Janat Talts is a 31 year old 205 cm forward from Estonia that is playing his sixth season for Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Estonia-KML). He played in Germany at a young age for RheinEnergie Koln (Germany-1.Bundesliga) from 2004-2007 winning two Beko BBL cups. He also gained experience playing in Italy for Cimberio Varese (Italy-SerieA) from 2011-2013. Last season he played for Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Estonia-KML) EuroChallenge: 15 games: 9.8ppg, Reb-5(7.0rpg), 1.7apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 70.4%; Baltic League: 18 games: 9.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 72.7%; Estonian League: 31 games: 10.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP-1(66.9%), 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 63.5%. He spoke to German Hoops before todays Eurochallenge game against the Fraport Skyliners.
Janar thanks for talking to German Hoops. I saw you play early in your career when you played in Germany with RheinEnergie Koln. Frankfurt Skyliners should be a nice memory for you at least their arena. The 10 year anniversary is coming up for RheinEnergie Koln where you won the BBL cup in Frankfurt against Ludwigsburg. What memories do you have of that final game?
I remember we had a great team and very good and experience players in that every year a title was special and cup is very important in Gemany, I was first year in Cologne and this was great for me and for everybody in Cologne! i think it was this cup final when Sasa Obradovic dunked the ball in final minutes and he was 36 or 37!!This was impressive for me in this time.
After some years in Italy, you returned home back to Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Estonia-KML) and are playing your sixth season with the club. Are you at the stage of your career where you think that you will finish your career here?
I dont think about finishing my career jet! I hope I got some good years left in me! I like Tartu and that they play Eurochallenge so i feel good here!
The Fraport Skyliners and Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Estonia-KML) are good defensive team. You have given up fewer than 75 points four times this season in Eurochallenge competition. Can we expect a hard fought defensive type of game tonight?
About todays game I would say every game is hard fight and specially at home nobody gives anything easy for the opponent so its going to be a hard game for both.
You are averaging 8,0rpg in Estonia and Eurochallenge play combined. How excited are you to match up against the Frankfurt twin twoers of Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann? What do you know about these players?
About the Frankfurt twin towers I know they are tall and good players but I dont care about my own things on court i only hope we win against them!
The Frankfurt twin towers Danilo Barthel and Johannes Voigtmann got a taste of the Estonia winter and it is nonstop snowing. What tips could you give a German to be able to survive a winter in Estonia?
About the winter in Estonia-dress good because they also have to go to Russia where this winter looks like summer!!!
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
The last DVD what I saw was probably Cartoon”Cars” which I watched with my 3 year old son!!
Thanks Janar for the chat.