Joe Ingles has won an NBL championship, a Euroleague championship and now has his eyes on an Olympic medal.
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Southern Tigers (SA)
Joe Ingles holds the record for highest scoring debut by an Australian in the NBL with dropping 29 points.
One of only two Australian’s to have won a Euroleague Championship (the other being David Andersen).
Joe Ingles forced his way onto the Australian National team as a 19 year old after an impressive rookie season in the NBL (2006/07). He’s been a core piece of the team through a number of international tournaments including 2 World Championships (2010, 2014) and 2 Olympic Games. (2008, 2012).
Despite wowing scouts for years with international efforts and performances in the Euroleage Ingles turned down numerous offers to develop his game, most famously when he elected to play Israeli giants Maccabi Tel Aviv instead of the Memphis Grizzlies who offered him NBA court time.
After a brief flirtation with the LA Clippers in the off-season, Ingles has become a solid contributor for the Utah Jazz. He appeared as a starter in more games during his rookie year than any other Australian other than Dante Exum and Andrew Bogut.
Ingles has been the “glue guy” within the Australia Boomers squad in recent years, twice being named Australian International Player of the Year (2009, 2012) and he will be a big part of the Boomers winning their first Olympic medal.
Player Trivia: Joe Ingles and Dante Exum were forced to be flight attendants during their rookie season after failing to wear their pink backpacks, which featured Disney’s Frozen characters on them to a team training session.