Hungry Jack's NBL
Madgen to pursue Europe
Sydney Kings guard Ben Madgen has exercised an option in his contract that will allow him to leave the club after five seasons to pursue playing opportunities in Europe. Madgen joined the Kings in 2010 and has continued to develop both on and off the court throughout his time with the club to emerge as one of the preeminent Australian players in the National Basketball League. Despite having the option to play one more year on his current contract, Madgen felt it was time to fulfil a personal goal of playing professionally in Europe. “I’ve been working towards playing in Europe for a few years now. I feel a new challenge and new experience would be really beneficial for me,” said Madgen. “The ideal scenario would be to spend a few seasons overseas and become a better player before returning to Sydney and helping the Kings win a championship to finish my career.” Madgen had a breakout 2012/13 campaign that saw him lead the league in scoring and has been Co-captain of the Kings for the past three seasons. He averaged 15.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2 apg during the 2014/15 season while shooting a career best 85.6 per cent from the free throw line. Sydney Kings General Manager, Rod Harys, said Ben has the club’s blessing to pursue his goal. “While it is disappointing for the Kings to lose a key player and leader in Ben, it is an exciting opportunity for him to take up and we wish him the best of luck as he embarks on the next chapter of his career in Europe,” said Harys. Madgen said the decision to leave the club was a tough one but he will always be grateful for the support from Kings fans. “The past five years have been fantastic. All the loyal support that the fans give us each and every game is unbelievable,” said Madgen. “Captaining this club has been a huge honour and is something I will always cherish.” The club would like to thank Ben for all his hard work and dedication over the past five seasons and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavours abroad. The National Basketball League free agency period begins today and the list will be available via nbl.com.au from 11:30am AEST.