Catching up with Max De Geest

Max playing at the FIBA U19 World Cup

Max De Geest is heading into his freshman year at Long Beach State University. Max is orginally from Oamaru where he attended Waitaki Boys before he moved to Christhcurch to attend Christs College from Year 11 to Year 13. Max trained with the Canterbury Rams and New Zealand Breakers before heading over to start at Long Beach State.

Long Beach start their season in a month against UCLA. They play Quinn Clinton and St Mary’s on November the 14th. Other big games include games against Stanford, Arizona and USC.

We are looking forward to following Long Beach’s progress throughout the season.

Recently we caught up with Max and asked him how his transition has been going.

How has your start at Long beach been? My start at long beach has been relatively smooth. Coaches and players welcomed me and made the transition as easy as possible. We went on a preseason trip to Puerto Rico which was great for team building.

What have the biggest changes been? Biggest changes aside from the level of talent and athleticism over here has been the food, weather, and just the culture.

What degree are you taking? Business Majoring in marketing.

How hard has it been to juggle study and training? Like I said earlier it took me about a week to adjust handling both school work and basketball but the education advisers and coaches have made it a lot easier for me to juggle both.

We look forward to following Max and his Long Beach State’s team throughout the season.

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About the Mainland Eagles Academy

The Mainland Eagles Academy was established in 2014 by the Canterbury Regional Basketball Foundation to support male and female high school players & coaches throughout the South Island in their development through regular training’s & education.  The Academy will expose players & coaches to an environment that will promote holistic education.  Players & Coaches will be supported with pathways guidance including tertiary opportunities here in New Zealand and in the United States as well as professional opportunities overseas.

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