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05-02-2017, 08:22 AM
RÖMERSTROM Gladiators Trier oblige Kyle Dranginis
The RÖMERSTROM Gladiators continue to work on the squad for the upcoming season. The 24-year-old Guard Kyle Dranginis is the first new addition to the Trier basketball team. The American changes from the Danish first division SISU Copenhagen to the Moselle and signs a one-year contract.

After a total of five years and 143 games for the Gonzaga Bulldogs (Gonzaga University / Washington), the 1.96m New Gladiator at SISU Copenhagen completed his first professional season (2016/2017).

In the dressing-up of the capital team around Chethrainer Nathaniel Eskinazi, Dranginis scored an average of 14.7 points, 4.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game and stood 36 times in the starting 5. In the table of the highest Danish game class he reached the playoff semi-final and Was voted "Player of the Month" last January.

Now the 24-year-old changes to the RÖMERSTROM Gladiators Trier and signs a contract for the coming season.

Headcoach Marco van den Berg is delighted at the commitment of the American Guards: "Kyle is a very intelligent player, who will help us through his diverse abilities. He has enjoyed a great education at the Gonzaga Bulldogs and is versatile in positions 1 to 3. In addition to playing, he convinced us with his leadership qualities. That's also why I'm glad we could take him to Trier. "

The new entry itself looks very positively at his upcoming task at the Mosel: "I am looking forward to my first season in Germany and the new season with the RÖMERSTROM Gladiators. I will do my best to achieve the best possible results with my team colleagues. "

With which number Dranginis for the Moselleers on Korbjagd will go, is at the present time not fixed.


05-02-2017, 09:49 AM
Great Stuff....thanks

05-02-2017, 11:02 AM
Thanks ZD.

So is this move up, down or lateral?

05-02-2017, 03:00 PM
Thanks ZD.

So is this move up, down or lateral?

Up to lateral. Tough to tell for me as I don't know much of the Danish league (his old team) but it is likely not very good. This is the German Pro-A league or the 2nd division that doesn't play in any international leagues. Not that great of a league but likely a step up from the Danish league. It would have been nice so see him get to a BBL team (1st German division).

For comparison Pangos and Daye are in the EuroLeague (highest level in Europe). Gary Bell is on a mediocre team in the French Pro-A (1st Division) which would sort of be equivalent to the German first division.

Young guys like Draginis need to keep grinding and work up the ladder. This seems a small step in the right direction.

It shows how surprising it was to see Pangos get to the EuroLeague by his 2nd Pro year.

05-02-2017, 08:34 PM
Thanks Mojo.

05-03-2017, 08:26 AM
Thanks Mojo.

One other thing to note with Europe. The team and international league they play in is typically more important than the domestic league in determining the quality of play.
Pangos's Zalgiris is Lithuanian and playing in the Lithuanian domestic league which is not very strong. However Zalgiris is the strongest team in Lithuania by far, has a long history of success and plays in the EuroLeague which is Europe's strongest international league by far and easily the 2nd best league in the world after the NBA. It doesn't matter than Pangos plays in the Lithuanian league, but it matters big time that he is on Zalgiris.

All the decent domestic leagues in Turkey, Italy, Greece, Russia, Germany, France, Serbia, Israel etc. have a couple very good EuroLeague level teams (or close to it) but likely the rest of the domestic league teams are much lower quality.

The more obscure countries like Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Finland etc. might have a Eurocup level team or two and the rest of the domestic league can be pretty poor.

The Top Leagues in Europe right now are:
Euroleague (loads of ex-NBA and near NBA players - Pangos, Daye etc.)
EuroCup (winners feed into the EuroLeague)
FIBA European Champions League (A rival league)

Tough to rank the domestic leagues but Spain's ACB seems the top league and then after that you can throw the First Divisions of Germany, France, Russia, Italy, Turkey into that second tier.

Think of it like the NCAA with all the different conferences as domestic leagues. The WCC, like Lithuania's domestic league may be sub par, but Gonzaga/Zalgiris are the big fish within their pond who can hang with the big fish of other ponds. Instead of a March Madness tourney all the best Euro teams play in separate "cross conference" leagues as well (EuroLeague, EuroCup etc.).

05-14-2017, 02:45 PM
Mojo, I really appreciate your thoughtful, smart posts! You always bring something special to the topic. How did you get so knowledgeable?

05-15-2017, 08:54 AM
Mojo, I really appreciate your thoughtful, smart posts! You always bring something special to the topic. How did you get so knowledgeable?

Hah...thanks. I have a very specific interest in Team Canada basketball. The last decade or so I have followed our better players from highschool through their pro careers. For that reason I have been hanging around here for the Sacre, Pangos, Olynyk, Arop, Wiltjer years and this board and GU has grown on me to the point that GU is bar far my favorite team even in the absence of big names Canadians (no offense to Triano!). Let's get some more recruits in here! Ignas Brazdeikis is the top of my list. He has a 4-year GU look written all over him!

