Sal’s NBL ’20 Draft – What do we know?

 

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We are less than a week away from the Sal’s NBL naming its Top 14 players for the upcoming 2020 season.

The independent Panel will sit down next Friday and Saturday to pick those 14 players ahead of the inaugural NBL Draft on Thursday 11 June.

Player Registration doesn’t close until Friday June 5 so expect more names to reach the public domain in the coming days.

For now the Lowdown has sifted through the players named to date and come up with the following that will form the nucleus of the 14 to be chosen by Messers Boucher, Flavell, Beynon and Nelson.

We’ve also attempted to list the clubs that these players will be eligible to be pre-selected by given the four criteria that apply – apologies if this is not 100% accurate:

1) The player has lived in the team’s allocated region for no less than 10 years at any one time.
2) The player has attended school in the team’s allocated region for no less than 4 years.
3) The player has previously played the bulk of their NBL minutes for the team.
4) The player had previously signed for the team for the 2020 Sal’s NBL season.

1 Mika Vukona (Nelson Giants)

2 Jarrod Kenny (Auckland Huskies and Franklin Bulls)

3 Jack Salt (Canterbury Rams, Bulls and Huskies)

4 Tohi Smith-Milner (Giants, Bulls and Huskies)

5 Tom Vodanovich (None of criteria apply therefore a Free Agent)

6 Hyrum Harris (Free Agent)

7 Taylor Britt (Canterbury Rams)

8 Sam Timmins ( Otago Nuggets, Rams and Bulls)

9 Derone Raukawa (Free Agent)

10 Taane Samuel (Manawatu Jets)

11 Joe Cook-Green (Rams and Nuggets)

12 Everard Bartlett (Free Agent)

13 Mike Karena (Giants and Rams)

14 Dane Brooks (Taranaki Mountain Airs)

Bubbling Under

Dom Kelman-Poto (Bulls and Huskies), Tai Wynyard (Bulls and Huskies), Alex Talma (Rams, Bulls and Huskies), Shane Temara (Jets), Tom Ingham (Giants), Jackson Stubbins (Jets)

Additional US College returnees

Isaac Davidson (Bulls and Huskies), Kane Keil (Bulls and Huskies), Jayden Bezzant (Free Agent), Jordan Hunt (Free Agent).

At this stage you would imagine Tom Vodanovich would be the No 1 Free Agent with Hyrum Harris a close second.

The Giants will obviously select Mika Vukona as there No 1 pick but with options on Mike Karena (attended Nelson College) and Tohi Smith-Milner (played bulk of his NBL minutes with the Giants) and Tom Ingham who will be their second pick from the Top 14 players.

Equally intriguing will be the Rams top two choices – Salt and Britt you would imagine but Cook-Green’s return from the States makes him an intriguing proposition.

The Huskies and Bulls are new kids on the block and the Nuggets are an old kid returning. Bet the Nuggets would love to have Timmins and Cook-Green at the top of their playing roster but they may have to go for a draft pick or two if they are stymied by the Bulls and Rams.

More names will be released this week from the list of over 400 players that have registered for Sal’s NBL 20 to date.

For now it’s fun to speculate.

1980 Tall Ferns

1980 Team

Researching the past Tall Ferns teams I was sent this photo of the 198O team. I hadn’t realised that Keith Mair had been involved with the Women’s international programme before taking on the Men’s Head Coach role.

The 1980 team hosted Kentucky State University in a four game series before heading to Taiwan for the William Jones Cup.

Please share this photo with those you know will be interested and let me know if you are able to add value to the short player bios below.

Ann McLouglin – Hutt Valley and Whangarei representative Ann McLoughlin played almost 80 games for the National Team between 1979 and 1988. she appeared at the William Jones Cup in 1980 and 1981, the 1983 Commonwealth Championships in New Zealand and at two FIBA Qualifying Tournaments.

Corrina Poto – Averaging 9.6 points per game, Corrina was New Zealand’s second highest scorer at the 1988 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Corina Cordzt had a scoring explosion at the 1994 FIBA World Championship in Australia scoring 25 points against Kenya. Made over 50 appearances in an international career that stretched from 1979 to 1994. In her senior year at Utah State University in 1982 she dished a record 14 assists in one game – a school record that still stands. One of the premier players of her era, with terrific ball handling skills – reportedly she played for the Auckland senior team as a 12-year-old. Mother Agnes Poto was Women’s National assistant Coach in 1983.

