Taylor Brown is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Atlanta that will be starting his third professional season where hard work has taken him from the third league in Germany via Sweden and the first division in Belgium to Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Turkey-TBL) this season. He played at Bradley(NCAA) from 2008-2012 playing a otal of 89 NCAA games and as a senior played 28 games: 14.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 81.4%. In the 2012-2013 season he turned professional and played for Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (Germany-ProB, starting five): 12 games: 16.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 73.1%. Last season he played for KFUM Nassjo Basket (Sweden-Basketligan): 26 games: Score-2(22.2ppg), Reb-4(9.4rpg), 2.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 82.2%, left in Feb.’14, in Mar.’14 moved to Basic-Fit Brussels (Belgium-Ethias League, starting five): 11 games: 13.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 48.3%, FT: 90.0%. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Taylor thanks for talking to German Hoops again. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
I’m in Atlanta Georgia. Summer has been fast but very gratifying at the end with the new team opportunity.
It seems like it was yesterday that you were playing with young Germans like Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein with Frankfurt. In the last 16 months has seen you go to Sweden and Belgium and now your headed to Turkey. Has time flown by for you and what kind of experience has it been for you?
Yes time is flying by. It’s been a great experience I’ve had the chance to play for some good coaches and teams that needed me and some great teammates who I still keep up with via social media.
After playing in the German Pro B, you kept moving up the ladder and played in better leagues in Sweden and even better league in Belgium. You seemed to have no problems adjusting each time. What do you think was key each time for being able to respond on the court in a strong way?
The key is having confidence and once you have that you have to have the work ethic to back it up. Once you’ve done that its not much that can stop you. God has blessed me with some good seasons but the best are yet to come.
I was excited to see you play again this September as Basic-Fit Brussels will play the Fraport Skyliners in a test game, but now you have moved up another level to Turkey to play for Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (Turkey-TBL). Please explain how this came about? How excited are you to be playing in another league better than your previous league in Belgium?
I’m very excited because I know how great this league is and how close the NBA eyes are in the league. One day I was praying to my little brother who passed for a better opportunity the next morning my agent contacted me saying the Turkish team was high on me and wanted me.
So far in your professional basketball career you have mastered every challenge that you have come across. How have you prepared yourself even better this summer to be ready for this challenge?
Thank you. I just stay focused and stay close with god and my family. You have to be at peace in your mind if you want to be successful, then go out and put the work in. My other brother is 14 and 6’3 we have been in the gym every day because I know he is up next!
You started the 2013-2014 season with Nassjo in Sweeden and tore up the league averaging 22.2ppg), Reb-4(9.4rpg), 2.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 82.2%. Your first 5 games were solid, but you then exploded with 28 and 40 points and from then on just dominated the league. How much more did you have to step up your game form the German Pro B to dominate even more in Sweden?
I had to step up a lot. They are different levels, my confidence had to rise and once your teammates trust you and have confidence in you that gives you an extra boost. I was and am just focusing on helping my team, and setting myself and future up to its best abilities.
With Nassjo, you played together with American James Washington who also played in the German Pro B when you were with Frankfurt. He also had a very strong season with you. What do you cherish most on and off the court with him?
James and I are close, we are the same but totally different at the same time. I needed the balance during the season and some of his wisdom. We had many talks about Swedish league Belgium league and players all over the globe. He is a smart person.
After such a strong season in Sweden, you opted to finish the last few months with Brussels. How were you able to motivate yourself after such a strong season in Sweden? Did you realize there that you can play at any level in Europe? You had two 30 plus games.
Well I knew Sweden wasn’t enough for me to move up like I wanted to. I was very happy with my best year so far. But never satisfied. Yes I told you when I first met you I could play BBL and any level. That mindset has grown stronger with my good games in Belgium. I’m ready to do the same to TBL!
What do you remember from your 32 point game against Liege where you won the scoring game against Liege American Mike Smith?
It was a tough game, Mike and his team wouldn’t go away. I was hot from the 3 and felt like I couldn’t miss. It was a great game and an eye opener. Like I can do this at any level against any team!
Your teammate in the last few months was American Adam Hall who has 9 years on you. What could you take from his game and experience that helped you in your short time there?
I can take his preparation for practices and games. He was very meticulous and knew exactly what he needed for games and practice. Get into a comfortable routine is vital at this stage.
Your ex teammate Danilo Barthel played NBA Summer League this summer with the Miami Heat. Had you ever expected that he could go this route when you were practicing with him daily in Frankfurt?
Yes I wasn’t surprised at all. I watched him Play a couple games.
His dunking may stand out, but his passing is very good and he can also shoot the ball. What did you take to heart most from the game of Barthel?
He is a very athletic player who has a high ceiling. We all said that in Germany. If he played college basketball in the states he would be on ESPN every night.!
In todays day and age where athleticism is so important, could you see Danilo Barthel reaching the NBA in the next years?
Yes I could he is still very young and has no where to go but up. All he has to do is work!
Where will the journey of the Atlanta Hawks end this season?
I hope they make the playoff at least.!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Last movie was “the perfect stranger”
Thanks Taylor for the chat