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.
The EN Baskets Schwelm have added Julian Jasinski(200-C/F-96). Julian Jasinski(200-C/F-96) is a 200 year old 200cm center that last season played for VfL AstroStars Bochum (ProB): 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg, played also at Phoenix Hagen (BBL): 11 games: 1.7ppg. He will also have a double license to play for BBL team Phoenix Hagen. He had a seven point three rebound game in 15 minutes against BG Goettingen last season. He started his basketball career in 2012 with SVD 49 Dortmund (2.Regionall... [read more]
The EN Baskets Schwelm have added Julian Jasinski (200-C/F-96). Julian Jasinski (200-C/F-96) is a 200 year old 200cm center that last season played for VfL AstroStars Bochum (ProB): 6 games: 2.5ppg, 1.5rpg, played also at Phoenix Hagen (BBL): 11 games: 1.7ppg. He will also have a double license to play for BBL team Phoenix Hagen. He had a seven point three rebound game in 15 minutes against BG Goettingen last season. He started his basketball career in 2012 with SVD 49 Dortmund (2.Regionalliga), played also at Phoenix Hagen Juniors (NBBL). In the 2013-2014 season he played with Phoenix Hagen juniors (NBBL). In the 2014-2015 season he moved to the VfL AstroStars Bochum (ProB): 19 games: 2.6ppg, 1.6rpg, played also at Phoenix Hagen U19 team (NBBL).
Timajh Parker Rivera is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut that will be starting his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball. Thanks Timajh for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been? I have been in Washingt... [read more]
Timajh Parker Rivera is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut that will be starting his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
Thanks Timajh for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I have been in Washington DC all summer working out with Jerelle Benimon who played in China last season and is on the radar of multiple NBA teams . We have been working out every day along with enjoying concerts and other events on weekends.
Congrats on signing with German team SSV Lok Bernau. How excited are you to be able to call yourself a professional basketball player now?
I mean it just hit me yesterday when I was looking in the mirror in the morning that I am a professional basketball player and it is truly a blessing something I have worked toward my whole life.
Was becoming a professional basketball player always a dream of your's or was there even a time at Towson where you might have considered doing something different with your life? Being a professional basketball player has always been my dream , however I did have a plan B . I always wanted to be a pharmacist however, the basketball schedule did not allow me to pursue that dream because I would not be able to fulfill the onsite hours for certification
How was you first signing process this summer for you? Did you have any expectations coming from Towson and tackling the professional waters? I actually didn't have any expectations I knew whatever the situation was I was going to go give it my all and that's what I will do .
What sold you on signing with SSV Lok Bernau. What was the main reason for choosing this ambitious team?
The coaching staff and I formed a good relationship via phone calls. The program is in a great place right now especially after a spectacular season last year and it definitely seems like a good place to start my career I am very excited
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it's basketball?
Not much but I do know the game is different and I am ready to get there and be coachable so I can learn quickly and help my team win games
You come from Bridgeport which isn't far away to New York city and Bernau is even closer to German capital Berlin. Has being near that big city played a factor in your life growing up and beyond? I mean the city has definitely been a big part of my upbringing . However, with major cities comes other distractions and I like that I'll be starting off in a slower pace environment where I can easily go in and out of the city if I want
What was your first impression of SSV Lok Bernau head coach Rene Schilling? Have you noticed that you speak the same basketball language? Yes he is a great guy and will be very helpful
What is your biggest goal as a rookie besides helping SSV Lok Bernau win games?
To develop my game so that I can be effective at multiple positions
Let's talk a little about your game. Rene Schilling said what impressed him most about your game was your intensity and work ethic. If you had to to what NBA player would you compare your game too? Maybe a Thaddeus Young on the Pacers just energy athleticism undersized for the 4 5. Position but can hold his own verse anyone
What would you consider is your biggest strength on the court? You don't score too much, but you pretty fill up the stats sheet everywhere else. I would say leadership by example . I like to make plays that boost the team and crowds energy . Blocks steals and dunks
What do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?
My ability to handle the ball in the half court
You played four seasons at Towson (NCAA) What are you most proud of in your career there? Possibly your school record 70 wins in four seasons? Being named the winningest player of all time at Towson on senior night and winning the game was definitely the most special moment for me
You had many career highlights like your 13 point 13 rebound effort against Gallaudet or blocking a shot with five second remaining against Elon to secure the win. What was your best highlight as a player at Towson? I would have to say my dunk verse Hofstra over a defender who was trying to take a charge
You played a season with 203cm Jerrelle Benimon. How intense were the battles in practice and what could you learn from his game?
