Weems Caps Off Successful Season in Germany

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WURZBURG, GermanyKyle Weems capped off his second year as a professional scoring 11 points in the season finale for Medi Bayreuth.

Weems knocked down a 3-pointer and slammed home a dunk while making 5 of 12 shots from the floor and had two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a 71-62 loss to s.Oliver Baskets in front of a packed house.

The 24-year old former Highland Park star led Medi Bayreuth in scoring averaging 14.8 points per game in his first season with the club after leading the Telekom Baskets in scoring (13.7) the previous year.  He also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists.  He scored a season-high 34 points on April 17 and scored in double figures in 28 of 33 games.

“Any time you finish a complete season healthy, it’s definitely a blessing,” Weems said.  “I’ve been fortunate to play the game that I love, get paid for it, and live he dream and see the world.  Playing at this level is definitely a humbling and blessed experience.”

Medi Bayreuth finished with an 11-23 record missing the playoffs, but were able to avoid relegation and remain in Germany’s top division despite a rash of injuries and adversity.

“It was tough, we’ve been through some tough times,” Weems said.  “We’ve had injuries–one of our big creating guards has been out all year since October, we’ve had a backup center go down for a couple games, we’ve had three player changes, had a coach get fired so we’ve been rough some adversity, but we kept this team in the league for next year so we’re blessed.”

Weems, who has had NBA Summer League stints with Golden State, Toronto, and Atlanta in the last two years after going undrafted out of Missouri State, is unsure of his plans for next season although Medi Bayreuth would like for him to return as he continues to make strides in his game as a 6-foot-6 swingman.

“I’ve improved in showing the teams over here and still NBA teams that I go can go off the dribble, I can go off of the ball screen, I’m a little bit more explosive, more athletic, rebounding as the bigger guard, as a three man and just being able to stretch the floor and be a consistent shooter,” he said.

Weems will return to the United States this summer and will be getting married to his long-time girlfriend Jacque Griggs, who also played at Missouri State.

“I’ll hopefully be getting a home with my fiancée Jacque and soon to be wife,” Weems said.  “Other than that spend a little bit of time and weekends and stuff in Topeka with my family.  Other than that work out, hopefully do Summer League again, give it another shot and  just try to stay in shape.”

He will also be hosting his second annual basketball camp on June 2-4 in Springfield, Mo.


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