The famous Australian basketball player Joe Ingles, who made a name for himself in the NBA league as a player for Utah Jazz, didn’t become a professional by chance, because as you hear, he has the legacy of a successful college and professional basketball career in his country. The player who went to the Australian Institute of Sport was NBL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and is said to be the first player to be signed by the South Dragons in Australia.
Because of his versatility in the sport, he loves most, Joe Ingles has also played for teams such as Maccabi in Tel Aviv, Isreal, FC Barcelona, and CB Granda in Spain. He is also a member of the national team of his country
Joe Ingles’ Biography
The Australian professional basketball player has christened Joseph Howarth Ingles at his birth on October 2, 1987, in Adelaide, Happy Valley, Australia, but is more commonly known as Joe Ingles. His parents are Tim and Lynne Ingles, and he received his college education at Lake Ginninderra College and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra, where he is said to have played for the AIS Basketball Association from 2005 to 2006. After graduating from AIS, he was a valued player who was sought after by many basketball teams, and although he had always dreamed of playing for the Adelaide 36ers, he was prevented from signing with his dream club when they mistakenly wrote his name on the contract papers. So he shifted his interest to the Melbourne South Dragons.
Career – Professional Basketball
Joe Ingles began his professional basketball career on March 17, 2006, at the Melbourne South Dragon of the National Basketball League. He made his debut for the Dragons at the age of 18 and made league history by becoming the first Australian to score up to 29 points. His subsequent outstanding performances earned him the NBL “Rookie of the Year” award.
In his next season, he played 30 games and achieved an average score of 15.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in each game. In the 2008 season, Joe Ingles played all 38 games; his points, rebounds, and assists per game were 14.5, 5.0, and 3.7 respectively. Ingles also led his team into the small premier league, where he received the All-NBL Third Team Honors and finally ended his career after his third season at the Melbourne South Dragon, as the club suspended its activities due to a financial crisis.
The basketball player then played for CB Granda in Spain for one season, after which he switched to FC Barcelona with a three-year contract. After the contract expired, Ingles moved to Israel and signed with Maccabi, Tel Aviv, where he led the club under the direction of team coach David Blatt to win the Euroleague championship in the 2013/2014 season and ended his career with Maccabi shortly after that season.
Joe Ingles’ basketball career will not be complete without referring to his national team career, which he began with his national team’s Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he scored 11 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in the 116-85 defeat to the United States in a 116-85 defeat. After two years he went to the 2010 FIBA World Championship where his points, rebounds, and assists in 6 games were 10.3, 3.0, and 2.2 respectively. He also played for the Australian Boomers at the London 2012 Olympic Games and played another national basketball team at the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship where he scored 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 6 games.
After the Australian basketball player played his fair share of the national team, he entered the NBA league in 2014 when Utah Jazz took him on. He played his first game against the Houston Rockets, who defeated him. Ingle scored his first goal in a game against the Dallas Mavericks, although his team lost the game. His season-high score of 18 points was also scored in a defeat game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Another career highlight of 20 points was scored in a game against the Memphis Grizzlys, which was another defeat for his team.
In 2017, the player renewed his contract with his team for the 2017/2018 season, and it turned out to be a better season for him and his club as they scored several victories such as the winning game against the Charlotte Hornets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Dallas Mavericks and so on. During the season, Joe Igles also recorded a career highlight of 27 points in his team’s winning game against the Houston Rockets.
Joe Ingles Family – Wife & Children
The high-profile basketball player is married to his crush Renae, with whom he is said to have had a relationship for almost a decade before the relationship moved to another level with marriage in 2015. Like her husband, Ranae Ingles is an athlete who played professional netball for the Australian national team and, alongside Suncorp Super Netball, played for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and Melbourne Vixen in the ANZ Championship.
To be with her husband and have time for a family, Ranae retired from professional netball in January 2016 and moved from Australia to America to be with Ingles, with whom she had twin children; a boy named Jacob and a girl named Milla. However, Ranae received an irresistible offer to return to Melbourne and play netball, which she accepted, revealing that although she had retired, she still felt incomplete without netball. She is returning to Australia as an active player, but she is keen to manage her time between her family and her career.
Height & Weight
Ingles has an amazingly athletic physique, with his gallant height of 2.03 m (6 ft 8 inches) and weight of 103 kg (226 lb).