Tyler Kepkay is a 26 year old 183cm guard from Vancouver, Canada that has been a professional basketball player since 2009. He played at College of E. Utah (JUCO) from 2005-2007 and then transfered to Utah (NCAA) where he played from 2007-2009. In his senior year he played 34 games: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 84.5%. In 2009-2010 as a rookie he played for the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 26 games: Score-1(21.5ppg), 4.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT-2(89.8%). In 2010-2011 he played for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga), try-outs, in Oct.’10 moved to LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 15 games: 3.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg; in Feb.’11 signed at Science City Jena (Germany-ProA, starting five): 8 games: 13.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 90.0%. In 2011-2012, he played for Science City Jena (Germany-ProA, starting five): 31 games: 15.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 85.2%. Lasts eason he was with the Artland Dragons in pre season. The American spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Tyler thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
Thanks for having me, I am currently living in Hong Kong. Summer has been very good so far.
> You started the 2012-2103 season with the Artland Dragons, but only for the pre season. How difficult a situation was it not being able to continue with the Artland Dragons?
Well I went to Artland to help with training camp because they had an injury at the point guard position. The plan was that my agent at the time and Artland were supposed to have found a good level club like Artland for me to join once training camp was over. Unfortunately that never happened. I did think I was going to stay with Artland as I fit in very well with the guys and proved I could help the team.
I was a bit surprised as were you as well that you didn´t catch on to a team especially in Germany after your stay with Artland. You were the Pro A scoring leader in 2009-2010 with Essen and had a good season with Science City Jena. Is there any way you can explain that?
After Artland not working out as planned, I went home and handled some personal things. While I was home I did have a couple offers but I felt I was being under valued and some of them were to countries I didn’t want to go play in. I also felt that I needed time away from the game to get a new perspective on things and life.
What did you do in the last season and how did you stay fit?
I moved to Hong Kong and started a company/business. I always train like a professional, no matter what that will never change, so still lots of basketball and off court training.
You have had some experience in the German Beko BBL with Braunschweig, Giessen and Artland. What had been your best experience and what was the most important thing you have learned in the Beko BBL?
I had many good experiences so it’s hard to pick just one. I would say the relationships I built with people were the best experiences. The most important thing I learned is in basketball there are a lot of things that happen off the court that you can’t control as a player and you just have to accept that.
When one looks at your stats one can see that you are a scorer, but seem to be able to do other things well also. What is a strength in your game that doesn´t always get noticed right away?
Definitely my ability to create for other people. When I am put in a situation to be a facilitator I can take on that role well, but so far my main role on the teams I have been on is to score. Another strength is my ability to guard one on one.
You have had very strong seasons in Germany in the Pro A, but haven´t really had a chance in the Beko BBL except with the Giessen 46ers. How confident are you that you can play at the Beko BBL level?
I am very confident. I have played against Europe’s best many times internationally during my 3 years with the Canadian Mens Sr. Team. I more than held my own against many Euroleague level point guards, so I am confident I can play in the BBL.
As a rookie you had a very strong season with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets. You didn´t seem to need any getting adjusted to, but what memories do you have from ex German national player Gerrit Terdenge?
It was an easy transition, mainly because my coach Igor Krizanovic really believed in me. My memories from Gerrit were that he was a leader and always trying to help everyone. He was always encouraging me to play my game. He was a really good person.
When you look back at you short stay with the Giessen 46ers, were there just too many other strong guards like Ryan Brooks and Chase Griffin?
I came to Giessen late to replace Chase when he got hurt. It wasn’t a serious injury and it was only going to be 4-6 weeks. During that time I played more the two position. When he came back, they extended me so I thought I would get a chance more at the point guard position because there was only one other real point guard. In practice I started playing point guard a lot more when Chase came back and everyone knew I was the best point guard we had but I never got a chance to really play it. It was a frustrating situation.
With Science City Jena, you played together with highly talented German Johannes Voigtmann. He made a big step in the Beko BBL with Frankfurt. How much potential does he have?
He has a lot of potential because of his size and skill level. He can do so many different things. I wish him all the best.
If you could describe in a few sentences why you could help any team now, then how would you describe your play?
I can help a team immediately because I can create and make people better. I would describe my play as simple and efficient.
How does a normal Tyler Kepkay work out day look like in the summers?
Every day it’s basketball skill work and then either weights or off court speed and agility work.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Thanks Tyler for the chat.