Terrell Harris (191-G-93, college: Georgia Coll., agency: Players Group) is a 27 year old 190cm guard from Indiantown, Florida that finished his fifth professional season and second with the NINERS Chemnitz (Germany-ProA) averaging 11,4ppg, 3,3rpg and 3,9apg. He will play his sixth professional season with the Hakro Merlins Crailsheim. In 2019-2020 in the Pro A with the Ninners he averaged 14,1ppg, 2,6rpg and 5,0apg. In 2018-2019 he played with the Rostock Seawolves (Germany-ProA) averaging 13.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 66.3%. Three seasons ago 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 about the 20-21 season.
Thanks Terrell for talking to germanhoops.com. Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life treating you?
Miles hope all is great, I just returned to South Florida 4 days ago just been enjoying family time and healing my body mentally/physically.
What is the first eatery that you sought out when you landed back in the
I been to a couple places for some hot wings, hard to find those in Germany.
Before we get to basketball, we have to talk a little about COVID-19. You played a whole season with it. What was the most challenging part for you on and off the court?
This entire year was just insane dealing with COVID, we were one of the unluckiest teams this season in the BBl due to COVID. Having to quarantine during the season was tough because you’re entire flow and rhythm was interrupted. It was hard to come back and find your momentum against teams like Ludwigsburg fresh out of quarantine. Off the court it was tough due to not be able to visit cities or go into the city to sit down and relax from time to time just to get your mind of basketball a little.
How highly can one honestly rate the season of the NINNERS Chemnitz with all the COVID drama that the team went through?
On a scale 1-5 I would say 2. Yes we been through COVID a few times but we still had opportunities to make the playoffs. For the club we stayed in the league but in my eyes we underachieved with the talent level we had. A lot of us could’ve played better in stretches including myself. We just didn’t figure it out like I thought we would’ve. We were playing great basketball in February then things went south from there.
Congrats on a solid 12-20 season for the NINNERS Chemnitz. If the season would have had fans, how many games do you feel would the team have won?
Who knows how many games we would’ve won, Chemnitz for sure have some of the best fans but at the end of the day the fans can’t score baskets for you neither play for you. I’m sure a lot of teams felt like they would’ve won more with fans but who knows.
How would you summarize the season. The team started slow and finished slow but had good moments in between. Despite all the problems with COVID how would you summarize the team
This season in my eyes was like a C average C- to me. We had a lot of talent but we didn’t play up to our abilities every night as a whole. COVID didn’t make it any better but that’s still no excuse. I felt like we had the team to make the playoffs. We proved at times we could play with some playoff teams.
The club had some amazing wins like the weekend back to back upsets of Bamberg and Munich and sweeping Hamburg. What do you believe was missing from the team being able to put up more wins?
I wouldn’t say surprising wins. We should’ve beat Bamburg the first game but we lost a close one. Also in Munich we should’ve won but we fouled a shooter up 1 with 5 seconds to go also with fouls to give. I also felt like we just matched up against Hamburg very well and it showed. We tend to play to our competition for the most part, the focus was there more when we knew Hamburg and a team like Munich was in the building. We would play against Munich and Hamburg with fight then go on the road and lose by 20 to Vechta. I still don’t understand that.
How do you feel did head coach Rodrigo Pastore make another step as a head coach with his first season in the easyCredit BBL?
Coach Rod was growing like all of us in BBL, it was his first year so I’m sure experience will be his teacher moving forward. He handled the first year ok, I’m sure it’s somethings he thought he could’ve did better, it was a learning process for all of us.
How much of a pleasure was it balling with ex NBA player George King? He also had a very friendly character. What did you learn from him on the court and how did his positive self impress you most?
George is a very good player who is talented. He has a NBA body, athleticism, and he’s probably the best shooter I played with. When he gets hot he can score in bunches. He took some time to adjust to the Chemnitz offense but after a while we learned we have to let G be himself and he had some big games for us. He’s even a better person off the court. Always on time, the first one to the gym before everybody and he was a very funny person off the court filled with positive energy.
