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JOE BENJAMIN'S BLOG
200cm / 6'7'' - Forward - 1983
Joe Benjamin Basketball Career
Born: Feb.4, 1983 in Charleston, West Virginia from a French mother and Haitian father|
Full name: Joseph Donnell Benjamin
Joe has a great knowledge of the game and is always focused on the task at hand, whether it be practice or a game. He plays the game with a passion that will carry over to everyone on his team. He has a very good post up game, shoots the 15 foot jump shot consistently, has improved his 3 point shot and his ball handling, and rebounds with the best of them.
2003-2004: W.Virginia St. (NCAA2): 32 games: 3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg
2004-2005: W.Virginia St. (NCAA2): 29 games: 5.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg
2005-2006: W.Virginia St. (NCAA2): 34 games: 4.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg
2006-2007: W.Virginia St. (NCAA2): 33 games: 7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg
2007-2008: Aabyhoj IF (Denmark-Basketliga, starting five): 24 games: 12.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 71.0%, then moved to Aabyhoj IF (Denmark-Basketliga, starting five)
2008-2009: Aabyhoj IF (Denmark-Basketligaen, starting five): 20 games: 14.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.0%, 3Pts: 38.0%, FT: 69.0%
2009-2010: Virum (Denmark-1st Division, starting five)
2010-2011: Virum Vipers (Denmark-1st Division, starting five)
2011-2012: Horsholm 79ers (Denmark-Ligaen, starting five): 32 games: 14.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 75.5%
2012-2013: Team FOG Naestved (Denmark-Ligaen, starting five): 30 games: 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.3%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 69.7%, left in Jun.'13
2013-2014: SISU Copenhagen (Denmark-Ligaen, starting five): 30 games: 18.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 66.9%
2014-2015: Randers Cimbria Basketball (Denmark-Ligaen, starting five): 12 games: 11.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 57.3%, 3FGP: 18.8%, FT: 78.6%, in Dec.'14 moved to SISU Copenhagen (Denmark-Ligaen): 10 games: 13.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 75.0%
2015-2016: In Dec.'15 signed at Stevnsgade BBK (Denmark-Ligaen)
Danish League All-Star Game -09, 12, 14
Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen 2nd Team -12
Eurobasket.com Danish Ligaen All-Imports Team -12
Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Honorable Mention -14
| Alexis Wangmene (ex Krka) signs at Stal Ostrow- Nov.8, 2015 (by Dominik)|
BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (TBL) landed 26-year old Cameroonian international power forward Alexis Wangmene (202-109kg-89, college: Texas, agency: APAA Sports Group). He played most recently at Krka in Slovenian Telemach League. In 30 games he averaged 8.8ppg and 5.8rpg last season. He helped them to win the supercup and end the regular season at the top position. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team. Wangmene... [read more]
BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (TBL) landed 26-year old Cameroonian international power forward Alexis Wangmene (202-109kg-89, college: Texas, agency: APAA Sports Group). He played most recently at Krka in Slovenian Telemach League. In 30 games he averaged 8.8ppg and 5.8rpg last season. He helped them to win the supercup and end the regular season at the top position. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team. Wangmene also played 26 games in Adriatic League where he had 7.5ppg and 5.1rpg.
The previous (13-14) season he played at Hopsi Polzela (Telemach League) in Slovenian league. In 32 games he had 12.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.0spg in 2013-14 season. He contributed to his team making it to the Slovenian Cup Semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Center of the Year and selected to 1st Team.
In 12-13 season Wangmene played at Austin Toros in D-League. But in 21 games he had just 0.6ppg and 1.4rpg in 2012-13 season. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Three years ago Wangmene was drafted by Austin Toros (D-League) in fifth round (79th overall).
The former University of Texas standoutis in his fourth season in pro basketball. Wangmene also represented Cameroon at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 3.0ppg, 3.2rpg.
