WHO IS DANIEL GOODLUCK?
WHO IS DANIEL GOODLUCK
Lucky or Luck
Singlet Number and is there a reason why you wear this number?
I wore No. 44 throughout my North Juniors because 4 is my favourite and “Lucky” number. I also wore 44 because I used to watch tapes of ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich who was 44 and wanted to be like him. In 2012 when I was earnt my own singlet in the Senior Program, I changed to No. 4 as it symbolised a new era in my basketball journey and the start of me becoming my own kind of player.
When was the first time you played organised basketball for a North Adelaide Team?
My first NABC game was in an Under 12’s Division 3 team.
Who was your favourite player growing up?
Just like 90% of the world – Michael Jordan was all over my walls and throughout my dreams as a child. But I also admired Pistol Pete, Steve Nash, Isiah Thomas, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant. Currently my favourite players are Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, Derrick Rose and Jamal Crawford.
How many games/seasons have you played Premier League?
I have played just over 50 games over the last 3 years.
How many times a week do you do something to improve your basketball (eg trainings, shooting, running, lifting weights)?
Six days a week.
What advice would you give to a current U18 player if they aspired to play in the Premier League?
Always give 100% effort in trainings and games. Plain and simple. Effort goes a long way to contribute to your success. If you have less skill, ability, strength, size or experience than an opponent but you put all of your effort into the right things, you will find yourself doing better than others around, and better than you may have predicted. Plus leaving everything you have out on the court and knowing you gave it your best shot makes losing a game less painful and winning a game more rewarding.
Believe in yourself and stay positive!! That way even if no one else believes in you, you will never have to focus on proving them wrong, rather you can focus on proving yourself right!!
What is your favourite part of playing Premier League?
Definitely the comradery with my teammates! We have common goals, purpose and a passion for basketball which brings us together! We are like a family of brothers and it’s a great feeling to be a part of. Never a dull moment with this group and we’re always having a great time doing what we love. I will value the friendships I have gained at North for a lifetime!
What is your least favourite part?
Losing games! No one plays to lose and no one enjoys it !! But at the end of the day losses are inevitable, so I try to find a positive from every loss in an attempt to grow, learn and improve from it.
What hobbies/interests do you have away from basketball?
I enjoy listening to Music and I play the Piano, Drums and Guitar.
If you were stranded on a desert island and you could choose 2 team mates to be there with you, who would they be and why ?
Luke Pike: He is my best friend, we live together and there’s no one in the world I have more similarities with and get along with so well. Plus a desert island would get boring and Pikey is always good for the banter and making me laugh.
Josh Bond: Firstly if he can conquer what he has already faced in life than being on a desert island will be easy for him. He is a constant inspiration to me and is the strongest person I know. Not many people know, but I wear a “Bondy’s Back” singlet under my game jersey ever game. Bondy and I have been mates since we were playing basketball together at 6 years old and is like a brother to me.
Which player in the NABC Men’s Premier League Team has the worst fashion sense?
Adam Schild: He loves the fluro colours and is always wearing a new pair of crazy coloured kicks, socks and skins. The other reason I chose Ads is because out of all the boys he will be the most offended by this and he and I love to wind each other up !!
See you at the next game.