Sean Pero MacPherson Cameron basketball coach and former professional basketball player. A FIBA Hall of Fame member, he captained the New Zealand Tall Blacks from 2000 to 2010, helping lead New Zealand to the semifinal of the 2002 FIBA World Championship, earning an All-Tournament Team selection in the process.(born 5 June 1974) is a New Zealand
Cameron in 2019
|New Zealand Tall Blacks|
|Born||5 June 1974|
Tokoroa, New Zealand
|Listed height||200 cm (6 ft 7 in)|
|Listed weight||130 kg (287 lb)|
|High school||Whangarei Boys' High School|
|1995–1996||Ipoh Red Eagles|
|2003–2005||New Zealand Breakers|
|2007–2010||Gold Coast Blaze|
|2011–2019||New Zealand Tall Blacks (asst.)|
|2011–2012||Gold Coast Blaze (asst.)|
|2016–2017||Gold Coast Rollers|
|2019–present||New Zealand Tall Blacks|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
|FIBA Hall of Fame as player|
New Zealand NBLEdit
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Cameron played for Mobil Marters Northland in the Conference Basketball League (CBL) where he won a championship in 1991. 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 Kiwi 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 Rebels.
|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 Kiwi Forward:||1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999|
|Coach of the Year:||2010|
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.
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 of Turkey in 2005–06, and half a season playing for Mahram Tehran of Iran in 2007.
National team careerEdit
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 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.
In June 2011, Cameron was named an assistant coach of the Tall Blacks.
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. 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.
Cameron and his wife, Jennelle have three children. His mother, Mata, is an ex-New Zealand representative and current coach of New Zealand age groups. His father is Scottish. His sister, Jody, is a former Tall Fern, and represented New Zealand at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. Jody is the current coach of the New Zealand Junior Tall Ferns. His brother, Ray, is a former Waikato Titans/Pistons player. His other sisters, Jeannie and Zeta, are also former New Zealand Basketball Junior representatives. His sons, Tobias and Flynn, were part of the NZ Junior Tall Blacks team that competed at the 2017 U19 FIBA World Championships in Cairo, Egypt.
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- Jeffries, Rob (15 June 2011). "Basketball: Former Jets skipper Pero Cameron honoured by Queen". ChesterChronicle.co.uk. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
- Worthington, Sam (16 June 2011). "Pero Cameron gets Tall Blacks promotion". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 29 January 2015.