Matt Kavanaugh is a 23 year old 206cm center from Ohio that is a rookie playing for the Noma Iserlohn Kangaroos. He played at Dayton from 2009-2014 playing a total of 111 NCAA games. AS a senior he played 33 games: 5.7ppg, 3.5rpg. He helped Dayton reach the Elite 8 in 2014. He spoke to German Hoops after giving his professional debut in a 77-70 win in Langen.
Matt congrats on the 77-70 Iserlohn win in Langen. It was a very interesting win, but also very hard fought game. What was key for the win?
The game had many ups and downs. Down the stretch we did a very good job forcing enough turovers and we got big three pointers from Orlan Jackman and Yannick Opitz.
How challenging was it playing against TV Langen go to man Martinis Woody who was held only to six points?
It was fun playing against him. I especially like to play against a player like him who has a similar play style to me with having the back to the basket. I felt very comfortable playing against him.
You are a rookie this season in Germany. What has been the biggest change for you coming from the NCAA?
The biggest change has been getting adjusted to the 24 shot clock. We had the 35 second clock in college and there you have more time whereas now the play is a lot faster.
You are a professional rookie, but have played 5 years in the NCAA and got experience from him. Do some of the young Germans ever ask you for advice?
We have a good mix of young Germans and older guys. Some of the Germans have had professional experience and I am still feeling it out. The young Germans go to the other older players for advice. However the young Germans have asked me what it was like playing in the NCAA.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I would like to say my three point shooting, but I don´t get that chance in the Iserlohn system.
You reached the Elite 8 with Dayton last season. What was the secret to the success of a team that had no real superstar?
I think that our depth was the secret to our success. We had a 11-12 man rotation and when you play 35 games, you have an advantage over other teams because you can always put in fresh bodies. We always had a positive attitude and never gave up.
How did Dayton head coach Archie Miller get you prepared for a professional basketball career?
He is a coach that doesn´t focus on one thing, but on all aspects of the game and that got me prepared best.
What was the most amazing thing that you saw ex teammate Chris Wright do in a game or practice?
Well I saw many amazing things in a game or practice, but actually the most amazing thing I saw was on TV when he dunked over a Marquette player jumping over him from 10 feet away.
What do you remember about ex teammate Devin Searcy at Dayton?
He was physical and athletic.
Who was the best player that you ever played against in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
Andrew Nicholson of the Orlando Magic.
Why do so many good players like yourself come from Ohio?
We have so many good players because the competition is very good within the many leagues.
Who wins a one on on ein practice you or Marcel Kesson?
Its about 50/50.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Lets be cops.
Thanks Matt for the chat.