Created on 2015-07-16 at 10:00 AM
John Bryant will remain with FC Bayern Basketball. The Center has renewed his contract with the BEKO BBL Runners-up for another two years until 30th June 2017. The 28-year-old California native came to Bayern back in 2013 and in his first season played a huge part in the Championship win
“We are very happy that we can keep John. He is a key part of our team and has developed his game in the past two years,” said Bayern Chief Executive Marko Pesic after re-signing the big man. “We are positive that John can take the next step with FC Bayern.”
John Bryant who is currently on vacation sent his regards to Munich. “It is amazing to extend my deal with FC Bayern. Our mission for this season is to bring the title back to Munich. The fans should to understand how much we appreciate their support. I am very excited to see them all back in the Audi Dome in October.
In his past seasons with Bayern, Bryant has dominated in the paint and shows his precision from distance. The two-time BEKO BBL MVP (2012 and 2013) has adjusted to his new role as a team player. Back when he used to play for Ulm, Bryant was the Go-to-Guy.
During the Championship season “Big John” averaged 21.3 minutes while dropping 9.1 points and smothering 6.7 rebounds per game. During the 2014-15 season his numbers increased. He averaged 21.5 minutes while putting up 13.4 points and grabbing 7.6 rebounds per game. During the 2015 finals, the 6’11 athlete averaged 15.8 points per game and shot an impressive 60% from beyond the arc as he was Bayern’s top scorer.
FC Bayern Basketball kicks off their season in the Audi Dome on Saturday, 3rd October (Day of German Unity) against cup winner Oldenburg.
Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger have left FC Bayern Basketball as their contracts have expired. “We are very thankful for what Lucca and Yassin have done for us in the past couple of years,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after the final discussions. “They were both apart of our championship team from 2014 and played a big part in our triumph. They will always have a special place here at the club.”
31-year-old and former Germany national team center Yassin Idbihi arrived in Munich in 2013. In the championship season he averaged 16 minutes per game while dropping 5.8 points and grabbing 4.2 boards. In the 23 Euroleague games he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. During last season, the German-Moroccan suffered from injury problems and only made 20 appearances in the BEKO BBL. He averaged 10 minutes per game, while only scoring 3.4 points per game.
“I am very thankful that I had the chance to play for FC Bayern and I am very happy and proud that I won the championship back in 2014. It is my biggest success to date. Now I am searching for a new challenge and I wish Bayern all the best for the future,” said Idbihi before departing.
27-year-old Lucca Staiger also took a look back at his two years in a Bayern jersey. The three-ball specialist came from Ludwigsburg in 2013 and during the championship season hit 45 three pointers, giving him a 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc. This past season the shooting guard averaged 13.3 minutes per game, while scoring 4.6 points. In the fifth and final playoff game against Bamberg, he hit four out of five three pointers.
“My time in Munich was a very special, useful and important for me, not only because we won the title one year ago,” said Lucca Staiger.” “I have met many nice people and had the honor to work with special people. The cohesion there was great, everyone was so helpful. I have never experienced something like this in my career and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club.”
FC Bayern Basketball would like to wish Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger all the best for their futures.