Junior Tall Ferns too good for Samoa

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Charlotte Whittaker

The Junior Tall Ferns progressed to the FIBA Under 18 Oceania Championships Grand Final by defeating Samoa 108-25 in the semi-final played in Suva on Friday afternoon.

The JTF’s made a perfect start as Akiene Reed converted a lay-up on the opening play and Tiarna Clarke landed a sideline three on the next possession.

New Zealand scored the first 9 points of the game before Samoa opened their account with an inside basket.

Aliyah Dunn finished strong in the paint, Charlisse Leger-Walker landed a jump shot and followed with a steal and lay-up to take the JTB’s to a comfortable 25-4 quarter time advantage.

Samoa opened the scoring in the second quarter but seven straight points opened the JTF’s advantage to 32-8.

The JTF’s were dominating the paint and inside baskets from Dunn, Charlotte Whittaker and Esra McGoldrick increased the Ferns lead to 44-10 at the mid point in the stanza.

A three from Alyssa Hirawani capped a strong first half from the JTF’s as they led 56-14 at the interval – a balanced scoring effort led by McKenna Dale (8pts).

Leger-Walker knocked down a corner three off a no look Clarke pass, Clarke landed a brace of triples of her own as New Zealand scored 15 straight points before Samoa replied.

Samoa, with a number of Kiwi based players, never gave up and enjoyed a brief scoring burst before Kendell Heremaia landed a jump shot to help the JTF’s to an 83-23 lead at the last break.

Whittaker continued to trouble Samoa with her inside presence and earned herself a couple of trips to the foul line. Jayden Fuiava and Reed scored from beyond the arc and it was another triple, this time from Leger-Walker that brought up the JTF’s ton.

New Zealand coach Brent Matehaere was content to share the playing time amongst his full playing group ahead of a tougher examination against Australia in the final.

The Junior Tall Ferns will face Australia in the final at 4pm on Saturday for a place at the FIBA Under 19 World Championships in Cairo next year. Earlier Australia hammered New Caledonia 137-8 in the first semi-final.

Final Score:

Junior Tall Ferns 108 – Clarke 14, Reed 12, Whittaker 11/9r, Leger-Walker 11, Dunn 11/8r, Fuiava 10, Hirawani 9, Dale 9, Jillings 7, McGoldrick 6/9r, Ruske 5, Heremaia 3

Samoa 25 – A Sau 8, F Ropati 7

Junior Tall Blacks beat Guam and head to Oceania Champs Grand Final

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The Junior Tall Blacks (JTB’s) followed the Junior Tall Ferns into the final of the FIBA Under 18 Oceania Championships with a convincing win against Guam, 116-54, in Fiji on Friday evening.

The JTB’s utilised their height advantage with Sam Waardenburg (21 points and 5 rebounds in just 14 minutes) and 7 footer Callum McRae, a double double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, leading the way.

JTB’s head coach Daryl Cartwright believed that Guam would be a good challenge as they have structure in place at both ends of the floor.

“They have some very quick guards who can handle the ball well, so that will test our ability to sit down and stay in front of our man on the defensive end.

We do have a significant size advantage and that is where we will look to assert our dominance by getting the ball inside and controlling the rebounds at both ends of the floor,” he added

That size, in the form of Waardenburg, dominated early proceedings scoring 12 points in the opening 5 minutes as the JTB’s forged a 16-0 lead.

Guam was next to score but a couple of transition baskets from Taki Fahrensohn and a triple from Hamish McDonald capped a fine 31-9 opening frame from New Zealand.

Centre McRae (8 points in the second period) emphasised the JTB’s inside dominance with a pair of baskets and when Tobias Cameron converted a breakaway dunk from a Josh Aitcheson steal Guam needed a timeout trailing 43-15.

Active New Zealand defence made scoring opportunities few and far between for Guam. The defence also fuelled open looks in transition, Flynn Cameron landing a triple and a lay-up as the JTB’s led 57-19 at half-time. Waardenburg led all scorers with 17 points at the break.

Despite a Quinn Clinton three Guam had the better of the opening minutes of the second half scoring 13 points in less than three minutes. Taane Samuel settled the JTB’s with a pair of baskets as did a Fahrensohn dunk after a Flynn Cameron steal – 76 to 34 in favour of New Zealand five minutes into the third.

