The ETCO Auckland Dream 3x3 team will have some international flavour for the upcoming Schick 3x3 Cup.
Travelling to Invercargill for this inaugural event will be two American-born basketballers, Casyn Buchman and Amanda Wayment. They will team up with locals Darci Finnigan and Arielle Williams-Mackey to complete Dream’s lineup.
28 year old Buchman is from Kansas and graduated from Washburn University after excelling in both basketball and tennis. A member of the Dream’s championship team in 2019, the sharp-shooting guard’s skills translate well to the 3x3 game.
Wayment is a more recent arrival to our shores. From Utah, the 24 year old is an alumna of Brigham Young University (BYU) where she teamed up in the forward rotation with Tall Fern and Dream star, Kalani Purcell. At 185cm tall , Wayment will bring some height to the Dream lineup, to complement her silky finishing ability.
Darci Finnigan returns to top-level basketball after a couple of years working her way back from an ACL injury. Sadly the injury curtailed her time at Northeastern Junior College in the USA, but she has stayed focused on the game that saw her represent the Junior Tall Ferns in 2016. Finnigan also represents AUT in Tertiary basketball, and coaches the Premier Girls Basketball team at her alma mater, St Kentigern College.
At just 18 years of age, Arielle Williams-Mackey has a big future in both 3x3 and 5x5 basketball. The youngest player to participate in the recent Talls Ferns showcase game, Williams-Mackey has already achieved much for someone so young. A regular in NZ age-grade teams, she was also prominent in NZ’s U18 3x3 teams in 2018 and 2019. Recently moving back to New Zealand, Arielle has been living in Australia where she was a member of the Melbourne Boomers Academy under Tall Ferns coach Guy Molloy.