Till Gloger is a 27 year old 204cm forward from Bochum, Germany that will play his 5th professional season and first with the Rostock Seawolves (Pro A). He belonged to the best power forwards in the Pro A the last 2 seasons with the Romerstrom Gladiators averaging 11.8ppg, 5.0rpg, FGP: 55.2%, FT: 82.1% and 15.8ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 62.1%, FT: 68.1. In 2017-2018 he played in the BBL with the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (BBL) playing 29 games averaging 3.7ppg, 1.7rpg. He played his rookie season with the Uni Baskets Paderborn (ProA) playing 30 game averaging 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 82.1%. He got valuable experience overseas in the States playing at Maine (NCAA) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 116 NCAA games. As a senior at Maine he played 30 games averaging 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 82.1%. He spoke to eurobasket last summer during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis.
Till thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how have you been holding up during the tough COVID-19 time?
Thank you! I am doing well. Currently I am staying with my family in Bochum.
How did you experience the last 4 months after your season in Trier ended in March? Did you come up with a special plan that allowed you to be as competitive as possible concerning your work outs on a daily basis?
The last 4 months slowed down my life a lot since different areas of our lives were shut down and just slowly started to open back up again. I didn’t come up with a special plan, but I tried to stay active with different work outs as much as I could to use my time effectively.
So many have suffered in the world and each person has experienced many new things in their lives that they wouldn’t have had COVID-19 not come. How do you feel did you become stronger as a man in the COVID-19 period?
The coronavirus crisis showed me that it is extremely important to be thankful for the privilege to play basketball and fulfill your passion. You just realize how bad you miss something when it is gone. The coronavirus crisis also helped me to recognize how crucial it is to take advantage of the day and live your life with joy.
We did our last interview in August 2017 after you were coming off your rookie season in Paderborn and was heading into the BBL with MBC. Has basketball time in this period flown by for you?
Yes, the time really has flown by. Next season I will already go on my fifth year playing professionally basketball.
You played the last 2 seasons with the Romerstrom Gladiators in the Pro A. How tough was it for you having to end the season in March? What positives did you take out of the season?
Unfortunately, the season ended abruptly as the coronavirus outbreak was taking turns in Germany and all over Europe. It was tough for me to accept the fact that we would not be able to finish off what we have started as a team. You could really see how we improved throughout the season and had probably the best team effort against Nuernberg right before the season ended. I am confident that we would have gone on a deep playoff run last season.
Did you suffer any ‘What if syndrome’ during the COVID-19 period concerning how the Gladiators would have finished the season? How dissatisfying was this scenario for you?
Yes, for sure I did. There were so many different scenarios and match ups possible for the upcoming playoffs. It was very dissatisfying to know that we would not be able to reward us for what we have been working so hard since August 2019.
You played two very very strong Pro A seasons and vastly improved in your second season. How did you grow as a player most in your 2 years in Trier?
I think my coaches Christian Held and Jonas Borschelt put me in a great position to be a threat on the court. I became more confident and could fulfill my role on the team very well since they trusted in me and my capabilities. Throughout my time playing for Trier, I became a stronger force in the post and could add several pieces to my game.
How valuable was Canadian veteran Jermaine Bucknor in your further development in Trier? What will you never forget about him as a player and person in your 2 seasons in Trier?
Buck was very valuable for me and the team. He always led by example and helped us with his experience and exceptional work ethic. He showed me how the mental and physical preparation before the game can have an impact on game situations. He taught me to stay positive and keep believing even when adversity was facing me.
A big strength in your game is being able to follow your instincts. Is this something that a player can work on to become better on or is this something that is just there and can’t really be better developed?
I think that every player has the chance to get better following their instincts. I believe that it has a lot to do with practice and examining yourself in in-game situations.
In the summer of 2017 after shooting 15 three’s for Paderborn, you stated that you wanted to become more aggressive from the perimeter. But then you shot only 4 three’s for MBC and 0 with Trier. Do coaches not want you to develop your versatility more or why don’t you get the opportunity to shoot the three more?
