Two weeks before the start of the training on 12 december. August basketball-bundesligist medi bayreuth finalizes its squad planning. The konigsposition is occupied by the 2.10 meter rough center brian qvale. So all speculations about a further engagement of gary mcghee in bayreuth are put to rest.
Qvale was spotted by coach predrag krunic in belgium and was at the top of the list of potential candidates right from the start. "Brian has already gained two years of experience in europe. He is a center who helps us offensively and defensively. At his young age of 25, he can still take a step forward with us," says krunic, so krunic about the american-born.
Center of the year in belgium
2007 started his career in the american college league NCAA. He went basket hunting with the montana grizzlies until 2011 and quickly established himself in the starting five. 2011/2012 the 107-kilo hune sought his first challenge in europe with turkish first division club aliaga. He immediately reached the playoffs with the team. In the process, he scored an average of 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 32 games. 2012/2013 qvale moved to belgian first division club belfius mons-hainaut and was runner-up. Here he made 31 appearances for 9.8 points plus 6.1 rebounds per game. This made him center of the year in belgium.
Bayreuth's general manager martin piotrowski is very pleased with qvale's move to wagnerstadt: "with brian we have signed a young, very hungry center, who is also our coach's desired player. It was important to me that the new center already had experience in europe. The coach was convinced that brian would fit into his concept. That's why we are happy that we have succeeded in this transfer."
"An honor to play in germany"
The u.S. Player is looking forward to the new challenge in germany: "it's an honor for me to play in the national basketball league, and then at such a traditional club like bayreuth. I thank the coach for his trust. Of course I will try to repay this trust with good performance."
The complete squad of medi bayreuth is now: kevin hamilton, simon schmitz, bryan bailey, nicolai simon, zach morley, beckham wyrik, peter zeis, ronald burrell, tom spoler, brian qvale and phillipp heyden. Furthermore, the junior players tyree chambers and kevin eichelsdorfer could hope for one or the other minute of action. Sinan durant is no longer available, as he will begin his medical studies abroad in october.