Sharon Rennell – Hutt Valley and Canterbury representative Sharon Rennell played five seasons on the national team between 1969 and 1980.

Di Robertson – Hawkes Bay representative Diane Robertson played over 40 games for the Tall Ferns from 1978-1984, the point guard captaining the team in the final year. Won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Tournament in 1983. She won seven national titles captaining the Hawkes Bay and Napier teams between 1978 and 1987. Her mother Dot Leitch was also a former New Zealand representative who was capped in 1949 and 1955. In 2010, she became the first basketballer, male or female, to be inducted into the Hawkes Bay Sports Hall of Fame.

Ann Robertson – Ann ‘Robbie’ Robertson holds the unique distinction of playing (1979-80) and coaching (1988-89) the Tall Ferns. The astute small forward began her career on the West Coast before winning multiple titles with Auckland as both a player and a coach. Her Auckland coaching tenure saw the team win 8 national titles in 12 years.

Lynne Gillies (Pugh) – Guard Lynn Gillies, out of Napier, appeared in 35 games for New Zealand, 1978-1982.

Debbie Smith – The 1980 season was Rotorua representative Debbie Smith’s  only season  in the international programme.

Carolyn Grey – One of the true legends of the game in New Zealand Carolyn had a thirty-year representative career and played for the Waikato WBC team as recently as 2012 at the age of 58! A terrific athlete and tenacious competitor Carolyn represented New Zealand from 1977-1985, selected to the All-Star 5 at the William Jones Cup in both the 1980 and 1981.  She made 70 appearances in the black singlet and was inducted into the BBNZ Hall of Fame in 2016 and a Legend Award in 2017.

Maree Brunton – Wellington representative Maree Brunton. She was comfortable playing any position from point guard to the three spot. She played close to 30 games for the National Team in three campaigns. Later she went on to coach the Wellington team.

Christine Heremaia – Christine Heremaia was a Canterbury representative.

Jenny Mather – A long serving representative player, Jenny played for both Hutt Valley and Napier. Jenny captained the Tall Ferns in 1979 and 1980.

Heather Grayburn (van Siekke) – Heather Grayburn played representative basketball for North Harbour and Otago. She played almost 50 games for the national team over 5 seasons between 1977 and 1981 captaining the side in 1981.

Marvin Williams-Dunn Commits to Ouachita Baptist University

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Marvin Williams-Dunn has committed to Ouachita Baptist University on a four-year basketball scholarship.

The athletic point guard had originally committed to Utah State Eastern Junior College but when the coaching structure at USE changed, Marvin and his family began to review their options.

Ouachita Baptist University Tigers Head Coach Dennis Nutt was quick off the mark.

Not only does Coach Nutt have 20-years of coaching experience to draw on when assessing the capabilities of young athletes but the former guard played collegiately at Texas Christian University, played in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks and had a spell with the famous Real Madrid club in Spain.

Nutt is excited to have Marvin join the Tigers basketball programme.

“Marvin will bring immediate help at the point guard position. He has competed on a very high level in New Zealand which will benefit him greatly. Our staff was really impressed with his confidence as well as his skill set. He has a chance to be a special player in our system.

“We can’t wait to get him on campus,” he added.

The Tigers play in the NCAA Division II Great American Conference. Nutt has taken the team to two Conference Tournament Championships (2013 and 2016) and also a Regular Season Championship in 2015.

Marvin has enjoyed an outstanding junior career playing for the Rosmini College Premier team in all five of his high school years – he holds the unofficial all-time games played record at the college. Rosmini appeared in three consecutive Schick Nationals Grand-Finals in his final three years at the school, playing a pivotal role in the their back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.

He played his age group representative basketball for Waitakere West, Auckland and Harbour, gaining New Zealand National selection on a number of occasions.

In 2018 he played at the FIBA Asian U16 Championships in China. Later that year he captained New Zealand at the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina, leading the team in assists (2.9apg) and was also the second highest points scorer tallying 7.9 points per game.

