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Interview: Head Coach Ozell Wells - Sep 21, 2007


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Ozell Wells
Eurobasket had the pleasure of chatting with experienced international coach Ozell Wells , who just signed with BC Kalev-Rapla, as the FIRST EVER U.S. Coach in Estonia.

Eurobasket: Hello coach, it looks as if you are making history again! What are yo hoping to accomplish? You are the 1st ever US coach there, is that significant?

OW: Hello, good to speak with u. This job is more of a thing where I have a chance to TEACH THE GAME of basketball. When I say teach the game, I am speaking in terms of fundamental aspects that are sorely lacking.. Even in Europe, the influence of streetball, ESPN highlights, etc. have affected the level of play. My aim is only to help players reach their FULL POTENTIAL! I guess the importance is that I can carry the US name and build on its reputation while paving the way for other coaches to follow suit.

Eurobasket: Now you had a good situation in Luxembourg this past year, coaching the jr national teams. Was that not the IDEAL OPPORTUNITY to teach the game?

OW: Actually YES IT WAS. However with the structure of basketball and sport in general, in countries where it is viewed only as recreation & not a profession dimishes things. That approach to the game dictates that there can never be a total dedication to realizing ones' full potential, as players who desire to be great, hit a ceiling; and as such, are forced to go elsewhere to hone their talents. I relished the chance to work with some GREAT COACHES who have a similar desire to TEACH THE GAME, Mathias Fischer, Yves Grandjean, Mathias Eckhoff, Ron Tuffel & Walt Lilyblad.

Eurobasket: What about the US? Why not set up shop there, teach the game there the way it is supposed to be in your mind?

OW: There are many coaches in the US who have adopted a similar appraoch to myself & are teaching ACTUAL BASKETBALL Tom Hughes, Ken Sanders, Jamie Angeli, Ramsey Nichols, Durand Walker and many others. The state of affairs in the US has been gradually deteriorating, as players are being more or less wharehoused & sold to the highest bidder based on height, athletic ability, etc but are not taught the basics.The commericalism of sport in the US has been a big detractor. Also there, the NBA highlights, AND 1 mix tapes, and fascination with “crowd pleasing” “STAR POWER” is a turn off.

Eurobasket: There is talk of an International Basketball Academy in Estonia, correct?

OW: Yes, it is the brainchild of longtime int'l coach Maarten vanGent and with support from BC Kalev mgmt, it is taking shape. I am honored to be a part of it coming to realisation. There will be talents from the world over HERE in Tallinn!

Eurobasket: You were the youngest FIBA coach ever in '00 in Saudi Arabia, do u ever see yourself trying to advance to a higher level, say the NBA or a Euroleague team?

OW: The NBA and Euroleague are everyone's dream and I value the relationshsips that I have now with people at those levels. With my aim being to develop players, if something where to materialize, I would love to explore the oportunuty.

Eurobasket: How do u see the Kalev-Rapla team? Any players stand out in your mind?

OW: We are a team with young, promising players & as they mature and develop, we will see great things! WE WILL DEFEND! Promising Estonians? Peter Kraavik, Heikko Niidass, Raimo Taam….there is a wealth of young, untapped potential her  




Greg Foster
Fort Wayne holds off Indianapolis in the title game to become back-to-back CBA champions - 3 months ago
titlFORT WAYNE 95, INDIANAPOLIS 92: (Danville, Ill.) - In a battle between the two top teams in the league, featuring the top-seeded Indianapolis Blaze and the second-seed and defending league champions, Fort Wayne Flite, it was fitting that the contest literally went down to the final minute. The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair with Indianapolis taking a 23-22 lead, only to have Fort Wayne erupt to a double-digit advantage midway through the second quarter behind Greg Foster (6...   [read more]

Antonio
Cannon
Top-seed Indianapolis and defending champs Fort Wayne to square off in all-Indiana title game - 3 months ago
FORT WAYNE 111, BOWLING GREEN 100: (Danville, Ill.) - Antonio Cannon (6'0''-PG-92, college: Indiana Tech) scored 14 of his team-high 27 points in the opening quarter Saturday as Fort Wayne advanced into the championship game of the Central Basketball Association Tournament for the third consecutive year. The defending champions topped Bowling Green, 111-100, in a semifinal game at Schlarman High School. Saturday's meeting was the first of the season for the two squads. 'Defensively, we di...   [read more]

Monte Burney
Bowling Green handles Illinois to clinch final postseason spot; playoff schedule released for next weekend - 3 months ago
BOWLING GREEN 91, ILLINOIS 82: (Russellville, Ky.) - The final game of the 2017 Central Basketball Association regular season provided much intrigue, as the winner of today's matchup would advance to the postseason tournament next weekend. Bowling Green was looking to clinch their fourth playoff berth in their five-year history, while Illinois was looking to play in front of their home crowd as the playoff tournament was being played on the Coal Miners' home court in Danville, Illinois ne...   [read more]


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Indianapolis clinches top seed, Mississippi earns playoff bid, Illinois & Bowling Green battle for final spot - 3 months ago  
Bowling Green completes record-setting rally to stun Middle Tennessee; Baltimore edges Fort Wayne late - 4 months ago  
Indianapolis pulls away from Mississippi in final quarter; Baltimore routs Middle Tennessee at home - 4 months ago  
Illinois stuns Indianapolis in rematch, Baltimore earns first win of the season in upset of Mississippi - 4 months ago  
Indianapolis outlasts Baltimore in offensive shootout; Bowling Green stuns Mississippi on the road - 4 months ago  
In a battle between the two expansion CBA teams, Illinois edges out Baltimore, 98-97, in final minute - 4 months ago  
The reigning champions got off to a good start - 5 months ago  
Al Ansar inks Greg Foster and releases Craig Winder !! - 7 months ago  
One hundred days away from the start of the league's fifth year, as the CBA unveils 2017 season schedule - 8 months ago  
New set of league players en route to South America to participate in CBA Brazil competition - 8 months ago  
CBA holds landmark annual league meeting at the Under Armour Global Headquarters in Baltimore - 9 months ago  
Illinois Coal Miners join CBA for the 2017 season, bringing valuable basketball experience to the league - 11 months ago  
East Coast expansion continues as the Washington Stars join the CBA for the 2017 season - 11 months ago  
Shuckers add Baltimore to name, join new league - 1 Year ago  
USBasket.com All-CBA Awards 2016 - 1 Year ago  
Mission Accomplished: Undefeated Fort Wayne rout Middle Tennessee to become 2016 CBA Champions - 1 Year ago  
2016 CBA Playoff Semifinals: Fort Wayne clobbers Indianapolis; Middle Tennessee escapes Columbus - 1 Year ago  
Columbus edges Indianapolis in nail-biting finish to regular season - 1 Year ago  
Indianapolis Blaze signs Dion Smith - 1 Year ago  
Jones starts his pro career at Columbus Condors - 1 Year ago  
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