Samson Aruwa scored off a Dan Fotu assist, then twice more after corralling offensive rebounds. Isaac Letoa scored a brace of baskets to end an entertaining third with the JTF’s ahead 93-40.

Coach Cartwright was able to rotate his squad in the fourth quarter ahead of the final 24 hours later.

Final Score; Junior Tall Blacks 116 Guam 54

Scorers – Waardenburg 21, Clinton 15, McRae 12/10r, Aruwa 12, Fahrensohn 10, T Cameron 9/5a, Samuel 8, Aitcheson 8, F Cameron 7, Letoa 6/5a, Fotu 4, McDonald 4

The JTB’s will play Australia, 121-30 victors against New Caledonia in the other semi-final, in the final at 7.00pm on Saturday. The winners of the tournament will earn a place at the FIBA Under 19 World Cup in Cairo next year.

Recap of some excellent performances by Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns last week

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Jarrod Kenny

Jarrod Kenny put in a terrific shift for Perth Wildcats but couldn’t prevent the undermanned NBL champions going down 92-86 at Adelaide in overtime. The Tall Blacks point guard scored a season high 15 points, added 5 rebounds and 3 assists in addition to putting in outstanding defensive shift on 36ers star Jerome Randle.

The best double of the week was put together by Kalani Purcell at the Maui Invitational tournament. The air in Hawaii was obviously to her liking as she excelled with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists as BYU Cougars dismissed University of Nevada, Las Vegas 63-54 on Saturday. On Sunday she was equally dominant, even though the Cougars went down 65-56 to Oregon State, scoring 21 points and corralling 10 rebounds.

Tai Webster put another fine double together. He was not quite at his best as Nebraska went down in a tight one 60-58 against Clemson. However the shooting guard was still good enough to register 12 points and 4 rebounds. Webster has double figures in all 8 of Nebraska’s games following 12 points, plus a career high 9 assists, in the 73-61 win against South Dakota.

 Tessa Boagni put on a fine shooting display as Cal State Northridge accounted for Northern Arizona 83-79. The Tall Ferns centre was 7 from 10 from the field including 3 from 5 threes. She also added 7 rebounds and a brace of steals in a commanding performance for the Matadors.

Stella Beck also had a good shooting night as St Mary’s Gaels improved to 3-4 after overcoming Cal Poly 79-71. Beck shot 7 from 10 from the floor for a team high 17 points to go with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.

The numbers don’t do him justice – Jack Salt played a significant role in helping Virginia come from behind to beat Ohio State 63-61 last Thursday. Salt had just 2 points but was extremely active at the defensive end claiming 6 boards, a block and a steal whilst also affecting the rhythm of Ohio’s offence with his presence in the paint.

Mate v Mate

 There was a double dose of mate v mate in Perth last week.

 On Thursday Jarrod Kenny contributed 9 points and a trio of assists and rebounds as Perth slipped to a third straight loss 90-75, against Reuben Te Rangi’s Brisbane Bullets in the NBL. Te Rangi, playing some solid defence, had 2 points and 2 rebounds in 13 minutes for the top of the table Bullets

 The following day Perth Lynx got the better of Townsville Fire for the second time in seven days to clinch the head to head 2-1 after winning 80-73.

The match pitched Tall Fern v Tall Ferns as Toni Edmondson gained bragging rights over Micaela Cocks and Chevannah Paalvast. Paalvast, playing significant minutes for the first game in a while, and Cocks both posted 9 points for the Fire whilst Edmondson went 6p/1r/4a/2st/1b for the Lynx

In Europe

 Jillian Harmon collected 5 rebounds and a steal to compliment 12 points as Le Murra Lucca moved to the top of the Italian League. Lucca defeated the previously unbeaten Familia Schio 61-53

Zaragoza got an unexpected win defeating second on the table Valladolid 71-59 in Spanish League action. Isaac Fotu came off the bench to register 5 points, 8 rebounds and a block as Zaragoza improve to 4-6.

Mike Karena led Sammic ISB in points (17) and rebounds (9) but they slipped to a second straight loss in the Spanish LEB Silver league.

Junior Tall Ferns move to 3-0

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Akiene Reed

The Junior Tall Ferns accounted for Papua New Guinea 121-13 in their final pool game at the FIBA Under 18 Oceania Championships in Fiji on Wednesday afternoon.

