Kiwi Men and Women at Junior College in the States

Sharne P-R

Sharne Pupuke-Robati 

Below is the list of Kiwis playing Junior College basketball in the States in the 2019/20 collegiate season.


Kaitlin Burgess (College of Southern Idaho) ex Rangitoto College and Riverton High, USA.

Grace Hunter (South Plains College, Texas) ex Queen Mary’s College, Wellington.

Awatea Leach (Collin Community College) ex Rotorua Girls High

Leah Mafua (Otero Junior College) ex Hutt Valley High

Lauryn Mapusua (Hutchinson Community College) ex Brisbane State High

Jada Menasa (Mineral Area College) ex Mt Albert Grammar.

Rionne Papa (Mineral Area College) ex Auckland Grammar.

Kyra Paniora (Hutchinson Community College)

Kay-Hauata Phillips (?)

Sharne Pupuke-Robati (Utah State Eastern) ex Mt Albert Grammar.

Riana Rangi-Brown (Mineral Area College) ex Mt Albert Grammar.

Connie Taylor (Cowlie College) ex Rangi Ruru Girls


Daniel Christensen (Barstow College) ex Taradale College

Mattson Darrah (Herkimer College) ex Wellington College

Nico Hill (Missouri State – West Plains) ex Opunake High.

Vincent Keremete-Davies (West Valley College) ex Impact Academy

Thabo Manyere (Barstow College) ex Westlake Boys – redshirt 2019/20 due to injury

Jake McKinlay (Mineral Area College) ex Palmerston North Boys High

Dylan Ryburn (Nebraska) ex Hamilton Boys High.

Josh Tawhiao (Barstow College) ex Rangitoto College

2 thoughts on “Kiwi Men and Women at Junior College in the States

  1. says:

    Hi Mike,

    I have a query – Why do you show high schools and not Associations (or both) for the player origin?

    Also Kay is at Weatherford in Texas.

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    • laceylowdown says:

      Good question Mark. Probably because American college Bios usually only state the shool they attended not associations therefore for the players I don’t know it involves less research

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