Cameron Hunt Could Be Successful At The BBL Level If He Locks in Defensively For A Longer Period Of Time

Cameron Hunt is a 23 year old 193cm guard from Duncanville, Texas that completed his rookie season in Germany withTG s.Oliver Wuerzburg (Germany-ProB) playing 19 games: Score-1 (21.7ppg), 4.9rpg, 4.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 88.2%. He picked up All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Player of the Year -20, All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Guard of the Year -20, All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B Defensive Player of the Year -20, All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 1st Team -20, and German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -20. He began his career at Duncanville High School and then played 137 NAIA games for Southwestern College, KS (NAIA) from 2015-2019. As a freshman he played 34 games averaging 6.9ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 37.9%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 63.2%. In his second season he played 36 games averaging 24 .5ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 58.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 81.8%. In his junior year he played 35 games averaging 23.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 82.4%. In his senior year he played 32 games averaging 31.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.8apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 88.6%. He will remain in Wurzburg until 2023 and spoke to eurobasket during COVID-19. 

Miles Schmidt-Scheuber interviewing Cameron Hunt after he steered 28 points in the 99-67 Wurzburg win in Frankfurt in 2020

Hi Cameron where are you at the moment and how is your current mood despite the world turmoil at the moment because of the out break of the Corona Virus?

Hey how’s it going? Well right now I’m currently in Dallas Texas and I would say this outbreak is a bit frustrating. Knowing lives are at stake every day. I know better days are coming and I’m just praying that it is sooner than later.

When you first heard about the Corona Virus did you ever think that it could have such an effect on the world?

At first when I heard about Corona I thought it was a very minor problem that would’ve been taken care of immediately. I never thought it would become this bad.

How did you experience the day to day life in Wurzburg when you were still in Germany? What things did you notice in the surroundings there that showed that life wasn’t normal?

In Wurzburg a lot of people like to walk around the city. When the corona virus came you saw less and less people in the city which was very weird to see.

Did you become more aware about how you handle yourself in public in terms of shaking hands and not being in the line of fire with somebody coughing?

A: Yes I’ve been more aware of my surroundings. Making sure washing my hands more often is always on my mind. I can’t remember the last time I’ve given someone a normal handshake.

Basketball leagues have shut down all over Europe including the Pro B. How disappointed were you about this and not being able to finish the season?

I was pretty disappointed as I felt we had a championship team. I also knew this might be my last time playing with those guys so it was hard to end a season like that.

Before leagues were shut down there was a BCL game in Bonn against AEK Athens and a Fiba Europe Cup game in Bayreuth without spectators. What is your overall opinion of playing a game without fans?

I personally play basketball because I love the game. I would still play with no fans, but at the end of the day basketball is a spectators sport. The fans brings out the best in players.

What have you learned about these tough times that has made you stronger as a person?

I have learned that some of the things that I complain about are not worth it. People right now are fighting for their lives while I’m complaining about missing a jump shot.

Wil it be a big adjustment having to start 3 months earlier with workouts and basketball skill development? What will be the advantages and disadvantages of this?

I feel it is a huge advantage for me as I get to focus on my health more this offseason. The disadvantage is not knowing when your next basketball game is going to be.

How have you been staying in shape at home? Are there any special home work plan or exercises that you are doing to stay in shape and on the ball?

I have been sticking to a home workout plan to improve my strength. It has been kind of tough to get into basketball gyms so I’m just doing what I can right now.

The whole world economy is going to be affected including German basketball. How worried are you about the future of professional basketball. The next season will have many changes. How are you handling this mentally now not knowing what to expect?

My mindset is to be ready for whatever and whenever. I am still preparing as if we will be starting up in the fall.

If you had to name another player besides guys from Wurzburg that you have been in most contact via Social Media who would it be?

I wouldn’t just say it is one guy as Ive been trying to talk to a lot of my former teammates and upcoming teammates.

How has your approach to family changed since the outbreak of Corona? What things have you seen yourself do that you may not have done before?

I have realized to not take family time for granted. This pandemic has just put things in perspective that not every day is promised.

