Telekom Baskets Bonn

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Telekom Baskets Bonn
Telekom Baskets Bonn logo
Leagues German League
Founded 1992
History BG Bonn 92
1992–1995
Telekom Baskets Bonn
1995 - present
Arena Telekom Dome
(capacity: 6,000)
Location Bonn, Germany
Team colors Magenta, White, and Black
              
President Wolfgang Wiedlich
Head coach Mathias Fischer
Website Official Website
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Telekom Baskets Bonn, commonly known as simply Baskets Bonn is a German basketball club based in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia. The club plays in the German Basketball League, which is the highest level pro basketball league in Germany. The club's sponsor is the German company Deutsche Telekom, a big telephone and internet company, which also sells mobile phones (T-Mobile) in the United States. The club's home arena is the Telekom Dome.

The Baskets reached the German League Final Four nine times in 17 years league affiliation and belong to Germany's most successful teams.

History[edit]

The Beginning[edit]

Historical logos of the Baskets' predecessor clubs

The Telekom Baskets Bonn werde founded in 1992 when the German clubs Godesberg Turnverein 1888 eV (Godesberg Gymnastics Club) and SC Fortuna Bonn merged. The basketball team of the Godesberger TV had been founded in 1970, whereas the SC Fortuna Bonn had been founded in 1973. The Godesberger TV was promoted to the Basketball Bundesliga in 1990. A year later, the club was relegated, and the associated economic problems eventually lead to the 1992 merger of the departments of the two basketball teams to BG Bonn 92. The following year, the club switched names to Post SV Bonn. In 1995, the club switched names again to Telekom Baskets Bonn, sponsored by the German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom.

Entry of the Deutsche Telekom and early years in the Bundesliga[edit]

In April 1995, the Telekom Baskets Bonn declared their goal to be promotion to the Bundesliga in 1997. But already in the 1995/1996 season the team finished the second division unbeaten and moved up to Germany's prime basketball league. There, the Baskets managed to establish themselves immediately, supported by an ecstatic home crowd at the newly built Hardtberghalle of the Hardtberg School Center. In their first season the Baskets succeeded to the finals of the German Championship. There, they lost 1:3 against Alba Berlin. In the following years they always reached the playoffs until the 2004/05 season. In 2005, the Baskets finished the regular season at the No. 9 position. Then coach Predrag Krunic was relieved of his duties. In December 2005, Michael Koch the former national team captain became the team's new head coach. Previously, for a few months Bonn was coached by the Croat Danijel Jusup.

From 1998 to 2002, the Baskets had a cooperation agreement with the SG Sechtem. This cooperation ended in 2002 due to a new strategic orientation of both clubs.

Moving to the Telekom Dome and the era Mike Koch[edit]

Chris Ensminger - The Baskets' leading rebounder for three straight German League seasons and two straight EuroChallenge seasons

In 2008, the Baskets moved from its previous venue, the Hardtberghalle, to the newly built Telekom Dome. Thus, the Telekom Baskets became Germany's first basketball club to build its own arena with adjoining training center.

The Baskets then intensified the training of their own youth players and in the 2006/2007 season started a cooperation with former rival Dragons Rhöndorf. Under the name SG Bonn / Rhöndorf the club sent various youth teams to Germany's prime youth divisions. The club's aim was to increase the number of their own players to jump into the squad of the 1st team. The clubs first success stories are both Fabian Thülig and Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann. Under coach Mike Koch the Baskets succeeded to the finals of the National Basketball League both in 2007/2008, as well as in 2008/2009. There, the Baskets finished runner-up to Alba Berlin and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The season 2010/2011, however, was the weakest since the rise of the Telekom Baskets to Germany's first division. With only 14 wins and 20 defeats, the Baskets finished the season ranked 13th and missed the play offs for only the second time in their club history.

For the 2011/2012 season Mike Koch remained Head Coach of the Telekom Baskets and built a new squad. New additions such as Benas Veikalas, Tony Gaffney, Talor Battle, Daniel Hain and Andrej Mangold and most notably former player Jared Jordan joined the team. Together they led the team through a regular season full of ups and downs. At the end they finished at the 8th spot with 18 wins and 16 defeats. In the quarter-finals of the playoffs, the Baskets were subject to a 1:3 result as they were beaten in 4 matches by defending champions Brose Baskets Bamberg. The Baskets Bonn also reached the Cup final where they were also beaten by Bamberg at Bonn's own court.

