Kameron Taylor is a 23 year old 198cm guard from Hyattsville, Maryland that recently finished his second professional season and first with Pro B team Dragons Rhondorf and tore up the Pro B averaging 23,4ppg, 7,9rpg and 5,6apg, and 2,6spg. Last season as a rookie he played with Team Ehingen Urspring (Germany-ProA) playing 29 games averaging 10.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 43.9%, FT: 80.2%. He started his basketball career at DeMatha Catholic and in 2012-2013 started his career at Seton Hill (NCAA2) and as a freshman played 28 games averaging 7.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.0%. In his second season at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 27 games averaging 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.6apg, 2.0spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 77.9%. In his junior season at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 16 games averaging 13.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 70.6%. In his senior year at Seton Hill (NCAA2) he played 27 games averaging 20.8ppg, 8.7rpg, 4.1apg, 2.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 76.8%. He spoke to German Hoops after the Dragons Rhondorf ended their season losing the playoff series to MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel.
Kameron thanks for talking to German Hoops. How is the day after for you after the game 2 loss in Wolfenbuettel and ending of your Pro B season? What was going through your head the most on the long bus ride back to Rhondorf?
I was proud of my team because we didn’t quit. We had a lot of guys playing through injuries and everybody giving their best is all we could ask. It definitely sucks that we lost but we are a young team and everyone can use this experience to learn in the future.
The Dragons Rhondorf were focused and motivated to steal a win in Wolfenbuettel and come home for game three. The defense was a big staple in the Dragons game in the first half, but let you down in this series. When you look back at the series were there any adjustments one could of done better besides the length advantage of Wolfenbuettel?
We left it all on the floor, looking back at it Wolfenbüttel played very well in the series.
Statistically the MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel were better in all phases except for the turnovers where you had two less. You never want to make excuses, but for me MTV Herzoege Wolfenbuettel was a team that the Dragons Rhondorf didn´t match up well to. You could have drawn many other teams and possibly be in the next round. Do you share my opinion on this?
It wouldn’t matter who we faced, we matchup up well with anyone when we had our full team but can’t make excuses because every team faces injuries and hardships
You have had many big scoring games at many levels, but was this 36 point game and loss one of the more bitter in your career from the massive point production that you produced?
When it’s playoffs you think about winning and if it’s not a win than it will always be bitter no matter the individual stat line
Demetrius Ward got the better of you in this series and he lauded your game in an interview yesterday. Does a series and experience like this motivate you like never before to get back in the gym and continue to perfect your craft?
I’m the type of guy who doesn’t need motivation to get in the gym and continue to improve my game. I’m in the gym there regardless of win, lose, or draw. I take it as a learning experience
The Dragons Rhondorf started the season 10-2 and finished 5-7. Did the club peak a little too early?
I don’t think we peaked at all. This year I think the league was very competitive and there was no guaranteed win against any team.
Despite the early playoff loss, the Dragons Rhondorf had a marvelous season. How much of a factor did the many comings and goings of players like Kevin Thomas and Ronalds Elknis effect the team. Do you feel like this effected the team chemistry from successfully developing?
It’s always tough when players like Kevin Thomas and Ron leave because we bonded on and off the court but we had to push forward with only new Addition in Brandon Watkins
A big strength of the Dragons Rhondorf was the German role players who gave their best in each game and played with a lot of heart. But one saw in the Wolfenbuettel series that the German matchups of both teams was in favor of Wolfenbuettel. Do you feel like Rhondorf was lacking overall experience with the Germans?
Our Germans are just as good as any of the Germans in Pro B , Wolfenbuttel Germans played their roles well
You lauded all your teammates in our last interview, but how do you feel did your teammates make you better as a player and person this season?
They really gave me a lot trust and confidence and made me a better leader this year and showed me I could lead a team
It was a great season for the Dragons Rhondorf. What was your favorite team memory and what was your personal favorite individual this season with the Dragons Rhondorf?
My personal favorite moment was definitely clinching a playoff spot
If you had to pick a MVP other than your self, an unsung hero and most improved player who would you pick from your teammates?
Viktor for MVP because he was the leader of the team since the beginning and is overlooked because he doesn’t go for the plays that fills stats. Unsung and most improved would be a tie between so many guys because everyone put so much work into the team and everyone has improved vastly.
How did your game benefit most form playing in the Pro B this season. Obviously you gained another year of experience and self confidence, but what other factors helped you continue to develop as a player even if you took a step back?
I think it was a great year to take a look at what I need for the next level. I know what I can do but what I needed to know what to work on for the next level and Bonn helped a lot with that.
You had MVP numbers, but how much did not winning the Pro B season damper your season. What positives can you take from the season despite not winning that chip?
The goal in every season I approach is to win the championship no matter what, it’s how I was raised. The positives I take from the season was playing alongside a great group of guys and also getting BBL experience
You took a step back to make two steps back? You worked very hard in Dragon practices, on your own game, in the gym and with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. How did your game improve this season?
I think overall I found out the things I’m best at and the things I need to work on. needless to say it will be a great offseason
You shot 33% from outside this season as your game is more known for your consistent mid distance shot and penetration. It was your worst shooting since your freshman season at Seton Hill. You picked your spots well, but regardless of what system you will be in in the future, is your three pointer a part of your game that you would like to continue to develop further?
Shooting can always get better, that’s just one of my focuses for the summer
You stated in our last interview that you worked a lot this season on not dribbling more than three times when you have the ball and finish. How did this process in your game develop as the season went on?
There were games where I did well with it and there were some games where I had to dribble two or three more times. .I learned picking the right times to do both is what we needed for the season.
You have been practicing all season with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Early in the season you told me that Josh Mayo helped you most with making your IQ and experience on the court better. How did your game and relationship continue to develop in the last months?
Josh is always on the road so it’s hard to get personal time with him but I developed I deeper respect for him because he’s always getting up extra shots and takes his job seriously.
You most likely won´t be returning to the Dragons Rhondorf. You have been one of the greatest players the organization ever had. One could always see that you enjoyed playing in the Dragon Dome. What message would you like to give the fans
The fans have been 2nd to none this year. They were good supporting us and also off the court very friendly and inviting. I was blessed to be apart of the organization.
What is the next step for Kameron Taylor. Will you just hang around here and continue to practice with the Telekom Baskets Bonn or possibly end the season with them and get some EasyCredit BBL experience?
I’m going to stay for a little bit and have a celebration party with the organization on the season but definitely will be in the gym also. BBL opportunity is ideal but we will see.
Who was the toughest guard that you battled at the Pro B level this season?
Donte Nicholas he was very active on both ends on the floor and also filled up the stat sheet for his team
Have you been able to follow some of the 2018 March Madness. What have been some of your highlights?
The UMBC win over UVA…UMBC was lea by Jairus lyles who played with me in high school
Does that Michigan buzzer beater win possibly give them that extra kick to win the title or are they not deep enough?
At this point it’s anybody’s game
Lebron James made some sweet passes last week against the Los Angeles Lakers. How do you rate him overall as a passer?
Lebron is high level at all facets of the game. That’s why he is the best in the world. Definitely top passer in the league
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Kameron for the chat.