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Former AGGS student signs US Basketball Scholarship

Former AGGS student signs US Basketball Scholarship
Scoop:  U.S. Basketball’s got Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams … and now it’s got another New Zealander with big basketball dreams – Auckland teenager Rionne Papa. Papa has won a Full Ride Scholarship in the United States and leaves on Monday (August 13) for her new life in Missouri. The former Auckland Girls’ Grammar School basketballer is bound for Mineral Area College near St. Louis on a scholarship which “covers the lot” – everything from tuition to housing, food and travel. Her dream – to make it all the way... Read More

Another big haul for Rissetto as boys premier basketball semi-finals spots become clear

Another big haul for Rissetto as boys premier basketball semi-finals spots become clear
Lacey Lowdown: Another 40 points (41 points to be precise) from Auckland Grammar centre Anzac Rissetto, his second in four days, accounted for Saint Kentigern College in Round 12 of the College Sport Auckland Premier competition. With two rounds of the regular season to play the result locked Grammar into third place on the competition ladder with an 8-4 record. In the other games played on Monday wins for Mt Albert Grammar and Rosmini College (both have 11-1 records) assured those teams of the top two places with the final... Read More

Kruz Perrott-Hunt Named in Tall Blacks Squad

Kruz Perrott-Hunt Named in Tall Blacks Squad
Rosmini College guard Kruz Perrott-Hunt has been called into the Tall Blacks 20-man training squad ahead of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers against Hong Kong and China later this month. The 17 year old is the only current high school player in the training squad. Kruz will join Rosmini alumni Tohi Smith-Milner and Derone Raukawa at the camp. Rosmini’s current Sports Captain found out about his elevation to the national senior team camp on the eve of his departure to China where he is attending the Nike Asia Camp alongside... Read More

NZ Women’s team named for FIBA U17 World Cup

NZ Women’s team named for FIBA U17 World Cup
Basketball New Zealand: The Aon New Zealand Women’s Under 17 team has been named ahead of the FIBA Under 17 World Cup being held in Belarus at the end of next month. New Zealand finished fourth at the FIBA Asian Championship in India last October to clinch a spot at the World Cup. The tournament will be a historic occasion as it is the first FIBA age-group World Cup ever attended by a New Zealand Women’s team. That fact is not lost on Tall Fern Charlisse-Leger-Walker, the most experienced member... Read More

Parata propelling St Peter’s basketball to new heights

Parata propelling St Peter’s basketball to new heights
College Sport Media: The growing appetite for basketball at St Peter’s College is palpable. “It’s crazy. If you walk around the school at lunchtime everyone is playing basketball – rugby players, hockey players and even the chess boys,” Whititera Parata enthuses. It hasn’t always been that way at the Auckland catholic school. In fact Parata, a member of the First V since Year 9, often played three games a week to prop up other sides. St Peter’s are no longer standing on wobbly ground. Competing in the Premier division for... Read More

Taine Murray selected for NBA & FIBA’s Basketball Without Borders Camp

Taine Murray selected for NBA & FIBA’s Basketball Without Borders Camp
College Sport Media: Rosmini College student Taine Murray has been selected to participate in the 10th Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia camp hosted by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) along with three other young New Zealand players. The camp will be held in Greater Noida, India from 30 May to 2 June, 2018 and will assemble the top players from across the Asian continent. Basketball without Borders Asia is an elite basketball skills camp that draws together the top players aged 17 and under from throughout the... Read More

Rosmini only unbeaten team after three rounds of Premier Basketball

Rosmini only unbeaten team after three rounds of Premier Basketball
Lacey Lowdown: The third round of Auckland Secondary Schools Premier basketball competition was played on Monday and with the way results have gone to date it appears to be the most open race for some seasons to claim a top four play-off spot. Only Rosmini College remains unbeaten after pulling away in the second half to beat Avondale College 108-77. Rosmini were led by guard Kruz Perrott-Hunt who tallied 34 points. Rosmini guard Terrence Abdon scored the first five points of game followed by a brace from Taine Murray making... Read More

Basketball players to watch

Basketball players to watch
With secondary school basketball underway, College Sport Media has put together a list of promising players from around the country. Find out more about some of the talented Auckland students identified as ones to watch this season. Sharne Pupuke-Robati (Mount Albert Grammar School) The New Zealand U17 rep was a key figure in MAGS’ drive to the 2016 National final which they lost competitively to St Peter’s Cambridge. A robust defender, swift ball handler and good shoot, MAGS will build their 2018 team around Pupuke-Robati and should be a genuine... Read More

High School Hoops – Premier Basketball Preview

High School Hoops – Premier Basketball Preview
Lacey Lowdown: The College Sport Auckland Premier Basketball competition begins on Friday but a number of boys’ teams will be down on fire power as a New Zealand Under 17 camp is being held in Rotorua at the weekend. With the class of 2017 having moved on, the onus falls on a new crop of players to make their mark on the strongest high school basketball competition in the country. The boy’s playing rosters have changed but the head coaching positions remain unaltered, which is rather unusual. This time last... Read More

Basketball to overtake rugby, netball as most popular secondary schools sport

Basketball to overtake rugby, netball as most popular secondary schools sport
1 News Now: Census figures from the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council show basketball has overtaken football as the third most-played sport. On current growth trends, it will become the most popular in 2020. In 2017 a total of 25,649 secondary school students played basketball in a way deemed by the NZSSSC to be “meaningful engagement” in a school setting. Netball retains top spot despite their numbers falling to 28,455 while rugby has dropped to 26,951. Basketball NZ chief executive Iain Potter says his organisation has been working hard... Read More