Timajh Parker-Rivera (203-F-94, college: Towson) is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut that will be starting his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball. Thanks Timajh for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer be... [read more]
Timajh Parker-Rivera (203-F-94, college: Towson) is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut that will be starting his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Thanks Timajh for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I have been in Washington DC all summer working out with Jerelle Benimon who played in China last season and is on the radar of multiple NBA teams . We have been working out every day along with enjoying concerts and other events on weekends.
Congrats on signing with German team SSV Lok Bernau. How excited are you to be able to call yourself a professional basketball player now?
I mean it just hit me yesterday when I was looking in the mirror in the morning that I am a professional basketball player and it is truly a blessing something I have worked toward my whole life.
Was becoming a professional basketball player always a dream of your's or was there even a time at Towson where you might have considered doing something different with your life?
Being a professional basketball player has always been my dream , however I did have a plan B . I always wanted to be a pharmacist however, the basketball schedule did not allow me to pursue that dream because I would not be able to fulfill the onsite hours for certification
How was you first signing process this summer for you? Did you have any expectations coming from Towson and tackling the professional waters? I actually didn't have any expectations I knew whatever the situation was I was going to go give it my all and that's what I will do .
What sold you on signing with SSV Lok Bernau. What was the main reason for choosing this ambitious team? The coaching staff and I formed a good relationship via phone calls. The program is in a great place right now especially after a spectacular season last year and it definitely seems like a good place to start my career I am very excited
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball?
Not much but I do know the game is different and I am ready to get there and be coachable so I can learn quickly and help my team win games
You come from Bridgeport which isn't far away to New York city and Bernau is even closer to German capital Berlin. Has being near that big city played a factor in your life growing up and beyond? I mean the city has definitely been a big part of my upbringing . However, with major cities comes other distractions and I like that I'll be starting off in a slower pace environment where I can easily go in and out of the city if I want
What was your first impression of SSV Lok Bernau head coach Rene Schilling? Have you noticed that you speak the same basketball language?
Yes he is a great guy and will be very helpful
What is your biggest goal as a rookie besides helping SSV Lok Bernau win games?
To develop my game so that I can be effective at multiple positions
Let's talk a little about your game. Rene Schilling said what impressed him most about your game was your intensity and work ethic. If you had to to what NBA player would you compare your game too? Maybe a Thaddeus Young on the Pacers just energy athleticism undersized for the 4 5. Position but can hold his own verse anyone
What would you consider is your biggest strength on the court? You don't score too much, but you pretty fill up the stats sheet everywhere else. I would say leadership by example . I like to make plays that boost the team and crowds energy . Blocks steals and dunks
What do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court? My ability to handle the ball in the half court
You played four seasons at Towson (NCAA) What are you most proud of in your career there? Possibly your school record 70 wins in four seasons? Being named the winningest player of all time at Towson on senior night and winning the game was definitely the most special moment for me
You had many career highlights like your 13 point 13 rebound effort against Gallaudet or blocking a shot with five second remaining against Elon to secure the win. What was your best highlight as a player at Towson? I would have to say my dunk verse Hofstra over a defender who was trying to take a charge
You played a season with 203cm Jerrelle Benimon. How intense were the battles in practice and what could you learn from his game? .Very intense obviously he's a great player and practice is where he would work on his game so it was definitely a challenge for me which I accepted every day and I learned a lot from him
Benimon has been so close to the NBA, but been in China the last two seasons. Do you see him making the NBA soon? I feel like this year is his year . Obviously there is a lot that goes into NBA franchises picking players however , he has more than proven himself at every stage and there is only one left the NBA.
How did Towson (NCAA) head coach Pat Skerry prepare and groom you best for a professional career? Just by giving me great advice on what to look out for and continuing to be the guy I am now.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Walter Foster? Me.
If you could chose to have dinner with ex NBA veterans John Bagley or Wes Matthews who come from your town which would you pick? Well I know Wes very well and he's a close family friend so I would have to say John Bagley because I would like to know more about his career
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 NBA heads would you chose Jordan , Magic , Larry, Kobe.
