|birthday||June 8, 1991|
|place of birth||Berlin, Germany|
|college||University of Connecticut|
|NBA draft||undrafted ( 2014 )|
|Clubs as active|
|2007–2008 TuS Lichterfelde Berlin 2008–2010 ALBA Berlin II / ALBA ( NBBL ) 2010–2014 UConn Huskies since 2014 ALBA Berlin
|National team 1|
|1 As of September 4, 2019|
He is currently under contract with Alba Berlin in the basketball Bundesliga . The 2.00 meter tall small forward played his first European championship in 2013 as the youngest player in the national team . He is also the second German to win the American college championship twice, in 2011 and 2014.
In his youth, Giffey first played for BBC Berlin and the Marzahner Basket Bären , with their U16 team he became German champion in 2006. He then played at TuS Lichterfelde Berlin, among other things, in the first team in the ProB 2007/08 under coach Matej Mamić . After relegation from the ProB in 2008, the cooperation of the Lichterfelder with the multiple German men's champion Alba Berlin ended , Giffey switched to the Alba youth teams, where he again won the German age group championship with some teammates from his time with the Basket Bears 2009 in the NBBL U19 reached. A year later they missed the title defense in the final against Ehingen / Urspring . In return, Giffey managed to get promoted to the third highest German division ProB with the second team from Alba Berlin in the regional league .
In 2010, Giffey began studying in the United States , where he received an athletic scholarship from the University of Connecticut . Their university team Huskies was one of the leading teams in the then Big East Conference in the NCAA college league . In his freshman season, Giffey was able to win the prestigious NCAA Division I Basketball Championship 2011 with the Huskies and was only the third German to play in the final to win the title. At the end of his college career in 2014, he again won the NCAA championship with the Huskies. This made him the second German to win the college championship twice. Giffey was automatically enrolled in the 2014 NBA draft as a college senior but was not selected. After he could not recommend himself in the NBA Summer League at Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies , he was signed by Alba Berlin on July 15, 2014 .
In his first year in the Bundesliga, Giffey received an average of 17 minutes of playing time per match and scored 6.8 points per game. He was promoted to team captain in Berlin in 2017 and achieved in the 2018/19 season with a value of 9.6 points per match, his highest value in his Bundesliga time in this statistical category. Giffey was credited with excelling in Berlin, in particular with his strengths in defense as well as with his team-friendly and constant style of play. In the 2020 season he won the German championship and the cup competition with Berlin as team captain. Giffey scored an average of 10.2 points per match in the championship year in the Bundesliga.
He went through all DBB junior national teams and was fifth at the U20 European Championships in 2011. At the European basketball championship in 2013 he received an average of 25 minutes playing time from national coach Frank Menz and was immediately ordered to the floor as a “ starter ”.
- Player profile on the DBB website
- archive.fiba.com: Players - Niels GIFFEY (GER) - Overview of participation in international FIBA tournaments ( English )
- Niels Giffey Bio - UCONNHUSKIES.COM - player profile on the sports websites of UConn
- NBBL / JBBL: Niels Giffey - player profile with statistics from the highest German divisions
- Three other Germans, including Giffey's team-mate Enosch Wolf in 2011 and Leon Tolksdorf in 2014, were in the squad of winners of the NCAA tournament , but were not used in the respective finals.
- match statistics by Niels Giffey.
- Lars Spannagel: Alba captain Niels Giffey about Franziska Giffey: “She always comes across as very ambitious”. In: Tagesspiegel.de. March 9, 2018, accessed February 22, 2020 .
- Jan Buchholz: Master! ALBA's NBBL team defeated Paderborn in the heartbeat final. (No longer available online.) ALBA Berlin , May 10, 2009, archived from the original on January 10, 2015 ; accessed on February 15, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- "Giffs" Huskies ascend the throne. Sport1 , April 5, 2011, accessed February 14, 2014 .
- Associated Press : Connecticut wins third national title thanks to Butler's woeful shooting. ESPN , April 4, 2011, accessed February 15, 2014 (match report with detailed statistics).
- College basketball: Second title for national player Giffey. Spiegel , April 8, 2014, accessed April 8, 2014 .
- Berliner Junge Niels Giffey returns to the Spree ( Memento of the original from April 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- WORLD: National player Giffey is the new captain at ALBA Berlin . August 17, 2017 ( welt.de [accessed July 5, 2019]).
- easyCredit - 5787 Niels GIFFEY. Retrieved July 5, 2019 .
- Niels Giffey is Alba's long-time player. Retrieved July 5, 2019 .
- Alba Berlin is a German basketball champion. Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, accessed on June 28, 2020 .
- Alba Berlin is thirsty - for more. Retrieved June 28, 2020 .
- Niels Giffey / EuroBasket 2013. (No longer available online.) FIBA Europe , archived from the original on February 22, 2014 ; Retrieved on February 15, 2014 (English, player profile / statistics EM final round 2013). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- Jan Finken: EM: From the NBBL champ in Germany's Starting Five. (No longer available online.) Junior Basketball League , September 6, 2013, archived from the original on February 22, 2014 ; accessed on February 15, 2014 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German national basketball player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 8, 1991|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Berlin|