Charlotte Whittaker (9 points in the opening quarter) scored the first two baskets of the game but the Junior Tall Ferns did not have it all their own way in the early stages. The JTF’s led 11-7 after 4 minutes but then reeled off 23 points to lead 34-7 at quarter time.

Unselfish play by the JTF’s led to easy scores for McKenna Dale and Jayden Fuiava. A triple from Akiene Reed added to PNG’s woes and with the score mounting PNG needed a timeout at the mid point of the second trailing 55-7.

Consecutive corner threes from Zara Jillings and Reed and inside baskets from Esra McGoldrick extended the JTF’s advantage to 69-7 before PNG finally got on the scoreboard again.

Reed led all scorers with 12 points and Aliyah Dunn and Whittaker had 11 points each as the JTF’s led 71-11 at the interval.

The accomplished Reed, who led the JTF’s scoring, got the scoring underway in the second half, Jillings made another triple and Charlisse Leger-Walker scored in transition before PNG added to their half-time score.

An error-ridden spell followed forcing JTF’s coach Brett Matehaere to call a timeout. Nicole Ruske and Dale landed threes after the resumption but turnovers continued to punctuate the JTF’s performance. Despite some unforced errors the Kiwis led 98-13 at three-quarter time.

Tiarna Clarke brought up triple figures for the Kiwis with a long three and although the JTF’s scoring slowed in the final period another convincing win was gained and a 3-0 record in pool play satisfyingly achieved.

Like the JTB’s the Junior Tall Ferns have a rest day on Thursday before semi-final action on Friday – most likely against Samoa.

Final Score Junior Tall Ferns 121 PNG 13

NZ scorers: Reed 19/7r/4a/3s, Whittaker 17/8r, Dunn 13/4b, Fuiava 13/6r, Ruske 11, Dale 11, Leger-Walker 8/5a/3s, Jillings 8/4a, McGoldrick 8, Hirawani 7/4a/3s, Clarke 4, Heremaia 2/8r/3s

Junior Tall Blacks punish New Caledonia

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Hamish McDonald

The Junior Tall Blacks (JTBs) followed up an opening win against Samoa at the FIBA Under 18 Oceania Championships with a second big win defeating New Caledonia 137-22 in their second outing early on Friday.

The game tipped off at 8.00am in Suva and the New Caledonians were caught napping. Flynn Cameron opened the scoring for the JTB’s, a couple of Dan Fotu (he had 7 first quarter points) baskets followed, and with the Kiwis ahead 8-0 after three minutes New Caledonia needed a timeout and a wake up call.

Coach Daryl Cartwright had the luxury of bringing Sam Waardenburg and captain Quinn Clinton off the bench and both found the hoop as the JTB’s forged a commanding lead. Tobias Cameron landed the JTB’s only three of the period but with a quarter time lead of 35-0 it was of little consequence.

A spinning drive from Tobias Cameron opened the second quarter scoring as the JTF’s continued to dominate the plucky New Caledonians. Back to back threes from Hamish McDonald and Flynn Cameron took the JTB’s score past fifty, a one sided opening half ending with the Kiwis 67-2 ahead. Waardenburg (17 points) and McDonald (11 points) led the first half scoring effort.

New Caledonia emerged from the break with fresh energy and scored a couple of neat baskets but the response was immediate from the JTB’s as Waardenburg, Callum McRae and Josh Aitcheson rattled in points. The third ended with a McDonald basket and the JTB’s 106-12 to the good.

The impressive Flynn Cameron (9pts, 5rebs, 2a, 6st, 1bl) began the final stanza with a block and an assist for a Taane Samuel score but coach Cartwright was unhappy with some sloppy play and called a timeout two minutes into the period. The JTB’s continued to pile on the points and head for semi-final action in good heart after logging their second win with a margin in excess of 100 points.

Waardenburg (29pts/10rebs), Clinton (22pts) and Fotu (17pts/8rebs) led the scoring but it was very much a team effort with a combined 27 assists logged.

Point guards Flynn Cameron and Isaac Letoa combined for 12 steals as the team amassed 33 in the game. 15 turnovers may be a few too many and just 6 threes from 25 attempts at 24% may need some improvement but the JTB’s will enjoy a rest day on Thursday before semi-final action on Friday.

The winners of the tournament will earn a place at the FIBA Under 19 World Cup in Cairo next year.

