New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Judd Flavell

What is your full name?

Judd Kiely Flavell

Why did you choose the game of basketball? 

My Dad started playing and put a hoop up at home and we never looked back.

You have played for the Tall Blacks and in the Australian and New Zealand NBL, which squad has been your favourite?

Absolutely 100% the Tall Blacks.

You are a role model for young men and women, what advice do you have for them getting into basketball?

Put a hoop up at home. Unstructured practice time that’ll help you master your skills along with improving your creativity.

What are the ultimate highlights in your basketball playing career? 

Putting on the Tall Blacks singlet for the first time v Canada 1999. Tall Blacks series victory over Australia 2001. Tall Blacks 4th place 2002 World Champs.

What were the deciding factors in becoming a Coach after your humble basketball career?

Always knew I had a natural intuition for it. Timing was perfect with playing career winding down and the NZ Breakers had an opening.

What has been the ultimate highlights so far in your Coaching career? 

4 Championships as AC with the Breakers. 2 Championships as HC with Auckland Pirates and Southland Sharks. AC with the Tall Blacks and HC with the Junior Tall Blacks. Coaching abroad with South East Melbourne Phoenix.

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

My Mum and Dad who laid the foundation and put the ball in my hands and gave so much when I was growing up. My Wife and kids who have been my biggest support base and been in my corner every step of the way.

Who is the ultimate referee in New Zealand?

Marty Davidson and Dallas Pickering. Good refs along with both being great communicators.

Who is the ultimate women’s basketball player in New Zealand?

Micaela Cocks has had an impressive career and works her butt off. Charlisse Leger-Walker is super exciting, looking forward to watching her career.

Who is the ultimate mens basketball player from New Zealand? 

Pero Cameron and Mika Vukona. Ultimate winners and warriors. I’d always feel confident with one of them on our team regardless who we playing.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being Coach?

Numerous but ultimately having an influence on developing people (players and staff).

What are the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned?

Air Jordan 4’s (black)

Using basketball as a tool, what life lessons can you instill in the players you coach?

Perseverance – Push through the obstacles and set backs that are part of the journey.

Passion – Love what you do and do what you love.

If you had one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be?

Don’t over think it, just relax and enjoy the moment.

#BuildTheCulture 🏀

Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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