One On One With Sean Mosley(Crailsheim Merlins)

Sean Mosley is a 25 year old 192cm swing man from Baltimore, Maryland that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany with the Crailsheim Merlins (Germany-BBL). He started his basketball career at Maryland(NCAA) in 2008 playing a total of 132NCAA games and as a senior played 32 games: 10.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 83.5%. In the 2012-2013 season he turned professional and played for Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-TBL) playing 32 games: Score-5(15.5ppg), 6.3rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-5(1.6spg), FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 34.1%, FT: 71.7%. Last season he played for La Fortezza Recanati (Italy-Lega Due Silver) playing 28 games: Score-3(19.9ppg), 6.3rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-3(1.8spg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 80.6%. He spoke to German Hoops a few weeks ago about basketball.





The German basketball community and league didn´t take this Crailsheim experience positively not reaching the game in Hagen on time. The club left at 9:45 for a 18:30game not knowing what could happen on the high way or how the weather would be. Do you think that the public was fair or has the Crailsheim organization not been treated properly?


 I don’t get into things like this but we did our best to get there. Unfortunately we couldn’t make it. 


Did Jannik Freese win the most stylish award for wearing his sunglasses during the trek on the highway back to the exit?


Hahaha Jannik always thought he was the coolest guy on our team. I always asked him why are you cool? Me and him had a good bond. 



A week later to the road trip to Frankfurt the club left a day early. It was snowing once again. Do you think that whenever it snows in the future you will have memories to the Hagen road trip?


 Not at all because that was a rare situation trying to get to Hagen. We played things on the safe by leaving the night before the game. 


You are playing your first season in Germany for the Crailsheim Merlins. What were your main reasons for coming to Germany? Did your friend Dino Gregory give you advice about coming to Germany?


I knew Germany was a respected league and I wanted to show my talent on a much higher level this year. No we just talked about some different foods I should try while I’m here. 


Since coming to the Merlins the team has a record of 2-11. How difficult has it been losing so much and not been able to get on a winning streak?


 It’s always hard when your losing game after game, but we will get over the hump soon an get on a winning streak. We are so close each game. 


What have been the main reasons for the club losing so many games. What besides a lack of experience has been the reasons?

 Lack of experience hasn’t been the reason, teams are just having more guys coming off the bench. We usually play 6 or 7 guys. I think it comes down to who wants it more. 


Defense has been a big problem as the club have let up 80 plus points in 13 games. Are you happy with the effort and is it more just a lack of technical aspects than it is effort?


We gave up a lot points but now we are doing a much better job on the defense end of the court. Teams may score but we give our all. 



How important was it acquiring veteran Chad Timberlake. Could he be the missing link to further success?


 Once he gets back in a good rhythm I think we will start winning more games. He is key to our success for sure. But each guy on our team is also important  




You are a great scorer and was fifth best scorer in Poland and third best in Italy last season. You have scored in double figures in nine of ten games. You must feel very comfortable at the Beko BBL level, but what is an aspect that still needs getting used to?


 I have been playing basketball for many years and played at a great university so coming to the BBL wasn’t a problem. I feel comfortable from the first game I played 



What is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?


 Doing the little things that don’t show up on the stat sheet. 



As a rookie you played for Kotwica Kolobrzeg (Poland-TBL). What was your wakeup call to be a professional player in Poland?


 Driving to all my away games. Hahaha in college we flew to every away game. 



Last season you played for La Fortezza Recanati (Italy-Lega Due Silver) and was third in the league in scoring. How do you think you were able to further develop your game last season in Italy best?


 I went in with the mindset that this is the year I should put together the best season so I can show my full potential. 


You played four years at Maryland in the top league ACC. If you had to pick a player mentor early in your Maryland career that showed you the ropes who was that?


 Greivis Vasquez and Landon Milbourne


How did Gary Williams help you prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

He always told us to believe in yourself. He pushed us in practice to compete each day and that’s the mind set I had since I left college. 




What was the most amazing thing that you saw Greivis Vazquez do on the floor during your time at Maryland?


 His senior year he showed me he was a great college player. He led us game after game and he had a lot of great moments, like beating Duke at home. 


Thanks Sean for the chat.







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