Final score: New Zealand 137 New Caledonia 22

Scorers for NZ – Waardenburg 29, Clinton 22, Fotu 17, T Cameron 14, McDonald 13, Aitcheson 11, Samuel 9, F Cameron 9, Letoa 5, McRae 4, Farensohn 4, Aruwa DNP

ALL Junior Tall Blacks and Junior Tall Ferns games to be streamed live

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FIBA would like to announce the FIBA U18 Oceania Championships 2016 schedule will move from a two-court setup to a single show court for the group phase of the event.

FIBA is committed to providing their millions of fans around the world the opportunity to support their senior and junior national teams at home and abroad. As part of this commitment, all games of this year’s event will now be streamed live on FIBA’s YouTube channel.

The change provides greater exposure for all teams participating, fans throughout the Oceania region and beyond will be able to tune into every game live and cheer on their national squads.

Click here to download a PDF version of the new schedule.

The FIBA U18 Oceania Championships will run from the 5th to 10th of December in Suva, Fiji. Visit the official event website for the latest news and updates from the championships.

FIBA to live stream some Junior Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns games next week.

SUVA – With the FIBA U18 Oceania Championships 2016 right around the corner, FIBA is pleased to announce that it will be streaming the event on the FIBA YouTube channel.

All games played on court one of the championships will be available live at youtube.com/fiba. Also, FijiTV will be covering the finals phase of the event (December 8-10) live and delayed on FijiTV’s television networks (Fiji One).

People from all over the world, especially the seven nations outside of host nation, Fiji, will be tuning to FIBA’s YouTube channel to see the best talent from the region go head to head for Oceania gold and a spot in the FIBA U19 World Championships 2017.

There is an enormous amount of talent in the Oceania region. These championships give the participating athletes a chance at rising to the occasion and grabbing the spotlight. They will be able to show people all over the region and world what they can do.

FIBA’s new senior competition calendar comes into effect in November 2017 and creates new opportunities for Oceania countries to compete in  regular  international competition. This new system will see Oceania and Asia combine for competition and qualification purposes, teams from both regions will compete in a home and away style qualification process.

Many of the players at this tournament are going to be the leaders of their respective nations during this new era of basketball.

The eight (8) nations competing in the FIBA U18 Oceania Championships 2016 are host nation Fiji, Australia, Guam, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tahiti. 

The championships take place from the 5th to 10th of December. Check out fiba.com/U18Oceania for the latest news and stats from the tournament, plus, stay tuned to youtube.com/fiba for the live stream.

Women’s Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam round three review

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The third round of the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam Women’s competition was played last Saturday.

In the opening game of the round the Suns led 21-18 at quarter time and 35-31 at half-time with Tayla Dalton (8 points) leading a balanced scoring effort. A brace of threes from Breanna Jones and late second quarter baskets from Jada Manase helped keep team Sky in the hunt.

NZ U16 forward Gracie Hasler -Ewins had a stunning third quarter scoring 13 points in the period to light up Sky’s offence and take them into a 54-51 three-quarter time lead.

The Suns outscored Sky 13-5 in the early stages of the fourth as Alyesha Schuster, Kat Leslie and Annabelle Jenkins found their way to the basket. Jones and Taylor Te Huia responded for Sky but Jenkins and Anna Lacey had the final say to lead the Suns to their second victory.

Final score;

Suns 73 – Annabelle Jenkins 19, Lacey 13, Tabitha Jenkins 12, Dalton 8

Sky 64 – Jones 20, Hasler-Ewins 16,Te Huia 10, Manase10

In the early game the experienced Sparks, with five players notching double figures, were too sharp for Storm winning 76-57.

Stevee Theyers scored the first six points as Sparks completely dominated the opening period to race to a 29-11 lead despite Ashleigh Kelman-Poto picking up three early fouls. Storm put up a better showing in the second, Jazz Kailahi scoring 8 points as they won the quarter 19-15. Yzabelle Tevao led all scorers at the break with 10 points.

Michelle Tangioriki got the scoreboard ticking for Sparks in the second half and with Kaitlin Burgess getting 8 points in the stanza the lead was 61-43 at three-quarter time and the win assured.

Storm kept plugging away, six points each from Keeley Tini and Kailahi reduced the arrears, but Sparks with Amanda Buck and Kezia Kelly controlling the tempo were always in control.

