Tom is a guard for the Christ College team who are a top ranked high school here in New Zealand. 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: 15, RPG: 6, APG: 4, SPG: 2
Ben Sheat (Former Mainland Eagles Academy Head Coach & NZ U17 Men Asst. Coach):
Tom is a high level combo guard. He shoots the 3 at a high percentage both on and off the dribble and in a range of positions. He has developed his ability to attack of the bounce going in both directions while building a strong range of different finishing abilities. He has the ability to handle pressure with the ball while facilitating his team. He has great basketball IQ on both ends of the floor and has good leadership potential. Defensively with his size he can guard a range of positions. Tom should be a player that will develop nicely with his given size and growing skillset. Given time to keep building his strength and confidence, he has the potential to become a strong scorer and great distributor at the combo guard position.
Mick Downer (Mainland Eagles Academy Head Coach, Former ANBL Coach):
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