Kameron Taylor(Pecsi VSK-Veolia) I Continue To Improve As A Player No Matter What League I Play In

is a 24 year old 198cm guard from Hyattsville, Maryland that is playing his third professional season and first with Pecsi VSK-Veolia (Hungary-A Division) currently averaging 18,3ppg, 7,8rpg, 3,6apg and 2,4spg. Last season he played in Germany with the Dragons Rhondorf and tore up the Pro B averaging 23,4ppg, 7,9rpg and 5,6apg, and 2,6spg. 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 germanhoops.com recently about his new experiences in Hungary.

Kameron thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life at the moment for you?

I’m in Hungary playing my third professional season. Doing what I love, so no complaints.

Your playing your third professional season and first with Pecsi VSK-Veolia (Hungary-A Division). After playing your first two seasons in Germany in the Pro A, Pro B and BBL, you are now in the Hungarian first division. What kind of experience has this been for you?

The experience has been great so far. I am still trying to affect the game in all facets at a high level while winning in the process.

Has the Hungarian culture been an adjustment for you considering everything is pretty much Americanized in Germany?

Personally I love getting to know and embracing new cultures. It’s one of the advantages playing overseas. I get to make new friends and create new relationships while getting hands on experience with new traditions. So for me no, the adjustment was pretty quick.

Pecsi VSK-Veolia (Hungary-A Division) is in the middle of the pack and fighting to reach the playoffs. 

Yes. The league is very competitive. One or two games can decide if you are top of the league or bottom of the league.

The club started off very well winning six of seven games, but since then have a 3-9 record. What do you feel have been the main reasons for the club not being able to have more consistency?

I think we got away from what we were doing in the beginning of the year and that was playing basketball without thinking so much. We are at our best when we just make what we feel is the right play along with tough defense. I think we will end the season the way we started.

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Kam Taylor in the 2017-2018 season when he played in Germany for the Dragons Rhondorf

You lost two games by one point. Do you feel loses like that could mentally hurt the team more than it might ever realize?

Those losses are the worst feeling because one less mistake from anyone could determine the game a different way. But dwelling on a loss doesn’t help, so we focus on the next opponent and focus on getting the next win.

How confident are you that Pecsi VSK-Veolia (Hungary-A Division) has the talent and desire to reach the playoffs?

We will reach playoffs. No question.

Let’s talk about your teammates. How important was the pick up of Canadian Ryan Wright?. How key is his experience and what kind of an effect has he had on you since his arrival?

Ryan has played all around the world and played with some pretty big names in college as well. Him bringing that type of experience, along with his willingness to do anything to help us win has been great for the team.

What has it been like playing along side 38 year old Andrija Ciric who has played in many countries and won titles in four countries. What have you learned to appreciate most about his game this season?

His Longevity is amazing. For him to be at that age and still to be playing on a high level is crazy. What I appreciate most from his game is his competitiveness. He hates losing and you can see through the way he plays.

Let’s talk about your game. Last season you ended the season in the German easyCredit BBL with Wurzburg and demonstrated that you could play and hold your own in that league. Having offers in Germany why didn’t you stay in Germany and why did you opt to go to Hungary?

Hungary was the next step in my career. I’m always anxious to see my next step.

You have played in three leagues in Germany. Where would you rate the Hungarian A Division in comparison to the German leagues? Could one say it is somewhere between Pro A and Pro B in skill?

I think more in between BBL and Pro A, but regardless of league, if you can play basketball high level coaches/scouts will always be able to recognize it. I feel last year, the only thing different for me in Pro B and BBL was my role.

Last season with Rhondorf you were one of the oldest players on the team and now your one of the younger ones again. How does it feel being the team’s top scorer while being one of the younger guys on the team?

My coach brought me to the team because he knows I can score with the best. I do anything to win whether it be on the youngest team or the oldest team.

Last season you were the top Pro B player in Germany and was the main go to guy with Rhondorf. Do you have a similar role this season or do you feel like it is a bit different?