2012/2013, the Baskets qualified for the play-offs again. Overall, the team finished the season ranked 7th in the regular season. A few months into the season the team was supplemented by forward Jamel McLean, who replaced Patrick Ewing Jr.. In the quarterfinals, the Baskets met the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. There, the Baskets Bonn were eliminated with 2:3 victories after 5 games. After the season, the contract of coach Michael Koch was not extended, thus the Koch era ended after eight years as head coach of the team. When he left the club, he had been the longest serving head coach of the league.

Two new faces for the club's main tasks[edit]

In May 2013, as the successor to Michael Koch, the Telekom Baskets Bonn presented Mathias Fischer as the new head coach. Fischer had worked for the LTi Giessen 46ers before and had been responsible for several youth programs and national selections of Germany. Under his leadership, especially the youth development should expand and receive new impetus to the cooperation with the Dragons Rhöndorf. In addition to Fischer, the Baskets presented Michael Wichterich as new full-time sports manager. Wichterich is a former player of the Baskets and the Dragons Rhöndorf. He had previously worked for the Dragons where he was in a similar position as Arvid Kramer in 2004. Wichterich is only the second full-time manager of the club. The previous manager Andreas Boettcher is still involved in management.

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined by FIBA. Players may hold more than one nationality.

Telekom Baskets Bonn roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
G 4 United States McConnell, Mickey 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
C 5 Germany Mädrich, Dirk 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 116 kg (256 lb)
G 6 Lithuania Veikalas, Benas 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
G/F 7 United States Brooks, Ryan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
G 8 Germany Mangold, Andrej 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 93 kg (205 lb)
F 9 United States Caloiaro, Angelo 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb)
G 10 United States Lawrence, Eugene 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 105 kg (231 lb)
F/C 11 Lithuania Klimavicius, Tadas 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 108 kg (238 lb)
F 12 Germany Koch, Florian 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
F 14 Germany Wachalski, Steve 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb)
F 16 Germany Michel, Thomas 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: August 20, 2014

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C
PF Steve Wachalski
SF Ryan Brooks Florian Koch Thomas Michel
SG Benas Veikalas Andrej Mangold
PG Eugene Lawrence

Head Coach History[edit]

Bonn's individual stats leaders[edit]