Let's have closer look into Wangmene's outlook:
He' s undersized to play the center-spot against bigger teams (only 6-8, even with a great wingspan), but he is a very good rebounder and a tough fighter in the paint.
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| Interview with Mike Taylor, Polish National Team and Maine Red Claws head coach- Feb.13, 2014 (by Dominik)|
Eurobasket.com had the opportunity to talk with Mike Taylor . He was named the new head coach of Polish National Team recently. He has also worked with D-League team Maine Red Claws since 2012. He started his coaching career in 2001 with 2. Bundesliga team BV Chemnitz 99. Then he coached teams playing in various American leagues to sign finally with German team Ratiopharm Ulm. Taylor worked there for 8 years (since 2003 to 2011!). American coach also cooperated with Rio Grande Valley Vipe... [read more]
Eurobasket.com had the opportunity to talk with Mike Taylor . He was named the new head coach of Polish National Team recently. He has also worked with D-League team Maine Red Claws since 2012. He started his coaching career in 2001 with 2. Bundesliga team BV Chemnitz 99. Then he coached teams playing in various American leagues to sign finally with German team Ratiopharm Ulm. Taylor worked there for 8 years (since 2003 to 2011!). American coach also cooperated with Rio Grande Valley Vipers during 2011/2012 season and Czech Republic National team from 2010 to 2013. In both cases he was assistant coach.
How would you describe yourself as a coach?
That is a question for players who have played for me or people I have worked with but I believe they would say positive, patient, supportive, energetic, good communicator and motivator and always trying to enjoy the process.
What goals has Polish Basketball Association set for you?
We have set clear goals. And as the Federation has made clear 'Failure is not an option'. Our first goal is to qualify for Eurobasket 2015 in Ukraine. That will be our focus until the time we achieve it. Bigger goals for Ukraine and beyond are set but we will focus on things one at a time. For now, everything will be invested into this summer.
You will now have many duties as Maine Red Claws and Polish National Team coach. How do you want to share it? Have you already known, how many time will you spend in Poland?
Many national team coaches throughout the world coach two teams. This is not unusual. I will organize my time efficiently and work closely with the Polish Federation, the Maine Red Claws and the Boston Celtics. I love to coach basketball and each day I am excited to work on game plans, practice plans, video, workouts, meetings, whatever has to do with basketball I am happy doing.
You worked in Ulm for 8 years. Do you think that such a comfort and possibility of a long-term cooperation is important in basketball?
What is important in basketball is working with good people who share a similar vision and the same goals. It's important for a coach to 'fit'. I was in Ulm for 8 great years and we built the organization step by step. More recently, I have been working with the Czech Republic National Team for the last four years. In both cases, development and improvement came step by step and with continuity and a good fit. The personal relationships that are established within teams and within staffs are extremely important. For sure long-term cooperation is a positive because many times success results from continuity and stability. It takes time to build relationships and establish systems and style of play.
What is your knowledge about Polish National Team?
I have a good base of knowledge about the Polish National Team after preparing for and coaching against Poland last summer in Celje Slovenia. I am excited to get to know the players from last seasons roster and up and coming young talents as well. I am honored to be the first American coach in the history of the Polish Federation and I am hopeful to make a lasting positive impact on basketball in the country of Poland.
You have already worked in Germany and Czech Republic. Can you speak languages of that countries? I ask you about that because I've seen a short movie with you teaching Czech people how to speak English and Czech language is also very similar to Polish.
I have enjoyed my time coaching in Germany and with the Czech Republic National Team. During my 9 seasons coaching in Germany, I learned German and spent several seasons going to Berlitz classes. In Czech Republic, we had fun with the videos. My wife speaks Czech, German and English so I am around those languages a lot. It will be fun to learn some Polish and experience the culture. I love coaching overseas because of the basketball and life experiences.
I heard that you are not only basketball coach but you have also some experience at journalism as you worked for Eurobasket.com and betterbasketball.com. What can you tell about that episodes?