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand now in the debate as the best ever to play the game? In the conversation . Different era of basketball so not close in my eyes
German Pro B team Scan Plus Baskets unleashed a major press release recently where five new players were brought in and three players wer kept and continue to work hard on shaping their roster and have reeled in another player. According to eurobasket sources the club will sign American rookie Arlon Harper (188-G-93) fresh from the NCAA. Harper is a 23 year old 188cm guard from Atlanta, Georgia. He played the last four years at Charleston So. (NCAA): What stands out most in his game is hi... [read more]
German Pro B team Scan Plus Baskets unleashed a major press release recently where five new players were brought in and three players wer kept and continue to work hard on shaping their roster and have reeled in another player. According to eurobasket sources the club will sign American rookie Arlon Harper (188-G-93) fresh from the NCAA. Harper is a 23 year old 188cm guard from Atlanta, Georgia. He played the last four years at Charleston So. (NCAA): What stands out most in his game is his scoring consistency and top notch defense.
He came to Charleston So. (NCAA) in 2011 after having a stellar career at Woodward Academy where he was selected to the All-Region 1st Team, 2nd team All-State, 1st team All-Area, named team MVP, averaged 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, and four steals and started all four years. In his first season at Charleston So. (NCAA) he played 31 games averaging 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 40.1%, FT: 77.6%. Big highlights in his freshman year was being named to the Big South All-Freshman team following the season, and being named Big South Freshman of the Week three times (Dec. 19, Jan. 23 and Feb. 26). He also had 5 steals in his college debut game against power house school Kansas State and finished season second in most steals in the Big South. He poured in 28 points against UNC Asheville and had a massive 20 point and six assist game against VMI.
In his second season at Charleston So he played 32 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 74.6%. Highlight in this season was being named Big South Second-Team All-Conference following the regular season. He was ranked among the Big South's top-10 in steals (4th), scoring (8th) and field goal percentage (8th) He scored in double-figures 27 times and topped the 20-point plateau on eight occassions. Had 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in the Bucs' Big South title clinching win over CCU, 75-64. He also had a career-high 33 points and nine rebounds to lift CSU to a 71-65 win over VMI in the Big South semi-final clash.
In his junior season, Harper played 28 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.8%. Highlights this season were becoming the 20th player in CSU history to record 1,000 career points with a free throw in a win over St Andrews. Scored a team-high 20 points in CSU's come-from-behind win over Campbell in the first round of the Big South Tournament as he helped his team erase a 15-point first half deficit. He also scored 19 of a game-high 21 points after halftime in the team's double overtime loss to Coastal Carolina in the Big South Tournament Quarterfinals.
In his senior year he played 30 games averaging 13.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 67.7%. He scored in double figures 21 times and had six games with 20 points or more. Some of his bests coring games that season was a 27 point effort against NC Asheville, 24 points against Wright State, and 22 points against Gardner-Webb. AWards and achievements in his college career were Big South Conf. All-Freshman Team -12, Big South Conf. Tournament Semifinals -12, All-Big South Conf. 2nd Team -13, Big South Conf. All-Tournament Team -13, Big South Conf. South Division Regular Season Champion -13, Big South Conf. Tournament Finalist -13, Big South Conf. Regular Season Co-Champion -15, and All-Big South Conf. Honorable Mention -15
Yannick Anzuluni (204-F-87, college: Houghton) is a 28 year old 205cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that also has the Congo citizenship. He signed back in Germany with BBL team Phoenix Hagen and recently finished his sixth professional season with Umea BSKT (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 32 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 84.5%. He played at Houghton (NAIA) from 2006-2010. He played his first two seasons as a professiona... [read more]
Yannick Anzuluni (204-F-87, college: Houghton) is a 28 year old 205cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that also has the Congo citizenship. He signed back in Germany with BBL team Phoenix Hagen and recently finished his sixth professional season with Umea BSKT (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 32 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 84.5%. He played at Houghton (NAIA) from 2006-2010. He played his first two seasons as a professional with Quebec Kebs (Canada-PBL). In the 2012-2013 season he played for the Solarto Eagles Magdeburg (Germany-Regionalliga)21 games: 17.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.2apg, 3.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 27.4%, FT: 80.2%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for Pyrinto Tampere (Finland-Korisliiga): 1 game: 15pts, 5reb, 1ast, 5steals; Baltic League: 20 games: 8.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 63.2%, played mostly at Pyrinto Tampere II (Finland-1st Division): 28 games: Score-1 (24.4ppg), Reb-3 (13.9rpg), Assists-5 (3.4apg), Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.9%. Two seasons ago he played with the Rostock Seawolves playing 32 games: Score-3 (21.0ppg), 8.1rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-1 (3.2spg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 80.0%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Yannick thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Hey Miles I'm doing well thank you, I am currently in Toronto,Canada and my summer has been great catching up with family and just training every day and enjoying the Euros.