It really depends on how I can help my team win. The last two seasons for Trier and during my time at MBC, I was more dedicated to work under the basket and fight for position in the paint. Therefore, I was not able to catch and shoot the ball from the perimeter. Nevertheless, I hope I can develop my game more towards a stretch five the upcoming years.
You had a masterful game in the win against Schalke netting 32 points on an amazing 14/14 shooting. How much did the 4/9 free throw shooting ruin your appetite that night? Was this still one of your best games as a professional?
All over last season, I was not shooting the same free throw percentage as I did during the years before. It is an area in which I want to regain strength next season. It didn’t bother me too much as we won the game by a decent margin and my free throws did not make the difference between winning and losing. I think it was definitely one of my better games as a professional.
What kind of an experience was it playing for German head coach Christian Held? How did you benefit most from his presence and did he get a bum deal having to leave Trier after 2 solid coaching seasons?
Christian is a tremendous coach and I learned a lot from him the past two seasons. We had a pretty close relationship on and off the court. He trusted me a lot which helped me to become more fearless and dominant in the post. He also knew how to put me in situations in which I felt most comfortable with. Unfortunately, his contract did not get renewed after last season, but sadly this is part of the sports business. I am very happy that we can keep working together the upcoming season in Rostock.
You definitely are a EasyCredit BBL player. How big is your hunger to still play in the BBL? I don’t understand how a guy like you with your game would stay in the Pro A. You must have had BBL offers this summer?
Yes, I had some serious interests from EasyCredit BBL teams this summer, but the incentives to play for such an ambitious program as Rostock with the legendary coach Dirk Bauermann convinced me that it was the right choice to stay in the Pro A. I am confident that the chance to play in the BBL will come up again in the following seasons.
After 2 very productive seasons in the Pro A, instead of going to the easyCredit BBL you chose Rostock which is ok as they are a very ambitious organization with BBL hopes and a legend on the sidelines with Dirk Bauermann. Was knowing this more important than landing on a BBL team and possibly having a limited role again like in MBC again?
Yes, playing for Dirk Bauermann had a big impact on my decision to choose Rostock. I believe that I can learn a lot from his experience and his winning mentality. I am sure that his coaching will develop my game long term and that I will become a better basketball player. As of right now, this is way more important for me than playing for a BBL team.
Congrats on signing with the Rostock Seawolves. How excited are you to be joining this ambitious club and be able to play for Dirk Bauermann?
I am very excited for the next season and can’t wait until I can get on the court with my new teammates. I am positive that we will have one of the best squads in the Pro A this season. I am confident that Dirk Bauermann will put the different pieces together and that we will have a successful season.
What is your earliest boyhood memory of Dirk Bauermann and on what things are you most looking forward to being able to learn from Dirk Bauermann?
I remember him winning a lot of German Championships when I was growing up. He was always a coach I was looking up to, because he has a winning spirit and is a true leader. I am looking forward learning from his experience and his enormous basketball knowledge.
In the summer of 2017 you stated this about your work outs? ‘During the summer I do a lot of individual workouts and shooting drills to become a better threat from a variety of positions. Starting last week I am busy working out with the A2 German National Team. Off the court I spend time pursuing a masters degree in the upcoming years’. Now with COVID-19 opening things up in Germany on what aspects of your game will you work on most?
I am working to become stronger and more athletic. I think that I still have lot of room of improvement in becoming more explosive and dynamic. I am also still working on my shot and my finishes around the basket.
Please list your 5 best teammates of all-time?
Where were you when you heard about the death of Kobe Bryant. As a German kid who idolized Dirk Nowitzki, how did a player like Kobe influence your basketball growing up?
Kobe died on my birthday when I was turning 27 this year. I was reading it in the news, was shocked and didn’t want to believe it. He shaped the game of basketball like no other player and he influenced my childhood a lot. Rest in Piece Kobe
Why does Kobe Bryant get lost in the greatest of all-time discussion with Michael Jordan and Lebron James?
I don’t really think that Kobe gets lost in the greatest of all-time discussion. Everybody who plays the game of basketball knows how enormous his contribution to the game was.
What was the last movie that you saw?
I was watching Titanic on free tv the other week.
Thanks Till for the chat.