Terrell Harris is a 25 year old 190cm guard from Indiantown,Florida that completed his third professional season and first with the Rostock Seawolves averaging 13,6ppg, 3,7rpg and 3,4apg. Last season he played with the Svendborg Rabbits (Denmark-Ligaen) playing 24 games averaging 17.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 71.6%. In his rookie season he played with the Iserlohn Kangaroos (Germany-ProB) averaging 18,1ppg, 4,3rpg and 1,8apg. He started his basketball career at Mars Hill (NCAA2) in 2011 and then moved to Georgia College in 2012. As a senior he played 29 games averaging 24.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 76.8%. He concluded his college basketball career winning the All-PeachBelt Player of the Year 2016. Harris spoke to germanhoops.com at the end of his season with Rostock.
Thanks Terrell for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
Miles, nice talking to you again. It’s been a while but I’m currently in Rostock at the moment. Just relaxing and reflecting on this past season. Basketball has been great for me. I’m blessed to have fun chasing my passion and getting paid to do so.
After being away for so long from the States what will be your first meal when you set foot back on American soil?
It’s been a while since I had a homeroom meal from my family. Some good seafood and soul food would be amazing for the first 2 weeks or so then I will get back to healthy habits that I have here for the most part.
Congrats on a very successful season with the Rostock Seawolves. If you could describe the most special quality there is in the Rostock Seawolves culture what would it be?
Thanks I really appreciate it. It’s been an up and down season for us especially for me mentally and physically but to make the playoffs and compete to the end with Hamburg. We also won a lot of games and I couldn’t ask for more, even though I thought we had the team to win it all. I’m proud to be a part of this organization. We fought to the end and that’s been the story of the season. We fought with what we had through all the injuries and etc.
The Rostock Seawolves played the Hamburg Towers tough, but lost 3-1 in the quarterfinals. How disappointing was this playoff series loss and do you feel like there was much more for the taking to have been successful than what the reality showed?
I wouldn’t say this series was disappointing at all. Do I think we could’ve went far and beat them Yes. But Hamburg was better than us this series and they proved it. Top to bottom they have the deepest team and most talent on their roster. We went there and lost game 1. Game 2 we made the necessary adjustmenst and tied the series back up. Game 3 and game 4 could have went either way. Tie game 58-58 going into the 4th Quater of game 3. We made some vital mistakes that they capatilized off. Same I’m game 4. We were up 3 or 4 points with 2 minutes to go. Another close game that we didn’t finish. They capitalized off every mistake with the veterans they had. It could have been a 3-1 series for us well but it didn’t end that way. Congrats to Hamburg, but I would say that was a tough series even though they beat us 1-3. It should’ve been a semifinal matchup but the points and for breakers made it a first round match up.
In all three loses to the Hamburg Towers, Rostock was outrebounded and shot poorly from outside. What other factors contributed to not allowing you to get by this team?
This series was very tough for both teams as a team we didn’t shoot the ball well but they also had games where they struggled. We shoot 46% from the field and they shot 45% from the field. This series was very physical and more of a defensive game from both teams a lot of free throws were shot. Kind of hard to get a rhythm from both sides at times. Hamburg has a very big team and they capitalized on our bigs due to a short rotation of our 4 man being out. Hamburg’s depth and height eventually wore us down at the end. They also had the experience and vets to capitalized when it counted the most.
The club started up and down, but then had it’s best stretch from mid December to March winning 10 of 11 games. What was the team doing best there that allowed them to be so strong?
Yes we started up and down in the beginning of the season. We knew we had the talent to be good and we just had to get out chemistry together. A lot of teams had their core players from last year. Our starting 5 and main role players never played with each other. So the chemistry in the beginning sucked. Once we figured it out a couple games before the Chemnitz Christmas game we were at our best.
You have seen a lot of arenas in your life, but there is only one Stadthalle Rostock. Describe a little why the atmosphere there made it so special to play there this season?
I have seen a lot of nice arenas your right but playing in the stadthalle was amazing. The fans here in Rostock are very demanding and passionate about their Seawolves basketball. I thank them every time we played because it was some games they helped us pulled through.
What do you feel was the club season highlight? Possibly sweeping Heidelberg or beating top team Chemnitz by 20 points?
