Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) is a 28 year old 208cm forward from Atlanta, Georgia that is was his first season for Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL), but was recently relased. He started his basketball career for Alabama (NCAA) and played there from 2003-2007 reaching the NCAA Elite 8 in 2004. He got drafted by the Golden State Warriors (NBA,2rd (36) in 2007 and was traded to Charlotte Hornets. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.'08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2008-2009, he played for the Charlotte Bobcats (NBA): 38 games: 3.2ppg, 1.6rpg, FGP: 40.8%, FT: 64.3%, in Jan.'08 was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 6 games: 18.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, FGP. In 2009-2010, he played for the Golden State Warriors (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul (Turkey-TBL): 27 games: 15.9ppg, Reb-1 (10.7rpg), 1.0spg, Blocks-2 (1.3bpg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 62.8%. In 2010-2011, he played for Krasnie Krilya Samara (Russia-PBL): Russian League: 7 games: 4.6ppg, 4.0rpg; EuroCup: 4 games: 9.8ppg, 4.3rpg, left in Dec.'10, same month moved to Idaho Stampede (D-League): 30 games: 15.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.1rpg), 1.5bpg, FGP: 52.2%, FT: 75.9%.Last season he played for the Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): EuroCup: 6 games: 12.5ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.6%, FT: 50.0%; German League: 26 games: 12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-2 (1.7bpg), FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 77.3% He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.
You recently were back in Frankfurt. What made you come back for a short visit?
My team in Turkey had a week break so I decided to come back to Frankfurt to visit some old friends. Some of the young kids who were fans now have become friends. It was a short 2.5 hour flight from Turkey so I came.
Did you see any ex Skyliner teammates?
I saw Devin Gibson and Quantez Robertson in the mall. I didnt see a Skyliners practice. I would have liked to have seen Marius Nolte and the other guys.
What do you like about Germany?
That everyone speaks English. It also makes me not miss home as much when there is so much English speaking.
What made the Fraport Skyliners so strong in the second half of 2011-2012?
I think that the team finally found their chemistry. I was challenged to play better and I think that I met the challenge and stepped up. I would like to say that I was a big part of the success. The team also stuck together and always played together.
We miss your great fade away jumper, but now we have the great fade away jumper of Zach Peacock. What do you remember of his game?
To be honest, I dont know much from his game, but I have heard that he has a great fade away jumper. I have much respect for him and wish him all the best for the rest of the season.
How did Jacob Burtschi make you laugh? He is a natural comedian. He came to the team in the middle of the season and one would not expect a guy to talk much, but he had many funny stories. He also loved to quote my favorite comedian Gary Owens.
Who was the toughest player that you ever played against?
Chuck Davis. We played together in college and each summer. We know each others game inside out and have studied our games down to the core. There are always players that you can get away with things on the court, but not against Chuck.
Last season, you were the best shot blocker in the Beko BBL and this season your near the top in Turkey. What NBA shot blocker have you always admired? To be honest, I dont really pay attention to that. I would say a Lebron James who is more of an offside blocker coming from the help, something I like to do. One day I want to do it like Lebron and slap it against the rim. I like when Lebron slaps it on the rim, but I am not really sure he does that.
What have been the main reasons for Antalya struggling this season?
We have been playing well up until the fourth quarter, but then we cant close out the game. It is always the small things like rebounds or defensive rotations. We also have a problem talking on defense.
You are bringing great stats in Turkey. Does the league fit your style?
I think that for me to be successful in general, it all depends on the team and what they want me to do and what they allow me to do. Teams like to see me with my back to the rim or setting screens. If teams let me roam around free, then that is when I can really produce. I dont care as much about stats as I do about winning. I really want to win all the time.
You scored 32 points against Besiktas Istanbul. Did you notice early that you were in the zone?
Whenever I do get going then I am always in the zone. The way I am palying this season, you have only seen one half of what I can do.
Do you get extra motivation when you play against guys like David Anderson and Mike Batiste?
I am always motivated. When there is hype on a player, I always step up. I love to take the challenge, but it doesnt matter if a player is known or not, I always bring it.
What is the most spectacular thing that you have seen ex NBA player Rodney Carney do?
He is always going 100 miles an hour. He is a high flyer that just loves to dunk over everyone. I had no idea that he could shoot so well, but if you give him just a little space, then the shot will most likely always go in.
How much potential does Jordan Theodore have who had a stellar career at Seton Hall? I love his energy and hard work. He is so passionate for the game as well. I see him playing in the NBA. I love his game so much.
