Boys basketball team-by-team
This article has been corrected
Schools not listed below did not respond to requests for preseason information.
Division IKaiserslautern 2012-13 record – 9-4Coach – Brant TryonProjected key players – G Andy Stern; G Lorenzo Williams; F Tysean Hendrix; F Emilio Moreno.Good news – The Stern-Williams guard tandem presents a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.Bad news – The Raiders depend heavily on the playmaking and shooting of their backcourt – an off night in either regard can cause major problems.
Lakenheath 2012-13 record – 11-3Coach – Alan CampbellProjected key players – G AJ Ransom; F Nick Winkie; F/C Andre BowserGood news – The Lancers were in the thick of Division I contention last year, and their returning talent should land them there again.Bad news – Lakenheath isn’t the only Division I team to return a lot of talent, and will need a breakout player or two to boost its title hopes.
Patch 2012-13 record – 13-1 (European champion)Coach – Brad RehwaldtProjected key players – F John Robinson; G Brendan Jones; G CeJay Ferguson.Good news – The return of DODDS-Europe’s best duo – the slashing Robinson and sweet-shooting Jones – gives the Panthers a great shot at a repeat title.Bad news – While the Robinson-Jones wing tandem remains intact, Patch has a lot of talent to replace in the frontcourt.
Ramstein 2012-13 record – 9-4 (European runner-up)Coach – Len TarnowskiProjected key players – G Lee Debose; G Santee Jackson; F/C Jesse Gray; F Drew TevebaughGood news – The Royals bring back a lot of talent from last year’s close runner-up, including the formidable frontcourt duo of Tevebaugh and Gray.Bad news – The road to a title is at least as difficult this year as last.
Vilseck 2012-13 record – 6-8Coach – John SabalaProjected key players – Jamar Walker; Gabriel Lewis; Joey Julius.Good news – Sabala plans to run an 11-man rotation, keeping fresh legs on the court at all times.Bad news – Graduation and the PCS season was brutal for the Falcons, leaving just three returning players from last year’s solid group.
Wiesbaden 2012-13 record – 12-2Coach – David BrownProjected key players – G/F Kelsey Thomas; F Andrew Murray; C Tyler Cordoni.Good news – Experience, positional depth, star power, size, shooting – these Warriors have all the ingredients of a championship team.Bad news – The Warriors are loaded with talent at every position; the biggest challenge is finding acceptable and productive roles for many deserving players.
Division IIAFNORTH 2012-13 record – 11-2 (European champions)Coach – John LeipheimerProjected key players – F Daniel Cordova; G Eren Yabici; G Darel MarshallGood news – The program’s JV team moves up to the varsity level en masse, creating an air of familiarity.Bad news – Nearly all of the key players responsible for last year’s championship run are gone.
Aviano 2012-13 record – 8-4Coach – Curtis HarrisProjected key players – C Dondrey Peoples; G Alex Slabaugh; G/F Jamal ThomasGood news – The Saints will focus on “speed and defense,” Harris said, two proven methods for manufacturing basketball success.Bad news – The program lost a lot of key members of last year’s above-average squad.
Baumholder 2012-13 record – 5-8Coach – Chris ClarkProjected key players – G Demonte Fisher; G KeiJay Moses; C Isaak Giefer. Good news – The Bucs have some raw athletes that Clark is optimistic about turning into productive basketball players.Bad news – Last year’s Division III runner-up was ravaged by attrition, notably senior leader Ben McDaniels and freshman phenom point guard Joseph Gouty.
Bamberg/Schweinfurt 2012-13 record – 11-3 (Bamberg); 10-4 (Schweinfurt)Coach – Jesse WoodsProjected key players – F/C Leon Roy; F Timo Togafau; F Luke Sekutera.Good news – With no returning players from either program and both schools set to close at year’s end, the season is devoid of expectations or pressure.Bad news – The merging of two of last season’s persistent powerhouses would seem to be ideal; only problem is that all of its players are gone.
Bitburg 2012-13 record – 1-12Coach – Nate GoolsbyProjected key players – G/F Ian Alexander; G/F James Cortez; G Colton ThomasGood news – Point guard Thomas and wing Alexander give the Barons good speed and quickness on the perimeter.Bad news – Size and experience are issues, and the Barons have a long path to contention after a one-win season.
Hohenfels 2012-13 record – 1-13Coach – Katherine ClemmonsProjected key players – G Mark Carr.Good news – Carr, one of DODDS-Europe’s overlooked backcourt stars, could drive a Tiger resurgence in his senior year.Bad news – It will take a remarkable turnaround to even reach .500 after a one-win season.
Marymount 2012-13 record – 0-10Coach – Dominic HarkinsProjected key players – G Lotanna Mba; G Gabriel Buda; G Giovanni AcamporaGood news – A returning coach and seven returning players give the Lions a measure of stability.Bad news – The Lions will often be facing a disadvantage in size, depth and overall talent.
Vicenza 2012-13 record – 11-1Coach – Eric WakefieldProjected key players – G LaScott Richardson; G Derrick Schaefer; G Jerome Farmer.Good news – Richardson, Schaefer and Farmer lead an impressive group of quick and skilled perimeter players.Bad news – The Cougars will have to replace the All-Europe talents of high-scoring guard Terell Gandy.
Division IIIBrussels 2012-13 record – 5-10Coach – Chris VahrenhorstProjected key players – F Javaughn Harrison; C Matt Proulx; G Michael DeFazioGood news – The returning frontcourt tandem of Harrison and Proulx is determined to erase past postseason disappointments with a triumphant senior year.Bad news – Varsity experience is limited beyond the headlining duo.
Incirlik 2012-13 record – not availableCoach – Kevin LehdeProjected key players – G Jonathan Catchings; C Patrick Ostrand; G Cameron Little.Good news – The Hodjas are loaded with returning seniors, and have a group of freshmen and sophomores that might make early contributions.Bad news – The Turkey-based program doesn’t get a look at its competition until the European tournament.
Menwith Hill 2012-13 record – 7-8Coach – Greg DeJardinProjected key players – G Shaun Brooks; G Brandon Montgomery; G/F Damon Morris; F Jonathon Brugman.Good news – A core of upperclassmen guards should stabilize the young Mustangs.Bad news – Inexperience plagues the rest of the rotation, and high-scoring phenom Schuyler Backlar is no longer around to smooth out the rough edges.
Correction Vicenza's record from the 2012-13 season was incorrect in an earlier version of this article.