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List of Tongans playing basketball abroad - Sep 2, 2005

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This is a list of Tongans that are playing basketball abroad.  The majority of the players were outside of Tonga, however the majority of them have both parents born in Tonga or have Tongan citizenship.  If they are able to get Tongan citizenship these players become Cotonou players therefore making them eligible to play in several European players as locals.  A large portion of the men's players are ineligible to represent Tonga NT as they have represented other countries before like Paulasi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii), Valence McCarthy (201-F-84), and Robson Tavita (194-F/C-70).  If the Tongan team could include the likes of Taukiuvea, Dickie and Fotu they can a strong team in the region however their lack of height will hurt them.  However in the women's side none players mention have represented another country and inclusion of the best Pacific Islander in college basketball, Of a Tulikihihifo, and a depth of tall players could possible assure Tonga of success in women's basketball in the South Pacific.  




Sam Nuku

Sam Fotu (183-G-73) of Bendigo Braves (ABA)

New Zealand

Lawrence Dickie (193-G/F-82) (193-G/F-82) (193-G/F-82) of Auckland (CBL)

Valence McCarthy (201-F-84) of Harbour Heat (NBL)

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Keith Closs
Tonga National Team tabs Keith Closs; ex NBA - 3 months ago
KEITH CLOSS Tonga NT (Mitchell Cup) inked experienced 40-year old American ex-international center Keith Closs (224-78, college: Central Connecticut State). He already started the season at GIE Maile Matrix (UBA) in the U.S. In 2007 (eleven years after he left the college) Closs was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in fifth round (67th overall). The former Central Connecticut State standoutis in his 23rd (!!!) season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Closs' college team won...   [read more]

Tonga NT adds Bradford to their roster, ex Challans - 3 months ago
Tonga NT (Mitchell Cup) added to their roster experienced 40-year old American power forward Steffon Bradford (198-109kg-78, college: Nebraska). He played last season at Vendee Challans Basket in French NM1 league. In 30 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1   [read more]

Tonga National Team adds Chandler to their roster (2019 Copa Mitchell Cup) - 3 months ago
MARQUIN CHANDLER Tonga NT (Mitchell Cup) added to their roster experienced 36-year old American ex-international forward Marquin Chandler (202-100kg-82, college: San Jose State). He already started the season at GIE Maile Matrix (UBA) in the U.S. Chandler has played there for the last three years. The last season he played also at GIE Maile Matrix in U.S. semi-pro league UBA. Chandler's team won Mitchell Americas Cup. He was voted All-Mitchell Americas Cup 1st Team in 201...   [read more]

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