Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, college: Holy Cross) is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last summer, he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) averaging 10,6ppg, 4,4rpg and 8,0apg. He spoke to Eurobasket about his season with BBC Bayreuth recently.
Kevin you have been injured for a long time. Have you ever had such a bad injury like this in your career?
No this had been my most major injury in my career and it is very rough.
What have you missed the most about basketball during your injury?
That is tough to answer since I have missed so much, but I have missed when the lights go off before a game right before the game is going to start. I miss also being on the court and competiting.
How do you help your teammates the most during your injury? Are you like an extra assistant coach?
You could say that I am like that. I just try to help the young players and help the players wth things that I see on the court. I just try to be a good teammate and help cheer on the team.
BBC Bayreuth lost the first four games. What were the reasons for the slow start?
You cant make excuses, you have to be prepared for every game in the Beko BBL: Many players came right before the start of the season and it ha staken time with chemistry.
Andreas Wagner was let go early as coach. Didnt it fit well between the coach and the players? Stefan Schmidt said an interview that it felt like for him after a two hour practice that he didnt get better.
I dont think that the bad start had to do with his coaching philosophy. We just didnt start well and this is a business and the club felt that it needed to make a change. Of course that isnt good if a player feels that, but every player is different and I cant speak for Stefan Schmidt.
Since new coach Marc Van Den Berg has come in the team is playing excellent basketball. What have been the reasons for this?
The new coach has a new system and each player has followed his system. The addition of Danny Gibson has helped as he is a true floor general and many guys have stepped up in my absence.
What is the strength of Marco van den Berg?
He is a very intelligent man and that is something I picked up on in my first conversation with him. He is really well informed with basketball. He is sort of like Gordon Herbert in that he knows how to get the best out of each player. He has a personal relationship with each player and you really feel that he wants to make you better.
BBC Bayreuth also has defended a lot better. It has knocked down the points per game from 83 to 66. What has changed with the new coach?
Our defensive intensity is a lot better and each guy knows where to be on the court. No matter what the situation is on the court, each player always puts in the effort.
You played against Bobby Brown early in the season. What do you like most about his game?
I like his confidence and also his shooting and scoring ability. His great confidence really helps his game.
Since Danny Gibson came on board the team is playing very well. What is his biggest strength?
He is always putting so much pressure on the defense with his quickness getting to the hole, he is agreat passer and just makes the big plays. He is also a pest on defense and great ball defender.
How is the development of Simon Schmitz coming along? How do you help his game?
He is a good young player that really is talented and knows the game. He is a good shooter and intelligent on the court. If he can get his confidence up then he could become one of the best German point guards.
What is the most incredible thing that you have seen Corey Stokes do on the court?
I have seen him hit the most amazing shots. I have seen him hit end one three pointers and buzzer beaters. I have him hit shots that many players wouldnt even try to attempt. He is very mature for his age and will be a great pro player.
Which BBC Bayreuth player has improved the most so far?
I think that Stefan Schmidt has improved the most. The game in artland was his breakout game. He is still lacking a bit in confidence, but he has all the tools to become avery good center.
Back in the day Michael Jordan didnt even live in the team hotel of the Chicago Bulls. Would Kevin Durant have lived in a castle in Bayreuth?
Hahaha. If Durant would have wanted to live in a castle, I am sure that wish would have been granted to him. But I would have hoped that he would have wanted to be near the team more if he would have been signed.
How do you like Bayreuth?
I like Bayreuth. It is smaller than Braunschweig, but it is very scenic and the people have been nice to me and my family. My little daughter likes the parks with the live animals.
What is your favorite food in Bavaria?
I like this Italian restaurant, but my wife cooks often and that is the best.
Your ex teammate Brandon Thomas recently signed with the Artland Dragons. How happy are you to see him back in the Beko BBL?
I am very happy for him. Italy didnt work out for him. Artland is a good fit as he is one of the best small forwards in the league and he will help the team much.
What is your nicest memory with ex Holy Cross teammate Torey Thomas? He told me his nicest memory with you was beating Notre Dame at the 2005 NIT tournament.
Every game was a nice memory with Torey. He is one of my favorite teammates that I have ever played with. I would also say the nicest memory was beating Notre Dame as nobody thought we could win the game. Torey had a good game and we won.
What is your nicest memory with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons?
The Notre Dame win. He is a great athletic player.
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes(198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories.Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi H... [read more]
According to eurobasket sources Pro A team Hebesien White Wings have added Isaiah Sykes (198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) to the roster to help bolster their rotation in the scoring and rebounding categories. Isaiah Sykes is a 25 year od 198cm guard from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season. He started the season in Israel with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) where he played four games averaging 11,5ppg, 11,5rpg and 2,8apg. Last season he played for Maccabi Hod Hasharon (Israel-National League) playing 25 games: 19.9ppg, Reb-2 (14.3rpg), 4.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 34.5%.
Skyes started his basketball career in 2010 with Cent.Florida (NCAA) playing 32 games: 4.0ppg, 3.2rpg. In his second season he played 32 games: 12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 54.3%. As a junior he played 31 games: 16.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 4.5apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 61.7%. As a senior in 2013-2014 he played 30 games: 17.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 54.0%. He started his professional career in 2014 with U.S. Basket Recanati (Italy-A2 Silver) playing 28 games: 17.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 55.2%; A2 Gold Playoffs: 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg. Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been C-USA Tournament Semifinals -12, All-C-USA 1st Team -13
C-USA All-Defensive Team -13, NABC Division I All-District 11 1st Team -13, All-AAC 2nd Team -14, AAC All-Tournament Team -14, Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver 2nd Team -15, and Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention -16.
