Q&A With Morgan Maskell

What is your full name and where are you from?

Morgan Maskell – Born & Raised in Auckland, New Zealand.

Why did you choose the game of basketball?

It chose me. I’ve always loved it. I couldn’t tell you why. 

What schools did you attend and what were your achievements and highlights as a player?

Rangitoto College. Our teams did really well – I did not contribute to that as I was a very bad player! haha.

Please tell me about your involvement with basketball over the years?

Became a coach when I stopped playing after high school – wanted to learn to more so continued to learn from coaches all around Auckland and the country including Kenny Stone, Dave Mackay, Mike Fitchett and Zico Coronel etc.

What made you decide to become a Coach?

 I wanted to stay involved in the sport and enjoyed helping players feel confident.

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

Be honest, be genuine and try as hard as you can at all times. 

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

Representing New Zealand as Head Coach in the FIBA Oceania U15 Championships in 2018. 

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

Kenny Stone – my first mentor/head coach. Treated me like I was an equal and allowed me to absorb all of his knowledge. 

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

Charlisse Leger-Walker 

Who is the ultimate mens basketball player in New Zealand?  

Steven Adams

In terms of your Coaching career, what would be the pinnacle for you? 

Just continue to be able to be make a living from working within the sport 

Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned? 

I couldn’t tell you! 

You have recently taken up a job as the Lead Assistant Coach for the Franklin Bulls, how excited are you for the up and coming season? 

Incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with an excellent group of men, and to help each of them reach the next stage in their basketball career. 

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

Growth mindset is the biggest one. How we approach challenges, barriers and criticism. How we approach tasks we fail at and our attitude towards mistakes. 

Who was the toughest player you have had to guard? 

Not applicable – I never marked anyone good! haha 

#BuildTheCulture 🏀

Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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