5 June 1974 |
Tokoroa, New Zealand
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|Position||Power forward / Small forward|
|1995–1996||Ipoh Red Eagles|
|2003–2005||New Zealand Breakers|
|2007–2010||Gold Coast Blaze|
|2011–2012||Gold Coast Blaze (asst.)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Sean Pero MacPherson Cameron MNZM (born 5 June 1974) is a New Zealand former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Wellington Saints of the National Basketball League (NZNBL). He previous captained the New Zealand national basketball team from 2000 to 2010.
New Zealand NBL
In 1992, Cameron began playing in the New Zealand National Basketball League for the Waikato Warriors. He went on to win 11 championships (the most in New Zealand NBL history – nine as a player, two as a coach), and made the league's all-star five seven times, won the MVP award five times and Coach of the Year in his first year as head coach of the Wellington Saints.
|NBL Championships (as player):||9 — Auckland (1995–1997, 1999, 2000), Waikato (2001, 2002, 2008, 2009)|
|NBL Championships (as coach):||2 — Wellington (2010, 2011)|
|NBL Rookie of the Year:||1992|
|NBL All-Star Five:||1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001|
|Kiwi MVP:||1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999|
|Outstanding NZ Forward:||1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999|
|Coach of the Year:||2010|
Pero has played professionally in:
- Malaysia for the Ipoh Red Eagles, 1995–1996,
- Cheshire Jets in the British Basketball League from 1999–2003, winning all 4 major trophies in the 2001/2002 season.
- New Zealand Breakers 2003-2005.
- Banvitspor Turkey 2005-2007.
- Mahram, Tehran, Iran 2007.
- Gold Coast Blaze, Australia 2007-2010
NZ national team
Cameron was first selected for the Tall Blacks in 1992. In 2000, for the Sydney Olympics he became co-captain of the side, and was elevated to sole captain the following year. Arguably his most memorable moment as captain of the NZ Team came in 2002 when the national team stunned the basketball world by making the semi finals of the 2002 FIBA World Championship eventually losing to Germany for 4th place.
In the tournament Cameron averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in the tournament, and became the only non-NBA player to make the all-tournament team. He was joined on this team by established NBA superstars Dirk Nowitzki and Peja Stojakovic and NBA rookies-to-be Yao Ming and Manu Ginóbili.
He has played in 2 Olympic Games: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and 3 World Championships: 2002, 2006, 2010.
Pero is married and has 3 children. His Mother, Mata, is an ex New Zealand representative and current coach of New Zealand age groups. Sister, Jody is a former NZ Tall Fern, and represented NZ at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. Brother, Raymond is a former Waikato Titans/Pistons player of the NZNBL. Sisters, Jeannie and Zeta are also former New Zealand Basketball Junior representatives.
- Commonwealth Games Silver Medal - 2006
- Sparc Leadership Award - 2003
- World Championship Tournament Team - 2002
- Maori Sportsman of the Year - 2002
- Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to basketball - 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours.