ROCHESTIE: 14.4 ppg in Germany's top pro league
TAYLOR ROCHESTIE HAS moved halfway across the world from Pullman, but he insists that his life hasn’t changed all that much in some ways. After all, Rochestie still loves Washington State, still loves basketball and, interestingly enough, still lives in a college town.
Mind you, Rochestie now takes up residence in Goettingen, Germany, a college town with 130,000 citizens -- about 100,000 more than Pullman. Rochestie, a standout point guard at WSU, stars for Goettingen in Germany’s top pro league.
A rookie pro, he ranks sixth in league play with 15.5 points per game, and he’s averaging 14.4 ppg overall while nailing 45 percent of his 3-point attempts. Goettingen is tied for fourth in the Bundesliga League at 9-5.
Rochestie engaged in a long-range Q&A session with Cougfan.com earlier this week.
CF.C: What do you think of the basketball over there?
Rochestie: The caliber of basketball is somewhat similar to the States and most of the Pac-10, since the German league allows eight Americans to play on the team and doesn’t make the teams always have a German on the court. There are a lot of Americans and the style emulates the way we play in the States.
CF.C: Have you had to adjust your game since your college days, when the Cougars played so conservatively on offense and so ferociously on defense under Dick and Tony Bennett?
Rochestie: The biggest thing has been the up-tempo pace. We press and trap the whole game and play basically the opposite of “Bennett ball.” Also, everyone in the lane loves to take charges and not try to block your shot. It’s harder to get all the way to the basket without someone waiting there to fall down regardless of if you hit them.
CF.C: What are your living arrangements?
Rochestie: I got a nice place right in town, a two-bedroom apartment. Walking distance to everywhere I need to go. The city is considered small to the people around here, but after Pullman, it’s huge. I watch movies or anything else I have on my hard drive in my spare time, or cruise around town.
CF.C: What are the arenas and crowds like?
Rochestie: The arenas definitely vary in size, and the crowds as well. We just played in Berlin, which had a gym that was nicer than the Staples Center in L.A. and that is not an exaggeration. At the same time, I have played in very small “cold” gyms, too. Our gym looks like an old warehouse, probably because it is, but it’s a great home-court advantage and we have yet to lose at home.
CF.C: Have you been able to keep up with the Cougars?
Rochestie: Of course I follow the Cougs. I write about them on my Twitter page, usually before and after each game. I am happy to see them winning and wish I could watch all their games.
CF.C: Have you been following your replacement at point guard, freshman Reggie Moore?
Rochestie: I heard a good amount about Moore before he came in and knew we were lucky to get him. Every time I look on the website ( www.cougfan.com), I see a new picture of him dunking, which is not what the fans were seeing from their point guard the last couple of years.
CF.C: What was Christmas like in Germany?
Rochestie: Christmas over here is amazing. There is a Christmas market that has been up since the start of December and remains up until New Year’s. Unlike any other spirit you have seen before. They really know how to bring in the holidays and it will be one of the things I miss the most when I leave.
CF.C: Has your family been able to visit you?
Rochestie: My mom is actually here right now, and my dad has been out here one time as well. My brother, Alex, is coming in January and my cousin, Shaw, is coming to live with me for a couple months starting in February.
CF.C: Are you glad you moved to Germany to start your pro career?
Rochestie: My time at WSU passed so fast, and I wish I could have slowed it down, so I’m trying to slow down the time here because it’s amazing.
CF.C: What are your future plans?
Rochestie: I am not looking to next year’s plans, just too busy enjoying the time I have here.