Kevin Hamilton(BBC Bayreuth) Marco Van Den Berg Gets The Best Out Of Each Player

Kevin Hamilton 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 German Hoops 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 m ycareer 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 can´t 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. Didn´t 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 didn´t get better.

I don´t think that the bad start had to do with his coaching philosophy. We just didn´t start well and this is a business and the club felt that it needed to make a change. Of course that isn´t 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 wouldn´t 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 didn´t 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 didn´t 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.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

In time with Justin Timberlake.

Thanks Kev for the chat.

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