Ben Madgen

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Ben Madgen
No. 9 – South East Melbourne Phoenix
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueNBL
Personal information
Born (1985-02-07) 7 February 1985 (age 34)
Williamstown, South Australia
NationalityAustralian
Listed height193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight92 kg (203 lb)
Career information
High schoolFaith Lutheran College
(Tanunda, South Australia)
CollegeAugusta (2006–2010)
NBA draft2010 / Undrafted
Playing career2010–present
Career history
2010–2015Sydney Kings
2015–2016Verviers-Pepinster
2016–2017Lietkabelis Panevėžys
2017–2018Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2018–2019Crailsheim Merlins
2019–presentSouth East Melbourne Phoenix
Career highlights and awards

Ben Madgen (born 7 February 1985) is an Australian professional basketball player for the South East Melbourne Phoenix of the National Basketball League (NBL).

High school career[edit]

Born in Williamstown, South Australia, Madgen played basketball at Faith Lutheran College[1] in Tanunda, South Australia and was a member of the 2002 state championship winning team.[2] Before moving to the United States to attend college, Madgen spent the 2005–06 NBL season with the Adelaide 36ers as a development player.

College career[edit]

Madgen played four years of college basketball for Augusta State University from 2006 to 2010. Upon completing his college career in 2010, he was the all-time leading scorer for the Jaguars and the Peach Belt Conference with 2,306 points.[3] On 3 March 2010, his No. 1 jersey was retired, becoming the only active Jaguars player to have his jersey retired.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Sydney Kings[edit]

Madgen signed with the Sydney Kings for the 2010–11 NBL season and won the NBL Rookie of the Year.[5][6] In 2012–13, Madgen was named the NBL Most Improved Player and earned All-NBL First Team honours.[7] He led the NBL in scoring in 2012–13 with 17.9 points per game.[8][9]

On 10 October 2013, Madgen was named in the Sydney Kings 25th Anniversary Team.[10]

On 20 March 2014, Madgen re-signed with the Kings on a two-year deal.[11] On 15 May 2015, he exercised an option in his contract in order to leave the club and pursue playing opportunities in Europe.[12]

Belgium[edit]

On 14 August 2015, Madgen signed with VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster of Belgium for the 2015–16 season.[13] In 30 games, he averaged 19.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

Lithuania[edit]

On 18 August 2016, Madgen signed with Lietkabelis Panevėžys of the Lithuanian League.[14] He helped Lietkabelis reach the LKL finals and the Lithuanian Cup final, losing in both to BC Žalgiris.

On 17 June 2017, Madgen signed with Lietuvos rytas, returning to Lithuania for a second stint.[15] Madgen once again played in the LKL finals and the Cup final, but once again lost both to Žalgiris.

Germany[edit]

In August 2018, Madgen signed with the Crailsheim Merlins of the Basketball Bundesliga.[16]

South East Melbourne Phoenix[edit]

On 19 February 2019, Madgen signed with the South East Melbourne Phoenix, a franchise entering the NBL for the 2019–20 season.[17]

National team career[edit]

After being selected in the Boomers squad for the Sino-Australia Challenge against China in June 2013,[18] Madgen sustained a right ankle subtalar dislocation during training only a day after game one of the four-game series.[19]

Personal[edit]

Madgen is the son of Gene and Deborah Madgen, and has a brother, Jack, and two sisters, Carly and Tess. His brother Jack originally played basketball before switching to football.[20][21] His sister Tess also plays basketball.[22]

In May 2014, Madgen married Bria Kirk.[23]

In 2014, Madgen was studying a Master of Business Administration.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ben Madgen". aug.edu. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  2. ^ SA High School Winning Schools
  3. ^ Gay, Chris (17 May 2010). "Augusta State's Madgen reflects on college career". chronicle.augusta.com. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Jaguars in the Pros". jaguarsroar.com. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  5. ^ NBL Rookie of the year – andthefoul.net
  6. ^ Co-captain Ben Madgen rising to Kings' challenge
  7. ^ "NBL Award Winners". Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  8. ^ Madgen becomes latest signing for new SE Melbourne Phoenix
  9. ^ NBL leading scorer Ben Madgen joins Melbourne Phoenix
  10. ^ Sydney Kings 25th anniversary team honour heals the wounds for Shane
  11. ^ Sydney re-sign Madgen, Garlepp
  12. ^ MADGEN TO PURSUE EUROPE
  13. ^ Verviers-Pepinster signs Ben Madgen and Darrell Williams
  14. ^ Ben Madgen inks with KK Lietkabelis
  15. ^ "Lietuvos Rytas inks Ben Madgen". Archived from the original on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  16. ^ Ben Madgen moves to Germany, signs with Crailsheim Merlins
  17. ^ "South East Melbourne Sign Ben Madgen". NBL.com.au. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  18. ^ BOOMERS TEAM NAMED FOR SINO-AUSTRALIA CHALLENGE
  19. ^ Boomers star Ben Madgen out of China series with ankle injury
  20. ^ 14 Jack Madgen
  21. ^ Jack Madgen – collingwoodfc.com.au
  22. ^ a b Take 40: Ben Madgen
  23. ^ Kings wed their Queens

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