Tall Blacks Announces Squad Of 24 For FIBA Asia Cup

With the Tall Blacks set to compete as one of 16 teams in the FIBA Asia Cup 2022 in Jakarta, Indonesia from 12-24 July, BBNZ has today announced a squad of 24 players in contention for this tournament.

The player list includes:

Guards: Jayden Bezzant, Taylor Britt, Flynn Cameron, Joe Cook-Green, Taine Murray, Kruz Perrott-Hunt, Richie Rodger

Forwards: Max Darling, Isaac Davidson, Taki Fahrensohn, Daniel Fotu*, Tafara Gapare, Benjamin Gold, Kane Keil, Dominique Kelman-Poto, Akiva McBirney-Griffin, Sam Mennenga, Jordan Ngatai, Taane Samuel, Tohi Smith-Milner

Centres: Jordan Hunt, Michael Karena, Sam Timmins, Tai Wynyard


The players will assemble in Auckland for a training camp in early July. Following this, Coach Pero Cameron will select a playing group of 12 to travel to Jakarta and compete in the Asia Cup, where they’ll compete in Pool D alongside the Philippines, India and Lebanon.

This is the Tall Blacks second trip to the FIBA Asia Cup, their first back in 2017 when they debuted at this tournament alongside eventual winners Australia. They finished fourth at that event, winning against Kazakhstan and hosts Lebanon before dropping a game against Korea by a tight margin; 76-75. New Zealand still ended up at the top of Group C, making through to the Semi-Finals with a win over Jordan.

New Zealand claimed their ticket to Jakarta after making history in their very first game of the Asia Cup Qualifiers. In a game which was hosted in Brisbane, the Tall Blacks were able to beat the Boomers, marking the first time in over 10 years they’ve been able to do so. After claiming another win against Guam, the Tall Blacks were confirmed a trip back to the Asia Cup.

The FIBA Asia Cup tips off from 12 June in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the Tall Blacks taking on their first opponent India on 13 July at 11am local time.

Find out more at https://www.fiba.basketball/asiacup/2022


Tall Blacks Squad of 24 – FIBA Asia Cup 2022 (24 June 2022)

Akiva McBirney-Griffin, University of California Irvine

Benjamin Gold, Marquette University

Dan Fotu, Saint Mary’s College of California / Auckland Tuatara*

Dominique Kelman-Poto, Southland Sharks

Flynn Cameron, Riverside California

Isaac Davidson, NZ Breakers / Franklin Bulls

Jayden Bezzant, Franklin Bulls

Joe Cook-Green, Canterbury Rams

Jordan Hunt, Hawkes Bay Hawks

Jordan Ngatai, Cairns Taipans / Wellington Saints

Kane Keil, Franklin Bulls

Kruz Perrott-Hunt, University of South Dakota

Max Darling, Constanta / Canterbury Rams

Michael Karena, Canterbury Rams

Richie Rodger, Taranaki Airs

Sam Mennenga, Davidson College

Sam Timmins, NZ Breakers / Otago Nuggets

Taane Samuel, Wellington Saints

Tafara Gapare, Depaul University

Tai Wynyard, Taranaki Airs

Taine Murray, University of Virginia

Taki Fahrensohn, Ehingen / Auckland Tuatara

Taylor Britt, Canterbury Rams

Tohi Smith-Milner, South East Melbourne Phoenix / Sandringham Sabres