Final score;

Sparks 76 – Tevao 17, Kelman-Poto 15, Burgess 12, Tangioriki 11, Theyers 11

Storm 57 – Kailahi 12, Tini 12, Safena TeNana-Williams 9, Isabella Elgar 8, Charlotte Armstrong 7

Standings after 3 rounds;

2-1 Storm, Suns and Sparks

0-3 Sky

Rusbatch nets 36 points but Breakers went down in latest Mexicali Fresh action

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Round four of the 2016 Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam saw wins for Mai FM 88 Sixers and 68a Nelson St on Saturday.

Breakers Development had just five players suited for their game against Mai FM 88 Sixers – Jordan Ngatai, Derone Raukawa, Ethan Rusbatch, Kruz Perrott-Hunt and James Moors.

Early on they were equal to the task trailing by just three points at quarter time 25-22 and still in contention, 49-44 down at half-time

Rusbatch opened the second half with a three, Moors finished with a dunk, Perrott-Hunt landed a triple and when Raukawa converted in transition the Breakers were ahead 57-56.

But that was as close as it got for the Breakers.

A hook shot followed by triple from Will Heather restored the Sixers advantage and soon after Perrott-Hunt made the Breakers task more difficult after picking up his fifth foul.

The numerical disadvantage took its toll on the Breakers in the fourth. Ana Haku, Brook Ruscoe and Josh Bloxham helped the Sixers stretch out to a 98-81 lead with three minutes to play before eventually winning 109-84.

Final score;

Breakers Development 84 – Rusbatch 36, Raukawa 27, Ngatai 11

Mai FM 88 Sixers 109 – Haku 25, Ruscoe 20, Manny Matambanadzo 15, Heather 14

The highlight of the opening quarter of the encounter between The Birdmen and 68A Nelson Street was a drive and dunk in traffic from Liam Thornton helping Nelson Street forge a 28-24 lead.

Tipene Friday drew the Birdmen within a point, 34-33 after a Sam Aruwa steal however a late Nelson Street surge led by Lindsay Tait and Hyrum Harris propelled them to a 62-48 half-time lead.

Late in the third another Thornton dunk off a classic Tait steal and Boucher assist kept Nelson Street in the ascendancy 87-74.

Regular scoring contributions from Justin Bailey, Brandon Lucas and Jaylen Gerrand kept the Birdmen in contention but Stu McEwan brought up the century for Nelson St (101-86) with six minutes to play.

A Lucas jump shot cut the arrears but back-to-back buckets from Harris including an And-1 play stretched the lead to 106-92.

Youngsters Linus Jakszt and Thornton added the finishing touches for Nelson Street.

Final score;

68a Nelson St 115 – Harris 23, Tait 22, Thornton 19, Jakszt 17, McEwan 13

The Birdmen 104 – Bailey 28, Lucas 20, Gerrand 20, Friday 19

 

Standings after 4 rounds:

3-1 Nelson Street,

2-2 Birdmen, Breakers Development

1-3 Mai FM 88 Sixers

Strong Junior Tall Blacks team named for Oceania Champs

The Junior Tall Blacks (JTB) team has been named for the FIBA Oceania Championships in Fiji, which could be one of the strongest junior basketball teams yet.

Head Coach Daryl Cartwright says every one of the 12 players have the confidence to lead and step up to a more intense level of competition.

“In their respective teams or schools, they are the leaders, they are the ones to make the big plays or carry their teams just about every time they step on the floor. That brings a confidence that we need them to carry to the Oceania Championships. I feel we have genuine depth in the squad and every player has the ability to be a starter for us.”

The team already has a number of players that are well known to the basketball community for more than their on-court ability.

The basketball pedigree of two new faces is particularly notable – Flynn and Tobias Cameron, the sons of Tall Black legend and Tall Black Assistant Coach Pero Cameron. Both live in the Gold Coast and although they are eligible to compete for Australia, they have put their hands up for New Zealand.

Dan Fotu is another familiar name, being the younger brother of Tall Black and Zaragoza player Isaac Fotu. Dan Fotu was also selected for the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp, alongside JTB team mates Sam Waardenburg, Taane Samuel and Quinn Clinton. Clinton went on to be named MVP of the camp’s All Star Game, while Waardenburg was named MVP of the entire camp.

Sam Waardenburg has already hit the headlines multiple times through playing in the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Champs, being picked for the prestigious NIKE All Asia Camp, attending the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, attending the Adidas Nations Tournament and for signing to Miami University on a full Division 1 Scholarship. JTB teammate Takiula Fahrensohn has also signed to Division 1 with the University of Portland.

