Nick Weiler-Babb receives German citizenship. The Bayern player is thus a candidate for the upcoming European Basketball Championships. The club is also pleased.
US-born Nick Weiler-Babb (26) has been granted German citizenship, making him a candidate for the upcoming European Basketball Championships (1 to 18 September). In addition, there is also a decisive change for his club, FC Bayern.
According to a statement by the German Basketball Federation (DBB), the guard of the vice-champion will take part in the national team’s training camp in Cologne as early as Saturday.
“Nick was excited about the prospect of playing for Germany right from the start. This is a great thing for us as DBB as well as for him,” said national coach Gordon Herbert.
Weiler-Babb is “a great guy who will fit in well with the national team”. According to the DBB, Herbert, the federation leadership and Weiler-Babb had been in contact for some time.
Weiler-Babb’s naturalisation with consequences
The decision also has positive consequences for FC Bayern, which also accompanied the naturalisation application.
Thanks to the German passport, the defensive specialist will no longer be part of the contingent of international players in the BBL from the coming season. Six foreigners are allowed in the league – it is quite conceivable that the Munich team will now look around again on the transfer market.
Weiler-Babb: “Maturely considered decision”.
Weiler-Babb had signed his first professional contract with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in 2019, moved to FC Bayern in 2020 and recently extended his contract there until 2024.
On Friday, the Texan, whose family has German roots, received his naturalisation certificate after receiving a positive decision from the relevant authorities.
“Of course, this is a very important, a very personal and carefully considered decision that I made some time ago,” said Weiler-Babb: “I am very grateful and happy about the initiative of the German association and the support from many sides.”
DBB debut for Weiler-Babb against Belgium?
Weiler-Babb, who is expected to play for the DBB team in the long term, could make his debut next week in the test matches in Belgium and the Netherlands.
“After the great experiences with Bayern in the EuroLeague, I’m looking forward to the opportunity to now prove myself at the high level of the national teams,” explained the combo guard: “The sustainable perspective with a European Championship in Germany, hopefully with a World Cup, Olympic Games with the German national team and some more, that excites me immensely.”
Before the Bayern pro, several players had already been naturalised for DBB assignments. For example, his American compatriots Shawn Bradley and Chris Kaman or the Slovakian Anton Gavel.