Andreas Schreiber 'extremely upset' over Plymouth Raiders release
ANDREAS SCHREIBER says he was 'extremely upset' to be axed by Plymouth University Raiders.
The 26-year-old big-man was reluctantly released by Raiders boss Jay Marriott last Friday, but has been immediately snapped up by early BBL front runners Worcester Wolves.
Schreiber was set to make his Wolves debut on Friday night against Manchester Giants in the BBL Cup first round.
Wolves entertain Raiders in two weeks in the league on Friday, November 1.
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Schreiber, initially recruited by ex-Raiders boss Gavin Love in first January and this summer, is sure to have a point to prove.
He said: "I was extremely upset to be released because I had such a personal connection with the city, the fans and the players.
"Plymouth has such a great basketball community of volunteers, reporters, teachers, students and fans. It is a heartbreak to leave all that behind.
"I want to thank the fans for always being there for support when I needed it. They are the reason I play this game."
Schreiber had this academic year begun a masters degree at Plymouth University, Raiders' new title sponsors this season, but has now had to abandon it.
If he had joined Wolves, who enjoy close ties with Worcester University, earlier he could have begun a masters there.
Schreiber said: "I was doing very well at (Plymouth) university and gaining close relationships with teachers and peers.
"I am no longer able to pursue my masters as it is too late to enrol in any program, so I am focusing solely on basketball this season.
"Players, as a whole, have no rights in this profession."
Marriott replaced Love, surprisingly dismissed himself on September 7, as Raiders coach on day one of pre-season.
Marriott's initial rhetoric stressed the importance of 'family' at Raiders this campaign after Love had trouble keeping a happy locker room in 2012/13.
Schreiber said of his release last Friday: "We had emphasised 'family' this season and yet everything was ripped away from me in an instant, and suddenly it became 'business' again.
"Was I surprised? Not really. I was hearing rumours the whole time.
"I think it was tough for coach Marriott, because the fact remains he was my team-mate last season and his relationship with me would always be different.
"His judgment might have been clouded by this as might have mine."
Schreiber added: "I was partially relieved because nobody wants to play for a team who doesn't want them."
Marriott said: "It was an immensely difficult decision.
"Maybe it was more personal for me because I was Andreas' team-mate last season. I had to trust the general feeling in the camp."
Raiders assistant coach David Brock, who pushed for Marriott to release Schreiber, said: "It was never an issue that we didn't think Andreas could play; it was what we were running and what we needed."
Schreiber said: "Certain players fit well with certain systems. That is why you always want to play for the coach who recruited you in the first place.
"It is only natural that everyone has a different philosophy and belief about the way the game should be played."
Wolves bid to go 5-0 in the league at 0-3 Birmingham Knights on Sunday (4pm).
"I am extremely excited," said Schreiber. "We are going to be dangerous this year. Our backcourt is solid and playing with (Wolves big-man) Will Creekmore in the frontcourt is a great opportunity.
"He is a high volume stat player – similar to (ex-Raider) Matt Schneck. He makes players around him better and brings lots of energy to the team.
"I am also happy to play with (ex-Raider) Jamal Williams who I played with last year. He has become one of my closest friends here."
Schreiber added: "(Wolves boss) Paul James is a skilled veteran coach. I am confident we can utilise all the tools we have.
"I will be sad to warm up on the opposite side at the Pavilions this season, but I am confident things happen for a reason."