Rob Loe makes Warriors summer league roster

Last updated 18:58 28/06/2014
GOOD NEWS: Young NZ basketballer Rob Loe has picked up a spot on the Golden State Warriors roster for the NBA summer league.
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GOOD NEWS: Young NZ basketballer Rob Loe has picked up a spot on the Golden State Warriors roster for the NBA summer league.

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New Zealand’s Rob Loe may have been bypassed in a stacked NBA draft on Friday, but the 2.10m Tall Black hopeful has achieved the next best thing with a spot on the Golden State Warriors’ summer league roster for Las Vegas.

Loe recently finished a solid four-year career at the University of Saint Louis and is expected to make the Tall Blacks team to take part in the Fiba World Cup in Spain from August 30-September 14.

Reports in the US suggest Loe is one of nine players already announced to suit up for the Steve Kerr-coached Warriors at the annual Vegas summer showcase from July 11-21.

Loe averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and two assists a game in a solid senior year for the Billekens, but was overlooked in what experts tagged one of the strongest drafts in recent times.

The big Kiwi will now try to impress via the summer league and the Vegas tournament will give him the chance to show his worth against the world’s leading young players looking to nail down final roster spots.

The odds are against Loe playing his way on to the Warriors roster, but it’s thought his ability as a stretch four man has at least piqued the interest of the coaches.

The New Zealand Breakers are very interested in signing Loe, but his agent has told them that his client is more interested in playing in Europe if he does not crack the NBA. Loe holds a British passport which qualifies him as a local player in the European leagues.

Loe’s participation in the NBA summer league will limit his buildup time with the Tall Blacks, but should not preclude him attending the tournament.

Coach Nenad Vucinic gathers his trialists on July 8-9 in Auckland and the Tall Blacks will play Korea in a three-game home series on July 15, 17 and 19. 

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