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  Taranaki MA
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Corey Webster selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - Feb 22, 2019


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COREY WEBSTER
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad.


Corey Webster
Corey Webster
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Corey Webster (188-88, agency: Alti Sport, college: Lambuth, currently plays in Australia). He led New Zealand Breakers to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Illawarra Hawks (12-16) crushing them 130-96 in the Australian NBL in Thursday night's game. Webster scored 18 points and added 3 passes in a mere 15 minutes on the court. New Zealand Breakers (12-16) are placed sixth in the NBL. The Regular Season already ended. It's Webster's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 40.5%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 78.8% in 27 games he played so far. Webster is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Mika Vukona (197-82, currently plays in Australia). He led Bullets to a victory against the closely-ranked New Zealand Breakers (12-16) 84-78 in the Australian NBL last Saturday. Vukona scored 14 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Brisbane Bullets (14-14) are placed fourth in the NBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Vukona averages: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 58.0%(76-131) and FT: 66.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Fijian and New Zealand. Ex-Fico Finance Nelson Giants player is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Robert Loe
Robert Loe
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Robert Loe (211-91, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Australia). Loe could not help Cairns Taipans (6-22) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Cairns Taipans lost 84-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Kings. Loe scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. This year Loe's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 69.6% in 28 games. He is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Jarrod Kenny
Jarrod Kenny
   #4. Guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Robert Loe and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Kenny was not able to help Cairns Taipans in their game against Kings (18-10). Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Kenny's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Shea Ili
Shea Ili
   #5. International guard Shea Ili (184-92, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Corey Webster and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Ili contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Illawarra Hawks (12-16) crushing them 130-96. He scored 14 points and added 5 passes in a mere 15 minutes. This year Ili's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg in 27 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #6. Power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Oklahoma City Thunder (37-20) in their game against the New Orleans Pelicans (26-33) in the NBA. Adams scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder (37-20) was defeated 131-122 in New Orleans by the Pelicans. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Adams is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Thunder's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Adams averages: 14.7ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. He is a former international player as he played for the New Zealand senior team eight years ago.

Finn Delany
Finn Delany
   #7. International forward Finn Delany (198-95, college: SW Baptist, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Corey Webster. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Shea Ili (above) in the other team. Delany contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Illawarra Hawks (12-16) crushing them 130-96. He scored 12 points in a mere 19 minutes. Delany has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in 25 games. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Jordan Ngatai
Jordan Ngatai
   #8. Forward Jordan Ngatai (196-93, agency: MKP Management, college: BYU-Hawaii, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Corey Webster. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Finn Delany (above) in the other team. Ngatai contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Illawarra Hawks (12-16) crushing them 130-96. He scored 10 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in only 13 minutes. This year Ngatai averages only 1.3ppg in 13 games. He plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #9. International center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help United (18-10) in their game against Cairns Taipans (6-22) in the Australian NBL. Pledger scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). The league leader United was edged 87-85 at home by the league outsider Cairns Taipans (#8). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pledger has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 4.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the New Zealand national team.

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #10. Forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, college: Washington St., currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Corey Webster. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Abercrombie couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (12-16) in their game against Bullets (14-14). He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. New Zealand Breakers were defeated 84-78 in Brisbane by the higher-ranked Bullets (#4). Abercrombie has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Samuel Waardenburg (208-99, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Miami, FL in their game against the Boston College in the NCAA. Despite his good performance last Sunday He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Waardenburg has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U19 international guard Jayden Bezzant (188, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Northwest Nazarene University's victory against the University of Alaska at Anchorage 87-77 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. Bezzant scored 15 points in 25 minutes. This year Bezzant has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.1apg in 17 games. He used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team back in 2015.

   #13. International swingman Reuben Te Rangi (198-94, currently plays in Australia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Mika Vukona and both played together in the last Australian NBL game. Te Rangi managed to help Brisbane Bullets to win against the closely-ranked New Zealand Breakers 84-78. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Te Rangi has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

   #14. Former U19 international center Callum McRae (216-99, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Cal-Riverside in their game against the University of Hawaii in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Saturday. McRae scored 13 points in 23 minutes. But his team was crushed by 23 points 87-64. McRae has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.9rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team back in 2017.

