Kevin Yebo (207-PF-96) is a 25 year old 203cm forward that played the 2020-2021 season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (ProA) playing 19 games averaging 9.6ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 63.6%, 3PT: 27.6%, FT: 66.7%. In the 2019-2020 season he played with the easyCredit BBL team Hamburg Towers averaging 3,7ppg and 2,8rpg. He scored in double figures in 2 games with 14 points against MBC and 10 points against Ludwigsburg.. He began his basketball career with SG Sechtem 1971 (Germany-Regionalliga). He had his break out season with the EVL Baskets Limburg (Regionalliga) in the second half of the 2015-2016 season playing 17 games averaging 14.1ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 65.6%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 69.4%. He made another step with EVL Baskets Limburg (Regionalliga) in 2016-2017 playing 26 games averaging 16.5ppg, Reb-3 (11.0rpg), 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 61.5%, 3PT: 25.4%, FT: 61.7%. In 2017-2018 he made the jump to the Pro A with Team Ehingen Urspring (ProA) playing 30 games averaging 10.9ppg, Reb-3 (7.4rpg), 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 26.9%, FT: 77.5%. In his second season with Team Ehingen he matured further playing 33 games averaging 15.2ppg, Reb-1 (9.5rpg), 1.6apg, FGP: 61.6%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 65.3%. He spoke to germanhoops.com about basketball.
Kevin thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
I’m in Bremerhaven at the moment and I got to be in quarantine for one more week because the last team we played had some corona issues so we got to be quarantined too. Basketball is treating me great like always. I’m blessed.
Before we talk about basketball, I have to ask you about how you personally survived COVID-19 in the last season. What was most challenging for during these hard times on and off the court?
I personally survived corona pretty good. This season was really tough to be honest. We had to be in quarantine three times and it’s always a little bit tough to find back to the rhythm. To play without Fans is really sad too to me because I’m a emotional player and the fans always give me that extra push.
With everything that you have experienced off the court in the last year how do you feel did COVID-19 make you stronger as a man?
It made me stronger for sure. It showed me that everything can go how you didn’t expect it but that I am strong enough to fight through it and make the best I can do out of everything I am getting.
You couldn’t finish last season with Hamburg due to COVID-19 and this season also was ended by COVID-19. How tough was ending the season abruptly again and was it tougher than last season?
Both wasn’t that tough to me. I think everything is happening for a reason, so I’m looking pretty calm on the whole situation.
The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven played a super season in the Pro A. With all the success that the club had, how can one honestly rate this season when there were so many road blocks getting in the way of really being able to prepare and play at 100%?
I am really proud of the team how every player that stayed to the end fought. I think everybody learned something from this season and will be better for next season for sure.
The club started off strong with a five game winning streak, then had a little lull having a 3-5 record, but then finished strong winning 11 of 12 games. Talk about what was special about the team this season?
The best thing about the team was that we had guys that fought through this season. We had some real fighters. After everything we went through this season (Corona, teammates which left the team ect.)
The club was up and down in the playoffs losing two tight games to Heidelberg and Kirchheim, but then showing class beating the feisty wiha Panthers twice. Was the club physically at the limit in the playoffs?
We still fought till the end. In the playoffs we just weren’t good enough and to be honest we couldn’t fix the issue we had with the referees.
With all the drama that happened this season in the pro A how do you summarize the season and what were the positives from the season?
Like I said I think everybody learned something from this season and everybody can be proud of themselves.
Let’s talk about your teammates. How much of a pleasure was it playing with American Trey Davis who had been close to the NBA? Where do you see his journey going in the future?
It was nice to play with Trey. I really appreciate him especially for all after what he’s done for us.
What was it like having fellow German Max Ugrai as a teammate. How beneficial were the daily battles in practice with him?
Max is a great player and even better teammate. To have him as the captain was very beneficial for us and I really learned a lot playing against him and see him playing.
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 9,6ppg and 4,7rpg. How content were you with your season?
My season was alright. I had to fight with some little injuries and this season with corona was really weird, but I fought through it and I think I can be proud of me.
How instrumental do you feel was your experience having played in the easyCredit BBL? How do you feel did your game grow there ?
The BBL experience really changed my game and showed me that consistency and discipline is one of the most important things everybody should add to their game.
You have stated in the last years that you continue to work on your shot. You continue to shoot at a high percentage from the two point range, but shot only 27% from outside. What has been the most difficult thing about getting consistency from outside?
I think I can be a solid shooter but I need to work on getting my shoot more consistent. I think when I can get 2 or 3 looks from outside per game that this will change my percentage and my game for sure.
stated to me before you went to Hamburg that if your shot gets more consistent, your ball handling gets more secure, your decision making gets faster and my body gets a little bit stronger and more powerful, you could really can be a good modern forward. How do you feel did you grow as a player this season in the Pro A?
I grew for sure this season, but I think the most important think I learned was that I am able to go through everything that basketball life throws at me.
Who was the toughest player that you faced in the pro A this season?
It’s always tough to play against Shy Eli because he is so all rounded skilled.
On what areas of your game will you be working on most this summer to continue to improve your game?
I will work on my shoot and my body the most. To be honest I will work on everything In my game like always.
What is the next step for you? Do you see yourself remaining another season in the Pro A for grooming or do you feel that your ready for another easyCredit BBL attempt?
I think I am ready for the BBL for sure. So my plan is to be a part of a BBL team in the future.
Chris Paul recently passed Magic Johnson for fifth all-time in assists. Where do you rank him with the best point guards all-time despite never having won a ring?
He is one of the greatest PG’s in the game. Despite he isn’t that fast or athletic as other guards, how he’s is reading the game and how controlled his game is, is very inspirational.
Dino Radja recently said he couldn’t see Russell Westbrook leading a team in Europe to success. Do you agree?
I think there are a lot of players in the NBA that couldn’t lead teams in Europe to success. First of all it’s never just one player which is making the difference and second European basketball is different than the basketball in the NBA. I think we still got to appreciate what Russ is doing. He will go down as one of the best player in NBA history and that is a fact.
Draymond Green recently said he is the best defender of all-time. Do you agree?
Hell nah he is not even top 3.
Have you seen the Coming to America sequel? It has had mixed reviews. Shouldn’t they just have left it alone?
I have seen it. It was alright lol. I think it was a good thing and that we have to push the black community more.
Thanks Kevin for the chat.