| Bill Borekambi - I understand what it takes to be professional- Jan.23, 2015 (by Iurii)|
Bill Borekambi(199-PF-92, college: Sequoias CC) is one of the most exciting players in the Pro A averaging 13.5 ppg, 7 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.6 spg. The Cuxhaven BasCat spoke to eurobasket after last week's overtime loss against Science City Jena.Bill, thanks for taking your time. After your breakout season in the Pro B last year you are currently playing for the Cuxhaven BasCats in the Pro A. How difficult was the transition for you? The transition from Pro B to Pro A was pretty much what I... [read more]
Bill Borekambi (199-PF-92, college: Sequoias CC) is one of the most exciting players in the Pro A averaging 13.5 ppg, 7 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.6 spg. The Cuxhaven BasCat spoke to eurobasket after last week's overtime loss against Science City Jena.
Bill, thanks for taking your time. After your breakout season in the Pro B last year you are currently playing for the Cuxhaven BasCats in the Pro A. How difficult was the transition for you?
The transition from Pro B to Pro A was pretty much what I expected. The quality of the Go-To players is higher and generally every team has a few import players that could potentially dominate a game. Most teams in the Pro A also have true Centers to control the paint and the league is way more athletic and physical. The intensity of the league is definitely higher as well. Every game matters. For example, playing in the Rasta-Dome in front of 3000 crazy fans was something I had not experienced last year. These are all reasons I wanted to step up from the Pro B this season and I am very happy that Coach Plendiskis and Coach Moris gave me the chance.
After 18 Games your team is currently the last seed. What is your take on the current situation?
We have 12 games remaining in the season. It would have been easy to give up a few weeks ago, but giving up is not an option. The team's management has been working very hard and were able to strengthen our roster with two new players. We practice hard and everyone is focused on doing their best. The last few games we have pretty much been a new team and we want to become even better.
Do you feel the new additions will make it possible for the BasCats to hold the league?
Both players are big additions! We really needed a PG who was able to control the game together with Aaron and Brandon does that and more. He is very aggressive and plays with heart. That is what we needed in order to compete with good teams like Jena. Dwight gives us added strength and size under the basket. Staying in the Pro A will be very hard but we will fight to the end.
You are currently averaging 13,5 PTS and 7 REBS - How does it feel to be the highest scoring German in the league?
The Pro A is a tough league and I am proud to hold my own against this level of competition. But it's a team sport, I play with heart every game to win with my team. I care more about winning than I care for my stats. I will just continue to play hard and do my best to win.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned over the last two seasons?
The last two seasons have really helped me mature as a player and a person. I realized last year that I need to focus on myself and my career if I really want to play at the highest level. I have made mistakes in the past but I was able to learn from them. That was my most valuable lesson. Now I understand what it takes to be professional. I will focus on my goal and stay on the right path.
Do you have any goals for the remainder of the season?
The main goal is for our team to stay in the Pro A. We need to compete at the highest level every game we play. Some teams are very strong and will make it very hard for us. If we can contest these teams, win or lose, we will become better and have a good chance against other opponents.
Any personal goals?
My personal goal is to continue my level of intensity and improve my shooting. Coach Moris is pushing me every day and trusts me to shoot from outside. I have been consistently working on my shot since last summer. No matter how many hundreds of shots I take every day, I would not be able to improve without Coach's support. That's why I come to the gym with Jeramie (team mate) before practice or stay after practice to get up extra shots. I am aiming to be a Small Forward with an inside game, not an undersized Power Forward.
Where do you see yourself in three years?
If I continue working hard and staying on the path I am, I see myself playing at the highest level in Germany. I love basketball and I want to be the best player I can be. There are some very good programs in the BBL. I hope that I will be able to impress one of them and get a chance to join a team that sees the necessary potential in me. That is why I stay focused and work hard every day. I want to achieve my goal.
Thank you for the interview Bill. We wish you all the best for the remaining season and your career.