Mika Vukona

Club: Brisbane Bullets

DOB: 13 May 1982

Height: 197cm

Position: Forward

Number: 7

Tall Blacks Debut: 2005

Appearances: 162

Junior Association: Tauranga City

High School: Bethlehem College/Nelson College

Vukona is the only Tall Black to have played at both the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and  the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Won a silver medal in Melbourne and a bronze on the Gold Coast where he averaged 6.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Played at three FIBA World Championships – 2006, 2010 and 2014 but missed 2019 due to injury.

Has made 162 international appearances. Only Kirk Penney (175 games) has played more games for the Tall Blacks.

He was a member of the Tall Blacks team that beat Australia to win the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championships and also played on the victorious team against Australia in Brisbane 10 years later.

Vukona has played in the New Zealand NBL since debuting in 2000 while still at Nelson College – won a championship with Nelson Giants in 2007.

Spent 13 seasons with the New Zealand Breakers, playing a record 354 games before signing a two-year contract with the Brisbane Bullets for 2018-2020.

He has won five Australian NBL titles- four with the NZ Breakers and one with South Dragons in 2009.

Photo: Masanori Udagawa