The New Zealand under 18 teams have been named to compete in the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup, held 6 to 9 September in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.
Men’s Head Coach Karl Noyer believes his team will finish on the podium with a medal. Newly appointed Head Coach of the women’s team, Justine Reed, says she’s targeting a top four spot, and potentially higher.
“We have a bunch of newcomers to 3x3 with two of the players joining us from Australia. We have managed to get a group of girls that I believe will be competitive. Each girl has a very different skill set which I think will complement each other, but also enable us to look at a number of different options.
“If we are able to get our combinations right and play to each other’s strengths, we could make the top four,” says Coach Reed.
Having been involved with the New Zealand 3x3 programme in assistant and manager roles, this is a promotion for Reed into the Head Coach role.
“I am looking forward to coaching this team and see it as another opportunity for me to continue to develop at international level. My recent roles with BBNZ have been as an assistant, so being given the chance to lead this team is exciting for me. I am hoping that I can guide the team to the podium.”
On the men’s side, Head Coach Karl Noyer is also new to the position. That said, this young leader brings vast experience of the 3x3 scene. He has competed for New Zealand during many international campaigns and is currently the number-one ranked 3x3 player in New Zealand. Noyer also owns a basketball coaching business, so coaching experience is spread throughout his CV. Adding to this, Noyer is the Head Coach for the University of Auckland’s 3x3 program in the Tertiary League, a position he’s held for the last two years.
“It’s exciting for me as this will be my first time as a Head Coach of a national team. I have experience playing in these tournaments, but not coaching. It will be fun for me to put the coaching hat on, and try to guide the team to a gold medal,” says Noyer.
The event will see 12 teams per gender compete, made up of host teams, plus the nine best-ranked men´s and 10 best-ranked women´s teams. The New Zealand men have been placed in Pool C along with Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka. The New Zealand women are also in Pool C along with Japan and Taipei.
As part of the selection criteria for international 3x3 teams that play in FIBA events and for the 2020 Olympics is that FIBA requires players to have a confirmed account on www.play.fiba3x3.com. They also must have competed in at least three FIBA-endorsed ranking-points-awarding events during a 12-month period. The Olympic requirements also state that at least two out of four athletes in a team must be ranked within the top 10 of their national individual ranking.
This announcement comes ahead of the 3x3 Youth Olympic team, which is expected to be named tomorrow or Monday.
New Zealand 3x3 Under 18 women’s team
Arielle Williams-Mackey (Waikato Basketball)
Briarley Rogers (Tauranga City Basketball)
Emilee Tahata (based in Australia)
Kay Phillips (based in Australia)
Head Coach Justine Reed.
New Zealand 3x3 Under 18 men’s team
Thomas Whyte (Basketball Auckland)
James Moors (Harbour Basketball)
Max de Geest (Canterbury Basketball)
Matthew O’Connell (Taranaki Country Basketball)
Head Coach Karl Noyer.
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