.Very intense obviously he's a great player and practice is where he would work on his game so it was definitely a challenge for me which I accepted every day and I learned a lot from him
Benimon has been so close to the NBA, but been in China the last two seasons. Do you see him making the NBA soon?
I feel like this year is his year . Obviously there is a lot that goes into NBA franchises picking players however , he has more than proven himself at every stage and there is only one left the NBA.
How did Towson (NCAA) head coach Pat Skerry prepare and groom you best for a professional career? Just by giving me great advice on what to look out for and continuing to be the guy I am now.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Walter Foster?
If you could chose to have dinner with ex NBA veterans John Bagley or Wes Matthews who come from your town which would you pick? Well I know Wes very well and he's a close family friend so I would have to say John Bagley because I would like to know more about his career
If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 NBA heads would you chose
Jordan , Magic , Larry, Kobe.
Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand now in the debate as the best ever to play the game? In the conversation . Different era of basketball so not close in my eyes
After toiling in the German pro A for three seasons with Crailsheim, Wurzburg and Vechta, Carlos Medlock (183-PG-87, college: E.Michigan) has finally been rewarded with a ticket to the big show the BBL as the Basketball Lowen Braunschweih have required his services for the upcoming season giving him a one year deal. He showed his amazing leadership abilities the last three seasons leading three different teams up to the BBL. Medlock is a 29 year old 183cm guard from Detroit, Michigan that... [read more]
After toiling in the German pro A for three seasons with Crailsheim, Wurzburg and Vechta, Carlos Medlock (183-PG-87, college: E.Michigan) has finally been rewarded with a ticket to the big show the BBL as the Basketball Lowen Braunschweih have required his services for the upcoming season giving him a one year deal. He showed his amazing leadership abilities the last three seasons leading three different teams up to the BBL. Medlock is a 29 year old 183cm guard from Detroit, Michigan that is going into his sixth professional season and fourth in Germany. Last season, statwise he had his best playmaking season since coming to Germany as he played with SC Rasta vechta playing 36 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-3 (6.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 78.5%. Last season he was Mr consistent scoring in double figures in 29 games and having two double doubles. His best scoring games were against Nurnberg with 32 points and 25 points against Jena. "He has gathered much experience in Germany and helped three different teams to reach the BBL. He has proved he can lead teams and can score and create for his team. He now will get the hcnace to prove himself in the BBL and steer our game at the position one", stressed head coach Frank Menz.
Medlock started his basketball career in 2005 with E.Michigan (NCAA) where he played until 2010 playinga total of 110 NCAA games. Asa senior he played 32 games averaging 16.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 80.5%. He was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League,6rd (9) in 2010. He started his professional basketball career in 2010 with the Utah Flash (D-League): 3 games: 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg, left in Nov.'10, in Feb.'11 moved to Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 17 games: 14.9ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-4 (4.6apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 64.1%. In the 2012-2013 season he moved to U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Iceland-Dominos League), then moved to Club Deportes Las Animas (Chile-Liga Nacional), then signed at U.M.F. Skallagrimur Borganes (Iceland-Dominos League) playing 24 games: Score-2 (27.2ppg), 4.4rpg, 4.8apg, Steals-5 (2.3spg), FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 78.9%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for the Crailsheim Merlins (Germany-ProA) playing 37 games: 17.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 82.2%. In the 2014-2015 season he gained furtehr experience with the s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA) playing 39 games: 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 41.1%, FT: 75.4%."I thank the club for giving me the chance to play for them. I have heard many positive things about the club an dmy family and I are looking forward to being a part of the Lowen family. I am looking forward to playing in the BBL and having a successful season", stressed Carlos Medlock.
Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team -06, MAC Freshman of the Year by FOXSports.com -06, All-MAC Honorable Mention -08, MAC West Division Regular Season Co-Runner-Up -10, All-MAC 2nd Team -10, NABC Division I All-District 14 2nd Team -10, British BBL Trophy Finalist -11 Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League 2nd Team -13, Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic League Honorable Mention -13, Icelandic League All-Star Game -13, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Runner-Up -14, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Finalist -14, 15, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2nd Team -14, 16, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -15, 16, and Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention -15.
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