Ex-Donar speler Bradford Burgess naar VOO Liège Basket

Bradford Burgess heeft een contract getekend bij VOO Liège Basket.

De Belgische club eindigde het afgelopen seizoen op de negende (van de tien teams) plaats van de Belgische EuroMillions Basketball League. Hij kent het Belgische basketball want in de seizoenen 2012-2013 en 2013-2014 speelde hij bij Leuven.

Burgess was geliefd bij vele fans van Donar. Hij kwam in januari naar Donar als vervanger van Stephen Domingo. Zijn gemiddelde stats bij Donar waren 21.0 minuten, 10.1 punten, 4.7 rebounds en driepunters 45.5%.

Jordy Kuiper: “het is nog steeds een droom om ooit het Donar tenue aan te mogen doen”

Jordy Kuiper uit Groningen speelde de afgelopen jaren in de USA bij UNC Greensboro en ik heb hem een aantal vragen gesteld. Zijn antwoorden staan hieronder.

Vraag: bij welke vereniging ben je begonnen met basketballen?
Antwoord: ik ben begonnen bij Celeritas Donar, in Vinkhuizen bij de Mini’s (U12) met coach Martin de Vries!

Vraag: de afgelopen jaren speelde je op college op UNC Greensboro. Hoe kijk je terug op deze periode en wat waren de hoogtepunten?
Antwoord: dat was de mooiste tijd van mijn leven, vooral qua basketbal. Ik heb echt iets moois kunnen opbouwen bij UNCG en heb mijn college carrière mogen afsluiten als captain van een team dat Conference Champion werd en naar het grote NCAA Toernooi mocht voor de eerste keer in 17 jaar. Daarnaast is de band die je met de mensen daar opbouwd natuurlijk fantastisch en die vriendschappen gaan draag ik voor de rest van je leven met me mee.

Vraag: wat heb je geleerd (kan basketballtechnisch zijn maar ook op menselijke vlak) tijdens je periode in de USA?
Antwoord: ik heb daar natuurlijk 5 jaar gezeten, van mijn 17de t/m 23ste jaar. Ik kwam daar binnen als een jong jochie en ga daar nu weg als een man, en heb ontzettend veel geleerd; zowel basketbaltechnisch en als mens. Ik ben een stuk sterker geworden doordat ik tegen top teams en spelers heb mogen spelen en dat heeft mij erg verrijkt als speler.

Vraag: wat zijn je sterke punten als basketballer en wat zou je nog willen verbeteren?
Antwoord: ik ben een leider, een sterke communicator/verdediger en daarnaast aanvallend veelzijdig omdat ik niet alleen back-to-the basket kan scoren maar ook een goed driepuntsschot heb. Ik wil graag mijn handles verbeteren om zo nog meer te kunnen creeëren voor mezelf en mijn teammates.

Vraag: heb jij als “stadjer” Donar ook goed gevolgd in de USA?
Antwoord: natuurlijk! Ik zat als een klein jochie al op de houten tribunes in plaza, en ben een Donar fan in hart en nieren. Tijdens het seizoen (en het kampioensschap) in 2003 deed ik altijd Travis Reed na tijdens het schieten op de basket in mijn achtertuin en ik heb tijdens mijn tijd als jeugdspeler ook veel kunnen leren van gasten zoals Matt Haryasz, Matt Bauscher & Jason Ellis.

Vraag: had je na college graag bij Donar willen spelen of zat dat om een reden er niet in?
Antwoord: ik wil absoluut bij Donar spelen, maar mijn ambitie en focus ligt nu eerst bij het kijken waar mijn internationale basketbalavontuur naar toe kan gaan. Ik heb een mooi basketbal CV op kunnen bouwen in Amerika en wil graag zien hoe ver ik daar mee kan komen. Maar het is nog steeds een droom om ooit het Donar tenue aan te mogen doen.