Your back in Germany. Congrats on signing with Beko BBL team Phoenix Hagen. You played two seasons in Canada, one in Finland, one in Sweden and two in Germany. You will be starting your third season in Germany. Do you see Germany as slowly becoming a second home for you? I think its a little more than a second home now, I'm living there every other year so if Canada is 1A then Germany is 1B.
After playing in lower leagues your whole professional career, you now have made the jump to the Beko BBL. I am sure that making the choice was an easy one as who wouldn't take this opportunity. What sold you best on joining Phoenix Hagen?
Yeh it was a very easy choice but I heard so many great things about Phoenix Hagen from one of my former assistant coaches who grew up in Hagen and some of the current players in the BBL like Jermaine Anderson.
Have you had any talks with head coach Ingo Freyer? If yes did you notice that you both speak the same basketball language?
No I have not had the chance to personally speak with coach Freyer yet but from what I have heard from the people who know him and spoke to him him and I definitely have similar basketball minds and speak the same basketball language.
You paid your dues for 6 years playing in lower leagues. How excited are to be able to play against the best in the Beko BBL?
I have never been so excited to start a season in my life and I am always excited to start new seasons, it just feels great to see all the years of hard work paying off and finally getting to play against the best competition in Germany.
How confident are you that you can make an impact in the Beko BBL?
I'm very confident that I can come in and help my new team in any way possible and help them achieve as much success as possible.
When you look back at your last season with Rostock two seasons ago, does that seem like a long time ago? How confident have you always been about being able to one day play in the beko BBL?
It doesn't feel so long ago because I kept in touch with Coach Basti and some of the players all of last season. Like we talked about in previous years my ultimate goal as a basketball player was to play against the top competition possible so I've been working hard all those years for this opportunity and it has finally come so yes I was always confident that one day it would happen.
It doesn't happen often in German basketball that a player goes from the Regionaliga to the Beko BBL, but it does happen from time to time. You will be teammates with one of the best point guards in the pro A last season with Richard Williams who also made the jump from the Regionaliga to the BBL with Vechta and Frankfurt before coming to Hagen. What got you this far besides just a lot of hard work and dedication? My faith has always been my driving force, always believing that by working hard and being dedicated God would put me in the right situation. Also having some good people around me who have given me great advices throughout the years.
What do you feel will be your best quality that you will be able to give Phoenix Hagen on the court this season? I think my versatility is my biggest strength being able to play and guard multiple positions will be a good asset for the team.
Last season you played with Umea BSKT (Sweden-Basketligan) playing 32 games: Score-5 (17.5ppg), Reb-4 (8.6rpg), 2.3apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), 1.0bpg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 84.5%. You had very strong seasons the last three years prior to Sweden in Magdeburg, Finland and Rostock. How do you feel has your game developed since your season with Rostock?
I feel like physically I am a lot bigger and stronger than I was in Rostock and my understanding of the game has also improved and I'm able to combine my physical skills with some good basketaball IQ
Do you feel like your leadership qualities rose last season because you were the oldest on the team. Was that a strange experience for you? It was definitley a shock because I never been in a situation like that before but it was great because I had no choice but to learn on the go which really helped me understand what a good leader should be.
Was your 39 point and 17 rebound effort against Eco Orebro your best personal game last season or did you have a better one? It was my best game not just because of the stats but also because it was the last game of the season which we had to win to stay in the league.
On what things are you working on most now so you will be 100% ready to be able to battle against the best big men in the Beko BBL? I'm pretty much working on everything, my ball handling, shooting, finishing, getting stronger and so on.
How does a normal work out day look like for Yannick Anzuluni (204-F-87, college: Houghton) on and off the court in the summer of 2016? I wake up at 6am grab something to eat then I go to the gym, I start with 30 minutes of biking then its on court training for about 1:30 then some good stretching, then back home grab some food, relax and conditioning workout in the afternoon. Couple times a week I have pick up games with other pros.
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore and chose 4 NBA heads which best four would you pick? Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant
Now that Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs where does this further NBA title put him against the best that ever played the game? Well now he is definitely in the discussion with the Larry Birds and Kobe Bryant's but he is still nowhere near Jordan
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