   #15. Former U19 international forward Matt Freeman (208-97, is currently at the American university) helped Oklahoma win their game against the Texas Christian University 71-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Freeman scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. Freeman has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.5rpg in 24 games. He used to play for the New Zealand U19 national team four years ago.


The list of other players, who all have New Zealand passport but never been selected to any of New Zealand national teams:

   #1. Tony Tolovae (196-G-92, currently plays in Norway) led Gimle BBK to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Centrum (8-16) crushing them 91-69 in the Norwegian BLNO last Saturday. Tolovae recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Gimle BBK Bergen (20-5) is placed second in the BLNO. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tolovae has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg and 2.0spg. Tolovae has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa (188-G-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Sacramento St. to a victory against the Southern Utah University (2-5) 84-73 in the NCAA last Thursday. Mauriohooho-Le'afa recorded 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes. The Sacramento State University has not so impressive 1-5 conference record this season. Mauriohooho-Le'afa has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg in 21 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Mauriohooho-Le'afa has never played in New Zealand.

   #3. Yanni Wetzell (208-F/C, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Vanderbilt (0-5) in their last game. Despite Wetzell's good performance his team lost 53-64 on the road to the Auburn University. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 21 minutes. So far Vanderbilt lost all five games in the conference Wetzell has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 3.2rpg in 26 games.

   #4. Isaac Davidson (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Sonoma State University (5-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Davidson's good performance his team was edged 66-65 in Hayward by the Cal State - East Bay. He scored 10 points and had 3 steals. This season Davidson has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg and 4.6rpg.

   #5. Jackson Stent (203-F-97, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Houston Baptist's victory against the Nicholls State University (4-2) 88-82 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Stent scored 6 points. The Houston Baptist University has 1-4 conference record this season. Stent has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #6. Quintin Bailey (201-F-97, college: Citrus JC, currently plays in NAIA) managed to help John Brown University in a victory against the Langston University, OK crushing them 91-71 in the NAIA in Thursday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. Bailey has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 3.2rpg in 22 games.

   #7. Carl Isitt (203-F, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to secure a victory for the Central Methodist University in their game against the MidAmerica Nazarene University in the NAIA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Isitt scored only 3 points. His team was edged 80-79 in the NAIA. Isitt has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.4rpg.

   #8. Jordan Hunt (206-F, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Southern Oregon University in their last game. Despite his very good performance his team was edged 64-61 in La Grande by the Eastern Oregon University. Hunt scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 23 minutes. Hunt's stats this year are: 14.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.1apg and 2.2bpg in 19 games.

   #9. Corey Le'Aupepe (198-F, currently plays in NAIA) helped Menlo College win their game against the San Diego Christian College crushing them 94-72 in the NAIA on Saturday night. He scored 10 points. Le'Aupepe has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 2.6rpg.

  




Taane Samuel
Taane Samuel (ex Whittlesea P.) signs at Jets - 2 days ago
TAANE SAMUEL Manawatu Jets (NBL) landed 19-year old New Zealander forward Taane Samuel (200-99). He played in 2017 at Whittlesea City Pacers in Australian Big V, where he averaged 18.9ppg and 7.1rpg in 10 games. He most recently returned from a stint at De La Salle University in the Philippines, where injury prevented him from playing as much as he wanted. Samuel says he is now fully recovered and eager to get back on the hardwood. Check also Complete Transfers List in New Zealand   [read more]

Todd
Blanchfield
Blanchfield is back at Sharks, ex Hawks - 3 days ago
TODD BLANCHFIELD SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks (NBL) signed 27-year old Australian international swingman Todd Blanchfield (200-94kg-91). It is actually his comeback to Sharks as he has played here before. Blanchfield just played at Hawks in Australian NBL league. In 28 games he had 13.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg this season. The last season Blanchfield played at Kings where in 25 NBL games he recorded 9.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it...   [read more]

Steven Adams
Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - 6 days ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of New Zealanders who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93). He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-27) in their last game. Despite Adams' very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (42-27) was edged 108-106 on the road by the Indiana Pacers.    [read more]


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