Derylton Hill is a 25 year old 196cm forward from Palm Bay, Florida that will begin his second professional season and first in Germany with BBG Herford (Germany-Regionalliga).Last season as a rookie he played with the Raiders Basket Jarvenpaa (Finland-1st Division) playing 31 games: Score-2 (24.9ppg), Reb-2 (13.2rpg), 3.7apg, Steals-3 (3.0spg), FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 80.4% He began his basketball career at Potomac State (JUCO) playing 29 games averaging 14.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 70.5%. He then moved to Wallace St. CC (JUCO) in 2015 playing 32 games averaging 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 57.9%. In 2016-2017 he moved to Ark.-Monticello (NCAA2) playing 28 games averaging 16.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.3apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 56.6%, FT: 74.9%. In his senior season at Ark.-Monticello (NCAA2) he played 31 games averaging 18.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 79.1%. He spoke to germanhoops.com earlier in the summer about his basketball career.
Derylton thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?
It’s a pleasure talking to you. I am in Palm Bay, Florida (my hometown) spending time with family. The summer has been great so far just working out and spending time with my sons
Congrats on signing with German Regionalliga team BBC Herford. After tearing up the second division in Finland, you have signed with a fourth division team in Germany. Does this make the chip on your shoulder a bit more heavy as you have to prove yourself again in your second professional season?
Thank you. I always have a chip on my shoulder. But signing with BBC will give me a chance to prove myself even more. I’m excited for this next journey with BBC.
What were the main reasons for choosing BBC Herford? What sold you on coming to Germany to ball in the fourth league?
One of the main reasons why I chose BBC is because of the opportunity they presented to me. Germany is a big market and I feel like this would be a great way to put my name out there
Last season as a rookie you helped lead the Raiders Basket Jarvenpaa (Finland-1st Division) into the first division the Korisliga. How big is your motivation and confidence that you can do it again now with BBC Herford?
I am pretty confident that with the help of my teammates we can make it to the playoffs. I am always motivated to become a better player and promote team work among one another so that we all win and perform as expected.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? Have you had friends or ex teammates that have balled in Germany?
I know Germany has a very competitive basketball market. I have not had any teammates who have played in Germany.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 196cm forward that can fill up the stat sheet. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
If I had to compare my game to an NBA player I would say I play more like Draymond Green. You can definitely see how he plays with emotions and he gets teammates involved. He’s a well-rounded player on the court.
Your only 196cm, but are an amazing rebounder. Last season in Finland you hauled down more than 20 rebounds four times. You had 6 more rebounds than what you averaged in the JUCO or NCAA 2. How do you explain such a rapid rise in getting boards?
Rebounding is not skill to me it’s more of an effort. Who wants it more is how I look at it? It’s just a natural instinct to go after the ball.
In Finland you were given the nickname ‘The Tank’. Your a very robust and physical player. How important is your physicality for your success on the court?
I really didn’t know my nickname was ‘The Tank’ until my agent told me the other day. Haha. I played football growing up and through high school so maybe that’s why I’m so physical. Physicality has a big impact on my game that’s just how I play.
You also have displayed excellent leadership qualities. Is this something that you have always had as a player or something that you picked up more recently?
I have always been a leader but since I played in college I have become a more vocal leader. There is no ‘I’ in team so I just try to encourage my teammates and myself to stay focused and grind harder. We don’t always win but you can’t sit around and dwell on it. Pick yourself up and go harder the next time.
You took no three’s as a junior, but have increased your attempts from outside the last two seasons. Will you continue to become more of an outside threat as you continue to move up the ranks as a professional?
Yes. I’ve been putting in more work in the gym. Consistency is key.
Last season you played with the Raiders Basket Jarvenpaa (Finland-1st Division) playing 31 games: Score-2 (24.9ppg), Reb-2 (13.2rpg), 3.7apg, Steals-3 (3.0spg), FGP: 58.4%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 80.4%.There are many guys that will have played 10 or more seasons and never won a title. How enjoyable and challenging was your rookie season?
I can definitely it say it was blessing and a great opportunity to play for the Raiders. The most challenging part was when we lost a few games back to back. I felt so much pressure because I was a captain and an American. After we played Lathi and we beat them that’s when we got on a winning streak
How important was it for you having the only other American Jordan Jacks on the team? You guys were a rebounding force averaging 23 rebounds apiece.
It was very important because I didn’t feel all the pressure if I didn’t get a rebound. I know if I lacked in rebounding I could count on Jack.
You had many great games as a rookie, but which was the most memorable? Possibly your 40 point explosion against Ura Basket 2 or netting 21 points in the title win over Tapiolan Honka?
Most memorable game is win over the Tapiolan Honka because we won the championship and did it on our home court.
In four seasons you played for three schools with Potomac State (JUCO), Wallace St. CC (JUCO) and Ark.-Monticello NCAA2). How important was having this experience for your early development as a player?
I was able to learn something from all three schools. They all have a different coaching style so it really opened my eyes as a player. I don’t regret the experience because I gained something from every school.
Often a player will play a season or two at a JUCO school before moving up. You played two seasons in the JUCO, but for two different teams with Potomac State (JUCO) and Wallace St. CC (JUCO). Why did you do this and what was your fondest moment in these two years?
I attended two Juco’s because at the time my son was still young so I moved closer to home. I also had a better opportunity attending Wallace because it was a Division 1 Juco.
You then played two years with Ark.-Monticello (NCAA2) reaching two GAC tournament finals. Despite not winning a title there, how memorable was your time there?
It was a memorable experience. It was challenging at first because we had very big shoes to fill coming up off a losing streak. With the help of my teammates we were able to turn that losing streak into a winning streak. I definitely built a bond with my teammates and formed some lifelong friendships.
How did you become a better player after two years at Ark.-Monticello (NCAA2)? What part of your game do you feel grew the most there in that time?
I became a better player after having the green light from Coach Tolin to play my game. I was able to be the floor general on the court. Also, coach was very open-minded and listened to any suggestions or ideas his players had. During my time at Monticello I improved on free throws, became a more vocal leader, and a finesse player ( not playing bully ball)
You had many great games at Ark.-Monticello (NCAA2), but was your 32 point explosion over Harding one of your most memorable?
Yes! That was a very memorable game. If I recall that was my highest scoring game.
How did head coach Kyle Tolin groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
His saying stuck with me the most after a good practice he would say ‘I put money in the bank today’ which means showing up to practice matters. You have to put in work to get good results. His coaching style and pushing me to my full potential also helped me become the player I am today.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Cobe Goosby?
Haha. We both had our days but it’s safe to say some days I would win and some days COBE would win. But for sure we helped each other improve our game.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the JUCO, NCAA 2 or anywhere that has made it to the NBA?
Devin Booker. He was really crafty, quick, and can shoot the lights out the gym.
Please name your five best teammates of all-time?
Haha. That’s a tough question, I have too many to name.
The hype of Kawhi Leonard has been huge. Where in your opinion does he rank now with the best players in the NBA?
Kawhi ranks in the top 3.
Please name your personal NBA Rushmore. Which 4 heads past or present would you choose?
Lebron James Michael Jordan Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
Lebron James just because I grew up during Lebron’s time. Lebron is my favorite player.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Derylton for the chat