[phpwiki]Ben Madgen

Player Info

 Position       Guard/Forward
 Height         6Ft 4
 Years Active   2011 - Current
 Championships  None
 Teams          Sydney Kings
 Numbers        #1 (Syd)

Awards

 NBL Most Improved Player 2013
 NBL Rookie of the year 2011
 All NBL First Team 2013
 NBL All-Star 2013

League Leaders

 Top 5 PPG 2013

Career Highs

 Points   33, 3rd March 2013 V Crocs
 Rebounds 12, 21st January 2011 V Hawks
 Assists   6, Multiple times
 Blocks    2, Multiple times
 Steals    3, Multiple times
 3Pt Made  6, 16th March 2014 V 36ers

History

Stats

 Season M  FGM-A     FG%  3PM-A    3P%  FTM-A     FT%  OFF DEF TOT AST STL BLK TO  PF  PTS Team
 2014	28 150 - 342 43.9 47 - 121 38.8 79 - 99   79.8 0.8 2.5 3.3 2.4 0.7 0.1 1.7 2.0 15.2 Kings
 2013	30 201 - 456 44.1 39 - 129 30.2	105 - 123 85.4 0.7 2.8 3.4 2.4 0.8 0.2 2.0 2.1 18.2 Kings
 2012	28 136 - 336 40.5 29 - 95  30.5 63 - 89   70.8 0.6 2.6 3.2 1.8 0.6 0.1 1.9 1.7 13.0 Kings
 2011   27 93 - 204  45.6 24 - 63  38.1 59 - 78   75.6 0.6 2.3 2.9 1.3 0.4 0.0 1.3 2.0 10.0 Kings

Madgen signed with the Sydney Kings for the 2010-11 NBL season after a great college career at Augusta State. Madgen was also a development player for the Adelaide 36ers in 2005-06 but did not play a regular season game.

After a slow start to his NBL career, Ben stormed into the second half of his debut NBL season, including 22 points in 24 minutes against the Melbourne Tigers on March 6th 2011. The Kings finished last but Madgen was awarded the NBL Rookie Of The Year award for 2010-11.

2011-12 season saw Madgen emerge as the Kings third option on offense behind Julian Khazzouh and Anatoly Bose. But Madgen did not come into his own until former King Shane Heal took over as head coach. Heal used Madgen as his go to man in the clutch and his main scorer from the outside. The Kings missed out on the playoffs for the 2nd straight season but the future seemed bright for Ben and the Sydney Kings. Ben scored a (then) career high 30 points against the Blaze on March 4th.

Madgen got off to a flying start in 2012-13 averaging over 21 points per game in November, named NBL player of the week in round 4 and was named to the NBL All-Star game. Madgen was considered in MVP talks for most of the season until a shoulder injury slowed his production down mid-way through the season. The Kings secured a playoff position in the final round of the season despite injury to Corin Henry. This was the first time the Kings & Madgen had made the playoffs since returning to the NBL. But the Kings would lose to the NZ Breakers 2-0.

In 2012-13 Madgen was named to the All-Star team, All NBL First Team & won the NBL Most Improved Player award. Ben's best game of the season was against the Townsville Crocs on March 3rd when he scored a career high 33 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

During the off season Madgen injured his ankle and was expected to sit out the first month of the season, however he recovered in time for the start of the season but struggled throughout the first 4 weeks. On November 8th Madgen erupted for 31 points against the Cairns Taipans and as the new year ticked over Madgen's play improved to his 2012-13 form. The Kings however missed out on the playoffs after a late season slump. Madgen was re-signed by the Kings in March 2014.


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