Updated: Dec 13, 2019
No fewer than 18 former ABSL representative players are currently on basketball scholarships in the USA.
Three of those players were members of the 2019 Women’s Basketball Championship (WBC) title winning Auckland Dream squad.
Here is a run-down on the players and their recent form.
NCAA Division I
Michelle Nicholls spent two years at La Salle University before her move to Purdue, Fort Wayne. Michelle is averaging 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds for Purdue - her season high of 18 points came against University of Illinois at Chicago.
Katelin Noyer , in her senior year at Fresno State University, posted 12 points and 2 rebounds but the Bulldogs went down 71-65 to BYU recently.
NJCAA Division I
The fine form displayed by Sharne Pupuke-Robati is a major reason Utah State Eastern boast an impressive 10-1 record at this stage of the season. Sharne leads the team in scoring (13.3ppg), rebounding (7.7rpg) and blocks (1.5bpg) – not bad
for a freshman!
Jada Manase, Riana Rangi-Brown and Rionne Papa, are all playing at Mineral Area College.
Rionne, in her second season at MAC, is leading the team in rebounds (8.3rpg) and second in points (12.9ppg). Jada, averaging 6.4 points per game and Riana 5.9 points per outing have played significant roles as MAC have carved out a 6-3 record this season.
NCAA Division I
University of Portland Assistant Coach Ben Johnson was anticipating a good season from former Junior Tall Black Takiula Fahrensohn. “Taki has put on a few pounds and can really shoot the ball.”
Taki hasn’t disappointed scoring in double figures on three occasions in the first six games averaging 8.2 points. The former Auckland Grammar wing is shooting the three-ball at a very healthy 44% (12/27).
There was a special moment in North Carolina Charlotte’s 83-47 win against USC Upstate last week when former Auckland Grammar big man Anzac Rissetto scored his first basket for Charlotte on his debut appearance.
Yuat Alok was at Texas Christian University last season but has transferred to Central Florida University. In accordance with NCAA regulations Yuat will redshirt this season in order to be eligible for the 2020-21 campaign.
NCAA Division II
Former Waitakere West representative Isaac Davidson is making a big impression at Sonoma State University. In seven games for the Seawolves he has scored 140 points passing the twenty mark on four occasions including 26 points (10/15FG) in the recent 85-82 overtime win against Cal State Monterey Bay. Somona are 3-5 overall but importantly 2-0 in the California Collegiate Conference.
Former Mt Albert Grammar School and Waitakere West guard Mandela Balendrokadroka has been propelled into the Davis & Elkins College starting lineup. He has played 20 minutes per game for the Senators averaging 3.3 points and 3 assists per game.
Conor Flanagan, or ‘Big C’ as he is known at the University of West Florida, is averaging 5.2ppg for the Argonauts. His best performance was 13 points and 4 rebounds against Union.
Tom Higgins, in his second season at Texas A&M International, scored 13 points in three consecutive games and overall has averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in eight games during November for the Dustdevils.
Thomas Whyte, in his freshman year at Assumption College, is yet to miss a shot from the field for the Greyhounds! Admittedly he has only had the opportunity to put up three shots but all were from beyond the arc and all found the net.
Guard Patrick Robertson recently scored 11 points as University of Maine at Augusta beat Unity 129-82.
NCAA Division II
Former St Kentigern College guard Aidan Phizackerley has made just the one appearance for Linfield college this season.
NAIA Division I
Another former Auckland Grammar and ABSL representative Kane Kiel is a senior at the University of Antelope Valley. In nine games this season for the Pioneers Kane is averaging 8.7 points per game.
We will look to provide further updates from college basketball during the season.
Article written by Mike Lacey