It’s day one in the long awaited 2020-21 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Due to COVID-19 the college basketball season has been delayed to November 25th from its normal start date in early November.
As a growing number of kiwi players show off their talents across the United States at various college programmes and divisions, we decided to take a look at how our Huskies players are shaping up ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Two of our starters in the 2020 Sal’s NBL will be playing in the Australian NBL this season.
Izayah Mauriahooho-Le’afa has joined the South East Melbourne Phoenix as a Development player where he will play alongside Tall Black Reuben Te Rangi. Izayah finished his four-year college career at Sacramento State earlier this year.
Meanwhile Taine Murray will be part of the Sky Sport Breakers squad heading across the Tasman in early December to prepare for NBL 2021. After the NBL season Murray will link up with 2019 NCAA Champions the University of Virginia.
Marvin Williams-Dunn enjoyed a good NBL debut season with the Huskies.
Williams-Dunn is a freshman at Ouachita Baptist University Tigers but will have to wait until January 7 before Great American Conference play gets underway.
A number of our 2020 Development Players are currently in the States or are due to head there in the coming months.
Reihana Maxwell-Topia, will suit up as a freshman for The University of St Francis Fighting Saints. A positive COVID test from a teammate saw Reihana’s debut postponed from November 24th to the 28th, when the Fighting Saints take on East-West University Chicago.
Two other Development Players, Sean Murphy and Kiani Saxon, have committed to NCAA basketball beginning mid 2021.
Murphy, who was a standout in the Huskies 2020 3×3 Schick Cup bronze medal winning team, will be heading to the University of Nebraska at Kearney while Saxon has committed to Louisiana State University, Eunice.
Former Northcote College standout Ollie Hayward will attend Midland College in Texas from August 2021.
The Huskies will conduct an open trial on December 3rd 2020 with registrations for the trial open click here for more information.
The 2021 Sal’s NBL will tip-off in April next year.