Basketball star Matthew Hodgson has returned from the American college ranks to take a short break.
Basketball star Matthew Hodgson has returned from the American college ranks to take a short break. Sarah Harvey

Big Matt is back in town

ARGUABLY the tallest man in Ipswich, basketball gun Matt Hodgson eats 8000 calories a day to keep his 211cm – and still growing – frame intact.

The recommended calorie intake for an adult male is 2500.

But Hodgson, 20, must force feed himself constantly or his weight will fall, which is the last thing an NBA prospect needs.

Hodgson, an under-19 Australian Boomers representative, has returned home to Booval for a short break between seasons in America’s college basketball system.

He recently held talks with NBA clubs Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs, who gave him advice on what facets they wanted him to improve.

Hodgson has transferred from the University of Southern Utah to St Mary’s College in California, a respected basketball school which is the former home of Australia’s sole NBA player, Patty Mills.

But before the NBA is a possibility, Hodgson must put weight on his lanky frame.

“For breakfast I have four pieces of toast with honey and Nutella on them, Nutri-Grain cereal and a lot of scrambled eggs,” Hodgson said.

“I then go and practice for two hours, come back and eat again.

“I naturally go through 7000 calories because of the amount of training I do in a day.

“So I have to eat 8000 calories plus to put on weight. I have to force myself to eat.

“It’s pretty hard sometimes to eat a big meal every two hours but I have to do it.”

Hodgson was a standout at Ipswich Grammar School before he moved to the Mormon faith dominated state of Utah.

“Most people in Utah are Mormon and at the start they weren’t that friendly to me and they just weren’t used to the culture I was from,” Hodgson said.

“On Sundays, everyone goes to church. There’s no one around.”

Hodgson said his move to St Mary’s college would provide him with a greater challenge and better prepare him for an NBA or European career.

“I didn’t have the best season this year partly through my own fault, and St Mary’s is the change I need,” he said.



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