After a successful freshman year at Tulane, and three great seasons at Washington State University, guard Taylor Rochestie has moved on to bigger and better things.
We had a chance to catch up with Taylor, who currently plays for ALBA Berlin in the first division of the German Bundesliga. Prior to that, he played for Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey.
BW: What have you been up to since graduating from Washington State in 2009?
TR: I decided to go overseas and play basketball after graduating from WSU. Ever since I was in the sixth grade, my dream was to play ball in Europe and be a pro baller. Having that come true and living out that childhood dream has been crazy for me.
BW: What has living in Turkey taught you about yourself and about the American way of life in general?
TR: Living in Turkey was really crazy at first. Istanbul is so overwhelming, with people everywhere and it’s full of cars. I would say that the way of life in Istanbul, as well as Europe in general, is a great way to live. We have lots of long meals, and spend time together having tea, or just sitting outside.
I never thought I would be having tea in the middle of the day for no reason, but it’s awesome. Despite the fact that there were so many people doing so many things at the same time, nothing ever felt rushed in Turkey.
I learned that people there truly enjoy their time. I have to admit, though, I love America, and the California lifestyle that I am used to, so it’s tough for me to say which is better.
BW: Why did you choose to transfer to ALBA in Berlin, Germany? How do you like it? Can you speak German?
TR: Coming to ALBA was a decision made by myself, coaches, and my agent. It was the right career move for me and since I have been here, I’ve felt very comfortable in the new system with the new team.
I can understand a little bit of German, but I don’t really speak it or try to that much.
BW: Who are your closest friends in the basketball world, especially now that you are overseas?
TR: My closest friends are absolutely my teammates. Not only do you spend a lot of time together, but you share a lot of memories and great times in your life.
Being an American basketball player out here, it is easy and nice to hang out with other Americans who are going through the same situation that you are.
BW: What was your most memorable moment as a player at WSU?
TR: It would definitely be making the Sweet 16 and the feeling of going to the NCAA Tournament. There is really nothing like March Madness and the excitement that surrounds it.
BW: If you could have any career outside of professional basketball, what would it be and why?
TR: As far as another profession, to me, there’s no better alternative. I’m living a dream and I still smile when I think about how lucky I am. I’m going to stick with this for a bit and see how it goes.
Here at HTB, we wish Taylor and the rest of his squad best of luck as they compete for the Bundesliga championship title.
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