Season Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
2011-12 Basketball Bundesliga Chris Ensminger United States
360 (15.7 per game)
Chris Ensminger United States
182 (7.9)
Jared Jordan United States
184 (8.4)
Anthony Gaffney United States
24 (1.0)
Anthony Gaffney United States
47 (2.0)
2011-12 EuroChallenge Zvonko Buljan Croatia
174 (14.5)
Zvonko Buljan Croatia
71 (5.9)
Jared Jordan United States
105 (8.8)
Anthony Gaffney United States
15 (1.3)
Anthony Gaffney United States
25 (2.1)
2010-11 Basketball Bundesliga Nic Wise United States
451 (13.7)
Chris Ensminger United States
258 (8.1)
Nic Wise United States
101 (3.1)
Nic Wise United States
47 (1.4)
Tim Ohlbrecht Germany
21 (0.8)
2010-11 EuroChallenge Nic Wise United States
76 (12.7)
Chris Ensminger United States
41 (6.8)
Nic Wise United States
13 (2.2)
Folarin Campbell United States
10 (1.7)
Tim Ohlbrecht Germany
3 (0.6)
2009-10 Basketball Bundesliga Chris Ensminger United States
447 (12.8)
Chris Ensminger United States
296 (8.5)
Jared Jordan United States
195 (5.3)
Jared Jordan United States
31 (0.8)
Tim Ohlbrecht Germany
10 (1.7)
2009-10 FIBA Eurocup Bryce Taylor United States
111 (18.5)
Chris Ensminger United States
50 (10.0)
Jared Jordan United States
22 (4.4)
Bryce Taylor United States
6 (1.0)
Patrick Flomo United States
22 (1.4)
2008-09 Basketball Bundesliga Brandon Bowman United States
657 (14.3)
Brandon Bowman United States
251 (5.5)
Earl Jerrod Rowland Bulgaria
155 (3.4)
Earl Jerrod Rowland Bulgaria
58 (1.3)
Ken Johnson United States
102 (2.2)
2008-09 EuroChallenge Winsome Frazier United States
182 (11.4)
Brandon Bowman United States
77 (5.1)
Earl Jerrod Rowland Bulgaria
62 (3.9)
Earl Jerrod Rowland Bulgaria
26 (1.6)
Ken Johnson United States
22 (1.4)
2007-08 Basketball Bundesliga Ronnie Burrell United States
556 (12.4)
Ronnie Burrell United States
227 (5.0)
Jeremiah Davis United States
113 (2.5)
Winsome Frazier United States
77 (1.8)
Patrick Flomo United States
25 (0.7)
2007-08 not qualified for international competitions - - - - -
2006-07 Basketball Bundesliga Jason Gardner United States
555 (14.6)
Jason Conley United States
209 (5.4)
Jason Gardner United States
105 (2.8)
Artur Kolodziejski Germany
29 (0.7)
Patrick Flomo United States
41 (1.5)
2006-07 not qualified - - - - -
2005-06 Basketball Bundesliga Andrew Wisniewski United States
660 (20.6)
Hrovje Perincic Croatia
203 (6.0)
Andrew Wisniewski United States
134 (4.2)
Andrew Wisniewski United States
49 (1.5)
Michael Meeks Germany
17 (0.5)
2005-06 FIBA EuroCup Andrew Wisniewski United States
81 (13.5)
Branko Klepač Germany
26 (4.3)
Andrew Wisniewski United States
17 (2.8)
Andrew Wisniewski United States
7 (1.2)
Branko Klepač Germany
2 (0.3)
2004-05 Basketball Bundesliga Branko Milisavljević Serbia
487 (16.8)
Altron Jackson United States
251 (9.0)
Branko Milisavljević Serbia
164 (5.7)
Oluoma Nnamaka Sweden
33 (1.1)
Oluoma Nnamaka Sweden
21 (0.7)
2004-05 ULEB Cup Kristaps Janicenoks Latvia
143 (14.3)
Oluoma Nnamaka Sweden
56 (5.6)
Branko Milisavljević Serbia
38 (4.2)
Oluoma Nnamaka Sweden
13 (1.3)
Oluoma Nnamaka Sweden
5 (0.5)
2003-04 Basketball Bundesliga Rimantas Kaukėnas Lithuania
651 (18,6)
Altron Jackson United States
263 (7,3)
Aleksandar Ćapin Slovenia
125 (3,5)
Rimantas Kaukėnas Lithuania
40 (1,1)
Oluoma Nnamaka Sweden
29 (0,8)
2003-04 ULEB Cup Rimantas Kaukėnas Lithuania
169 (18.8)
Oluoma Nnamaka Sweden
59 (5.9)
Aleksandar Ćapin Slovenia
30 (3.0)
Rimantas Kaukėnas Lithuania
14 (1.6)
Oluoma Nnamaka Sweden
9 (0.9)
2002-03 Basketball Bundesliga Brad Traina Italien
639 (18.3)
Aleksandar Radojević Bosnia
262 (7.5)
Terrence Rencher USA
145 (4.1)
Terrence Rencher USA
57 (1.6)
Aleksandar Radojević Bosnia
38 (1.1)
2002-03 ULEB Cup Aleksandar Nadjfeji Serbia
179 (17.9)
Aleksandar Nadjfeji Serbia
63 (6.3)
Terrence Rencher USA
39 (3.9)
Terrence Rencher USA
20 (2.0)
Aleksandar Radojević Bosnien
13 (1.3)
2001-02 Basketball Bundesliga Aleksander Nadjfeji Serbien
573 (16.9)
Mike Mardesich USA
245 (7.2)
Terrence Rencher USA
187 (5.3)
Paul Burke Schweden
67 (2.1)
Mike Mardesich USA
45 (1.3)
2001-02 Saporta Cup Hurl Beechum Germany
260 (18.6)
Mike Mardesich USA
84 (7.0)
Terrence Rencher USA
87 (6.2)
Hurl Beechum Germany
32 (2.3)
Mike Mardesich USA
40 (1.2)
2000-01 Basketball Bundesliga Marc Miller USA
614 (17.5)
Sinisa Kelecevic Kroatien
225 (6.4)
Paul Burke Schweden
174 (5.0)
Paul Burke Schweden
82 (2.3)
Igor Perica Kroatien
23 (0.8)
2000-01 Saporta Cup Sinisa Kelecevic Croatia
273 (19.5)
Sinisa Kelecevic Croatia
108 (7.7)
Paul Burke Sweden
62 (4.4)
Paul Burke Sweden
38 (2.7)
MC Mazique USA
12 (0.9)
1999-00 Basketball Bundesliga Derrick Phelps USA
493 (14.5)
Ivo Josipović Kroatien
166 (5.0)
Derrick Phelps USA
151 (4.4)
Derrick Phelps USA
72 (2.1)
Detlef Musch Germany
19 (0.6)
1999-00 Saporta Cup Hurl Beechum Germany
183 (16.6)
Derrick Phelps USA
47 (3.9)
Derrick Phelps USA
54 (4.5)
Derrick Phelps USA
32 (2.7)
Detlef Musch Germany
5 (0.4)
1998-99 Basketball Bundesliga Hurl Beechum Deutschland
654 (17.2)
Steven Hutchinson Deutschland
229 (6.4)
Derrick Phelps USA
191 (5.6)
Steven Hutchinson Deutschland
66 (1.8)
Gunther Behnke Deutschland
56 (1.5)
1998-99 Korać Cup Hurl Beechum Germany
107 (15.3)
Steven Hutchinson Deutschland
35 (5.8)
Derrick Phelps USA
42 (6.0)
Steven Hutchinson Deutschland
15 (2.5)
no data
1997-98 Basketball Bundesliga Sinisa Kelecevic Croatia
563 (20.9)
Sinisa Kelecevic Croatia
222 (8.2)
Klaus Perwas Germany
121 (4.0)
Klaus Perwas Germany
63 (2.1)
Gunther Behnke Germany
41 (1.4)
1997-98 Korać Cup Sinisa Kelecevic Croatia
79 (15.8)
Steven Hutchinson Deutschland
38 (6.3)
Klaus Perwas Germany
33 (5.5)
Klaus Perwas Deutschland
19 (3.2)
no data
1996-97 Basketball Bundesliga Sinisa Kelecevic Croatia
777 (21.0)
Gunther Behnke Germany
325 (9.0)
Klaus Perwas Germany
156 (4.3)
Eric Taylor USA
94 (2.4)
Gunther Behnke Germany
55 (1.5)

