Broncos Offer 2017 Aussie Phenom Early

Daniel Mading arrived in the United States focused on just one thing: Getting better. At 15 years old, (Class of 2017), the Perth, Australia, native is a 6-foot-9 specimen. Even in a sport where tall players are the norm, Mading stands out among other sophomores.

"I'm taller than most players my age," Daniel Mading said Monday during a break at the Future All-American Camp in Reading, Penn. "It's a big advantage."

With size and skill in tow, Mading decided to call Gainesville, Fla., home so he could develop as a player and perfect his craft.

"I'm here on a student visa," Mading said. "(Playing here) gives me a better chance to get more D-1 scholarships and allows me to play against the top players in the class. There are a lot more good coaches over here."

Mading, who compares himself to Paul George of the Indiana Pacers because he can "guard positions both inside and outside," recently received an offer from Boise State.

 The Blue and Orange Store

"They offered me last week," Mading said. "I didn’t know much about the team until I started speaking to coach (assistant coach John) Rillie.

"He said he likes the way I work hard. He thinks I’m going to be something in the future and wanted to start recruiting me early."

The Broncos are no strangers to recruiting Down Under as Rillie is from Australia himself. Currently, three Aussie natives are on Boise State's roster; Anthony Drmic, Igor Hadziomerovic and Nick Duncan. The coaching staff didn't have to travel overseas to find Mading, however.

"The fact that the coach is from Australia is awesome," he said. "There are some connections there."

Mading, who will attend The Rock School in Gainesville, is receiving interest from Memphis, Florida and Ohio State, as well as many others. The young sophomore's only other offer is from James Madison, but that is sure to change.

"It makes me feel good," Mading said of the interest he is receiving from colleges. "It was worth moving to Florida."

It may yet be early in his recruitment, but Boise State is an intriguing option for Mading.

"They’re in a great conference," he said. "The coaching staff seems like they’re nice people. I like the conference. I would like to play there."

Bronco Country Top Stories