AMES, Iowa- Iowa State junior guard Lucca Staiger is competing for the German A1 National Team at the European Basketball Championships, Sept. 7-20 in Poland. Staiger, a native of Blaustein, Germany, has played all summer on various German basketball teams. He was invited to the A1 tryouts and survived the final cut.
His German squad lost yesterday to France, 70-65 in regular-season competition at the European Championships. France was led by NBA All-Stars Tony Parker and Ronny Turiaf, who scored 19 and 15 points, respectively. Staiger had one assist in three minutes of action. Germany will face Russia today.
It has been a busy summer for the Cyclone. Staiger played on the German U20 National team which competed at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia in June. He led his team in scoring at 13.4 points and made 21-55 from 3-point range (38.0 percent) in the tournament. He also represented his country at the Munster Cup and Netherlands Tournament.
Staiger averaged 8.2 points and connected on a team-high 74 3-pointers for the Cyclones in 2008-09. He ranked sixth in the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game and his 74 treys is the seventh-best season total in school history. The junior will return to Ames after Germany finishes its competition at the European Championships.
You can follow all the action at the European Championships at this live stats link: www.eurobasket2009.org.