By Rory Coleman-Heard – The Kalgoorlie Miner
20th August 2019
Ethan McGhie was voted the Goldfields Giants Division One men’s Most Valuable Player on Sunday, ahead of gifted young SBL teammate Riley Duncan.
“I certainly wasn’t 100 per cent sure if I’d win the award,” McGhie said. “It’s pretty competitive, so I can’t say I was thinking too much about it … it’s a real honour.”
McGhie averaged 16.1 points a game in a team that struggled to score, almost double the amount of the Giants’ next best in Duncan.
While determined to earn more time on court in the SBL, McGhie said he enjoyed honing his craft with Scott Manton’s side.
“That’s definitely the end goal, playing the SBL, but at the same time it’s good to get the chance to play division one,” McGhie said.
“We’re all there to improve to get to an SBL level, I suppose.
“Playing against guys in the SBL prepares you for division one because you’re playing against guys who are better, bigger and stronger.”
Having played just 19 SBL minutes in 23 games, McGhie could be excused if he wanted to search for opportunities elsewhere.
But the 198cm forward is content in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, provided he can progress his career ambitions as an electrician.
“I’m actually looking for an electrical apprenticeship, so it sort of depends on that, but I’d definitely want to stick around if possible.”
McGhie said the highlight of his season was watching the development of several young teammates including Sam Morrow, who made his SBL debut this season.