The Dream - Division One Basketball
‘Playing basketball in America is something I have always wanted to do so I have always tried to keep in touch with basketball players and coaches over here so I had a better idea of what the system was like and how to get in it.’ Maguire had the dream set out from the start and made sure she gave herself the best possible chance of achieving that dream. Having got to the Hun School of Princeton Raiders, Maguire made the most of her chance to shine as she soon moved on to Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey. ‘I am a sophomore at Saint Peter’s where I play for the Saint Peter’s Peacocks! Playing Division One has always been a dream and a goal of mine so I am glad to say I have achieved that.’
Irish basketball and American basketball are different in many ways meaning it’s not just a simple switch-over, getting to know a new way of playing can be a challenging adjustment for any younger player, yet Maguire got to grips with the change in game-play very quickly, ‘Irish basketball is much more physical, whereas in America fouls are called much more lightly, so that was definitely an adjustment. Also, the game at home is much more passing oriented, with players doing a lot of things in their position, whereas the American game is very focused on role-playing so for example, if you are a shooter you simply shoot.’ A good knowledge and a quick understanding of the changes in the game being played around you can be very important for your future in any sport, so it was good that the former Elks guard figured out these developments for the benefit of her own game in the future.