Terry Thomas is a 193cm forward from Canada that is a professional rookie and playing his first season in Germany with Pro A team Hamburg Towers. He started his basketball career in 2010 with : St.Francis Xavier (CIS) where he played until 20103. He ten moved on tot he University of Ottawa (CIS) an das a senior played 19 games: Score-4(21.4ppg), 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-3(2.4spg), FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 70.6%. He spoke to German Hoops recently before the start of the season.
Terry thanks for talking to German Hoops. You will be playing your rookie season in Germany with the Hamburg Towers. How was your first offseason market test? You had a strong last season with Ottawa(CIS). Did you get many offers?
I’ve gotten a few but my agent and I felt this would be the best choice for my rookie season playing for the Hamburg Towers.
What were the main reasons for coming tot he Hamburg Towers? What sold you on this new organization where you will be part of history?When did you find out that Pascal Roller and Marvin Willoughby played with NBA superstar Dirk Nowitzki and are German basketball legend themselves?
I really liked the coach and my agent has a good relationship with him so is was a easy choice also hearing about the famous Pascal and Marvin was a choice I couldn’t turn down
You have been in Hamburg now almost two monthes. How have you got adjusted to the German way of life and what do you like most about Hamburg?
Hamburg is a beautiful city and I have been just working out and touring around the city with some of the players i’m loving my time here i’ve been slowly learning a bit of German too.
What has been your early impression oft he Hamburg Towers? The team has a young and ambitious head coach and will play with many German players and young imports.
Its been a great experience for me since I have been here and our team looks very strong and playing well together. Our head coach Hamed is very hands on and a great teacher so i’m learning a lot everyday i’m feeling really good about the season.
Winning the Mcdonalds Cup may not stack up to winning an Atlantic division or OUA title, but how important wa sit winning this title so early in the preseason for this new organization?
Its always good to win but the main focus was working together and learning and playing as a unit for tougher teams and staying mentally ready
You were a scorer in school and will have a side kick with American Will Barnes who also can put the ball in the hole. What will be your role on the team besides making high flying athletic flights tot he basket?
Will Barnes is a great leader and player and I can play around other players and also my main focus will be defense as I take a lot of pride in that.
What has been your early impression of Andres Murillo who played at Biola and hast he American/German citzenship? How will he help the team most?
Andres is a very strong player and has good post moves and just like me we are both learning a lot and changing our games to better the team and he’s been teaching me some German from time to time
You played two full seasons for St.Francis Xavier (CIS) and then due to a violation of team policy saw you sit out the exhibition schedule and academic issues led to the season, and eventually your career at St-FX to come to an abrupt end only seven games into the schedule.How difficult was it coming to terms with the whole situation? What did you learn from this experience?
Losing basketball to some mistakes clearly showed me that I was making some bad choices in my life and I needed to turn my life around in order to play the sport I loved
You then played your senior year at the University of Ottawa (CIS) playing 19 games: Score-4(21.4ppg), 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, Steals-3(2.4spg), FGP: 59.2%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 70.6%. You had no problems filling the left shoes of Warren Ward. How important was your head coach James Derouin for helping you take the next step as a college player after ahving to sit out most of your third year at St Francis? How did he make you into a professional basketball player?
Mr.Derouin was a huge help by giving me a second chance with basketball and he was a great role model showing me the tools I needed to be successful and just being very positive showed me that with hard work it always pays off.
You helped Ottawa to the national championship game against Carleton. What will you always remember from this game besides Tyson Hinz exploding for 30 points?
I will always remember how hard my team worked to get there from the start of the season and how hard the loss was afterwards.
In your senior season you played with Caleb Agada. How did you guys make each other better in practice and where do you see his career going?
Caleb and I always went head to head and he was a very strong and hard working player honestly I see his career going very far with is work ethic.
It seems like Canada has made huge strides in world absketball in the last 10 years? How important has Vince Carter been for Canadian basketball and especially the athletic players like yourself?
Vince Carter has been an idol for a lot of athletic players like myself and gave us a lot of hope to have great careers like his.
Thanks Terry for the chat.