Vraag: hoe ziet jouw basketballtoekomst er uit en waar hoop je op voor komend seizoen qua land/team?
Antwoord: de onderhandelingen gaan erg goed met clubs door heel Europa. Het is nu een kwestie van rustig de tijd nemen om te kijken welke situatie/aanbieding op dit moment het beste bij mij past. Er zijn vele factoren waar je rekening mee moet houden maar er is meer dan genoeg interesse dus dat gaat helemaal goed komen!

Ex-Donar coach Ivica Skelin: “I would like to work abroad”

Mijn laatste interview met ex-Donar coach Ivica Skelin was van 8 augustus 2017, dus werd het tijd om contact te zoeken en hem een aantal vragen te stellen. Zijn antwoorden staan hieronder.

Vraag: how are you now and do you enjoy the time in Croatia?
Antwoord: for the moment I’m in Split, Croatia and enjoying my vacation. This is the first summer since 2015 that I have a break. Last two summers I have been with NT on Olympics and European Championship.

Vraag: in september 2017 you became head coach of the national team of Croatia and that period ended in March 2018. How do you look back at that period?
Antwoord: last season I was very busy and I have been coaching parallel NT and Split. It was not easy with NT because our best players could not participate and we had some important players injured. Results were not as we used to have and in that situation coach has his responsability.

Vraag: after Donar you became head coach of KK Split for 3 seasons. Your team had not the biggest budget, but satisfied with the results and the performances of the team?
Antwoord: a few months before I became coach of Split, team had avoided relegation to second division. First season we have finished sixth and next two seasons we lost in semi final against Cedevita. We made huge progress and I have to say thanks to the organization and players for the wonderful three seasons.

Vraag: what was your personal highlight with KK Split over the 3 seasons?
Antwoord: the fact that we succeeded to win Cedevita,Cibona and Zadar is something that makes me proud.

Vraag: so far I know you don’t have a coach job for the coming season. What are your plans and do you prefer coach job in Croatia or other country?
Antwoord: I would like to work abroad.

Vraag: do you still follow Donar and was it a surprise for you that Donar played in the semi-final of the FIBA Europe Cup?
Antwoord: I did not have time to watch Donar last season but I have been following their results. Compliments for the players, coaches, staff …I think that they made more than anybody expected. They have played against great teams and they proved their quality.

Vraag: do you want to say something to the fans of Donar?
Antwoord:I wish them a great season, lot of success and trophies.

Vraag en antwoord met Grant Sitton, de nieuwe Amerikaan van Donar

Gisteren contracteerde Donar de Amerikaanse forward Grant Sitton. Ik heb hem een aantal vragen gesteld en hieronder staan zijn antwoorden.

Vraag: can you describe in short something about your life (birthday, hometown, family etc)?
Antwoord: I’m from Brush Prairie WA.

Vraag: you played college for Clackamas CC and University of Victoria, how do you look back at these years?
Antwoord: I have a lot of good memories and even better friendships from my college days.

Vraag: the first year outside USA is mostly a hard time for a basketballplayer. Your first year in Europe was in Slovakia, how was that period?
Antwoord: it was hard being away from home but I had a lot of love and support from my family, teammates, and my coach to help me.

Vraag: was it difficult to learn the European style of basketball and what was the difference between playing in Canada and Slovakia?
Antwoord: Canada plays more of the European style of game than the U.S does. FIBA 3 point line and bigger key. But it is a faster past game in Europe.

Vraag: how came you in contact with Donar and why choice for Donar?
Antwoord: the team contacted me and I like the direction the team is going. It is a well known team for its success and I’m happy to be a part of it.

Vraag: before the step to play in The Netherlands, did you know something about our country?
Antwoord: I didn’t know anything about the country but everyone I have talked to about says it’s a beautiful place and I will love it.

Vraag: what will be your role in the team of Donar?
Antwoord: my role will be whatever the team needs my role to be. I have played many roles on basketball teams over the years and I’m comfortable in many spots. I’m willing to do whatever takes to help a team be successful.

Vraag: what are your expectations for these season?
Antwoord: coming in to a new team it’s hard to put any expectations, but I just take it one game at a time and try not to get ahead of myself.

