Jermareo Davidson(Fraport Skyliners) I Will Continue To Try To Get Back To The NBA Each Summer

Jermareo Davidson is a 27 year old 208cm forward from Atlanta, Georgia that is playing his first season for the Fraport Skyliners. 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%. Last season, 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%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.

Congrats on a well deserved 68-49 win against FC Bayern Munich. The name FC Bayern Munich is rich in tradition like the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Lakers or Green Bay Packers. Were you aware how well known this team is?

They were a tough team. The coaching staff tell before every game something about the next opponent, but coming into the game, I had no idea how much tradition the club has.

How tough was it coming off the bitter loss in Bremerhaven and coming back focused to beat FC Bayern Munich?

I didn´t play in Bremerhaven staying home rehabbing. But the team played hard and just couldn´t come home with a win.

Jared Newson said during the game that it was smart of you to take your jumper instead of battling Jared Homan inside. Was that your goal?

I will face up against anyone in the league. I use my quickness and shooting which is my game. I am not a banger and just don´t need to do that inside.

One of the key Skyliners in the win was Devin Gibson. How mature is he already as a rookie?

I love the game of Gibson. He comes off the bench and knows how to control the game and make it fast paced. He does a good job finding the open guy and is very mature. We love to run with him on offense.

You are playing your first season for the Fraport Skyliners. How do you like Frankfurt?

I love Frankfurt. It is an awesome city and the fans support us well.

How difficult was it being injured for so long at the start of the season? Who helped you mentally get through this time?

Nobody helped me. Just sitting so long gave me enough motivation to work hard and come back. My teammates felt my pain, but just sitting out hurt enough.

What is a strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?

My passing ability and ball handling. I was a point guard until ninth grade.

How is your relationship with head coach Muli Katzurin? How do you make him laugh?

I am still trying to figure him out. It is sometimes hard to read him. He isn´t an angry man. Maybe he doesn´t understand me, but I always try to be serious around him.

Who wins a one on one in practice you or Tim Ohlbrecht?

Me every time and you can highlight it.

You are from Atlanta, Georgia. What was your childhood like?

It was a pretty normal childhood. I had a single mother, sister and brother. My mom got me to playing basketball very early. I was always hanging out in the gym.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

Before I started to grow, I was a point guard/shooting guard and liked the game of Allen Iverson and his ball handling. When I started to grow, I liked Kevin Garnett and I would always watch the big men seeing how they shoot the ball, handle the ball and play with their back to the wall.

You played together with Demetrius Jemison at Alabama. Can he make the step to the next level?

Yes he can. I always watch him in practice. He is a dominating small big man. He is a talented shooter especially from 15 feet out. He can handle the ball well and knows how to use his body to finish.

You played together with Cavs Alonzo Gee at Alabama. What is your fondest memory with him at Alabama?

He was like my younger brother. When he came to Alabama, he quickly attached himself to me. He was a silly guy that liked to dance in practice. We both were silly and at times had no idea what we were laughing at.

Alabama is known as a football school. Was it hard getting respect as a basketball player?

When there were football games, the city closed down. There wasn´t really a bad difference between the football and basketball programs.

You had a very strong senior year averaging 14,0ppg, 8,2rpg, 1,5apg and 2,3rpg. Were you or were not surprised that you got drafted by the NBA?

I had that natural nervousness with the draft, because you never know what can happen since it is a tricky procedure. I expected to be drafted, but even if I hadn´t been drafted, I am sure that I would of landed on some NBA roster. I worked hard in my time at Alabama and deserved to be drafted.

Is the NBA still your goal?

Yes it is still the route that I want to go. I love the NBA game and want to get back. I do love to play overseas, but I will continue to try to get back to the NBA each summer.

Who was your most difficult opponent in the NBA?

Pau Gasol gave me problems. He is a very good player. His shots often didn´t seem like they would go in, but they always did. I also had a hard time with Chris Bosh.

What were the most number of free throws that you made in a row?


What was your most crazy shot in your career?

A half court shot in college.

With what rap star would you like to make a song with?

Jay Z.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Meet the Zohan with Adam Sandler.

Thanks Jermareo for the chat.

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