BASKETBALL NZ NAMES JUNIOR-SELECTION CAMP PLAYERS AND BRINGS IN TOP COACHES

BASKETBALL NZ NAMES JUNIOR-SELECTION CAMP PLAYERS AND BRINGS IN TOP COACHES
A star coaching line-up will convene for the first time next month, at the second of three annual Basketball New Zealand age-group selection camps. 

The list of players vying for selection has been announced today. Head Coaches Pero Cameron, Daryl Cartwright, and US based coaches Aaron Fearne and Hernando Planells, will put these players through their paces from 23 to 27 April, at Pulman Arena. 

High Performance Director, Leonard King, says having these four highly-experienced coaches at the camp is a big step towards lifting New Zealand basketball another step.

“Creating a strong high-performance culture, which should flow from our national teams down through to our junior teams, can only be as successful as the people that are tasked with the job. These four coaches know what it takes to create winning teams, foster strong cultures, and get the best from their players. Having discussed where we see New Zealand basketball heading, all these coaches have bought in to the idea of creating a great culture and style of play that is taught throughout all out teams. These players will be experiencing a top, internationally-competitive coaching environment.”

Basketball New Zealand has also agreed to the New Caledonia U17 National team and club-based players attend the camp. Coach King says this is partly a way to give back and help lift basketball in Oceania, but it also is great for the young Kiwis in attendance too.

“The kids from New Caledonia speak French and not many of those speak English. It’s an eye-opener for our young players to meet and train with kids from another culture and ones that speak another language. It is a small insight into the global basketball environment. It will also help lift basketball in Oceania and, as one of the bigger nations competing in that area, we have a responsibility to help where we can.”

As an additional opportunity for the girls attending the camp, there will be an NCAA-accredited exposure camp on 26 April. King says this part of the camp will be attended by a number of US college coaches. 

“Places are filling fast for the Exposure Camp. We are really excited by this pilot and we hope it will become a regular opportunity for our Kiwi kids, both boys and girls. For now though, we are testing the waters.”
King also hinted that Basketball New Zealand may conduct a Tall Ferns camp at the same time as the selection camp. King says, if he can make it happen, he will look to get the junior players court-side to see their senior role-models in action.“These camps take on added significance if we can have the Tall Ferns or Tall Blacks there. We will announce more on this later, but yes, there’s a chance the girls will get to see their heroes in action,” says King.

SELECTION SQUADS - NZ based players:

2019 Aon New Zealand U17 WOMEN ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD

Olivia Williams, New Zealand
Lilly Parke, Auckland
Sera Taei, Auckland
Melika Samia, Hawkes Bay
Zaaliyah Kailahi Fulu, Harbour
Jyordanna Davey, Hutt Valley
Tia-Calais Remuera, Hutt Valley
Janaya Preece, Manawatu
Bethany Smith, Manawatu
Simone Barnard, North Harbour
Florence Dallow, North Harbour
Vitolia Tuilave, Tauranga
Hineaupounamu Ngarae Nuku, Tauranga
Taiana Day, Tauranga
Alana Paewai, Waikato
Breeje Schuler, Waikato
Reese Anderson, Waikato
Jayzelee Waihi, Waikato
Riana Matiseni, Waitakere
Odessa Lawson, Waitakere
Head Coach: Pero Cameron.

2019 Aon New Zealand U17 MEN ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD

Daniel Boyd, Auckland
Levick Kerr, Auckland
Sataan Tawera, Auckland
Joshua Book, Canterbury
Tanae Lavery, Canterbury
Gregory Rodger, Canterbury
Hunter Adam, Canterbury
Ezekiel Priest, Harbour
Zach Riley, North Harbour
Paora Winitana, North Harbour
Jett Thompson, North Harbour
Benjamen Freeman, Otago
Eric Peita, Otago
Junior De Young, Te Aroha
Akiva McBirney-Griffin, Waikato
Ethan Skelton, Waitakere
Tautoko Wynyard, Waitakere
Max Abbot, Wellington
Benjamin Gold, Wellington
Tafara Gapare, Wellington
Head Coach: Daryl Cartwright

2019 Aon New Zealand U19 WOMEN OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD

Ashlee Strawbridge, Canterbury
Jordan Rangitawa, Hutt Valley
Rochelle Fourie Manawatu
Sophie Adams, Mid Canterbury
Alix Blyde, New Plymouth
Parris Mason, New Plymouth
Raquel Sampson, New Plymouth
Centaine Noom-Duckworth, North Harbour
Jessica Moors, North Harbour
Dre Whaanga, Otago
Hannah Matehaere, Otago
Kararaina Pene, Rotorua
Caitlin O'Connell, Taranaki
Tyler Mitchell, Waikato
Ramona Fuaivaa, Waitakere
Tausala Yzabelle Tevao, Waitakere
Sophie Oswald Manawatu
Head Coach: Henando Plannels

2019 Aon New Zealand U19 MEN OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD

Alexander McNaught, Auckland
Connor Ngan, Auckland
Robert Coman, Auckland
Samuel Jenkins, Canterbury
Mac Stodart, Canterbury
Thomas Morgan, Harbour
Harrison Payne, Harbour
Campbell Atkinson, Harbour
Terence Abdon, Harbour
Clifton III, Hawkes Bay
Rishon Royce, Hills Hornets
Sean Murphy, North Harbour
Taine Murray, North Harbour
Dallas Clayton, North Harbour
Reihana Maxwell-Topia, North Harbour
Michael Ruske, Otago
Finn Lally, Waikato
Evyatar Tabor, Wellington
Ezekiel Stallworth, Wellington
Zion Faitele, Wellington
Head Coach: Aaron Fearne



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