Following KP's career in Europe has gotten me much more familiar with the leagues over there, but it is an ongoing learning process. It really has only been the last couple years I have tried to figure out the Euro leagues as so many good Canadians have been pouring through the NCAA recently. I follow the career's of many other Canucks plying their trade in Europe as well like - Melvin Ejim (Iowa St.), Khem Birch (UNLV), Dyshawn Pierre (Dayton), Andy Rautins (Syracuse), Kris Joseph (Syracuse), Olivier Hanlan (Boston College), Devoe Jospeh (Oregon), Daniel Mullins (MNSU) and now Anthony Bennett! (UNLV). That gives me a load of leagues/countries to try to figure out - I am no expert, but I am starting to get some basic understanding.

zag buddy
05-25-2017, 10:44 AM
Drano makes all Danish team goes to Germany.

10-03-2017, 10:49 AM
Wow! Kyle had a super game in Round 2 of the German Pro A League! 35 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists!

Kirchheim - Trier 72-87

There was a minor upset when Kirchheim Knights (1-1) lost at home to Gladiators (1-1) 87-72. Gladiators players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. The other American import forward Justin Alston (203-94, college: Boston U.) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Gladiators' coach Marco van den Berg allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swedish point guard Charles Barton (193-92, college: Oregon St., agency: Diamond Sports) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Corban Collins (190-94, college: Alabama) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Gladiators' next round opponent will be Phoenix Hagen (#9) at home where they are favorite. Kirchheim Knights will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Trier: K.Dranginis 35+6reb+2ast, J.Alston 12+6reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 8+1reb+6ast, K.Smit 7+5ast, S.Ilzhoefer 7+1ast, T.Gruen 6+2reb+2ast
Kirchheim: C.Barton 20+6reb+4ast, C.Collins 16+3reb+4ast, A.Kronhardt 13+2reb+1ast, B.Wenzel 10+6reb+3ast, K.Rendleman 6+6reb+1ast, E.Allen 5+4reb+6ast

Box Score (http://www.eurobasket.com/boxScores/Germany/2017/0930_4190_43.asp)


10-03-2017, 11:22 AM
Thanks ZagNative! Always appreciate your posts.

10-03-2017, 11:27 AM
Thanks, Nontradzag! I enjoy the process!

Handy links, for future reference:

PRO A League (http://www.zweite-basketball-bundesliga.de/)

Trier Gladiators Home Page (http://römerstrom-gladiators.de/#startpage)

Eurobasket Home Page (http://basketball.eurobasket.com/team/Germany/ROMERSTROM-Gladiators-Trier/43)

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ROEMERSTROMGladiatorsTrier/posts/1451776244902099)

Twitter Account (https://twitter.com/FastbreakTrier)

And a nice pic of our boy, sporting #2!


10-03-2017, 05:41 PM
Thanks Native. Great game by KD!

10-06-2017, 06:26 PM
Ex-Zag Kyle Dranginis earns player of week honors in Germany (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/oct/06/ex-zag-kyle-dranginis-earns-player-of-week-honors-/). A short article in the S-R

10-08-2017, 12:59 PM
Looks like Kyle had a poor shooting day in today's loss to Phoenix Hagen (66-84 (http://live.zweite-basketball-bundesliga.de/g/103616?s=boxscore)), coming away with 6 points on 3/13 shooting(!!).

06-19-2018, 12:43 PM
Kyle has resigned with Trier for the coming season, per this story, (https://römerstrom-gladiators.de/2018/06/19/roemerstrom-gladiators-trier-verlaengern-mit-kyle-dranginis/) translated below via Google Translator:


RÖMERSTROM Gladiator's Trier extend with Kyle Dranginis

The RÖMERSTROM Gladiators Trier continue to rely on Guard Kyle Dranginis in the new season. The American signs a contract for another season and will go for basketball in the 18/19 season for the gladiators.

Dranginis is looking forward to another year on the Mosel: "I feel very well in the team. Last year something has grown together and I am convinced that we will be very successful in the coming season. Another factor is that Christian Held is now head coach. We had very good conversations and his expectations of me coincide with my personal goals. I want to offensively take even more responsibility, especially in important situations make even better decisions. I want to work with the team in the coming season ".

The Guard had in the past season, especially at the beginning already indicate its potential. After an injury had put him out of action, the Americans played a solid season and was especially in the playoffs, one of the key players on the court. This is also the numbers, the 25-year-old had launched. With 9.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals, he was one of the top performers under Marco van den Berg.

For coach Christian Held, the development of Kyle Dranginis is far from over: "Kyle is an important player for us, who brings a lot of overview on the offensive and can use his teammates well. In addition, he does many things that are not reflected in the statistics sheet. We know what skills he has and we want to help him reach his full potential. "

The Guard, who also wears the back number 2 in the upcoming season, is currently in the US, recovering from a minor ankle surgery. At the beginning of the pre-season, Dranginis is expected to return to the Moselle. For Achim Schmitz, the whereabouts of the American are far from self-evident. "We are proud that Kyle feels at home here and sees a good sporting perspective for himself. He had other good offers as well, which does not surprise us with his quality. He has knocked out in favor of the RÖMERSTROM Gladiators. We are convinced that he is able to take more responsibility on the floor. Kyle will give us a lot of pleasure, "concludes the director of the gladiators.