Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dino Gregory and Adrian Bowie Playing in Germany

Two former Terps are playing in Germany this season.

First up, Dino Gregory (2007-11) is playing for Phoenix Hagen in Germany's BBL (the top pro league in the country). Hagen is currently 10th in the league, with a record of 8-9. Gregory is averaging 6.4 points and 4.5 rebounds off the bench in a little over 20 minutes per game. Gregory was initially signed for a try-out, then was later signed for the full season after training camp. Here's Dino's player profile, and a story about him from earlier this season to introduce him to the fans.
Gregory's first professional stop was with the Swedish team, Sundsvall. "That was the greatest thing for me. It was the confirmation that I have a future in the sport. This has given me a lot of strength." After a season in Sweden, Germany was a target of choice for many teams. And with a contract with the Firebirds, this dream has come true for Dino. "I have some friends and acquaintances who have already played in Germany, and they were all very impressed by the atmosphere and the land. I was just curious. And then came the offer. I've been very happy." And if someday he can go no further with basketball? "Then I would like to build some kind of recreation center for children where they can play football, basketball, foosball. Just all the things you want to do as a child. I want to give children a chance."

Next, Dino's classmate Adrian Bowie (2007-11), who is playing for the Hertener Lions in Germany's ProB league. Bowie was signed early, all the way back in May. Hertener is currently in second place in the league at 10-3. Bowie is averaging 19.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game and is the team's leader in scoring and minutes played. Bowie's play has been notable; here's how his coach describes him:
""He is a rather silent representative. But when it comes down to it, he can change a game for us. [...] He shows that he is a true team player," Lions coach Dirk Altenbeck said of his player.

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