Vraag: Donar will play in the qualifications rounds of the Basketball Champions League (and FIBA Europe Cup if they have no success in the BCL ). Looking forward to that European competitions?
Antwoord: yes I can’t wait I love competition. I want to compete to the best of my ability at a high level and now that I have the opportunity to do so I’m really excited.

Vraag: do you want to say something to the fans?
Antwoord: cant wait to meet you all and experience Donar basketball first hand!

Interview met Jordan Callahan, de nieuwe point guard van Donar

Onlangs tekende Jordan Callahan een contract bij Donar. Ik heb de nieuwe point guard een aantal vragen gesteld en de antwoorden staan hieronder.

Vraag:
can you describe in short something about your life (birthday, hometown, family etc)?
Antwoord: I was born 10-21-1990 in Atlanta, Georgia. I am the only child. My parents are Gregory&Vickie Callahan.

Vraag: you played college for Tulane, how do you look back at these years?
Antwoord: every year I look back I’m surprised at how long it’s been. Those were some fun days, college taught me a lot about responsibility and setting priorities in order to succeed.

Vraag: the first year outside USA is mostly a hard time for a basketballplayer. Your first year in Europe was in Poland, how was that period?
Antwoord: I still remember my first year overseas. More so than my others. Coming from Atlanta I had rarely seen snow. That year in Poland they had record low temperatures and snow banks taller than me. It was an adjustment to say the least, I knew none of the language and not many people spoke English. Luckily, most people were friendly.

Vraag: was it difficult to learn the European style of basketball and what was the difference between playing in Poland, Belgium, Germany, Russia and Bulgaria?
Antwoord: not really. For my position if you can shoot and play the pick&roll then the transition isn’t that difficult. The difference is mostly the skill level but each league has its own style of play. Germany/ Russia are a little more physical and the refs let you play. Where some leagues like Poland are more guard friendly so the games are faster paced.

Vraag: how came you in contact with Donar? Did you had more offers from other clubs and if “yes” why Donar?
Antwoord: Donar came in contact with me. And yes I had more offers but Donar really stuck out because of it previous success in Holland as well as their success in Champions League last year. Coach Braal also has had success in developing Point guards.

Vraag: before the step to play in The Netherlands, did you know something about our country?
Antwoord: unfortunately not. Hopefully during my stay here I will be able to learn more about the culture.

Vraag: what will be your role in the team of Donar?
Antwoord: point guard/ playmaker.

Vraag: what are your expectations for these season?
Antwoord: to qualify fo Champions league and take it as far as possible.

Vraag: Donar will play in the qualifications rounds of the Basketball Champions League (and FIBA Europe Cup if they have no success in the BCL ). Looking forward to that European competitions?
Antwoord: of course I look forward to getting back to European competition. I have played in both leagues (Basketball Champions League/ Fiba Europe cup) so I’m anxious to get back and make a splash.

Vraag: do you want to say something to the fans?
Antwoord: thank you for the support already. I haven’t even stepped foot in Holland and I can already feel the love!! I can’t wait to meet the fans face-to-face.

Met Masterson haalt Aris topschutter binnen

Nick Masterson is de vierde en laatste buitenlandse speler die Aris voor het komende seizoen heeft vastgelegd. Masterson is een rasschutter en schoot vorig seizoen het hoogste schotpercentage driepunters van de gehele NCAA Division 1, maar liefst 54% van zijn pogingen gingen raak. Het seizoen daarvoor had hij het tweede percentage (52%).

De 1.96 m lange shooting guard speelde vier jaar voor Kennesaw State University en maakte daar bijna 16 punten gemiddeld in zijn seniorjaar.

Lees verder via arisleeuwarden.nl.

Jason Dourisseau: “as long as my body allows me to still be a contributor to my team, i want to play”

Ik heb tien vragen aan Jason Dourisseau van Donar gesteld en hieronder staan de vragen en antwoorden.

