Aon NZ Under 15 Basketball Squad Announced

Aon NZ Under 15 Basketball Squad Announced
The latest Aon New Zealand Under 15 boys and girls national basketball squads have been selected after a Basketball New Zealand age-group selection camp last April.

Basketball New Zealand’s High Performance Manager, Leonard King, says the players named have earned their spots after successfully showing they have emerging skill and talent to the national coaches.  

“I trust that all of the athletes are excited to be formally announced in the Aon Under 15 New Zealand squad. This is the next step in the pathway to representing New Zealand.

“All squad members will be observed and evaluated at the 2018 Under 17 and Under 15 National Championships, and a final team selection will happen at the conclusion of those championships,” said King.

Aon New Zealand Under 15 Girls

Reese Anderson, Waikato Basketball Council 
Makenzee Boucher, North Harbour Basketball
Florence Dallow, North Harbour Basketball
Jyordanna Davey, Hutt Valley Basketball
Taiana Day, Tauranga City Basketball 
Zaaliyah Kailahi-Fulu, North Harbour Basketball
Odessa Lawson, Waitakere West Auckland Basketball Inc
Kataleena Leslie, Waitakere West Auckland Basketball Inc
Riana Matiseni, Waitakere West Auckland Basketball Inc
Hineaupounamu (Missy) Nuku, Tauranga City Basketball 
Alana Paewai, Waikato Basketball Council 
Janaya Preece, Basketball Hawkes Bay
Emma Pugh, Hibiscus Coast Basketball
Annabelle Ring, Basketball Otago
Dekoda Roberts, Rotorua Basketball Association
Anita Samasoni, Basketball Otago
Melika Samia, Basketball Hawkes Bay
Breeje Schuler, Te Aroha Basketball Association / Waikato 
Hope Stanshall, Palmerston North Basketball
Sera Taei, Basketball Auckland
Vitolia Tuilave, Tauranga City Basketball 
Jayze'lee Waihi, Waikato Basketball Association
Gemma Walsh, New Plymouth Basketball
Olivia Williams, San Francisco USA
Sam Woolford, Hibiscus Coast Basketball
Management – Head Coach: Natalie Visger. Assistant Coaches: Justine Reed, Kaea Samson, Frances Tilly (not travelling to PNG) and Bronwen Davidson (not travelling to PNG). Manager: Glenda Kaan.

Aon New Zealand Under 15 Boys

Max Abbot, Wellington 
Josh Book, Nelson
Kazlo Evans Jr, Waikato
Sam Gallagher, Canterbury 
Ben Gold, Wellington 
Junior James De Young, Te Aroha Basketball Association / Waikato
Toby Kendon, Hawke's Bay
Levic Kerr, Auckland 
Tanae Lavery, Canterbury
Mosiah MacDonald, Manawatu  
Jay Marsh, Nelson
Akiva McBirney-Griffin, Waikato
Ezekiel Priest, Harbour
Tawhiao Puriri, Harbour
Zach Riley, Harbour
Dontae Russo-Nance, Waitakere
Greg Rodger, Canterbury
Riley Sa, Mid Canterbury
Harrison Smith, Counties 
Will Stodart, Southland
Sataan Tawera, Auckland
Jett Thompson, Harbour
Reegan Trego, Gold Coast  
Wairehu Waata, Hawke's Bay
Paora Winitana,  Harbour
Tautoko Wynyard, Waitakere
Management – Head Coach: TBA. Assistant Coach (and Acting Head Coach): Morgan Maskell. Assistant Coach: Brent Matehaere. Managers: Paulette Leef and Mike Cockburn.

Both Under 15 teams will represent New Zealand at the 2018 FIBA Oceania Championships in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, in December.

For those players that were not selected, King said they should hold onto their belief in making future squads.

“This is still a very young age group, and many players need time to grow and develop. My message to those players is keep having fun and working on those fundamental skills, because time can provide wonderful opportunities for young players. Never lose heart, work hard and you may be making these lists in age-group teams to come. Many other players have done just that before you.”

For more go to and Basketball New Zealand’s social media channels: @BasketballNZ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.