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Former Great Britain point guard Richard Midgley has been hired as a West Coast scout for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.
Midgley, who has been Head Coach of his alma mater, Modesto Christian High School, since 2014 (and an assistant since 2011), makes the jump to the pro ranks following interviews with the Hawks front office staff after a recommendation from one of his former coaches at the University of California.
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“Once I heard about the position I was very excited about the role and felt it was a job I could do well,” Midgley, who posted a 62-6 record with Modesto Christian, told Hoopsfix.
“I feel blessed to work for a great organisation, Atlanta Hawks, with the scouting team they have in place. I love what I do at the high school level but this was an opportunity I could not pass up and my family and I are very excited for this next chapter.
“The interview process/job opportunity has come about very quickly. My only focus now is finalising my last few days at Modesto Christian (meeting with my players etc) and then preparing to do the best job I can with the Hawks. I am excited for all the new challenges I will have this year in this role.”
Midgley was one of the most dominant forces ever in junior basketball in England, had a successful college career with the Cal Bears – where as a Freshman he sank a game-winning three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the overtime to give the eight-seeded Cal Bears a dramatic 76–74 win over North Carolina State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament – but his career was hampered by injury, as he split time in the BBL with Newcastle Eagles and Everton Tigers before retiring early.
Midgley first represented the Great Britain Senior men in 2007, having attended training camp in 2006, and was a part of their Eurobasket 2009 squad.
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