Kameron Taylor is a 25 year old 198cm guard from Hyattsville, Maryland that is playing his fourth professional season and first with Brose Bamberg. He started the season on fire and through 4 BBL games is averaging 17,5ppg, 2,5rpg and 2,0apg and shooting an astronomical 77,8% from outside. Last season he played with Pecsi VSK-Veolia (Hungary-A Division) currently averaging 19.2ppg), 8.1rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-1 (2.2spg), FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 74.8%. Two seasons ago 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 basketball.
Kameron thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. How was your summer? What was the coolist non-basketball thing that you did?
Hey Miles, The coolest thing this past summer was going to the Dominican Republic with my best friends. We did and seen a lot!
Your playing your fourth professional season while I will be beginning my 16th season as a basketball play by play guy and 12 year at eurobasket.com. I looked in the archives and you have had 13 Eurobasket titles which is a lot. My fondest memory with you your Rhondorf buzzer beater against Frankfurt. What has been your fondest memory with me over the years?
It’s hard to pick just one but I would probably have to say the Frankfurt buzzer beater as well. It was a crazy ending and I think one of my first interviews with you.
On what area’s of your game did you work on most this summer to be best prepared for the next challenge back in the BBL with Brose Bamberg?
I’ve been working on my ball handling a lot. Although I’m most comfortable on the wing, coaches like to sometimes put me at the point guard position to create mismatches. So in order for that I have to tighten up my ball handling
Before we get to your new club Brose Bamberg, let’s take a look back at last season. You played with Pecsi VSK-Veolia (Hungary-A Division) and lost in the semi-finals to Kormend. Was this series loss one of the toughest loses in your career losing the fifth game quite easily.
It was a tough loss without a doubt. Through the whole season me and my team had a lot of ups and downs where it didn’t look like we would even be in that position. So all thought we lost. I was proud of the team the way we finished the season.
In our last interview you stated that the Hungarian league in skill level is somewhere between the German BBL and Pro A. Despite having monster stats what was the biggest challenge playing in this league?
The biggest challenge of the league was stepping into a leadership role amongst my older teammates. My season in Hungary I didn’t have to tell my team what to do or what we needed to do but to lead by example and by bringing positive energy everyday.
What did you enjoy most about the Hungarian culture? Is this a country that you might visit again after your playing career?
I enjoyed my teammates the most. They kept the season fun and positive through the losses and the wins. And you never know, at the end of my career I wouldn’t mind going back to enjoy Budapest.
Let’s talk about your game. You put up big stats 19.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 3.9apg, Steals-1 (2.2spg), FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 74.8%. How content were you with your season on the court?
Well I’m a winner. As a winner I feel the stats will come and go but as long as the outcome was winning then I would be satisfied. We had a strong beginning and a strong finish in the end so I was satisfied with my team for fighting through the rocky mid season we had, and finishing so strong. The only thing that could have been better is if we won the championship.
Two seasons ago you were one of oldest on Rhondorf team and in Hungary there were many more older players on your side. What did you try to soak up most from guys like Ryan Wright and Andrija Ciric that will help you be able to make another step in your career with Brose Bamberg.
Patience. As a young guy on the court you want everything to go your way right away. After having a rough losing streak in the middle they never hung their head because they always gave 100% on the court but instead looked to the next game and knew if we would win some key games then we would be in a good position.
You stated in our last interview in February that you have improved in every league that you have played in. How did your game grow most last season in Hungary?
This last season I had to learn to not hold the ball so long. In Pro B I was able to draw the defense and find the open player almost everytime. In Hungary the defense would help earlier to not allow me to do so much creating, so instead I had to give up the ball early to an assist or to let my teammates create a good play.
You had so many amazing single game performances and was near to many triple doubles as well. If you had to pick one game, which do you feel was the best game that you showcased for the fans?
One game that really sticks out was the third semi final game in Kormmends home gym. Kormmend hadn’t lost all year in their home gym. In a 5 game series we were down 2-0 and we beat them in their home gym while missing one of our important players Veljko Budimir. Which led to another victory in our home gym to tie the series 2-2. There were some other memorable wins but this one in particular was very impressive.
Congrats on signing with Brose Bamberg. When you were in your first tour of duty with Wurzburg, you never played against Brose Bamberg, but how conscious were you about how great a club it is and how much history there is?
When coming to Germany you know that Bamberg is one the best organizations in the league. I was also playing my first two years in Germany so I had always known about Bamberg. Before I got to Bamberg I didn’t know that they had such a crazy history of winning. That means the expectations are high which is type of organization I like.
In your early time with Bamberg, what has been the best example of this club being a totally different kind of experience in terms of structure in comparison to the other professional teams you played with?
Just the extra staff on duty just as hungry to be successful as I am. I have Stefan Weissenboeck who is the head of player development who has been developing my game since I’ve got here, Sandro our strength and conditioning coach who pushes us every single day to be stronger and keeping us in the best shape, to Heiko Pfister and the amazing training staff making sure our health is great after every game, practice, and even on the off days.
With Brose Bamberg you are playing with the best talent in your professional career. What kind of experience has it been for you and how beneficial will the high competitive level be for your game?
Definitely the best competition of my career but if I can manage to continue be myself but also add some experience with the help of my coaches and teammates. I believe that the team and myself will be very successful on the court and it will help me take my game to the next step.
What kind of experience has it been being teammates with veterans like Elias Harris and Bryce Taylor? How much fun and beneficial is it just watching them play every day and just being able to interact with them on and off the court?
Elias and Bryce have been great. I was roommates with Elias during our training camp in Serbia so I was able to hear about all his experiences and receive some guidance when it came to taking my game to the next level. And Bryce is one of those guys who never loses composure, through every situation Bryce goes at his own pace. Which is something I’m trying to learn from him.
You’re a combo guard. What kind of role do you see yourself having? Do you see yourself being more of a back up point guard or shooting guard or be a guy that will be jumping around positions including the three position?
I’ve been playing a lot of shooting guard and point guard this pre season. As the point guard you have to know all the positions, so I’m ready for all possibilities.
You probably won’t put up the kind of stats you did at Rhondorf and in Hungary. Your biggest goal is always to win, but in terms of your game what kind of player will we see from you?
I will always bring the same energy and fire. The goal is to just improve during the season as I have done in the past.
What kind of different element does making the right play become when playing with a projected playoff team like Brose Bamberg?
When it comes to making the right play there is no different element. That is the player I am and the player I always try to be.
How excited are you to be playing in the Bamberg legends game soon? You will see many former Bamberg legends on the court. Is this an opportunity where you might attempt a few selfie’s after the game?
I think it’s nice to see the guys who came this route before you. Especially the American guys and hearing their stories, i don’t think I’ll be taking selfies but definitely try and get some advice on my future.
Now that your back in Germany again do you see yourself when you have an off day to visit one of your old stomping grounds Wurzburg, Ehingen and Rhondorf. With Wurzburg and Ehingen you are only about 1-2 hours away.
Yea I will try to get to all 3 this year but we have such a crazy and busy schedule that it might be more likely and better for to visit at the end of the season.
So many NBA teams have improved with star signings with teams like the Lakers, Clippers, Brooklyn and Houston. What team do you feel will make the most of their changes and be the best team this season?
I really like the Clippers and the Celtics changes for the season but it should be an exciting season.
How important could the world Championships be for Kemba Walker? Could he make another step in his game and lead the team to new heights?
Kemba is one of those underrated guys who just needs the right situation. World championship add to everyone’s career but I think he needs an NBA championship.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Last movie I saw was John Wick 3
Thanks Kam for the chat.