Half Term Report Part 2 – The King and Queen of the Boards

December 29

It won’t come as a surprise to those that follow the fortunes of the New Zealander’s playing college hoops to find that Callum McRae leads the rebounding count – the former Junior Tall Black is close to averaging a double-double with his 9.5 boards per game to go with his 11.5 points.

Enda Brennan, one of four Kiwis at Southeast Community College, has made a big impression in the first few weeks of his college career. The , out of Riccarton High School, is second on the list and is also the only freshman amongst the top 17 players.

Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones not only leads the men’s scoring list (remember he averages 17.8 points per game) but is also the third highest rebounder claiming 9.1 boards per outing to emphasise his all-round ability.

Another Wellingtonian Isaac Miller-Jose has played his collegiate basketball at Manitoba University in Canada and is enjoying another fine season with the Bisons. 

Yet another Wellingtonian, Sam Gold, leads the way amongst a strong contingent of players featuring in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) conferences.

Leading Rebounders – MenClassUniversity/CollegeLevelRPGRebs
Callum McRaeSeniorSacramento StateNCAA D19.5114
Enda BrennanFreshmanSoutheast CCJUCO9.3130
Aniwaniwa Tait-JonesJuniorHawaii at HiloNCAA D29.173
Sam MennengaJuniorDavidson College NCAA D17.185
Nate WilsonSophSouth Georgia TechJUCO6.565
Isaac Miller-JoseSeniorManitobaCanada6.552
Sam GoldSophMilliganNAIA6.578
Corey Le’aupepeGrad SnrMenloNAIA6.078
Sean MurphySophNebraska at KearneyNCAA D26.060
Alex BlackmoreSophCastletonNCAA D35.953
Maxim StephensJuniorRocky MountainNAIA5.628
Tobias Cameron Grad SnrAbilene ChristianNCAA D15.470
Flynn CameronGrad SnrUC RiversideNCAA D15.465
Kael RobinsonSophRocky MountainNAIA4.756
Kiani SaxonSophLouisiana State EuniceJUCO4.651
James MoorsJuniorColorado StateNCAA D14.559
Nico HillJuniorMissouri BaptistNAIA4.567

*records as at 28.12.2022

NB 53 New Zealand men are currently on basketball scholarships in America and Canada.

Te Araroa Sopoaga is again putting up big numbers at Cloud Community College. The sophomore forward is not only the leading rebounder amongst all New Zealand female players but also leads Cloud in assists, steals and blocks – Sopoaga is surely university bound in 2023-24!

If there is any sibling rivalry in the Stephens household Dominique at least can claim bragging rights on the rebounding count. She is currently averaging 6.2 per game, a shade better than brother Maxim who averages 5.6 per game.

Rotorua’s Waiata Jennings and Harbour’s Parehuia Delamere claim the third and fourth spots on the table while Cantabrian Helen Matthews edges Charlisse Leger-Walker as the top NCAA Division I rebounder.

Leger-Walker’s former Waikato and St Peter’s School sidekick Ella Bradley rounds out the Top 10 and is NZ’s leading NCAA Division 2 rebounder. 

Leading Rebounders – WomenClassUniversity/CollegeLevelRPGRebs
Te Araroa SopoagaSophomoreCloud County CCJUCO6.996
Dominique StephensSophomoreRocky MountainNAIA6.274
Waiata JenningsFreshmanCollin County CCJUCO5.870
Parehuia DelamereSophomoreWestern TexasJUCO5.763
Helen MatthewsJuniorWoffordNCAA D15.667
Charlisse Leger-WalkerJuniorWashington StateNCAA D15.262
Ella Paleaae-CookSophomoreMiles CCJUCO5.176
Briarley RogersSophomoreWeatherfordJUCO4.944
Leah MafuaSophomoreDodge City CCJUCO4.867
Ella BradleySophomoreTexas at TylerNCAA D24.752

*records as at 28.12.2022

** 64 New Zealand women are currently on basketball scholarships in America and Canada.

If you missed it here is the link to the leading scorers at this point of the season: https://bit.ly/3WMikxl

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