Kevin Hamilton(BBC Bayreuth) I Appreciate The Composure And Decision Making Of Alex Franklin As A Young Player

Kevin Hamilton is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his second 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 season, he was injured and was only able to play  4 games: 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg. This past summer he played in Puerto Rico for  Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) playing  23 games: 7.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, Steals-4(1.6spg), FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 61.5%. He spoke to German Hoops about BBC Bayreuth and his friend Alexander Franklin of the Fraport Skyliners.

After missing most of last season, you came back ready to go, but now will miss another 1-2 months. How are you coping with another hardship in your basketball career?

It always sucks when you have to miss time with your team but I am optimistic that I will be back soon, and 100 percent healthy.

Will it be more beneficial to get a point guard for the short term or give the reigns to Simon Schmitz and Nate Rhonert?

I think so, it gives them a lot of reps at the position and some experience that will help us during the season.

Despite being without Jason Cain, Nate Rhonert and your self, BBC Bayreuth gave a good figure in the test game against Wurzburg. How pleased have you been with the development of the team in preseason. What is the strength of the team?

I have been pretty pleased. Like any team at this phase we have a lot to work on but we work hard and play together which are the most important things to accomplish in preseason in my opinion so I think the rest will fall into place.

I see the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg as a top 4 team despite the increased competitive nature of the Beko BBL? Where do you see this team and can they build on their success of last season?
They will definitely be a good team and they have a lot of experienced winners so I expect them to be tough, but anything is possible in this league.

Germans Nicolai Simon and Simon Schmitz were one and two in scoring for BBC Bayreuth in an early test game. Simon is still young, but has been around for ages starting in the Erdgas Ehingen program. How have you been helping him in practice?

Well I have seen Simon get progressively better these past two years and this year he has gotten stronger and much more aggressive. I think he is going to impress a lot of people. He has always been a hard worker and smart player and I think he will be able to establish himself as a top young German talent this year. Nicolai has been a player I have always been impressed with. He is a great shooter and also has a great work ethic. I have enjoyed the first few weeks getting to know him and I am happy he is on my team this year !

It seems a lot of talk as centered around what Gary Mcghee will be able to do or a Jason Cain having a big year, but quietly Joe Trapani has been playing his game with success. Who does his game remind you of and will he be bale to adapt to the high level of the Beko BBL?

I think Joe is going to have a big season for us. He causes a lot of problems at the 4 and 3 positions for other clubs and plays hard all the time. He is too fast and clever for most 4’s and too strong and athletic for people at the 3 position. Joe is also a great guy who is hungry to win so I am excited to suit up with him this year as well.

How fortunate are the Fraport Skyliners to have your friend Alexander Franklin on their roster?

Very fortunate , people in Frankfurt have a player to be excited about.

Recently the Fraport Skyliners gave your friend Alexander Franklin a try out contract. Knowing him well as a player and person how confident are you that he will be on the Skyliner roster on October 3rd when the season starts?

Alex Franklin will be a Fraport Skyliner all season. There are not many people in this league who can match up with him athletically and physically. He is going to bring a lot of energy and excitement to Frankfurt.

Franklin describes himself as very versatile on the court. If you had to choose one aspect of his game that will help the Fraport Skyliners most what would it be?

It is hard to pin point one thing. The obvious answer would be his athleticism and his strength. But I really appreciated his composure and decision making as a young player. He was a big if not the biggest reason for our team in Puerto Rico’s championship run.

You played this past summer with Alexander Franklin at Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN). What was the most amazing thing that you saw him do on the court?

A dunk in the semi-finals…..Ridiculous !

Who would win a game in their prime the Dream team or Team USA 2012?

In their prime the Dream team

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Megamind.

Thanks Kev for the chat.

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