Feb-2001, 192cm, FRANKFURT)
Poised tall playmaker who sees over the defense and finds weak side shooters via drive and kick. Turns the corner coming off the ball screen and makes plays. Attacks, draws contact, lives at the foul line. Unselfish. Passes have pin-point accuracy. Just 6-23 on triples for the season. Physical rebounding guard who averages 7.5 a game (13 on Saturday).
- Frankfurt’s Nico Lagerman, off-ball wing listed 190cm, had a smooth & efficient scoring performance; finished with 22 points.
- Tübingen’s best athlete is Harrison Ole Nnana. Athletic wing with a strong frame who had a couple of aggressive finishes in the paint. Perimeter skills must improve.
Young Rasta Dragons vs. ALBA Berlin 65-92
Luc van Slooten (3.5, 17-Apr-2002, 200cm, RASTA)
The 2016-17 JBBL MVP had a moody performance and showed only glimpses of his smooth on ball scoring skill set. The 2002-born 200cm forward is productive in ball screen situations as both ballhandler and screener, drilled a couple of pull up shots and attacked the basket off the catch. As the 27-point blowout began to take shape, van Slooten got mad with himself, limped out of the game twice and finished with 11 points on 4/13 shooting.
Franz Wagner (3.7, 27-Aug-2001, 195cm, ALBA)
Moritz Wagner’s younger brother, listed 195cm right now but likely still growing, is a mobile, still raw combo forward who had a couple of smooth dribble drives off the catch and finished the night on 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block.
Elias Rödl (3.5, 25-May-2002, 193cm, ALBA)
The son of former ALBA Berlin great Hendrik Rödl showed the type of gritty alround performance his dad made a career of. Has fairly strong core/legs and isn’t being pushed around. Drilled 5 of 11 triples. A lot of potential as a mid-2002 prospect.