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Kiwis in Men’s Division I colleges take to the court

 

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In a week when news has emerged that Kruz Perrot Hunt (South Dakota) and Anzac Rissetto (North Carolina Charlotte) have committed to Division I colleges next season many of the current crop of Div 1 players have seen action this week. To be more accurate eleven of the sixteen Kiwis playing in top flight of college basketball have hit the pine in the last couple of days.

Starting centre Jack Salt was only required for 19 minutes by Virginia University as the Cavaliers breezed past Towson 73-42. The Tall Blacks big man contributed 3 points, 3 rebounds and a block for the Cavs, ranked 5th in the NCAA Division I pre-season polls.

Ranked (25th) in the preseason for the first time since 2011, the Washington Huskies overcame a sluggish start to beat Western Kentucky 73-55. Another player to have worn the Tall Blacks singlet in recent times, Sam Timmins, came up with 6 rebounds and 4 points for the Huskies.

Placed five spots above Washington are Texas Christian University. Yuat Alok scored 11 points in his first outing for the Horned Frogs as they edged past CSU Bakersfield 66-61. In front of almost 7,000 fans the former Rangitoto College big man also added 6 rebounds and a block in a solid 25 minutes of action.

Point guard Isaac Letoa played 8 minutes for Dartmouth Big Green as they rampaged past Newbury College 114-39. The Tall Blacks guard produced 4 assists in that time as well as a couple of rebounds.

Tobias Cameron scored his first basket in Wildcats colours as Abilene Christian thumped Arlington Baptist 107-54. Cameron also snared 5 rebounds.

Brother Flynn played 7 minutes for De Paul Blue Demons making one of two shots and adding 4 rebounds.

Another debutant scorer was Manawatu big man Callum McRae who ended with 4 points and 6 rebounds in his first outing for University of California Riverside beaten 72-59 by Oregon State.

Also playing their first game were Dan Fotu and Quinn Clinton – both came off the bench in the closing minutes for St Mary’s College California Gaels in the 87-65 win against McNeese State. Both managed to convert their only three-point attempt inside the last two minutes of the game – Clinton’s effort came courtesy of a Fotu assist.

A Cantabrian like Clinton, Jackson Stent also connected from long range as Houston Baptist fell 90-60 to Arizona. Stent finished with one from three triples but fouled out in 16 minutes.

In his third outing of the season for the University of Portland Taki Fahrenson scored his first points for the Pirates in a high scoring 111-103 victory against Multnomah.

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Kruz to be a Coyote

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It’s been a good week for Rosmini College combo-guard Kruz Perrott-Hunt.

Perrott-Hunt was named in Paul Henare’s 14-man Tall Blacks squad on Wednesday and today revealed he has become the latest young Kiwi to secure an NCAA Division I University basketball scholarship.

 

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The 17 year-old has committed to the University of South Dakota (USD) and will begin his college career with the Coyotes in the 2019-20 season.

It’s been a hectic few days for Perrott-Hunt who squeezed in a whirlwind visit to USD last weekend before beginning his NCEA exams this week.

Full story here

Webster and Fotu suffer EuroCup losses

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Both Ratiopharm Ulm and Galatasaray suffered defeats in the latest batch of Pool A EuroCup games on Wednesday.

Tai Webster filled most columns of the stats sheet as Galatasaray suffered an 86-85 home loss at the hands of top of the table Monaco (3 wins, 1 loss). The Tall Blacks guard scored 15 points (6/12FG) in addition to a game high 8 assists, 2 rebounds, a steal and a block. Galatasaray now have a 2-2 record, sitting third on the ladder.

Isaac Fotu scored 6 points and added a pair of rebounds as Ratiopharm Ulm went down 103-95 at Andorra and now find themselves at the bottom of the six team Pool A with a 1-3 record.

The top four teams from each pool advance to the last sixteen.

Tall Blacks in action in Europe and Australia

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There are five Tall Blacks on the SKYCITY Breakers payroll but where are the other Kiwi national players earning a living?

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Isaac Fotu and Tai Webster to go head to head

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Tall Blacks teammates Isaac Fotu and Tai Webster will be opposing each other in EuroCup action next week.

Fotu, playing a second season in Germany for Ratiopharm Ulm, will host Turkish side Galatasaray on October 10 (October 11 NZT) in the second round of EuroCup group stage play – both teams are in Section A.

Galatasaray is the new home for Webster, the New Zealand guard having moved from German team Frankfurt Skyliners in the off-season.

The EuroCup tipped off this week with Galatasaray recording an 84-73 win at home to Morabanc Andorra. Webster, on debut, started in the point guard spot and tallied 7 points (2/4FG) and 4 assists in 25 minutes of action.

Fotu top scored for Ulm but unfortunately the German club got off to a losing start going down 88-73 to Crvena Zvezda Mts Belgrade. The Kiwi scored 16 points on a very efficient 7 from 10 shooting that included 2 out of 3 triples. The power forward also added 6 rebounds including three off the offensive glass.

Tall Blacks FIBA World Ranking unchanged

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Despite boasting a 7-1 record in the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying campaign, on the back of seven straight wins, the Tall Blacks remain in 38th place on the recently published FIBA World Ranking list. They are ranked sixth in Asia behind Australia (10th), Iran (25th), China (29th), Philippines (30th) and Korea (33rd).

With games against Jordan (46th) and Syria (87th) in the next Qualifying window at the end of November it appears there is little chance of New Zealand’s ranking climbing in the near future.

