Josh
Book
PG/SG
DOB: June 8, 2003
Class: 2022
HT: 6'4
Josh
Book
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First name: Josh
Last name: Book
DoB: June 8, 2003
Recruiting Class: 2022
Height: 6'4
High School: Christ's College

Josh has been the standout guard for the Christ College team who are a top ranked high school here in New Zealand. Josh has played for New Zealand under age teams. Josh is a point guard who you can play through and shoots well from the catch and off the bounce. He receives coaching from Eagles Academy head coaches Mick Downer (former ANBL and Australian Junior/Senior National Team coach) and Mel Downer (former Head Coach at Australian Centre of Excellence and also played in the WNBL).

He is an athlete of the Mainland Eagles Academy which has produced New Zealand players Max Darling (Illawarra Hawks), Taylor Britt (Perth Wildcats), Mary Goulding (Fordham University), Sam Timmins (University of Washington), Angus McWilliam (TCU/UC Riverside), Quinn Clinton (St Mary’s), Jackson Stent (Houston Baptist), Max de Geest (Long Beach), Tom Webley (University of Hartford), Amiee Book (Cal State Fullerton) and Tsubasa Nisbet (Georgia Southern).

High School Stats:                                                                              

  • PPG: 24, RPG: 10, APG: 6, SPG: 3

National Teams

  • U15 New Zealand team (FIBA Oceania – Papua New Guniea) – 2018
  • U17 New Zealand Team

Coaches Evaluation:

Ben Sheat (Former Mainland Eagles Academy Head Coach & NZ U17 Men Asst. Coach):

Josh has good size for his position as a Combo Guard and has a high ceiling for his development. He makes great reads with the ball in his hands and facilitates his teams well. He is an excellent shooter both off the catch and the dribble. He attacks the basket aggressively, going in either direction, and capable of scoring with either hand over size. He has great work-ethic on both ends of the floor and always puts his body on the line. One of his biggest strengths is that he rebounds extremely well on both ends for a guard defensively he plays with great energy and has high IQ both on and off the ball. Josh will be a player that will develop nicely with his given size and growing skillset.

Mick Downer (Mainland Eagles Academy Head Coach, Former ANBL Coach):

Josh is an elite young prospect coming out of NZ. International length and talent as a playmaking guard. It’s been a pleasure supporting Josh on his journey the past few years and really seeing him grow his skill package, game knowledge and leadersip. As a tall guard he can make plays at the rim and create shots over and around defenders. Has deep NBA range from the 3pt line and can shoot it off the catch, dribble and from behind a screen. Josh is a willing passer and understands the game. He loves to compete. At the defensive end he’s become a really solid defender and uses his length to be disruptive. A big area to improve on a few years ago and he’s really invested time and energy into being able to defend at a high level. Josh is a great kid, one of the rising stars in NZ basketball and will go a long way in the game.

 

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