ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – When it comes to the Mayo’s Madsen twins, you have to pick your poison.
The 6-foot-5 Gabe is a creative scorer, capable of dunking it on your head, or stepping back with the delicacy of a ballerina for a fade away jumper. Meanwhile the 6-4 Mason is a human 9-0 run — a shooter that heats up with microwave quickness. Both twins average more than 23 points per game.
But what’s remarkable about these twins, is that it took a move across the world to find the game they loved.
“That’s where it all started, in 5th grade. In China.”
That’s right. It was a move to China that provided the spring board for the Madsens’ basketball career.
“In 5th grade, we moved to China. That was when we really started playing basketball,” said Gabe Madsen. “Every day, we got 2 hours in the middle of the day. Everyone went and took a nap, but we weren’t used to that because it’s a [Chinese] cultural thing, so we would just go work out.”
And thus a love for basketball was born. After one year in China, the Madsen’s moved back to Wisconsin, and three years later were varsity starters as freshman. But after that freshman season, the family uprooted again – moving this time to Rochester as Division I prospects with a mountain of expectations.
After a year in the Big 9, they know the time to produce is now.
“The learning curve is over now,” said Mason Madsen. “It’s time to start seeing all that stuff come into fruition.”
Like any set of brothers, the pair have a degree of sibling rivalry, but, for the most part, they set that aside to help each other improve.
“Gabe and I used to go at each other, and my dad [Mayo Head Coach Luke Madsen] would stress the importance of not always going at each other and making each other better as well,” said Mason. “But, the competition is great and so is just having someone there for you.”
“We talk about how we can’t waste the opportunity because not everyone has a twin that they can go to the gym with and work out with,” said Gabe. “Like maybe one day i’m not feeling like going to the gym, but he’s like ‘Alright, come on, we gotta go.'”
And they have aspirations to make it beyond the Division I offers they hold in hand.
“Lots of people are scared to say it, but someday my goal is to make money playing basketball,” said Mason.
They’ll have a chance to prove they belong at the highest level next Tuesday, when they take on 5-star recruit Matthew Hurt and the John Marshall Rockets.