Junior Tall Blacks squad named

Last updated 13:08 08/02/2008

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United States-based Dion Prewster and Ritchie Edwards will lead the New Zealand junior men's basketball team to the Albert Schweitzer tournament in Germany next month.

Basketball New Zealand announced a 12-member squad for the March 22-30 tournament today following a camp in Palmerston North last week.

Prewster and Edwards have been identified as US college prospects, and are attending high school in Iowa and Florida respectively.

The Schweitzer tournament, held every two years in Mannheim, will provide New Zealanders a chance to impress college and pro scouts when they compete against the best under-19 teams in the world to prepare for the Oceania championships this year.

"These selections reflect the work athletes have done over the summer since receiving their programmes last October," Basketball New Zealand player development manager Ollie Dudfield said.

"It is a big step up for them and represents a real commitment towards making basketball their careers."

Junior Tall Blacks squad: Duane Bailey (Massey), David Beck (Wellington), Joshua Bloxham (Nelson), Poutu Edwards (Counties Manukau), Ritchie Edwards (Canterbury/US), Samuel King (Otago), Robert Loe (Harbour), Morgan Nathan (Otago), Dion Prewster (Wellington/US), Brook Ruscoe (Wellington), Dennis Tawhiti (Counties Manukau), Logan Van Beek (Canterbury)

Reserves: Adam Dunstan (WBOP), Tia-Toa Frost (Palmerston North), James Holland (Canterbury), Adam Rainbird (Nelson), Te Puao Silver (Waikato).

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