NEWCASTLE, England – A Calais grad, who worked her way up from UMaine walk on, to regular starter by her senior year, Maddy McVicar is not done on the court just yet.
“I figured if I was going to go travel I may as well continue school as well so this was kind of a good opportunity to do both,” said McVicar.
Fresh off the best year of her college career, McVicar has signed a deal with one of the top franchises in the British Basketball League, the Newcastle Eagles.
“It’s been such an easy transition, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of teammates to come in to, they’re all so talkative and outgoing, and I’m not like that when I first meet people, so it’s nice to have people to go out of their way to talk to you and do things with you,” said McVicar.
The move was inspired by the same one made by former UMaine forward Sheraton Jones, who became a fan favorite with the affiliated Northumbria University team.
“We’ve got Black Bears all over the world…the [Newcastle} coach had come over here prior to Sheraton going there, and there’s connections everywhere, so it’s pretty cool,” said Amy Vachon, UMaine women’s basketball head coach.
Along with playing for the Eagles, McVicar is also enrolled in a masters program in mechanical engineering at Northumbria, giving her options once she finishes school.
“If I really like it over here this year, and I like the idea of going other places, if I got the opportunity to play elsewhere, or here, it’s something I’d have to think about, and if not I’d go back to the state and try and use my degree,” said McVicar.
While McVicar awaits the WBBL season opener in November, she is working to make sure sheis well acquainted with the popular cuisine in her new home.
“I went to my first Nandos last weekend, I love Nandos..I haven’t done the fish and chips but I did go to Tynemouth and do the English breakfast, which [was] huge…so I’ve done a couple things but I’m still working my way through the rest of them,” said McVicar.