Height: 180 cm Position: Guard Number: 9
Junior Association: Barossa Valley [SA]
Junior District Club: Eastern Mavericks DBC [SA] U12- Premier league
International Debut: 2008
A fierce competitor from the moment she stepped on to a WNBL court, Madgen has quickly established herself as one of the most gifted offensive guards in Australia.
The sister of NBL and Boomers star Ben Madgen, the 180cm guard impressed in her time at the AIS, also helping Australia finish fifth at the 2009 FIBA Under 19 World Championship.
Joining the Bendigo Spirit proved the perfect platform for Madgen to show her wares, leading the Spirit in scoring and taking out back-to-back club MVP honours.
A surprise move to Bulleen and a switch to point guard saw a year of development and growth for Madgen, still averaging in the top 15 in scoring and top 10 in assists.
The 23-year-old fought her way back into Jayco Australian Opals consideration in 2013, impressing at the World University Games and helping the Emerging Opals to the bronze medal.
Madgen carried this form into the senior team, earning a spot in the Opals team that won the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship. This inspired Madgen to lead the young Melbourne Boomers to the WNBL finals.
Using her experience from previous years Madgen helped guide the Opals in their victory over New Zealand in the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship; securing a place in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Madgen also had a short stint with WNBA team Phoenix Mercury, before returning to the Melbourne Boomers in the WNBL.
2008-2010 – AIS (WNBL)
2010-2012 – Bendigo Spirit (WNBL)
2012-15 – Melbourne Boomers (WNBL)
2015-2015 – Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
2015- Melbourne Boomers (WNBL) 2016 –
FIBA Oceania Championships: 2011, 2013, 2015
FIBA 3X3 Women’s World Championships: 2012 (Bronze)
FIBA Oceania Championships: 2011, 2013
World University Games: 2011 (Bronze), 2013 (Bronze)
Jayco Australian Opal Tess Madgen checks in from Arizona in her first update from her debut season in the WNBA.
Madgen joins a host of other Australians including Cayla Francis, Leilani Mitchell and coach Sandy Brondello at the Mercury, who in 2015, will be defending their WNBA Championship title.
I have been in Phoenix, Arizona for three weeks now. Cayla and I stepped off the plane and were hit with the instant heat. Coming from Melbourne’s winter it was a bit of a shock and it is only getting hotter. It is 40 degrees Celsius this week and it is meant to get up to 50 degrees Celsius soon.
To cool off from the heat one of my teammates took us to ‘The Salt River’ and we spent the day tubing down the water, which was beautiful being surrounded by the mountainous desert scenery. If anyone gets a chance to come to Phoenix, you should definitely give it a crack.
However, there was an extreme downside to this trip. Coming from Australia I was a little bit arrogant about the American sun not burning me and was caught off guard when I came home looking like a lobster. Sandy quickly reminded me that we are in the middle of the desert and to slip, slop, slap so I won’t be making that mistake again…
To the business-side of things now, the first three weeks have been spent in training camp, which has been intense and tough – but I have loved every minute of it.
It is a dream come true to be playing alongside some of the best players in the world and I am learning new things every day. The players over here are longer, faster and more athletic, which is challenging but it is definitely going to make me better, and I am very excited about that.
I go to training at 8:30 every morning, get taped, go to the gym to lift weights or do injury prevention, then hit the court at 9:30 for pre-practice, which is all skills work. The coach that takes this is Diana Taurasi’s personal coach so I am learning a lot from him. We then train for two-and-a-half hours. That time is being cut back now coming into season, which we are all thankful about (hahaha).
We have our first game this Friday night, which I am very excited about! I’ll check in again in a couple of weeks.
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