The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, was updated following the fourth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers and several teams near the top will consider themselves lucky not to have fallen down the order.

Click here to view the full FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike.

The USA (767.1 points) and Spain (704.1) remain first and second, while France (647.2) held on to third place as their closest rivals, Serbia (644.2), matched them by splitting their games (1 win and 1 loss) to start the Second Round of the European Qualifiers.

There is an intriguing battle for fifth place between the current holders Argentina (625.0) who have Lithuania (620.2) hot on their tail.

Meanwhile, 10th-place Australia (483.7) are feeling the pressure from Brazil (482.9).

With all of these small gaps, the top 10 could look a lot different following the fifth window in late November-early December.

Further on down, Hungary moved up two spots to 40th following a convincing win over Netherlands and a close loss to 15th place Italy.

Bulgaria also jumped up a couple of places, from 50th to 48th on the back of handing France – a team ranked 47 places higher than them at the time of the game – their first defeat of the Qualifiers. They are hot on the heels of the teams right above them – Estonia, Jordan and Iceland – so more good results in the next window will see them move up even further.

There were notable gains in Europe and Asia after the latest action in the Pre-Qualifiers for the Continental Cup 2021.

Denmark moved up two spots to 70th after defeating a pair of teams that played in the First Round of the World Cup Qualifiers. They claimed a 98-94 away win to Belarus and followed that up with a 76-72 defeat of Sweden.

Saudi Arabia climbed a massive 12 places to 112th after going undefeated (4-0) to win the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Pre-Qualifiers – Western Region tournament. That perfect record included wins over Palestine (91st) and tournament hosts Bahrain (107th).

The FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike, is updated following every window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers. It takes into consideration rating points of games played in top official FIBA competitions and their Qualifiers during an 8-year period.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt called up to Tall Blacks camp

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Rosmini College guard Kruz Perrott-Hunt has been called into the Tall Blacks 20-man training squad ahead of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers against Hong Kong and China later this month.

The 17 year-old found out about his elevation to the national senior team camp on the eve of his departure to China where he is attending the Nike Asia Camp alongside Rosmini teammate Mitchell Dance and Auckland Grammar forward Anzac Rissetto.

The four-day Tall Blacks training camp will be held in Wellington beginning next Monday and will cap off a hectic month for Perrott-Hunt who last week competed for Harbour Basketball at the Under 19 National Championships where he was named to the Tournament Team.

The Year 13 student is a senior member of the Rosmini Premier Basketball team. The reigning National Champions have made an unbeaten start to the season over the first six rounds of the Auckland Secondary Schools competition.

Tall Blacks coach Paul Henare was able to witness first hand the abilities of the athletic combo guard over the summer when he trained on a regular basis with the SKYCITY Breakers team.

In addition to his high school commitments Perrott-Hunt will showcase his skill set in front of American college coaches in Las Vegas in July where he will suit up for the Harbour U19 team.

He will log even more air miles in August if he is selected for the New Zealand team to attend the FIBA U18 Asia Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tai Webster scores 19 points but Skyliners lose in quarter-final tie

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Tai Webster put up big numbers as Frankfurt Skyliners went down 85-72 to Bayern Munich in German League play-off action.

The Tall Blacks guard scored a team high 19 points on a pretty good shooting night where he went 6 from 10 from the floor and didn’t miss a free throw landing seven straight. Webster also produced 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in 33 minutes of action.

The loss was the first in a best-of-three quarter-final series with the second game to be played on Saturday.

Isaac Fotu and Ratiopharm Ulm missed out on play-off action after finishing tenth in the regular season. Ulm lost seven of their last nine games to slip out of the top eight.

Fotu scores 20 points and the Wester’s accumulate 42 points in Europe

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In Germany Tai Webster powered his way to a game high 26 points (8/14 2PG, 3/4 3PG, 1/2 FT) as Frankfurt Skyliners comfortably beat Mitteldeutscher 83-67. The Skyliners remain seventh on the Bundesliga table with a 16-12 record. In front of over 4,000 home fans Webster also had five rebounds and a couple of steals.

It was the seventh 20+ points haul of the season for Tai who is averaging 15.4 points per game and sits inside the top ten scorers in the Bundesliga.

Despite Ratiopharm Ulm going down 94-87 to Telekom Bonn, Isaac Fotu still managed to put together a fine individual performance. He went 8 from 12 from the floor and three from three from the foul line on his way to 20 points. In addition he swept up 11 rebounds (5 off the offensive glass) and effected a couple of steals.

It was his highest rebounding haul of the season and his first double-double of the campaign.

Ulm are ninth on the Bundesliga table with a 14-12 record.

Corey Webster put together a fine stats line adding 3 steals, 4 assists and 4 rebounds to 16 points but it wasn’t enough to stop Ironi Nahariya sliding to a sixth straight loss in the Israeli Winner League. Nahariya went down 99-81 to Hapoel Holon and have slipped to a share of bottom place on the twelve-team table with a 7-15 record.

In Italy Jillian Harmon and her Napoli team enjoyed an Easter break ahead of their quarter-final play-off series with her former club Lucca.

Tall Ferns and Tall Blacks now in Cairns ahead of Commonwealth Games openers

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The Tall Ferns and Tall Blacks spent time in the Commonwealth Games village as they prepare for the upcoming tournament.

They are now in Cairns as they countdown to their tournament openers that see the Tall Ferns play Malaysia on Thursday and the Tall Blacks face Nigeria on Friday.

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