It’s a little bit scary in the United States these days, especially for college basketball players with hopes of entering the professional ranks. The NBA remains in complete lockdown and neither side appears eager to jump-start any amount of progress. Being the savvy professionals they are, every member of Wisconsin’s starting frontcourt from last season has come up with a daring plan: they’re getting the heck outta here, ditching this AA+ wasteland for the green pastures of AAA paradise–Germany.
Jon Leuer, a second-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in June’s NBA Draft, was the first to make his move official. Jon signed a contract with Skyliners Frankfurt for next season, becoming the second player drafted in 2011 to sign overseas. Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore, a second-round pick by the Boston Celtics, is the other. Moore and Leuer share the same agent, Mark Bartelstein, who has actually gone a step further with each player’s contract by including an “out-clause”. FIBA recently announced that it would not block NBA players from signing with Europeans clubs as long as the contracts included clauses forcing them to return to their NBA teams when the lockout ends. This only affected players currently under contract in the States, however. Typically, European teams had been insisting players who are not currently under contract with NBA teams sign long-term deals for their overseas excursions. Leuer and Moore’s contract are unique in that regard, as both will be permitted to break their European contracts when the NBA gets its act together.
Once Leuer signed with Frankfurt, his Wisconsin basketball cohorts weren’t far behind. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Tim Jarmusz and Keaton Nankivil will both sign in Germany for the upcoming European season. Jarmusz will play for the Gotha Rockets while Nankivil will sign with Ratiopharm Ulm. No word on their contract structure, but it’s likely that both are in Germany for the long haul if playing basketball is what they want to do.
I also have to highlight an incident that occurred during Jarmusz’s tryout for the Rockets, when he apparently took an errant elbow in the face and was left bleeding on the court. But in true hard-working Wisconsin fashion, Tim was unfazed and continued to show his skills. The Google translation of the article gives us a few gems, too:
This scene shows Tim Jarmusz can not stop so easily
Geez guys, he’s been there how long and you’re already knocking his agility? It’s not like people were clamoring for pull-up transition jumpers from Timmy. You know, what with all the transition opportunities he had. Then there’s this:
Instead of rattling dunk, he dominated most certainly, he preferred in case of doubt the “safe”, the simple lay-up.
I’m sure every time the ball found his hands, Tim thought to himself “Hmm, I suppose I could take my guy off the dribble and throw down a rattling dunk, but I’ll play it safe and just go for a lay-up.” That is, all 16 times he actually shot the ball inside the three-point arc. The only thing Tim dominated most certainly was ball-swings around the perimeter, but dominate them most certainly he did. And when it comes to basketball IQ, Tim knew the safest play was always to pass the ball to another player wearing the same color jersey.