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Lots of playing time: Mathis Mönninghoff from BG Göttingen among the top 5

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For the German national basketball team, the first games of the World Cup qualification are on Thursday and Sunday. In the run-up to the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 Qualifiers, the German basketball players were the main focus on the previous Bundesliga matchday. Of course, it was about the nominations of the new national coach Gordon Herbert, but also about the role of the German players in the club teams.

Mathis Mönninghoff is one of the German players in the BG Göttingen who have been given a lot of playing time this season. Only his two US teammates Stephen Brown (27:28 minutes) and Kamar Baldwin (26:55) stand on the floor a little longer per game. Mönninghoff made it into the top 50 of the league with an average of 26:28 minutes. If you look at the German players in isolation, only four players played longer than the violet forward.

Christian Sengfelder from Brose Bamberg gets an average of 31:13 minutes from his head coach Johan Roijakkers. He also uses them for scoring. Last weekend he replaced Kamar Baldwin as the top scorer in the league, leading with 19.6 points ahead of the American in Göttingen’s service (19.3). With Robin Amaize from Basketball Löwen Braunschweig, another national player from the current squad is in second place in terms of playing time (28:54 minutes), closely followed by Patrick Heckmann (28:18 / Bamberg) and Niklas Würzner (27:28 / MLP Academics Heidelberg). And then Mönninghoff comes along.


BG managing director Frank Meinertshagen welcomes the development that more and more German players are on the field longer. This also increases the pool of possible national players. In the half-time interview with MagentaSport during the game against Bayern Munich, he also referred to the framework conditions that the clubs should offer. “You need a performance center like we have, qualified trainers and of course children who play basketball.” In the junior area, it has to be even more broad. “In Göttingen there are a lot of children who play basketball. But if you drive a little out of Göttingen, you will have difficulty finding clubs. ”According to his taste, children would have to be driven far too far to find a club.

The “6 + 6 rule”, which was introduced for the 2012/13 season, states that on the score sheet of twelve professionals at least six must have a German passport. If there are ten players listed, there must be four Germans, and if there are eleven there must be five Germans. At the BG Göttingen, “four and a half” players have now made it into the rotation. In addition to Mönninghoff, there are captain Akeem Vargas, Philipp Hartwich, Harper Kamp, who received a German passport in the summer, and Haris Hujic. Last season’s MVP of the ProA has not yet received that much time due to a protracted injury. “I am counting on him in the further course of the season,” said Meinertshagen, who emphasized: “The German players have to fight for these playing times in training as well as the foreign players.”

How the German national team, which has been training together since the beginning of the week, will do in the two games of the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 Qualifiers in Nuremberg against Estonia (Thursday, 7 p.m.) and in Lublin (Poland) against the hosts (Sunday, 8 p.m.) to show yourself. Not there are German players whose teams are still active in the EuroLeague this week and the NBA professionals.

For Europe, 32 teams take part in the World Cup Qualifiers. Eight groups with four teams each were drawn from these 32 participants. In three game “windows” (November 2021, February 2022, June / July 2022) with two games per team, the three best teams in the groups will be determined in the first and second games. These then reach a second qualifying round, which will continue from August 2022.

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