I can’t really say what was this season highlight because we had many great moments. I like the transformation of this team from August to April to be honest. I guess you can say there was some high moments such as beating Chemnitz before the break by 20. We had them figured out I feel. We just matched up well against them. They are well coachedand have a great team as well. I wish them the best moving forward. As far as in beating Heidelberg twice I wouldn’t say that was a highlight of the season. We were supposed to beat them twice we were better all around. They have a good team as well good luck to them in the semifinals as well.
Let’s talk about your teammates. Yannick Anzuluni was back in Rostock for his second tour of duty and is one of those players that has had to climb the basketball ladder from the bottom. What made his game so special and was it easy to recognize that he lives and dies for the Seawolves?
Yannick is a very talented guy. He can score, pass, and rebound at 6 ft 8 which is crazy. It was a pleasure to play with him. We complimented each other very well. He shot a lot of 3s as you know, I shoot a lot of pull ups and we both could pass so having two wings who complimented each other as well as we did led to a lot of success for us on top of being unselfish because we could have easily averaged 16 or 17 points a game on another team but we wouldn’t had have the same success. We had to sacrifice points and shots for each other and we did it well.
How much of a pleasure was it being teammates with Tony Hicks? What was your fondest memory with him and how much did you appreciate his playmaking?
Same as for Tony. Now that I think about it we had the best guard combination in the entire league. Tony, Yannick, and myself led us in scoring around 14 points a game. Our scoring was balanced through the season which made us successful. Like I said before all of us had to sacrifice shots for each other in order for us to be successful. We struggled with it in the beginning but ultimately we figured it out and it showed. Tony is an amazing playmaker his speed and pace is unreal. Probably the best point guard in Pro A to be honest. He’s going to be special. I had to adjust to his game because he’s very aggressive at the point guard position but it brought the best output. He can also defend which made our combination work as well. All 3 guards games were completely different. Tony was more driver playmaker and defender, I pull up a lot more midrange along with playmaking and defending, and Yannick was more of a 3pt threat.
How did you experience the development of German Tom Alte. He had played BBL, but had his Pro A break through with Rostock. What did you appreciate most about his game and can one define him as saying that he lives on the rim?
Tom Alte is very fun to play with. He runs the lane, finish lobs and drop offs with dunks, blocks shots and he got me open a lot to pull up off pick and roll. He has so much potential. He will get back to the BBL soon for sure.
Excluding Tom Alte, which other German player do you feel developed best from the German players?
We had some good Germans as well. Martin, Mitch and Darien played very good for us. All of those guys could shoot which helped because Tony and I did a lot of planning and to kick it out knowing these guys could hit shots was great.
Let’s talk about your game. Last season you played with the Svendborg Rabbits (Denmark-Ligaen) playing 24 games averaging 17.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.3%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 71.6%. How would you compare the two leagues? Is the Denmark Ligaen between German Pro A and Pro B or more like Pro B?
In Denmark I played with less talent and I was able to take more shoots. My team wasn’t as good though. This was the first team I played with other good players and talent from top to bottom. I Would take my role here avg almost 14ppg with talented players and a winning season with a playoff birth over average 17 points on an average team and getting swept first round easy on average 15 -17 points losing margin like we did in Denmark. As far as completion top to bottom Pro A is better. Bakken will win Pro A, Horsens will possibly win Pro A, Svendborg, Naevsted, Randers will compete for playoffs spot. But the other teams don’t stand a chance.
You had a very solid first Pro A season averaging 13,6ppg, 3,7rpg and 3,4apg. How content were you with your first pro A season in Germany?
There is always room for improvement but I gave it my all and I can live with that. We had a talented team. We were deep and we won a lot like I said before I would take my stats from this year over last year because I proved I can help lead a team to the playoffs and win a lot of games. Nobody likes to lose a lot. I could have easily did what some of the top scorers in the league did but I had other guys around me who needed the ball as well. Most of those guys were talented and they did score 16 17 a game but they didn’t even make the playoffs. I dont want to go out like that ever again.
Was it a big adjustment having more imports on the team then what you had in Iserlohn and Denmark? Did it make it easier playing the game you love, because you had more talent on the team than in previous years?
