Theorn Laudermill is a 25 year old 200cm center from Riverside that is playing his first season with the Dragons Rhondorf. He started his basketball career at Shoreline Community College and then finished his college career at Cal.St.-San Bernardino(NCAA2) from 2009-2012 playing a total of 53 NCAA games. Last season as a rookie he played for SpVgg Rattelsdorf Independents (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 22 games: 17.8ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 1.5bpg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Theron thanks for talking to German Hoops. How blessed are you to be back in Germany?
I am very blessed and I really enjoy Rhondorf. I like the team and coach very much. Rhondorf is peaceful which is very different to California. It is a pleasure to be back after taking a year off to get my degree.
You played in the well-known Drew league last summer. What kind of experience was that for you?
Playing in this league is a lot of fun. There are very many good players from California and after a while you get used to playing against them. I played against Craig smith, Kevin Durant,, James Harden, Dorrell Wright, Nick Young or Gilbert Arenas. Those names speak for themselves.
You played your rookie season in Rattelsdorf in 2012-2013, but last season you went back home. What did you do?
I had some offers, but nothing really came out of them. I went home to get my degree.
Your playing your first season in the German Pro B for Rhondorf. How was the adjustment coming from the Regionaliga?
There wasn´t really a big adjustment. The biggest change is that in Pro B, they make more shots and capitalize more off mistakes than in the Regionaliga.
How much fun has it been playing with Savo Milovic? He played with NBA player Marcin Gortat when he was 17 with Cologne.
Yes he told me that about Gortat. He is my neighbor on and off the court. He is a great veteran. When I am out of my head, he calms me down on the court. He knows my goals and he has seen it all. He blesses me with knowledge all the time.
Did you know his shot in Karlsruhe would go in as he released it?
Yes. He is a great player. He may not be flashy, but is just solid. He isn´t really a point guard. He has played it here, because he had to. He is more of a shooter.
You are a 200cm center that likes getting rebounds. Who has been your role model from the NBA?
I like Zach Randolph the most, but also guys like Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony. I like guys that can rebound and shoot.
What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away?
I think that my ball handling is. I can take the ball up the floor if I have to. People think that the way I move that I am slow, but this is an advantage for me, because I can get around people using my body.
How did head coach Jeff Oliver at Cal State Bernadino prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
The practices were very intense and he demanded a lot from us. I was more of a Euro four in college. I am a five, but under him I wasn´t restricted to that, but he just let me play and be more free.
When you played for Rattelsdorf, did you go watch Brose Baskets Bamberg games?
I actually saw only one game when I was there. I was focusing more on my game and what I had to do to be successful for Rattelsdorf. Now I follow them more since my friend Carlon Brown plays for them.
What dreams do you still have as a professional?
My ultimate goal is to play BBL in Germany. I would like to stay in Germany, because I feel comfortable here. I am open to leaving to further my career, but I wouldn´t mind staying here.
Who was the toughest opponent that you had to encounter in the Drew league?
Craig Smith was very tough. He was a big beast against me.
Where will the journey of the Los Angeles Lakers end this season in the NBA?
It would be a miracle if Kobe could pull something out after his injury, but I see them rebuilding.
Who wins a one on one you or Fabian Thuelig?
Of course I have to go with me, but he is a good player-
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Rush Hour 2.
Thanks Theron for the chat.