Cameron Gause is an American basketball player that is a point guard and grew up Tucson, Arizona. He has college experience with New Mexico State and Northern Colorado and professional experience in the ABA. He spoke to germanhoops.com before taking part at the 2021 Howard Hoops Combine.
Cameron thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is life treating you?
Hey Miles glad to talk to you again. I am currently in Los Angeles, California. Life has its ups and downs, and it’s a real grind right now. But God is good and things could always be worst so I try to stay positive and not complain too much.
Your taking part at your second Howard Hoops founded by Ronald Howard (181-PG-84, college: Mayville St.). Only this time it is called the Howard Hoops Combine. How excited are you to come back?
I am definitely very excited to be coming back, I have some un-finished business in regards to this so I’m definitely excited!.
What memories do you have from the Howard Hoops Tour in 2020? What positives did you gain from it?
I wasn’t actually able to make the 2020 trip due to Covid, problems with my passport and the death one of my younger brothers.
What are your goals at the Howard Hoops Combine in 2021 besides finding a job?
My Goals outside of landing a job is to network and build relationships, as well as enjoy Germany once again. Building relationships is very key in life and enjoying the moment is as well.
How tough was Covid-19 for you in the last year? Did you find a professional job?
Since I didn’t make the 2020 trip i stayed here in LA and played Semi Pro in the ABA on the weekends where I averaged 22ppg and have been training 5 days a week.
How do you feel has your game grown in the last year despite COVID-19?
I actually sustained 2 injuries right when covid started, a broken toe and a bone bruise on my other foot. So covid actually helped me rehab and get back to a high level. But I feel like my overall game has improved, with specific detail on my off hand, handle, and defense.
You have played semi-professionally in the ABA, but how much of a void do you believe has the non college experience been for professional teams?
I really didn’t want to play ABA for the risk of getting hurt but was convinced which turned out to be a good idea. But without an agent lobbying for me with the Professional teams, I haven’t had any contact with them so I wouldn’t say it’s a void. But if my college career would have gone as planned, or even if I had touched the floor just a bit. I know I wouldn’t be in this position
You practiced with New Mexico State in the 2016-2017. Despite not playing games what benefits did you get form this experience having the day to day opportunity to be in a competitive basketball environment?
All the guys on the team then except two or three I had been playing with from my previous time at New Mexico State so the main thing that was different was just seeing my improvement over time from my own work. Which really just boosted my confidence and let me know that I belong on the court with those guys. It also kept the dream alive for me, I was able to visualize the goal more clearer.
When head coach Paul Weir left a new coach came in and brought in new players and you were left in the cold. What were you able to soak up best in that year from head coach Paul Weir that you believe helped your game most?
I love coach P Weir, although it didn’t work out all the way how I wanted it to. He really gave me a great opportunity that year to earn a spot, which kept the dream alive. I enjoyed every single day, which really made that the best year in college for me! I remember he sent me this quote ‘ To pursue greatness, is to pursue maybe’ – John Bare. That really stuck with me and fueled my fire.
Let’s talk about your game. If you had to describe it to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I would say Quinn Cook,or Tyler Ulis with some flashes of other players.
Talk a bit about the strengths of your game and on what areas are you continuing to work on most in the lab to get better?
Strengths are quickness, ball handling, effort, passing, and I’ll say shooting because I’ve spent a lot of time this past year shooting and working on my shot.
What do you know in general about the country Germany and it’s basketball? What are you looking forward to most?
I don’t know anything to be honest. I’m looking forward to testing the work I’ve put in and my confidence level. As well as seeing a different part of the world and experiencing something new.
Please name your personal NBA Mount Rushmore. Which 4 heads old or present would you pick?
Kareem, MJ, Bron, Steph Curry. Even though I think Kobe is better than Lebron.
What is your personal opinion of the never ending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
I got go with MJ, maybe Lebron later.
How sad is it that Chris Paul didn’t win the NBA title? Where does his legacy stand now?
Haha to me it’s not that sad, growing up partially in Arizona I just couldn’t imagine the Suns winning this year so I wasn’t shocked. But I think his legacy is still stamped, he will be in the HOF one day and can potentially still win a title so it will be all good for him.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Suicide Squad.Thanks Cameron for the chat.