Jermel Kennedy is a 24 year old 201cm forward from Toronto Canada that is playing his first season in the German Pro B with TV Langen. He started his basketball career in 2008 with Iowa Central Community College (NJCAA) playing 26 games: 4.3ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP:47.3%, FT: 57.1%. In 2009-2010, he played for Volunteer State Community College (NJCAA) playing 27 games: 11.7ppg, 8.2rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.0%, FT: 83.0%. He finished his college basketball career at Lander in 2012 playing two seasons there and as a senior played 27 games: 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 66.1%, FT: 70.5%. Last summer he was drafted by Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada,1rd(6). He spoke to German Hoops before the game against the Fraport Skyliners juniors.
Jermel thanks for talking to German Hoops. You are a rookie playing for TV Langen in the German Pro P. You are having almost double double stats but what has been the biggest challenge playing at this level so far?
The biggest challenge I’ve had this far is adjusting to the college lifestyle into the pro lifestyle its different in many aspects everything professional and you have to be more responsible and independent.
TV Langen are currently in 10th place at 4-7 and have a three game losing streak. Why has the team started off this slow?
We have started off slow simply because some of my teammates havent been healthy so practice and games have been up and down.
On what things does the team need to work on?
We need to get better as a team and better on defense
How much fun is it playing with Martinis Woody? You guys are the twin double double machine. How do you guys compliment each other best?
Its interesting playing with him and he sees the floor well also his size compliments my speed and athleticism
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
I believe a strength that is hardly noticed is my Ability to involve myself in every defensive play no matter what side of the court I’m on if its me digging for a steal on a guy attacking or if its just contesting a shot that may seen pointless to others.
You played with the little brother of Kris Douse. He told me you can really jump and they call you air Canada at home. How does it feel to be called that? Vince Carter the original has the Air Canada nickname.
Yea I played against and with Kiefer Douse a couple times at the Rec really good and smart player good up and coming athlete. My athletic ability has been my strong suit I wouldnt put myself in the same sentence as Vince Carter tho its just a name that describes me since I’m Canadian and I play above the rim
The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners juniors whom you lost to earlier in the season 85-66. What memories do you have from that game?
Losing by so much to the Skyliners was really a let Down since their such a young team I remember them being very aggressive and physical and us not running our sets through to the end which led us to taking bad shots and led them to fast break situations
It seemed like Frankfurt did a good job containing you and Woody. What will TV Langen have to do better this game to win?
Woody and I werent aggressive enough I think we will be much more tommorow since we lost by such a large deficit the first time
Many years ago Filmore Beck was seen as the next big player to play for the Beko BBL team Fraport Skyliners, but he never panned out there. What has been your impression of him and can he get back up to a higher level?
Ive always been impressed with filmore’s skills and abilities I think hes one of the best 2 guard in the league. Some of our sets are just not designed for him to get the shots he needs so its a learning process for me and the team to find the spots that are comfortable for him
Martins Woods and you are exactly 201cm. Who wins a one on one game and how do you beat him best?
Well Woody is pretty strong and physical guy we never got to play one and one before but I’m sure it would be a good and competitive battle
What was your nicest memory of David Pruett at Lander? He scored 34 points in his last game against Francis Marion. It seemed like his athletic ability was overshadowed?
It was approximately 4 sec left on the clock in the first round of the conference tournament my senior year of university and the gym is roaring and were down 3 coach Burkhamer draws up some new play in a timeout to get David a shot off a flare screen I honestly thought they would switch every screen but they didn’t they let David catch it and he makes the biggest 3 ball to send us into overtime it was a surreal moment it was so loud in there. His athleticism progress is like night and day when I played with him he would dunk periodically now its extremely easy for him its actually amazing
Where will the journey of the Toronto Raptors end this season?
They just traded Rudy Gay. I hope it turns out positive for them it seems as if there trying to get Andrew Wiggins from Kansas that would be great for the city
Thanks Jermel for the chat.