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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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B.Loewen sign Jermaine Barnes (ex Tonga NT) for the 2019 Liga Mediterranean Cup - 1 month ago
JERMAINE BARNES SG Bergishe Loewen (Germany) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old international swingman Jermaine Barnes (193-95kg-83, college: Point, GA). Barnes just played at Tonga NT in the Copa Mitchell Cup (Dominican Republic). In five games he had very impressive stats: Score-5 (19.5ppg), 7.5rpg, Assists-1 (6.5apg), 2.3spg and 1.0bpg this season. This season he played at SG Bergishe Loewen (Germany) where in 17 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 27.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 5.0...   [read more]

Keith Closs
SG Bergishe Loewen inks Keith Closs for 2019 Liga Mediterranean Cup - 1 month ago
KEITH CLOSS SG Bergishe Loewen (Liga Mediterranean) signed experienced 42-year old American ex-NBA center Keith Closs (224-77, college: CCSU). He started the season with the Tonga NT. Closs helped the Tonga National Team capture gold in the 2019 Copa Mitchell Cup (Santiago, Dominican Republic). He averaged an impressive 12.3ppg, 13.3rpg and Blocks-1 (8.0bpg). Closs was later named All-Mitchell Cup Defensive Player of the Year along with Finals MVP. The SG Bergishe Loe...   [read more]

Keith Closs
Tonga National Team tabs Keith Closs; ex NBA - 5 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]

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