Cavel Witter is a 28 year old 183cm guard from Kansas City, Missouri playing his fifth professional season and second with Citybasket Recklinghausen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career at Trinity Valley CC in 2005. He then played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2007-2010 playing a total of 101 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 7.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 82.4%. In 2010 he turned professional with Terceira Basket (Portugal-Proliga). In the 2011-2012 season he played with Barreirense CEPSA (Portugal-LPB) playing 19 games averaging 9.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 79.4%. In the 2013-2014 season he had his first tour of duty with City Basket Recklinghausen (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games: Score-5(21.4ppg), 3.3rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 84.5%. Last season he played for S.C. Lusitania EXPERT (Portugal-LPB): 21 games: 17.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 84.5%. He talked to German Hoops about basketball.
Cavel thanks for talking to German Hoops A big 89-61 win against Schwelm. Your team won each quarter. On a scale of 1-10 what would give this win and why?
I will give the win a ten on the rating scale anytime you can win a derby game by 20 plus is a good sign that your team was focused on the initial game plan. Now we have to build on it carry it over to the next game .
What really stood out in the win was the team unselfishness. The team dished out 18 assists, had four guys that scored in double figures and three guys with 9 points a piece. Is this something that has grown over time?
During that week of practice we really had emphasis on sharing the ball and making the extra. The more people we have contribute on offense the better
Recklingshausen is averaging 70 points a game and giving up 75 points per contest. The club is more than capable to rack up more points. What does the team need to improve in the second half on the offensive end?
Well its not offensive we need to improve . We have to focus more on defense if we are able to get more stops that will lead to more fast breaks therefore better offensive.
You are only two wins away from a playoff place. How realistic are the playoffs and focus of the team to reach that plateau?
Playoffs would be nice but we have to focus on the Now. Take it one game at a time and if we do then good things will happen.
With Joe Kennerly, Robert Franklin and yourself average 31 years of age which is rare in the German Pro B. Is there a sharing of the leadership on the team between you guys?
Yes Rob and Joe doing a great job with their leadership both are very good players and doing a great job grooming some of younger players as well .
German Aaron Donkor has played at the BBL and Pro A level. How have you seen his development progress since you arrived?
Yes Aaron is improving every day. He is a hard worker and is capable of good things if he keep it simple .
You are back for your second tour of duty with Recklingshausen. Two seasons ago you averaged 21.4ppg), 3.3rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 84.5%. How has your game progressed since your last season here via Portugal?
I have learned to control the tempo of the game better. My last coach in Portugal did a great job teaching me how to play point guard. When I’m at the point guard I know I have to get others involved earlier and when I’m at shooting guard that’s where I can be more aggressive scoring wise
Is your three point shooting and turnovers two areas that you want to improve?
I want to improve all aspect of my game. Yes the three ball can be better but I’m confident that if I keep working hard it will improve . I can also limit my turnover as well if I stick to my fundamentals and good things will happen.
You are a guy that can fill up the stat sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
I think my leadership gets overlooked. I try stay positive during the game always telling my teammates good job . Also leading by example , setting the tone by playing hard
You played three seasons in Portugal. What did you like most about your experience on and off the court there?
I loved the country. There were a lot of nice people made playing basketball easy.
As a rookie you played with Terceira Basket (Portugal-Proliga). What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home?
I found out real fast it’s all business production base job . So if your not playing well they will bring in someone that will so I just try stay sharp with every team I’m on .
Who will win Super Bowl 50 Denver or Carolina?
I think the Panthers will win. I’m a big fan of Cam Newton . Plus I want see someone else win other than the usual teams
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Cavel for the chat.