Strong South Island Representation in 2021-22 US College Season

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College basketball season is here and we’re looking forward to following the South Island college athletes and their team’s progress.

Quinn Clinton (Junior at St Mary’s College, California)

The former Christchurch Boys High and New Zealand age-group standout has played 44 games for the Gaels in two seasons. Represented New Zealand at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt, averaging 12.1 points and 3 assists per game.

Quinn was named MVP after leading Canterbury to the title at the 2017 U19 National Championships.

Follow Quinn’s progress here

Angus McWilliam (Junior at University of California, Riverside)

The former Middleton Grange High School and Junior Tall Black forward began his collegiate career at Texas Christian University. Angus has played two seasons at UCR since transferring after his freshman year.

Follow Angus’s progress here

Tom Webley (Sophomore at University of Hartford)

Tom attended Cashmere High School prior to college.

The 6’10” forward averaged 14 minutes per game for Hartford in his freshman year.

Follow Tom’s progress here

Mason Whittaker (Freshman at American University)

Attended Christ’s College, Christchurch. Mason was a member of the 2021 Canterbury U19 National Championship winning team.

Sister Charlotte is on a basketball scholarship at the University of Colorado.

Follow Mason’s progress here

Amiee Book (Senior at Fresno State University)

Amiee Book has transferred to Fresno State University for her senior year.

She was leading the scoring at California State University Fullerton last season until she was sidelined in January with torn ankle ligaments. She scored in double figures in eight of the nine games played and made 19 of 44 3-pointers (43.2%). She tallied 761 points and scored in double figures on 43 occasions during her three-years at Fullerton.

Follow Amiee’s progress here

Helen Matthews (Sophomore at Wofford College)

Wofford College finished runners-up at the 2021 Southern Conference Tournament where Helen Matthews was named to the Conference All-Tournament First Team.

Scored a career high 16 points and also dished a career best 8 assists against UNC Greensboro. Averaged 21 minutes per game in her freshman season, scoring 8 points or more on 9 occasions.

Follow Helen’s progress here

Tsubasa Nisbet (Senior at Georgia Southern University)

Named co-captain of the Eagles for the 2021-22 season Tsubasa has played 60 games for Georgia Southern. Averaged 12 points and 6.2 rebounds for New Zealand at the 2017 FIBA U17 Oceania Championships in Guam.

Follow Tsubasa’s progress here

Charlotte Whittaker (Redshirt Junior at University of Colorado)

Played all 20 games for the Buffaloes in 2020-21 averaging 14 minutes per game with a season best 11 points scored against Western Colorado.

Charlotte will sit out the 2021-22 season after undergoing hip surgery.

Follow Charlotte’s progress here

Josh Lowe (Senior at Lee University)

From Ashburton Lowe has played 52 games for the Flames. Started all 29 games in 2019-20 but missed the entire 2020-21 season after undergoing surgery.

Follow Josh’s progress here

Mac Stodart (Sophomore at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

Via James Hargest College, Invercargill and St Andrew’s, Christchurch Stodart has transferred to Colorado Springs after playing his freshman season at Concordia University where he made 13 appearances.

Follow Mac’s progress here

Ben Reeves (Sophomore at St Joseph’s College, Brooklyn)

Former Otago Boys High School guard Ben Reeves returns to New York for his sophomore season after all Division III programmes were cancelled in 2020-21 due to covid.

Follow Ben’s progress here

Hayden Collier (Senior at University of Regina)

The Canadian university season is already underway and the Cantabrian forward tallied 3 points and 11 rebounds in the season opener for the Cougars.

Follow Hayden’s progress here

Katie Van Den Bogaert (Freshman at Whitworth University)

The 5’7” combo guard played at Middleton Grange School where she was head girl in 2020.

Also a Gators Club and Canterbury representative.

Follow Katie’s progress here

Sofia Kennedy (Sophomore at University of Windsor)

All Canadian university basketball was cancelled in 2020-21 so former Middleton Grange and Canterbury representative will resume her collegiate career with15 games for the Lancers under her belt.

Follow Sofia’s progress here

Ashlee Strawbridge (Sophomore at College of Southern Idaho)

The Cantabrian forward played at the NJCAA Women’s National Championships last season. Played all 24 games for the Golden Eagles and finished second on the rebounding list averaging 6.2rpg.

Follow Ashlee’s progress here

Molly Cockburn (Sophomore at Miles Community College)

The Canterbury representative played 23 games for Miles last season as the Pioneers earned a place at the NJCAA  Women’s National Championships last season. Elected President of the Student Senate for 2021-22 academic year.

Follow Molly’s progress here

Brooklyn Pouwhare (Sophomore at Utah State Eastern)

The former Avonside Girls High forward played 20 games for the Eagles last season.

Follow Brooklyn’s progress here

Lachie MacFarlane (Freshman at Orbelin College, Ohio)

Former Rangiora High School head boy Lachie McFarlane joins the Orbelin Yeoman, semi-finalists in the North Coast Athletic Conference last time out.

Follow Lachie’s progress here

Note this list is of players known at the time of writing. It’s possible there may be some players absent from this list with players often moving, or travelling to the US without publicising their plans, or may yet to be announced by teams.

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