In 2019 Marvin played for NZ U18 Men at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup in Malaysia and earlier that year led the Rosmini team to a highly respectable sixth place at the ISF Basketball World Schools Championship in Greece.

“Ouachita approached me last year but I had already committed to Utah State at that time. But when the situation changed at Utah earlier in the year Coach Nutt messaged me again and things happened pretty quickly after that,” said Marvin.

Asked whether he was up to the challenge of NCAA basketball Marvin’s response was emphatic.

“Always.”

“I’m looking forward to playing for and learning from Coach Nutt. He’s an experienced coach, who’s played in the NBA so it will be a fantastic opportunity for me.”

Marvin is hoping to make a suitable impression when he links up with his new teammates.

“A number of last year’s players were seniors so there will be minutes up for grabs so I’m going in with the opportunity to work hard and earn court time in my freshman season.”

Ouachita Baptist University is in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Marvin will be headed that way in August.

“The campus is not too big, it’s besides the Ouichita River and the surrounding area looks similar to New Zealand.”

Understandably Marvin is thankful for the help that he has received.

“My parents (Audrey and Channon) have played the biggest part in my development so I need to thank them. I would also like to thank Matt Lacey for helping me with the recruitment process and of course I’m grateful to the coaching staff at Ouichita for the opportunity.”

“It’s really exciting, a dream, I’m looking forward to being a Tiger!”

Marvin is the latest Rosmini alum to sign a four-year US basketball scholarship, following William Heather (2018) and Kruz Perrott-Hunt (2019) who play at Dallas Baptist University and the University of South Dakota respectively.

Everyone who knows Marvin will wish him well and know he will be a great ambassador for New Zealand.

Prems Basketball is Back!

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Given dispensation to play despite Covid-19 restrictions being in place, the opening round of the 2020 Auckland Schools Boy’s Premier League produced a feast of basketball.

A quirk in the fixture list saw the top four teams from the 2019 Premier competition all drawn at home.

St Kentigern College entertained last year’s Senior A champions St Peter’s College, Auckland Grammar hosted Mt Albert Grammar, Liston College travelled to Rangitoto College whilst Westlake Boys took the short trip down Taharoto Road to take on Rosmini College.

St Kentigern, the reigning Schick National Champions, were given a stern examination by St Peter’s with Oliver Arlove, Jack Donnelly, Mitch Lancaster and Dorian Sula all prominent for the visitors.

Manu Hoque’s promoted team showed they will be no pushover this season, their decision to double team Levic Kerr at every available opportunity paying dividends.

With Kerr’s effectiveness nullified it was left to the guard trio of Kazlo Evans, Alex McNaught and Dontae Nance to carry the scoring load. Nance, having moved from Rangitoto College over the summer, marked his Prems debut with a team high 21 points.

Arguably the most talented backcourt in the league eventually wore down the St Peter’s resistance but it took three-quarters of the contest to achieve. St Peter’s trailed by just 4 points with ten minutes to play before a 24-12 finish gave a relieved St Kent’s coach Aaron Young and his charges an 88-72 victory.

There was some sideline drama before the game. With Sky Sport having exclusive coverage of the game St Kent’s videographer Tony McNaught was denied access to the court, a decision that irked his many Facebook Live followers.

Better news for the St Kent’s faithful was that their No 1 fan Adrian Young was present for the season opener.

 

Former Tall Blacks teammates Lindsay Tait and Daryl Cartwright once again went head to head as old rivals MAGS and AGS faced off.

It was MAGS who were quickest out the blocks leading 21-13 at quarter-time and 40-30 at the half. Sataan Tawera led the way for MAGS and headed all scorers at the break with 16 points. Luka Vea (10 points) was the only AGS player in double figures at the interval

Tait, the ‘Best Dressed Coach of the Year’ in 2019, had some stern words for his players at half-time and it drew the response he desired.

Caleb Landon showed that his 2019 form was no flash in the pan. His relentless pounding of the offensive boards earned AGS numerous second chance opportunities that were gratefully converted by Connor Ngan and Stefan Bigio. The diminutive duo returned 18 points and 16 points respectively as AGS pulled away to record a 78-61 win.

