Anthony Hilliard (Import)
Born: 28 June, 1986
High School: Seventy First High School, Fayeteville, North Carolina
Previous NBL Clubs – Rookie
Played four years at Elizabeth City State University (NCAA Division II) from 2005-2009.
Played his first season out of college in Belgium and most recently has been playing in Uruguay where, in 33 games, he averaged 14.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
In his 14 year pro career he has also played in Germany, France, Finland, Belarus, Israel, Russia and Lebanon.
Armon Fletcher (Import)
Born: 2 September, 1985
High School: Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, California
Previous NBL Clubs – Manawatu Jets (2009 and 2012-13), Wellington Saints (2010), Canterbury Rams (2014, 2016 & 2017), Super City Rangers (2018), Southern Huskies (2019), Taranaki Mountain Airs (2020-22)
Played 17 games for the Airs in 2021 – averaged 23.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.
Played in both Kuwait and Bahrain in the 2021-22 northern hemisphere season.
A naturalised American Jones graduated from Oregon State University in 2008.
In addition to playing in New Zealand Jones has played in Australia, Germany, Finland, Hungary, United Kingdom, Syria, Bosnia, Romania, Italy, Turkey, Kosovo, Slovenia, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and most recently in Bahrain.
In his 12th season in the NBL total he has played 148 games with 5 different clubs since debuting for the Jets in 2009.
Born: 27 January, 1997
Junior Association: Otago
High School: Kavanagh College (Dunedin)
Highest Honour – NZ U18 (2014)
Previous NBL Clubs – Taranaki Mountain Airs (2018 and 2022), Otago Nuggets (2020-21)
Played 18 games for the Nuggets in 2021 averaging 9.3 points and 3.1 assists per game. Scored a season high 16 points against the Manawatu Jets.
Won an NBL Championship with the Nuggets in 2020.
Rodger spent two-years at Southeast Community College, Nebraska (2015-2017) playing a total of 59 games.
Returned from the States to play a season for Taranaki and then headed to the Philippines on a basketball scholarship at University of the East in 2019 and 2020.
Born: 24 January, 2001
High School: Auckland Grammar School, Nelson College
Highest Representative Honour – NZ U17 Team (2018)
Previous NBL clubs – Wellington Saints (2019), Nelson Giants (2021)
In 2021 averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Nelson Giants.
After graduating from Auckland Grammar School Rissetto played 11 games for the NBL championship winning Saints team in 2019 before heading to the States.
Played 33 games for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (NCAA Division I) over 2 seasons (2019-21.
He was the NZ’s leading rebounder at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina averaging 8.9rpg and also scored 6.3ppg.
His aunty Brenda Ellison (nee Roberts) played over 50 games for the Tall Ferns between 1982 and 1988, whilst uncle Riki Ellison won three NFL championships with the San Francisco 49ers during the 1980’s. Rissetto’s father Allen Ellison, and uncle Morris Roberts, both played for the Maori All Blacks.