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Bowling Gree 58% Apr.29 MidTenn S.
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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  

Monte Burney
Bowling Green's Monte Burney ties record for most points scored in CBA game since FIBA transition - 2 days ago
In 2015, in an effort to comply and be compatible with international basketball guidelines, the Central Basketball Association transitioned to FIBA rules and regulations, which allowed its players and coaches to become better prepared for the global stage. One of the caveats of such a transition was that FIBA-regulated games consist of four 10-minute quarters, as opposed to the NBA-regulated four 12-minute quarters. With a reduction of eight minutes per game, this also meant that the team...   [read more]

One undefeated team remains in the CBA as Indianapolis edges Fort Wayne in battle for first place - 9 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS 95, FORT WAYNE 94: (Indianapolis, Ind.) - In a matchup between this year's only two undefeated teams, as both vied for the pole position in the standings, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne spent the first three quarters of this afternoon's game battling intensely back and forth. With the teams exchanging nearly two dozen lead changes, with Fort Wayne leading by as many as nine points in the first quarter, and Indianapolis as many as eight in the second frame, it appeared this game...   [read more]

Bowling Green sweeps series with Jackson; Memphis late comeback splits weekend with Middle Tennessee - 15 days ago
BOWLING GREEN 101, JACKSON 80: (Russellville, Ky.) - Last night in Jackson, Bowling Green marched into town and easily thumped the hosts with a 21-point victory. This afternoon, in Bowling Green's home opener, it was much of the same, as Bowling Green jumped out early to a double-digit lead and cruised past Jackson for their second consecutive 21-point victory. Since 2015, Bowling Green has won six out of the seven matchups against the Jackson organization, including three games with marg...   [read more]

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Indianapolis 4th quarter comeback stuns Illinois; Fort Wayne routs Baltimore for 16th straight home win - 24 days ago  
Fort Wayne crushes Illinois to begin another title run; Memphis rallies for overtime win over Bowling Green - 30 days ago  
After flurry of offseason international activity for the league, attention now shifts to 2018 CBA season - 2 months ago  
CBA continues Caribbean outreach as Illinois' John Spezia named head coach of Antiguan National Team - 3 months ago All-CBA Awards 2017 - 11 months ago  
Fort Wayne holds off Indianapolis in the title game to become back-to-back CBA champions - 11 months ago  
Top-seed Indianapolis and defending champs Fort Wayne to square off in all-Indiana title game - 11 months ago  
Bowling Green handles Illinois to clinch final postseason spot; playoff schedule released for next weekend - 11 months ago  
Indianapolis clinches top seed, Mississippi earns playoff bid, Illinois & Bowling Green battle for final spot - 11 months ago  
Bowling Green completes record-setting rally to stun Middle Tennessee; Baltimore edges Fort Wayne late - 1 Year ago  
Indianapolis pulls away from Mississippi in final quarter; Baltimore routs Middle Tennessee at home - 1 Year ago  
Illinois stuns Indianapolis in rematch, Baltimore earns first win of the season in upset of Mississippi - 1 Year ago  
Indianapolis outlasts Baltimore in offensive shootout; Bowling Green stuns Mississippi on the road - 1 Year ago  
In a battle between the two expansion CBA teams, Illinois edges out Baltimore, 98-97, in final minute - 1 Year ago  
The reigning champions got off to a good start - 1 Year ago  
Al Ansar inks Greg Foster and releases Craig Winder !! - 1 Year ago  
One hundred days away from the start of the league's fifth year, as the CBA unveils 2017 season schedule - 2 Years ago  
New set of league players en route to South America to participate in CBA Brazil competition - 2 Years ago  
CBA holds landmark annual league meeting at the Under Armour Global Headquarters in Baltimore - 2 Years ago  
Illinois Coal Miners join CBA for the 2017 season, bringing valuable basketball experience to the league - 2 Years ago  
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