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Emerging NZ Teams Named

Wellington, June 9 NZPA - Basketball New Zealand today named two emerging teams to contest the Oceania tournament later this month in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.

Four-time National Basketball League champion coach Jeff Green will guide an inexperienced men's national team led by Waitakere City's Duane Bailey.

"I'm pretty encouraged by the fact that of the 12 guys that I wanted, most of them are there," Green said.

"We're quite young, we're going to be playing senior men, so we'll be a bit light on experience..

"We've got some very good three-point shooters and that includes the bigs. We're quite small and that's a characteristic of teams I have coached and the style we want to play."

Counties Manukau's Tania Hunter will mentor the women's squad which she describes as having "speed to burn".

Canterbury's Natalie Moore, a former Christchurch Sirens squad member and longtime national age-group player, leads the Emerging Tall Ferns.

"The Oceania tournament will be a challenge to these young women athletes but will be a stepping stone to their future goals," Hunter said.

"The girls have either played with each other in age-group teams or against each other. We are a small team but we have speed to burn."

Both New Zealand will face the senior teams of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and New Caledonia, along with under-20 squads from Australia.

New Zealand Emerging Tall Blacks: Jake Ashby (Porirua), Luke Aston (Otago), Duane Bailey (Waitakere City), Daniel Green (Porirua), Hemi Joyce (Waikato), Zach Makavilitogia (West Auckland), Joe Maiava (Porirua), Hayden Miller (Otago), Jordan Mills (Porirua), Ezra Nikora (Porirua)

New Zealand Emerging Tall Ferns: Mandy Caldwell (Canterbury), Pip Connell (Canterbury), Samara Gallaher (Otago), Emma Gillespie (Waitakere City), Jordan Hunter (Counties Manukau), Zoe Ken sington (New Plymouth), Sonya Milford (Wellington), Natalie Moore (Canterbury), Miriam Slatter (Waikato), Jelena Vucinic (Nelson)

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