Will Trawick is a 22 year old 196cm guard from Bedford, New York that is playing his first professional season in Germany with the Dragons Rhondorf. He played at Emory (NCAA3) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 120 NCAA games. As a senior he played 27 games averaging 15.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 78.9%. He spoke to German Hoops after the big 92-87 OT win against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen.
Will congrats on the big 92-87 win at home against the Bayer Giants Leverkusen. How good does it feel to remain unbeaten at home?
It feels great to remain unbeaten at home. To remain unbeaten at home is one of our top priorities this season.
Rhondorf had the tight 39-36 advantage at halftime. How content was head coach Matthias Sonnenschein? Without a Carter Rhondorf would have led 39-21 at the break
I wouldn’t say coach was content with the halftime lead but he was definitely happy about some of the positive things we did on the offensive end of the floor.
In the fourth quarter Leverkusen was up 77-67 with three minutes to play. How confident were you that the game wasn´t over yet?
I am always confident we can win the game until the final whistle blows. Teams have come back from double digit leads with less than a minute left so I never really think about that sort of thing I just play. Especially with our team, we have such great 3 point shooters and we play so fast.
It seemed like at this point, Aaron Nelson felt the urge to step up. How glad are you to have a guy like him on your side and not on the other side?
Yea Aaron is a super dominant player. Having him on our team is great because if he is guarded 1 on 1 in the post he will score almost every time. If teams double team him he makes smart passes out of the post. He is a beast on the boards and he really protects the rim for us.
The Dragons Rhondorf went on a dramatic 11-0 run to regain the lead 79-78 with your three pointer getting the lead back, Are these moments when you nail a three in a tense moment why you love to play the game?
These moments are so special for me because it’s hours and hours of hard work in the gym coming to fruition. I am no different from every other person in that I love imagining making those big shots with the clock ticking down.
In the OT period, it was the German kids Patrick Reusch and David Falkenstein who came up big. How important was this win and how they helped for their self confidence and development.
Yea overtime is all about who has that little bit left in the tank. Luckily we have such a deep team that no matter who goes in we always have 5 good players out there on the court. Patrick is a great defender and he showcased his ability to slash to the basket and relentlessly attack in overtime, something we really need him to do when we play without Victor. David really stepped up, it’s tough to play for a new team, but he definitely didn’t lack any confidence and he showed up in overtime with a key steal and layup.
I heard Viktor Frankl-Maus was like a second coach on the bench. How did he help motivate the team?
Yea Victor is a super smart player, having him really helped out coach with the timing of play calls and defensive schemes. He is our captain and vocal leader and that doesn’t change even if he doesn’t suit up.
Rhondorf is 3-0 at home, but 0-2 on the road. Are the Dragons Rhondorf a different team on the road then at home?
I am not quite sure how to answer that question. I think we definitely play better at home because we have the best fans in the league. The Dragon dome is an extremely fun and raucous place to play. We feel confident and we feed off of the energy of the crowd. Away games are tougher to get a rhythm, but I have confidence that we will start racking up some road wins soon.
What do you feel is the team doing well and what are some things that the club still needs to improve on?
I think as a team we are doing a great job of putting our teammates in good positions to score. We definitely need to improve on how we handle pressure.
The team chemistry was strong a month ago. Where does it stand now?
Team chemistry is still strong. We are a team of agreeable guys who really want to win games. We hang out together outside of basketball and we all have great relationships with one another.
You started off slowly through the pre-season, but through five games belong to the top three most important players on the team. What was most difficult getting adjusted to in the first month?
I think the most difficult thing to adjust to was coming off of the bench. As a shooter it definitely threw off my rhythm a bit but I have since adjusted and I think coming off of the bench can be an advantage.
Your bread and butter is your three pointer. Your shooting 55% from outside t6hrough five games 16/28. How often do you still think about your 0/5 shooting night against Nordlingen?
I haven’t thought about it all.
In your last three seasons at Emory, you shot 36%. What do you feel is the reason for your much improved three point shooting percentage? You are a rookie, but playing as if you have matured as a shooter.
My three-point percentage has improved because I spent my entire summer shooting threes. Also having someone like Aaron who draws a lot of double teams has given me quite a few more open looks than normal.
Is taking care of the ball one of the area´s where you continue to want to improve as you average two turnovers per contest?
Yea I definitely turn the ball over too much. Turnovers are a product of me wanting to do too much, time and practice will help me lower that stat down to 1 turnover or less a game.
How has it been taking care of the friendship with RheinStar Alex Foster? Have you guys been able to see each other on occasion?
Yea I saw Alex last Sunday. I went up to Cologne to see the city and we met up and talked for a bit. We definitely hangout whenever we are both free and we text each other after games.
Kevin Garnett retired. Where does his legacy stand with the all-time best at the power forward position?
KG what a legend. That reminds me that I need to get a Garnett jersey. It’s really tough to say where he stands when you compare him to other great power forwards. I think if you took all of the great power forwards and put them in their primes he would be considered the best. But, his legacy is a bit different. When you look at Tim Duncan’s body of work I think its easy to say that he was best PF. I also think Karl Malone has a bigger legacy because he was consistently great throughout his career. I guess I would put KG at number 3 with Dirk a close 4.
What was the last movie that you saw?
The last movie I saw was John Wick. It was a great movie and Keanu Reeves at his finest.
Thanks Will for the chat.