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Tai Wynyard to play for New Zealand in FIBA U19 World Cup

We know at least one Kentucky Wildcat playing in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup this summer, but he won’t be on John Calipari’s Team USA roster.

Tai Wynyard — the Lumberjack, as he’s known around these parts — will once again represent his home country of New Zealand. Kentucky’s redshirt sophomore was selected as one of 12 members of the Junior Tall Blacks (that’s the team’s name), therefore he will be making the trip to Cairo to possibly play against his college coach and the Americans.

Wynyard is well versed in international competition; he has played in the 2013 FIBA U16 Oceania Championship, the 2014 FIBA U18 Oceania Championship and the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship, and was named MVP of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup in 2015 after he led his team to the gold medal. He played again in the 3×3 World Cup in 2016.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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1 Comment for Tai Wynyard to play for New Zealand in FIBA U19 World Cup



  1. Kat4Life
    3:06 pm May 26, 2017 Permalink

    Call me nuts, but I really liked what I saw from the Woodchopper in limited action. He is very physical, rebounds well, plays tough defense (if out of position 75% of the time)……he can be useful in 2017-18…….7-10 mins off the bench to wear down opponents front court……I like the Kiwi !!!