Former Gents Hoopster Wisniewski Finds Success in Europe
Tuesday, April 11, 2006

BONN, Germany—Former Centenary basketball standout Andrew Wisniewski has continued his stellar play that filled the Gold Dome at Centenary College just two years ago with screaming fans. Upon finishing his time as a member of the Gents, the point guard attended several NBA tryouts before landing in Europe. Now, the New York native is setting the German Basketball League on fire.


Wisniewski led the 2003-04 Gents to a second place finish in Centenary’s first year in the Mid-Continent Conference. As a senior he averaged 21.9 ppg and 4.3 assists en route to being named to both the All-Mid-Con and All-Louisiana teams. He places fifth on the all-time Gents list in scoring (1,758 points, 21.2 avg), assists (400), and three-pointers (172) while placing fourth in steals (173), fifth in 30-pt games (12), and ninth in free throw percentage (.794) despite playing just three seasons.


The “Wiz” as teammates and fans called him, is currently playing for Telekom Baskets Bonn in the German Basketball League (BBL). His team sits in seventh place at the moment in the 16-team league, but Wisniewski is turning heads with his individual play. He is leading the BBL in scoring at 21.6 ppg and is fifth in assists at 4.2 pg, numbers that are very similar to those he put up while wearing the Maroon and White of Centenary.


Bonn is about 12 miles south of Cologne on the banks of the Rhine River. Wiz came to the German town after a successful season with Crvena Zv. of the Slovenia Basketball League (SBC). He has caught the attention of the German fans and members of the media as he was just named the BBL Newcomer of the Year and was selected as a member of the Player of the Week team. He scored 30 points and dished out seven assists to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory that has his squad still in the middle of the playoff hunt.


The 6’3” guard doesn’t plan to stop there as he waits patiently for his chance to bring his flashy play back to the United States. And, if he keeps playing the kind of ball that fans from Bonn to Shreveport have grown to love, we will be hearing a lot more about the wonderful Wiz.