Matt Milon is a 25 year old 196cm guard from Oviedo, Florida playing his second professional season and first with CSM Galati (Romania-Liga Nationala) currently averaging 12,8ppg, 3,9rpg, 1,0apg and 1,4spg.. He played his rookie season with the Starwings Basket Regio Basel (Switzerland-SBL) playing 30 games averaging 12.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 80.0%. He played in the NCAA from 2015-2020 playing a total of 129 NCAA games for three schools named Boston College, William & Mary and the University of Central Florida. He spoke to germanhoops.com at the start of the 2021-2022 season about his basketball career.
Before we talk about basketball, I have to ask you about how you experienced COVID? You were a senior at Central Florida and as a rookie were in Switzerland. What was the most challenging thing that you had to take on with COVID?
The hardest part was having my college career end so suddenly because of COVID. The second hardest part was playing games last year quickly after quarantines and without fans.
With everything that you experienced during COVID off the court how do you feel did it make you stronger as a man?
I feel that what I had to deal with as a rookie and then adding COVID on top of that made it a challenging season. It was very hard not to see family or friends for 10 months because of the virus.
I recently interviewed your ex teammate at William & Mary David Cohn. He said he beat you always in one on one. Please set the story straight. Was it that way?
Dave is a very good player so we had very competitive games, but it was not one sided!
What memories do you have of David Cohn at William & Mary? How much did you appreciate his play as a point guard?
I had my best shooting season at William and Mary because of Dave. He was always looking for me to get me easy shots. He made the game easier for everyone.
Your playing your second professional season with CSM Galati (Romania-Liga Nationala).What have you learned to appreciate most about the basketball and country so far?
I have only been here for a week but the people are very nice and the league is also a great challenge as a player.
After a very solid rookie season in Switzerland what are your main goals with your personal game besides winning?
Aside from team success, individually I want to play at the highest levels of basketball in Europe.
Last season as a rookie you played with the Starwings Basket Regio Basel (Switzerland-SBL) playing 30 games averaging 12.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 80.0%. What do you remember being your wake up call to being overseas where you knew that you were very far away from home?
The first time I felt very far away from home was during the holidays and I could not go home and my family could not visit either. That was challenging because family is important to me.
You reached the SBL finals losing to Fribourg. What will you always remember from the final where you were playing for your first professional title?
That experience was nice to have in my first season. I remember watching them celebrate and using that as motivation. I hope to have many more trips to the finals and win the next time!
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 196cm guard. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I like to watch Joe Harris and JJ Redick. I’m working to get better with the ball like Dragic who is a lefty.
Your very good shooting stands out. What other vital aspects does your game incorporate?
I think whenever I am on the court the offense becomes better because of the attention the defense has to give to me not to shoot. I can cut well and finish at the basket.
On what area’s of your game are you working on most now to continue to improve your game?
I always work on my shooting because that is my best skill. But I have worked on my handle and playing more with the ball. I am also paying attention to defense.
You played at three schools Boston College, William & Mary and Central Florida. Do you ever wonder what type pf player you would be today had you played at BC for four years?
I don’t think about that very often because I was not happy at BC. I had two good seasons at William and Mary and got better.
How much do you feel did your game profit from playing at three schools. Please describe what was most vital that you got from each school?
At BC, I found my shooting translated to a higher level than high school. At William and Mary, I became a better overall player with freedom. At UCF, I had to adapt to a specific role and overcome adversity.
You played your freshman year at Boston College. You played 30 games averaging 5.4ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 49.4%. You played against the best basketball schools in the NCAA including North Carolina twice and Duke once. Was the bitter 68-65 loss to North Carolina one of those games that you will always remember?
I remember it because we were so close to beating them. I hit a three near the end of the game but it was too little too late. I remember our game against Syracuse more when I scored 25 points and they went to the final four that year.
Against Duke you played against many future NBA players like Brandon Ingram and Grayson Allen to name a few. Did Ingram already give that impression that he could become a very good NBA player?
Yes, you could tell that he was going to be a really good player.
You then played at William & Mary for two years putting up solid stats averaging 12 and 13 points per game. How do you feel did your game grow in this time?
I played with great teammates and a coach who valued what I did on the court. I also grew as a man and got a great education.
Where do you rate your 27 points and 6 three’s in the thrilling 86-84 win over Charleston in your best games in the NCAA?
It is up there. I had some good games at William and Mary that I think back at sometimes and that was one of them because my mom came to see me for the game on her birthday.
What were the main reasons for making one more change of scenery at Central Florida and what positives did you get out of it?
I left William and Mary because our coach, Tony Shaver, was fired. I wouldn’t have left if that had not happened. I graduated and had one season left of eligibility. My parents work at UCF and it seemed like a great situation. I learned from that one season at UCF that I can overcome hard times and adapt to anything.
How did head coach Johnny Dawkins help groom and prepare you best for a professional career?
The lessons I learned from Coach Dawkins I still use today. He played in the NBA for a long time and has coached so many good players. He is the best coach I have played for with how he is able to mentor and share his knowledge.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Frank Bertz?
It’s crazy but I don’t think Frank and I ever played a full game of one on one against each other actually.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that went to the NBA?
Malcolm Brogdon at UVA. He was ACC player of the year and defensive player of the year.
Please name your five best teammates of all-time?
Nathan Knight, Jerome Robinson, Justin Pierce, Andy Van Vliet, Dave Cohn
Please construct your personal own NBA Mount Rushmore of past or present heads?
Jordan, LeBron, Kevin Durant, Kareem
What is your personal opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
I‘ve found it’s the unpopular opinion in Europe but I am a Lebron guy.
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they just have left it alone?
I have not seen it but the first movie was good!
Thanks Matt for the chat.