The greatest scorer in Augusta State and Peach Belt Conference history returns home today.
After four years in the Garden City, Ben Madgen returns to Williamstown, Australia, with sights on a professional basketball career. Madgen hopes to play in his country's National Basketball League -- the top league in Australia. If he doesn't get signed, he'll consider playing in Europe.
After graduating with a business degree earlier this month, Madgen said he might put his diploma to work.
"It's just a wait-and-see game," he said.
Madgen, 25, departs Augusta after racking up Peach Belt player of the year, Southeast Region player of the year and All-American honors. He finished with 2,306 career points, helped his team amass a 110-23 record in his tenure and made three Elite Eight appearances. In March, Madgen became the only active player to have his number retired by Augusta State.
Before departing, Madgen shared his thoughts with The Augusta Chronicle on a variety of subjects.
On the best opposing player he faced: "Chris Commons from USC Aiken was great. Anthony Sargent from Georgia Southwestern was great, though he didn't necessarily play on a great team. He really played well. I remember he dropped 38 on us one time."
On his favorite memory: "All the regional championships really stand out. That (2009) Peach Belt Tournament was great, too. Especially winning on (USC Aiken's) home floor."
On Augusta State's future: "With (coach) Dip (Metress) at the helm, you're definitely going to have the chance to win a lot of games, because he always seems to be able to pull the magic out of his players. He recruits really well, and he recruits good people. I think they're going to be fine. I've seen a couple of the guys they've brought in so far and they're great players. All you need is Dip. After that, you've pretty much got a team."
On not winning a national championship: "There's nothing you can really pinpoint. You've just got to play your best. A lot of things factor in. It's just whoever's playing good at the time. Unfortunately, we haven't played our best when we've been up there."
On being the school and conference all-time leading scorer: "It's kind of weird. I saw they put the numbers up on the board (at Christenberry Fieldhouse). It looked weird seeing my name up there because of all the great players that have played here. It's definitely an honor I'll take home with me, and one all of us can celebrate. It just wasn't a one-man show."
On seeing his misspelled retired jersey ('Magden' instead of 'Madgen'): "At first, I wasn't too sure what was going on. I really didn't notice the whole time. Then coach said, "Did they spell your name wrong? I looked around and was like, "Ohhh."