Notable players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason German Cup European competitions
1992–93 2 2. BBL 7 Relegation playoffs
1993–94 2 2. BBL 5 Promotion playoffs
1994–95 2 2. BBL 7 Relegation playoffs
1995–96 2 2. BBL 1 Promoted
1996–97 1 Bundesliga 2 Runner-up Semifinalist
1997–98 1 Bundesliga 5 Quarterfinalist Played Korac Cup
1998–99 1 Bundesliga 2 Runner-up Played Korac Cup
1999–00 1 Bundesliga 4 Semifinalist Played Saporta Cup
2000–01 1 Bundesliga 2 Runner-up Saporta Cup quarterfinalist
2001–02 1 Bundesliga 4 Semifinalist Saporta Cup quarterfinalist
2002–03 1 Bundesliga 3 Semifinalist Fourth position Played ULEB Cup
2003–04 1 Bundesliga 4 Semifinalist Played ULEB Cup
2004–05 1 Bundesliga 9 Runner-up Played ULEB Cup
2005–06 1 Bundesliga 7 Quarterfinalist Played FIBA EuroCup
2006–07 1 Bundesliga 7 Quarterfinalist
2007–08 1 Bundesliga 2 Runner-up
2008–09 1 Bundesliga 2 Runner-up Runner-up EuroChallenge quarterfinalist
2009–10 1 Bundesliga 8 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist Played Eurocup
2010–11 1 Bundesliga 13 Quarterfinalist Played EuroChallenge
2011–12 1 Bundesliga 8 Quarterfinalist Runner-up Played EuroChallenge
2012–13 1 Bundesliga 7 Quarterfinalist EuroChallenge quarterfinalist
2013–14 1 Bundesliga Quarterfinalist
2014–15 1 Bundesliga

See also[edit]

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