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1st regional league
When the Hertener Löwen welcome regional league leaders ETB Miners Essen at 8 p.m. this Friday evening (January 27), there will be a new player on the floor of the Rosa Parks sports hall. He knows what’s in store for him at the start.
“It’s going to be really difficult. I’m really looking forward to Essen,” says Pavle Danilovic (23) before the first training session with his new club.
Born in Montenegro, the 2.01 m tall basketball player has a Croatian passport and was on the ball for the Austrian second division club Kufstein Towers this season. The 23-year-old has also left his footprints in Germany.
Strong season in Aschaffenburg
In the 2021/22 season, for example, Danilovic played an excellent regional league season for the Aschaffenburg Baskets. With an average of 17.6 points, he is one of the top scorers in his team. Things didn’t go well for Danilovic in Austria recently. The decision to move to the Ruhr area was therefore not difficult for him.
Especially since the perspective in the Regionalliga West is also sporty: “There are many teams in the league that have great quality,” says Danilovic, who has already informed himself about the class via video.
Robin Singh will not pressurize
I’m confident that Pavle will fit in well with us,” says Lions coach Robin Singh. “But I’m not going to put any pressure on it. He comes from a difficult season in Austria. I hope he regains his confidence with us.”
On the field, Pavle Danilovic feels most comfortable on the wing: “But I’m flexible there. I’ll take the role that the coach gives me.” Singh will be happy to hear that.
Whether Danilovic WILL remain the last signing has not yet been decided. Those responsible are keeping a low profile. “We won’t announce anything until it’s perfect,” says coach Singh.
As reported several times, the lions are apparently considering making further adjustments to the squad and swapping the position of the US player. One of the best-known basketball players in the West is hotly traded: Adam Pickett.
It is clear that there are talks with the 28-year-old defensive player, who dribbled and threw the lions to stay up in the regional league last season. Will Pickett actually come or will the lions consider an alternative? The club won’t say anything about that.
Time is running out
In any case, time is of the essence: According to the regional league regulations, new signings must be completed by January 31st. In the case of a basketball player from the USA, this also includes appearing in person at the immigration office in Herten.
With only one non-EU player allowed per squad, US winger Cody Schwartz would have to make way. The 25-year-old knows about the considerations in the club. Apparently it didn’t throw him off course. On the contrary: Schwartz has been one of the top performers in the team for weeks and has scored a lot. He contributed 20 points to the 84:67 win against BBA Hagen last Friday.
His services should therefore be in demand again against table leaders Essen. It is currently unclear whether it will be the American’s last game for the lions.