2018-19 Team Profile: ratiopharm Ulm

Jul 20, 2018 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
2018-19 Team Profile: ratiopharm Ulm

ratiopharm Ulm stockpiled the talent for the 2017-18 7DAYS EuroCup season and the early returns were promising. The team started the season 2-1 thanks to wins over Tofas Bursa on the strength of Trey Lewis's fantastic debut and over Herbalife Gran Canaria on Per Gunther's career night. However, injuries took their toll as Ulm fell into inconsistent form and lost seven games in a row to miss out on the Top 16. It did not get much better domestically where Ulm started the season with four consecutive defeats. An eight-game winning streak through November and most of December put Ulm back in the playoff zone, but the team faded again in February and ultimately placed 10th with a 16-18 record. The club, which has a sterling reputation for developing well-rounded, homegrown talent, also had an entry in the Euroleague Basketball Adidas Next Generation Tournament qualifying event in Munich where it notched wins over U18 Real Madrid and U18 Real Betis Energia Plus Seville.


2017-18 EuroCup 2-8 Regular Season
2016-17 EuroCup 4-10 Last 32
2015-16 EuroCup 5-11 Last 32
2013-14 EuroCup 11-7 Eighthfinal
2012-13 EuroCup 7-7 Quarterfinal
TOTAL: 29-43


ratiopharm Ulm has emerged as one of Germany's best-known clubs across Europe as it prepares for its fourth straight EuroCup campaign and sixth season overall in the competition. Ulm is not the first elite basketball team in the city; predecessor SSV Ulm 1846 was competitive for decades and won the German Cup in 1996. SSV folded in 2001 and ratiopharm Ulm was founded right away. Thomas Stoll and Andreas Oettel bought SSV's license to start competing in the German second division. The team, which has always been sponsored by pharmaceutical giant ratiopharm, was promoted to the German elite in 2006 after a 29-1 season. By 2008, Ulm already made it to the German League playoffs. Robin Benzing became its signature player in 2009-10, but Ulm finished in the bottom half of the league. Everything changed for the better when Coach Thorsten Leibenath and center John Bryant came together and took Ulm to a second-place finish in the 2011-12 regular season. Ulm swept New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in the playoffs to reach the finals against Brose Baskets. Alas, the fairytale run finished with Bamberg winning the title. Ulm enjoyed a great EuroCup debut season, in which it reached the quarterfinals and also the German League semifinals and German Cup final. Bryant was chosen to the 2012-13 All-EuroCup First Team, too. The club returned to the elimination rounds in the 2013-14 EuroCup before losing to Hapoel Jerusalem in the eighthfinals on point difference. Ulm reached the German League semifinals in the 2014-15 season and advanced past the regular season in the EuroCup in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns. After reaching the 2016 German League finals, Ulm's 30-2 record the following season saw it finish the German League regular season in first place for the first time before falling 3-2 to EWE Baskets Oldenburg in the playoff semifinals. Last season, Ulm was unable to match the sterling form from the previous few seasons, but you can bet that the club will look to show that was a mere aberration as it strives for greatness again this season.