Another stand out player is seven foot tall Callum McRae, the team’s big man who will play a key defensive role. Notably he led the Palmerston North Boys team to a near upset at the Secondary Schools Nationals in October, had it not been for the Rangitoto buzzer beater in the final second.

From March 2015, the JTB wider squad have been targeting the 2016 FIBA Oceania Championships as a pinnacle event. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the FIBA Under 19 World Cup in Cairo next year. Coach Cartwright says the difficult final selection is the result of standout performances from each of these players, while a number of those who didn’t make the final cut could also step up if there are injuries.

“We have had a very dedicated and committed group over the course of the lead up campaign, and there is real depth in every position. The squad have risen to the challenges we have asked of them this year and competed hard for the opportunity to represent New Zealand. It is always a position you would prefer to be in as coaching staff, to debate player’ attributes and who we think fits with the style we want to play, as well as the expectations that come with being part of this New Zealand team.”

With less than a month until the Oceania Championships tip off, Cartwright says what the team needs now is time to develop as a group, which will be the focus while the team are in camp this week.

“It takes time to develop playing as a group. Developing that understanding of how to get the best out of your teammates, where they like to score and other factors. We have not had the luxury of international competition as part of our build up, but that cannot be an excuse, we must demand the very best of each other so we can prepare for the challenge of potentially facing a very good Australian team.”

Australia are the top seeds for the event. A number of the current JTBs played this Australian team in 2015 at the FIBA Under 16 Oceania Championships, only losing within the final moments of final, despite having beaten the team in pool play. New Zealand is yet to win an Oceania age-group championships, mainly due to the dominance of a well-funded Australian basketball system.

“We are looking at how we can use what our strengths are to face them,” says Cartwright. “As a playing group we will need to play together as a team. If you look at what truly makes the Tall Blacks a special team, it is how they draw together as a playing group and are prepared to fight and scrap for every possession. Are you prepared to work for your teammate beside you for every second of the clock? It is about the mana of the singlet. That’s what allows them to push the giants on the world stage. We have to be prepared to do that all the way to the final game.

“My drive is to get our athletes to a World Championship. To be able to represent New Zealand in a tournament where they have the opportunity to compete against the best in the world is a big deal for these players.”

The JTBs is a development team where its alumni often go on to higher honours. Cartwright says this team is a fine example of the state of New Zealand basketball and the increasing rise of New Zealand basketball on the world stage.

“We are seeing a growth period in the game in New Zealand at present and, with the success of Steven Adams in the NBA, we are going to see that continue. There are also many administrators and coaches all around the country who put in a lot of hours to develop the game because they have a passion for the sport. As the people in key roles and those they work alongside continue to develop and improve, so will the talent of our junior players. The number of kiwi athletes in the American college system at the moment is at an all-time high and quality Division 1 and 2 schools are looking at our emerging talent. As these players go through the system, we may well see more Kiwis flying the New Zealand flag in the NBA or WNBA. The end result is greater depth at the Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns level.”

Junior Tall Blacks – Final 12 (Name | Age | Position | Height | Association):

Joshua Aitcheson |18 | Forward | 194cm | Basketball Otago
Flynn Cameron | 16 | Guard | 190cm | Gold Coast Basketball, Australia
Tobias Cameron | 17 | Guard | 193cm | Gold Coast Basketball, Australia
Quinn Clinton | 17 | Guard | 190cm | Canterbury Basketball Association
Takiula Fahrensohn | 17 | Guard | 198cm | Waitakere West Auckland Basketball Inc.
Daniel Fotu | 17 | Forward | 205cm | North Harbour Basketball
Isaac Letoa | 18 | Guard | 183cm | North Harbour Basketball
Hamish McDonald | 17 | Guard | 185cm | Waikato Basketball Council
Callum McRae | 17 | Centre | 212cm | Palmerston North Basketball Association
Samson Aruwa | 17 | Forward | 192cm | Basketball Auckland
Taane Samuel | 17 | Forward | 198cm | Wellington Basketball Association
Samuel Waardenburg | 17 | Forward | 208cm | North Harbour Basketball

Head Coach: Daryl Cartwright
Assistant Coaches: Gavin Briggs, Leyton Haddleton
Manager: Charles Maaka
Physio: Dawn ChambersTall