Another day, another Flint pro athlete named a league MVP

May 30, 2012 in Cover Story, Professional

By Patrick Hayes

Thad McFadden, a Flint Southwestern graduate who played college basketball at St. Clair Community College and Fairmont State, was recently named Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and Import Player of the Year in the Czech Republic Basketball League by EuroBasket. Eric Woodyard of MLive talked to McFadden and, more importantly, McFadden’s mom about the award:

As soon as he said ‘Hello,’ she couldn’t hold back from telling her son the new information that she had just gathered from the internet.

Eurobasket.com released its All-Czech Republic League Awards for the 2011-12 basketball season and McFadden was picked as the league’s most valuable player.

“He didn’t even know,” Lisa McFadden said while chuckling. “I called him and said ‘Boy, you won!’ I was at work and just went to his page just to see what was going on and when I called him he said ‘Momma, quit playing.’”

McFadden averaged 18.2 points, 4.1 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game on 53 percent shooting and 39 percent 3-point shooting this season. He was recognized several times throughout the season — EuroBasket called him ‘the most exciting player’ in the league earlier this season.

McFadden is the third player from Flint to garner big-time recognition overseas this season. J’Nathan Bullock was the Player of the Year in Iceland and William Hatcher was named Guard of the Year in Cyprus.