Experienced guards Theo Grey and Dakota Stephens gave Tawera good support but they were unable to sustain the MAGS effort in the final period.

 

Rangitoto College got their Premier League title defence off to a perfect start with a convincing 101-75 win against Liston College.

It didn’t look like quite so good for the home team in the early stages as they made heavy weather of things in the first half.

Liston had won their Premier Play-off game against Long Bay College last week and carried the confidence gained in that victory into the game.

Without the injured Tautoko Wynyard to contend with Liston enjoyed a good opening half. Coach Kaea Samson would have been pleased with his teams showing in the opening 20 minutes entering the interval just a single point behind (44-43). Sefa Prasad and Desmond Helu led the way with 14 points and 13 points respectively.

Kenny Stone, in his 21st season as Rangitoto College coach, changed his starting lineup for the second half and Premier debutants Jacob Fotu (12 points) and Lucas Payne (11 points) made telling contributions.

However it was the much vaunted guard duo of Ethan Skelton and Zach Riley that led the way for Rangi as they moved through the gears to record a convincing win.

At the conclusion of the game Rachael Payne was presented with a gold tablet after completing the stats for her 500th Rangi game.

 

The only new coach in the Boy’s Prem League this season is Tony Webster. Back from ‘The Bay’ Webster senior has son Corey as his assistant – Corey recently returned from his Corona Virus tour of Italy and China.

Jett Thompson sporting his newly patented ‘JettBandana’ got his team off to a flyer. He and Josh Kooiman knocked down three triples apiece in the opening stanza as Westlake forged a 24-14 first quarter lead.

After some head scratching by the Rosmini coaching duo of Sonny Tuaputa and Matt Lacey at the quarter time break, the hosts made a better fist of things in the second reducing the Westlake advantage to 51-47 by half-time.

Cian Emery and Pita Maxwell-Topia fired up the Rosmini bench in the third, their aggressive defence creating turnovers that Taine Murray and Sean Murphy feasted on.

Webster’s constant pacing of the side-line inspired a Westlake come-back in the final quarter.

With three minutes to play the Rosmini lead was a narrow 77-74 and when Thompson nailed his fifth triple of the game the scores were tied with under two minutes to play.

The M’s – Murray and Murphy eventually made the game safe – Rosmini edging a thriller 82-75.

Channon Dunn, despite no longer having son Marvin playing on the team, was once again at his accurate best holding the foul marker paddles on the scorebench!

Subject to Covid-19 restrictions the second round of games will be played in the near future.

Aimee Book last Kiwi woman eliminated from Div I Tournament play-offs.

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Now there are none.

Aimee Book was the last remaining Kiwi women left in NCAA Division I Conference Tournament play but that involvement finished today.

Despite 14 points (6/13FG) from the Nelson native California State Fullerton Titans were beaten 72-59 by University of Hawaii in a Big West Conference quarter-final tie. The sophomore wing also chimed in with 6 rebounds and assist, playing the whole 40 minutes.

Book has scored in double figures in 17 of the 28 games she has played this season and started in all but one of those appearances.

Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions and MWC Tournament runners-up.

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Chattanooga invited to Post Season WNIT

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up and Tournament Championship Runners-up.

Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team

Zara Jillings (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team

Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team

Le’afa and Cameron progress in Tournament play.

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Four Kiwi Men played today in NCAA Division I Tournament games resulting in two wins and two losses. Former Tall Black guard Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa and Sacramento State remained alive at the end of the day as do Flynn Cameron and DePaul Blue Demons.

Results March 11th

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University Hornets)

The Sacramento State Hornets are still buzzing after advancing to the Big Sky Tournament quarter-finals following a 62-54 victory against Weber State.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa posted his second career double-double with a career high 10 rebounds to accompany 13 points. They will meet top seed Eastern Washington in the quarters tomorrow.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University Blue Demons)

#10 De Paul defeated #7 Xavier 71-67 in the Big East Tournament first round at Madison Square Garden in New York. It will be even tougher for the Blue Demons tomorrow facing second ranked Villanova in the quarter-finals.

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami Hurricanes)

Miami have bowed out in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament falling 69-64 to Clemson. Sam Waardenburg took his career rebounding tally past 250 with a team high 8 rebounds and also had 3 steals and a block in 32 minutes of action.

