German team calls on Arts (Basketball)
Carl Arts loves his gig as a pro.
Just four months after wrapping up his first season in Australia, the former UAA All-American is headed to Germany as a hired gun.
Arts, of Valdez High fame, joined the Langen Giraffes of the German second division last week for the second half of the season.
“It happened very quickly,” Arts told me recently. “My agent called me about this team that needed another import … the money was OK, but the opportunity was really good.”
The 6-foot-5 Alaskan averaged 29.4 points and 14.9 rebounds per game for the Southern Peninsula Sharks in Australia, but his team missed the playoffs.
Now Arts is getting another shot in Germany.
“Considering this is my second opportunity, this is the best one I’ve gotten so far,” Arts said. “It’s in a much higher level of competition along with the fact that it’s in Europe.”
In between stints Arts logged playing time in a rec league in Anchorage, trying to stay sharp.
At UAA, Arts was a dangerous scorer from all over the court because of his incredible shooting ability.
His game isn’t much different today.
“(I’m) more consistent than a few years ago,” he said. “I’m mentally tougher on the court defensively. I don’t have to score or be involved in the offense to be engaged on the defensive end of the court.
“My 3-point shot is improving. I’m more accurate from long range.”