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 after the 90-80 drubbing of Weissenhorn and reaching the playoffs.
Congrats on the 90-80 win in Weissenhorn. How good does it feel making the Pro B playoffs?
Thanks Miles it feels really good to have reached one of our goals we have made this season. As long as we’re not satisfied with this and continue to play well I’m sure the post season will be a special one
Weissenhorn has a very talented roster and would you agree are a lot better team than their record shows? Why do you think that they don´t have a better record?
I agree they have a talented team I just don’t think they play that well as a team and it hurts them
TV Langen had a strong first quarter scoring 27 points as Martins Woody got going, but Weissenhorn came back in the second quarter to trail only 45-40. What things were clicking in the first 20 minutes and what not?
We started the game executing our offense and getting everyone involved I think we might have went away from that a bit and I feel like fatigue played a role because of our limited rotation
The second half was very very tight, but TV Langen broke a way somewhat in the fourth quarter. How important were your two consecutive buckets for the 78-73 lead?
I believe they were important only at the moment since they were on a bit of run and that ended it for them
You and Martins Woody had your usual very solid games, but it seems like Filmore Beck can get lost in the shuffle with you two guys are on, but how valuable was his play? Was he a type of unsung hero with his timely three pointers?
Filmore has been playing some great basketball these last couple of games if he can keep this up I honestly don’t believe anyone can play with us.
Would you agree the best team stat of the night were the 23 assists. You know the ball is being shared well when a Martins Woody leads the team with six assists?
Well Miles we’re first in the league with 17 assist a game so it’s not surprising at all to me neither is Woody’s distribution abilities he sees the floor well and our guards do a great job of cutting if your open you can best believe he’s going to get you the ball
What was your impression of big German talent Till Joscha Joenke? You have seen many players in your life, but is he possibly the best 189cm rebounder you have ever seen? His anticipation is very strong.
I thought he was pretty good he has a knack to where the ball is going to land and it goes unnoticed being a guard
How pleased were you with your game of 20 and 10, four assists, three steals and 69% shooting? You were the most efficient TV Langen player. Do you and Martins Woody have friendly competition to see who has the better game? Of course the team winning is most important, but healthy competition between teammates can never hurt.
I was happy with my performance I understood the importance of the game so I was really focused. Woody and I only make jokes on who will rebound better usually when he loses he plays harder the next game to beat me
The next game is against Hanau. What do you remember from the 66-61 loss and what will be key in going strong into the playoffs with a win?
That was earlier in the season we had some costly turnovers late in the game but I believe we found our team identity now so I expect a win come next week.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Pearl Harbor starring Ben Affleck.
Thanks Jermel for the chat.