Cameron Hunt (192-G-1997, college: Southwestern, KS) is a 24 year old 192cm guard from Duncanville, Texas playing his third professional season and second with s.Oliver Wurzburg. Last season he averaged 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT-8 (96.6%). He played his rookie season with TG 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 began his basketball career at Duncanville High School and then played 4 years and 137 NAIA games for Southwestern College KS and averaged an overwhelming 31.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.8apg, FGP: 50.7%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 88.6% as a senior. He spoke to germanhoops.com after the massive 69-61 win over the Fraport Skyliners.
Thanks Cameron for talking to germanhoops.com. Congrats on the big 69-61 win against the Fraport Skyliners. Is it sometimes easier to go into the second game in a season after having lost a tight first game?
We didn’t try to think about the first game coming into this game. We are a different team than the first game. We are more confident now.
It’s always great beating FC Bayern Munich, but seriously was the win last weekend against Crailsheim the biggest of the season considering where you are in the standings?
I think so. We are a team that is fighting to remain in the league. So to be able to get a win against a playoff team like Crailsheim was huge.
The first quarter against Frankfurt was tight in the early going, but Wurzburg got away in the last minutes. How valuable is it to be able to get vital support from Germans like Felix Hoffman and Julius Boehmer?
It’s big time getting that kind of production from them. They know their roles very well. Felix does a great job defending, rebounding and getting the 50/50 balls. Julius is still a young player, but he is playing with a lot of poise.
In the second quarter Wurzburg was able to get away. Was sharing the ball and just be unselfish a good recipe to success?
Yes for sure. We have some guys that can really score the ball. If we share the ball well, then we will have a good result.
Wurzburg did a good job on Will Cherry in the first half. Are the Fraport Skyliners too dependent on the ex NBA player?
Yes. He was our main focus. They look for him. We made sure to key in on him. We protected the paint more, because they don’t have shooters.
In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners were able to step up their game closing out the quarter with a 11-5 run to trail only 54-45. What was key for them to get back into the game. The new guy Marcel Ponitka gave them some needed energy.
He made some key plays. Their energy got them back into the game, but we did a good job weathering the storm.
Guard Charles Callison gave the team big spark in the first minutes to preserve the lead. What has it been like playing with him? You guys harmonize well together on the court.
I love to play with him. He is a guard that likes to attack and takes a lot of pressure off me. He is still new in the league and learning but he’s been great.
Wurzburg was up by 13 and seemed to have win in the bag, but Frankfurt made one last 7-0 run. Were you guys too sure about the win?
We were too relaxed at the end. Frankfurt is fighting for their lives and just made the game closer than what it needed to be.
The Fraport Skyliners and Giessen now are the two main teams to move down. What was your impression of Frankfurt? Have they stagnated since they beat you the first time?
I think that Frankfurt was better the first time around. Jamel Mclean is a big part of their offense now. Their lack of shooting is really hurting them. Everybody key’s in on their drives. The mentality is also playing a big part as it has for us. I can only imagine what they are going through.
How good was it beating MVP candidate TJ Shorts? Were you extra motivated to play against him and win?
We were really ready to go against them. We felt like we could of beta them in the cup game. Shorts is the heart of the team.
It’s been a very tough season for s.Oliver Wurzburg. You suffered a brutal 12 game losing streak that put you in the cellar. Had you ever suffered a long losing streak like that in your career?
No I have never experienced a losing streak like that ever. Once you get 6 or 7 loses in a row, you get the feeling that it is impossible to win again. Now we are starting to taste winning again. We feel like we have quality now. We want more.
The team is a lot better than it’s record. You lost six games by 5 or less points. How can one explain crunch-time blues on a team that has so much experience?
I think our biggest weakness this season has been crunch-time. You saw it again tonight against Frankfurt. We were up 12-14 points and let them cut it down to 5 points in 2 minutes. We need to lock in more during crunch-time.
What kind of an experience has it been playing with Alex King? You were 7 years old when he already won a BBL title?
We actually talked about that today him winning the BBL title. That puts in perspective just how long he has been around. He has been very helpful for the young players. He helps us through tough situations from how he experienced it.
What has it been like playing with a guy like Aussie Craig Moeller. What advantages does he give your game most on the court?
He spreads the floor. He is also very smart and has a great basketball mind. He is always positive and never negative. He really helps us.
Your having another very solid season showing that NAIA players can be very good players in a top 5 league in Germany. What has been the biggest challenge for you in your second BBL season? I guess teams know you better now?
Yes that has been the biggest challenge for me this season. Teams have a better scouting report on me. I watch more film this season so I can trick the opponent or to see how I can get to my spots better or how I can run the offense better.
What steps do you need to make so that you can make the next step as a player? I have noticed in many of the games this season where you didn’t score in double figures, you didn’t take as many shots as usual. Is aggressiveness an up and down in your game?
I think the biggest thing I need to do is just be more consistent. I have had big scoring games and then other games where I was less aggressive. I also have had games where I got into foul trouble because of ticky tack fouls. I need to be consistently aggressive.
Is becoming more of a facilitator and upping your assists a goal for you? How much of a challenge is it at the moment for you improving as a playmaker in a top league?
My coach has been challenging more to work on my facilitating. He says that if I can facilitate better then I can be unguardable . I have been focusing on that more lately.
Did you see the sequel to the classic Coming To America? Shouldn’t they just have left it alone?
Yes for sure. They should of just kept it a classic.
Thanks Cameron for the chat.