Congrats on a great rookie season in Germany in the pro B with Wurzburg. You had the second best record in the Pro B south and second best record overall. How would you summarize the team season best?

The word I would use is unity. I feel for the most part we played for each other and stuck together through tough times which made us a better team.

How much does it hurt that you weren’t able to really know how the season would have panned out in the playoffs? The club had lost 2 of the last 3 games to begin the playoffs. You stated to me in January that ‘I think we play very hard on defense which is always good but we can improve on our pick and roll defense. Once that is solved I feel the sky is the limit for this team’. How did the defense improve in the last months and was it tweaked for a strong playoffs?

Once the season started to wind down it was obvious we were already looking forward to the playoffs. I feel we would’ve been the most ready in the playoffs.

What was the secret to the success of the team. Obviously you and Rytis Pipiris were a huge part of the offense, but what was key for the German role players buying into the system?

Everyone understood their role on the team and it showed every game.

The team had many highs, but describe a bit how it was playing top ScanPlus Baskets twice within a week in December. You lost both games, but one 90-89. What memories do you have of that series 

During that series we weren’t completely healthy. So I think that played a huge part, but that was a solid basketball team.

Let’s talk about your teammates. You said this to me about Jonas Weitzel in January 2020. ‘Jonas has been great for us. You never have to worry about how hard he will play because he will always give 100%. He is also improving every day and I feel he has a very bright future’. How did he improve the most during the season?

A: I feel he improved the most on the defensive end. He is very talented on the offensive side but I saw him become better and better on the defensive side.

How much of a pleasure was it being teammates with Rytis Pipiris. You stated to me in January 2020 that you would love to have his athleticism. What one thing do you feel helped your game most having been able to run an offense with him?

Rytis was very unselfish. This made it easy to play with him as he was always looking to make the best play possible.

What was your impression of German point guard Nils Hassfurter? I really love his high energy game. You practiced with the BBL team Wurzburg. Does he have the game to become an impact player in the BBL?

Nils is a great guy who always brings 110% to practice everyday. Which I feel makes the team a lot better.

Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 21.7ppg), 4.9rpg, 4.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 88.2%. How content were you with your rookie season in Germany?

Personally I felt I could’ve did more. I am very happy with our team success though.

You had some very explosive games at the start, in the middle and at the end finishing strong. How would you describe your development throughout the season. How was Cameron Hunt a different player at the end than in September 2019?

I felt during the end of the season the game was slowing down for me as I was able to make better reads in the offense.

A hidden strength in your game is getting unusual blocks. You averaged 1,2bpg as a rookie. Please explain how you have continued to keep making the next step as being a very good shot blocker for your height?

A: I think shot blocking is more about timing than height. I feel I have very long arms for my height and use them to my advantage.

You had the opportunity to practice a lot with the BBL team s.Oliver Wurzburg. On what things do you still need to work on to be able to get a legitimate chance of playing at that level?

A: I feel I can be very successful if I just lock in defensively for a longer period of time. I feel I will make the adjustment smoothly.

s.Oliver Wurzburg had some good guards. What do you feel could you soak up most from ex Citadel (NCAA) great Cameron Wells the most? Back in the day he belonged to the best guards in his conference with Golden State Warrior Steph Curry.

My time spent with Cameron Wells I tried to ask as many questions as possible. He probably got sick of me at one point, but I just wanted to pick his brain about his career.

Who was the toughest player that you battled in the Pro B this season?

I wouldn’t say it was one player but the team of ScanPlus Baskets was a well put together ball club.

Luka Doncic had an amazing sophomore campaign. Is he a top 3 NBA player now?

I don’t think Luka is Top 3 yet. My top 3 is LeBron James, Kawhi Lenoard, and Kevin Durant.

Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. What kind of influence did he have on you during adolescence? 

I was in my living room in Germany and it hit pretty hard as he was my favorite player growing up.

How bitter is it that the NCAA March Madness has been canceled? This tournament for some kids is the greatest time of their lives. What advice would you give that senior who worked hard for 4 years and would have had his one and only chance now?

I would tell these kids that everything happens for a reason. There will always be more joys in life.

What was the last movie that you saw?

A: Office party

Thanks Cameron for the chat.

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