The Wellington Saints have signed Kenneth Tuffin for the 2021 Sal's NBL season.
Coming off the back of a successful stint at the 2020 Sal's NBL Showdown with the Taranaki Steelformers Mountainairs, Tuffin was also part of the Philippines National Team and has always had plans to turn professional.
In December 2020, he made the decisions to forego his final year of eligibility to play for Far Eastern University in the Philippines after UAAP Season 83's cancellation to make that happen.
"It’s pleasing to add a Wellington local, Kenneth Tuffin, to the Saints’ playing roster for the 2021 New Zealand National Basketball League season," said Head Coach Zico Coronel, adding "A product of St Pat’s Silverstream via Far Eastern University in the Philippines, where he spent four seasons, Kenneth is a young player who is hungry to learn and improve. He showed in 2020 at the Showdown that he shoots the ball efficiently, offers size and athleticism as a guard - which aids him finishing on the interior and when rebounding - and that he is a willing versatile defender. We’re excited for Kenneth to add these attributes and more to our mix as we continue to build our roster."
Tuffin is excited to be back playing in his hometown saying, "It is great to be back in my hometown to play for the Wellington Saints, a club with an amazing reputation, I'm blessed to be able to put on the singlet. The growth I can achieve with the club and under Zico is an awesome opportunity and I look forward to progressing my career further and getting out to contribute to my local community."
The Saints roster is now coming together as the club aims to bring another championship home to Wellington under Coronel. The team have also now signed both imports with the first set to be announced shortly.
To make sure you catch all the action courtside, jump in early and grab your Season passes here to see the team tip-off with their first home game on April 30th against the Canterbury Rams.