The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have added experience to the front court with Gary McGhee (210-C-88, college: Pittsburgh) who isn't unknown to the BBL as he played with medi Bayreuth in the 2012-2013 season where he played 34 games averaging 9.4ppg, Reb-5 (6.5rpg), FGP: 52.9%, FT: 61.6%. and a season later with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 25 games averaging 6.4ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 54.3%. He also brings experience having played in countries like Croatia, France, Ro... [read more]
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have added experience to the front court with Gary McGhee (210-C-88, college: Pittsburgh) who isn't unknown to the BBL as he played with medi Bayreuth in the 2012-2013 season where he played 34 games averaging 9.4ppg, Reb-5 (6.5rpg), FGP: 52.9%, FT: 61.6%. and a season later with the MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 25 games averaging 6.4ppg, 4.8rpg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 54.3%. He also brings experience having played in countries like Croatia, France, Romania Spain and Kosvo to Tuebingen. Mcghee is a 27 year old 210cm center from Anderson, Indiana that is going into his sixth professional season and last season played for VAP Kolossos Rodou (Greece-A1) playing 27 games averaging 8.6ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 54.4%. "He brings experience and physicality to our team. He will give us good defense and be an important option on offense. We have to find him down low as he is hard to stop in the paint. He will take on a leadership role for us. An advantage is that he knows the league and will be dominant in the zone on account of his size and strong body. He is quite mobile for his size", stressed manager Robert Wintermantel.
Mcghee started his basketball career in 2007 with Pittsburgh (NCAA) where he played until2011 playing a total of 120 NCAA games. As a senior he played 34 games averaging 6.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 56.7%, FT: 48.5%. His early claim to fame was being the victim of a brutal cross over from UCONN guard Kemba Walker. In the summer of 2011, he took part at teh well known Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 2 games: 9.0ppg, Reb-5 (8.5rpg), 1.0bpg. He started his professional basketball career in 2011-2012 with Bandirma Kirmizi (Turkey-TBL) playing 30 games averaging 10.5ppg, Reb-4 (7.8rpg), FGP: 56.3%, FT: 45.6%. In the 2013-2014 he moved to BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA) playing 7 games: 0.9ppg; ProA: 7 games: 6 points; Eurocup: 5 games: 1.8ppg, 1.8rpg. In the 2014-2015 season he played for CSM Oradea (Romania-Liga Nationala, starting five), only pre-season, in
Nov.'14 signed at Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo-SuperLeague): 5 games: 9.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 67.9%, FT: 57.9%; Balkan League: 2 games: 2.5ppg, 10.0rpg; Kosovan, in Dec.'14 moved to Ribeira Sacra CB Breogan Lugo (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 28 games: 10.7ppg, 7.1rpg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 45.5%.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Big East Tournament Winner -08, Big East Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Big East Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10, Big East Regular Season Champion -11, Spanish LEB Gold (Cope Principe de Asturias) Finalist -15, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention -15, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team -15, and Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off Finalist -15.
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 b... [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
Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) has belonged to the top and most consistent players in the Pro A for years and one of those players that fans especially mark in their calenders to want to see when he is on tour with his team exploring visiting teams. It is his gracefulness while shooting out the lights or his Rick Barry like free throw shooting accuracy that brings the people into the gym's in Germany to see him play even if here and there his hot shooting leaves opposing fa... [read more]
Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) has belonged to the top and most consistent players in the Pro A for years and one of those players that fans especially mark in their calenders to want to see when he is on tour with his team exploring visiting teams. It is his gracefulness while shooting out the lights or his Rick Barry like free throw shooting accuracy that brings the people into the gym's in Germany to see him play even if here and there his hot shooting leaves opposing fans going home having to digest a loss. In a professional basketball career that has lasted nine years, he always showed his love for Germany as he played in eight seasons there for clubs like Phoenix Hagen, Gotha and SC Rasta Vechta and will continue to stay there where his heart desires and latch on a tenth season in Germany with the Crailsheim Merlins. Griffin is a 188cm guard from Sammamish, Washington and will be turning 33 on August thrid and brings 55 BBL games and 165 Pro A games experience to the Crailsheim Merlins. Last season with SC Rasta Vechta, he played 35 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 80.6%."The stats he brings yeara fter year are sensational. He was always one of the guarantees for a win for his team. But he isn't a player that forces anything. He profits more when the team is playing well and create chances. He also brings unbelievable experience and will fit well into the team with his game intelligence", stated Ingo Enskat. Last season the American scored in double figures in 25 games and had superb scoring games against Paderborn with 26 points and Essen and Hanau with 25 points.
Griffin started his basketball career in 2003 with Pepperdine (NCAA) and played there until 2007 amassing a total of 79 NCAA games. As a senior he played 31 games averaging 15.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 80.7%.He played his first three professional seasons from 2007-2010 with Phoenix Hagen and helped the team move up to the BBL in 2009 playing 28 games averaging 16.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 78.1%. In his first season in the BBL with Phoenix Hagen, he had no difficultly adjusting to the higher level and played 33 games averaging 13.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 83.5%. In the 2012-2011 season he continued to ball in the BBL with the LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga) playing 22 games averaging 8.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 42.5%, FT: 86.7%. In the 2011-2012 season he gained valuable experience with the Torpan Pojat Helsinki (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 47 games averaging 16.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 86.5%; VTB League: 2 games: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 100.0%. He then played with the BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA) from 2012-2014 and in his first season palyed 25 games: Score-4 (18.2ppg), 2.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT-2 (54.5%), FT: 84.0%. In his second season with Gotha, he played 33 games: Score-5 (18.0ppg), 3.7rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT-2 (91.6%). In the 2014-2015 season he moved to SC Rasta Vechta (Germany-ProA) playing 29 games averaging 15.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT-3 (43.7%), FT-1 (92.2%).
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been WCC Tournament Semifinals -04, All-WCC Honorable Mention -07, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A All-Imports Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 1st Team -09, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Runner-Up -09, Finnish League Semifinals -12, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Honorable Mention -12, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -13, 16, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -14, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -16.
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