One on one with Melinda Miklós

Gepubliceerd op 28 april 2024 om 12:00

From her earliest days, Melinda Miklós' passion for basketball has burned brightly, igniting the courts with her innate prowess and determination. As a member of Hungary's national youth team, she honed her skills under the mentorship of seasoned coaches. Join us as we delve into the remarkable journey of Melinda Miklós! Photo: FIBA Europe

1.  How did you start playing basketball?

“My mom played basketball before. When I was a kid, I watched her playing and I liked the whole game. I think that’s the reason why I am playing basketball.”

2.  How have you adapted to playing in the Hungarian A-Division compared to your previous experiences?

When I got to the Division A, I was still very young, only 14 or 15 years old. I had to get into the rhythm quickly, but it's a completely different level.

3.  Can you describe a memorable moment from your EuroLeague debut with Atomeromu KSC Szekszard?

Definitely! I would say when we played against Avenida in overtime. We lost but I am so blessed that in that age I was able to play in Euroleague, because I learned a lot there.

4.  What are some of your strengths as a basketball player?

“What I am on the court, I am playing based on what I see. Because of my length, I can play on different positions and take advantage of that, for example in speed or taking shots.”

5.  What challenges have you faced in your basketball career, and how have you overcome them?

Every athlete is facing a lot of challenges. For me, it was the same and it still is, because you will always have different problems. I am trying to find a solution and I think a psychologist can help a lot also and that's not a shame at all. You want to grow like a person too, and they’re just trying to help you to find your way.

6.  What aspects have you improved the most since she joined Atomeromu KSC Szekszard?

“I always played here since I was a kid, but in A-Division I improved in everything. I am thankful for that, that I got the opportunity to get stronger.”

7. What advice would you give to young basketball players?

“Always follow your dreams! Put a lot of hard work in it and it will pay off. Don’t forget to enjoy either, because if you’re young, you just need to play and have fun.”

8. What adjustments have you had to make in your game when transitioning from youth to senior-level basketball?

“First of all, the contact is much more than in a youth team, so you have to pick up the rhythm and physicality.”

9.  What role do you play in the development of younger players within your team?

“Well luckily I am still young, but I am trying to help them to feel comfortable if they’re making mistakes, because I know exactly how they feel when they’re doing their best and still you have to learn.”

10.  Looking back on your journey so far, what are some of the proudest moments for you in your basketball career?

I would say that I have grown a lot from the beginning and I see the way how I started and where I am now. I am proud that we made to the Final Four in eurocup, we made it to the Euroleague twice, we played two finals until now and we made through some ups and downs. So I am proud for the whole journey.”

Photo: FIBA Europe

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