You told me last season that you wanted to play 2012 NBA summer league. What happened with that wish? There is no place like the NBA. I didnt get an opening last summer. They kept telling me that they would get back to me. I dont know the reason if it was how I played last season in Frankfurt, but I dont know. I will continue each season to try to get back to the NBA. I wont play in the D-league anymore.
With what person do you get most mistaken for? It is usually rappers like Two Chains, Wakka Flat, Future, Bimarley or Mikey Moore. I have heard them all. Shaq actually called me Mikey Moore once. What rapper I get mistaken for usually depends how much hair I have
How is your rap career going?
I have made some new songs, but I only pursue it when I have time. Basketball still comes first.
What has been wrong with your ex team Charlote Bobcats? What are they missing?
Maybe they are missing Jermareo Davidson? I cant watch basketball in general, because I always want to play. If I see mistakes, I want to correct it right away. I cant watch NBA games, because it just hurts my heart so much. I want to be in the NBA so much. I just dont follow the NBA, so I have no idea what your talking about concerning the Charlote Bobcats.
The famous debate as who is better Kobe or Lebron?
Lebron still has time to develop and to get better than Kobe. Kobe has a maturity level that Lebron just hasnt reached yet. Lebron still has a lot of room for growth.
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 tough 90-72 loss in Trier.
Preston thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You came into the game with Trier with a 11-1 record and had won 8 times. As a professional basketball player does a time come when one has won a lot that you just think it will go on and on? Going into the Trier game we felt like we were rolling and nothing could touch us and we got a reality check, which I think in the long run, will be good for us.
A tough 90-72 loss to Trier who had lost four of their last five games and were reeling for a win and got it. Did this game and result give you another reality check that the German Pro A is a very competitive league?
I think we know how competitive this league is; we got complacent and Trier played a great game and took advantage of that situation.
After the third quarter, Trier was only up by five points, but really opened up the game in the fourth quarter pounding home 28 points. What was key for Trier ending Kirchheim's eight game winning streak?
Trier just came out and wanted the game more than we did, you could tell their backs were up against a wall and they were fighting for their lives. They out played us and that's why we lost.
Kirchheim shot 26 more free throws, but otherwise shot poorly while Trier shot out the lights. Was it just one of those days that happen or was the team defense more than suspect?
I think it was a combination of both we let their shooters get going early and then they got hot and by then it was too late for us to do anything.
The team is still awaiting to play Crailsheim and the next opponent is MBC. They came down form the BBL and what to get back there. What will be key for getting the win?
Our next game we play against MBC who has a great team but we are looking forward to the challenge this week.
It has been a very strong season for Kirchheim so far as it is fourth in scoring averaging 80 points per game and ninth in defense giving up 76 points. Do you feel like Kirchheim could be a team that could keep teams to 70 points a game as the season progresses? What do you feel is still an area that needs to be improved on?
Yes it has been a good year for Kirchheim, I think it is the best start in the history of the club. That is all great but the season is not close to over so we have to stay focused and keep playing hard every day in practice and improving as a team so we are playing our best ball at the end of the season. I think we have the talent to keep teams to 70 points but we just need to make sure we bring our best effort every night. As a basketball team you should always be improving as the season goes on we just have to work on playing a full game of basketball for 40 minutes.
Kirchheim also play with a very thin rotation. Do you feel like the club will be able to withstand a long season like that and not get worn down?
We might not have the deepest rotation but when we need guys to step up they have and I think that is one of the biggest reasons we are having so much success.
The team is very young. Who has established himself as the leader in the early going? German Tim Koch probably has the most experience in Germany
We have some young guys on our team but we also have some guys with a lot of experience so we have a good balance. I feel like we have a lot leaders on the team and it seems to be a different guy from practice to practice.
How much fun has it been playing with rookie Carrington Love. What do you feel has been his secret for making the solid transition from the NCAA to the Pro A?
Love is great to play with, he makes the game a lot easier for everyone on the court because he is so quick and a great passer. I think his transition has been solid for him because he is a great defender and for the most part he plays his game and doesn't let anyone else make him doing something he is not comfortable with.
Your having a very solid third professional season in Germany averaging 8,8ppg, 1,9rpg and 3,0apg. What is the biggest challenge for you in general in each Pro A game that you play?
I feel I am having a solid year but most importantly my team is having a good year. The biggest challenge for me this year is being a consistent scorer every night.
Your shooting 39% from outside? Do you feel like you can develop into a solid 40% plus three point shooter this season?
