WORCESTER Wolves new boy Robert Thurman has said he is loving life in the Faithful City.
Since his summer move, Thurman has made a terrific start in Wolves colours playing a key role in their impressive start to the season which has seen them win eight out of their first nine league games.
The 6ft 10ins centre played his college basketball at University of California Golden Bears where he earned a reputation as a hard-nosed competitor before furthering his basketball career by playing for Falcon Basketball Club in Denmark.
Thurman joined the Wolves after former player Will Creekmore advised director of basketball Paul James to take a close look at him with a view to a move.
And that advice seems to be paying dividends so far with his superb start resulting in being selected in the BBL Team of the Week on several occasions with the season less than two months gone.
Speaking to the Observer, Thurman said he was thrilled to be part of such a successful club.
“Being a Worcester Wolves player has been great,” he said. “The city has respect for our club which is pretty rare in European basketball, so that’s a great feeling.
“Worcester is a beautiful little city. The architecture is great, the people are nice and I have become quite impressed by its small city feel.
“Coach Paul James is known for winning so it is good to be back on a winning team. The whole team know how to handle success so that’s a very important aspect of basketball to further my career.”
The American said he has been impressed with the level of competition in the BBL and sees no reason why Wolves cannot win silverware.
“The BBL top teams are pretty good sides and I think teams like us and Newcastle could compete with Euro Challenge clubs for sure,” he added.
“Our start has been great. We have had a few slip ups but overall we have bounced back from them. I think if we play like we have been then we should be able to compete for the silverware left for us to get.”
And Thurman said he was thriving with his all-round role on the team, playing a vital role both offensively and defensively.
“I would say the lesson I have learned here is that I am asked to do the most on any team I play for.
“Here I am asked to block shots, rebound, score, play defence and make plays. I can’t say there are many players in the league that are asked to do all those things so it is a good lesson for me to expect everything.”
Wolves face Bristol Flyers on Friday (November 28).