Ty Nurse is a 24 year old 185cm point guard from Vancouver, Canada that will commence on his professional basketball career this season in Germany with the Pro A team Finke Baskets Paderborn. He played at Midland CC (JUCO) from 2009 until 2011. He then transferd to Texas Tech (NCAA) where he played from 2011-2013. He didn´t play last season, but kept in shape waiting for a chance and now has received it from the Finke Baskets. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Ty thanks for talking to German Hoops. Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?
Thanks for having me. I’m in Vancouver right now, it’s good Vancouver always really nice in summer time but at the same time I’ve had a business approach so just been working hard.
The basketball God has been very good to Josh Bone who graduated in 2012 from Tennessee and a few days ago found a job in Germany and you had finished at Texas Tech and you also have found a team with Paderborn. How blessed do you feel at the moment?
I feel very humbled and fortunate for the opportunity but at the same time I always look at the glass half empty and want more.
How tough was it in the last year just going about your daily routine, looking looking and looking for a team and not finding one? Did you ever doubt yourself? Besides family and close friends was there any particular person that really helped you get through this phase?
It was very tough, a lot of sleepless nights, but it only made me stronger, didn’t feel sorry for myself, I weathered the storm and now feel that if I can make it through that especially with what I had to deal with the year before as well I can make it through anything. I confidently believe in myself and my heart feels stronger than ever. I was disciplined and stuck to the script day in day out on court workouts, hills, weights. I have a close group if friends who were definitely there for me and just had my back. They helped get my mind off basketball when necessary.
What really sold you on the club Finke Baskets Paderborn? Did you talk to head coach Uli Nachster? What was your first impression of him?
Seemed like a great situation, first year head coach so he has a chip on his shoulder to prove something I’m a rookie that nobody wanted so I got a chip on my shoulder too. He likes my style and wants me to just do what I do and that’s be a floor general. My first impression of him, I just thought he was meticulous, because a lot of teams didn’t think I could play but he looked at game tape and saw I would fit in well, didn’t look at one bad year and was open minded unlike a lot of coaches, the proof is in the pudding and I’m just happy to be here, and to play for Uli Nachster.
With the Vancouver Grizzlies organization having folded a long time ago there, Vancouver had its hockey and Canucks as number one sport again. What was it like growing up in a hockey town? How did you come to playing basketball?
Hockey is huge out here, I’m forced through watching sports highlights on TV to be familiar with many hockey players and how the season is going for certain teams, however basketball is growing rapidly and players in Canada are starting to flood in college basketball in America and starting to break through into NBA as well. Soon the Canada national team will be made up of only NBA players. I started when I was 4. Went to a local basketball camp at a community center that was run by Mel Davis a former Harlem Globetrotter and just have been playing ever since
Before going to Texas Tech, you played at Midland CC (JUCO). There you had solid stats and led the team to a 31-4 record and to the NJCAA final. How important had head coach Ross Hodge been in your two year development which helped you make the step to Texas Tech?
Ross Hodge was a very hungry coach and he ran our practices like a top US college, he recruited very good players to that junior college so we had very competitive practices which made us all better every day and still to this day have a good relationship with him nothing but respect for him.
As a junior at Texas Tech, you played 30 games averaging 8.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 90.2%. You obviously were able to make the jump from JUCO to the NCAA. But when you look back on your junior year, what was your wake up call to the NCAA where you realized ok now I am actually playing at the best college level.
Watching Thomas Robinson warm up, or watching scouting film on Royce White, having to guard Tyshawn Taylor, every night in big time atmospheres there are pro’s on the court
You are a very good free throw shooter and connected on 55 of 61 attempts in your junior year. You weren´t listed at the top at 90% because you didn´t have the needed 2,5 attempts per game. Was this the stat that you were most proud of as a junior?
Just mostly proud of getting the experience of starting and playing 30+mins in the big 12 it was big for my development
You scored in double figures 13 times as a junior and also had seven assists against Oklahoma. What do you remember most from this solid game against Oklahoma?
Everyone was playing well, we just put a complete game together.
As a junior you had Billy Gillipse as head coach. But as a senior he had left and prompt your minutes fell. How difficult was your senior year and do you think it was a reason for you having difficultly finding a professional team in the 2013-2014 campaign?
It was very difficult, overwhelming, not just the minutes but how it was done but it’s ok I have moved on and the future is looking bright. Yes that is a big reason.
You played at the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Formosa (Argentina) in 2008 playing 5 games: 4.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg. What memories do you have from this experience?
Argentina was amazing. Seeing Juan Fernandez win over America in front of their passionate fans was just cool to see, it was one of my first international experiences. This was all new to me I was observing all the different styles / flavors of all the South American countries just really cool to see. And We (Canada) brought home a bronze medal so it was a good trip. But getting to see Argentina as well was amazing it’s a great place and whenever you can put your country on your chest it’s amazing
How does a normal summer work out day look like for you in 2014 on and off the court?
It’s hard to find gyms during the day sometimes in Vancouver they become full so I wake up around 5am five days a week, doing an early morning court workout. Then sometimes I will do a second court workout. Then I always mix in running hills and weights depending on how body feels and how many court workouts I did that day.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Blackfish documentary on netflix.
Thanks Ty fort the chat