I do feel that I can be a 40% threepoint shooter and I have been my whole career and I don't thing this year will be any different.
What have you learned to appreciate most about Germany so far in your first few months here?
I have learned to appreciate how friendly and helpful German people are. Also it is nice how well people can speak English here. But my experience in Germany has been amazing so far.
Kevin Garnett has retired. Where do you rate him with the best power forwards of all-time that played in the NBA?
t was a sad day when KG retired but not as sad as when Tim Duncan retired. Tim was my favorite player to ever play the game but KG was a monster and probably top 5 PF of all time.
The talk is usually about Lebron or Steph Curry, but one has to mention that Russell Westbrook is averaging triple double stats with points, rebounds and assists. Where do you rate him at the moment just with sheer stats and how he is doing it form the point guard position?
Russell Westbrook is a monster and he plays with everything he's got every night. If he ends the season averaging a triple double it will have to go down as one of the best seasons of all time.
What do you feel will be the journey of the Golden State Warriors this season? Will they be able to win the title again and with 65 plus games?
When you have the players that Golden State has you will always have a chance to win the NBA finals but we will see if they can beat Cleveland this year.
Struggling Pro A club Dresden Titans have reacted to the injury of American Jervohn Pressley and brought in Tafari Toney (202-C/F-86) Toney is a 30 year old 202cm forward that was born in New York, but has an english mother. He has much experience having played in the NCAA with Houston and is playing his tenth professional season. The club announced that the big man will play the remaining three games in 2016 as Pressley will return to the court in January. Last season Toney split time wi... [read more]
Struggling Pro A club Dresden Titans have reacted to the injury of American Jervohn Pressley and brought in Tafari Toney (202-C/F-86) Toney is a 30 year old 202cm forward that was born in New York, but has an english mother. He has much experience having played in the NCAA with Houston and is playing his tenth professional season. The club announced that the big man will play the remaining three games in 2016 as Pressley will return to the court in January. Last season Toney split time with Abejas de Guanajuato (Mexico-LNBP): 16 games: 10.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, FT: 81.4%: 15 games: 10.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, FT: 80.7%, in Dec.'15 moved to Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (France-ProB): 7 games: 8.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.2%, FT: 68.0%.
Dresden Titans head coach Liam Flynn is content about the vocal support that Toney will bring the team. "He is very loud on the court and that had been missing with us. Only when there is communication can one have success", added Fylnn. Toney started his basketball career in 2004 with San Jacinto College (NJCAA) and then played two seasons with Houston (NCAA) playing 61 NCAA games. He played his first three professional seasons in England with teams like Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool and six years in France in the third and second divisions and two in Mexico. Toney knows exactly what his duties will be with the Titans. "I am the oldest player in a young team and am supposed to lead them", expressed Tafari Toney
Awards and achievements in his basketball career has been Ranked among the Top 100 junior college players in the nation -06, JUCO Honorable-Mention, All-Region XIV selection -06, C-USA Tournament Finalist -07, British BBL Cup Semifinals -09, British BBL Regular Season Champion -09, 11, British BBL Champion -09, 11
British National Team -09, British BBL Cup Winner -10, Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Center of the Year -10, 11, Eurobasket.com All-British BBL Defensive Player of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Domestic Players Team -10, 11, Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Defensive Team -10, 11, British BBL Semifinals -10, British BBL Regular Season Runner-Up -10, British BBL Cup Finalist -11, Eurobasket.com All-British BBL 1st Team -11, French NM1 Play-Offs Champion -12, Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com French NM1 All-Bosmans Team -12, 14, Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Bosman Player of the Year -13, and French NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals -14
Chris Hass (ex Phoenix Hagen) signs at CEZ Nymburk - 13 hours ago
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Defending champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) landed 22-year old American swingman Chris Hass (196-86kg-94, college: Bucknell). He already started the season at Phoenix Hagen in German BBL league. In 11 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg this season. He received All-Patriot League 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Hass played at another team Bisons in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. But in 11 games he had just 1.8ppg. He helpe... [read more]
Defending champion CEZ Basketball Nymburk (NBL) landed 22-year old American swingman Chris Hass (196-86kg-94, college: Bucknell). He already started the season at Phoenix Hagen in German BBL league. In 11 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg this season. He received All-Patriot League 1st Team award in 2015 and 2016 at his college time. The previous (12-13) season Hass played at another team Bisons in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. But in 11 games he had just 1.8ppg. He helped them to win Patriot League Tournament. Hass just graduated from Bucknell University and it is his first season in pro basketball.
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