Preface by Janx....
I've been a big fan of Angus Glover for some time.
First seeing him emerge as a future Australian junior at U16 National Champs in Adelaide in 2013 and then again emerge as a future Boomer at U18 National Champs in Ballarat in 2015 was awesome to watch. He played on the court with a great work ethic, team spirit, efficiency and very skilled for his size and level of athleticism.
Last July I was asked to Assistant Coach at the Centre of Excellence Elite Prospects Combine, and Angus was on our team (team Gold). He was just coming back from a knee injury which would have been tough for him but exciting at the same time. He was under specialist orders to phase into the games and not play all the games so he played a couple of games and worked with the coaches in the others. He is a phenomenal guy. You could see how much he had missed playing and was just so excited to play again, he loves the game. His insights and scouts during the combine for our team showed basketball knowledge, leadership and IQ developed well beyond his years. Even though I was coming in as an outsider he was so respectful and would at times just keep talking and talking hoops, he was so excited to be back playing, which was a lot of fun to see. He is one of those kids that you work with for a brief time that you remember afterwards as much for how good a player they are, as well as being a great bloke.
Pictured: Team Gold at the Basketball Australia prospects combine, with Angus 2nd in from the left.
I have spoken to some of Angus’ South Aussie born team mates (in the CoE and/or National sides) about him and here is one of them had to say:
“Angus is a great competitor. Playing at the point, he gets his teammate involved really well. He's really good off the dribble can get really hot from outside. Great athlete, can dunk on your much bigger guys!.... He is also a great kid off the court.”
Another team mate of Angus’ comments:
“Angus is one of those kids in which you know every time he steps onto the court, he's ready to compete. And he wants to win, no matter what he does, whether it's basketball or anything in life, he is a natural winner - a characteristic that is sometimes hard to find but very valuable. He will do anything he can to win and he makes his teammates better in the process by keeping them accountable at all times. There's never a dry moment with Angus, he'll always be doing something to make the time off the court enjoyable. He always has a joke to provide a laugh, and you can count on him to take that joke way too far. Awesome guy”
Obviously he is highly respected and liked by his team mates too.
I've asked Angus' parents to blog on "Raising an elite athlete, whilst raising a great person", primarily Mandy (his Mum) has written the answers below, with input from Allan (his Dad). In talking to them it strikes how proud they are of their son for his personal values and qualities, even more so than they are for his significant basketball achievements so far. The more I spoke with them the more I realised that they were keen to be self -deprecating in Angus’ achievements, preferring to acknowledge and credit HIS sacrifice for where he is today. However, reading between the lines, of their honest account of his journey, and knowing the sacrifices parents of elite kids make for their kids they certainly did make a lot sacrifices. National Championships, which they refer as opportunities for them to holiday and catch some hoops too, drives from Illawarra to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, early morning practices, coaching his teams and much more. Clearly they would not have had it any other way. They are loving parents but you can see they don’t overly invest emotionally into his oncourt success or failures, not riding that roller coaster too much. With maybe the exception, understandably, at his first World Championships, if you read what they say about the emotions of that. They DO prefer to place much greater value on the positive values and character traits that their son developed through the sport than any oncourt basketball success or failure. In Angus’ case I’d say more success than failure but there were clearly bumps on the road.
As parents if our sport helps to develop young men like Angus, and many others, such as all of our featured athletes, then surely the investment and sacrifice made is a worthwhile one.
It is a challenge blogging at times because you really do put yourself out there a bit. Especially in the context of blogging about one’s family. The Glovers do understand the positive purpose of this blog and want to offer their great insights and experience to other parents, through this platform, going through similar adventures. This is also first time I have directly asked for a blog from virtual strangers and I really appreciate the willingness to help us all by providing these insights, showing their community spirit and values in the process.
Over to the Glovers.....
Allan and I have never “blogged” before so here goes:
Your own sporting background?
Allan and I both played basketball as juniors. Allan played junior rep for Illawarra up until under 16s when he then decided to concentrate on his other love, golf. Allan is now a very good junior basketball coach. I played basketball at a junior and senior rep level and also re