Vraag: how are you, Renate and Myliana Romée Alma now? It must be great to all of you to be back in Omaha with your family.
Antwoord: we are all doing great! Im so in love with my baby girl…shes growing like crazy and changing every week…rose is good too…shes a GREAT mother and we are loving this time in the summer we have.

Vraag: next season it will be your 7th season with Donar. Seven years is long, how do you look back at these years?
Antwoord: I look at these years as some of the best of my life and basketball career. Ive played with some GREAT players and even better people, people i still communicate with today.  Winning 3 championships with Donar is something Im very proud of, and something i will never forget as long as I live. I also am very thankful for everything the club has done for me and my family. And of course, the fans are just incredible. The energy and passion they give their team is second to none. Playing in a packed Martini Plaza is a priveiledge that i am very thankfu.

Vraag: after the 2016-2017 you are 33. Do you think already about the future and maybe playing basketball for one or two years after that season?
Antwoord: I take things a year at a time. I still love to play. I still love the day to day of basketball. I love being around my teammates everyday, and i love talking basketball with coach. So as long as my body allows me to still be a contributor to my team, i want to play.

Vraag: for a good career after so many years your body must be in shape. What is your secret of a health body?
Antwoord: Lol. I really dont have a secret. I just try to keep myself in good shape. In the summers, i work out a lot, and do a lot of weights and swimming. I was fortunate enough to cross paths with Adam Barnes 8 years ago, and he helped me out a lot with my summer workouts. Also how to keep my body in good enough shape without killing me in the summer. And my wife, Rose, really help transform my diet since we’ve been together. She makes me eat vegetables and fruit…lol…not just chicken and rice. So im thankful to her as well.

Vraag: in the summer you go always back to Omaha. What are you doing to be in shape for first training Donar?
Antwoord: weights, swimming, and court workouts.

Vraag: most players of last season are coming back. How great is that and how important is that for a team?
Antwoord: its crucial in my opinion.  We dont have to spend time learning coach and his system. We also know each other plays. I think signing Lance and Chase back were HUGE. Chase impacts the game in so many ways. Hes a really smart player but also extremely athletic. Lance is an unbelievable player with a high IQ, and he gives our team a toughness we need. Hes also a tremendous leader so im glad to be back with those guys.

Vraag: late September you will play in the Basketball Champions League. Looking forward to that?
Antwoord: I am definitely looking forward to Champions league. Im thankful for the opportunity and i hope we can play our way into the regular season.

Vraag: what are your personal goals for next season?
Antwoord: my personal goals are always the same…figure out my role to help my team win and try to play it to the best of my abilities.

Vraag: what means Donar for you?
Antwoord: Donar means everything to me. The fans, the organization, and the city of Groningen will always have a place in my heart. Ive had a lot of ups and downs while ive been with donar, but the fans and the club have always had my back. So helping the club achieve success is a great thing for me.

Vraag: do you want say something to the fans?
Antwoord: I want to say thank you to the fans…for always showing up and paying good money to see us play. You guys are truly the best fans in holland, and donar wouldnt be what it is without you.

Donar speelt in de eerste kwalificatieronde van de Basketball Champions League tegen Sigal Prishtina

Vanmorgen heeft de loting van de voorronde van de Basketball Champions League plaatsgevonden.

Donar speelt in de eerste ronde tegen Sigal Prishtina. De club uit Kosovo eindigde het afgelopen seizoen op de eerste plaats en verloor in de finale van de play-offs van Bashkimi.

De eerste ronde wordt gespeeld op donderdag 20 september en zaterdag 22 september en Donar speelt eerst uit. Mocht Donar winnen dan is de tweede ronde op dinsdag 25 september en donderdag 27 september. Donar speelt dan eerst thuis tegen de winnaar van Fribourg Olympic (Frankrijk) tegen Avtodor Saratov (Rusland). De eventuele derde ronde is op zondag 30 september en dinsdag 2 oktober.

Bij uitschakeling voor de Basketball Champions League zal Donar uitkomen in de FIBA Europe Cup.

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