Top basketball prospect to take to Tauranga courts

Tai Wynyard is set to take the court at this year’s HoopNation event. Image Supplied.

One of New Zealand’s top basketball prospects Tai Wynyard is set to take the court at HoopNation this year in Tauranga.

He will be back on court after a back injury which has seen him off the court for nearly a year.

“I can’t wait to get out there and start playing again,” says the 20-year-old centre.

“I haven’t played since December last year, so I am really looking forward to it.”

Tai is currently back home in Auckland, from American where he played for the Kentucky Wild Cats at the Div 1 University of Kentucky.

Tai got his ticket to America at just 17-years-old through a basketball scholarship and is currently contemplating the next step in his playing career as he looks to college transfer for 2019.

In the meantime, he is getting some much needed rest and rehabilitation as he prepares to play with Rack City at HoopNation, a team made up of players across the country.

This year at HoopNation, he’ll be joined by his younger brother Tautoko Wynyard, who was named U15 MVP at this year’s National Competition.

Wynyard was the youngest Tall Black to wear the black singlet at just 16-years-old and stands at a lofty 6,10” and has had stints with the Junior Tall Blacks and the NZ Breakers.

This year’s HoopNation event will be held over Labour Weekend, October 19 to October 22 at the ASB Stadium in Tauranga.


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