CSKA - Brose Baskets 85:64 CSKA celebrated the 14th victory in EuroLeague regular season. The defending champions overcame the absence of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) to edge Brose Baskets in Moscow. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 26 points to lead the winners. CSKA jumped to a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. CSKA stretched the lead to double digits in the second term. The hosts piled up a 44:33 halftime lead. CSKA followed with a 25:15 run in the third quarter to clear off for go... [read more]
CSKA - Brose Baskets 85:64
CSKA celebrated the 14th victory in EuroLeague regular season. The defending champions overcame the absence of Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) to edge Brose Baskets in Moscow. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 26 points to lead the winners. CSKA jumped to a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. CSKA stretched the lead to double digits in the second term. The hosts piled up a 44:33 halftime lead. CSKA followed with a 25:15 run in the third quarter to clear off for good. CSKA held Brose Baskets to just 16 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points, while Vitaliy Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) delivered 10 points each in the victory. Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 16 points for Brose Baskets. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) had 15 points in the defeat.
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games... [read more]
Preston Medlin (193-G-91, college: Utah St.) is a 25 year old 193cm guard that is playing his third professional season and first with the Kirchheim Knights in the German Pro A. He started his basketball career in 2009 with Utah St. (NCAA) where he played until 2014 playinga total of 102 NCAA games. As a senior he played 32 games averaging 12.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.0%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with BK Saldus (Latvia-LBL): 29 games: Score-4 (14.7ppg), 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 75.8%. Last season he had limited duty with Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1): 3 games: 3.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg. Eurobasket talked to Preston after the big win against the Hamburg Towers.
Preston thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and did you make any new years resolutions or is that something that you don't bother with?
No problem thanks for interviewing me. My wife and I always make little new years resolutions together but never anything to crazy, Just the normal stuff like eating better and being healthy.
The Kirchheim Knights went into 2017 riding a 4 game losing streak. What do you believe did the team get away from in this period that hindered you from getting victories?
That was a tough stretch for us, part of it was we played 4 playoff teams and 3 of the 4 games on the road. I think we got away from playing team basketball and got a little selfish. Also I think it was good for us to lose a few games (I am not sure it was good to lose 4 but) I think we were getting a little complacent and not working as hard as were should be.
A big worry in this 4 game losing streak was the offense that couldn't get 70 points in three of the four games. Do you feel like the team will continue to be able to score well in the second half of the season as its averaging 90 points in the two game winning streak?
I think if we can play as a team and to our strengths we should have no problem with our offense. But like any team we need to keep working and playing together so we can achieve our goals.
Congrats on the huge 87-86 win against the Hamburg Towers. Kirchheim was down39-33. It was able to pick up it's offense in the second half. Was there any adjustments that the team made to be able to score better?
To be honest we didn't really make any changes on the offense end we just kept playing hard and shots started to fall for us.
The Hamburg Towers went on a huge run in the fourth quarter and led as much as 14 points with four minutes to go. Was that amazing Mexico State come back and win form last week on your mind?
That's funny that you mention that because after the game my teammates and I were talking about the game and how we were all thinking that no matter the score the game is not over till the last buzzer.
The Kirchheim Knights then went on a 14-0 run to regain the lead at 84-83. How proud were of the team being able to make this instant comeback and what was key in having this happen?
Oh man I was so proud we fought hard for 5 minutes straight pressing and running up and down the court like mad men. And when we took the lead I was so happy.
You hit the game winning shot with three seconds left in the game. What experiences have you had with last second shots. How special was this one?
In my life I have maybe had 4 of 5 game winning shots but every time it happens it feels amazing. This on in particular was amazing because of the comeback that my teammates and I made in the minutes leading up to the shot.
You had had a pretty quiet night before making the shot as nothing was falling from downtown until the one that counted most. How thankful were you of the trust in your teammates in your abilities?
Yes up to that shot I was 0 for 4 and my shot was just not falling for me but if you want to be a good shooter you always have to have the mind set that the next one is going in. I am thankful that my teammates had the trust in me to shot the ball when the game is on the line.
With American Carrington Love out of the game with his fifth foul did you feel the need to step up on that last play?
The be honest the last play just kind of happened we got the rebound with about 10 seconds left and just went down the court and I was just trying to get the best shot possible for our team.
The team also showed it can win without Seth Hinrichs. Was this another good indication of how much heart this club has?
Missing Seth really hurts us because of the depth he give us plus he is a great shooter and does most of the dirty work for us. we need him to get healthy and on the court as soon as possible.
The Pro A continues to be very competitive as the Kirchheim Knights are only 3 wins behind number one team MBC. Does the team have more on their minds then just solidifying home court in the playoffs or is one looking at the possibility of finishing the regular season at the top?
I think every team has the goal to finish on top but we are just trying to take it game by game and worry about what we can control and that is our effort and heart on the court.
You stated in the last interview that the biggest challenge is being a consistent scorer. How can a player in general become a consistent scorer on a game basis?
That is a great question but I think it starts with having the mindset of a scorer. You have to do it in practice, you have to get that rhythm with your teammates and then it has to carry over to the game.
What in general have you learned to enjoy the most about playing in the competitive German Pro A?
I have learned that you have to bring your best every night because for the most part any team can beat any team so that makes the league really fun because you never know who is going to win.
Russell Westbrook obviously has gotten a lot of attention with his constant triple doubles, but James Harden is doing the same thing with the Houston Rockets. Where do you see him head to head against Westbrook as best point guard at the moment in the NBA?
I think they are both great players but in my eyes they are both not true point guards. But you have to give the edge right now to Westbrook I mean any guy that can average a triple double in the NBA is amazing.
Which 2 clubs will make the Superbowl and who will win it all?
I think the Patriots will play the Packers and the Patriots will win.