Isaiah Mike had a very solid season and continues to make strides. How do you feel did the BBL help his game grow most?
Isiah is a special talent. He can really play. He was basically a senior in college playing first division in Germany. He for sure held his own. He’s NBA athletic, can shoot the three, and play multiple positions. He was a vital part to our team. The sky is the limit for him. Someone will be lucky to have him.
Ex NBA player Marcus Thornton left the club with unending amazing memories. Did you cringe at his shot Technik at the first day of practice or did you know right away that he would be special?
I didn’t pay too much attention to his shot as long as it went in I could careless. Marcus is a great guy off the court. One of the coolest and chill teammates I ever been around. He’s for sure one of the best scorers I ever played with. He’s pretty much unguardable one on one. When he’s hitting his shot you can forget about it. Someone will be lucky to have him next year, he saved us a lot this season. He didn’t get enough credit for that.
What young German player do you feel made another huge step this seasn and was most improved?
We didn’t really have any young Germans all these guys are of age now. Nick and Jonas had very solid seasons for us.
Let’s talk about your game. You averaged 11,4ppg, 3,3rpg and 3,9apg in your first full BBL season. How content were you with your season?
I was just ok/average in my eyes. I know that I could’ve done better. I have big expectations on myself.BBLfor sure taught me some things that I will work on this summer to come back better next year.
You have improved many things as a player the last four years like rebounding and playmaking as well as outside shooting. How do you feel did the easyCredit BBL’s intensity and skill level help you become more of a versatile player?
The BBL just makes you think faster and have a plan B, the IQ level stands out the most because veterans guys just know how to play. Pro A was easy so I just blew by people with speed, ending the season last year I knew I had to work on my 3 ball because the physicality and IQ at the BBL level would make it harder for me to get to the the rim. At the guard position in the BBL to be successful I think you have to be able to play make and hit shots to be successful.
Last season you said that playmaking and knowing when to score and when to create improved. What do you feel improved most this season in the BBL?
I felt like I improved my shooting more. The best I shot the ball my entire career. I was a deadly midrange shooter and get to the basket type of guy but now I opened up my range. I’m very excited to have this summer to put it all together now.
You shot a crazy 48% from outside. The best in your college and professional career. Was there anything else that can be credited to this huge step besides repetitions and shot selection?
I honestly only worked on my 3 ball last summer and finishing at the rim. Next year I will continue to get up more attempts per game.
You had solid games in the big wins over Bamberg and Munich, but was your 18/11 game in the exciting 98-97 most memorable personal game of the season?
The most memorable game for me was home vs Munich 4th quarter I scored 8 straight with 4 minutes to go and DJ finished them off with a buzzer beater. I say most memorable because we had to be separated with 6 mins to go in the 4th. They were up 12 and started to talk a lot. Then things turned around quick.
Who was the toughest BBL guard that you battled against this season?
The BBL had a lot of tough guards to battle this year. I like playing against Jaleen since pro A days, vey good player, Bell-Haynes very good player, also Matt Mobley. Those guys were very good offensively.
On what area’s of your game will you be working on most this season to continue to move up the basketball ladder?
We have a full summer if things being open now so I can get back to working on my body like I want to. I want to work on ball handling, my 3 ball as in staying consistent, and getting my first step back and pop back off the dribble.
Many guys have debated Lebron vs Steph in the MVP debate this year. Who should be MVP?
I haven’t kept up with NBA this year. I watch a lot of euro league and eurocup. I can’t really say who deserves the MVP. All those guys are great.
How good is Devin Booker. Where does he rank right now in today’s NBA? Is he only top 10 or top 7? Or is he even better?
D. Booker is very good always been talented he still somewhat young so I’m sure he will get even better. I don’t do the ranking thing because it takes away from all their greatness.
How did you react when you heard Kwame Brown’s words referring to his career and how he was treated by Michael Jordan?
I didn’t hear what Kwame said about Jordan. Just a few things about Gilbert Arenas.
What was the last movie that you saw?
Judas and The Black Messiah. Greta movie you should watch it.
Thanks Terrell for the chat