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Ben Madgen | Determination, grit, toughness from Ben's juniors, US College, NBL and European career that we can all can learn from

November 9, 2018

Preface by Janx.....

 

Todd Matthews, who had significant success as a player at state and then collegiate level, then with the Norwood Flames in the Premier League, wrote an article called “Capturing the winning qualities of South Australian basketball”.  Todd spoke about the love he has for the game, importance of facing challenges and failures head on, training hard and building a culture in your program to win.  We think that Todd’s attitude and mindset captures the essence of success in South Australian athletes that succeed in our sport.  We have seen similar insights from Peter Hooley (ref: THAT moment. The years of preparation, the mindset and the delivery) and Brad Newley (ref: From SA to the AIS, to Europe, to the Olympics, and the NBL; Living the basketball dream) to name a few.

 

These cultures are contagious in teams, amongst cohorts of athletes, and when it happens we often see a club, state program go from strength to strength.  The key is to provide the opportunity for this culture and values to act as a launching pad for athletes into international and professional programs, leading by example for the next athletes coming through, building winning programs.  We want coaches from all over the world know the kind of athletes they will typically get from our state.  We hope that www.HighPerformanceHoopsNetwork.com helps facilitate these cultures and our featured athletes continue to set the standard for others to follow. 

 

 PICTURED (Pic source The Australian): 6'4'' Madgen spent 6 seasons with the Sydney Kings in the NBL before heading to Europe.