Q&A With Nick Fee

What is your full name and where are you from?

Nicholas Conor Fee, born in Feilding, New Zealand.

Why did you choose basketball?

I was raised on the sidelines, my parents met through basketball and it was in my blood from day 1. My first real taste of the game came when we moved to Missouri, USA from 2000-2002. Basketball was everywhere and I never looked back. 

What schools have you attended and what were your achievements and highlights?

St Peter’s College Palmerston North 2007-2009 and Palmerston North Boys High School, 2010-2011

I had a couple MVP years at each school, however my highlight was training with the Manawatu Jets in my last year of high school – training against the old heads really transcended my game.

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

Just have fun, enjoy the game with the people around you. I spent too many years taking the game seriously and isolating myself from my teammates – instead of working with them to get better. 

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

A few of my recent tours to China have been awesome. – 2016 3×3 World Champs – 2019 King of Kings Basketball Challenge.

Who has been your biggest influence in basketball and why?

My Parents for sure. They’ve coached me since I was a baby, and I still look to them for advice to this day.

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

Immerse yourself with others that share the same passion. I was obsessive about getting better, and once I got to university I found others that shared a similar passion for their sport – changed my life. 

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

Charlisse Leger-Walker, she’s a beast.

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

I loved watching Kirk Penney go to work! However in the last few years, Corey Webster is pretty tough to stop. 

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

ANBL would be awesome, but I don’t dwell on that much – I just put the work in, get better everyday and eventually I’ll get to where I’m meant to be.

Whats the best pair of basketball shoes you have owned?

Dame 4’s. Had them for one training, best shoes I had ever played in. Left them out overnight to air out and they were gone by the morning 😂

Who has been the toughest player that you have had to guard? 

Overseas was Dusan Bulut from Serbia, best 3×3 player in the world.In terms of Point Guards in NZ I’d have to say Shea Ili, impossible to guard in transition. 

Who is the G.O.A.T?

Lebron James. The versatility is unmatched.

#BuildTheCulture 🏀

Published by Jesse Wallis

Basketball Journalist

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