Sam Timmins (University of Washington Huskies)

A disappointing season concluded for Washington Huskies as they fell 77-70 to Arizona in the First Round of the Pac 12 Tournament. In his final game for Washington Sam Timmins was afforded just 6 minutes of court time. In his four years with the Huskies the former Otago Boys centre tallied 128 appearances

Upcoming Games:

At a glance – see who is playing where and when as Men’s NCAA Division I Conference Tournaments continue this week.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 11 in the States are played March 12 in NZ.

March 12th

Anzac Rissetto (University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers)

Charlotte 49ers play quarter-final game at Conference USA Tournament.

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State face UC Irvine in a Big West Conference quarter-final.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University Blue Demons)

De Paul face second ranked Villanova in the quarter-finals of the Big East Tournament.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

Sacramento State will meet top seed Eastern Washington in the Big Sky Tournament quarter-finals.

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

UC Santa Barbara will take on University of California, Riverside in Big West Conference play .

Callum McRae & Angus McWilliam (University of California, Riverside)

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (7-9) and they face UC Santa Barbara in the BWC quarters.

March 13

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Second seed Abilene Christian will take on an unconfirmed opponent in the Southland Conference Tournament semi-final.

Roll of Honour

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions

Mountain West Tournament Runners-up

Mountain West All-Conference Third Team

Callum McRae (University of California, Riverside)

Honourable Mention All-Big West Conference

Amiee Book double-double helps Titans advance behind closed doors

 

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The remaining two Kiwi women left in NCAA Division I Conference Tournament play were in action today but only one survived.

Amiee Book contributed a double-double as California State Fullerton eased through their First Round Big West Conference tie. There wasn’t such good news for Tsubasa Nisbett with Georgia Southern Eagles eliminated.

Results March 10th

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University Eagles)

No 4 ranked Louisiana proved too strong for Georgia Southern winning their Sun Belt Conference First Round encounter 81-64. Tsubasa Nisbett secured a couple of rebounds for the Eagles.

 Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton Titans)

In a First Round Big West Conference Tournament match up Fullerton defeated California State University Northridge 67-52 with Amiee Book in double-double territory for the second game running. The sophomore standout had 12 points and 10 rebounds and also came up with 3 steals.

The game was played behind closed doors after the Big West Conference organisers announced games would be played without spectators present to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Fullerton meet Hawaii tomorrow in a quarter-final tie.

Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions and MWC Tournament runners-up.

Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Chattanooga invited to Post Season WNIT

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up and Tournament Championship Runners-up.

Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team

Zara Jillings (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team

 Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team

Fotu and St Mary’s beaten in Conference Final

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In the only Men’s NCAA Division I game being played today involving a Kiwi, Dan Fotu and St Mary’s Gaels played Gonzaga (ranked #2 nationally) in the West Coast Conference Championship game.

St Mary’s were defending champions having beaten Gonzaga in the 2019 Final but struggled in this one going down 84-66.

Dan Fotu finished with 5 points and 2 rebounds.

St Mary’s now have to wait until Selection Sunday (March 15) to see if they receive one of 36 at-large invitations to the NCAA Tournament.

Upcoming Games:

At a glance – see who is playing where and when as the Men’s NCAA Division I Conference Tournaments continue this week.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 11 in the States are played March 12 in NZ.

March 11th

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Miami head to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to take on Clemson.

Sam Timmins (University of Washington)

Washington Huskies play in the First Round of the Pac 12 Tournament.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University)

De Paul face Marquette or Xavier in the Big East Tournament first round.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

Sacramento State take on Weber State in the Big Sky Conference play-offs first round.

March 12th

Anzac Rissetto (University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers)

Charlotte 49ers play quarter-final game at Conference USA Tournament.

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State face UC Irvine in a Big West Conference quarter-final.

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

UC Santa Barbara will take on University of California, Riverside in  Big West Conference play .

Callum McRae & Angus McWilliam (University of California, Riverside)

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (7-9) and they face UC Santa Barbara in the BWC quarters.

March 13

Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Second seed Abilene Christian will take on an unconfirmed opponent in the Southland Conference Tournament semi-final.

