Preface by Coach Janx...
Having coached some great players and people over the years I would say that Tom Giles is one of my favorite former players. Embracing the game of basketball as a tool for personal, holistic development, and as a skilled 7 footer he was able to play at high levels too, be it for South Australia at U20s, Premier League for the Eastern Mavericks, the Australian Basketball Academy based out of Melbourne, US High School basketball with Lincoln High School or spending time on NBL training squads with the Adelaide 36ers and Newcastle Falcons.
I am proud of Tom and the values, work ethic and his want to put back into the community. I would like think that for Tom, like former junior team mate Daniel Carlin (article here: Focussing on what counts in the game – some lessons from the journey so far), the sport played a big part where they developed their holistic values, traits and skills. Most articles athletes that write here demonstrate holistic, character and values development, which is one of the things that I think basketball does so well and Tom speaks of the virtues of this too. Some examples of these ideas from other articles include:
PICTURED: Tom play for the SA state team in U20s with a range of athletes that would go onto the collegiate ranks,coached by Brad Davidson, currently Assistant Coach at University of South Dakota.
For Featured Athletes and others in the college system, one of the important things athletes need to focus on in their college journey is their