Till Gloger (204-C-93, college: Maine) is a 28 year old 204cm forward from Bochum, Germany that played his 5th professional season and first with the Rostock Seawolves (Pro A) playing 34 games averaging 7.8ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 60.8%, FT: 74.0%. He belonged to the best power forwards in the Pro A from 2018-2020 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 germanhoops.com after the 2020-2021 season.
Till thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
I am in Rostock at the moment and enjoying some free time before starting off-season work outs.
It has been a crazy season for all. What was for you the biggest challenge this season concerning COVID-19 and how you played on the court and lived in Germany?
The biggest challenge for me this season was the fact that a single positive COVID test result could force the whole team to quarantine for 14 days. Eventually the mandatory quarantine could have been a huge setback for our team concerning games and practice.
Please give the best example from Sept 2020 to now where you experienced close hand how devastating COVID-19 was for you?
Fortunately, we did not have positive cases on our team, so that I did not experience any devastating COVID incidents.
One never knew what to expect in this COVID-19 season. Rostock was ambitious and wanted to move up to the easyCredit BBL. They beat Science City Jena 107-104 and then the season just ended. How disappointing was this?
Of course, it was very devastating that we did not reach our ultimate goal to move up to the BBL. However, we played a very strong regular season winning 10 and 7 games in a row. I think that we can be proud of ourselves even though we did not perform in the playoffs like we did in the regular season.
The Rostock Seawolves still have a consolation in that they could move up to the BBL since the Bayer Giants Leverkusen will take the option to remain in the Pro A. Rostock will fight for a wildcard against Giessen. Does the notion of the amazing club Rostock still move up derail the disappointment of how the season ended a bit?
As of now, I am not sure if a BBL wildcard would be an option for the Seawolves this year. Nevertheless, I believe that it is just a matter of time when we will see Rostock in the BBL.
It was a great regular season as Rostock began 10-2, then had some mid season blues losing going 5-5, but finished out the season on a 11 game winning streak. How much fun was it playing basketball this season?
Playing this basketball season was truly a blessing. We had a great team chemistry and developed strong relationships on- and off the court. It was a lot of fun to be around my teammates and winning a lot of games.
Then the post season came and Rostock only had a 2-4 record. Did that first close loss against Jena 85-81 hurt the club mentally and let it affect their play the rest of the way?
Reflecting on our playoff games, I think that the schedule of the playoffs did not play in our favor. Playing Jena on their court first was an enormous challenge in which we came up short. With a win at their home court, we could have built momentum going into the next games.
Did fatigue play a role in the playoffs that hurt Rostock’s play?
I don’t’think that fatigue played a role for us in the playoffs. We had a very deep roster and a lot of high-quality players who were used to playing a lot of games during a short amount of time.
How instrumental was Dirk Bauermann for the success of Rostock? How did his philosophy and way to coach lead to this consistency?
Coach Bauermann was very instrumental for our team success. Throughout the season we managed to adapt to his playing philosophy and developed consistently as a team. His coaching style and his relentless will to win games helped us to dominate and finish at the top of the league.
Let’s talk about your teammates. How much of a thrill was it playing with American Trevor Lacey? A guy that has had much experience in international play. What were you able to soak up from his play?
Playing with Trevor was a great experience. I felt that we had a very good connection from early on in our pick and roll game which benefitted me a lot. Throughout the season I could learn from his basketball IQ and his quality to convert with a high percentage in the crunch time.
Brad Losing was a high energy player that makes every team better. How vital was he for the success of the Seawolves this season?
Brad has a true winner mentality and is an asset to any team. He is willing to do whatever it takes to win and also plays very selfless. He has been a vital factor in our team success and was also a glue guy who held the team together.
What was it like sharing the court with fellow experienced center Sid-Marlon Theis? How did his BBL experience help your game this season?
It was a great pleasure to share the court with Sid during the season. He is an exceptional shooter and an extremely hard worker. His experience and his work ethic helped me to keep working and extending my game in a variety of areas.
Seldom do you see an Iranian player in Germany like a Behnam Yakhchali. What did you appreciate from his game and what did you learn about his culture and character?
Behnam is a fierce competitor and an exceptional player for the Pro A. His abilities to make the right read at the right time and lead the team were big factors for our team success. He has an open character and is a great teammate off the court.
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 7,8ppg and 1,9rpg in 13 minutes per game. How content were you with your personal season? How tough was your season seeing your minutes shrink to 12 less in Rostock after playing a big role in Trier?
I am content with my performance this season concerning my minutes and role this season. Whereas my role in Trier was way bigger, I had to adjust to come off the bench and play limited minutes which was a new experience for me. Even though I was used to play major minutes and contribute more during the previous season, it was not big deal for me to give up playing time.
Did you ever have talks with your ex Trier coach and assistant coach in Rostock Christian Held about playing time?
I had a lot of talks with Christian this season. However, we did not talk a lot about my playing time, but more about what I can do to help the team win.
You scored in efficiently in the minutes you got, but rebounded little. Is that a stat that surprises you?
Yes, it surprises me a bit. I think that I could have rebounded more during the minutes I got.
What was your relationship like with Dirk Bauermann? How do you feel did you grow as a player under him?
My relationship with Dirk Bauermann was very encouraging. He helped me to improve different areas of my game and showed me that attention to details can have a great effect on the overall team performance.
On what area’s of your game will you work on this summer so you will continue to grow as a player?
I want to keep working on my athleticism and my strength this summer to become a better rebounder and athlete overall.
Your 28 years old. What is the next step for you? Will you remain in Rostock or could you imagine trying to land in the easyCredit BBL again?
As of right now, I am not sure what step is next for me. I will talk with the Seawolves and my agent and will decide during the summer which step I am going to take. I could imagine playing for a BBL team again if I would find the right fit. However, I also feel very comfortable here in Rostock and could imagine to keep playing for the Seawolves.
Chris Paul recently passed Magic Johnson for fifth all-time in assists. Where do you rank him with the best point guards all-time despite never having won a ring?
I think that Chris Paul is one of the best point guards of all-time. I rank him next to Magic Johnson and John Stockton.
How have you seen the development of Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum? He has scored 50 plus points this season and recently 60. Where will his journey go as a player in the next years?
The development of Jayson Tatum is very interesting. I am not sure where his journey will go as a player, but he has a lot of upside.
Dino Radja recently said he couldn’t see Russell Westbrook leading a team in Europe to success. Do you agree?
I am not agreeing with Dino Radja’s statement. I think that Westbrook could lead any team in Europe with his experience and his will power.
Scott Brooks said that he sees Russell Westbrook as second best point guard behind Magic Johnson. Isn’t that slap in face for guys like Stockton, Nash, Cousy or Robertson?
I am not sure if Westbrook is the second-best point guard behind Magic Johnson, but he is definitely in the top 5 in my opinion.
Draymond Green recently said he is the best defender of all-time. Do you agree?
I don’t agree with his statement. I think that he is a great defender, but not the best defender of all-time.
Have you seen the Coming to America sequel? It has had mixed reviews. Shouldn’t they just have left it alone?
Yes, I have seen the Coming to America sequel. I really liked the movie, but I prefer the first movie from the 80’s. I enjoyed the idea of making a continuation of the movie with all the great actors.
Thanks Till for the chat.