My role is pretty similar, the only difference is I have older players that have already been through what I have been through adding new moves and giving me advice/experience on what to improve.

Last season with Rhondorf you produced two triple doubles. This season you were very close once?. After getting triple doubles does one think about it during certain times of a game when one is producing all over the court?

Triple doubles are nice but has not really been important to me. The way I play does make it simple to get one but I’m not striving for a triple double I’m striving to win every game.

After you strong season last year where you went from the Pro B to the BBL, how did you go into this season in terms of where you wanted to take your game? Was it a tough adjustment not seeing the BBL type of skill level in Hungary this season?

I’m the type of guy that motivates himself. I never needed a big name on the other side of the court to give me motivation or raise my game. I continue to improve as a player no matter what league I play in. The league doesn’t make me a better player. My constant hard work and working to improve my weaknesses make me a better player every year.

Two things that you were working on at the end of last season in the BBL was the three dribbles and disrupting the other team’s offense without being overly aggressive. How did last season’s experiences in Germany make you a better player?

Playing with Coach Bauermann last year was a great experience. He wanted to get the most out of me and the team every single day and just experiencing that allowed me to know the level of basketball had to expect from myself.

On what things are you working on most this season in your quest of continuing to improve your game and bring it to the next level?

This year I have been playing a lot of back up point guard because one our guards got injured earlier this year. So being able to bring up the ball, read defenses, and getting my teammates involved have been more important this year

You had two successful seasons in Germany. What things on and off the court have you missed the most?

There are some German foods I miss but most of all just my teammates and friends that I have made over the two years. The fans were also so great and I miss them as well.

What are your feelings of your ex team’s Ehingen and Rhondorf? Ehingen is surprisingly playing a very strong season while Rhondorf is in danger of moving down. How do you think they will end their season’s?

Ehingen can hopefully do really well in the playoffs, they gave me my first shot so they will always be special for me. And Rhondorf I’m really hoping they don’t move down because I have been a part of the hard work on and off the court by the fans, players, coaches, and organization. So I really hope they can stay in the league.

Please name your five all-time best teammates in college and pro’s

1. Victor Frankl Maus – I’ve been told multiple times we were the best duo in Pro B. We definitely wouldn’t have had the record we had without him or any of my other teammates on the Rhondorf team. 2. Damjan Sredanovic – he was a Montenegrin on my college team and was really pushing me on and off the court to be the player I am today. And now one of my best friends. 3. Devon Moore – He was the best teammate in pushing and challenging me to be better. My first year playing against him I knew I could improve on so many things just because he made everything look so easy. And we both had a competitive fire to win. 4. Cliff Hammonds- he just knew everything and had everything in his arsenal. I really am not sure what his weakness is. He was always very professional when it came to the job. With him it was always a team first mentality. 5. Miles Cartwright- though I only played with him for one game, he was the type of guy that always motivated you. In Wuerzburg we were always practicing with each other. If he is playing 40 minutes or 5 minutes he remains the same guy and continues to give the team energy. He was also one of those players that just made the team better by just being on the court.

It’s still so early, but when all is said and done could Luka Doncic be one of the greatest Europeans that ever played in the NBA? 

Easily everything is up to him he just has to keep playing at a high level.

What was your reaction when you heard that Lebron James named himself the greatest of all-time? 

Lebron is one of those special players not only on the court but off the court as well. If I was him I think I would call myself the GOAT too.

Charles Barkley recently proclaimed that Tom Brady Is more of a GOAT than Michael Jordan. Do you share his opinion?

Hard to compare sports…Championships in any sport are extremely hard, and they both are in top of GOAT talk.

Tom Brady won sixth Super Bowl. Where will he be if he wins a seventh next season?

He’s already the greatest of all time he’s just extending his legacy if he gets 7

What was the last movie that you saw? 

Last movie I saw was Green Book.

Thanks Kam for the chat.

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