In the past I have written articles or covered basketball for a variety of on-line sites. I am just very interested in basketball and like to follow all the different leagues all over the world. Since coming back to the USA and D-League, I do not have as much free time so have not been as active as before.
| Interview with Cameron Bennerman, ex Czarni and AZS- Jan.24, 2014 (by Dominik)|
Eurobasket.com had the pleasure of talking with Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.). He is most known for his play for Polish team Energa Czarni Slupsk where he averaged impressive 14.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg 3 years ago. He took part in Polish League All-Star Game and Slam Dunk Contest there. American guard also won bronze medal with Polish team. During 2012/2013 season he represented Turkish Hacettepe University (11.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2... [read more]
Eurobasket.com had the pleasure of talking with Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.). He is most known for his play for Polish team Energa Czarni Slupsk where he averaged impressive 14.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg 3 years ago. He took part in Polish League All-Star Game and Slam Dunk Contest there. American guard also won bronze medal with Polish team. During 2012/2013 season he represented Turkish Hacettepe University (11.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg) and Polish AZS Koszalin (5.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg). He played most recently for Austin Toros in D-League where he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.8apg in just 4 December games.
You've played in D-League most recently. However, you signed a contract there relatively late (in December). Does it mean that you didn't have any interesting offers earlier?
Well, I signed the contract for the D-League in October and the draft + training camp was in the beginning of November.
We've had a lot of interest but nothing that has panned out to be anything serious.
Why did you quit the team?
Before the break Austin Toros wanted to make some changes with waives and trades and I was a part of that. I played mainly point guard there which was different for me in a good way and was a great experience.
What do you do now?
We're talking with teams and are currently waiting for our next situation.
What can you tell about D-League? Is it a tough competition?
Actually this is not my first experience in the D-League. I played back in 2009 for 1 month to try it out and I enjoyed it. The competition was good but the pay is low, and while most fans do not know this, but the D-League is considered to be very valuable and looked upon highly in the minds of GMs and teams all around the world. Like many things in life there are a lot of politics involved, but whether it's building relationships off the court or getting exposure on the court the D-League can be extremely beneficial to a players career if it's the right situation where he can play, grow and develop.
How can you compare it with other leagues that you have already played e.g. Polish League? What are the main differences?
The main difference between D-League and Europe is practice routine and the number of games played per week. Practice is about 2 hours average everyday, 1 time a day instead of 2. You normally play 3 games average per week also. This is important because as a team and as a player, when you are able to play multiple games a week you're able to build and sustain some kind of momentum. 1 game a week can be difficult at times, a lot can go wrong within a week and it can be tough sustaining that momentum, but as professionals we all have to work hard and adjust regardless.
And do you agree with many opinions that D-League is just a good show where players want to make a nice stats instead of team results?
Uuumm, sure... I couldn't disagree with that. It's definitely a place where you want to show individual skill and increase value. But like I said, it's all about situation. I was with the San Antonio Spurs D-League team and they are very specific on system and team play. Other teams just let you go and play free, so it all depends on team and situation.
Let's get back to the past now. You spent some time playing in Poland. Did you enjoy the time when you were there?
I totally enjoyed my time in Poland. My first year with Energa Czarni Slupsk we had a magical season winning the bronze and I made a ton of friends there. I hate that I got hurt that season because I felt like we could have won the championship and that was a really big year for me individually also. My last time in Poland with AZS Koszalin was an interesting experience as well. I met some really cool guys there and had the chance to make memories and build relationships.
Why did you part ways with AZS Koszalin?
I left the team in Koszalin last season mainly due to personal issues regarding my girlfriend and I, but aside from that it felt like the team did not really need me. Chemistry plays a major role in winning and we didn't have that. I'm not sure if the coach at the time was able to help that problem and develop a rotation where we all could play a fair amount of minutes to get opportunity, but it all became a little frustrating.
Apart from lack of chemistry, what could have been another reasons of your poor play in Koszalin? You played a lot as a small forward. Did you feel comfortable with that role?
