Staying Active and Aggressive At Both Ends Of The Court Is the Key To Success For Terrell Harris(Hakro Merlins Crailsheim)

Terrell Harris (191-G-93, college: Georgia Coll., agency: Players Group) is a 28 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 after the 81-77 Fiba Europe Cup loss to Tmoki-Minsk.

Thanks Terrell for talking to A tough 81-77 Fiba Europe Cup loss to Tmoki-Minsk. How much did this one hurt? This was truly a game you should of won.

Yes very tough loss, we came out flat. We got down 14 the first half but we were able to shake it off and fight back with a 20 point swing around. Those are the games we have to put away. Losing any game is tough but we have a quick turnaround tomorrow against a good Bayreuth team so no time to hold our heads down.

Team stat wise there was no real difference. It literally came down to making the little things down the stretch. Do you feel like this loss had more to do with the team still finding themselves in crunch-time situations?

We broke down at the end defensively and they made some tough baskets and we didn’t. Part of the game. Just have to close better and find a way to win those close ones.

A TJ Shorts is so valuable to the team. In the last 40 seconds he missed a makeable lay up and then turned over the ball. On another night he would have been the hero. How did he take the loss and did he need comforting from his teammates after this loss?

TJ is a great player and he will move on and prep for Bayreuth. He doesn’t dwell on turnovers or missed shots.

In crunch-time the very experienced Jason Clark made two big baskets and the winning assist. Do you feel like that big time experience is missing a bit at the guard position in Crailsheim?

Clark made some tough pull-ups and lay ups late. He’s a good player. I believe we have what it takes right now in the locker room and we just have to lock in more defensively. We lost some tight games that could’ve easily been wins.

The Hakro Merlins began the season with a win but since lost 3 BBL games. You guys showed early that you can score many points consistently. Has it surprised you just a bit how well the team can function on the offensive end?

We play fast pace with some great shooters, so the points will come that’s no surprise.

The team showed right away that it gives up many points. What has been the biggest problem on the defensive end so far?

We have to lock in defensively including myself. We have the ability to defend at a high level. We just need 40 minutes of focusing on defense.

What kind of defensive identity is Sebastian Gleim preaching for the team to become?

Working as a unit through communication and everyone doing their part so we can look better and play better as a whole.

What has it been like being teammates with Maurice Stuckey probably the most experienced player on the team. How important are his leadership and scoring abilities?

Mo is a good person in general let alone basketball player. He works hard everyday and leads with his actions by shooting and defensively.

What kind of an experience has it been playing in Crailsheim in comparison to Chemnitz? I mean I think it’s very difficult to find more passionate fans than the Niners.

Two different systems. New situation for me this year after spending two years in Chemnitz. Miners fans are passionate but so are the Merlins fans. It’s get pretty loud in our arena.

Sebastian Gleim is a big fan of yours. Have you become a big fan of him? He wants to make the next step as a coach in the BBL?

Sebastian is a very passionate coach and cares for the players. You don’t always get those type of coaches. I’m sure he will prove himself as his career keeps developing.

You have had a solid start to the season. What kind of a role do you have this season in comparison to last?

In my eyes I haven’t been performing to my abilities so far this season. Roles are somewhat similar but a little more time at the point guard in games than I did in Chemnitz.

Last season you became more of a facilitator, but also showed that you can score. What is your personal goal as a player to continue to develop more this season?

Just staying aggressive offensively and defensively. I’m at my best when I’m aggressive and active.

I feel like there was more scoring depth with Chemnitz than with Crailsheim. Do you feel like you could become more of a scorer in your second BBL season?

Just trying to take what the defense gives me. The points will always come when you play the right way.

Before you reached the easyCredit BBL, you averaged 40% or better only once in Denmark. But since reaching the BBL your shooting at a higher clip. Has the IQ of your teammates and picking the right spots helped you become a better outside shooter?

Repetitions from the summer and staying locked in techniques helped me become a better 3pt shooter. Still have ways to go though.

You already played the EWE Baskets once this season, but that was before the legend Rickey Paulding announced that this would be his last season. When do you remember hearing his name the first time when you were with Iserlohn in the Pro B?

I can’t remember when I first heard of him to be honest. But he’s the blueprint of Americans having a successful overseas career at a high level for a long time. Blessings to him and his family.

The NBA has started. Many have picked the Lakers and the Nets to reach finals. What other teams do you see making a run?

I pick the Warriors or Nets but Bucks might be back to the finals as well. Going to be a good year

Did you see he sequel to the classic Coming to America movie? Shouldn’t they just have left it alone?

Yes the movie was still good, I got the concept. I like that they allowed a lot of young and upcoming actors and comedians to have a role in the movie.

Thanks Terrell for the chat.

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