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 Leipzig
How important was the 87-58 win against Speyer after TV Langen started 0-2 after the break?
Beating Speyer was important to us simply because of our slow 0-2 start after the holiday break. We already beat them so there was a great level of importance to beating them again at home
TV Langen controlled the game and played a solid game for 40 minutes. What were the main reasons for getting the win and being able to dominate so well?
Our main goal as a team now is to play every game as if it were our last and to use the momentum of last weeks win to fuel us to continuously play at a high level
You had another very nice game scoring 23 points, but shot the least shots this season form the field with six. You usually take more shots, but how important is it getting a handle on shot selection as a rookie already?
I never had a problem getting a rhythm or handle on shots and I try to aim to take shots that I am most comfortable with and that are good for me . I try to be as efficient as possible.
David Pruett seems to be getting better accustomed to the team and league as he had another solid game. How have you seen his development since he arrived before Christmas?
David is steadily figuring it out being more patient and letting the game come to him. I continuously encourage him and be positive so that this transition is easier for him because I personally know what he is capableof. Each day and games he has gotten better.
The next game is against Leipzig who you lost 82-64 to at the start of the season. What do you remember from that game?
I remember a very aggressive physical set of athletes that weren’t going to let us beat them at home. Also our team wasn’t molding that well at the time and things defensively kept falling apart and we couldn’t maintain any type of momentum.
They didn´t have a star, but each starter scored in double figures and the bench provided only eight points. What will be key for getting the win besides playing good team basketball?
Leipzig has a very well rounded starting 5 and they all have the ability to score. We must not miss a nuance from this team not even a player not listed on the scouting report. This game is very important to me as well as our team and we will be ready.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last movie I watched was a classic “Blue chips” great basketball film