1 On 1 With Nick Madray @ Nationals
Published by Ali Ahmed on August 5, 2011
Nick Madray has one goal and one goal only, to make it to the top. His recent selection to the Team Ontario U17 squad has only been a compliment of his amazing journey towards the top of our rankings. The 6’9 forward from Stephen Lewis Secondary School has been shining on the AAU circuit with CIA Bounce and isn’t stopping there. CROWN has been dedicated to covering all the action at the Nationals this week and had a chance to sit down with one of Canada’s highly touted players.
CROWN: How has your week been so far at the Nationals?
My week has been great with my Team Ontario family. It’s been really fun on and off the court with my teammates and coaches.
CROWN: How does it feel being chosen to represent Ontario at this tournament?
It feels good to know that all my hard work from this year is paying off and being recognized since I got cut from roster the first time I tried out. I feel very humbled to be representing my province and Team Ontario at the Nationals.
CROWN: How do you feel about Team Ontario currently being 3-0 and looking to be the favourite to win gold?
We’re feeling unstoppable at this point. We have blown out every team so far and our team chemistry keeps rising to new heights. With our home really supporting us, we are really confident about winning gold on our home soil.
CROWN: Do you think you’ve picked up any skills and lessons from playing at the Nationals?
The Team Ontario coaches were amazing. They helped me improve my skill set by teaching me new post moves and polishing my jump shot. They also taught me to play physically smarter and to be dominant. I learned that to achieve my goals, I need to push myself like never before in order to become successful. It’s all in the effort!
CROWN: What would you say are some of your strengths and weaknesses as the tournament progresses?
I have an advantage over most big players when it comes to height, strength, and skill advantage. I’m going to use these strengths inside and help my team win. I need to communicate more because I see everything that happens in the paint and it will help my guards locate their man quicker.
CROWN: Similar to representing Ontario at the Nationals, are you hoping to eventually represent Canada as a country on an even bigger stage?
If I had the chance to, I would love to play for my country. I’m going to Findlay Prep this season with a good work ethic and see where it takes me. Stay tuned!
CROWN: What was the reasoning behind your decision to go to prep school in the US? How would it help you as a player moving forward?
I decided to go to Findlay Prep because I wanted to be exposed to a higher and more diverse level of competition. I believe that I can really develop my skills and take my game to another level by attending prep school. Also, I like the fact that I would be able to practice and play along side high caliber teammates. Many NBA players have graduated from Findlay Prep so that’s why I believe it is the best path to take to hopefully reaching my goal of becoming a pro.
CROWN: Which colleges are currently interested in you? Have any offered?
Right now I have offers from New Mexico and Rice. I am getting strong interest from Syracuse, Virginia, UNLV, Santa Clara, Detroit, Iowa State, Boston College, and Clemson.
CROWN: If each of those schools were to give you an offer, which college would you rather commit to?
If I had an offer from these schools I would attend Syracuse. It’s because I visited Syracuse twice and they visited my school a few times to watch me play. They’ve shown that they care a lot and that they’re interested in me playing for them.
CROWN: Could you tell us a bit about your experience winning the ESPN Super Showcase U16 championship?
This AAU season with CIA Bounce was a blast. Winning the Super Showcase U16 title in Orlando was the icing on the cake. We went there to win the championship, and we delivered. Now we are the first Canadian team to ever win that tournament. I’m excited for another AAU season with CIA Bounce. We are going to make even more noise.