Four Kiwis will be lining up at the men’s and women’s NCAA Division 1 tournaments that begin this week.
Jack Salt (University of Virginia Cavaliers).
Salt has had a solid season for the 22-10 Cavaliers starting in all 32 games.
His 3.6 points per game and 3.9 rebounds don’t do justice to his value to the Cav’s where his 6’11” frame provides a significant inside presence for coach Tony Bennett’s Atlantic Coast outfit.
Virginia is drawn to play UNC Wilmington in the first round on Friday (NZ time).
Penina Davidson (University of California Berkeley Golden Bears)
Davidson is making her second appearance at the tournament being one of three Bears to have represented Cal when they last appeared in the tournament in 2015. The 19-13 Bears will face LSU in the first round in Waco, Texas on Sunday (NZ time).
The Tall Ferns forward has averaged 6.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game in her 31 appearances this season. She scored a season high 19 points against Arizona State on New Years Day.
Tai Wynyard (University of Kentucky Wildcats)
Kentucky (29-5) is on an 11 game winning streak entering a record extending 56th appearance at the NCAA Tournament. The Southeastern Conference champions have been paired with Northern Kentucky in the opening round in the South Region.
Wynyard has been a bit part player in his first year with the Wildcats logging just 54 minutes in 15 games.
Sam Waardenburg (University of Miami Hurricanes)
The Hurricanes (21-11) face Michigan State in the first round hoping to improve on their 2-1 record in the 2016 tournament.
Waardenburg, a redshirt freshman, is ineligible to play this season so will be restricted to towel waving supportive duty during the tournament. It is to be hoped he can perform that duty with the same vigour shown by Oklahoma Sooners redshirt freshman Matt Freeman last year.