Born: 7 July, 1996
Junior Association: North Harbour
High School: Rangitoto College
Highest Representative Honour – NZ U18 Team (2013)
Previous NBL Clubs: Super City Rangers (2019), Taranaki Mountain Airs (2020), Franklin Bulls (2021-present)
One of four players to play all 18 games for the Bulls in their inaugural NBL season in 2021. Led the team in blocked shots (1.5bpg) whilst also averaging 11.6 and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Following high school Brooke spent four years at colleges in Hawaii. Initially he attended BYU Hawaii and then transferred to Hawaii at Hilo (both NCAA Division II colleges).
In his senior year at Hilo (2018-19) he averaged 6.9 points and led the team in blocks with 1.6 per game.
Born: 3 June, 1996
Junior Association: Rotorua
High School: Fraser High School
Highest Honour: Tall Blacks – Debut in 2022
Previous NBL Clubs – Super City Rangers (2016,2017), Southland Sharks (2019), Manawatu Jets (2020), Bay Hawks (2018 and 2021-present),
Had a very productive season for the Hawks in 2021 averaging 13.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Scored 22 points in the NBL Grand Final defeat to the Saints.
Played at Umpqua Community College, Oregon, 2015-16.
Following his time in the States he joined the Super City Rangers and also played for the Bay Hawks.
Has played three seasons in the Australian NBL: Illawarra Hawks (2019-20), Cairns Taipans (2020-21) and Adelaide 36ers (2021-22).
Born: 12 September, 1997
Junior Association: Hutt Valley
High School: Hutt Valley High School
Previous NBL Clubs – Wellington Saints (2016), Otago Nuggets (2020), Bay Hawks (2021-22)
Played 13 games for the Hawks in 2021 averaging 11.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Hunt won an NBL title with the Otago Nuggets in 2020. His 21 points in the 79-77 Grand Final win against Manawatu Jets earned him the Grand Final MVP Award.
In 2020-21 he was a Development Player with the Cairns Taipans.
After high school Hunt headed to Southern Oregon University (NCAA Division II) on a four-year scholarship.
In his senior year (2019-20) he finished second in scoring (12.9ppg) and third in rebounding (5.6rpg) for the Raiders. He finished his career with 1147 points, the 11th highest scorer all-time at SOU, and 741 rebounds to place 8th in programme history.
In his junior year Hunt was named to the Academic All-Cascade Conference team for the second straight season.
Named to the 2019 NZ U23 Tournament Team after helping Wellington/Hutt Valley claim the National title – scored 17 points in the 93-74 win against Manawatu in the Grand Final.
Born: 7 March, 1993
Junior Association: Porirua
High School: Mana College
Highest Honour: Tall Blacks – Debut: 2013
Previous NBL Clubs – Otago Nuggets (2021)Wellington Saints (2012, 2014 and 2017-19), Manawatu Jets (2015) Taranaki Mountain Airs (2016)
Named to the All-Star 5 at the 2020 NBL Showdown after guiding the Nuggets to a championship win.
A four-time NBL Championship winner (three with the Saints), he missed the 2021 NBL season due to injury.
Ngatai has also played eight seasons in the Australian NBL including six seasons with the Breakers enjoying championship success in 2014-15. Played for Cairns Taipans from 2020-22.
Following school Ngatai played one year at Sierra Junior College followed by another year at Brigham Young University (BYU), Hawaii in 2013-14.
Born: 24 July, 1994
Junior Association: Tauranga City
High Schools: Otumoetai College/Rosmini College/Rangitoto College
Highest Honour: Tall Blacks – Debut in 2016 (Appearances 21)
Previous NBL Clubs – Waikato Pistons (2013), Manawatu Jets (2014-2015), Southland Sharks (2016-2018), Taranaki Mountain Airs (2019-20), Hawkes Bay Hawks (2021-22)
Played 18 games for the Hawks in 2021 averaging 12.3 points and 3.6 assists per game.
Named to the 2020 Sal’s NBL All-Star Five after averaging 23.9 points and 7.3 assists per game.
Averaged 10.0 points per game for the Tall Blacks at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon and was also a member of the bronze medal winning team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Averaged 9.0 points and 3.3 assists per game for the NBL Championship winning Sharks in 2018.
Born: 24 May, 1992
Junior Association: Canterbury
High School: Cashmere High School
Highest Honour: Tall Blacks – Debut in 2016 (Appearances 35)
Previous NBL Clubs – Southland Sharks (2012), Taranaki Mountain Airs (2013), Canterbury Rams (2014-17), Hawks (2018-19 & 21-22)
Played 19 games for the Hawks in 2021 averaging 16.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Won NBL Most Improved Player Award in 2019 after averaging 20.3 points per game – his three-point shooting percentage was an impressive 43.2%.
Played 16 games for the Breakers in 2019-20.
Rusbatch was a member of the victorious Tall Blacks team that defeated Australia in Brisbane in February 2020.
Was a member of the bronze medal winning team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and went on to play at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
After a year at Lincoln Trail Junior College, Illinois, Rusbatch joined the Southland Sharks in 2012. He then went on to play a season with Taranaki Mountain Airs in 2013. From 2014-2017 Rusbatch played for the Canterbury Rams averaging 12.9 points per game in 72 appearances.
Junior Association: Hutt Valley
High School: St Pat’s, Silverstream
NBL Clubs – Rookie
Played for the Wellington team that finished runners-up at the 2021 U19 National Championships.
Graduated from St Pat’s in 2019