The Wellington Saints are keeping it local for the first releases of their 2021 squad and are thrilled to announce the signing of the talented Taane Samuel.
A talented athlete at only 20 years of age, Samuel has represented New Zealand at age-group level, with fluidity of movement and a genuine athleticism. Samuel heads to the Saints off the back of playing for the Manawatu Jets in the 2019 season and the 2020 Sal's NBL Showdown, previous to that returning from a stint at De La Salle University in the Philippines.
A local Wellington product out of Scots College, the Saints are excited to have him locked in.
Head Coach Zico Coronel said of the signing; "We’re very pleased to re-sign Taane for the 2021 New Zealand National Basketball League season. He’d made a promising start to pre-season in 2020 before it was unfortunately interrupted by the pandemic, I think he was poised for a breakout season."
"As good as Taane is now - which is quite good, he's an enticing package of size, athleticism, skill and a high basketball IQ - he still has the capacity to go even higher, which I think is an exciting proposition. Re-signing with the Saints will give Taane the right environment to refine his game, increase his efficiency, and take on added responsibility, and in doing so I believe he’ll increase his future opportunities."
To catch the Saints in action, make sure to head to the Memberships page and grab yourself a 2021 Season pass at www.saints.co.nz/memberships