Actually playing with imports such as Tony and Yannick talent level made the game easier for me. All I had to do was defend the opposing team best player and score from the wing. We all had multiple 20 point games some of those games we all had 20 a piece in the same night. We complimented each other very well. It was a huge adjustment but we made it work.’m very efficient so I knew I could play with anyone.
You stated in our last interview that your game grew in Denmark. How do you feel did your game grow in the German Pro A?
I feel my game grew as in more playmaking defensively and offensively. I guarded the other team’s best perimeter player every game. I knew I can defend but this year I think I really showed that I can defend at a high level. Whenever I was the primary defender on a guard they usually didn’t get their average. Most of the top perimeters struggled against me from Andrew (Hamburg) avg 16 a game in the regular season, but in the playoffs only 9.5. Goodwin, Choice, Ziegenhagen, and etc had some of their worst scoring games against me. Offensively I showed again that I was very efficient. This was the most assists I ever average this season as well . I can always shoot the three and pull up at a good percentage. I should’ve got to the free throw line more and attempted more 3s for sure though.
Did you feel like general shot selection played a much bigger role this season than the previous two seasons? The interesting note is that in your first three professional season you attempted 56 three’s in a season twice and 54 three’s once.
This year shot selection had to be smarter for sure because of playing with other talented players as well. We tried to get the ball to the hot hand the best we could. So some games I didn’t shoot as much as I wanted but I was ok with that because we won alot. But coming into next year I will be more aggressive from the three. I always shot a good percentage just not as much because of settling for midrange shots
How tough is it watching your buddy Chris Carter get limited minutes in the German BBL. He has stayed very professional and accepted his role. Have you been a guy that has helped keep him positive when you talked to him?
I talk to Chris every week. So it’s tough to see him not playing much. But Vechta has something special going on at the moment so winning has to be put above pride and he’s done that. Every athlete wants to play so it’s tough but he’s been the best professional he can in his position. We will workout together this summer so we both have something to prove for next season.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the Pro A this season?
This question is tough because a lot of players are talented. Most of the top scorers in my position didn’t defend as well so I wouldn’t say they were the toughest but my matchup against Tevonn Walker was a fun and a tough one. He defends, he can shoot, and play hard at all times. It was very fun competing agaisnt him.
What is the next step for you? Could you imagine remaining in Germany or would you like to give a new country and culture and basketball style a chance?
As of now I’m just reflecting on the season I had and enjoying family. I will talk to my agent Luca at Players Group and go from there when I get home. I did receive 2 offers including Rostock for next year already. We both know how this business work so we see where I end up. I wouldn’t mind playing in Gemany again also open to other countries as well. I am keeping all options open.
On what things will you be working on this summer to continue to keep improving as a player and keep moving up the basketball ladder?
I will work on a lot of things this summer my body being number 1. I want to get stronger and bigger for next season. Shooting from deep off the dribble will be vital for me next year just to have in my arsenal. I’m going to keep my midrange sharp and focus on dribbling so I can have the ball a string. Along with breaking down film.
If you had to pick your personal favorite starting five of teammates over the years which players would you chose?
I would pick Tony at the Of, myself at the 2, Yannick at the three, Michael Moore at the 4, and Moussa None at the 5. We would’ve won Pro A easy but you have to follow the rules with the imports.
It’s still so early, but when all is said and done could Luka Doncic be one of the greatest Europeans that ever played in the NBA?
Yes it’s still early let him be great without any high expectations. I don’t like to putting expectations on players. Let him be himself and have fun playing the game.
What was your reaction when you heard that Lebron James named himself the greatest of all-time?
He has a right to have an opinion. He’s one of the best to do it so I don’t care if he feels that way.
Charles Barkley recently proclaimed that Tom Brady Is more of a GOAT than Michael Jordan. Do you share his opinion?
Tom Brady And MJ are Great in their own way. I don’t think you can label one person the GOAT. All of them had to deal with different things at different times so they are all the GOAT to me.
If Tom Brady does win a seventh Super Bowl where will he stand with the greatest athletes of all-time?
He already stands with the greates. He has nothing else to prove.
What was the last movie that you saw?
I have been so locked in with the playoffs I can’t even remember the last movie I saw.
Thanks Terrell for the chat.