Roll of Honour

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions

Mountain West Tournament Runners-up

Mountain West All-Conference Third Team

Callum McRae (University of California, Riverside)

Honourable Mention All-Big West Conference

Fotu and St Mary’s into Conference Final

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It is good news from Las Vegas.

In the only Men’s NCAA Division I game being played today involving a Kiwi, Dan Fotu and St Mary’s Gaels won an extremely tight West Coast Conference semi-final 51-50.

Fotu, on the receiving end of a couple of questionable offensive foul calls, lasted just 23 minutes before exiting with a fifth foul. The former Rangitoto College forward contributed 10 points (5/6FG), a steal and a couple of rebounds in that time.

Having beaten Pepperdine in double overtime 48 hours earlier the Gaels had their fans on the edge of their seats again having to come from 11 points down in the second half.

Tomorrow they face top seed Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference Championship Game – Gonzaga having won both games in the regular season .

At a glance – see who is playing where and when as the Men’s NCAA Division I Conference Tournaments continue this week.

NB All games are US time therefore a day behind NZ –  ie games scheduled for March 10 in the States are played March 11 in NZ.

March 10th

Dan Fotu (St Mary’s College, California)

St Mary’s face Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference Championship Game.

March 11th

Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami)

Miami head to the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to take on Clemson.

Sam Timmins (University of Washington)

Washington Huskies play in the First Round of the Pac 12 Tournament.

Flynn Cameron (DePaul University)

De Paul face Marquette or Xavier in the Big East Tournament first round.

Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa (Sacramento State University)

Sacramento State take on Weber State in the Big Sky Conference play-offs first round.

March 12th

Anzac Rissetto (University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers)

Charlotte 49ers play quarter-final game at Conference USA Tournament.

Max de Geest (Long Beach State University)

Long Beach State face UC Irvine in a Big West Conference quarter-final.

Matt Freeman (UC Santa Barbara)

UC Santa Barbara will take on University of California, Riverside in  Big West Conference play .

Callum McRae & Angus McWilliam (University of California, Riverside)

The third Big West Conference team with Kiwi interest are UC Riverside (7-9) and they face UC Santa Barbara in the BWC quarters.

March 13Tobias Cameron (Abilene Christian University)

Second seed Abilene Christian will take on an unconfirmed opponent in the Southland Conference Tournament semi-final.

 

Roll of Honour

Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions

Mountain West Tournament Runners-up

Mountain West All-Conference Third Team

Callum McRae (University of California, Riverside)

Honourable Mention All-Big West ConferenceFotu and St Mary’s

Tegan Graham’s efforts in vain as Colgate are beaten

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Two Kiwi women in NCAA Division 1 play today and both suffered defeats.

Results March 9th

 Tegan Graham (Colgate University)

A team high 17 points (7/13FG) from senior guard Tegan Graham wasn’t enough to prevent number three seeded Colgate being defeated by #6 Lehigh in the Patriot League quarter-finals. The former Wellington College standout also added a game high 4 steals and a couple of rebounds in what is likely to be her final game for the Raiders. Graham scored in double figures in seven of her last eight games and finishes with 700 points in 108 appearances for Colgate.

Joellen How (Wagner College)

No 8 seed Wagner College Seahawks pushed top-seed Robert Norris University all the way in a Northeast Conference Quarter-Final but were eventually pipped 65-61 in overtime.

Only two Kiwi women are left in Conference Tournament play with both Tsubasa Nisbett and Amiee Book in action on Wednesday (NZ Time)

March 10th

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University)

Georgia Southern open Sun Belt Conference Tournament play.

 Amiee Book (California State University Fullerton)

Cal State Fullerton head to the Big West Conference Tournament for a first round match up.

 

Roll of Honour

Katelin Noyer (Fresno State University)

Mountain West Conference Regular Season Champions and MWC Tournament runners-up.

 Pareunora Pene (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)

Southern Conference Regular Season Champions.

Chattanooga invited to Post Season WNIT

Akiene-Tera Reed (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Atlantic 10 Regular Season Runners-up and Tournament Championship Runners-up.

Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team

Zara Jillings (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team

 Kendell Heremaia (Fordham University Rams)

Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team