Pero Cameron

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Pero Cameron
Wellington Saints
Position Head coach
League NZNBL
Personal information
Born (1974-06-05) 5 June 1974 (age 41)
Tokoroa, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school Whangarei Boys'
(Whangarei, New Zealand)
Pro career 1992–2010
Position Power forward / Small forward
Career history
As player:
1992–1993 Waikato Warriors
1994–2000 Auckland Stars
1995–1996 Ipoh Red Eagles
1999–2003 Chester Jets
2001–2009 Waikato Titans/Pistons
2003–2005 New Zealand Breakers
2005–2006 Banvit
2007 Mahram
2007–2010 Gold Coast Blaze
As coach:
2010–2013 Wellington Saints
2011–2012 Gold Coast Blaze (asst.)
2014 Waikato Pistons
2015–present Wellington Saints
Career highlights and awards

As player:

  • 9x NZNBL champion (1995–1997, 1999–2002, 2008, 2009)
  • BBL champion (2002)

As coach:

  • 2x NZNBL champion (2010, 2011)
  • NZNBL Coach of the Year (2010)

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.

Professional career[edit]

New Zealand NBL[edit]

In the late 1980s and early 90s, Cameron played for Mobil Marters Northland in the Conference Basketball League (CBL) where he won a championship in 1991.[1] 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), made the league's all-star five seven times, and won the MVP award five times. During his career, he played for 11 seasons for the Waikato franchise (played under all three names – Warriors, Titans and Pistons) and seven seasons for the Auckland Stars.

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
Outstanding Forward: 1998
Rebound Champion: 1993
Coach of the Year: 2010

Australian NBL[edit]

Cameron played five seasons in the Australian National Basketball League, two for the New Zealand Breakers and three for the Gold Coast Blaze. He played for both clubs in their respective inaugural seasons (Breakers in 2003–04 and Blaze in 2007–08). In a total of 130 ANBL games, he averaged 8.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.[2]

Overseas[edit]

Cameron played six and a half seasons overseas; one for the Ipoh Red Eagles of Malaysia in 1995–96, four for the Chester Jets of England, one for Banvit B.K. of Turkey in 2005–06, and half a season playing for Mahram Tehran BC of Iran in 2007.

Coaching career[edit]

Cameron began his coaching career with the Wellington Saints in 2010, going on to lead the club to a sixth NBL championship and winning the Coach of the Year award in his first year. He led the Saints to a second consecutive championship in 2011 and subsequently joined the Gold Coast Blaze's coaching staff as an assistant in 2011–12.

After two more seasons as the Saints' head coach, Cameron joined his beloved Waikato Pistons as the team's head coach/player development manager for the 2014 season.[3] However, in November 2014, the Pistons pulled out of the 2015 season due to financial reasons and he subsequently returned to the Saints head coaching position on a one-year deal on 14 January 2015.[4]

In June 2011, Cameron was named an assistant coach of the Tall Blacks.[5]

International career[edit]

Cameron was first selected for the Tall Blacks in 1994. 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 Tall Blacks came in 2002 when the team stunned the basketball world by making the semi-finals of the 2002 FIBA World Championship, eventually losing to Germany for fourth place. In the tournament, Cameron averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game 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 Stojaković and NBA rookies-to-be Yao Ming and Manu Ginóbili.

Cameron retired from international duties having played in two Olympic Games (Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004) and three World Championships (2002, 2006 and 2010).

Personal[edit]

Cameron and his wife, Jennelle have three children.[6] His mother, Mata, is an ex-New Zealand representative and current coach of New Zealand age groups. His father is Scottish.[7][8] His sister, Jody, is a former Tall Fern, and represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. His brother, Raymond is a former Waikato Titans/Pistons player as well. His other sisters, Jeannie and Zeta, are also former New Zealand Basketball Junior representatives.

Honours[edit]

  • Commonwealth Games Silver Medal – 2006
  • Sparc Leadership Award – 2003
  • World Championship All-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.[9]

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