Well, in my case, a lack of chemistry resulted in a lack of comfort. Playing the 2 or the 3 doesn't bother me at all. I can even play PG at times. I was traded there midway through the season and at that time AZS Koszalin had also changed coaches. It was a good situation on paper, but there were things on the court that needed to be worked out that were outside of my control.
When I was in Energa Czarni Slupsk for example, whether it was Mantas Cesnauskis (189-G-81) or Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV) in at the PG position, they knew exactly what I was going to do and where I was going to be. I knew exactly what Bryan Davis (206-F-86, college: Texas A&M) was thinking and where Jerel Blassingame would be. This is most important in winning but it also took time, and that time was something we did not have on our side once I arrived in Koszalin.
Maybe you are just a kind of a player who must get important role and many minutes to be really productive?
Sure, I played many minutes in Energa Czarni Slupsk but my role was to be one of the main if not the main producers on the team, clearly, and minutes plays a part in production. I can't say that I NEED a lot of minutes but I think every player needs fair time to produce with fair play calling and opportunity.
When I arrived at Koszalin I immediately understood that this was not my team. My only motivation was to simply help the team win games... not to come in and take over the team. That's not what I was there for from my discussion with management.
My first 2 games arriving in Poland I played against Asseco Prokom Gdynia (12 pts. 2 assts. 2rbs. 2 stls.) and Trefl Sopot (18pts. 2rbs. 4 stls.) in the Polish Cup finals... I didn't think these were poor performances. My remaining games in Koszalin was very frustrating for me with my minutes and rotations. It became difficult to catch a rhythm at times and my numbers suffered tremendously.
Do you think that this serious knee injury from Slupsk might influence on that?
My knee is 100% fine. I averaged 12 pts. 4 rbs. 2 assts. my first 16 games back in the Turkish TBL league last season before arriving in Poland. While my numbers were low, were they not good numbers? Last season was my first season back and at times my numbers were a bit inconsistent. Physically getting back I was fine, but mentally I had to overcome things as well with just the ups and downs of a full season.
Our main goals was to show that I was back and 100% healthy and that the same athletic Cam was back. I did that. I can control this Cam and his condition, but some of the situations I have been in I cannot control and I understand that. I just try to do the best I can and remain positive.
Forgetting for a moment about basketball, what can you tell about Poland as a place to live?
Haha, Poland is cooooold! I haven't really thought about ever living in Poland but I do have a lot of friends there. Whenever I'm able I try to visit.
Did you enjoy Polish cuisine when you played there?
Polish cuisine was ok. There was a lot of pork and soup for sure but it was good so I can't complain. (laughs)
And what do you think about Polish language? Because a lot of Americans consider it as 'weird'. Maybe you even remember some Polish words?
Haha, I cannot understand Polish language at all and I find it super difficult! (laughs). It is definitely a very unique language.
You are known as a good dunker. How is it to make a spectacular dunk during the game? Is that the most pleasant part of basketball?
Yea, dunking has always been a fun thing to do for me. I was 13 years old when I had my first dunk, and even now it's something I try to do whenever I have the chance! The fans love it and it's a good way to create positive energy. Is it the most pleasant part? I can't say, but it's the most entertaining part for sure.
What are your plans for the future? You said that you are looking for a new club now. Can you tell, what directions/countries do you consider? Or maybe even we will have opportunity to see Cameron Bennerman in Tauron Basket Liga again!?
There's always a chance to see me back in Tauron Basket Liga but it has to be the right situation. I was not too pleased at my last showing in Koszalin at the end of last season. There were many things going on that I couldn't control. At the moment we are working on a few deals with teams, but Im also working out and busy with basketball off the court as well. I'm all about work, work, work There always something to do and to get better at, so I'm just using this time to get ahead and stay ready for what's next. I also have some pretty cool things my team and I have been working on for the fans so that should be pretty exciting to reveal soon too.
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