Introducing Coach Mes to High Performance Hoops Network and a preface for Seekamp's blog
Pictured above: Coach Mes in action with Cabra College
I was lucky enough to help coach Nicole Seekamp when she won a Silver medal at the U14 National Club Championships in 2005, and then again as an U18 when she gained a scholarship to the CoE. Her family originally made the big commitment in commuting from the Riverland to Adelaide every weekend for games and practices starting when she was 12 years old, as not only did she have natural talent, but also a goal and a dream to play College basketball in the US. For her last 2 years of High School, she chose to attend school in Adelaide so that she could do more individual sessions and attend the NITP program and the results paid off.
The extreme challenges we face to support these athletes, often going it alone as coaches at club level, is why this platform has been setup, to support pathways of our athletes, and resonates so well with Seekamp’s account. In this context I was proud to see the U20 SA men win the national title this week. The SA basketball journey of late has been an amazing one for our boys. Working with a large contingent of the SA boys, seeing the setbacks they faced when not making state teams or high performance programs and/or not even hitting the radar of Australian Development Camps and programs, offering them an alternate path, to seeing the extreme development and improvement they did through their sheer work ethic and determination. Today these players are amongst the greatest junior male players this state has produced and up there with the best current prospects in Australia. This extreme challenge we faced to support these kids, at times going it alone, is why we setup this platform originally and resonates so well with Seekamp’s account. Her story of overcoming setback and adversity, in the case of Seekamp not making the NCAA tournament that 2nd year after coming so close. Then winning a National Invitational Tournament championship instead, still finding her and her team’s way into national championship success and history.
Winning a National Invitational Tournament championship, still finding her and her team’s way into national championship success and history.
Despite the challenges, Nicole has now done most everything there is to do on the basketball pathway. Attending the CoE, MVP of the U20 National Championships, Representing Australia. But the college basketball experience, in her own words, is her greatest experience. Nicole leads her school, South Dakota University all-time in assists and steals, and is also second all time in scoring. And was a conference player of the year. She has played in both the NCAA tournament and the WNIT.
Here you will see how the end of year college tournaments in college basketball are held in such high regard not only by the public, but also cement players legacies at the schools they attend.